Disko Bay - Umanak Cruise

Rob Tully-Oceanwide Expeditions
Enjoy the unique towns of Greenland.
Erwin Vermeulen
Surfacing Humback Whales
Rinie van Meurs
Purple Saxifrage on a Arctic hillside
A polar bear embraces the sunshine
Amos Nachoum
Hiking the arctic tundra.
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.
During this 10-day voyage, join the Rembrandt van Rijn to circumnavigate Upernivik Ø and sail to Fortune Bay. Along the way you can see many marine mammals, including whales, as well as other beautiful flora and fauna, learn about Greenlandic history & culture, and admire the many glaciers that characterize this landscape.

Day 1

Embark in Aasiaat

Arrive in Aasiaat from Kangerlussuaq by chartered plane. Aasiaat is a settlement which was created in the 17th century to support the whaling at the mouth of Disko Bay. Its mouth is ice free from late spring to early winter.

Day 2

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Eqip Sermia

Sail into Ata Sund to Eqip Sermia.

Day 3

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


At the western tip of Nuussuaq Peninsula, land at Bjørnefaelden - assumed to be named after a bear trap from the Viking period.

Day 4

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


At Uummannaq, approach High Arctic waters. Seal hunting and fishing is still an important source of income for the local people and they also have many dogs which haul their sledges in winter. Also visit the nearby Qilakitsoq site, on the north coast of the Nuussuaq Peninsula, where some years ago a family of mummified Thule culture people from the 15th century was found.

Day 5

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Qaumarajuk Fjord

Land at the head of the Qaumarajuk Fjord, where Wegener began his ascent of the icecap. The glacier Scheideck, which 80 years ago ended at the coast, has retreated about 10 km inland. In the same area, see Marmorilik with the Black Angel Mine for zinc and lead high in the mountains. Later take a zodiac cruise along the glacier front of the Perdlerfiup Sermia.

Day 6

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Upernivik Ø

Circumnavigate Upernivik Ø and sail through the narrow fjords of Inukavsait, surrounded by mountains of over 2000m and glaciers at all sides. At the head of the Kangerlussuaq Fjord land at Nungutagssuak with Thule houses, a beautiful valley near a giant glacier front, and in the valley a hanging glacier.

Day 7

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Schades Øer

In the morning take a zodiac cruise to Schades Øer where you can see Arctic tern colonies and sometimes Sabines gulls. In the afternoon sail along the south coast of Svartenhuk Peninsula and look into the valleys of Savik and Akunerit, where you can sometimes see musk ox. The west side of Akunerit has lakes with water birds like Canada goose. Also Arctic skuas breed here.

Day 8

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


On Hareøen you may make a landing at Umivinguaq, a lovely little bay with Thule houses. Alternatively land in Qasigissat, in a lush tundra landscape near lakes in valleys surrounded by basalt cliffs. It is a great area for ducks and geese.

Day 9

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fortune Bay and Engkelsmanshavn

In Fortune Bay (in Greenlandic called Kitdlit, meaning whale bay) and Engkelsmanshavn, land near some warm springs, which create lush vegetation. The area offers a good opportunity to see humpback whales when the ship sails south of Godhavn. Head to Hunde Ejlands, a small Greenlandic settlement, to see old dwellings of Greenland’s Thule culture dating from 11th century and graves from 18th century European Whalers.

Day 10

  • Breakfast

Disembark in Aasiaat

Arrive in Aasiaat. In the morning fly from Aasiaat to Kangerlussuaq by chartered flight, and onward by scheduled flight to Copenhagen.

- 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.

Please note: All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions and in order to take advantage of opportunities to see wildlife. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.

Trip Cost Includes
- All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea
- Free use of snowshoes
- All shore excursions and activities
- Lecture Program by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
- All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges
- AECO fees and governmental taxes
- Comprehensive pre-departure material

Trip Cost Does Not Include:
-Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
-Pre- and post land arrangements
-Transfers to / from the vessel on commercial flights
-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
-The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided)
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