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Disko Bay: Whale Safari & Aurora Borealis

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Embark on a voyage to the Disko Bay area where you may observe humpback whales and Greenland whales and even the Aurora Borealis. Besides whales and other wildlife spotting, sail among enormous icebergs, and see a bit of history of the Greenland culture.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Aasiaat / Embark
Day 2 : Disko Bay
Day 3 : Jakobshavn Isfjord
Day 4 : Disko Island
Day 5 : Nordfjord & Qasigissat
Day 6 : Diskofjord
Day 7 : Hunde Ejlands
Day 8 : Aasiaat / Return Home


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Alaska travel and aurora borealis A humpback whale lifts its fluke Sunset view of Greenland. Sailing the Arctic waters Surfacing Humpback Whales

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

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
n the morning we land at Flakkerhuk, on the east side of Disko Island, making our way through waters dominated by huge icebergs. We intend 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 we may also pay a visit to Saqqaq, famous because of the remains of dwellings of the Saqqaq Culture, 4000 years ago. Some miles to the west are cliffs with Cormorants and a beautiful hidden lagoon with remains of turf houses. An alternative is to sail into Ata Sund to the glacier front of Eqip Sermia

Day 5 Nordfjord & Qasigissat

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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. 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

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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

  • 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 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.

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.


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