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Disko Bay Exploration - Ice, Whales & Mountains

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard M/S Balto
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The Disko Bay area is known for its diverse and astonishing landscape, including unique geological formations, deep fjords, springs and caves, magnificent towering icebergs, and impressive glaciers faces. The ocean is home to humpback, minke, and pilot whales and ashore you might meet reindeer and Arctic foxes. Visit several small colorful settlements to learn more about the local cultures. Throughout the expedition,  have plenty of opportunities to hike through the serene landscapes. Perhaps bring your lunch packs to enjoy with views of an ice-filled fjord under the midnight sun.
Sun shining on the iceDisko BayGet a close up view of the Greenland ice sheetMidnight sun light, Ilulissat
Highlights
  • Explore the magnificent Disco Bay and it's breathtaking scenery
  • Admire numerous gigantic icebergs and Calving glaciers
  • Delight yourself with the magical midnight sun
  • Enjoy various oportunities to see incredible wildlife
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Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Ilulissat, Greenland

Arrive in the town by the ice fjord, Ilulissat, where you stay one night in a hotel. Immediately upon arrival, you are struck by the natural beauty that surrounds us, with hills, glaciers, and a bay filled with icebergs. The remoteness of your everyday life is obvious! 

Day 2: Ilulissat | Embark

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Ilulissat, where the sled dogs outnumber the people. It is also the birthplace of explorer Knud Rasmussen and the museum in his name is well worth a visit. In the afternoon board M/S Balto. After the safety orientation, venture into Disko Bay, sailing in the low sun, midst a wondrous parade of icebergs and ice of all shapes and sizes in thousand shades of blue. Overnight sail across the bay and anchor past the glacial waterfalls by Qeqertarsuaq on the south side of Disko Island.

Day 3-7: Expedition cruising

  • Ship
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Enjoy breakfast with a view of the volcanic cliffs of Disko Island. Disko is unique in its geology and lush vegetation and stands out in the otherwise ice-packed bay. Greenlandic legend says it is because the island was moved here from the south by two kayaking seal hunters, and when it entered Disko bay a witch from Ilulissat cast a spell on it to the ground. The island invites beautiful hikes around hot springs and columnar basalt rocks that show the island's volcanic history. Pay a visit to Qeqertarsuaq – the settlement on the island – to explore the beautiful nature around the town and the colorful town itself. On the outskirts of the village are nice hiking paths, overlooking cliffs with caves and a bay with icebergs.

As you leave Qeqertarsuaq, cruise close to the eastern side caves, which is also a place where you can witness humpback whale feeding. Occasionally hear the mighty thundering of a large ice calving across the bay. Stop by an old fishing village on the east side of Disko Island and learn more about this traditional lifestyle. 

Continue up the picturesque Vaigat Strait. En route, pass by some magnificent glacier fronts and navigate between myriads of icebergs. One of the glaciers explore is Eqip Sermia, which is one of the most active glaciers in Greenland. It is a powerful experience to hear the explosive sound of the air being released as the glacier calves.

Make a visit to the village of Saqqaq. Here, extraordinary archaeological findings of the ancient and now extinct Saqqaq culture have been made, dating back to around 2500 BCE. This makes the Saqqaq the earliest known inhabitants of Greenland, and surprisingly to science, ancestors of three Arctic peoples from the Siberian Far East.

Heading back towards Ilulissat, pass the old whaling settlement Oqaatsut. Today it is a strong fishing community with less than 50 inhabitants and colorful houses spread out on the rocks.

Day 8: Ilulissat | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
In the morning disembark in Ilulissat for homebound flights.

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Notes

Price includes
  • 6 nights on board M/S Balto
  • 1 night in a hotel in Ilulissat
  • All meals on board
  • Coffee and tea
  • 1 Expedition Leader and 1 guide
  • Guiding ashore and talks on board
  • All excursions and activities
  • Comprehensive information material before the expedition
  • The trip is climate compensated
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  • Mandatory transfer package Flights to and from Greenland
  • Travel and cancellation insurance
  • The customary gratuity to the ship’s crew
  • Personal expenses such as bar and shop charges

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