Discovering Greenland – From Reykjavík to Nuuk

Discovering Greenland – From Reykjavík to Nuuk

Discovering Greenland – From Reykjavík to Nuuk

Discovering Greenland – From Reykjavík to Nuuk

Travel information 14 days MS Fridtjof Nansen
May 31, 2025
Price from
$ 9,779
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Wild nature and traditional communities

Sailing from Reykjavík, we cross the Denmark Strait and explore remote areas that few get to visit. There, you’ll discover Norse ruins, visit traditional communities, explore UNESCO-listed historical sites and learn about the culture of the Arctic peoples.

Wildlife and ice-sculpted landscapes

Witness the majestic landscapes of Greenland as we explore deep fjords cut into breathtaking mountain landscapes, cruise to cascading tidewater glaciers, delight in the otherworldly beauty of crystalline icebergs and spot aquatic mammals along the way.

Discovering Greenland – From Reykjavík to Nuuk Discovering Greenland – From Reykjavík to Nuuk
  • Day 1


    Explore the world’s northernmost capital

    Your adventure begins in Reykjavík.

    Reykjavík is a laid-back city of art, culture and history. Exploring this delightful place is well worth your time.

    Stroll past the boutiques and outdoor shops along Laugavegur, gaze in awe at the striking Hallgrímskirkja

    Church and drop into the fascinating Reykjavík Art Museum.

    If you have time, we recommend booking a Pre-Program with us to discover some of Iceland’s natural highlights before your cruise begins.

    Day 1


  • Day 2-3
    Crossing the Denmark Strait

    Crossing the Denmark Strait

    In the wake of the Vikings

    We sail to Greenland across the Denmark Strait. This is the route taken by the Viking Erik the Red, who is credited as being the first European to settle there. Sometimes we spot whales along the way, so be on the lookout.

    During the two-day crossing, you’ll have plenty of time to get to know the ship and its onboard facilities. All the while, the Expedition Team will give presentations about the protocols of respectfully visiting these fragile natural areas and Indigenous Arctic communities. Now is the time to book excursions and maybe even learn a few words in Greenlandic.

    However, this is mainly a time to settle in and enjoy yourself. You’ll relish delicious meals in the onboard restaurants, listen to amazing talks and simply relax and unwind on the comfortable ship. As we get closer to Greenland (or Kalaallit Nunaat, as it is known), you’ll feel the anticipation and excitement building – your adventure is about to begin!

    Day 2-3
    Crossing the Denmark Strait

    Crossing the Denmark Strait

  • Day 4-7
    South Greenland

    Expedition days in south Greenland

    Get straight into adventure mode

    Over the next four days, we’ll be going full-on expedition style as we explore the maze of fjords, channels and islands in this spectacular and wild region. Local weather and ice conditions will determine where and when we land, but the Captain and Expedition Team are used to these conditions and know the best places to go.

    On our landings, excursions and activities, we’ll aim to visit Norse ruins, sail into majestic fjords where beautifully sculpted icebergs glisten in the sun and go on community visits to picturesque towns. You might land at the colorful and tranquil settlement of Qaqortoq with its beautiful lake, drop by Erik the Red’s farm at Brattahlíð and simply gaze in wonder at the spectacular mountainous landscapes of the scenic southern fjords.

    As you’ll discover, southern Greenland’s rugged mountain ranges tower above scattered green meadows and fjords. It’s a landscape sculpted by ice and weather over billions of years. The Norsemen settled here over a thousand years ago, but after only four centuries, they left due to the harsh living conditions. Now, in this vast and mostly unpopulated wilderness, you’ll enjoy a sense of tranquility not often found in the modern world, so just relax, enjoy nature and learn all about what makes this region so special.

    Day 4-7
    South Greenland

    Expedition days in south Greenland

  • Day 8-10
    Southwest Greenland

    On expedition in southwest Greenland

    Fjords, glaciers and ghostly mining towns

    The stretch of coast between the fjord systems of southern Greenland and Nuuk is as wild as can be. Long distances separate the few scattered settlements. And although the climate is still mild by Arctic standards, the topography is rough, segmented by deep turquoise fjords and high mountain ranges half covered by ice. With very few inside passages, traveling here has been a challenge since ancient times. And it still is. Mother Nature is in charge here, meaning it’s the perfect adventure playground for modern explorers.

    On our way north, while always adapting to the local conditions, we’ll discover the landscapes of the so-called Mellembygden – the Middle Settlement of the Norse settlers. We’ll also look for the ghostly mining town of Ivittuut, where the historically important mineral cryolite was mined but where the only inhabitants today are shy musk oxen. And we’ll sail into great fjords carved out over millennia by massive glaciers cascading down from the ice cap.

