Disko Bay - The Heart of Greenland

Expedition Voyage along the West Coast of Greenland from Reykjavik
Disko Bay, Greenland © Hurtigruten

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.

Itinerary

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, see our Reykjavik Classic Break package.

Cruise departing on 08 August 2021 is 14 days duration, please ask us for itinerary.
Cruises departing on 24 June, 09, 24 July 2021 are 16 days duration and have the below itinerary.

Day 1 Reykjavik / Embarkation MS Fridtjof Nansen

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.

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. Time at leisure or optional excursions.

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 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 40km north of the Arctic Circle. It 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. Also the second largest town in Greenland, a modern, picturesque settlement that maintains ancient traditions. Optional excursions.

Day 8 Ilulissat Icefjord - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Ilulissat is set in the stunning scenery of the Ilulissat Icefjord UNESCO 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. Optional excursions.

Day 9 Vaigat Sound

The northernmost point of the voyage. There are several excellent landing sites in Vaigat Sound offering 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 program 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. End of arrangements.


2021 departures (14 day voyage): 08 August

2021 departures (16 day voyage):
24 June
09, 24 July

Notes:

Maximum number of passengers: 530

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.

About the vessel, MS Fridtjof Nansen
MS Fridtjof Nansen is a revolutionary new hybrid addition to the Hurtigruten fleet utilising electric propulsion, built in 2020. This state-of-the-art technology, coupled with its advanced construction is expected to cut fuel consumption and CO2-emissions by 20%. Hybrid technology will also enable periods of silent cruising, immersing passengers in their surrounds.

Tour Overview

  • Summary

    Expedition Voyage along the West Coast of Greenland from Reykjavik
  • Tour Category

    Cruises, Escorted
  • Duration

    14 or 16 days

    Departures

    Jun - Aug

Tour Prices

  • Prices vary according to your travel date and cabin choice

    INCLUDES: 13 or 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 (limited connection); voyage activity program 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; welcome package - platter and champagne; premium beverage package; optional activities.

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