Traveling by sea is a magnificent way to experience Greenland. The places most worth seeing are situated along the dramatic coast line: small and colourful houses situated on the steep mountains sides down to a fjord, giant glaciers producing enormous icebergs, whilst whales and seals play in the sea.
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|Aug 08, 2024||Aug 15, 2024||6,990||9,590||8,790||7,990||9,590||10,590||12,990||14,990||16,990|
|Aug 16, 2024||Aug 23, 2024||6,990||9,590||8,790||7,990||9,590||10,590||12,990||14,990||16,990|
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|Aug 08, 2024||Aug 15, 2024||6,990||9,590||16,990|
|Aug 16, 2024||Aug 23, 2024||6,990||9,590||16,990|
1: ICELAND OR COPENHAGEN - KANGERLUSSUAQ
not participating in any excursions can take a stroll around the town
on their own until embarkation time at the late afternoon.
finishing the day’s excursion, we will transfer to the
harbour and board the ship by Zodiacs that ferry us in small groups to
the ship anchored about one kilometre out into the fjord. After
checking in, there will be a short safety demonstration before dinner
is served in the lovely dining room. We will set sail on our voyage
after dinner and begin our passage through the 160 km-long fjord and
out into the ocean.
Your luggage will be transfered to the ship directly from the airport,
so please pack any items you might need during the first day, in your
carry-on. We suggest that you pack a waterproof jacket to wear as we
are ferried to the ship on our Zodiaccs, which are open to the elements.
2: SISIMIUT - EXPERIENCE GREENLAND'S SECOND-LARGEST CITY
breakfast, we arrive to the colourful town of Sisimiut, where we will
get an idea of what modern Greenland looks like. With 5,400
inhabitants, it is considered Greenland’s second
‘city’. People have lived around Sisimiut on and
off since 2,500 BC.
1756, Count Johan Ludvig Holstein, established a colony here and called
it “Holsteinsborg”. The oldest part of
Sisimiut’s historic quarter features town houses from this
“Holsteinsborg” era, and the oldest house in town
dates back to 1756. One of the most culturally significant buildings is
the Blue Church, built in 1775.
Sisimiut is an important place for education and industry, and local
factories process the bulk of Royal Greenland's fishing. The fish
processing plant is one of the largest of its kind in Greenland, and
one of the most modern in the world. Our city tour highlights can
include the historic colonial quarter, as well as the museum and the
beautiful church. Additionally, we are planning to pay a visit to the
busy city centre for a glimpse of what daily life is like in
21st-century Greenland. In the afternoon, our voyage will continue
evening falls, we should pass the Sisimiut Isortuat Fjord, the Nordre
Strømfjord settlements of Attu and Ikerasaarsuk, and the
small town of Kangaatsiaq. During the course of the bright night, we
are set to pass Aasiaat and proceed into the southern waters of Disko
Bay. Next, the ship’s heading will be set for Disko Island,
known for its distinctive 1,000-metre/3,280 feet layered crags.
this point, we will be north of the Arctic Circle! Here, the nights are
bright and early risers can enjoy the sight of the icebergs on Disko
Bay as they squeeze out of the Ilulissat Icefjord and dance into the
frigid ocean waters.
3: QEQERTARSUAQ ON DISKO ISLAND
Disko Island’s 1,000-metre tall mountains, we pull into port
in a protected natural harbour. The place is aptly named Godhavn
(“Good harbour”) in Danish, while its Greenlandic
name “Qeqertarsuaq” simply means “The Big
to 1950 Godhavn was the most important town north of Nuuk, the main
town of Greenland, solely because of the many whales that the whaling
boats towed here from Disko Bay. This bestowed the town with much
wealth, starting already in the 16th century. The town is now on its
way to oblivion as it gets harder and harder to find work, and because
of the infrequent connections to the mainland. We walk through town to
the characteristic, octagonal church, nicknamed “the inkpot
of God”. During our stay in Qeqertarsuaq, we might visit the
4: UUMMANNAQ AND A WALKING TOUR OF ONE OF GREENLAND'S MOST BEAUTIFULLY
you wake up this morning, you should find yourself in one of
Greenland’s most beautiful and sunny regions. The ship is set
to reach Uummannaq, situated on a small island. The impressive 1,175
metre heart-shaped mountain has given the town its name - Uummannaq
means ‘place where the heart is’. There should be
enough time to explore the city before heading back to the ship for
was founded as a colony in 1758 on the Nuussuaq mainland, but shortly
thereafter, in 1763, it was moved to the nearby island, as seal hunting
was more bountiful here. On our walk along the town’s steep
streets we visit the historic train-oil building, built in 1860. Inside
its yellow walls, whale and seal blubber used to be stored. Because of
the horrid stench, the blubber was not boiled here, but well outside
town! Behind the train-oil storage we will find a peat hut, which was
still in use a few years ago.
