Greenland – The Heart of Greenland with Disko Bay

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Duration: 16 days

Departures:
July 8, 2020
July 23, 2020
August 7, 2020
August 22, 2020
Price from:
$ 8,092 $ 11,560 per person
  • 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
80% of this amazing country is covered by ice, creating a truly unique Greenland climate. Together, we will explore long fjords, lush meadows and we hope to encounter whales, seals and sea birds along the way.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Greenland
An expedition cruise to Greenland offers rich Inuit culture and breathtaking nature. Our itinerary is designed to help you discover the amazing Greenland geography under the Midnight Sun and meet the people that call this wilderness home.
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson
An expedition cruise to Greenland offers rich Inuit culture and breathtaking nature. Our itinerary is designed to help you discover the amazing Greenland geography under the Midnight Sun and meet the people that call this wilderness home.
Our landings, excursions and optional activities such as kayaking and hiking give you the chance to get out and explore world-famous natural treasures.
Photo: Dominic Barrington

Itinerary

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.
Day 1
Reykjavik, Iceland - Embarkation - Full Day
Capital of Iceland
View of Reykjavik, Iceland
Explore the colorful city of Reykjavik.
Photo: shutterstock

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.

View of Reykjavik, Iceland
Explore the colorful city of Reykjavik.
Photo: shutterstock
Harpa concert hall, Reykjavík, Iceland
Harpa concert hall, Reykjavík, Iceland
Photo: Ragnar Th Sigurdsson
Lecture on board, Greenland
Lecture on board, with Greenland in focus.
Photo: Sandra Walser
Dramatic clouds and sunset over the Denmark Strait
Dramatic clouds and sunset over the Denmark Strait.
Photo: Tracey Kirkland
Dolphins in the Denmark Strait crossing over to Greenland
Dolphins in the Denmark Strait crossing over to Greenland
Photo: Sandra Walser
Day 2-3
At sea - At sea
Crossing the Denmark Strait
Dramatic clouds and sunset over the Denmark Strait
Dramatic clouds and sunset over the Denmark Strait.
Photo: Tracey Kirkland

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 4
Qaqortoq - Full Day
“Kalaallit Nunaat” – Land of the People
An iceberg floating on the sea near Qaqortoq, Greenland
An iceberg floating on the sea near Qaqortoq, Greenland
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

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.

Included activity:

Great Lake Walk (2 hrs)

Qaqortoq rises quite steeply over the surrounding fjord system and is best discovered on foot, which says something about its small size. Our hike leads you outside the town to see its water supply, the great lake known as Tasersuaq. Walking along its shoreline provides stunning views and creates awe for nature’s majesty.

Optional Excursions
  • Included
    Qaqortoq - Great Lake Walk
    Qaqortoq rises quite steeply over the surrounding fjord system and is best discovered on foot, which says something about its small size
  • Kaffeemik
    Take part in a traditional Greenlandic kaffemik, where a local family serves a large selection of specialty food dishes. And of course, a pot of coffee. This is an authentic experience, which lets you learn more about living like a Greenlander.
  • Great Greenland Tannery
    Visit Great Greenland, the only tannery in Greenland, and see how hides and furs are processed. You will also learn about the old hunting traditions, which are an important part of Greenlandic culture.
An iceberg floating on the sea near Qaqortoq, Greenland
An iceberg floating on the sea near Qaqortoq, Greenland
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Colourful traditional clothing, Qaqortoq, Greenland
Join one of our excursions to get even more insight into local culture in Qaqortoq.
Photo: Nina Helland
Kayaking among icebergs near Narsaq, Greenland
Kayaking among icebergs near Narsaq, Greenland
Photo: Hurtigruten
Colourful houses in Paamiut, Greenland
Colorful houses in Paamiut, Greenland
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson
Day 5
Kvanefjord area
Exploration Day
Kayaking among icebergs near Narsaq, Greenland
Kayaking among icebergs near Narsaq, Greenland
Photo: Hurtigruten

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 6
Maniitsoq - Half Day
The Venice of Greenland
View of Maniitsoq, Greenland
View of Maniitsoq, "The Venice of Greenland".
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson

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. 

