13/15 Nights Disko Bay - The Heart of Greenland

13/15 Nights Disko Bay - The Heart of Greenland

$10,327.00 Regular Price
$7,326.00Sale Price

This voyage begins and ends in Iceland, taking you to the western Greenlandic coastline with its charming scencery 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.

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    * For 2021 departures: Save $3,000 per person and Kids 50% Off by 02/28/21

    * For 2022 departures: Up to 25% Off by 03/31/21, Kids 50% Off with $150 onboard credit per person

     

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    For all departures except Aug 8 2021:

     

    Day 1 Reykjavík, Iceland - Capital of Iceland

    Estimated time of departure is 6:00 PM

     

    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 - Crossing the Denmark Strait

    We 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 - Picture-Perfect Greenlandic Town

    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.

     

    Day 5 Kvanefjord - Exploration day Kvanefjord

    We 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 -  The Venice of Greenland

    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 - `Where There are Fox Dens’

    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. 

     

    Day 8 Ilulissat - Icefjord - UNESCO World Heritage Site

    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.

     

    Day 9 - Vaigat Sound - Exploration day Vaigat Sound

    We now 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 - Exploration Day

    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 - The Vibrant Capital of Greenland

    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.

     

    Day 12 - Ivittuut - Muskoxes and a Norse Settlement

    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

    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 - Heading Back to Iceland

    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 - The Stylish Capital of Iceland

    Estimated time of arrival is 6:00 AM

     

    You arrive back in the Icelandic capital early in the morning. If you want to explore more of the country, add one of our Post-programs before you head home, or simply extend your stay to enjoy the trendy city and its surrounding geothermal features.

     

     

    Aug 8 2021 Departure:

     

    Day 1 Reykjavík, Iceland - Capital of Iceland

    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 - Crossing the Denmark Strait

    We 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 - Prins Christian Sund - Narrow Channel with Spectacular Scenery

    The 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 5 - Qaqortoq - Picture-Perfect Greenlandic Town

    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.

     

    Optional Excursions

    • 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

    • 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 6 - Ivittuut - Long-Forgotten Viking Settlement

    According to archaeologists, Vikings settled in this area more than a thousand years ago, but didn’t remain here. Ivittuut is believed to be the last Norse settlement in Greenland, but also the first settlement 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 7 Kvanefjord - Exploration day Kvanefjord

    We discover the beautiful region of Paamiut by sailing deep into 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 8 - Nuuk - Capital of Greenland

    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 highlight is the National Museum - home to the famous mummies of Qilakitsoq.

     

    Optional Excursions

    • Included

      Nuuk - Shuttle & Museum visit

      Visit the National Museum of Greenland

    • 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 9 - Maniitsoq - The Venice of Greenland

    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 10 - Sisimiut - `The People Living in a Place of Fox Dens’

    Sisimiut is the second largest town in Greenland, situated 25 miles north of the Arctic Circle. It is a modern, growing settlement with a history that goes back 4,500 years. For example, its name means `The People Living in a Place of Fox Dens.´ There are a variety of optional excursions to discover the area. 

     

    Optional Excursions

    • 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.

    • 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 11 - Ilulissat - Where Icebergs Are Born

    This small town 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.

     

    Optional Excursions

    • Included

      Ilulissat - Walk to the Icefjords

      Hear the ice cracking in the distance?

    • 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 12 - Area Arctic Circle - Exploration Day Arctic Circle

    This day is dedicated to an area or activity around the Arctic Circle, at the discretion of the captain and the Expedition Team, and depending on the local conditions at the time. We might explore a nearby settlement, go on a hike, or find the perfect site for a small explorer boat cruise. You can be sure that whatever we decide do, it will be a memorable part of your Arctic adventure.

     

    Day 13 - Kangerlussuaq - See the Ice Sheet Up Close

    Returning to Kangerlussuaq, we take a trip to the Reindeer Glacier at the Greenland ice sheet, stretching 1,500 miles north and reaching heights of up to 10,500 feet above sea level. After disembarking, enjoy a farewell barbecue at Lake Ferguson before transferring to the airport for a late evening flight to Copenhagen.

     

    Day 14 - Copenhagen - Capital of Denmark

    Arrive at Copenhagen airport early in the morning, from here you can head home. Or, extend your trip to explore this trendy capital, its royal history, modern architecture, sustainable living, and world-class restaurant scene. Come and find out why the city regularly tops the charts as one of the happiest places to live.

     

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