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West Greenland and Disko Bay

Birthplace of Icebergs - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Sea Spirit
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Join the Sea Spirit on a spectacular 8-day voyage sailing around West Greenland & Disko Bay. Though settlements abound in this gorgeous part of Greenland, unpredictable weather and dearth of docking facilities nevertheless make this a real expedition. You can be sure that the best possible advantage is taken of the circumstances presented to you by Nature in this wild and remote region. Discover potential destinations such as Ilulissat and its nearby icefjord, Sisimiut - the second largest town in Greenland, and Eqip Sermia, an active tidewater glacier. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Kangerlussuaq, Greenland | Nuuk | Embark
Days 2-7 : Exploration of West Greenland
Day 8 : Kangerlussuaq, Greenland | Disembark

Highlights

  • Discover charming Sisimiut, the second largest town in Greenland
  • Visit Qeqertarsuaq's octagonal church, also known as the “Lord’s Ink Pot"
  • Explore Eqip Sermia, an active tidewater glacier situated in a scenic fjord
  • Enjoy unique Itilleq, located just north of the Arctic Circle

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Sea Spirit

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Arctic village Greenland hiking views Take advantage of the many opportunities for once-in-a-lifetime shots! View of a glacier in Greenland Visit the home of arctic wildlife
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Day 1 Kangerlussuaq, Greenland | Nuuk | Embark

Arrive to the starting point of your expedition, the town of Kangerlussuaq. From here fly to Nuuk, included in the price of your voyage. Board the luxury expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come. Savor the anticipation of your Arctic dreams coming true as you slip your moorings and sail out of the picturesque fjord.

Day 2-7 Exploration of West Greenland

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  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
Though settlements abound in this part of Greenland, unpredictable weather and dearth of docking facilities nevertheless make this a real expedition. As such, your route and exploration opportunities along this coast are heavily dependent on the weather and ice conditions you encounter. The experienced captain and expedition leader decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities warrant. You can be sure that the best possible advantage is taken of the circumstances presented to you by Nature in this wild and remote region. Possible sites of exploration include:

Sisimiut – The second largest town in Greenland boasts a youthful, urban vibe and is also is known for adventure sports, especially dog sledding. The Sisimiut Museum offers insight into the local culture and a history of human habitation dating back 4,500 years.

Qeqertarsuaq – Located on volcanic Disko Island, the small town of Qeqertarsuaq enjoys views of basaltic mountains and the huge icebergs of Disko Bay. Founded in 1773 as a whaling station, Qeqertarsuaq is one of the oldest towns in Greenland. Cultural attractions include a distinctive octagonal church called the “Lord’s Ink Pot”. Some hiking options are available in the area: a longer hike to the basalt cliffs and a shorter one to the waterfall.

Uummannaq – Founded in 1763 on the island of the same name, the town of Uummannaq is a hunting and fishing base with a canning factory and a marble quarry. Rising above town is the distinctive 1,170-meter Uummannaq Mountain. Danish and Greenlandic children believe that Santa Claus lives on the island. A Zodiac cruise in Uummannaq fjord reveals breathtaking scenery around.

Eqip Sermia – This active tidewater glacier is situated in a wild and scenic fjord. In the period after the Second World War, this area functioned as a starting point for expeditions onto the ice cap conducted by the French explorer Paul Emile Victor, whose hut still stands today.

Ilulissat – Formerly called Jakobshavn, the town of Ilulissat is best known for unbelievable quantities of icebergs issuing from the nearby Ilulissat Icefjord, into which one of the world’s fastest moving and most active glaciers calves 46 cubic kilometers of ice annually. Attractions in town include the Inuit Art Museum, which contains a large collection of paintings by Greenlandic, Faroese, and Danish artists.

Itilleq – Located just north of the Arctic Circle, Itilleq (also known as Itivdleq) is a settlement on a small island with about 100 inhabitants. The main trade here is fishing and hunting. The island has no freshwater, so Itilleq has a facility that makes freshwater from seawater.

Day 8 Kangerlussuaq, Greenland | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland.
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Arctic Savings - Book until June 30, 2021 and save 10% per person. Valid on Triple, Main Deck and Classic Suites. For new bookings after October 30, 2020. Contact us for details.
Applies to Jun 7, 2022 departure

Save 15%
Arctic Savings - Book until June 30, 2021 and save 15% per person. Valid on Superior, Deluxe, Premium and Owner's Suite. For new bookings after October 30, 2020. Contact us for details.
Applies to Jun 7, 2022 departure

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Notes

Travel Insurance:
All passengers must have comprehensive travel insurance coverage with a minimum $200,000 (Antarctica) and $150,000 (Arctic) emergency medical coverage. Additional insurance is strongly recommended.

Solo Travelers:
All rates posted are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement: 1.7 for Main Deck and Classic, Superior Suite; twice the posted price for Deluxe, Premium and Owner's Suite.

Included in your cruise fare:
  • Air flight Kangerlussuaq – Nuuk on the first day of the cruise
  • Group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation
  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All meals on board throughout the voyage
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily
  • All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions)
  • Museum entrance fee
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team
  • Branded Poseidon Expeditions parka
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktails
  • All port fees
  • Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation
  • Pre-departure materials
  • Digital Voyage Log
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a maximum benefit of US$150,000 per person
Excluded in cruise fare:
  • Airflights
  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable)
  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunication charges
  • Staff gratuities
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