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Colorful Sisimiut, Greenland

Ilulissat to Narsarsuaq – Inuit History and Magnificent Fjords

Example 11 Day Cruise aboard M/S Balto
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Embark on an 11-day cruise from Ilulissat to Narsarsuaq aboard M/S Balto, a vessel designed for micro cruising. Wind through small islands, fjords, and cliffs as you venture through an inland passage towards Sisimiut. Learn about the history of Greenland and the demise of the Norse civilization. Spot reindeer, musk ox, and foxes during hikes in the surrounding fjords. Relax and rejuvenate in the warm-tempered natural bathtubs at Uunarteq, with stunning views of mountain peaks and drifting icebergs.
An Arctic Fox watches your approachMidnight sun light, IlulissatYour small ship cruise will carry you to beautiful landscapesInuit of GreenlandColorful Sisimiut, Greenland
Highlights
  • Admire Ilulissat's natural beauty of hills, glaciers, and icebergs
  • Explore the wild Fjords abundant in cod and various whale species
  • Visit remote settlements and learn more about their fascinating culture
  • Breathtaking views of mountain peaks and drifting icebergs
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Day 1: Ilulissat | Embark

Arrive independetly to the town by the ice fjord, Ilulissat. Immediately upon arrival you are struck by the natural beauty that surrounds you, with hills, glaciers, and a bay filled with icebergs. The remoteness from your everyday life is obvious! 

In the afternoon board M/S Balto. You are now on a true expedition style and the exact route is depending on weather and ice and the itinerary must be kept flexible!

Day 2-10: Expedition cruising through history

Explore the ice-choked Disko Bay area, before heading south.  You are very likely to sail through humpback feeding grounds. You also pass the small and colorful houses of Aasiaat. As you continue via an inland passage towards Sisimiut, sailing amongst small islands, fjords, and cliffs. You might pay a short visit to wander the streets or might opt for the surrounding wild fjords with an abundance of cod and various whale species. During hikes, you might see reindeer, musk ox, and foxes.

As you now leave the ice-filled fjords behind, only random icebergs pass your way. You pass by Sermersuut Island and might enter the magical Kangerlussuatsiaq fjord (the fjord of eternity), where huge mountains up to 2000 meters rise straight from the ocean.

You then reach Nuuk. The capital's setting is stunning, and the bay is sometimes visited by minke and pilot whales. You pay a visit to the National Museum, Greenland's largest museum of cultural history. The collections come from all over the country, giving great insight into the many different cultures of Greenland. Continues south towards the fjords around Qaqortoq. En route, you hope to stop by the abandoned mining town of Ivittuut, where you can see muskox during a hike. Ivittuut is one of the few places in the world to have discovered naturally occurring cryolite.

Nearby, you find the Ikka fjord, where legend says the Inuit people drove invaders onto thin ice, leading to their deaths in the ice-cold water. If you look closely, you can catch a glimpse of their petrified remains made of ikaite, an unusual form of chalk or limestone formed under enormous pressure. Only about five other findings of ikaite have been observed worldwide.

As you travel through the places on this cruise, you learn about the Inuit's great respect and symbiotic relationship with the environment and animals. You have many opportunities to learn about stories and legends, different eras and people that migrated to Greenland, conflicts, and the ultimate demise of the once-powerful Norse civilization.

You reach Qaqortoq, the largest city in Southern Greenland, beautifully situated on the mountain slopes and surrounded by fjords. You venture into Eriksfjord, named after Erik the Red, a Norse explorer believed to have founded the first settlement in Greenland. During a landing, you visit Brattahlid, the estate he established at the end of the 10th century. You also hope to explore the hot springs of Uunarteq and enjoy a bath in these warm-tempered natural bathtubs, with breathtaking views of mountain peaks and drifting icebergs.
 

Day 11: Narsarsuaq | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
At the end of Eriksfjord is Narsarsuaq, a small village with approx. 150 inhabitants. Here where you disembark, continue to the airport, and begin your trip home.

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Notes


Included
  • 10 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 10 Dinners
  • 10 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • 100% Climate Compensated
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • 1 Expedition Leader and 1 guide
  • Guiding ashore and talks on board
  • Comprehensive information material before the expedition
  • All excursions and activities
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Medical travel insurance, including emergency medical attention and evacuation coverage with a minimum of $100,000 of evacuation coverage is required.
  • Flights to Ilulissat and from Narsarsuaq

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