Greenland Expedition Cruise – Extension to Iceland

16 Days
Category:
  • Rib safari among icebergs
  • Greenland-Hiking-sisimiut
  • Greenland-Hiking-Exploration
  • Greenland-Ice-Sun
  • Greenland-Ivittuut-Oxen

This Greenland expedition cruise explores the Disko Bay area, where colourful villages cling to rocky hills surrounding the inland ice. We will explore ice fjords, observe the rich Inuit culture and hope to encounter whales, seals and a plethora of sea birds along the way.

 

Click here for more information:

https://www.hurtigruten.com.au/destinations/greenland/disko-bay-the-heart-of-greenland-2020

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Combine an exploration of pristine Greenlandic nature with fascinating Inuit culture
  2. Begin and end in Iceland
  3. The Midnight Sun ensures long days to discover Greenland´s beauty
  4. Voyage to lovely Disko Bay

 

DEPARTURE DATE
Departs 8 July 2020 – Can only be taken with Blue Dot Travel small group tour to Iceland
DURATION 16 days
TOUR COST $9,935 pp on a share basis only (two to a cabin) for a Polar Outside Cabin
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Share basis only
INCLUDED
Twin-share accommodation
Meals as listed on the itinerary

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Extension tours depart with a minimum of 2 clients
  • Your accommodation in Reykjavik on the nights of 6 & 7 July before the cruise departure can be arranged (for an additional charge)

Itinerary:

Day 1 Wednesday 8th July 2020

DEPART REYKJAVIK, ICELAND

Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city. Norse settlers named the place Reykjavik (meaning 'Smoky Bay') after the columns of steam that rose from the hot springs in the area. From Reykjavik, embark the MS Fridtjof Nansen for the start of the expedition cruise. D

Day 2-3 Thursday 9th July and Friday 10th July

CROSSING THE DENMARK STRAIT

We will leave Iceland behind and sail across the Irminger Sea. This crossing was used by the Vikings to migrate from Iceland to Greenland some 1,000 years ago. Enjoy introductory lectures on local history and biology on the innovative expedition ship. B/L/D

Day 4 Saturday 11th July

QAQORTOQ

Many consider Qaqortoq one of the most beautiful towns in Greenland for its colourful houses and lovely setting. The biggest town in South Greenland, with some 3.000 inhabitants, Qaqortoq is easy to explore on foot, or you can join one of our excursions to get even more insight into local culture. B/L/D

Day 5 Sunday 12th July

KVANEFJORD AREA

Discover the beautiful region of Kvanefjord near Paamiut by sailing deep into the fjord on this exploration day. Our experienced expedition ship captain will take advantage of the conditions to identify landing sites for onshore walks, locate places to launch our kayaks, scout ideal communities to visit or find the best spots to scan for wildlife. B/L/D

Day 6 Monday 13th July

MANIITSOQ — THE VENICE OF GREENLAND

Maniitsoq was founded in 1755 and its name means `The uneven place´ referring to the rocky hills and mountains shaping the layout of the town. It is also known as the `Venice of Greenland´ as it is situated in an archipelago, intersected by natural canals. The local museum provides an introduction to the town's rich history and culture. B/L/D

Day 7 Tuesday 14th July

SISIMIUT

Sisimiut is situated 40 km north of the Arctic Circle. The name means `the people living in a place where there are fox dens´. It is the second largest town in Greenland, a modern, picturesque settlement that maintains its ancient traditions. There are a variety of excursions to discover the many things to do in Sisimiut. B/L/D

Day 8 Wednesday 15th July

ICE FJORDLULISSAT

Ilulissat is set in the stunning scenery of the Ilulissat Ice fjord World Heritage Site. At the mouth of the fjord you can see enormous icebergs that have run aground. These ice masses originate from the Jakobshavn Glacier, one of the fastest glaciers in the world. Join one of our many excursions here. B/L/D

Day 9 Thursday 16th July

CAMP FRIEDA

We visit a location near Saqqaq that was without an official name until 2013. The place is special to the crew, as it has been named after one of our former Expedition Team members. We land at the beach to explore this most northerly destination of our voyage, enjoying a breathtaking landscape and the Arctic flora. B/L/D

Day 10 Friday 17th July

EVIGHED FJORD (ETERNAL FJORD)

Today's exploration will take us to the meandering Evighed Fjord, surrounded by tall mountains (up to 2,000 m (6,600 ft.) in height. Conditions of the day will determine the final program and the range of activities to be offered. B/L/D

 Day 11  Saturday 18th July

NUUK, CAPITAL OF GREENLAND

Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, is situated at the mouth of one of the most spectacular fjord systems in the world. The capital city is where old and new traditions meet, from historic buildings in `Kolonihavnen´ to the modern Centre for Greenland Self Rule. Another feature is the National Museum - home to the famous mummies of Qilakitsoq. B/L/D

Day 12  Sunday 19th July

MUSK OXEN AND A NORSE SETTLEMENT

Today a half day tour. We will visit the abandoned town of Ivittuut, a stronghold for musk oxen. More than a thousand years ago, Vikings settled the area but left no written records behind. Archaeologists believe this was the last Norse settlement in Greenland to be established and the first to be abandoned. B/L/D

Day 13  Monday 20th July

PRINS CHRISTIAN SUND REGION

Prince Christian Sound separates mainland Greenland from Sammisoq and the Cape Farewell Archipelago. If conditions allow, we will sail through this narrow channel and enjoy the spectacular scenery here. If the channel is blocked with ice, we will sail around Nunap Isua (Cape Farewell). B/L/D

Days 14-15  Tuesday 21st July and Wednesday 22nd July

IRMINGER SEA - DENMARK STRAIT

Back to Iceland. After exploring exhilarating Greenland, we set course back to Iceland. Spend the days at sea recapping your experiences, in the Science centre or just relaxing on the deck, looking at the sea birds which follow our ship or even spotting whales. B/L/D

Day 16  Thursday 23rd July

DISEMBARK REYKJAVIK, ICELAND

We arrive in the Icelandic capital early in the morning. If you want to explore more of the country, add one of our Post-Programmes before you head home, or stay longer to enjoy the city and its surroundings. B

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