Journey beginning and ending at Ilulissat, Greenland
Available: 2020-07-08 to 2020-07-23 starting from $9752 AUD
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This Greenland expedition cruise offers rich Inuit culture and breathtaking nature. One highlight is the Disko Bay area, where colourful villages cling to rocky hills surrounding the inland ice. In fact, 80% of this amazing country is covered by ice, creating a truly unique Greenland climate. You will explore long fjords, lush meadows and hopefully you’ll encounter whales, seals and sea birds along the way.
The itinerary is designed to help you discover the amazing Greenland geography under the Midnight Sun and meet the people that call this wilderness home. You will explore rarely-visited settlements and lively towns, and you can discover the many things to do in Nuuk.
Day 1 – Expedition starts from Reykjavik
Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city. Norse settlers named the place Reykjavik (meaning ‘Smoky Bay’) after the columns of steam that rose from the hot springs in the area. The surroundings offer fantastic natural beauty with geysers, mountains, glaciers and geothermal baths that are well worth exploring before embarking on MS Fridtjof Nansen.
Days 2 – 3 – At Sea – Crossing the Denmark Strait
You 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 with your innovative expedition ship.
Day 4 – Qaqortoq – biggest town in South Greenland
Many consider Qaqortoq one of the most beautiful towns in Greenland for its colourful houses and lovely setting. The biggest town in South Greenland, with some 3.000 inhabitants, Qaqortoq is easy to explore on foot, or you can join one of our excursions to get even more insight into local culture.
Day 5 – Kvanefjord region
We 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, The Venice of Greenland
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 theVenice of Greenland´ as it is situated in an archipelago, intersected by natural canals.
The local museum provides an introduction to the town´s rich history and culture.
Day 7 – Sisimiut
Sisimiut is situated 40 km north of the Arctic Circle. The name means `the people living in a place where there are fox dens´. This is the second largest town in Greenland, a modern, picturesque settlement that maintains ancient traditions. We offer a variety of exciting excursions to discover the many things to do in Sisimiut.
Day 8 –
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. Join one of our many excursions here.
Day 9 – Camp Frieda
We visit a location near Saqqaq that was without an official name until 2013. The place is special to us, as it has been named after one of our former Expedition Team members. We 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 (up to 2,000 m (6,600 ft.) in height. Conditions of the day will determine the final program and the range of activities we will offer.
Day 11 – Nuuk – The 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 will sail through this narrow channel and enjoy the spectacular scenery here. If the channel is blocked with ice, we will sail around Nunap Isua (Cape Farewell).
Days 14 – 15 – Irminger Sea – Denmark Strait, Heading back to Iceland
After exploring exhilarating Greenland, we set course back to Iceland. Spend the days at sea recapping your experiences, having fun in the Science center or just relaxing on deck, looking at the sea birds which follow our ship or maybe even spotting whales.
Day 16 – Reykjavik
You arrive in the Icelandic capital early in the morning. If you want to explore more of the country, add one of our Post-Programmes before you head home, or stay longer to enjoy the city and its surroundings.
- Hurtigruten Expedition Cruise in cabin grade of your choice
- A program with activities on all voyages, including small boat cruising and onshore exploration with the Expedition Team
- Professional English-speaking Expedition Team – an international handpicked team of highly educated experts with profound knowledge of the region you sail in
- wind- and water-resistant jacket
- Loan of boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities
- In-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology or culture that provide context to your voyage and help you understand the destinations you will experience
- Introduction photo lecture, camera adjustment and tips & tricks, photo and film footage from the voyage shared in an Expedition Logbook
- Destination-focused onboard library
- All meals including beverages (ship beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all restaurants)
- Coffee and tea included throughout the day
- Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Fredheim restaurant meals included
- A la carte restaurant (only for suite guests)
- Gym, hot tubs and panoramic sauna
- Wellness areas with separate treatment rooms, infinity pool, outdoor gym, running track
- Free Wi-fi on board for all guests. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
- International flights
- Optional shore excursions
- Optional small-group adventures with the Expedition Team such as kayaking, long hikes (availability pending weather conditions and safety)
- Travel insurance
- Luggage handling
To find out more or to book this incredible tour, contact Globetrotter Lifestyle today!