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Spot the Minke whale

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Example 10 Day Cruise aboard Rembrandt van Rijn
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Embark on a unique arctic cruise aboard your 34-passenger sailing vessel, Rembrandt van Rijn, on this 10-day journey. Explore the rugged shores of West Greenland with stops at remote ports of call on this exciting polar cruise.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Aasiaat
Day 2 : Jakobshavn Isfjord
Day 3 : Flakkerhuk
Day 4 : Sydbay (Ukivik)
Day 5 : Kangaamiut
Day 6 : Sermilinguaq Fjord
Day 7 : South of Maniitsoq between Alanngua and Atamik
Day 8 : South of Maniitsoq between Alanngua and Atamik
Day 9 : Nuuk
Day 10 : Disembark in Nuuk


Rembrandt van Rijn

Places Visited

  • Arctic
  • Greenland
  • Aasiaat
  • Alanngua
  • Flakkerhuk
  • Jakobshavn Glacier
  • Kangaamiut
  • Nuuk
  • Sermilinguaq Fjord
  • Sydbay


Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level


Trip Snapshots

Spot the Minke whale Beautiful mountainous view between Nuuk and Manitsoq Hiking the arctic tundra. Travelers exploring the arctic with zodiacs.

Day 1 Embark in Aasiaat

Take a chartered plane from Kangerlussuaq to Aasiaat. 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.

Day 2 Jakobshavn Isfjord

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start today just south of the large Jakobshavn Glacier with its enormous icebergs. The Jakobshavn Isfjord is a World Heritage Site. Just south of the glacier, you may have the opportunity to climb a hill and enjoy the view across the bay with icebergs.

Day 3 Flakkerhuk

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, land at Flakkerhuk, on the east side of Disko Island, navigating through waters dominated by huge icebergs. The crew intends to land at several points along the coast, such as Narujuk and Modderbugt, to observe populations of birds typical to the High Arctic, including long-tailed skua, turnstone, and grey phalarope. The birds breed on a beautiful tundra landscape backed by basalt cliffs.

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 Kangaamiut

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Kangaamiut, at the mouth of Evighedsfjord (Eternities fjord), is a friendly Greenlandic village where people still indulge in handicraft. Some way into Evighedsfjord,, near the glacier fronts of Sermetsiaq and Taterat Sermiat we are surrounded by mountains of nearly 2000m high. In the mouth of this fjord system we often see humpback whales.

Day 6 Sermilinguaq Fjord

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
East of Hamborgerland we 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 7 South of Maniitsoq between Alanngua and Atamik

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
South of Maniitsoq, between Alanngua and Atamik, land at the base of a large impact crater, caused by a huge meteorite that hit the earth about 3 milliard years ago. It is the oldest impact structure recorded to date on earth.

Day 8 South of Maniitsoq between Alanngua and Atamik

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On the island of Akilia, you may find some of the oldest sedimentary rocks (about 3.9 milliard years old) that has been found at the surface of the earth. The waters somewhat to the west are a good place to see humpback whales and blue whales.

Day 9 Nuuk

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, sail into the Nuuk fjord and land at Nuuk at mid-day. Nuuk (Godthåb - Neu Herrenhut), the capital of Greenland, has a rapidly growing population of about 20,000 people. 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.

Day 10 Disembark in Nuuk

  • 1 Breakfast
From Nuuk fly home via Kangerlussuaq or Reykjavik.

Rembrandt van Rijn

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Main deck, upper and lower berths, private bath facilities and porthole.
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Lower deck, upper and lower berths, inside cabins with private bath facilities.
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Twin Private Porthole
Lower deck, upper and lower berths or two lower berths, private bath facilities and porthole.


- 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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