Summary : Join an exploration that spans the countless fjords of Greenland’s west coast from the capital city of Nuuk to Disko Bay, deep inside the Arctic Circle. Discover well-preserved Viking ruins and the country’s most fertile landscapes with colorful Inuit villages. In Disko Bay, you'll see spectacular natural wonders including the famous Ilulissat Icefjord.
Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Triple/Quad Cabins
$4,195 to $9,795
Your individual arrival to Kangerlussuaq is followed by a flight to Nuuk (Kangerlussuaq–Nuuk flight is included in the price of the voyage).
Your voyage starts in the capital of Greenland – city of Nuuk. It has a population of over 16,000, making it one of the smallest capital cities in the world by population. It is also the world’s northernmost capital, located only a few kilometers further north than Reykjavík.
Embark your luxury expedition ship the Sea Spirit. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come. Savor the anticipation of your Arctic dreams coming true as you slip your moorings and sail along the picturesque fjord.
Though settlements abound in this part of Greenland, unpredictable weather and dearth of docking facilities nevertheless make this a real expedition. As such, your route and exploration opportunities along this coast are heavily dependent on the weather and ice conditions you encounter. Your experienced captain and expedition leader decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities warrant. You can be sure that the best possible advantage will be taken of the circumstances presented to you by Nature in this wild and remote region. Possible sites of exploration include:
Nuuk fjord – Just outside of Nuuk lies the second largest fjord system in the world. The fjord is embraced by snow-capped mountains, towering waterfalls, and gleaming icebergs.
Sisimiut – The second-largest town in Greenland boasts a youthful, urban vibe. The Sisimiut Museum offers insight into the local culture and a history of human habitation dating back 4,500 years.
Qeqertarsuaq – Located on volcanic Disko Island, the small town of Qeqertarsuaq enjoys views of basaltic mountains and the huge icebergs of Disko Bay. Founded in 1773 as a whaling station, Qeqertarsuaq is one of the oldest towns in Greenland. Cultural attractions include a distinctive octagonal church called the “Lord’s Ink Pot”. Some hiking options are available in the area: a longer hike to the basalt cliffs and a shorter one to the waterfall.
Uummannaq – Founded in 1763 on the island of the same name, the town of Uummannaq is a hunting and fishing base with a canning factory and a marble quarry. Rising above town is the distinctive 1,170-meter Uummannaq Mountain. Danish and Greenlandic children believe that Santa Claus lives on the island. A Zodiac cruise in Uummannaq fjord reveals a breathtaking scenery around.
Eqip Sermia – This active tidewater glacier is situated in a wild and scenic fjord. In the period after the Second World War, this area functioned as a starting point for expeditions onto the ice cap conducted by the French explorer Paul Emile Victor, whose hut still stands today.
Ilulissat – Formerly called Jakobshavn, the town of Ilulissat is best known for unbelievable quantities of icebergs issuing from the nearby Ilulissat Icefjord, into which one of the world’s fastest moving and most active glaciers calves 46 cubic kilometers of ice annually. The breathtaking ice formations are best appreciated from a boat (a boat trip along the fjord is included in the price of the voyage). Attractions in town include the Inuit Art Museum, which contains a large collection of paintings by Greenlandic, Faroese, and Danish artists.
Itilleq – Located just north of the Arctic Circle, Itilleq (also known as Itivdleq) is a settlement on a small island with about 100 inhabitants. The main trade here is fishing and hunting. The island has no freshwater, so Itilleq has a facility that makes freshwater from seawater.
After breakfast you will say farewell in Nuuk. Your disembarkation will be followed by a flight to Kangerlussuaq for your further homeward-bound air flight (Nuuk-Kangerlussuaq flight is included in the price of the voyage).
Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions—and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition.
Bilingual Departure: English/German
Mandatory Travel Insurance:
Emergency medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance to a maximum benefit of $150,000 per person is included in the cruise price for all travelers up to and including the age of 85. Passengers older than 85 at the time of travel are required to purchase their own emergency medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
Space is limited. Sign up at the time of booking to secure your spot. You must book your spot before you join the vessel for your voyage. Weather permitting, sea kayakers will have the opportunity to paddle through scenic Arctic waterways. Participants must be at least 18 years old, in good health, have appropriate physical fitness, and have previous kayaking experience.
Photography Program: Included in price
An expert photographer will be on hand to answer your questions and give advice, both in the form of on-board lectures and workshops on shore. Explore the key elements of photography in a fun and relaxed setting, with plenty of opportunities for questions and feedback. Learn how to see light in a new way and experiment with the techniques of composition and framing.
Roundtrip flights between Kangerlussuaq and Nuuk; group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation; group transfer to airport upon disembarkation; shipboard accommodations; Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a maximum benefit of US $150,000 per person (for those 85 years of age and younger); scheduled landings/excursions; meals on board ship; coffee/tea station 24 hours on ship; welcome and farewell cocktail on ship; a pair of rubber boots on loan for shore landings; expedition parka (yours to keep); port fees; digital Voyage Log. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare except that mentioned as included; visa and passport fees; luggage, medical and trip cancellation insurance; excess baggage charges; soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those mentioned as included; kayaking; personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunications charges (telephone, faxes, and internet); gratuities to shipboard personnel; fuel surcharge may apply. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions.
PHOTOS: © Poseidon Expeditions and Kayaking © Anthony Smith