The Heart of Greenland with Disko Bay

Our Greenland expedition cruise explores rare natural beauty and the fascinating Inuit culture. Meet the welcoming people who thrive in this Arctic landscape as we sail among giant icebergs to such natural wonders as Disko Bay in perpetual daylight under the Midnight Sun.

Dates
Duration
Starting From Ship Name
08 Jul 2020, 23 Jul 2020, 07 Aug 2020, 22 Aug 2020 16 Days EUR 5,061 MS Fridtjof Nansen


 


 

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS
  • Combine the exploration of pristine Greenland nature with fascinating Inuit
  • Begin and end your journey in Iceland - a great opportunity to explore further
  • Discover Greenland’s immaculate beauty under the Midnight Sun
  • Sail into lovely Disko Bay

July 08 - July 23 - Aug 07 - Aug 22, 2020
Departs From
Reykjavik, Iceland

Day 1

Capital of Iceland

Docked - Full Day - Embarkation

Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city. Norse settlers named the place Reykjavik (meaning “Smoky Bay”) after the columns of steam rising from hot springs in the area. The region offers fantastic natural beauty with geysers, mountains, glaciers and geothermal baths, well worth exploring before embarking on MS Fridtjof Nansen.

Crossing the Denmark Strait

At Sea

We leave Iceland behind and sail across the Irminger Sea. This crossing was used by the Vikings to migrate from Iceland to Greenland some 1,000 years ago. Enjoy introductory lectures on local history and biology, and get to know our innovative expedition ship.

Day 2-3 at Sea

DAY 4: QAQORTOQ

“Kalaallit Nunaat” – Land of the People

Docked - Full Day

Many consider Qaqortoq one of the most beautiful towns in Greenland for its colorful houses and lovely setting. The biggest town in southern Greenland, with 3,000 inhabitants, Qaqortoq is easy to explore on foot, or you can join one of our excursions to get even more insight into local culture.

Exploration Day

We discover the beautiful region of Kvanefjord near Paamiut by sailing deep into the fjord. Our experienced captain will take advantage of the conditions to identify landing sites for onshore walks, places to launch our kayaks, ideal communities to visit, and the best spots to spot wildlife.

DAY 5: KVANEFJORD AREA

DAY 6: MANIITSOQ

The Venice of Greenland

Anchored - Half Day

Founded in 1755, Maniitsoq means “The uneven place,” referring to the rocky hills and mountains shaping the town’s layout. It is also known as the “Venice of Greenland” because it lies in an archipelago, intersected by natural canals.

The local museum introduces you to the town´s rich history and culture.

“Where There are Fox Dens”

Docked - Full Day

While we are at sea, a series of lectures will be held on board on topics related to history and wildlife in the area. Another focal point for our lecture program is the environmental challenges of the world’s oceans. There might also be a chance to look behind the scenes and partake in our Guest Expedition Staff program. Our onboard Expedition photographer will show you the basics of expedition photography. There will also be gathering with the Expedition Team to summarize the voyage so far, and present the plan for the following days.

DAY 7: SISIMIUT

DAY 8: ILULISSAT

Icefjord - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Anchored - Full Day

Ilulissat is set in the stunning scenery of Ilulissat Icefjord World Heritage site. At the fjord’s mouth, you can see enormous icebergs that have run aground. These masses of ice originate from Jakobshavn Glacier, one of the fastest moving glaciers in the world. Join one of our many excursions here.

Named After Expedition Team Member Friederike Bronny

Anchored - Full Day

We visit a location near Saqqaq that was without an official name until 2013. The place is special to us, as it is named after a former expedition team member. We land on the beach to explore this northernmost destination of our cruise, amidst breathtaking scenery and Arctic flora.

DAY 9: CAMP FRIEDA

DAY 10: EVIGHED FJORD (ETERNAL FJORD)

Exploration Day

Today´s exploration will take us to meandering Evighed Fjord, surrounded by tall mountains (up to 6,600 ft high). The day’s weather and ice conditions will determine the final program and the range of activities we offer.