View of Maniitsoq, Greenland
View of Maniitsoq, "The Venice of Greenland".
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson
The seafront of Maniitsoq, Greenland
The seafront of Maniitsoq.
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson
View of Sisimiut, the second-largest city in Greenland
View of Sisimiut, the second-largest city in Greenland
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson
Taking a closer look at the colourful houses in Sisimiut, Greenland
Taking a closer look at the colorful houses in Sisimiut, Greenland
Photo: Hurtigruten
Day 7
Sisimiut - Full Day
“Where There are Fox Dens”
View of Sisimiut, the second-largest city in Greenland
View of Sisimiut, the second-largest city in Greenland
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson

Sisimiut lies 25 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Its name means “the people living in a place where there are fox dens.” Greenland’s second largest town is a modern, picturesque settlement that maintains ancient traditions. We offer you a variety of exciting excursions to discover Sisimiut’s many attractions. 

Included activity:

Kayak Demo and Museum visit (1 - 2 hrs)

Enjoy a traditional kayaking demonstration and the Sisimit museum. The Inuit invented the ‘qajaq’ in Greenland. Experience the Greenlander kayak roll first hand. Sisimut museum features local cultural history and exhibits different periods of the city’s history and its surroundings.

Optional Excursions
  • Included
    Sisimiut - Kayak Demo and Museum visit
    Sisimiut is Greenland's second largest town with approximately 5.500 inhabitants. That's almost 4 times smaller than the Capital, Nuuk.
  • City tour by bus
    If you want to comfortably experience all of Sisimiut in a short amount of time, this sightseeing tour by bus is the perfect excursion for you.
  • Hike to Palasip Qaqqaa
    Join a challenging summit hike and be rewarded with an amazing panoramic view!
Day 8
Ilulissat - Full Day
Icefjord - UNESCO World Heritage Site
Close to the tremendous glacier in Ilulissat, Greenland
Close to the tremendous glacier in Ilulissat, Greenland
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup

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.

Included activity:

Walk to the Icefjords (2 hrs)

Hear the ice cracking in the distance? Take a closer look at the beautiful icebergs of Ilulissat Icefjord. Getting a close-up view of these frozen giants will slow your world down and leave you humbled. Join us on a walk to enjoy this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Optional Excursions
  • Included
    Ilulissat - Walk to the Icefjords
    Hear the ice cracking in the distance?
  • Boat trip to the ice fjord
    Ilulissat is renowned for its breathtakingly beautiful ice fjord - best experienced by boat. Get close to nature and experience the ice that leaves visitors speechless in wonder.
  • City walk Ilulissat
    Learn more about Greenlandic culture and history on this walk.
  • Hike to Holms Bakke
    Hike through spectacular surroundings as we take you to Holms Bakke – a traditional hiking trip for locals. Experience Inuit culture, see incredible icebergs and learn about local flora and fauna.
Close to the tremendous glacier in Ilulissat, Greenland
Close to the tremendous glacier in Ilulissat, Greenland
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Entering the beautiful little town of Ilulissat, Greenland
Entering the beautiful little town of Ilulissat, Greenland
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Rib safari around Camp Frieda, east of Saqqaq, Greenland
Get close to the icebergs on a rib safari around Camp Frieda, east of Saqqaq.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Kayaking and birdwatching surrounded by icebergs near Camp Frieda, Greenland
Kayaking and birdwatching surrounded by icebergs near Camp Frieda.
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson
Camp Frieda, named after student Friederike Bronny, Greenland
Camp Frieda, named after Hurtigruten's very own expedition team member Friederike Bronny.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 9
Camp Frieda - Full Day
Named After Expedition Team Member Friederike Bronny
Kayaking and birdwatching surrounded by icebergs near Camp Frieda, Greenland
Kayaking and birdwatching surrounded by icebergs near Camp Frieda.
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson

