Ultimate Greenland Expedition

Ultimate Greenland Expedition– Denmark, Greenland, Arctic Ocean –16 days / 15 nights, Copenhagen - Kangerlussuaq - Sisimiut - Qeqertarsuaq - Uummannaq - Thule - Siorapaluk - Dundas - Upernavik - Eqip Sermia - Ilulissat - Itilleq - CopenhagenUltimate Greenland Expedition, a 16-day voyage on Hurtigruten's new ship, MS Spitsbergen. Explore the northwest coast of Greenland, stand at the edge of the gigantic Greenland ice sheet, learn about Inuit culture and history, visit abandoned settlements, first inhabited 900 years ago. Cruise along Disko Bay from Kangerlussuaq, Sisimiut to Ilulissat and the Icefjord, UNESCO World Heritage site, to Siorapaluk, the northernmost settlement in the world.

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PolarInside Polar Outside Arctic Superior Expedition Suite
$9,039 $12,897 $17,873 $24,052

Rates in USD per person, double occupancy, subject to change

Operation August 6, 2017
Departure August 6, 2017
Price from $9,039 per person, PolarInside cabin
Included Economy flight from Copenhagen-Kangerlussuaq-Copenhagen
Hurtigruten Expedition Voyage, 16 days
Cabin category of your choice
Full board daily (buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, and set or buffet dinner)
Wind- and water-resistant jacket
Landings and activities on board and ashore
Professional English-speaking Expedition Team giving
lectures and accompanies landings and activities
Complimentary use of Muck Boot rubber boots
Complimentary tea and coffee
Not Included International flights
Optional Shore Excursions
Gratuities
Travel insurance
Luggage handling
$25 handling fee
Tour Options Shore Excursions
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MS Spitsbergen cabin categories

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Day 1 COPENHAGEN - KANGERLUSSUAQ ( D) Your flight from Copenhagen lands in Kangerlussuaq in the evening. You''ll find MS Spitsbergen here, ready to start your expedition.

Onboard MS Spitsbergen

Day 2 SISIMIUT (B, L, D) Sisimiut is the southernmost town on the western coast of Greenland. We offer a variety of optional shore excursions here, including hikes, boat trips, and sightseeing, as well as the chance to shop for local handicrafts and enjoy some Greenlandic specialities in a local restaurant.

Onboard MS Spitsbergen

Day 3 QEQERTARSUAQ (B, L, D) Qeqertarsuaq is the only town situated on the old volcanic island of Disko. The area offers amazing Arctic experiences. Join optional excursions such as a tour of the town, kayaking, or an ice-cruising boat tour. If you appreciate archaeology and history, you should definitely pay a visit to the local museum. Alternatively, you can stroll around the town on your own.

Onboard MS Spitsbergen

Day 4 UUMMANNAQ (B, L, D) The town of Uummannaq is situated in scenic surroundings at the foot of a heart-shaped mountain. Our optional excursions include meeting local Greenlanders or taking the ship's expedition landing craft ashore to Qilakitsoq to see where the mummies from the Thule era (approximately 1475 A.D.) were found.

Onboard MS Spitsbergen

Day 5 AT SEA (B, L, D) We sail northwest along the Davis Strait from 71° to 76° North, an area of the Greenlandic coastline mapped by explorer Lauge Koch, passing some of the northernmost settlements in Greenland. In these harsh and remote areas, life is a constant battle, and you can learn more about this in one of the informative lectures given by our expedition team.

Onboard MS Spitsbergen

Day 6 QAANAAQ (THULE) (B, L, D) Qaanaaq (or Thule) was the first part of Greenland to be settled by the Thule people, the ancestors of the modern Inuit, who came from Canada. The district is one of the northernmost inhabited places on Earth and has a population of around 1,000. It is also the last US military base in Greenland. Hunting for seals, whales, and polar bears in the traditional way is the main occupation in the town and the surrounding settlements. Visit the Ultima Thule souvenir shop to buy genuine and original artwork and crafts from the Qaanaaq district.

