Disko Bay: Whale Safari & Aurora Borealis Cruise

Alaska travel and aurora borealis
Goran Ehlme
A humpback whale lifts its fluke
Erwin Vermeulen-Oceanwide Expeditions
Sunset view of Greenland.
Johan Francke
Sailing the Arctic waters
Erwin Vermeulen
Surfacing Humback Whales
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 voyage to the Disko Bay area where you may observe Humpback Whales and Greenland Whales and even the Aurora Borealis. Besides whale and other wildlife spotting, sail among enormous icebergs, and see a bit of history of the Greenland culture.

Day 1

    Aasiaat / Embark

    Arrive in Aasiaat from Kangerlussuaq 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 at the mouth of Disko Bay. Its port is ice free from late spring to early winter. Spend the first part of the night at anchor in Aasiaat or in one of the bays nearby.

    Day 2

      Disko Bay

      Today find yourself at the mouth of the Disko Bay, surrounded by rich waters, which attract both seabirds and whales. Expect to see your fist Greenland Whale. In the evening spend the night in Fortune Bay or Engelsmandens Haven, where there are warm springs.

      Day 3

        Jakobshavn Isfjord

        Another day of opportunities to see Greenland Whales, when sailing south of Godhavn. In the afternoon sail to the mouth of the Jakobshavn Isfjord with its enormous icebergs, where you will float for quite some hours.

        Day 4

          Disko Island

          In the morning land at Flakkerhuk, on the east side of Disko Island, making your way through waters dominated by huge icebergs. Your crew intends to land at several points along the coast, like Narujuk and Modderbugt to observe a population of birds typical to the High Arctic, with species such as Long-tailed Skua, Turnstone and Grey Phalarope. The birds breed on a beautiful tundra landscape backed by basalt cliffs. Later in the day you may also pay a visit to Saqqaq, famous because of the remains of dwellings of the Saqqaq Culture, 4000 years ago.

          An alternative is to sail into Ata Sund to the glacier front of Eqip Sermia.

          Day 5

            Nordfjord & Qasigissat

            In the morning in Davis Strait you may glimpse the edge of the Baffin Bay sea-ice, some tens of miles west of Disko Island. You will try some landings in Nordfjord and Qasigissat, in a lush tundra landscape near lakes in valleys surrounded by basalt cliffs. At Qasigissat there are accessible populations of of ducks and geese.

            Day 6

              Diskofjord

              In Diskofjord sail into the Kuanerssuit Fjord toward some warm springs. Near Sioraq settlement, where the people keep sledge dogs, visit a Thule dwelling site with large turfhuts in a great setting. In the evening cruise along Queqertaq Island (1000 m high) with the largest Northern Fulmar colony in Greenland.

              Day 7

                Hunde Ejlands

                Another day of opportunities to see Greenland Whales when sailing south of Godhavn to Hunde Ejlands, with a small Greenlandic settlement, old dwellings of Greenland’s Thule culture (dating from 11th century) and graves from 18th century European Whalers.

                Day 8

                  Aasiaat / Return Home

                  Arrive in Aasiaat, a settlement which was created in the 17th century to support the whaling at the mouth of Disko Bay. Its port is ice free from late spring to early winter. 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).
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                  - 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 materials

                  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 US Dollar 25 per passenger per night.

                  Conditions:
                  Please note that if there is still too much sea ice around Disko Island (possibly in May and early June), the ship will remain in Disko Bay and explore to the southeast of Disko Bay to Grønne Island (cruise at 200m from seabird reserve), Saqqaq site at Qajaa, and to Cristianshaab = Qasingiannguit. After mid- June the Greenland Whales have disappeared from the Disko Bay region and the program will not focus on them anymore. There will be maximal displays of Aurora Borealis on the autumn voyages.