Disko Bay - The Heart of Greenland

Expedition Voyage along the West Coast of Greenland from Reykjavik
16 days
Jul - Aug 2020; Jun - Jul 2021
General Prices

This expedition cruise explores both rare natural beauty and fascinating Inuit culture. Meet the welcoming people who thrive in the Arctic landscape as we sail under the Midnight Sun among giant icebergs, to highlights including Disko Bay. Landings, excursions and optional activities such as kayaking and hiking give you the chance to get out and explore world-famous natural treasures, such as the UNESCO World Heritage Site Ilulissat Icefjord, where massive icebergs emerge from the enormous Sermeq Kujalleq glacier, a part of the Greenlandic inland ice sheet. 

Your trip begins and ends in Iceland, giving you a great opportunity to add an exploration of the land of fire and ice before or after your voyage.

Day 1 Reykjavik Embarkation 
Today make your own way to the pier to join your vessel. If time allows prior  to embarkation perhaps explore the city which has wonderful museums including the National Museum, displaying artefacts from the first settlement to the modern age, for an excellent overview of Iceland’s history and culture. The Reykjavik 871+2 Settlement Museum, an archaeological museum based around a 10thC Viking longhouse unearthed in 2001. You may also like the Reykjavik Art Museum and the National Gallery. 

Days 2-3 Crossing the Denmark Strait
Leave Iceland behind and sail across the Irminger Sea. This crossing was used by the Vikings to migrate from Iceland to Greenland some 1,000 years ago. Enjoy introductory lectures on local history and biology and get to know your innovative expedition ship.

Day 4 Qaqortoq
Many consider Qaqortoq one of the most beautiful towns in Greenland for its colourful houses and lovely setting, between the fjord of Qaqortoq and the lake of Tasersuaq. Enjoy time here - perhaps visit the old and  beautiful fountain and the stone sculptures and stone carvings, which form the exhibition “Stone & Man”, and are scattered around town - Qaqortoq is easy to explore on foot. In Qaqortoq optional excursions will be offered – please enquire.

Day 5 Kvanefjord area
Discover the beautiful region of Kvanefjord near Paamiut by sailing deep into the fjord on this exploration day. Our experienced captain will take advantage of the conditions to identify landing sites for onshore walks, locate places to launch our kayaks, scout ideal communities to visit, or find the best spots to scan for wildlife.

Day 6 Maniitsoq
Maniitsoq was founded in 1755 and its name means `the uneven place´, referring to the rocky hills and mountains shaping the layout of the town. It is also known as the `Venice of Greenland´ as it is situated in an archipelago, intersected by natural canals. The local museum introduces the town´s rich history and culture. 

Day 7 Sisimiut
Sisimiut is situated 40 km north of the Arctic Circle. Sisimiut has been inhabited for the last 4,500 years, by the Inuit peoples of the Saqqaq culture, the Dorset culture, and the Thule culture, and artifacts from the early settlement era can be found throughout the region.  This is also the second largest town in Greenland, a modern, picturesque settlement that nevertheless maintains ancient traditions. In Sisimiut optional excursions will be offered – please enquire.

Day 8 Ilulissat Icefjord - UNESCO World Heritage Site
Ilulissat is set in the stunning scenery of the Ilulissat Icefjord World Heritage Site. At the mouth of the fjord you can see enormous icebergs that have run aground. These ice masses originate from the Jakobshavn Glacier, one of the fastest glaciers in the world. In Ilulissat optional excursions will be offered – please enquire.

Day 9 Camp Frieda
Visit a location near Saqqaq that was named after a former Expedition Team member. Land at the beach to explore this most Northerly destination of our voyage, in breathtaking landscape and Arctic flora.

Day 10 Evighed Fjord (Eternal Fjord)
Today´s exploration will take us to the meandering Evighed Fjord, surrounded by tall mountains. Conditions of the day will determine the final programme and the range of activities on offer.

Day 11 Nuuk - The Vibrant Capital of Greenland
Nuuk is situated at the mouth of one of the most spectacular fjord systems in the world. The capital city is where old and new traditions meet, from historic buildings in `Kolonihavnen´ to the modern Centre for Greenland Self Rule. Another feature is the National Museum - home to the famous mummies of Qilakitsoq.

