Explorer CruiseDenmark and Greenland
From $8,092 USD
July 8 - August 22, 2020
16 Days / 15 Nights
The Heart of Greenland with Disko Bay on MS Fridtjof Nansen. This Greenland expedition cruise explores Inuit culture, Arctic landscapes and Disko Bay.
The Heart of Greenland with Disko Bay on MS Fridtjof Nansen, the latest addition to Hurtigruten's fleet of custom-built ships. Our Greenland expedition cruise explores rare natural beauty and the fascinating Inuit culture. Meet the welcoming people who thrive in this Arctic landscape as we sail among giant icebergs to such natural wonders as the lovely Disko Bay in perpetual daylight under the Midnight Sun. Begin and end your journey in Iceland.
July 8 - August 22, 2020
July 8, 23, 2020
August 7, 22, 2020
from $8,092 per person in double, PolarOutside cabin
Polar Outside - $8,092 per person in double cabin
Arctic Superior - $9,548 per person in double cabin
Expedition Suite - $12,866 per person in double cabin
Special offers on this departure: August 7, 2020!
Rates in USD per person, double occupancy, and are subject to change.
- Hurtigruten Expedition Voyage, 16 days
- Cabin category of your choice
- All meals including beverages (beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all ship restaurants)
- Coffee and tea included throughout the day
- Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Fredheim restaurant meals included
- A la carte restaurant (only for suite guests)
- Gym, outdoor hot tubs and saunas with windows
- Rejuvenating wellness areas with separate treatment rooms, infinity pool, outdoor gym, running track
- Free Wi-fi onboard for all guests*
- Wind- and water-resistant jacket
- Loan of boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities
- Landings with small boats
- A rich program of included activities
- Small boat cruising and onshore exploration with the expedition team
- In-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology or culture
- Explorer Science program
- Introductory photo lecture, including camera adjustments and tips and tricks
- Photos and film/video footage from the voyage shared in the Expedition Logbook
- Opportunities to dine and interact with the expedition team and officers
- Destination-focused onboard library
- Port presentations providing destination insight
- A farewell event
- No gratuities expected
- *Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported
- International flights
- Optional Shore Excursions
- Optional small-group adventures with our expedition team such as kayaking, long hikes
(availability pending weather conditions and safety)
- Travel insurance
- Luggage handling
All planned landings are subject to weather and ice conditions. All itineraries are subject to change.
Day 1 Reykjavik, Iceland - Embarkation
Day 2-3 At sea
Day 4 Qaqortoq
Day 5 Kvanefjord area
Day 6 Maniitsoq
Day 7 Sisimiut
Day 8 Ilulissat
Day 9 Camp Frieda
Day 10 Evighed Fjord (Eternal Fjord)
Day 11 Nuuk
Day 12 Vittuut
Day 13 Prins Christian Sund Region
Day 14-15 Irminger Sea - Denmark Strait
Day 16 Reykjavik, Iceland - Disembarkation
Day 1 REYKJAVIK - EMBARKATION
Capital of Iceland - Full day
Reykjavik is the world's northernmost capital city. Norse settlers named the place Reykjavik (meaning "Smoky Bay") after the columns of steam rising from hot springs in the area. The region offers fantastic natural beauty with geysers, mountains, glaciers and geothermal baths, well worth exploring before embarking on MS Fridtjof Nansen.
Day 2 - 3 AT SEA - DENMARK STRAIT (B, L, D)
Crossing the Denmark Strait - At sea
We 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, and get to know our innovative expedition ship.
Day 4 QAQORTOQ (B, L, D)
Qaqortoq - Full Day
"Kalaallit Nunaat" – Land of the People
Many consider Qaqortoq one of the most beautiful towns in Greenland for its colorful houses and lovely setting. The biggest town in southern Greenland, with 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.
Included activity: Great Lake Walk (2 hrs)
Qaqortoq rises quite steeply over the surrounding fjord system and is best discovered on foot, which says something about its small size. Our hike leads you outside the town to see its water supply, the great lake known as Tasersuaq. Walking along its shoreline provides stunning views and creates awe for nature’s majesty.
Optional Excursions : Included: Qaqortoq - Great Lake Walk
Qaqortoq rises quite steeply over the surrounding fjord system and is best discovered on foot, which says something about its small size
Take part in a traditional Greenlandic kaffemik, where a local family serves a large selection of specialty food dishes. And of course, a pot of coffee. This is an authentic experience, which lets you learn more about living like a Greenlander.
Great Greenland Tannery
Visit Great Greenland, the only tannery in Greenland, and see how hides and furs are processed. You will also learn about the old hunting traditions, which are an important part of Greenlandic culture.
Day 5 KVANEFJORD (B, L, D)
We discover the beautiful region of Kvanefjord near Paamiut by sailing deep into the fjord. Our experienced captain will take advantage of the conditions to identify landing sites for onshore walks, places to launch our kayaks, ideal communities to visit, and the best spots to spot wildlife.
Day 6 MANIITSOQ (B, L, D)
The Venice of Greenland - Half Day
Founded in 1755, Maniitsoq means "The uneven place", referring to the rocky hills and mountains shaping the town’s layout. It is also known as the "Venice of Greenland: because it lies in an archipelago, intersected by natural canals.
The local museum introduces you to the town's rich history and culture.
