Discover the Heart of Greenland

Explorer CruiseDenmark and Greenland

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From $6,332 USD
June 30 - July 20, 2018
12 Days / 11 Nights

Cruise to the heart of Greenland along the Disko Bay, expedition with MS Fram. Explore Ilulissat and the Icefjord, enjoy icebergs, fjords and wildlife.

Overview

Discover the heart of Greenland along the Disko Bay, sail on an expedition with MS Fram. Visit Greenland’s West coast and Disco Bay, with colorful icebergs, deep fjords and wildlife, encounter Humpback, Fin and Greenland whales. Explore Ilulissat and the Icefjord, on UNESCOS WORLD Heritage List, enjoy icebergs under the Midnight Sun! Experience genuine Greenlandic atmosphere in towns and villages, meet the welcoming people of this remote nation.

Operation

June 30 - July 20, 2018

Departure

June 30 - July 9
July 10 - July 18 (sold out)
July 20 - July 27

Price

from $6,332 per person, Polar Inside cabin

N/A Polar Inside
$8,311 Polar Outside
N/A Arctic Superior
$16,099 Expedition Suite

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

Included

  • Economy flight from Copenhagen-Kangerlussuaq-Copenhagen
  • Hurtigruten Expedition Voyage, 12 days
  • Cabin category of your choice
  • Transfer from the airport to ship/ship to airport in Kangerlussuaq
  • Full board daily (buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, and set or buffet dinner)
  • Excursion to the ice sheet, including dinner, after the voyage
  • Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings with small boats
  • Activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team giving
  • lectures and accompanies landings and activities
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary use of Muck Boot rubber boots

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Optional Shore Excursions
  • Gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • $25 handling fee

Tour Options

  • Shore Excursions
  • Boat trip to the Icefjord, approx. 2 hours, from $149
  • Hike to Holms Bakke, 4-5 hours, from $108
  • City walk Ilulissat, approx. 2 hours, from $99
  • Kayaking Adventure, 2-4 hours, from $166
  • Qeqertarsuaq Town Walk, 1 hour, from $58
  • Boat trip to Assaqutaq, 2 hours, from $166
  • Sisimiut City tour by bus, approx. 1hr30, from $83
  • Hike to Palasip Qaqqaa, approx. 3-5 hours, from 116
  • Meet Greenland through its People, approx. 1 hour, from $46

Day 1 COPENHAGEN - KANGERLUSSUAQ ( D)

The Gateway To Greenland
Your flight from Copenhagen arrives in the evening in Kangerlussuaq where MS Fram is waiting for your embarkation.

Day 2 - 10 EXPLORING NORTHWEST GREENLAND (B, L, D)

The Land of Midnight Sun and Dog Sledges
As we start cruising north, you can look forward to encountering gigantic icebergs, fjords and spectacular landscapes, as well as small villages and larger towns. Sisimiut is situated 40 km north of the Arctic Circle. The name means “the people living in a place where there are fox dens”. This is the second largest town in Greenland, a modern settlement that maintains ancient traditions. Our optional shore excursions include hikes, boat trips and sightseeing. You can also watch local artists sculpt jewellery and crafts from bone, leather and metal, or taste Greenlandic specialties in a local restaurant.

Qeqertarsuaq is the only town situated on the old volcanic island of Disco. Greenlandic legend says that two seal hunters were annoyed that the island stood in their way. Using a single hair from an infant, they towed the island up north behind their kayaks. A witch in Ilulissat did not like this lush, green island approaching, and cast a spell on it to run aground. This verdant island in the midst of ice offers amazing Arctic experiences. Join optional excursions like a guided town tour, kayaking or an ice cruising boat trip. If you like archaeology and history, you should definitely pay a visit to the local museum. Feel free to stroll around the settlement on your own.

Qasigiannguit is dubbed the “Pearl of the Disco Bay" and is Greenland's forgotten paradise. Nature still dominates everyday life here. The settlement is home to one of the oldest houses in Greenland. It was built in 1734 and is today the town’s museum with some of Greenland's finest ancient artifacts and exciting collections. Join a settlement walk, visit the museum and the local church or stroll around and discover the settlement on your own. The town of Uummannaq is situated in scenic surroundings at the foot of a heart-shaped mountain. Our optional excursions include meeting the locals or taking a tender boat excursion to a landing at Qilakitsoq where mummies from the Thule era were found.

In Ukkusissat the local citizens await at the pier and provide entertainment with song and dance, before proudly escorting us to their village. Illorsuit lies at the mouth of the Uummannaq Fjord. There are only 90 people living in this traditional hunting and fishing community. You may find that many houses dry whale meat and fish on the front porch, right next to the laundry. This is a scenic outpost rarely visited by tourists. We may also visit a location near Saqqaq, around 70°N, 51°W, that was without an official name until 2013. The place has special significance to Friederike Bronny, one of our Expedition Team members. As a young geologist student, she spent a year in a tent in this small valley. She also visited the spot several times later as an Expedition Leader. A few years ago, MS Fram was planning to land here, and the captain needed to inform the authorities. Unfortunately, this particular site didn’t have a name. So the captain said, ‘At Hurtigruten we call it “Camp Frieda”.’ Not long after, the authorities relayed back that, from that moment on, Camp Freida would be the official name of the position.

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 tender boats 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 beautiful view over the glacier.

Ilulissat is set in the stunning scenery of the Ilulissat Icefjord. The area was added to the UNESCO World Heritage 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. These mighty icebergs are unique and no two are alike. Marvel at how they change from white and blue to shades of orange and red when the iceberg surface is struck by the midnight sun. Hear the icebergs’ soundtrack of cracking and rumbling, as the sounds echoe from one end of Ilulissat to the other. We offer a variety of optional shore excursions such as hikes, historic town walks and a boat tour to the Icefjord.

Itilleq means "the hollow", and as its name suggests, this small settlement is situated in a hollow, majestically surrounded by high mountains and glaciers. With the Arctic Circle passing just 200 meters south of the village center, Itilleq can rightly claim the title of ‘the Arctic Circle Village’. The 130 people who live here are mainly engaged in hunting and fishing activities. The island has no fresh water, so its inhabitants have to use a facility that makes fresh water from seawater. 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.

Day 11 KANGERLUSSUAQ (B, L, D)

See The Ice Sheet Up Close
As we reach Kangerlussuaq, your expedition with MS Fram 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 3,200 meters 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.

Day 12 COPENHAGEN (B)

The Stylish Capital of Denmark
You arrive in the Danish capital early in the morning and may even have the time to explore "Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen" before you head home.

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