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Sermilik

East Greenland and the mighty fjords around Sermilik

Example 10 Day Cruise aboard M/S Balto
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Embark on a 10-day expedition cruise aboard the MS Balto and discover the beauty of East Greenland's wilderness, mountain ranges, majestic glaciers, diverse icebergs, and crystal-clear waters. Immerse yourself in the unique Inuit culture, learning about their traditions and heritage. Beyond a mere destination, East Greenland's natural marvel offers an unforgettable lifetime experience.
Early morning in Tasiilaq, East GreenlandKuummiutReflection of colorful houses in GreenlandWhale sighting in Polar waters!Sermilik
Highlights
  • Experience the vibrant Inuit culture and learn about local myths and legends in Tasiilaq
  • Discover the serenity of the Ammassalik fjord system and the small settlement of Kuummiut
  • Venture to the abandoned military base from World War II, Bluie East Two, in Ikateq fjord
  • Witness the thundering calvings of the Karale and Knud Rasmussen glaciers
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Reykjavik

You arrive individually in Reykjavik and check into your hotel.

Day 2: Fly to Kulusuk | Embarkation day

You fly from Reykjavik to Kulusuk airport. In the afternoon, you board M/S Balto and begin your great exploration. On an expedition of this kind, the exact route be decided by weather and ice. 

Day 3-8: Expedition cruising

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  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
Visit the town of Tasiilaq. With just under 2000 inhabitants, it is the largest settlement in East Greenland. It is home to an older and different Inuit culture, where shamanism and native culture are much more vibrant than in other parts of Greenland. During your expedition here, you can learn more about local myths and legends, such as the one about tupilaqs. In the Greenlandic Inuit religion, a tupilaq was an avenging monster fabricated by a practitioner of witchcraft or shamanism using objects such as animal bone, skin, hair, or ligament. Tasiilaq is also known for its art scene, where local artists create prints, sculptures, and textiles, mostly portraying the area's animals, landscapes, and traditional stories.

Venture into the serenity of the Ammassalik fjord system and the small settlement of Kuummiut. It is a relatively unknown pearl of east Greenland, nestled within the Ammassalik Island group. The surrounding fjords, lined by tall mountain tops, offer perfect hiking opportunities with hidden waterfalls and spectacular views. Kuummiut has a rich Inuit heritage, and you can hope to get the opportunity to learn about the traditional practices.

Further up north is the Ikateq fjord, where you might make a landing at the abandoned military base from World War II, Bluie East Two. It played an important role as a refueling and maintenance stop for aircraft traveling between North America and Europe. Today, it is no longer in operation, but some remnants still exist, such as abandoned fuel drums, buildings, and vehicles.

Further east are two impressive glaciers: Karale and Knud Rasmussen. When sailing in this area, you can hear and see the thundering calves of these two very active glaciers.

Continue into the mighty Sermilik Fjord. It stretches over 90 kilometers and cuts through a rugged landscape of towering glaciers and jagged peaks. You can find yourself among a myriad of icebergs of all shapes and sizes. Most of them originate from the impressive Helheim glacier at the deep end of the fjord, which produces some of the largest icebergs in all of Greenland. The beauty around you is stunning!

On the southern shores of the Sermilik fjord is the tiny village of Tiilerilaaq. The wooden houses are beautifully situated on a hill, with the grand Sermilik fjord in the background. The local Inuit culture and the traditional hunting and fishing activities play a significant role in the way of life here. Before you wave goodbye, head out on a nice hike to overview the surrounding landscapes and the many icebergs!

If the ice allows, you can enter Johan Peterson Fjord. On the northern side of the entrance of the fjord is Qeertartivatsiaq Island, where you can find Inuit ruins on the southern shore of the island. At the head of the fjord are some outlet glaciers from the inland ice coming straight down to the sea. This is one of the few places you can catch sight of the actual inland ice, although please know that it is often blocked by beautiful icebergs.

You are continuously looking for Arctic foxes, seals, and different species of whales.

Day 9: Kulusuk | Disembark | Reykjavik

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After a long, nice breakfast, disembark in Kulusuk. Head out on one final Greenland excursion: a glacier hike to an ice cave. It is a truly unique experience to lose yourself in this surreal world of blue and to take in all of the cave's incredible details. After an early dinner in Kulusuk, head to the airport and board your flight to Reykjavik, where you can check into the hotel for a good night's sleep.

Day 10: Homeward bound

Today, bid your farewells and return home or onwards for new adventures.

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Included
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 9 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.
  • Mandatory flight & hotel package: Keflavik (Iceland) to Kulusuk (Greenland) roundtrip. Pre and Post hotel stay in Reykjavik and transfers between hotel and airport in Keflavik.
  • International flights to and from Iceland

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