South Greenland - Aurora Borealis Cruise

Jan Belgers-Oceanwide Expeditions
Sight-seeing in the arctic.
Rinie van Meurs
Spot the Minke whale
Rob Tully-Oceanwide Expeditions
Enjoy the unique towns of Greenland.
Erwin Vermeulen-Oceanwide Expeditions
Travelers find a walrus on a zodiac trip through the arctic.
Rob Tully-Oceanwide Expeditions
View of the Sermilik Fjord in Greenland.
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.
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 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)

      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

        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

          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

            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 which 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

              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

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

                Day 8

                  Ivittuut

                  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

                    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

                      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.

                        Brattahlíð

                        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.

                          Disembark in Narsarssuaq

                          From Narsarssuaq, fly by scheduled plane to Kangerlussuaq and Copenhagen.
                           Triple Private PortholeTwin Private InsideTwin Private Porthole
                          2015-Sep-28$3,350$3,500$3,950
                          - 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.