Greenland - The Ultimate Fjord and National Park Expedition

Greenland - The Ultimate Fjord and National Park Expedition

Greenland - The Ultimate Fjord and National Park Expedition

Greenland - The Ultimate Fjord and National Park Expedition

Travel information 13 days MS Fridtjof Nansen
Departure
August 24, 2022
Price from $ 10,177
$ 8,677
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
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Cruise from Iceland to Greenland’s remote east coast. Experience the wildlife and grandeur of the world’s largest national park and wilderness fjord system.

The majesty of eastern Greenland

From Reykjavík, we sail across the Denmark Strait to the spectacular east coast of Greenland. Our first destination is Scoresbysund, an immense system of fjords and glaciers that expands over 24,000 square miles. We’ll spend the next four days exploring this vast pristine region.

Dark, placid waters reflect mountains soaring around us as we search for whales and other marine wildlife, including seals, which can sometimes be spotted loafing on ice floes. Look out for bird life, including Brünnich’s Guillemots, Snowy Owls, and Greenlandic Gyrfalcons.

The largest national park in the world

Next, we explore the Northeast Greenland National Park, an International Biosphere Reserve. Visitor numbers are limited in this 375,000 square mile wilderness region. Hurtigruten’s expertise and experience means you’ll be one of the lucky few to experience this Arctic paradise.

In the absence of people, wildlife abounds in this peaceful haven. You might see Arctic hares, musk oxen, and even a polar bear. The waters are filled with sparkling white-blue icebergs, and you’ll have the opportunity to experience nature up close on guided walks and kayak trips. This expedition cruise to one of the most remote places on the planet will be an unforgettable experience.

Greenland - The Ultimate Fjord and National Park Expedition Greenland - The Ultimate Fjord and National Park Expedition
  • Day 1
    Reykjavík, Iceland

    Capital of Iceland

    August 24, 2022
    Estimated time of departure is 8:00 PM

    Your adventure starts in the northernmost capital in the world. Reykjavík has both traditional charm and a cosmopolitan feel. This small, safe city is perfect for a walking tour, and is full of art, culture, and history. We recommend making the most of your time here before embarkation, if you have the time.

    Stroll along Laugavegur, the main shopping street, filled with boutiques and outdoor shops, or head to the architecturally striking Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral. Art lovers can visit the Reykjavík Art Museum, the National Gallery, and the many smaller galleries and museums throughout the city.

    Learn about Icelandic history by stopping off at the National Museum, the Saga Museum, and the Maritime Museum. Pack a swimsuit to take a dip in one of the city’s 18 swimming pools, many with saunas and hot tubs.

    Reykjavík is just a few hours away from geysers, glaciers, hot springs, and waterfalls. Its name actually means ’Smoky Bay’, due to the rising steam from the surrounding geothermal features. We recommend booking a Pre-Program with us and spending a few extra days discovering Iceland’s famed Golden Circle, a circuit of natural highlights including waterfalls, national parks, and geysers.

    At Reykjavík harbor, your expedition ship awaits you. After you check in and collect your complimentary expedition jacket, you’ll have time to settle in to your comfortable and stylish cabin. There is a mandatory safety drill just before departure. Then walk around and explore your new home away from home and enjoy and the premium onboard experience.

    The welcome dinner in the evening ends with a toast by the captain, who will wish everyone an enjoyable adventure. You’ll then meet the Expedition Team and key members of the crew, who will provide you with information about what to expect on your exciting cruise to Greenland.

    Day 1
    Reykjavík, Iceland

    Capital of Iceland

  • Day 2
    At sea

    Crossing the Denmark Strait

    August 25, 2022

    As we leave Iceland behind, we’ll sail across the Denmark Strait toward the shores of Greenland. This is the same route that was taken by the Vikings when they migrated here some 1,000 years ago. In fact, we’re following in the wake of Erik the Red, who is said to have been the first European to settle in Greenland, having gone there with his father at age 10.

    You’ll have time to relax, get to know your Expedition Team, and check out the onboard facilities. The Science Center features lectures on a range of topics to prepare you for the adventure ahead. While you’re there, check out the library and the scientific equipment available for you to use throughout the cruise.

    The Expedition Team will also run you through important guidelines from AECO, the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators. Learn how to protect wildlife habitats and the best ways to keep a safe distance from animals so as not to disturb them.

    Feeling active? Get your pulse up at one of the fitness facilities. The sauna offers ‘sightseeing as you sweat’ and there are hot tubs and a heated pool on deck.

    Later, grab a drink in the panoramic Explorer Lounge & Bar. Get to know some of your fellow explorers or just take a seat and watch the waves roll by.

    Day 2
    At sea

    Crossing the Denmark Strait

  • Day 3-7
    Scoresbysund fjord

    Largest Fjord on Earth

    August 26, 2022 - August 30, 2022

    Scoresbysund is a fjord system that spreads out like branches on a tree over an area of around 24,000 square miles. The scenery is simply spectacular. White and white-blue icebergs float in the mirror-like waters, surrounded by black and brown mountains looming around us. This is the world’s largest fjord system—feel a deep sense of serenity over the next four days exploring this vast pristine wilderness.

