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Surfacing Humpback Whales

West Greenland Whale Safari

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Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Maniitsoq
Day 2 : Hamborgerland
Day 3 : Evighedsfjord (Eternity Fjord)
Day 4 : Sydbay (Ukivik)
Day 5 : Disko Bay
Day 6 : Jakobshavn Isfjord
Day 7 : Grønne Ejland
Day 8 : Disembark in Aasiaat


Rembrandt van Rijn

Places Visited

  • Arctic
  • Greenland
  • Aasiaat
  • Disko Bay
  • Evighedsfjorden
  • Hamborgerland
  • Jakobshavn Glacier
  • Maniitsoq
  • Sermilinguaq Fjord
  • Sydbay


Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level


Trip Snapshots

Surfacing Humpback Whales Snowshoeing remote polar destinations Enjoy the unique towns of Greenland. Travelers exploring the arctic with zodiacs.

Day 1 Embark in Maniitsoq

Arrive in Maniitsoq from Kangerdlussuak by chartered plane. The town is nestled on an island at the mouth of a fjord surrounded by peaks that reach above 2000 meters. The port of Manitsoq is ice free from late spring to early winter. It is a community where fishing and hunting form the backbone of the economy. There is a museum which portrays regional history and culture. Sperm whale frequently surface in the waters near town.

Day 2 Hamborgerland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
East of Hamborgerland, your ship reaches the fantastic landscapes of the Sermilinguaq Fjord. The Maniitsoq area has rugged scenery with mountain tops flanked by glaciers reaching down to the sea. Explore the lower slopes and viewpoints on snowshoes.

Day 3 Evighedsfjord (Eternity Fjord)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At the mouth of Evighedsfjord, humpback whales are often spotted. Sail into the fjord and cruise along the nearby glacier front. Further into the fjord, sail among the highest alpine mountains in West Greenland.

Day 4 Sydbay (Ukivik)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive at Sydbay (Ukivik), where the 18th century whalers traded with the Greenlanders at the annual Assivik - a time when people from a large area come together on a beautiful sandy beach. Make a landing at nearby Isortoq where remains of houses from the Thule culture can be found. In this area you may also see reindeer.

Day 5 Disko Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Find yourself in the mouth of the Disko Bay today. The area is surrounded by rich waters, which attract both seabirds and whales. You can expect to see your first Greenland whales here. In the evening spend the night in Fortune Bay where there are warm springs.

Day 6 Jakobshavn Isfjord

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today is another day of opportunities to see Greenland whale as your ship sails south of Godhavn. In the afternoon sail to the mouth of the Jakobshavn Isfjord, characterized by enormous icebergs. Keep an eye out for marine life as you float for a few hours.

Day 7 Grønne Ejland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A third day of opportunities to see Greenland whales when we sail north from Jakobshavn Glacier to the Grönne Ejland nature reserve, where you can find the remains of a small 19th century Greenlandic settlement.

Day 8 Disembark in Aasiaat

  • 1 Breakfast
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 Kangerdlussuaq by chartered flight, and onward by scheduled flight to Copenhagen.

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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.
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