Greenland to Iceland – Disko Bay and the Southern Fjords

Iceland and Greenland Cruise

  • Fram
  • Scenic Exploration
  • 256 Capacity
  • 13 Days
  • 2014 View Departure>
    • 2014
    • Jul 5 Sat Offer
  • Price from
  • $6,680

Summary : Join an expedition that encompasses the highlights of Disko Bay on a journey from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland to Reykjavik, Iceland. Greenland’s west coast offers fascinating exploration of the Inuit culture and the remarkable land that local residents inhabit. Accessible only by boat, these small settlements provide a glimpse into the very essence of Greenlandic culture. Navigate through sounds and fjords, and visit small Inuit settlements, abandoned villages and the lively Greenlandic capital, Nuuk before continuing north to Disko Bay. Set against a spectacular natural landscape bathed in the light of the Midnight Sun, this expedition of glaciers and fjords will truly be the trip of a lifetime.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking

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Itinerary
Day 1
Copenhagen, Denmark

Begin your journey to Greenland in the capital city of Denmark with an overnight in a first class hotel close to downtown Copenhagen. To make the most out of your stay, book an optional Copenhagen City Tour exploring the highlights of Copenhagen from the land and the water. Overnight at your hotel in Copenhagen.

Day 2
Copenhagen / Kangerlussuaq

Transfer from your hotel to the Copenhagen Airport early in the morning. Board a chartered flight to Kangerlussuaq the main gateway to Greenland. Before embarking the ship in the afternoon, spend the day in Kangerlussuaq and surroundings. Situated near the immense Greenland Ice Cap, explore the area in guided vehicles taking in a wide variety of beautiful natural scenery from Arctic desert to tundra, and through hilly terrain culminating in a grand view of the Ice Cap. Stop for coffee and tea and enjoy the tundra vegetation on a walk down to the river just next to the massive ice wall.

In the afternoon, transfer to the ship and meet your Expedition Team and crew.

Day 3
Qeqertarsuaq

Situated on the old volcanic island of Disko, Qeqertarsuaq is home to an Arctic research station that is part of a Copenhagen University study into flora and fauna. Take a walk through town observing its special octagonal church and learning its history with a visit to the local museum. Take a guided walk over the Red River and through Blæsedalen, known as the valley of the winds with a characteristic mountain heath rich in Arctic flora. During the walk, enjoy spectacular seaside views of towering icebergs that lie grounded in the shallow waters.

Day 4
Ilulissat

Ilulissat means iceberg in Greenlandic and this is a town that certainly lives up to its name. Jakobshavn Glacier is one of the most productive glaciers in the northern hemisphere, feeding enormous icebergs into the Icefjord. Little wonder then that this stunning setting is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Witness enormous icebergs run aground at the mouth of the fjord just outside of town. Join the expedition team on a guided hike to the abandoned settlement of Sermermiut.

Day 5
Sisimiut

Sisimiut is the second largest community in Greenland set among rolling countryside with the town center placed at the foot of a steep hill. Make a visit to the arts and crafts workshop close to the pier and watch as local craftsmen create traditional jewelry from bone, leather and metal.

Day 6
Nuuk

Nuuk is the capital and the oldest town in Greenland founded by the Norwegian missionary Hans Egede in 1728. Meaning peninsula in English, Nuuk sits on the tip of a large peninsula at the mouth of one of the largest and most spectacular fjord systems in the world. Today old and new architecture adorn the village from picturesque old buildings in Kolonihaven to the modern Greenland Home Rule.

Day 7
Ivittuut

Ivittuut is an old abandoned mining village, once a production center of cryolite. In summertime, however, some people return to inhabit the old houses by the sea.

Day 8
Narsaq / Qassiarksuk

Narsaq is located on the beautiful shores of the Tunulliarfik Fjord. Narsaq means "plain" and the name refers to the large, green plain on which the town rests. The glaciers close by scatter icebergs into the waters which are rich in seals, salmon, trout and minke whales.

Qassiarsuk is known for the nearby settlement of Brattalid which was home to Erik the Red, Greenland’s Viking founder in 982. Banished from Iceland, he escaped to the land he called Greenland.

Day 9
Hvalsey / Qaqortoq

In Hvalsey, observe some of the best preserved ruins from the Norse period including the former ‘Austurbygd’ which was abandoned in 1408. From here, continue to Qaqortoq, founded by the Norwegian trader Anders Olsen in 1775, and today home to 3,400 people.

Day 10
Prince Christian Sound

Greenland’s southern shores contain some of the most culturally and scenically diverse regions of the island. If conditions allow we will attempt to enter Prince Christian Sounds’ narrow, 70-mile channel that is often full of icebergs. With its impressive granite rock faces on either side, it makes for a spectacular journey.

Day 11
Denmark Strait

While crossing the Denmark Strait, take the reverse route of the great Norse settlers who left the shores of Iceland and Norway more than 900 years ago to arrive in the “Green Land”.

Day 12
Grundarfjördur, Iceland

Grundarfjördur is a fishing village on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. It is also often called “Iceland in a nutshell” because of the diversity of its landscape; lava and rock formations, glaciers and volcanic activity, as well as a wealth of bird life and picturesque scenery.

Day 13
Reykjavik, Iceland

The world’s northernmost capital, Reykjavik is an exciting, vibrant city surrounded by incredible scenery. Disembark the ship saying farewell to fellow passengers and crew.

Notes

The above itinerary is a guide only, as the exact program depends on weather and ice conditions and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Travel Insurance:
Although travel insurance is not mandatory to participate in this voyage, ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.

Included:
One hotel night incl. breakfast in Copenhagen before the voyage; transfer from hotel to airport in Copenhagen; flight in economy class from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq; onboard cabin accommodations; lectures, shore landings and guides; coffee and tea; suites include a range of additional complimentary amenities such as drinks with meals; wind and water-resistant jacket.

Not Included:
Airfare except charter flight from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq; travel insurance; luggage handling; passport and visa expenses; optional excursions and gratuities; fuel surcharge may apply.