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Exploring Greenland

The Heart of Greenland with Disko Bay

Example 16 Day Cruise aboard MS Fridtjof Nansen
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This 16-day voyage begins and ends in Iceland, taking you to the western Greenlandic coastline with its charming scenery and many colorful settlements. You will meet the warm people who live here, and learn more about their traditions and modern culture. Disko Bay is also renowned for its Arctic landscape of glaciers and impressive icebergs.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Reykjavík, Iceland | Embark
Days 2-3 : At sea
Day 4 : Qaqortoq
Day 5 : Kvanefjord
Day 6 : Maniitsoq
Day 7 : Sisimiut
Day 8 : Ilulissat
Day 9 : Vaigat Sound
Day 10 : Evighed Fjord
Day 11 : Nuuk
Day 12 : Ivittuut
Day 13 : Prins Christian Sund
Days 14-15 : Irminger Sea
Day 16 : Reykjavík, Iceland | Disembark

Highlights

  • Discover and explore the western coast of Greenland around Disko Bay
  • Have your breath taken away by the Arctic scenery of icebergs and glaciers
  • Meet the welcoming people of Greenland and learn about Inuit culture
  • Visit the stunning Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Ship

MS Fridtjof Nansen

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Hallgrimskirkja Church in Reykjavik Late summer in West Greenland View of a glacier in Greenland Midnight sun light, Ilulissat One of Greenland's many glaciers Exploring Greenland
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Day 1 Reykjavík, Iceland | Embark

Reykjavík is the northernmost capital city in the world. The name means 'Smokey Bay,' so-called because of the columns of steam that rise from the many hot springs in the area. It is well worth booking a Pre-program to explore the surrounding geysers, mountains, glaciers, and geothermal hot springs before embarking MS Fridtjof Nansen.

Day 2-3 At sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Leave Iceland behind and sail across the Irminger Sea. This is the same crossing that was used by the Vikings to migrate from Iceland to Greenland some 1,000 years ago.
Enjoy introductory lectures on local history and biology for insight into the upcoming destinations.

Day 4 Qaqortoq

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Many consider Qaqortoq one of the most beautiful towns in Greenland for its colorful houses and photogenic setting. It is the biggest town in South Greenland, with some 3,000 inhabitants, but still easy to explore on foot. You can also join one of our excursions to get even more insight into local culture.

Included
Qaqortoq - Great Lake Walk

Qaqortoq rises quite steeply over the surrounding fjord system and is best discovered on foot, which says something about its small size

Optional Excursions
  • Kaffeemik
    Take part in a traditional Greenlandic kaffemik, where a local family serves a large selection of specialty food dishes. And of course, a pot of coffee. This is an authentic experience, which lets you learn more about living like a Greenlander.
  • Great Greenland Tannery
    Visit Great Greenland, the only tannery in Greenland, and see how hides and furs are processed. You will also learn about the old hunting traditions, which are an important part of Greenlandic culture.

Day 5 Kvanefjord

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Discover the beautiful region of Paamiut by sailing deep into the Kvanefjord. Our experienced captain and Expedition Leader will take advantage of the current weather and ice conditions to identify our activity for the day. This could be a hike ashore for a scenic view of the area, or possibly small-boat cruising or kayaking.

Day 6 Maniitsoq

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Maniitsoq was founded in 1755 and its name means `The Uneven Place,´ referring to the rocky hills and mountains shaping the layout of the town. It is also known as the `Venice of Greenland´ as it is situated in an archipelago, intersected by natural canals. The local museum charts the town´s rich history and culture. 

Day 7 Sisimiut

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sisimiut is situated 25 miles north of the Arctic Circle. The name means `The People Living in a Place of Fox Dens.´ This is the second largest town in Greenland, a modern, picturesque settlement that maintains ancient traditions. We offer a variety of exciting excursions to discover the many things to do in Sisimiut. 

Included
Sisimiut - Kayak Demo and Museum visit

Sisimiut is Greenland's second-largest town with approximately 5.500 inhabitants. That's almost 4 times smaller than the Capital, Nuuk.

Optional Excursions
  • City tour by bus
    If you want to comfortably experience all of Sisimiut in a short amount of time, this sightseeing tour by bus is the perfect excursion for you.
  • Sisimiut Town Walk
    Sisimiut is Greenland's second-largest town with approximately 5.500 inhabitants. That's almost 4 times smaller than the Capital, Nuuk.
  • Hike to Palasip Qaqqaa
    Join a challenging summit hike and be rewarded with an amazing panoramic view!

Day 8 Ilulissat

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Ilulissat is set in the stunning scenery of the Ilulissat Icefjord UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the mouth of the fjord you can see enormous icebergs that have run aground. These ice masses originate from the Jakobshavn Glacier, one of the fastest-moving glaciers in the world. Join one of our many excursions here.

Included
Ilulissat - Walk to the Icefjords

Hear the ice cracking in the distance?

Optional Excursions
  • Boat trip to the ice fjord
    Ilulissat is renowned for its breathtakingly beautiful ice fjord - best experienced by boat. Get close to nature and experience the ice that leaves visitors speechless in wonder.
  • Hike to Holms Bakke
    Hike through spectacular surroundings as we take you to Holms Bakke – a traditional hiking trip for locals. Experience Inuit culture, see incredible icebergs and learn about local flora and fauna.