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 10
Evighed Fjord (Eternal Fjord)
Exploration Day
The little town of Maniitsoq in Kangerlussuasiaq (Evighetsfjorden)
The little town of Maniitsoq.
Photo: Simon Bottomley

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 little town of Maniitsoq in Kangerlussuasiaq (Evighetsfjorden)
The little town of Maniitsoq.
Photo: Simon Bottomley
Close to a glacier in Kangerlussuatsiaq (Evighetsfjorden)
Close to a glacier in Kangerlussuatsiaq.
Photo: Thomas Haltner
Statue of the missionary Hans Egede, Nuuk, Greenland
Statue of the missionary Hans Egede, Nuuk, Greenland
Photo: Thomas Haltner
Hiking in beautiful nature, Nuuk, Greenland
Hiking in beautiful nature, Nuuk, by the mouth of one of the most spectacular fjord systems in the world.
Photo: Shutterstock
Day 11
Nuuk - Full Day
The Vibrant Capital of Greenland
Statue of the missionary Hans Egede, Nuuk, Greenland
Statue of the missionary Hans Egede, Nuuk, Greenland
Photo: Thomas Haltner

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.

Included activity:

Shuttle & Museum visit (1 - 2 hrs)

Visit the National Museum of Greenland. Discover exhibitions covering Greenland's history during the past 4,500 years - from the first Arctic Stone Age cultures to the Norse settlements, the arrival of the Thule culture and the gradual transition to modern day Greenland.

Optional Excursions
  • Included
    Nuuk - Shuttle & Museum visit
    Visit the National Museum of Greenland
  • Cultural History Walk
    Don’t miss this opportunity to explore Greenland´s capital city of Nuuk! Join a sightseeing tour of the town before you visit the National Museum, providing a glimpse into Greenland’s interesting past.
  • Lille Malene Hike
    Put on your hiking boots and join the expedition team on a hiking adventure through beautiful Greenlandic nature!
  • Nuuk City Tour
    Explore Greenland´s fascinating capital city by bus! Nuuk is a cosmopolitan town in the high Arctic, offering both beautiful nature and an urban vibe.
Day 12
Ivittuut - Half Day
Musk Oxen and a Norse Settlement
Three musk oxen in Ivittuut, Greenland
Three musk oxen in Ivittuut, Greenland
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

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.

Three musk oxen in Ivittuut, Greenland
Three musk oxen in Ivittuut, Greenland
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Abandoned house near Ivittuut, Greenland
Abandoned house near Ivittuut, Greenland
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Sunset on the ice, Prins Christian Sund
Sunset on the ice, Prins Christian Sund
Photo: Marsel van Oosten
Mountain peaks seen from Prins Christian Sund
Mountain peaks seen from Prins Christian Sund
Photo: Thomas Haltner
Day 13
Prins Christian Sund Region
Heading Back to Iceland
Sunset on the ice, Prins Christian Sund
Sunset on the ice, Prins Christian Sund
Photo: Marsel van Oosten

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 14-15
Irminger Sea - Denmark Strait
Heading Back to Iceland
Birdwatching in the Denmark Strait
Get your binoculars our and look for sea birds in the Denmark Strait.
Photo: Simon Bottomley

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.

Birdwatching in the Denmark Strait
Get your binoculars our and look for sea birds in the Denmark Strait.
Photo: Simon Bottomley
The famous Blue Lagoon near Reykjavik, Iceland
The famous Blue Lagoon near Reykjavik, Iceland
Photo: Shutterstock
Day 16
Reykjavik, Iceland - Disembarkation
The Stylish Capital of Iceland
The famous Blue Lagoon near Reykjavik, Iceland
The famous Blue Lagoon near Reykjavik, Iceland
Photo: Shutterstock

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.

Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.
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What's Included

Included in Your Expedition

  • Hurtigruten expedition cruise in the cabin grade of your choice

EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR AN ADVENTURE

  • 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
  • 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 Expedition

  • 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
A large boat in a body of water with a mountain in the background
Pool area on MS Fridtjof Nansen
Photo: Oscar Farrera
Science Center
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

Your Ship

MS Fridtjof Nansen

Year built 2020
Shipyard Kleven Yards, Norway
Passenger capacity 530 (500 in Antarctica)
Gross tonnage 20 889 T
Length 140 m / 459 ft
Beam 23.6 m / 77 ft
Speed 15 knots
A large boat in a body of water with a mountain in the background

MS Fridtjof Nansen is the latest addition to Hurtigruten’s fleet of custom-built ships – and represents the next generation of expedition ships. She will explore some of the most spectacular corners of the globe.

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Suite MD on MS Roald Amundsen
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

Optional Excursions

Some expedition cruises may include excursions that can be reserved for no additional charge. These included excursions can often be combined with other excursions available in port.

Please note excursions are subject to change and are not yet available for booking for departures after March 2021.

A man standing on top of a mountain A man standing on top of a mountain

Qaqortoq - Great Lake Walk

Greenland

Duration

2 hrs

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking Code

INCL-QAQ1

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Kaffemik in Qaqortoq Kaffemik in Qaqortoq

Kaffemik

Greenland

Duration

1h30

Price per person

From $ 58

Booking Code

G-QAQ5

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Fashion design rooted in tradition, woman with seal skin jacket Fashion design rooted in tradition, woman with seal skin jacket

Great Greenland Tannery

Greenland

Duration

Approx. 1 hour

Price per person

From $ 66

Booking Code

G-QAQ2

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A man kayaking in the sea. A man kayaking in the sea.

Sisimiut - Kayak Demo and Museum visit

Greenland

Duration

2 hrs

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking Code

INCL-SIS1

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View over Sisimiut View over Sisimiut

See Sisimiut by Bus

Greenland

Duration

Approx. 1h30

Price per person

From $ 83

Booking Code

G-SIS6

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Hiking towards Sisimiut Hiking towards Sisimiut

Hike to Palasip Qaqqaa

Greenland

Duration

Approx. 3-4h

Price per person

From $ 99

Booking Code

G-SIS4

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Ilulissat - Walk to the Icefjords

Greenland

Duration

2 hrs

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking Code

INCL-ILU1

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Boat trip to the Icefjord Boat trip to the Icefjord

Boat Trip to the Icefjord

Greenland

Duration

Approx. 2h

Price per person

From $ 149

Booking Code

G-ILU1

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Colourful Ilulissat Colourful Ilulissat

Ilulissat City Walk

Greenland

Duration

Approx. 2h

Price per person

From $ 83

Booking Code

G-ILU5

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Beach cliffs with a breathtaking view near Ilulissat Beach cliffs with a breathtaking view near Ilulissat

Hike to Holms Bakke

Greenland

Duration

Approx. 4-5h

Price per person

From $ 116

Booking Code

G-ILU3

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Nuuk - Shuttle & Museum visit

Greenland

Duration

1 - 2 hrs

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking Code

INCL-NUU1

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Hurtigruten in Nuuk harbour with fishing boats Hurtigruten in Nuuk harbour with fishing boats

Cultural History Walk

Greenland

Duration

2h

Price per person

From $ 66

Booking Code

G-NUU4

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Scenic views along the Lille Malene hike Scenic views along the Lille Malene hike

Lille Malene Hike

Greenland

Duration

4h30

Price per person

From $ 83

Booking Code

G-NUU3

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Scenic view over Nuuk, the capital of Greenland Scenic view over Nuuk, the capital of Greenland

Nuuk City Tour

Greenland

Duration

1h30

Price per person

From $ 66

Booking Code

G-NUU2

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Extend Your Cruise

Get more out of your journey by adding a Pre- or Post-Program before or after your expedition cruise.

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Reykjavik Pre-program: Golden Circle Tour (20/21)

Iceland

Duration

2 Days

From

$ 760

Booking Code

REKPRE

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The Icelandic Highlands: Pre-Program for Nature Lovers

Iceland

Duration

4 Days

From

$ 1,948

Booking Code

REKICEPRE

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Post-cruise Land Adventure Reykjavik

Iceland

Duration

2 Days

From

$ 760

Booking Code

REKPOST

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