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South of Maniitsoq between Alanngua and Atamik, join this 12-day Greenland voyage to land in an area which is the base of a large impact crater, caused by a huge meteorite. Colliding with earth about 3 million years ago, it is the oldest impact structure recorded to date on earth.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Kangerlussuaq
Day 2 : Evighedsfjord (Eternities Fjord)
Day 3 : East of Hamborgerland
Day 4 : South of Maniitsoq
Day 5 : Nuuk
Day 6 : Lichtenfels
Day 7 : Flade Island
Day 8 : Ivittuut
Day 9 : Glacier fronts of Qaleralik Sermia
Day 10 : Uunartoq
Day 11 : Brattahlíð
Day 12 : Disembark in Narsarssuaq


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Places Visited

  • Arctic
  • Greenland
  • Brattahlíð
  • Evighedsfjorden
  • Hamburgerland
  • Ivittuut
  • Kangerlussuaq
  • Lichtenfels
  • Manitsoq
  • Narsasuaq
  • Nuuk
  • Qoornooq
  • Uunartoq


Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level


Trip Snapshots

Sight-seeing in the arctic. Spot the Minke whale Enjoy the unique towns of Greenland. Travelers find a walrus on a zodiac trip through the arctic. View of the Sermilik Fjord in Greenland.

Day 1 Embark in Kangerlussuaq

Arrive at Kangerlussuaq, a former American air base, these days an intercontinental airport, where you board the ship. In the Søndre Strømfjord surrounded by towering mountains, the ship may meet currents of up to 7 knots (12 km), thus some time may need to be spent sailing the whole length of 170 km.

Day 2 Evighedsfjord (Eternities Fjord)

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In Evighedsfjord (Eternities Fjord) near the glacier fronts of Sermetsiaq and Taterat Sermiat you are surrounded by mountains of nearly 2000 m high. In the mouth of this fjord system humpback whales are often spotted.

Day 3 East of Hamborgerland

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
East of Hamborgerland reach the fantastic landscapes of the Sermilinguaq Fjord. The Maniitsoq area has rugged scenery with mountain tops flanked by glaciers reaching down to the sea.

Day 4 South of Maniitsoq

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
South of Maniitsoq between Alanngua and Atamik, the ship lands in an area where you can find remnants of one of the oldest meteorite impact craters on earth. Believed to have hit earth roughly 3 million years ago, this large-impact crater is a sight to behold.

Day 5 Nuuk

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Nuuk (Godthåb - Neu Herrenhut)is the capital of Greenland and has a population of about 15,000. An excursion here may include a visit to the local museum, which has a remarkable collection of Inuit mummies. Many date from the 15th century and were found near the northern settlement of Uummannaq. The Cultural Center of Nuuk, which hosts exhibitions of Greenlandic artists, is also worth visiting. For nature-lovers, the waters to the west of the town are a good place to see humpback whale and blue whale.

Day 6 Lichtenfels

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Call at Lichtenfels, an abandoned Herrnhuters mission post, which is abutted by a large cemetery from the 18th century. Later visit Fiskenaes, formerly called Brielse Haven.

Day 7 Flade Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail past Flade Isblink and keep a lookout for humpback whale and minke whale.

Day 8 Ivittuut

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In Ivittuut, walk along the remains of a Cryolite mine and around a small cemetery connected with it. In this area look for musk oxen, which were introduced into the area in the last century.

Day 9 Glacier fronts of Qaleralik Sermia

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today sail to the beautiful glacier fronts of Qaleralik Sermia, where you can join a zodiac excursion and make a landing near the glacier. Deeper into Bredefjord at Qoornooq, you can land in an area with beautiful remains of Thule houses.

Day 10 Uunartoq

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Lichtenau, a lovely but nearly-deserted Greenlandic village, where the Herrnhuters had a mission in the 18th century and where some of their large buildings remain today. Try to get to Uunartoq, where you can bathe in a large hot spring surrounded by icebergs. Close to it is Illorpait, another abandoned Moravian Mission.

Day 11 Brattahlíð

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 Narsarssuaq.

Day 12 Disembark in Narsarssuaq

  • 1 Breakfast
From Narsarssuaq, fly by scheduled plane to Kangerlussuaq and Copenhagen.

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