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Boasting the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, West Greenland offers an adventure-filled experience that includes thrilling Zodiac cruises along gleaming ice-filled fjords, unbeatable photographic opportunities, and meeting friendly Inuit locals living in some of the world’s remotest and harshest environments. Affectionately known as the ice-factory of the north, the icebergs that are created from calving glaciers are some of the largest on the planet.  On this unforgettable voyage at one of the world’s most remote regions, you will discover Greenland’s capital, Nuuk. Kayakers will glide across gleaming waters teeming with whales, while being surrounded by towering fjords.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Nuuk, Greenland
Day 2 : Embark the Greg Mortimer
Days 3-9 : Exploring Greenland’s West Coast
Day 10 : At Sea
Day 11 : Nuuk | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit Ilulissat Icefjord, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Discover Nuuk, one of the world’s most remote cosmopolitan capital cities
  • Paddle across crystal-clear waters and get exceptionally close to nature
  • Enjoy whale-watching, viewing up to 15 species that visit Greenland

Ship

Greg Mortimer

Places Visited

  • Arctic
  • Greenland
  • Disko Bay
  • Disko Island
  • Eqip Sermia
  • Ilulissat
  • Nuuk
  • Qeqertarsuaq
  • Upernavik
  • Uummannaq

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Houses of Greenland Midnight sun light, Ilulissat Whale sighting in Polar waters! One of Greenland's many glaciers Exploring Greenland by kayak

Day 1 Nuuk, Greenland

Arrive in Greenland’s capital, Nuuk and transfer to the group hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Day 2 Embark the Greg Mortimer

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The northernmost capital in the world, Nuuk was founded in 1728 by the Norwegian missionary Hans Egede and has more than 17,000 inhabitants. The center of Greenland lies at the mouth of its very own fjord system, on the mid-west coast of Greenland. The fjord system is the second-largest fjord system in the world and is one of the country’s main drawcards.

On an introductory tour, discover Nuuk’s contrasting architecture from beautiful old buildings to colorful houses – one of Nuuk’s trademarks, with the brightly-colored houses providing a stark to the rocks or white winter snow.  Stop by the newly renovated and roof-covered "brættet", where the day's catch of seal, birds, and fish are sold. Other attractions in the town include the award-winning culture center Katuaq, City Hall, the cathedral from 1849, as well as the National Museum, located down by the colonial buildings at the old harbor, with a stunning view over the fjord. The museum was established in 1966 and became Greenland's National Museum and Archives, offering a unique ethnographical collection. Discover the famous mummies and costumes from Qilakitsoq in northwest Greenland, as well as the world’s oldest and almost completely intact skin boat the Pearland Umiaq, whose well-preserved remains are estimated to date back to the 1470s.

After discovering Nuuk on a city tour, embark the Greg Mortimer to commence your voyage.

Day 3-9 Exploring Greenland’s West Coast

  • Ship
  • 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners
Over the coming days, you will discover the immense beauty of west Greenland. In true expeditionary style, plan to visit the following places:

Sisimiut: Greenland’s second-largest town, Sisimiut is the only place in Greenland that has an open-air public swimming pool. The town is also famous for its old blue church with the gate made from whale jaws. The museum in Sisimiut exhibiting early life in Greenland, allows you to experience local history as well as some cultural-historical treats. There are various hiking trails, some of which venture into the mountains that offer spectacular vantage points.

Ilulissat: Nature puts on one of its finest displays in Ilulissat with mountainous icebergs drifting from one of the most productive glaciers in the Northern Hemisphere and out into Disko Bay. A short distance south of town is the mind-blowing Ilulissat Icefjord, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004 and home to one of the most actively calving glaciers in the world, Sermeq Kujalleq. Perhaps enjoy a Zodiac-cruise at the mouth of the fjord and kayak through sea ice and icebergs. Hiking trails offer magnificent vistas of the icebergs – perfect for photography. An optional flight over the fjord offers unforgettable views for an additional cost.

Eqip Sermia: Accessible only by sea, Eqi glacier is located 80 kilometers north of Ilulissat. It’s one of the most active glaciers in Greenland. Although it’s smaller than Sermeq Kujalleq glacier in Ilulissat, it’s more accessible. If ice conditions permit, we’ll Zodiac-cruise within a safe distance to wait for chunks of ice to calve, and to hear the deafening crash of the ice breaking off followed by the huge splash when it hits the water – an experience you won’t forget quickly. A hike to the glacier offers a different view.

Uummannaq: Surrounded by steep islands, and an endless supply of icebergs from the Qarajaq Glacier, Uummannaq (meaning “heart-like”) is the centerpiece of the archipelago – a great place for hiking, kayaking and Zodiac-cruising to explore the coastline.

Disko Island: A volcanic island, much younger than the rest of Greenland, Disko Island (or Qeqertarsuaq in Greenlandic) rose up from the continental split where Iceland is now located. Disko Island has many natural features including mountains, hot springs and excellent hiking trails. Rich with marine life, the waters around the island hosts, humpback, fin, minke and bowhead whales – perfect for Zodiac-cruising and encounters with whales.

Day 10 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As you sail back south to Nuuk, keep a lookout for whale blows and the seabirds that trail the ship in the ever-present Arctic winds. Enjoy the time to reflect on your recent adventures in Greenland, share and exchange photos, and soak in the spectacular scenery of West Greenland.

Day 11 Nuuk | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive back in Nuuk where you disembark and farewell your crew, expedition team, and fellow travelers. A transfer to downtown or to the airport is included.

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22 rooms available. All include en-suite bathrooms, floor to ceiling windows and balconies and a select number are also connecting rooms, perfect for families or groups.
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With a bit more room to stretch the legs, the Greg Mortimer's two Balcony Suites are perfect for polar adventurers who travel with plenty of gear. Featuring private balconies, en-suite bathrooms and a comfortable desk area, these will sell out quickly!
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The Greg Mortimer's four Junior Suites take in some impressive scenery from their vantage points on Deck 7. When you aren't enjoying a landing, you can relax in the suites' separate lounge area, or just watch the world float by from the private balcony.
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The largest of all the rooms, the Greg Mortimer's singular Captain's Suite will take you to the polar regions in ultimate style and comfort. Complete with large lounge area, balcony, walk-in wardrobe and en-suite.

Notes

Expedition Inclusions
  • Arrival airport transfer to group hotel on Day 1
  • One night’s hotel accommodation in Nuuk on Day 1
  • Half-day tour in Nuuk on day 2 prior to embarking Greg Mortimer
  • Group transfer from ship to airport in Nuuk on Day 11
  • On-board accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
  • All meals, snacks, tea, and coffee during voyage
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from the expedition team
  • Free access to the onboard doctor for consultations relating to sea-sickness. A standard fee of US $60.00 (reclaimable through your travel insurance provider) applies for medical consultations not related to sea-sickness
  • A 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
  • Complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • A printed photo book produced with photos from your voyage
  • Port surcharges, permits, and landing fees
Note: A $15 USD per person per day gratuity for the crew is automatically added to your onboard account. It is at your discretion if you would like to remove the tip (or increase/decrease the amount) when you settle your bill. It is not necessary to tip the expedition team members.

Expedition Exclusions
  • International or domestic flights, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Passport, visa, reciprocity fees, and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharges
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, Wi-Fi, email or phone charges
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