Disko Bay – The Heart of Greenland (Itinerary 1)

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Duration: 16 days

Departures:
June 24, 2021
July 9, 2021
July 24, 2021
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  • Discover and explore the western coast of Greenland around Disko Bay
  • Have your breath taken away by the Arctic scenery of icebergs and glaciers
  • Meet the welcoming people of Greenland and learn about Inuit culture
  • Visit the stunning Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
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
Disko Bay
Sail in graceful and stunning seas.
Photo: Stian Klo
Sail in graceful and stunning seas.
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

Itinerary

This voyage begins and ends in Iceland, taking you to the western Greenlandic coastline with its charming scencery and many colorful settlements. You will meet the warm people who live here, and learn more about their traditions and modern culture. Disko Bay is also renowned for its Arctic landscape of glaciers and impressive icebergs.
Day 1
Reykjavík, Iceland
Capital of Iceland
Harpa concert hall, Reykjavík, Iceland
Harpa concert hall, Reykjavík, Iceland
Photo: Ragnar Th Sigurdsson

Reykjavík is the northernmost capital city in the world. The name means 'Smokey Bay,' so called because of the columns of steam that rise from the many hot springs in the area. It is well worth booking a Pre-program to explore the surrounding geysers, mountains, glaciers, and geothermal hot springs before embarking MS Fridtjof Nansen.

Harpa concert hall, Reykjavík, Iceland
Harpa concert hall, Reykjavík, Iceland
Photo: Ragnar Th Sigurdsson
View of Reykjavik, Iceland
Explore the colorful city of Reykjavik.
Photo: shutterstock
Sail in graceful and stunning seas.
Sail in graceful and stunning seas.
Photo: Stian Klo
Lecture on board, Greenland
Lecture on board, with Greenland in focus.
Photo: Sandra Walser
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
Crossing the Denmark Strait
Lecture on board, Greenland
Lecture on board, with Greenland in focus.
Photo: Sandra Walser

We leave Iceland behind and sail across the Irminger Sea. This is the same crossing that was used by the Vikings to migrate from Iceland to Greenland some 1,000 years ago.
Enjoy introductory lectures on local history and biology for insight into the upcoming destinations.

Day 4
Qaqortoq
Picture-Perfect Greenlandic Town
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 photogenic setting. It is the biggest town in South Greenland, with some 3,000 inhabitants, but still easy to explore on foot. You can also join one of our excursions to get even more insight into local culture.

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
"Stone & Man", Art Gallery in Qaqortoq, Greenland
"Stone & Man", Art Gallery in Qaqortoq, Greenland
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Kayaking among icebergs near Narsaq, Greenland
Kayaking among icebergs near Narsaq, Greenland
Photo: Hurtigruten
Keen photographers visiting the church in Paamiut, Greenland
Keen photographers visiting the church in Paamiut, Greenland
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson
Colourful houses in Paamiut, Greenland
Colorful houses in Paamiut, Greenland
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson
Day 5
Kvanefjord
Exploration day Kvanefjord
Keen photographers visiting the church in Paamiut, Greenland
Keen photographers visiting the church in Paamiut, Greenland
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson

We discover the beautiful region of Paamiut by sailing deep into the Kvanefjord. Our experienced captain and Expedition Leader will take advantage of the current weather and ice conditions to identify our activity for the day. This could be a hike ashore for a scenic view of the area, or possibly small-boat cruising or kayaking.

Day 6
Maniitsoq
The Venice of Greenland
The seafront of Maniitsoq, Greenland
The seafront of Maniitsoq.
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson

Maniitsoq was founded in 1755 and its name means `The Uneven Place,´ referring to the rocky hills and mountains shaping the layout of the town. It is also known as the `Venice of Greenland´ as it is situated in an archipelago, intersected by natural canals. The local museum charts the town´s rich history and culture. 

The seafront of Maniitsoq, Greenland
The seafront of Maniitsoq.
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson
View of Maniitsoq, Greenland
View of Maniitsoq, "The Venice of Greenland".
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson
Take a hike in unforgettable surroundings.
Day 7
Sisimiut
`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
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
`Where There are Fox Dens’
Take a hike in unforgettable surroundings.
Take a hike in unforgettable surroundings.
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson

Sisimiut is situated 25 miles north of the Arctic Circle. The name means `The People Living in a Place of Fox Dens.´ This is the second largest town in Greenland, a modern, picturesque settlement that maintains ancient traditions. We offer a variety of exciting excursions to discover the many things to do in Sisimiut. 

