Greenland - The Ultimate Fjord and National Park Expedition (Itinerary 1)
Flight-Inclusive Package : -30% per person
MS Fram
13 days

Greenland – The Ultimate Fjord and National Park Expedition (Itinerary 1)

Price from $ 12,087
$ 8,998
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • Flight-Inclusive Package : -30% per person

    2021 & 2022 flight-inclusive cruise packages to Alaska, Iceland, Greenland, Svalbard, Northwest Passage, and Canada, For a limited time only.
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Departures
August 6, 2021
August 7, 2021
  • Join an epic expedition cruise from Iceland to eastern Greenland
  • Explore the rarely visited eastern coastline of Greenland and meet the locals who live here
  • See spectacular scenery in the largest national park and the largest fjord in the world
  • Chances of spotting a range of Arctic wildlife, including whales and polar bears

Itinerary

We depart Iceland and head into the extremely remote eastern coast of Greenland, which is almost completely uninhabited. Here, we spend our days exploring the largest national park and the largest fjord in the world, keeping watch for a range of Arctic wildlife such as seals, musk oxen, Arctic foxes, and whales. Leaving these massive landscapes behind, we return to Iceland.
Day 1
Reykjavik, Iceland
Capital of Iceland
Iceland´s modern Harpa concert hall.
Iceland´s modern Harpa concert hall.
Photo: Genna Roland

Reykjavik 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 baths before embarking MS Fram.

Iceland´s modern Harpa concert hall.
Iceland´s modern Harpa concert hall.
Photo: Genna Roland
Stroll the colourful streets of the capital.
Stroll the colourful streets of the capital.
Photo: Genna Roland
Enjoy all the amenities of the ship.
Enjoy all the amenities of the ship.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Scan for avian life in the Denmark Strait.
Scan for avian life in the Denmark Strait.
Photo: Simon Bottomley
Day 2
At sea
Crossing the Denmark Strait
Enjoy all the amenities of the ship.
Enjoy all the amenities of the ship.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup

Learn how to protect the great wilderness, both during our expedition and in the future, as part of the mandatory safety and sustainability briefing. Check out the onboard Science Center to learn more about the wildlife and ecosystems of the Arctic.  

Discover a natural world of ice, sea, sun, and shore.
Day 3-7
Scoresbysund fjord
Largest Fjord on Earth
Day 3-7
Scoresbysund fjord
Largest Fjord on Earth
Discover a natural world of ice, sea, sun, and shore.
Discover a natural world of ice, sea, sun, and shore.
Photo: Andy Brunner

Heading south, we will attempt a landing at the entrance to the Scoresbysund fjord. This is the world’s largest fjord system, which extends 218 miles inland and 1,970 feet deep. It offers spectacular scenery: White and blue icebergs float in the still waters of the fjord, surrounded by bare green and brown mountains.

The fjord’s steep basalt mountains, some reaching up to 6,600 feet, not only create a stunning backdrop, but also provide shelter from the winds. Add this to the availability of open water in the wide fjord mouth, and areas of water that do not freeze even in winter, and it explains why the fjord has become a haven for an unusual abundance of Greenlandic wildlife.

You might be able to spot musk oxem, Arctic foxes, mountain hares, and even reindeer. Little auks, Atlantic puffins, fulmars, snowy owls, the Greenlandic gyrfalcon, and great black-backed gulls are just some of the bird species that can be admired in the skies above. Various species of seal dominate the shores and the clear waters below. Keep on the look-out also for Atlantic walrus, narwhal, beluga whales, and the rare bowhead whale.

Tiny settlements cling to beautiful shores.
Tiny settlements cling to beautiful shores.
Photo: Annie Spratt
Iceberg in Greenland.
Day 8-10
North East Greenland National Park
The Largest National Park in the World
MS Fram in a fjord in Greenland.
MS Fram in a fjord in Greenland.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Scan for mighty musk oxen.
Scan for mighty musk oxen.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 8-10
North East Greenland National Park
The Largest National Park in the World
Iceberg in Greenland.
Iceberg in Greenland.
Photo: Luca Baggi

We begin our exploration of the largest national park in the world, which is also the least visited national park in the world. Only a small number of expeditions are permitted to visit the park over its very short summer season. Thanks to our expertise and experience here, we are always one of them.

Apart from trapper huts, some science research stations, and two military outposts, there are no traces of human life here. The only others we might be lucky to meet are the Sirius Patrol park rangers who supervise the area on dog-sleds.

Once inside the park, there are large fjords, giant icebergs, alpine landscapes, hanging glaciers, and vertical granite cliffs reaching as far as the eye can see. The likes of hares, musk oxen and Arctic foxes roam the coasts and tundra in the summertime. They are usually spread out across this enormous region, making it a real highlight if we do manage to spot one or more of them.

The captain and Expedition Leader will assess the ice conditions and choose the best locations for landings accordingly. You can also participate in exciting optional activities such as kayaking and long guided hikes.

Colourful houses in Ittoqqortoormiit.
Day 11
Ittoqqortoormiit
The Most Isolated Settlement
Day 11
Ittoqqortoormiit
The Most Isolated Settlement
Colourful houses in Ittoqqortoormiit.
Colourful houses in Ittoqqortoormiit.
Photo: Annie Spratt

Located on a stunning peninsula that is encased by sea ice for nine months of the year, Ittoqqortoormiit is the most remote inhabited community in the western hemisphere. Less than 500 hardy souls call this home and they’ll be proud to show you around the community, including a museum, church and even a photo exhibition.

Get a taste of life on the edge of wilderness.
Get a taste of life on the edge of wilderness.
Photo: Annie Spratt
Relax on deck and learn from the Expedition Team.
Relax on deck and learn from the Expedition Team.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Fascinating talks in the Science Center and on deck.
Fascinating talks in the Science Center and on deck.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 12
Irminger Sea
Heading Back to Iceland
Relax on deck and learn from the Expedition Team.
Relax on deck and learn from the Expedition Team.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

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

Day 13
Reykjavik
The Stylish Capital of Iceland
Explore more with an optional Post-program.
Explore more with an optional Post-program.
Photo: Lauren Smith

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, or simply extend your stay to enjoy the city and its surroundings before you head home.

Explore more with an optional Post-program.
Explore more with an optional Post-program.
Photo: Lauren Smith
The Harpa concert hall is a gem of modern Reykjavik.
The Harpa concert hall is a gem of modern Reykjavik.
Photo: Genna Roland
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 restaurant Aune
  • 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, sauna, and indoor gym
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come

Landing Activities

  • Escorted landings with small expedition 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

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Medical questionnaire is mandatory
  • Please ensure you meet all visa entry requirements
  • No gratuities expected
MS Fram in Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser
Icebergs – one of many favorite photo motives when on an expedition with MS Fram
Photo: Tomas Mauch

Your Ship

MS Fram

Year built 2007
Year of refurbishment 2020
Shipyard Fincantieri, Italy
Passenger capacity 318 (200 in Antarctica)
Beds 276
Gross tonnage 11647
Length 114 m / 374 ft
Beam 20.2 m / 66 ft
Speed 13 knots
MS Fram in Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser

The original Fram was the most famous explorer ship of its time, and the achievements of her expeditions are unparalleled. MS Fram honors the heritage of the original Fram, using the most advanced technology and making her exceptionally well suited for expedition voyages in polar regions.

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