Disko Bay – The Heart of Greenland

Disko Bay – The Heart of Greenland

Disko Bay – The Heart of Greenland

Disko Bay – The Heart of Greenland

Travel information 16 days MS Fridtjof Nansen
Departures
8 departures between Jun 2023 and Jul 2024
Price from $ 12,443
$ 10,443
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

16-day Expedition Cruise from Iceland to Greenland, taking in Disko Bay

Spectacular western Greenland

Sailing from Reykjavík, our state-of-the-art ship brings you to remote places few get to see. Join a traditional kaffemik with the Qaqortoq people, discover ancient traditions at Sisimiut, and take in breathtaking fjords, glaciers and wildlife as we reach a UNESCO wonder.

Beguiling Disko Bay

Experience the tranquil beauty of Evighedsfjord before we sail to Nuuk, Greenland’s photogenic capital. The stunning panoramas of Prince Christian Sound will stay with you forever. Look out for wildlife, such as musk oxen, white-tailed eagles and auks.

Disko Bay – The Heart of Greenland Disko Bay – The Heart of Greenland
  • Day 1
    Reykjavík, Iceland

    Cosmopolitan Reykjavík

    Estimated time of departure is 8:00 PM

    Reykjavík is full of art, culture, and delightful history. It is definitely worth discovering, either before or after your cruise to Greenland.

    Stroll along Laugavegur, filled with boutiques and outdoor shops, or head to the architecturally striking Hallgrímskirkja

    church or the fascinating Reykjavík Art Museum. Why not book a Pre-Program with us? That way, you can discover the nearby waterfalls, hot springs, geysers, and national parks.

    At Reykjavík Harbor, MS Fridtjof Nansen awaits you. After collecting your complimentary expedition jacket, take time to settle into your cabin. Your adventure has begun.

    Day 1
    Reykjavík, Iceland

    Cosmopolitan Reykjavík

  • Day 2-3
    At sea

    Crossing the Denmark Strait

    We sail to Greenland across the Denmark Strait, the route taken by Erik the Red, supposedly the first European to have settled there. Relax and explore the stylish onboard facilities of our hybrid electric–powered ship.

    Your Expedition Team will explain the protocols of respectfully visiting wildlife habitats and indigenous Arctic communities. In the Science Center, learn more about Greenland’s geology, or join one of our Citizen Science projects. Then hit the gym, swim in the infinity pool, book a treatment in the wellness area, or enjoy a delicious meal in one of our three onboard restaurants.

    Day 2-3
    At sea

    Crossing the Denmark Strait

  • Day 4
    Qaqortoq

    Culture and history in Qaqortoq

    Our expedition cruise of Greenland begins in earnest in a town has been settled since prehistoric times. The colorful houses and lush scenery of Qaqortoq provide a beautiful backdrop for its rich culture.

    Explore the local museum, which includes rare Inuit artifacts, or enjoy lush scenery on a walk to a nearby lake. Join an optional excursion to meet friendly locals and hear their stories at a traditional kaffemik social gathering.

    • Included Qaqortoq Community Visit
    Day 4
    Qaqortoq

    Culture and history in Qaqortoq

  • Day 5
    Kvanefjord

    Explore Kvanefjord

    Experience the sublime fjords of Greenland’s west coast as we reach Kvanefjord in Sermersooq, meaning 'Place of Much Ice'.

    Have your camera ready for glistening icebergs and semi-submerged glacial ice, which is pure white with undertones of crystalline blue. These sculpted ice blocks are some of Arctic nature’s finest creations.

    Few people venture into this remote fjord, making it even more special to spend the day exploring here. The Expedition Team will select places to venture ashore, where you will enjoy beautiful scenery on a nature walk. You could also head out in boats to scout for wildlife.

    • Included Kvanefjord Exploration Day
    Day 5
    Kvanefjord

    Explore Kvanefjord

  • Day 6
    Maniitsoq

    Fascinating Maniitsoq

    Today our expedition cruise reaches Maniitsoq. Nicknamed the 'Venice of Greenland' for its natural canals, the surrounding mountains deliver awe-inspiring views. You might even spot pods of humpback whales from shore.

    Once a regional hub for trading reindeer hides, people have lived here for 4,000 years. Discover figurines carved from walrus ivory, traditional Greenlandic costumes, and many works of art in the local museum.

    Maniitsoq has many hiking options with different viewpoints to discover. And don’t miss the chance to chat to the town's welcoming locals.

    • Included Maniitsoq Community Visit
    Day 6
    Maniitsoq

    Fascinating Maniitsoq

  • Day 7
    Sisimiut

    Spectacular Sisimiut

    We reach spectacularly situated Sisimiut, just 25 miles north of the Arctic Circle, where you'll experience the Midnight Sun at the height of summer.

    Old traditions are alive and well here, and you can learn more about the ancient Saqqaq artifacts in the local museum. If you're looking for a special souvenir, pick up a scarf, hat or mittens made of qiviut, the inner wool of a musk ox, said to be 10 times warmer than sheep wool.

    One of the best things you'll experience on your expedition cruise to Greenland with us is meeting the local communities in the places we explore—authentic interactions that make for fantastic memories.

    • Included Sisimiut Community Visit
    Day 7
    Sisimiut

    Spectacular Sisimiut

  • Day 8
    Ilulissat

    UNESCO-listed Ilulissat Icefjord

    Our expedition cruise reaches Disko Bay, a haven for whales and seals. The Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, regularly tops the list of things to see and do in Greenland. Today, you'll find out why. Enjoy breathtaking scenery as you walk to the ice fjord and the old Inuit settlement of Sermermiut.