The Vibrant Capital of Greenland

Docked - Full Day

Nuuk lies at the mouth of one of the most spectacular fjord systems in the world. Greenland’s capital city is where old and new meet, from historic buildings in “Kolonihavnen” to the modern “Center for Greenland Self Rule.” There’s also the National Museum - home to the famous Qilakitsoq mummies.

DAY 11: NUUK

DAY 12: IVITTUUT

Musk Oxen and a Norse Settlement

Anchored - Half Day

The abandoned town of Ivittuut is a stronghold for musk oxen. More than 1,000 years ago, Vikings settled the area, but left no written records behind. Archaeologists believe this was the last Norse settlement in Greenland to be established, and the first to be abandoned.

 

Heading Back to Iceland

Prince Christian Sound separates mainland Greenland from Sammisoq and the Cape Farewell Archipelago. If conditions allow, we will sail through this narrow channel and admire the spectacular scenery here. If the channel is blocked with ice, we will sail around Nunap Isua (Cape Farewell).

DAY 13: PRINS CHRISTIAN SUND REGION

DAY 14-15: IRMINGER SEA - DENMARK STRAIT

Heading Back to Iceland

After exploring exhilarating Greenland, we set ou course back to Iceland. Spend the days at sea recapping your experiences, having fun in the Science Center or just relaxing on deck, watching sea birds follow our ship or maybe even spotting whales.

 

The Stylish Capital of Iceland

Docked - Disembarkation

You arrive in the Icelandic capital early in the morning. If you want to explore more of the city and country, add one of our exciting pre- or post-cruise Land Adventures to your trip.

DAY 16: REYKJAVIK, ICELAND

Arrival
July 23 - Aug 07 - Aug 22 - Sept 06, 2020
Location
Reykjavik, Iceland


EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR AN ADVENTURE
  • A rich program of included activities on all voyages designed to immerse you in the destinations you visit, including small boat cruising and onshore exploration with the expedition team  
  • Professional English-speaking expedition team - an international, handpicked team of highly educated experts in various academic fields with profound knowledge of the regions we sail in  
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant jacket   
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities

ENGAGING ONBAORD ACTIVITIES AND EDUCATION

  • In-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology or culture that provide context to your voyage and help you understand the destinations you will experience  
  • Explorer Science program, with educational and Citizen Science activities that let you learn about the sights you’ll see while contributing to research
  • Introductory photo lecture, including camera adjustments and tips and tricks
  • Photos and film/video footage from the voyage shared in the Expedition Logbook
  • Casual opportunities to engage with the expedition team and other guests, including a welcome event, daily gatherings to recap the day and prepare for the day to come
  • Opportunities to dine and interact with the expedition team and officers  
  • Destination-focused onboard library  
  • Port presentations providing destination insight
  • A farewell event  

PREMIUM ONBOARD COMFORT

  • All meals including beverages (beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all ship restaurants)
  • Coffee and tea included throughout the day
  • Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Fredheim restaurant meals included
  • A la carte restaurant (only for suite guests)
  • Gym, outdoor hot tubs and saunas with windows
  • Rejuvenating wellness areas with separate treatment rooms, infinity pool, outdoor gym, running track
  • Free Wi-fi onboard for all guests. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • No gratuities expected   

NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR CRUISE:

  • International flights
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners  
  • Optional small-group adventures with our expedition team such as kayaking, long hikes (availability pending weather conditions and safety)  
  • Travel protection plan  
  •  Luggage handling

NOTES:

All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions

DISCLAIMER: PRICES QUOTED ARE MERELY INDICATIVE.    RATES ARE CAPACITY-CONTROLLED AND SUBJECT TO EXCHANGE RATE FLUCTUATIONS AT THE TIME OF INVOICING.





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