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West & South Greenland Aurora Celestis

Example 15 Day Cruise aboard Rembrandt van Rijn
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A polar voyage to West Greenland where you will sail to Godthåbsfjord among other landing sites. Along the way on your Arctic exploration see whales, other beautiful flora and fauna, learn from Greenlandic history & culture and admire the many glaciers on this exciting Arctic cruise.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Aasiaat / Embark
Day 2 : Jakobshavn Glacier
Day 3 : Disko Bay & Hunde Eijland
Day 4 : Sydbay (Ukivik)
Day 5 : Evigheds fjord
Day 6 : South of Maniitsoq
Day 7 : Godthabsfjord
Day 8 : Nuuk
Day 9 : Lichtenfels & Fiskenaes
Day 10 : At Sea
Day 11 : Ivittuut
Day 12 : Qaleralik Sermia & Qoornooq
Day 13 : Lichtenau & Uunartoq
Day 14 : Narsasrsuaq
Day 15 : Disembark / Return Home


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A humpback whale lifts its fluke Purple Saxifrage on a Arctic hillside Little Auks Arctic Sunset Watch the sunset in the Arctic

Day 1 Aasiaat / Embark

Arrive in Aasiaat from Kangerdlussuak 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 in the mouth of Disko Bay. Its port is ice free from late spring to early winter.

Day 2 Jakobshavn Glacier

Today find yourselves just south of the large Jakobshavn Glacier with its enormous ice-bergs. Climb the hill at Avangnardlit for fantastic views across the Jakobshavn Isfjord, which is a World Heritage site.

Day 3 Disko Bay & Hunde Eijland

The island groups of Hunde Ejland and Kronprinsens Ejland in the mouth of the Disko Bay, are surrounded by rich waters which attract both seabirds and whales. Call at the small settlement on Hunde Eijland where old dwellings of Greenland’s Thule culture (dating from the 11th century) and graves from 18th century Dutch whalers can be seen.

Day 4 Sydbay (Ukivik)

Arrive at Sydbay (Ukivik), where the 18th Century whalers traded with the Eskimo’s at the occasion of the yearly Assivik, when people from a large area come together, on a beautiful sandy beach. Land also at nearby Isortoq with remains of houses of the Thule culture. In this area Reindeer are often seen.

Day 5 Evigheds fjord

Kangaamiut at the mouth of Evigheds fjord is a friendly Greenlandic village where people still indulge in handcraft. Some way into Evighedsfjord (Eternities Fjord) near the glacier fronts of Sermetsiaq and Taterat Sermiat be surrounded by mountains nearly 2000 m high.

Day 6 South of Maniitsoq

South of Maniitsoq between Alanngua and Fiskefjord, land in an area which is the base of a large impact crater, caused by a huge meteorite, which hit the earth about 3 milliard years ago. It is the oldest impact structure recorded to date on earth. The geologist Adam Garde (Denmark) who discovered this phenomena will be guide/lecturer on this voyage.

Day 7 Godthabsfjord

Sail some way into Godthåbsfjord and visit some ruins from Vesterbygd (western settlement) of the Norsemen and see majestatic ice-bergs from the Kangersuneq. The Moravians had a mission in the abandoned Umanaq settlement.

Day 8 Nuuk

Nuuk (Godthåb - Neu Herrenhut) the capital of Greenland has a population of about 15,000. An excursion should include a visit to the museum which has a remarkable collection of Inuit mummies, dating from the 15th Century, which were found near Uummannaq, further to the north. The Cultural Center of Nuuk, which each year has an exhibition of the work of a Greenlandic artist, is also worth visiting. The waters to the west of the town are a good place to see Humpback Whale and Blue Whale.

Day 9 Lichtenfels & Fiskenaes

Call at Lichtenfels, an abandoned Herrnhuters mission post, with large cemetry from the 18th century, and Fiskenaes (formerly called Brielse Haven).

Day 10 At Sea

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

Day 11 Ivittuut

This Sunday morning try to attend a church service in Arsuk, a dwindling Greenlandic community with about 140 residents. In Ivittuut walk along the remains of a Cryolite mine and around a small cemetery connected with it. In this area see Musk Oxen, which were introduced into the area in the last century.

Day 12 Qaleralik Sermia & Qoornooq

Today sail to the beautiful glacier fronts of Qaleralik Sermia, where you will have some zodiac excursions and make some landings near the glacier. Deeper into Bredefjord at Qoornooq, land in an area with beautiful remains of houses from the Thule culture.

Day 13 Lichtenau & Uunartoq

Reach Lichtenau a lovely but nearly deserted Greenlandic village, where the Herrnhuters had a mission in the 18th Century, and where still some of their large buildings remain. Try to get to Uunartoq, where you can bathe in a large hot spring, surrounded by icebergs. Close to it is Igdlorpait another abandoned Moravian Mission.

Day 14 Narsasrsuaq

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 Narsasrsuaq.

Day 15 Disembark / Return Home

From Narsarssuaq fly by scheduled plane to Kangerdlussuak and Copenhagen (flight not included).

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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 material

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 EURO 18 per passenger per night.
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