Grand Greenland – Mythical Lands of the North

Grand Greenland – Mythical Lands of the North

Grand Greenland – Mythical Lands of the North

Grand Greenland – Mythical Lands of the North

Travel information 17 days MS Fridtjof Nansen
July 1, 2025
July 15, 2025
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Icy waters of Disko Bay

We head north from Nuuk along the rugged and breathtaking coast of West Greenland. See immense icebergs from tidewater glaciers in Disko Bay, including Sermeq Kujalleq, the gigantic glacier at the head of UNESCO-listed Ilulissat Icefjord. As we sail, we’ll be on the lookout for whales.

Thule High Arctic region

Isolated even by Arctic standards, the inhabitants of the far north, which is known in legend by the name Thule, have been the northernmost communities on the planet for centuries. Expect High Arctic conditions, cold-adapted wildlife, ice-choked waters and the coolest summer on Earth.

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  • Day 1

    Cosmopolitan Reykjavík

    Explore the world’s northernmost capital, Reykjavík

    Your adventure begins with an overnight stay 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

    Cosmopolitan Reykjavík

  • Day 2

    Embarkation day in Nuuk

    Welcome to the capital of Greenland

    You’ll have an early start today as we depart Reykjavík and fly to Nuuk.

    Nuuk is Greenland’s colorful and compact capital. With a population of fewer than 20,000, it has a striking mix of old and modern buildings. If historical buildings pique your interest, head down to the old part of town by the waterfront, where you’ll find Nuuk Cathedral and the statue of Hans Egede standing on a hill. You’ll see the beautiful Mother of the Sea statue standing in juxtaposition to the water below.

    Your expedition ship awaits you in the harbor. After being welcomed aboard and collecting your complimentary expedition jacket, it’s time to settle into your cabin and enjoy your first dinner on board.

    Day 2

    Embarkation day in Nuuk

  • Day 3
    At sea

    Sailing toward Disko Bay

    Sailing to Disko Bay and getting ready for adventure

    Sailing towards the Arctic Circle, you’ll have time to get acquainted with the AECO rules and recommendations regarding operations and landings in the fragile Arctic environment. Make sure you attend these mandatory presentations if you want to join planned landings as we head north.

    You will also have time to settle in, enjoy the ship’s state-of-the-art facilities and join the first lectures on Greenland-related topics, including the Citizen Science projects run on board the ship.

    At some point during the sailing, we will cross the Arctic Circle, entering the lands of the Midnight Sun at the height of summer.

    Day 3
    At sea

    Sailing toward Disko Bay

  • Day 4
    UNESCO-listed Ilulissat Icefjord

    UNESCO-listed Ilulissat Icefjord

    See the jaw-dropping beauty of nature’s artworks

    Today, we reach Disko Bay, a haven for whales and other wildlife. The water here is dotted with icebergs in many shapes and sizes, and they all come from one place – the Ilulissat Icefjord. This spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site regularly tops the list of things to see and do in Greenland. Today, you’ll find out why. Enjoy the scenery as you walk along the wooden gangway to the breathtaking ice fjord.

    Marvel at giant icebergs floating placidly in the deep blue water as they take on different hues of white, gray and blue. All photographers, regardless of skill, will return to the ship with enviable images. Back in pretty Ilulissat, visit the Icefjord Centre to learn about the ice in this fascinating area. You can also go on a hike to Sermermiut to take in incredible views.

    Day 4
    UNESCO-listed Ilulissat Icefjord

    UNESCO-listed Ilulissat Icefjord

  • Day 5
    Uummannaq Fjord

    Exploring Uummannaq Fjord

    Entering through the gateway to the north

    Beyond the Nuussuaq peninsula, distances start to mean everything, because it’s here that Greenland’s ‘Far North’ begins. At this latitude, life proceeds at a slower pace. Weather and ice conditions run the show, and any successful landing that we attempt depends on the ability of the Captain to safely navigate waterways – especially when a summer fog descends. All in all, it’s the perfect setting for our expedition.

    The beauty of the land and the relative productivity of the environment here have attracted people since the first settlers came down the coast more than 4,000 years ago. Intriguing archaeological sites are silent witnesses to the ability of Arctic people to thrive in such a harsh environment. It is in this area that the famed Qilakitsoq mummies were discovered.

    Potential activities around here include stops at small communities such as Uummannaq – a beautiful island town with a heart-shaped mountain – or Ukkusissat. We may visit the archaeological site of Qilakitsoq, go on nature landings or attempt ice-cruising in the inner fjords with our small boats (RIBs).

    Day 5
    Uummannaq Fjord

    Exploring Uummannaq Fjord

  • Day 6
    At sea

    At sea

    Relax and learn at sea

    We’ll spend the day on the open seas crossing Melville Bay. This is a huge bay bordering the icy coast of Lauge Koch, where the ice caps meet the sea. Known by the locals as Qimusseriarsuaq, meaning ‘The Great Dog Sledding Place’, the bay was renamed by British explorers after Robert Dundas, 2nd Viscount Melville in the mid-19th century.

