Greenland – The Ultimate Fjord Expedition

Greenland – The Ultimate Fjord Expedition

Greenland – The Ultimate Fjord Expedition

Greenland – The Ultimate Fjord Expedition

Travel information 13 days MS Fram
Departure
August 2, 2023
Price from $ 9,045
$ 7,688
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Sail from Iceland to Greenland’s remote eastern coast. Experience the grandeur of the world’s largest wilderness fjord system.

Greenland’s majestic fjords

From Reykjavík, we sail across the Denmark Strait to the spectacular east coast of Greenland. Our destination is Scoresbysund, an immense system of fjords and glaciers that expands over 24,000 square miles. You’ll spend the next nine 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.

Remote settlements

Scoresbysund is uninhabited, apart from the settlement of Ittoqqortoormiit. With a population of fewer than 500, it’s one of the most remote settlements on the planet. Get an insight into the lives of Ittoqqortoormiit’s brave residents and discover the history of this tiny settlement.

Wilderness that’s perfect for adventure

Your expedition cruise comes with a host of activities, both included and optional, to immerse yourself in the environment. 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. Onboard lectures by our knowledgeable Expedition Team will further enhance your experience.

Greenland – The Ultimate Fjord Expedition Greenland – The Ultimate Fjord Expedition
  • Day 1
    Reykjavík, Iceland

    Capital of Iceland

    August 2, 2023

    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.

    At Reykjavik Harbour, MS Fram 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.

    Pre-Program

    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.

    Day 1
    Reykjavík, Iceland

    Capital of Iceland

  • Day 2
    At sea

    Crossing the Denmark Strait

    August 3, 2023

    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 on the MS Fram, your comfortable ‘expedition base camp’. 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 on deck.

    Later, grab a drink at 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 3-11
    Scoresbysund fjord system

    Largest fjord system on Earth

    August 4, 2023 - August 12, 2023

    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 nine days as you explore 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 daily. 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.

    Cruising silently on the water, you’ll scan for wildlife, photograph the flora and icebergs, and appreciate the silence of this vast wilderness. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in our Citizen Science projects, which will help preserve the region for wildlife and future generations.

    On your expedition, you’ll visit Ittoqqortoormiit – the gateway to the Scoresbysund fjord system and the only permanent settlement in the region. Located on a stunning peninsula that is surrounded by sea ice for nine months of the year, Ittoqqortoormiit is the most remote inhabited community in the western hemisphere.

    Ittoqqortoormiit was founded in 1925 as a hunting and fishing town. Today, the trapping culture is very active. Less than 500 brave souls call this remote outpost home, and they’ll be proud to show you around.

    If conditions allow, we will attempt to sail north of Scoresbysund towards the ever-changing East Greenland sea-ice edge to scout for wildlife before heading back to Iceland.

    • Included Ittoqqortoormiit Community Visit
    Day 3-11
    Scoresbysund fjord system

    Largest fjord system on Earth

  • Day 12
    Denmark Strait

    Heading back to Iceland

    August 13, 2023

    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 couldn’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 expedition cruise, you’ll now understand and fully appreciate the precious nature of Greenland. 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
    Denmark Strait

    Heading back to Iceland

  • Day 13
    Reykjavík

    End of the expedition

    August 14, 2023

    We bid a fond farewell to MS Fram as we end where we started: in the fabulous city of Reykjavík. Now you’ll have another opportunity to see the places you may have missed when you arrived. Want to end your expedition on a high note? You’re in the right place. Reykjavik’s galleries, restaurants, and spas are some of the best in the world.

    If you want to explore more of Iceland, spend a few extra days in Reykjavik and discover the surrounding geothermal attractions. Nothing rounds out your adventure like a relaxing soak in warm, milky-blue waters surrounded by black lava and gorgeous nature.

    We’re confident you’ve had a fantastic experience sailing along Greenland’s eastern coast with us. We hope you join us again for more adventures.

    Post-Program:

    Why not add one of our Post-Programs to your trip before heading home? You can take in the stunning scenery of Iceland’s southern coast and visit the spectacular Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls. You’ll also see the famous Reynisfjara beach with its jet-black pebble sands and distinctive basalt column formations – a truly great end to an epic journey.

    Day 13
    Reykjavík

    End of the expedition

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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
MS Fram in Greenland
Photo: Stian Klo
MS Fram in Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser
Your Ship

MS Fram

Year built 2007
Year of refurbishment 2022
Shipyard Fincantieri, Italy
Passenger capacity 250 (200 in Antarctica)
Beds 276
Car capacity 0
Gross tonnage 11,647 T
Length 374 ft
Beam 66.3 ft
Speed 13 knots
MS Fram in Greenland
Photo: Stian Klo

The original Fram was the most famous explorer ship of its time and the achievements of her expeditions are unparalleled. The advanced technology on the MS Fram, in the spirit of the famous original, makes her exceptionally well suited for expedition cruises in polar regions.

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Icebergs – one of many favorite photo motives when on an expedition with MS Fram
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