- 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.