    Marvel at giant icebergs floating past in the deep blue waters, as they take on different hues of white, grey, and blue. Even amateur photographers will return to the ship with enviable images. Back in pretty Ilulissat, enjoy a hot drink by the colorful houses along the water.

    • Included Walk to the Icefjords
    Day 8
    Ilulissat

    UNESCO-listed Ilulissat Icefjord

  • Day 9
    Vaigat Sound

    Go wild in Vaigat Sound

    The rugged Vaigat Sound is our northernmost point. You may feel like the first person to explore it. We are at the hands of Mother Nature today and the Expedition Team will identify the best landing sites to explore.

    If possible, we’ll take small boats (RIB) out for a shore landing or take an optional kayaking trip between icebergs. You may visit Camp Frieda, trek across the tundra, and get up close to a glacier and learn how it moves.

    Have your binoculars and camera ready as wildlife sightings in Disko Bay can include orcas and bowhead whales, as well as harp, hooded, bearded, and ringed seals.

    • Included Vaigat Sound Exploration Day
    Day 9
    Vaigat Sound

    Go wild in Vaigat Sound

  • Day 10
    Evighedsfjord

    Beguiling Evighedsfjord

    Our expedition cruise now heads back south. Enjoy a day of exploration in the magical and imposing Evighedsfjord, near Kangerlussuaq. Until that day, we won’t have determined the exciting adventures that lie in store for you.

    The 'Fjord of Eternity' is fed by an ice cap that calves huge icebergs into its waters, 2,300 ft deep. It is surrounded by misty mountains with beautiful white ridges, punctuated by crystal-blue ice caves.

    Nature reigns here. The only settlements in this region are tiny fishing villages clinging to the shores. Like always, we'll be on the lookout for Arctic flora and wildlife, including whales and seabirds.

    • Included Evighet Fjord Exploration Day
    Day 10
    Evighedsfjord

    Beguiling Evighedsfjord

  • Day 11
    Nuuk

    Nuuk, Greenland’s capital

    After several days exploring remote, idyllic icescapes, you’ll cruise into Nuuk, Greenland’s colorful capital. It has a population of 18,000 people and a striking mix of old and new buildings.

    Compare the old buildings like the Hans Egede House and Nuuk Cathedral with the ultra-modern architecture of Greenland’s parliament building.

    Visit the national museum and gain fascinating insight into life here 500 years ago. See the six Qilakitsoq mummies, or join a long nature walk through Paradise Valley and around Mt. Lille Malene as part of an optional excursion.

    • Included Nuuk Grand Experience
    Day 11
    Nuuk

    Nuuk, Greenland’s capital

  • Day 12
    Ivittuut

    Forgotten town

    As you wander around the abandoned ruins of this ghost town, it’s hard to believe that Ivittuut, a former mining outpost, once played a pivotal role in the course of history.

    During World War II, the US secretly stationed troops here to prevent rare cryolite, used to make aluminum alloys, from falling into enemy hands. Supplies were instead shipped to the UK to manufacture aircraft that fought in the Battle of Britain.

    Here, you can walk among the area's deserted buildings. In what was once the last Viking settlement in Greenland, the only inhabitants you’re likely to see nowadays are musk oxen.

    • Included Ivittuut Landing
    Day 12
    Ivittuut

    Forgotten town

  • Day 13
    Prins Christian Sound

    Prince Christian Sund

    We aim to explore the incredible waters of Prince Christian Sound, stretching 60 miles long. Sharp-peaked granite mountains provide a stunning contrast to the bright white glaciers. Look out for calving icebergs and colorful houses in the village of Aappilattoq.

    Nature is abundant here. Keep an eye out for ringed and bearded seals resting on the ice and glaucous gulls and black guillemots soaring above. You may even spot minke and humpback whales.

    If sea ice prevents us from entering the sound, we'll head to the jagged Cape Farewell, the southernmost point of Greenland.

    • Included Prins Christian Sund Exploration Day
    Day 13
    Prins Christian Sound

    Prince Christian Sund

  • Day 14-15
    Irminger Sea

    Reflections of Greenland

    After exploring the ethereal beauty of western Greenland, we set our course back to Iceland. Enjoy two days at sea recapping highlights with the Expedition Team, learning about the delicate ecology of Greenland in the Science Center, and relaxing.

    Out on deck, you might spot seabirds or whales that like to follow our ship. Our onboard photographer will share tips to capture them in action. You can even count the whales you see for our Happywhale Citizen Science project.

    This might be the time to enjoy the panoramic sauna, the hot tubs on deck, or the heated pool. Why not book a treatment in our wellness area? You can also enjoy the company of fellow explorers over drinks in the Explorer Lounge &Bar.

    Day 14-15
    Irminger Sea

    Reflections of Greenland

  • Day 16
    Reykjavík

    Return to Reykjavík

    Estimated time of arrival is 6:00 AM

    Your expedition cruise to Greenland will come full circle when you arrive back in Iceland's stylish capital in the early morning.

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

    Day 16
    Reykjavík

    Return to Reykjavík

Departures

2023

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  • October
  • November
  • December
June:
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July:
14.
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2024

  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
June:
9.
24.
July:
9.
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What's Included

Included in Your Expedition

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, extensive library, and advanced biological and geological equipment
  • The Citizen Science Program allows guests to contribute to ongoing scientific research projects.
  • Our onboard professional 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 equipment needed for the activities
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition photographers will be on hand to assist you.

Notes

  • 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

Not Included In Your Expedition

  • International flights
  • 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

Notes

  • 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
Pool area on MS Fridtjof Nansen
Photo: Oscar Farrera
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MS Fridtjof Nansen

Year built 2020
Shipyard Kleven Yards, Norway
Passenger capacity 528 (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, just 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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