Arrive in Aasiaat from Kangerlussuaq by chartered plane. Aasiaat is a settlement founded in the 17th century to support whaling at the mouth of Disko Bay. Its port is ice-free from late spring to early winter. Embark your ship and depart this evening.
On Hareøen, make a landing at the northeast side at Umivinguaq, a lovely little bay with Thule houses.
Spend today at sea sailing north in Davis Strait, and enjoy the ever-changing view of the Greenland ice cap.
Cape York is where Royal Navy ships under John Ross arrived in 1818, introducing the Inuit and Westerner Europeans for the first time. Today the small settlements on the eastern side of the cape are deserted. Just east of Parker Snow Bugt, cruise below the spectacular ice-capped Crimson Cliffs.
At North Star Bugt, visit the old Thule settlement where you can see Umanak and Thule Mountain (the American Base is off limits). Later land at Umivik at the northeast of Saunders ø, with beautiful geological formations.
Call at Thule (Qaanaaq), the main settlement of the area. In the 1950s the inhabitants of Old Thule were forced to move to Qaanaaq when NATO created an air base at their former village. The ship's crew hopes to sail some way to the east into the Inglefield Bredning. Later cruise to Siorapaluk, the northernmost Greenlandic village. Behind it is a mountain with little auks. In Atikerdluq, a valley more to the west, we see Thule dwellings, graves and again little auks.
Qeqertarssuaq, on Herbert Ø, is one of the many deserted settlements in Greenland. At the Missumassoq Glacier (south of Hvalsund) you can take a zodiac glacier cruise, which brings you quite close to the formation.
In Kaminski Bugt-Qarsuarssuk enjoy a beautiful view of the Putigfik Glacier and take another zodiac cruise along the glacier front.
On Meteor Island, land at Savigsivik, the southernmost Thule settlement. It was on this island that the famous York meteorite provided the Inuit with a source of iron - until Peary removed it and sold it to an American museum. A visit to the site at the east side of the island is planned if there is enough time.
Sail by the enormous Greenlandic icecap through Melville Bay south of the perimeter of the Nature reserve. Land at N.E. Balles Ø, Depot Øer. Cape Seddon and Red Head, areas completely surrounded by glacier ice, are other possibilities.
In the maze of channels and straits between Melville Bay and Upernavik, plan to make some landings and zodiac cruises. Qavdlunat (8 miles south of Cape Shackleton) offers a colorful landscape. The settlement Tasisusaq is surrounded by icebergs and is nice for zodiac cruising, as is the Upernavik Isfjord. At Kingigtorsuaq, where 14th century Viking ruins were found, go ashore and try to walk to the top of the island. On your way, try to imagine how these Norsemen stood on the same island seven centuries ago. From there sail to Upernavik, the main town in North Greenland.
Svartenhavn is a secluded bay in the Svartenhuk Peninsula where you can expect to see musk oxen.
At the western tip of Nussuaq Peninsula land at Bjørnefaelden, which is assumed to be named after a bear trap from the Viking period.
Depending on the weather, sail through Vaigat into Disko Bugt with a landing at Flakkerhuk, a tundra with a rich birdlife. Alternatively, sail west by Disko Island and land in Fortune Bay (Kitdlit, or "whale bay" in Greenlandic) and Engkelsmanshavn near some warm springs. Here there is a good opportunity to see humpback whales when you sail south of Godhavn.
Arrive in Aasiaat. In the morning fly from Aasiaat to Kangerlussuaq by chartered flight, and onward by scheduled flight to Copenhagen (flights not included in the voyage cost).