dry and settled arctic climate has around 2,000 hours of sunshine and
100 millimetres of precipitation per year, giving Uummannaq the right
to call itself the Greenlandic Riviera!
5: THE CALVING EQIP SERMIA GLACIER AND EVENING WALKING TOUR TO THE
SERMERMIUT PLAIN IN THE CAPITAL OF ICEBERGS, ILULISSAT
the morning the cruise ship should have reached a magnificent natural
highlight - the calving Eqip Sermia glacier. We plan to enjoy lunch on
the sun deck with this magnificent natural wonder in the background.
approximately 50 nautical miles north of Ilulissat, the Eqip Sermia
Glacier is renowned for its jaw-dropping beauty. Legendary arctic
explorers selected this location as a base for their studies. One such
explorer, the acclaimed Swiss glaciologist, Alfred de Quervain, used
the location as a base for his expeditions onto Greenland’s
inland ice sheet over a century ago. We will sail as close as possible
to the ice’s edge – but at a safe distance to avoid
plunging blocks of ice and violent waves that often result from the
the afternoon we will head for Ilulissat, where we berth in the evening
and go for a night walk to the Sermermiut plain.
the sea ice is too dense between the Ataa fjord and the Eqi glacier,
the captain will have to select a different route today. In this case,
the itinerary will be adjusted accordingly and we might, for example,
pay a visit to the abandoned coal mine at Qullissat or visit the
settlement of Saqqaq.
6: ILULISSAT - OPTIONAL AIRZAFARI RIDE OR BOAT TRIP TO THE ICE FJORD
is possibly the most well located town in Greenland. The name simply
means ‘icebergs’ in Greenlandic, and the
town’s nickname is rightly ‘the Iceberg
Disko Bay, which is located just off the coast of Ilulissat, gigantic
icebergs linger in the freezing waters. These icebergs come from the
Icefjord, which is located a half hour’s hike south of
Ilulissat. These impressive frozen structures are born some 70
kilometres/43,5 miles deeper into the fjord by the enormous Sermeq
Kujalleq glacier. This 10 kilometre/6 miles-wide glacier is the most
productive glacier outside of Antarctica. Whereas most glaciers only
calve at a rate of approximately a metre/three feet a day, the
Ilulissat glacier calves at a rate of 25 metres/82 feet per day. The
icebergs produced by the glacier represent more than 10% of all
icebergs in Greenland, corresponding to roughly 20 million tonnes of
ice per day!
facts, together with the fjord’s unforgettable scenery, have
secured the Icefjord a place on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
the more than 250 years that have passed since the establishment of
Ilulissat, the town has steadily flourished. Today, Ilulissat is
Greenland’s third largest town, with more than 4,500
inhabitants. The town is very vibrant, welcoming and lively with a wide
range of cultural attractions, according to Greenlandic standards.
legendary polar explorer, Knud Rasmussen, and his good friend,
Jørgen Brønlund, were both born in Ilulissat. On
this day, you will also have the opportunity to join a boat trip to the
Icefjord (price not included). The journey takes about two and a half
hours in total. It's a great opportunity to take a closer look at the
amazing ice-sculpted scenery.
trip is definitely something out of the ordinary and a great natural
experience that you will remember for years to come – but be
sure to have warm clothing on!
a hike or a trip by boat does not present enough excitement, there is
also an opportunity to arrange a flightseeing ride over the Icefjord
(price not included).
note the boat and flightseeing excursions to the Icefjord are not
included in the general tour price. Furthermore, the flightseeing
excursion must be booked in advance. Refer to Price Information for
more details. In the evening, we will cruise southward from
“the Iceberg Capital”, leaving lovely Disko Bay
behind us as we part.