Day 9 Vaigat Sound

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive at the northernmost point in our itinerary. There are several excellent landing sites in Vaigat Sound offering breathtaking landscape and Arctic flora. Our experienced captain and Expedition Leader will take advantage of the current weather and ice conditions to identify our activity for the day.

Day 10 Evighed Fjord

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On one side of the meandering Evighed Fjord is an ice cap that often crashes massive chunks of ice into the water. Around us are the highest mountains in West Greenland with peaks, up to 26,600 feet in height, sometimes swirling with mist. Conditions on the day will determine the final program and the range of activities on offer by the Expedition Team.

Day 11 Nuuk

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Nuuk is situated at the mouth of one of the most spectacular fjord systems in the world. The capital city is where old and new traditions meet, from historic buildings in `Kolonihavnen´ to the modern Centre for Greenland Self Rule. Another feature is the National Museum - home to the famous mummies of Qilakitsoq.

Included
Nuuk - Shuttle & Museum visit

Visit the National Museum of Greenland

Optional Excursions
  • Cultural History Walk
    Don’t miss this opportunity to explore Greenland´s capital city of Nuuk! Join a sightseeing tour of the town before you visit the National Museum, providing a glimpse into Greenland’s interesting past.
  • Nuuk City Tour
    Explore Greenland´s fascinating capital city by bus! Nuuk is a cosmopolitan town in the high Arctic, offering both beautiful nature and an urban vibe.

Day 12 Ivittuut

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
According to archaeologists, Vikings settled in this area more than a thousand years ago but didn’t remain. Ivittuut is believed to be the last Norse settlement in Greenland, but first to be abandoned. Nowadays, the only inhabitants that might appear in the town are wandering musk oxen that normally graze in the nearby plains.

Day 13 Prins Christian Sund

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This long fjord is surrounded by mountains that reach over 3,900 feet, and up to 7,280 feet high. Many glaciers go straight into its waters where they calve icebergs of all shapes, shades, and sizes. If the channel is blocked with ice, we will sail around Nunap Isua (Cape Farewell) instead.

Day 14-15 Irminger Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
After exploring exhilarating Greenland, we set course back to Iceland. Spend the days at sea recapping your experiences, having fun in the Science Center, or just relaxing on deck, looking at the seabirds which follow our ship or maybe even spotting whales.

Day 16 Reykjavík, Iceland | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
You arrive back in the Icelandic capital early in the morning. Disembark after breakfast.
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Cabin (RS)
183 sq ft, Cabins on middle decks with queen bed
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Outside Cabin on Lower/Middle Decks (RR)
205–248 sq ft, Larger cabins on middle decks with flexible sleeping arrangements, some with sofa bed. Most are 215 sq ft.
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Outside Cabin on Lower/Middle Decks (TY)(TT)
258–291 sq ft, Large cabins without balcony. On middle decks, with flexible sleeping arrangements, sofa bed, amenity kit, kettle, tea and coffee.
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Outside Cabin with Balcony (XT)(XTD)(XY)
161–205 sq ft, Spacious high-deck cabins with a balcony, flexible sleeping arrangements, some with sofa bed, amenity kit, kettle, tea and coffee
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Corner Suite (MF)
237 sq ft, Corner suite with large windows, without a balcony, with flexible sleeping arrangements, mini-bar, amenity kit, bathrobe, kettle, tea and coffee, espresso maker.
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Suite with Balcony (ME)
215–301 sq ft, Suites with a private balcony on high decks, with flexible sleeping arrangements, some with sofa bed, mini-bar, amenity kit, bathrobe, kettle, tea and coffee, espresso maker
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Large Suite with Balcony (MD)
377 sq ft, Large corner suite with a private balcony, flexible sleeping arrangements, sofa bed, mini-bar, amenity kit, bathrobe, kettle, espresso maker. Accessible to guests with limited mobility.
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Corner Suite with Balcony (MC)
215–323 sq ft, Aft corner suites with a private balcony and hot tub, large windows, flexible sleeping arrangements, some with sofa bed, mini-bar, amenity kit, bathrobe, kettle, tea and coffee, espresso maker.
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XL Suite (MB)
474 sq ft, Extra-large corner suites without a balcony. Aft corner suites with sofa bed, flexible sleeping arrangements, large windows, mini-bar, amenity kit, bathrobe, kettle, tea and coffee, espresso maker.
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XL Suite with Balcony (MA)
495–517 sq ft, Extra-large corner suites with a private balcony. The ship’s most spacious cabins, with large windows, flexible sleeping arrangements, sofa bed, mini-bar, amenity kit, bathrobe, kettle, tea and coffee, espresso maker.

Notes

Included in Your Expedition
  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune and Fredheim
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • English-speaking expedition team who organize and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Range of included excursions
  • Experts on the expedition team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center, which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • Citizen Science program allows guests to assist with current scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, infinity pool, sauna with floor-to-ceiling window, outdoor and indoor gyms, and outdoor running track
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come
  • Escorted landings with small explorer boats
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition photographers help with your camera settings before landings
Not Included In Your Expedition
  • International flights
  • Travel protection
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our expedition team
  • Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area
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