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.
  • Sisimiut Town Walk
    Sisimiut is Greenland's second largest town with approximately 5.500 inhabitants. That's almost 4 times smaller than the Capital, Nuuk.
  • Hike to Palasip Qaqqaa
    Join a challenging summit hike and be rewarded with an amazing panoramic view!
Day 8
Ilulissat
Icefjord - UNESCO World Heritage Site
Explore surreal and fantastic icescapes.
Explore surreal and fantastic icescapes.
Photo: Camille Seaman

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

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.
  • 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.
Explore surreal and fantastic icescapes.
Explore surreal and fantastic icescapes.
Photo: Camille Seaman
Entering the beautiful little town of Ilulissat, Greenland
Entering the beautiful little town of Ilulissat, Greenland
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Welcome to the northernmost point of our itinerary.
Welcome to the northernmost point of our itinerary.
Photo: Luca Baggi Photography
Day 9
Vaigat Sound
Exploration day Vaigat Sound
Welcome to the northernmost point of our itinerary.
Welcome to the northernmost point of our itinerary.
Photo: Luca Baggi Photography

We now arrive at the northernmost point in our itinerary. There are several excellent landing sites in Vaigat Sound offering breathtaking landscape and Arctic flora. Our experienced captain and Expedition Leader will take advantage of the current weather and ice conditions to identify our activity for the day.

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

On one side of the meandering Evighed Fjord is an ice cap that often crashes massive chunks of ice into the water. Around us are the highest mountains in West Greenland with peaks, up to 26,600 feet in height, sometimes swirling with mist. Conditions on the day will determine the final program and the range of activities on offer by the Expedition Team.

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
Get to know Greenland´s capital.
Get to know Greenland´s capital.
Photo: Camille Seaman
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
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 is situated at the mouth of one of the most spectacular fjord systems in the world. The capital city is where old and new traditions meet, from historic buildings in `Kolonihavnen´ to the modern Centre for Greenland Self Rule. Another feature is the National Museum - home to the famous mummies of Qilakitsoq.

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.
  • 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.
Long ago, the Viking settled this spectacular area.
Day 12
Ivittuut
Muskoxes and a Norse Settlement
Day 12
Ivittuut
Muskoxes and a Norse Settlement
Long ago, the Viking settled this spectacular area.
Long ago, the Viking settled this spectacular area.
Photo: Camille Seaman

According to archaeologists, Vikings settled in this area more than a thousand years ago but didn’t remain. Ivittuut is believed to be the last Norse settlement in Greenland, but first to be abandoned. Nowadays, the only inhabitants that might appear in the town are wandering musk oxen that normally graze in the nearby plains.

Colourful traditional Greenlandic costume, Ivituut, Greenland
Colourful traditional Greenlandic costume, Ivituut, Greenland
Photo: Hilde Foss
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
Prins Christian Sund
Sunset on the ice, Prins Christian Sund
Sunset on the ice, Prins Christian Sund
Photo: Marsel van Oosten

This long fjord is surrounded by mountains that reach over 3,900 feet, and up to 7,280 feet high. Many glaciers go straight into its waters where they calve icebergs of all shapes, shades, and sizes. If the channel is blocked with ice, we will sail around Nunap Isua (Cape Farewell) instead.

Day 14-15
Irminger Sea
Heading Back to Iceland
Fresh Arctic air and untouched beauty en route.
Fresh Arctic air and untouched beauty en route.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

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

Fresh Arctic air and untouched beauty en route.
Fresh Arctic air and untouched beauty en route.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
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
Reykjavík
The Stylish Capital of Iceland
The famous Blue Lagoon near Reykjavik, Iceland
The famous Blue Lagoon near Reykjavik, Iceland
Photo: Shutterstock

You arrive back in the Icelandic capital early in the morning. If you want to explore more of the country, add one of our Post-programs before you head home, or simply extend your stay to enjoy the trendy city and its surrounding geothermal features.

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

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune and Fredheim
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • English-speaking expedition team who organize and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Range of included excursions

Onboard Activities

  • Experts on the expedition team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center, which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • Citizen Science program allows guests to assist with current scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, infinity pool, sauna with floor-to-ceiling window, outdoor and indoor gyms, and outdoor running track
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come

Landing Activities

  • Escorted landings with small explorer boats
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition photographers help with your camera settings before landings

Not Included In Your Expedition

  • International flights
  • Travel protection
  • Luggage 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

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please ensure you meet all visa entry requirements
  • No gratuities expected
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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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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View over Sisimiut. View over Sisimiut.

Sisimiut Town Walk

Iceland

Duration

2h

Price per person

From

Booking Code

G-SIS8

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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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A body of water with a mountain in the background A body of water with a mountain in the background

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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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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A car parked on the side of a building A car parked on the side of a building

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 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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