    Enjoy your day as we sail well beyond 70 degrees north. Relax on board, join the Expedition Team out on deck as they watch for wildlife and learn more about the Arctic with the ongoing series of lectures on topics such as nature, geology and mythology.

    Day 6
    At sea

    At sea

  • Day 7-11

    Discovering the Thule region

    Explore life at the edge of the world

    ‘Ultima Thule’ was the term used in the 4th century BCE by the Greek explorer Pytheas to describe a mythical land in the far north. Nobody knows for sure which land Pytheas had in mind when he coined this name, but for some it has come to refer to the far north in Greenland.

    As we explore here, expect wild beauty at the edge of the inhabitable world. Extreme climatic conditions year-round guarantee isolation and tough living conditions for the inhabitants and, even by Arctic standards, the Thule region is harsh and remote. And yet, this was the first region in Greenland ever to be colonized by the predecessors of the Inuit, somewhere around 4,500 years ago. How they managed to survive and thrive in that environment still puzzles Arctic archaeologists.

    The abundant bird and animal life provides sustenance, and the traditional hunting culture has survived better here than elsewhere in Greenland. The polar travel know-how of the locals has been highly sought after on European and American expeditions, either as guides or saviors. In fact, thanks to its position, the region has been the natural starting point for many travelers heading toward the North Pole.

    While always adapting our program to the changing weather and ice conditions, we will spend the next few days exploring the region. We aim to visit some of the local communities, land with small boats (RIBs) and marvel at the power of nature, sail through icy channels, and – with a bit of luck – spot some of the giants of the Arctic, including walruses, orcas, narwhals, belugas and perhaps even polar bears.

    Day 7-11

    Discovering the Thule region

  • Day 12-13
    At sea

    At sea

    Crossing Baffin Bay

    We are now sailing south again, as our adventures in the north are complete. Days at sea are the perfect time to relax on board, chatting with new friends in the Expedition Lounge & Bar, catching up on any lectures you may have missed and enjoying leisurely lunches. If you haven’t tried out the hot tubs yet, now is your chance. There’s something magical about bathing in warm water as icebergs drift past!

    Out on deck, the Expedition Team will keep up their wildlife watch every day, and guest lecturers will continue to reveal new and interesting information about Greenland, the Arctic and other topics related to our cruise. Feel free to join in any of the Citizen Science projects that are running – they’re engaging and fun, and you’ll be contributing something useful to global research.

    Day 12-13
    At sea

    At sea

  • Day 14-15
    West Greenland

    Landscapes and communities of West Greenland

    Visit modern towns on the edge of the wilderness

    The central west coast of Greenland is a land of contrasts. It’s home to some of the longest fjords in the country and a sprinkling of settlements, including the second-largest town on the island. However, the vastness of the land makes this stretch of the coast a sparsely populated region, where huge distances are the norm, and the sense of remoteness and isolation is just a part of daily life.

    On our journey south, we’ll visit communities where traditions are still alive, including Sisimiut, which lies 25 miles north of the Arctic Circle. This modern town has grown up alongside very ancient remains that date back more than 4,000 years. If you want to learn more about the ancient Saqqaq culture, make sure to visit the interesting 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.

    On our journey south, we’ll visit some communities where traditions are still alive. Potential stops include Qeqertarsuaq, the main settlement on Disko Island, and Itilleq, a small fishing and hunting village on a tiny island just over a mile north of the Arctic Circle. Whether hiking on land, meeting the friendly Greenlanders, or scanning the waters for wildlife, these last days on board are the perfect epilogue for our cruise.

    Day 14-15
    West Greenland

    Landscapes and communities of West Greenland

  • Day 16

    End of expedition in Nuuk

    A small capital in a grandiose setting

    Today, as we arrive at Nuuk, you will say a fond farewell to MS Fridtjof Nansen, her crew, the Expedition Team and the new friends you will have made. The lively capital of Greenland is a metropolis compared to all other towns you have visited in the country over the last couple of weeks. If you have time before flying back home, it is a fascinating window onto modern Greenland.

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

    Day 16

    End of expedition in Nuuk

  • Day 17

    Back to Reykjavík

    See more of Iceland’s capital

    Your adventure concludes in Reykjavík, giving you another chance to explore Iceland’s stylish capital.

    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 17

    Back to Reykjavík



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What’s included


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


  • Flights in economy class between Reykjavík and Nuuk


  • Transfers between the hotel and airport in Reykjavík before and after the flight to Nuuk
  • Transfers between the airport and the ship in Nuuk

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 meet all entry and boarding requirements
  • No gratuities are expected
  • Depending on your flight schedule, an additional overnight stay 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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