Onboard MS Spitsbergen

Day 7 SIORAPALUK (B, L, D) Situated just over 845 miles from the North Pole, Siorapaluk is the northernmost settlement in the world. The settlement was founded in 1933 and is known for its beautiful surroundings and geology. Siorapaluk means ‘little sands’ and was named after the small sandy beach in front of the village. This will be the northernmost landing on this trip, and you should not miss the opportunity to visit the church, museum, or the local shop.

Onboard MS Spitsbergen

Day 8 CRUISING ALONG THE ICE EDGE - AT SEA (B, L, D) We will spend a day cruising along the ice edge, and may even try to reach 80° North.

Onboard MS Spitsbergen

Day 9 DUNDAS "OLD THULE" (B, L, D) There is evidence of people living in the area now known as Dundas as far back as 900 years ago. Just north of Mount Dundas there are a number of excavation sites, including Comer's Midden, where several house ruins and 'middens', archaeological dumping grounds containing domestic waste products including shells, animal bones, and other refuse, have been found.

In 1910, the Danish explorer Knud Rasmussen founded a trading post here and in 1963, the area was officially designated as Thule, the 17th municipality of Greenland and the northernmost community in the world. However, the town has since been abandoned, and you can wander around the old settlement, taking in the ruins of this trading post, or walk to the other side of the peninsula to see the remains of the old turf huts from the former settlement.

Onboard MS Spitsbergen

Day 10 AT SEA (B, L, D) Enjoy a day at sea where you can stay on deck to spot wildlife or attend a lecture given by our expedition team.

Onboard MS Spitsbergen

Day 11 UPERNAVIK (B, L, D) For centuries, the locals have migrated to Upernavik during the spring to take advantage of the rich hunting grounds. This small settlement lies at 72° 47' N and 56° 10' W, in Melville Bay, and everything is within walking distance. Many of the locals still go hunting and fishing – if you're walking through town keep an eye out for polar bear and seal skins! The town is also home to the world’s northernmost open-air museum.

Onboard MS Spitsbergen

Day 12 EQIP SERMIA (B, L, D) Today, you will have a unique opportunity to witness the true power of nature on a visit to the Eqip Sermia Glacier, which calves icebergs into the open ocean. We will use the ship's expedition landing craft to go ashore in this beautiful area. If you're feeling more active, you can take a short hike on your own in the area. Everybody who goes ashore is invited to a barbecue dinner with a terrific view over the glacier.

Onboard MS Spitsbergen

Day 13 ILULISSAT - ICEFJORD (B, L, D) Ilulissat is set in the stunning scenery of the Ilulissat Icefjord. The area was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 2004. Just outside the town, at the mouth of the fjord, you can often see enormous icebergs that have run aground. They originate from the Jakobshavn Glacier, one of the most productive glaciers in the Northern Hemisphere. We offer a variety of optional shore excursions such as hikes, historic town walks, and a boat tour to the Icefjord.

Onboard MS Spitsbergen

Day 14 ITILLEQ (B, L, D) Itilleq means 'the hollow', and as its name suggests, this small settlement is situated in a hollow, majestically surrounded by high mountains and glaciers. Located just over a mile north of the Arctic Circle, Itilleq is truly an Arctic Circle village. The 130 people who live here are mainly engaged in hunting and fishing occupations. The island has no fresh water, so its inhabitants have to use a facility that makes fresh water from sea water. The town's church has an interesting history: It was built in Thule (Umanak, North Greenland) in 1930 and was moved to Itilleq in 1963.

Onboard MS Spitsbergen

Day 15 KANGERLUSSUAQ - EVENING FLIGHT (B, L) As we reach Kangerlussuaq, your expedition with MS Spitsbergen has come to an end. Take the opportunity to join a final excursion to the Greenland ice sheet. This vast icy wasteland stretches 1,500 miles north and reaches heights of up to two miles - just under 10,500 feet - above sea level. The road to the edge of the ice sheet boasts beautiful natural scenery, ranging from Arctic desert and tundra with low-growing shrubs to hilly terrain offering breathtaking views over the landscape. Your plane to Copenhagen leaves late in the evening.

Onboard MS Spitsbergen

Day 16 COPENHAGEN (B) You arrive in the Danish capital early in the morning and hopefully have the time to explore "Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen" before you head home.

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