Thule Cruise

Amos Nachoum
A zodiac landing on remote shores
Ella Groedem-Oceanwide Expeditions
Unique houses in Greenland.
Amos Nachoum
Hiking the arctic tundra.
Johan Francke
Sailing the Arctic waters
Rinie van Meurs
Purple Saxifrage on a Arctic hillside
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.
Sail by the enormous Greenlandic icecap on a route through Melville Bay on this epic 18-day adventure. The coast in this region is dominated by the vast icecap that reaches into the sea in the form of a series of enormous glacier fronts - the largest outside of Antarctica!

Day 1

    Embark in Aasiaat, Greenland

    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.

    Day 2

      Hareøen

      On Hareøen, make a landing at the northeast side at Umivinguaq, a lovely little bay with Thule houses.

      Days 3-4

        Davis Strait

        Spend today at sea sailing north in Davis Strait, and enjoy the ever-changing view of the Greenland ice cap.

        Day 5

          Cape York

          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.

          Day 6

            Umanak and Thule Mountain

            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.

            Day 7

              Thule (Qaanaaq)

              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. Your 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.

              Day 8

                Qeqertarssuaq on Hebert Ø

                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.

                Day 9

                  Kaminski Bugt-Qarsuarssuk

                  In Kaminski Bugt-Qarsuarssuk enjoy a beautiful view of the Putigfik Glacier and take another zodiac cruise along the glacier front.

                  Day 10

                    Savigsivik

                    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.

                    Days 11-12

                      Greenlandic Icecap

                      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.

                      Days 13-14

                        Melville Bay and Upernavik

                        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.

                        Day 15

                          Svartenhuk Peninsula

                          Svartenhavn is a secluded bay in the Svartenhuk Peninsula where you can expect to see Musk oxen.

                          Day 16

                            Bjørnefaelden

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

                            Day 17

                              Flakkerhuk

                              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.

                              Day 18

                                Disembark in Aasiaat, Greenland

                                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).
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                                Charter flights - price to be determined
                                - 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.
                                - 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.


                                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.

                                Note: If on day 2 the prospects for a clockwise round trip are very adverse, your ship's crew may carry out the program in an anti-clockwise direction and sail directly back from Cape York to Disko Island.

                                Deposit & Payment

                                Initial deposit is 25% cruise cost, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. Alternatively, you can register online here.

                                Final payment is due 70 days prior to departure by bank transfer, check or credit card. All final payments by credit card may be subject to a surcharge and maximum of $20,000 charge.

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                                Cancellation Policy

                                Days Prior to departureFee
                                90 days or more25% cruise cost
                                89-60 Days55% cruise cost
                                59-0 Days100% cruise cost