    The area’s steep basalt mountains, some reaching up to 6,500 feet, create both a stunning backdrop and provide shelter from the chilling Arctic winds. This area is a haven for an abundance of Greenland’s iconic wildlife, given the vast stretches of open water at the mouth of the wide fjord system and areas that remain ice-free, even in winter. You might be able to spot musk oxen, Arctic foxes, and mountain hares.

    Birdlife thrives here. Little Auks, Atlantic Puffins, fulmars, Snowy Owls, the Greenlandic Gyrfalcon, and Great Black-backed Gulls are just some of the species we’ll be hoping to see. Additionally, various types of seal can be seen on the shores or loafing on ice floes. Keep a lookout for whales, which are often spotted in the waters around here.

    As this is an expedition cruise, the Captain and Expedition Team will guide us to the most favorable spots on a day-by-day basis. We’ll make the most of current conditions, ensuring we can pack in as many shore landings, nature walks, kayaking tours, and wildlife sightings as possible. As you explore and learn about this precious ecosystem, you’ll come to feel as one with the vast Scoresbysund fjord region.

    Day 3-7
    Scoresbysund fjord

    Largest Fjord on Earth

  • Day 8-11
    Northeast Greenland National Park

    The largest national park in the world

    August 31, 2022 - September 3, 2022

    Words can’t adequately describe the pure tranquility and grandeur of the largest national park in the world. It’s also the least-visited park on the planet. Only a small number of expeditions are permitted to visit over the short summer season. Thanks to our expertise and experience, we are one of them.

    See majestic fjords and giant icebergs while wildlife—including hares, musk oxen, and Arctic foxes—roam the coasts and tundra. You might even be lucky enough to spot a polar bear! These elusive creatures are spread out across an enormous region, making it a true highlight when we manage to locate one.

    Apart from old trapper huts, some science research stations, and a military outpost, there are very few traces of human life in this 375,000 square mile park. The only other people we might encounter are the Sirius Patrol rangers, who monitor the area on dog sleds. Otherwise, this is one of the quietest places on Earth. Feel a deep sense of peace as we explore this beautiful wilderness.

    The Northeast Greenland National Park is an International Biosphere Reserve. Naturally, we must respect the fragile ecology by leaving no trace behind. The Captain and Expedition Team will assess the ice conditions on a day-by-day basis to choose the best locations for landings. You can also enjoy exciting optional activities such as kayaking and long guided nature walks, and if you’re brave enough, you can even take a bracing dip in the icy waters!

    Apart from watching for wildlife, photographing the flora and icebergs, and appreciating the silence, you also have the chance to participate in our Citizen Science projects, which will help preserve the region’s wildlife for future generations.

    Day 8-11
    Northeast Greenland National Park

    The largest national park in the world

  • Day 12
    Irminger Sea

    Heading back to Iceland

    September 4, 2022

    After exploring the remote beauty of Greenland, we’ll set our course back to Iceland. Spend the days at sea recapping your experiences with your new friends, studying nature in the Science Center, sitting in on a lecture or two, or just relaxing out on deck. Track the seabirds following our ship or see if you can spot some whales.

    The route back ‘home’ is likely the same one the last Vikings took when they abandoned their experiment of living on Greenland in the 15th century. Why did they leave? Historians don’t all agree, but it seems likely they tried to live like European farmers in an environment that wouldn’t support their cows, sheep, and pigs. If only they had taken advice from Greenlandic peoples, their descendants might still be there today.

    As you reflect on your cruise, you now understand how precious Greenland is. From the delicate ecology of the fjord systems to the ethereal elegance of the ice and glaciers, we hope that this beauty has impacted you and that your expedition cruise has been a life-changing experience.

    Day 12
    Irminger Sea

    Heading back to Iceland

  • Day 13
    Reykjavík

    The stylish capital of Iceland

    September 5, 2022
    Estimated time of arrival is 6:00 AM

    Your expedition ship arrives back in the Icelandic capital today. After disembarking, check out some of the things you may have missed before the cruise began in this charming and compact city.

    We will surely have had an amazing experience along Greenland’s east coast with us. We hope to see you again for more adventures in the future.

    Want to explore more of Iceland? Tack on a Post-Program before you head home or simply extend your stay to enjoy Reykjavík and the surrounding geothermal attractions.

    Day 13
    Reykjavík

    The stylish capital of Iceland

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What's Included

Included in Your Expedition

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in the cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurant Aune
  • Fine-dining À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm is 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 fill at onboard water refill stations
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and guide activities, both on board and ashore
  • Range of included excursions

Onboard activities

  • Experts from the Expedition Team present detailed lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • The Citizen Science program allows guests to contribute to current scientific research projects
  • The onboard professional photographer will give tips and tricks for taking the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • The ship has hot tubs, a sauna, and an indoor gym
  • Participate in informal gatherings with the crew, such as daily recaps and the next day’s preparations

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 help configure your camera settings before landings

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

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
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Pool area on MS Fridtjof Nansen
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Science Center
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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 140 m / 459 ft
Beam 23.6 m / 77 ft
Speed 15 knots
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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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