Day 7 SISIMIUT (B, L, D)
"Where There are Fox Dens" - Full Day
Sisimiut lies 25 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Its name means "the people living in a place where there are fox dens". Greenland’s second largest town is a modern, picturesque settlement that maintains ancient traditions. We offer you a variety of exciting excursions to discover Sisimiut's many attractions.
Included activity: Kayak Demo and Museum visit (1 - 2 hrs)
Enjoy a traditional kayaking demonstration and the Sisimit museum. The Inuit invented the 'qajaq' in Greenland. Experience the Greenlander kayak roll first hand. Sisimut museum features local cultural history and exhibits different periods of the city’s history and its surroundings.
Included: Sisimiut - Kayak Demo and Museum visit
Sisimiut is Greenland's second largest town with approximately 5.500 inhabitants. That's almost 4 times smaller than the Capital, Nuuk.
City tour by bus
If you want to comfortably experience all of Sisimiut in a short amount of time, this sightseeing tour by bus is the perfect excursion for you.
Hike to Palasip Qaqqaa
Join a challenging summit hike and be rewarded with an amazing panoramic view!
Day 8 ILULISSAT (B, L, D)
Icefjord - UNESCO World Heritage Site - Full Day
Ilulissat is set in the stunning scenery of Ilulissat Icefjord World Heritage site. At the fjord's mouth, you can see enormous icebergs that have run aground. These masses of ice originate from Jakobshavn Glacier, one of the fastest moving glaciers in the world. Join one of our many excursions here.
Included activity: Walk to the Icefjords (2 hrs)
Hear the ice cracking in the distance? Take a closer look at the beautiful icebergs of Ilulissat Icefjord. Getting a close-up view of these frozen giants will slow your world down and leave you humbled. Join us on a walk to enjoy this UNESCO World Heritage site.
Included: Ilulissat - Walk to the Icefjords
Hear the ice cracking in the distance?
Boat trip to the ice fjord
Ilulissat is renowned for its breathtakingly beautiful ice fjord - best experienced by boat. Get close to nature and experience the ice that leaves visitors speechless in wonder.
City walk Ilulissat
Learn more about Greenlandic culture and history on this walk.
Hike to Holms Bakke
Hike through spectacular surroundings as we take you to Holms Bakke – a traditional hiking trip for locals. Experience Inuit culture, see incredible icebergs and learn about local flora and fauna.
Day 9 CAMP FRIEDA (B, L, D)
Camp Frieda - Full Day
Named After Expedition Team Member Friederike Bronny
We visit a location near Saqqaq that was without an official name until 2013. The place is special to us, as it is named after a former expedition team member. We land on the beach to explore this northernmost destination of our cruise, amidst breathtaking scenery and Arctic flora.
Day 10 EVIGHED FJORD (B, L, D)
Evighed Fjord (Eternal Fjord)
Today´s exploration will take us to meandering Evighed Fjord, surrounded by tall mountains (up to 6,600 ft high). The day’s weather and ice conditions will determine the final program and the range of activities we offer.
Day 11 NUUK (B, L, D)
Nuuk - Full Day
The Vibrant Capital of Greenland
Nuuk lies at the mouth of one of the most spectacular fjord systems in the world. Greenland’s capital city is where old and new meet, from historic buildings in "Kolonihavnen" to the modern "Center for Greenland Self Rule". There's also the National Museum - home to the famous Qilakitsoq mummies.
Shuttle & Museum visit (1 - 2 hrs)
Visit the National Museum of Greenland. Discover exhibitions covering Greenland's history during the past 4,500 years - from the first Arctic Stone Age cultures to the Norse settlements, the arrival of the Thule culture and the gradual transition to modern day Greenland.
Included: Nuuk - Shuttle & Museum visit
Visit the National Museum of Greenland
Cultural History Walk
Don’t miss this opportunity to explore Greenland's capital city of Nuuk! Join a sightseeing tour of the town before you visit the National Museum, providing a glimpse into Greenland's interesting past.
Lille Malene Hike
Put on your hiking boots and join the expedition team on a hiking adventure through beautiful Greenlandic nature!
Nuuk City Tour
Explore Greenland´s fascinating capital city by bus! Nuuk is a cosmopolitan town in the high Arctic, offering both beautiful nature and an urban vibe.
Day 12 IVITTUUT (B, L, D)
Ivittuut - Half Day
Musk Oxen and a Norse Settlement
The abandoned town of Ivittuut is a stronghold for musk oxen. More than 1,000 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.
Day 13 PRINS CHRISTIAN SOUND (B)
Prins Christian Sund Region
Heading Back to Iceland
Prince Christian Sound separates mainland Greenland from Sammisoq and the Cape Farewell Archipelago. If conditions allow, we will sail through this narrow channel and admire the spectacular scenery here. If the channel is blocked with ice, we will sail around Nunap Isua (Cape Farewell).
Day 14 - 15 (B, L, D)
Irminger Sea - Denmark Strait
Heading Back to Iceland
After exploring exhilarating Greenland, we set our course back to Iceland. Spend the days at sea recapping your experiences, having fun in the Science Center or just relaxing on deck, watching sea birds follow our ship or maybe even spotting whales.
Day 16 REYKJAVIK - DISEMBARKATION (B, L, D)
Reykjavik, Iceland - Disembarkation
The Stylish Capital of Iceland
You arrive in the Icelandic capital early in the morning. If you want to explore more of the city and country, add one of our exciting pre- or post-cruise Land Adventures to your trip.