Day 12 Ivittuut - Musk Oxen and a Norse Settlement
The abandoned town of Ivittuut is a stronghold for musk oxen. More than a thousand years ago, Vikings settled the area, but left no written records behind. Archaeologists believe this was the last Norse settlement in Greenland to be established, and the first to be abandoned.

Day 13 Prins Christian Sund Region
Prince Christian Sound separates mainland Greenland from Sammisoq and the Cape Farewell Archipelago. If conditions allow, we sail through this narrow channel and enjoy the spectacular scenery here. If the channel is blocked with ice, we wil sail around Nunap Isua (Cape Farewell).

Day 14-15 Irminger Sea – Denmark Strait
After exploring exhilarating Greenland, set course back to Iceland. Spend the days at sea recapping your experiences, having fun in the Science centre or just relaxing on deck, looking at the sea birds which follow the ship, or maybe even spotting whales.

Day 16 Reykjavik/Disembark MS Fridtjof Nansen
Arrive in the Icelandic capital early in the morning and disembark. 

Departures 2020: 08, 23 July, 07, 22 August
Departures 2021: 24 June, 09 and 24 July 

Add to this cruise with a stay in Iceland either before or after - see our Reykjavik Classic Break package.

Includes: 15 night Expedition Cruise in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis (incl. ship's beer and standard wine with dinner); tea and coffee; on board Wi-fi (please note the connection is limited); voyage activity programme including onshore exploration with the Expedition Team; English-speaking Expedition Team; complimentary wind and water resistant jacket; loan of boots, trekking poles and equipment needed for optional and included activities.

Excludes: luggage handling, other beverages, optional activities.

Maximum number of passengers: 530

About the vessel, MS Fridtjof Nansen
The latest addition to Hurtigruten’s fleet of custom built ships this is the next generation expedition ship, providing state of the art technology and a premium onboard experience. Scandinavian materials from nature, such as granite, oak, birch and wool create relaxed and stylish cabins and public areas. All cabins are outside, 50% have private balconies and some suites will feature private outdoor hot tub with spectacular views. The core of the onboard experience is the Nansen Science Center, a venue where guests and crew meet to reach a deeper understanding of the areas we explore. 3 restaurants offer a variety of dining options, with menus drawn from Norwegian and Nordic traditions, as well as international cuisine and local inspiration. And relax and rejuvenate in the elegant Explorer Lounge, a large gym and Wellness centre, or enjoy the scenery and sunsets on the massive in- and outdoor Observation Decks with the aft infinity pool and hot tubs as one of the highlights.

Please note this is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather, wind and ice conditions will determine our final schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the sailing itinerary during the voyage. Therefore, this itinerary is just an indication of what you may experience, and why every expedition is unique. All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions. 

Nordic Travel is 100% Australian owned and operated

Please note the price for this cruise varies according to your exact dates of travel and choice of cabin. Please contact us for further details. 

Includes: 15 night Expedition Cruise in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis (incl. ship's beer and standard wine with dinner); on board Wi-fi; voyage activity programme including onshore exploration with the Expedition Team; English-speaking Expedition Team; complimentary wind and water resistant jacket; loan of boots, trekking poles and equipment needed for optional and included activities.

Similar tours

Tour Destination Country Duration Tour Description Departure
Iceland, Jan Mayen & Svalbard Spitsbergen (Svalbard), Iceland 12 days Small ship Expedition Cruise from Reykjavik 11 June 2020
Svalbard Odyssey Spitsbergen (Svalbard), Norway 11 or 13 Days Small ship Expedition Cruise from Longyearbyen or Kirkenes 07 July, 18 Aug 2021
East Greenland Explorer Greenland , Iceland 14 days Small ship Expedition Cruise from Reykjavik 10 Sep 2021
Spitsbergen - Polar Bears and Arctic Adventure Spitsbergen (Svalbard) 6 days Short expedition Voyage on the West Coast of Spitsbergen May - Sep 2020
Jewels of the Arctic Spitsbergen (Svalbard), Greenland , Iceland 14 days Small ship Expedition Cruise from Longyearbyen 30 Aug 2021 * FULLY BOOKED *