    Wildlife thrives in this isolated region. Join our Expedition Team on their wildlife watches, either on board or on land, and keep your camera and binoculars ready for seabirds, nesting colonies and whales feeding at sea. If we’re lucky, we may even see one of the few musk ox herds living on the west coast of Greenland.

    Day 8-10
    Southwest Greenland

    On expedition in southwest Greenland

  • Day 11-12
    Nuuk Fjord

    Into the depths of Nuuk Fjord

    Be on the lookout for wildlife and history

    Get ready to explore a grand fjord system. Locally known as the Nuup Kangerlua, the fjords around Nuuk fan out in a parallel network of interconnected waterways. They’re topped by the Kangiussap Nunaa peninsula and the ice cap, most notably in the so-called Nuuk Isfjord.

    These are the lands of the ancient Norse Western Settlement, the northernmost area they managed to colonize in the Middle Ages. It was probably in Nuup Kangerlua where the descendants of the Vikings met the Thule people for the first time.

    The fjords are dotted here and there by Old Norse ruins and small Inuit settlements. Some are abandoned, like picturesque Qoornoq, while others are thriving, such as Kapisillit with 88 inhabitants. Relative proximity to Nuuk somehow disguises the fact that communities along Nuup Kangerlua were as isolated as any other community in Greenland until very recently.

    Weather and ice permitting, during the next two days, we will explore the fjord system and enjoy the ever-changing mountain landscapes. We’ll also try to reach the icy headwaters of Nuup Kangerlua and visit one of the Inuit villages, while always looking for hiking, ice-cruising and wildlife-watching opportunities.

    Day 11-12
    Nuuk Fjord

    Into the depths of Nuuk Fjord

  • Day 13

    Nuuk – the end of our expedition

    Get acquainted with a small capital in a grand setting

    We say a fond farewell to the ship, crew and Expedition Team as we end our cruise of discovery in Nuuk. The lively and compact capital is positively bustling compared to other places you will have visited – but with less than 20,000 residents, it’s hardly a metropolis.

    Visit the National Museum to gain insight into life here 500 years ago and see the fascinating Qilakitsoq mummies. In addition, there are plenty of shopping opportunities – by Greenlandic standards – and a mix of cafés and restaurants to try. If you have time before flying back home, Nuuk offers a fascinating window into modern Greenland.

    From here, you’ll catch a flight back to Reykjavík, taking with you a wealth of fantastic memories that are sure to last a lifetime.

    Day 13

    Nuuk – the end of our expedition

  • Day 14

    Return to Reykjavík 

    See more of Reykjavík

    Today, you’ll wake up in Reykjavík, where your adventure concludes. However, this means you have another chance to explore Iceland’s stylish capital, if time allows.

    If you want to discover more, you can join our optional Post-Program before heading home. Or simply extend your stay to enjoy more of Reykjavík and its surrounding geothermal attractions.

    Day 14

    Return to Reykjavík 



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What’s included


  • Flight in economy class from Nuuk to Reykjavík


  • Transfer from the ship to the airport in Nuuk
  • Transfer from the airport to the hotel in Reykjavík after the expedition cruise


  • Overnight stay in Reykjavík after the expedition cruise, including breakfast

Expedition Cruise

  • Stay in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including beverages* in the Aune and Fredheim restaurants
  • Fine-dining À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm is included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board†
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and guide activities, both on board and ashore
  • Range of included activities
  • *House beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water
  • †Please note that Wi-Fi and phone reception are very limited in the remote areas where we travel and streaming is not supported.

Onboard Activities

  • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team
  • Full use of our Science Center, library, and advanced biological and geological equipment
  • The Citizen Science Program allows guests to contribute to ongoing scientific research projects
  • Our professional onboard photographer will give photography tips and teach techniques for capturing landscape and wildlife photos.
  • The ship has hot tubs, an infinity pool, a sauna, an outdoor and indoor gym, and a running track.
  • Join informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings.

Landing Activities

  • Escorted landings with small boats (RIBs)
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all the equipment needed for the activities
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition photographers will be on hand to assist you


  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please ensure you can meet all entry and boarding requirements
  • No gratuities are expected
  • Depending on your flight schedule, one or more additional overnight stays might be needed (not included)

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights
  • Additional overnight stay(s) may be required due to international flight schedules
  • Travel protection
  • Baggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team
  • Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area
Pool area on MS Fridtjof Nansen
Photo: Oscar Farrera
Your Ship

MS Fridtjof Nansen

Year built 2020
Shipyard Kleven Yards, Norway
Passenger capacity 530 (500 in Antarctica)
Gross tonnage 20,889 T
Length 459 ft
Beam 77.4 ft
Speed 15 knots

MS Fridtjof Nansen is a next-generation expedition ship, the latest in Hurtigruten’s fleet of custom-built ships. She explores some of the most spectacular corners of the globe.

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