Iceland & Greenland – Disko Bay and the Southern Fjords

Iceland and Greenland Cruise

  • Fram
  • Scenic Exploration
  • 256 Capacity
  • 13 Days
  • 2015 View Departure>
    • 2015
    • Jun 2 Tue Offer
  • Price from
  • $10,307

Summary : Join an expedition that encompasses the highlights of Disko Bay and a slice of 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
Reykjavik, Iceland

Embark the vessel in the evening.

Day 2
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 3
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.

Day 4
Prins Christian Sund

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 5
Qaqortoq / Hvalsøy, Greenland

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

Day 6
Igaliku / Itilleq / Qassiarsuk

Enter the Tunulliarfik Fjord and hope to land in Igaliku, founded in 1783 by the trader Anders Olsen, and today home to 55 people. Igaliku is best known for the ruins of Garðar, which once was the religious heart of Norse Greenland. The expedition team will lead a hike 2.5 miles along the Kongsveg over to Itilleq, a small settlement of less than 20 inhabitants. Here, the MS Fram will pick up the hikers. The evening will be spent in Qassiarsuk, a community with a population of 56 people, known for the settlement of the Viking Erik Raude. He was banished from Iceland and escaped to the land he called Greenland. Erik settled in Qassiarsuk because the area was, according to him, the richest and best site in Greenland when he arrived in 982.

Day 7
Narsaq

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.

Day 8
Nuuk

This is the capital of Greenland and home to about 15,000 people. Nuuk is the oldest town in Greenland founded by the Danish-Norwegian missionary Hans Egede in 1728. The name Nuuk means peninsula, an accurate description of the city’s location which is on the tip of a large peninsula at the mouth of one of the largest and most spectacular fjord systems in the world.

Day 9
Sisimiut

Sisimiut has a population of about 5,200 and is the second largest town in Greenland. The main trade is fishing, and the town accommodates a large fleet of trawlers, a shipyard and a fish factory. Sisimiut is the southernmost of the towns on the western coast of Greenland where sleigh dogs can be found. It is set on a rolling countryside and the town center lies at the foot of a steep hill. Participation in excursions in Sisimiut requires a reasonably good level of fitness, apart from the boat trip. The settlement visit will focus largely on the old part of the town by the harbor, and the local center of activity, the harbor itself.

Day 10
Ilulissat / Disko Bay

Icebergs are called Ilulissat in Greenlandic, and it comes as no surprise to anyone who has been here that this is the town’s name. This is the third largest town in Greenland with a population of about 5,000. Ilulissat is set in marvelous surroundings at Ilulissat Isfjord that in 2004 was inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Here enormous icebergs run aground at the mouth of the fjord, just outside of town. They originate from the Jakobshavn Glacier, one of the most productive glaciers in the northern hemisphere. Ilulissat is the metropolitan center of the Disko Bay area.

Day 11
Itilleq

In the early afternoon we reach the small settlement Itilleq. Itilleq means “the hollow” and was founded in 1847 on another island, but was later moved a half of a mile east to its present location. As its name suggests, the village is situated in a hollow and majestically surrounded by high mountains and glaciers. In Itilleq you will be invited for a “kaffemik” which means that you are welcome to visit a local home, talk with the host, and have a piece of cake and a coffee.

Day 12
Kangerlussuaq, Greenland / Reykjavik, Iceland

Kangerlussuaq is situated in the end of the Kangerlussuaq fjord. Disembark the ship early in the morning and transfer to your chartered flight to Reykjavik arriving late afternoon. Check into your included hotel in Reykjavik with the rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 13
Reykjavik, Iceland

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before departing.

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:
Price includes charter flight from Kangerlussuaq to Reykjavik; one night post-voyage hotel in Reykjavik; 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/water-resistant jacket.

Not Included:
Airfare; travel insurance; luggage handling; passport and visa expenses; optional excursions and gratuities; alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks except as mentioned; items of a personal nature such as laundry; fuel surcharge may apply.