7: THE SETTLEMENT OF SARFANNGUIT
settlement of Sarfannguit, which translates to "the place of the little
stream” is an appropriate name for a settlement nestled at
the foothills of the mountains and glaciers in the distant backcountry.
The settlement’s slightly more than 100 residents live off
hunting, trapping and fishing, most often in pursuit of arctic char,
reindeer and musk oxen.
Sarfannguit is quite remote, it lies within a few hours from Sisimiut,
the second-largest town in Greenland. The accessibility to such a large
town provides an indispensable economic benefit to a small community
planned stroll through the settlement offers insight into rural life in
today’s Greenland, where modern conveniences and
technological advancements, such as internet and smart phones have
become commonplace, yet locals still place great value on important
customs and preserving their traditions and their Inuit heritage.
are planning to continue our journey toward the fjord of Kangerlussuaq,
also known as Sondre Stromfjord. Especially the first part of the fjord
gives a great opportunity to enjoy an impressive passage with panoramic
views of high mountains and deep valleys.
8: KANGERLUSSUAQ. OPTIONAL SIGHTSEEING IN KANGERLUSSUAQ
the night, we will have completed our passage through the
160-kilometre/100 mile Kangerlussuaq Fjord. After breakfast aboard the
ship, we will bid farewell to the ship's staff and the Zodiac boats
will shuttle us to shore.
to Kangerlussuaq’s military history and present-day role as
an important air travel hub, Kangerlussuaq remains fairly isolated from
Greenland’s rich cultural traditions, in comparison to other
regions. While you still find cultural experiences when visiting
Kangerlussuaq, the most impressive attraction is the surrounding
nature, which is just beckoning to be explored.
is not difficult for one to see that Kangerlussuaq’s
landscape has largely been shaped by the last glaciation period, often
known simply as the “Ice Age,” some 18,000 years
ago. The mountains are rounded and soft, and many meltwater lakes
remain. From the inland ice sheet, best known as the Greenland Ice
Sheet, the meltwater cuts its way through the porous moraine landscape
and flows into Kangerlussuaq Fjord.
present-day climate is largely influenced by its well-sheltered
location between Greenland’s Ice Sheet, the fjord and
mountains. This contributes to its stable conditions, minimal cloud
cover and roughly 300 clear nights per year.
close proximity to the Ice Sheet, combined with the continental
climate, is also of great significance to the local conditions. The dry
climate, combined with warm winds that “fall” from
the Ice Sheet, can result in temperatures that jump up to 30°C
(86°F) in the summer, but then fall to an extreme -40°C
(-40°F) in winter, making it the coldest inhabited area in
by flight from Kangerlussuaq to Iceland or Denmark.
Ocean Albatros (Luxury Expedition, 184-guests)
With a total of 95 comfortable staterooms and suites, all with unobstructed sea view, most with their own balcony, the Ocean Albatros will definitely become one of the most popular expedition cruise vessels in the world. Like it's sistership the Ocean Victory it offers two restaurants, a wellness area, an Albatros Nordic Bar, an open deck dining facility, a modern lecture lounge, and other state-of-the-art amenities.
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cruise on Ocean Albatros in a shared outside double room with a private
bathroom in the category chosen
Iceland or Denmark – Kangerlussuaq round trip
transport in Kangerlussuaq on days 1 and 8
walks with the expedition team
hikes and Zodiac cruises per itinerary
briefings and lectures by the expedition team
tours in Sisimiut, Qeqertarsuaq, Uummannaq and Ilulissat
visits in Sisimiut, Qeqertarsuaq and Ilulissat
visits in Qeqertarsuaq and Ilulissat
visit in Qeqertarsuaq
board on the ship
coffee, tea, and afternoon snacks on the ship
and farewell cocktails
tariffs, and landing fees
visual journal link after the voyage, including voyage log, gallery,
species list, and more
excursions and activities not mentioned in the itinerary
room supplement and cabin upgrades
not on board the ship
(other than coffee and tea and dinner-drink package)
for the crew (we recommend USD 14 per person per day)
cancellation, and senior insurance
not mentioned under ’Inclusions’
- USD 250