West & South Greenland Aurora Celestis Cruise

Goran Ehlme
A humpback whale lifts its fluke
Rinie van Meurs
Purple Saxifrage on a Arctic hillside
Rinie van Meurs
Little Auks
Arctic Sunset
Jan Belgers
Watch the sunset in the Arctic
Monica Salmang-Oceanwide Expeditions
Lounge area aboard the Rembrandt van Rijn.
Amos Nachoum-Oceanwide Expeditions
Travelers aboard the Rembrandt van Rijn posing for a group picture.
A polar voyage to West Greenland where you will sail to Godthåbsfjord among other landing sites. Along the way on your Arctic exploration see whales, other beautiful flora and fauna, learn from Greenlandic history & culture and admire the many glaciers on this exciting Arctic cruise.

Day 1

    Aasiaat / Embark

    Arrive in Aasiaat from Kangerdlussuak by chartered plane (flight not included in the voyage cost). Aasiaat is a settlement which was created in the 17th century to support the whaling in the mouth of Disko Bay. Its port is ice free from late spring to early winter.

    Day 2

      Jakobshavn Glacier

      Today find yourselves just south of the large Jakobshavn Glacier with its enormous ice-bergs. Climb the hill at Avangnardlit for fantastic views across the Jakobshavn Isfjord, which is a World Heritage site.

      Day 3

        Disko Bay & Hunde Eijland

        The island groups of Hunde Ejland and Kronprinsens Ejland in the mouth of the Disko Bay, are surrounded by rich waters which attract both seabirds and whales. Call at the small settlement on Hunde Eijland where old dwellings of Greenland’s Thule culture (dating from the 11th century) and graves from 18th century Dutch whalers can be seen.

        Day 4

          Sydbay (Ukivik)

          Arrive at Sydbay (Ukivik), where the 18th Century whalers traded with the Eskimo’s at the occasion of the yearly Assivik, when people from a large area come together, on a beautiful sandy beach. Land also at nearby Isortoq with remains of houses of the Thule culture. In this area Reindeer are often seen.

          Day 5

            Evigheds fjord

            Kangaamiut at the mouth of Evigheds fjord is a friendly Greenlandic village where people still indulge in handcraft. Some way into Evighedsfjord (Eternities Fjord) near the glacier fronts of Sermetsiaq and Taterat Sermiat be surrounded by mountains nearly 2000 m high.

            Day 6

              South of Maniitsoq

              South of Maniitsoq between Alanngua and Fiskefjord, land in an area which is the base of a large impact crater, caused by a huge meteorite, which hit the earth about 3 milliard years ago. It is the oldest impact structure recorded to date on earth. The geologist Adam Garde (Denmark) who discovered this phenomena will be guide/lecturer on this voyage.

              Day 7

                Godthabsfjord

                Sail some way into Godthåbsfjord and visit some ruins from Vesterbygd (western settlement) of the Norsemen and see majestatic ice-bergs from the Kangersuneq. The Moravians had a mission in the abandoned Umanaq settlement.

                Day 8

                  Nuuk

                  Nuuk (Godthåb - Neu Herrenhut) the capital of Greenland has a population of about 15,000. An excursion should include a visit to the museum which has a remarkable collection of Inuit mummies, dating from the 15th Century, which were found near Uummannaq, further to the north. The Cultural Center of Nuuk, which each year has an exhibition of the work of a Greenlandic artist, is also worth visiting. The waters to the west of the town are a good place to see Humpback Whale and Blue Whale.

                  Day 9

                    Lichtenfels & Fiskenaes

                    Call at Lichtenfels, an abandoned Herrnhuters mission post, with large cemetry from the 18th century, and Fiskenaes (formerly called Brielse Haven).

                    Day 10

                      At Sea

                      Sail past Flade Isblink and keep a lookout for Humpback Whale and Minke Whale.

                      Day 11

                        Ivittuut

                        This Sunday morning try to attend a church service in Arsuk, a dwindling Greenlandic community with about 140 residents. In Ivittuut walk along the remains of a Cryolite mine and around a small cemetery connected with it. In this area see Musk Oxen, which were introduced into the area in the last century.

                        Day 12

                          Qaleralik Sermia & Qoornooq

                          Today sail to the beautiful glacier fronts of Qaleralik Sermia, where you will have some zodiac excursions and make some landings near the glacier. Deeper into Bredefjord at Qoornooq, land in an area with beautiful remains of houses from the Thule culture.

                          Day 13

                            Lichtenau & Uunartoq

                            Reach Lichtenau a lovely but nearly deserted Greenlandic village, where the Herrnhuters had a mission in the 18th Century, and where still some of their large buildings remain. Try to get to Uunartoq, where you can bathe in a large hot spring, surrounded by icebergs. Close to it is Igdlorpait another abandoned Moravian Mission.

                            Day 14

                              Narsasrsuaq

                              In Eriksfjord visit the Viking sites of Gardar (a walk of 3 km from the landing site at Itilleq in the neck of the Peninsula) and Brattahlíð, where Erik Red lived about a thousand years ago. In the evening arrive at the port of Narsasrsuaq.

                              Day 15

                                Disembark / Return Home

                                From Narsarssuaq fly by scheduled plane to Kangerdlussuak and Copenhagen (flight not included).
                                - Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy.
                                - Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.7 times the double occupancy rate.
                                - Due to the extreme nature of itinerary destinations, travel insurance is mandatory for all cruises aboard the Rembrandt Van Rijn - including medical, accident and repatriation/evacuation insurance.
                                Fares include:
                                - Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary.
                                - All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
                                - All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
                                - Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
                                - On Rembrandt voyages: Transfers and baggage handling between airport and ship in Greenland harbors on the chartered group flights.
                                - All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
                                - AECO fees and governmental taxes.
                                - Comprehensive pre-departure material

                                Not included:
                                Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights; pre- and post land arrangements; transfers to / from the vessel outside Spitsbergen; passport and visa expenses; Government arrival and departure taxes; meals ashore; baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is mandatory); excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges; and the customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).

                                Please note: It is agreed that if fuel prices will exceed US Dollar 120 per Barrel Brent 90 days prior to departure Rembrandt van Rijn reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge of EURO 18 per passenger per night.
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