Greenland: Arctic Glaciers and Icebergs Cruise
Embark on a Greenland Cruise across glacier-filled waters on the ultimate Arctic discovery voyage
What Makes Me Mighty Fine
- Thrilling, 17 day adventure, discovering the stunning sights of Greenland and the fantastic Midnight Sun whilst sailing in the lap of luxury onboard the MS Spitsbergen
- Travel off the beaten track to the remarkable Greenland Ice Cap
- Embark on a walking tour in Blæsdalen, encountering stunning Arctic wildlife along the way
- Visit the town of Upernavik, travelling via PolarCirkel boats
- Enjoy exciting cultural experiences as you learn the way of life of those living in Sisimuit, Ukkusissat and Siorapaluk, the most northerly residential community!
- Sail the edge of the North Polar Ice Cap
- Explore Copenhagen at your leisure
Disko Bay on the west coast of Greenland is an enchanting place to explore. Sailing on board one of the classic Hurtigruten ships, your Greenland Cruise will weave between the islands and skerries along the rugged coastline. Breathtaking fjords open up in front of you and enormous glaciers collapse slowly and majestically into the icy blue waters. The ocean surrounding the heart of Greenland is studded with icebergs in all shapes and sizes that periodically flip when they become top heavy, revealing their previously hidden sculptures to the world.
The towns and villages that you will visit along the coast are undoubtedly charming, and their colourfully-painted, wooden buildings create a striking scene against the dramatic geology of Disko Bay. During your Greenland Cruise you will get the chance to spot some of the delightful wildlife and flora of Greenland which is best seen on one of the prearranged walking tours. Being so far north, guests on this summer voyage can experience the Midnight Sun, a fascinating phenomenon where the sun does not set at all between late May and mid-July, allowing you to enjoy the spectacular scenery of Disko Bay at any time of day or night.
Day 1 - Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq
Early this morning, it’s time to leave Copenhagen and board a flight to Kangerlussuaq, a small town situated within a beautiful fjord. A real adventure awaits today as you travel off-road towards the immense Greenland Ice Cap. This mammoth formation stands at a staggering 3200 metres above sea level and offers breathtaking views to any who venture towards it. Later on, you’ll board your Greenland Cruise ship; locate your cabin and familiarise yourself with the excellent onboard facilities. Enjoy a delicious, freshly prepared meal as you set sail out into the icy waters to begin your unique voyage.Meals included:Dinner
Day 2 - Sisimiut
This morning the Greenland Cruise docks at the country's second largest town, Sisimiut. Explore the fishing community and discover how traditional Inuit culture is combined with modern society. Admire the colourfully painted wooden buildings, especially the blue church which is over 200 years old. On return to the ship, take some time to browse the arts and crafts workshop, situated close to the pier.Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 - Qeqertarsuaq
Today your Greenland Cruise takes you to the volcanic Disko Island which dominates the bay in size and in beauty. Take a leisurely stroll along the beach where icebergs are often washed up, and keep your eyes peeled for whales that often frequent these waters. There is also a walking tour to Blæsdalen that you can join to discover a wealth of Arctic flora.
Travel on to Qasiguiannguit, the ‘Pearl of Disko Bay’ and second oldest town in Greenland. Explore this pretty town independently, making sure to visit the local museum, or enjoy an optional ice cruising boat tour in the bay! Whatever you decide, you can look forward to a fascinating day’s adventure before your Greenland Cruise continues.Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 - Uummannaq and Ukkusissat
The quaint town of Uummannaq is situated at the base of one of Greenland’s iconic mountains. The best way to see the area is on foot, and there is a walking excursion available if you wish to join. Alternatively, spend some time wandering around the charming town or visiting the local museum. There is a fascinating opportunity to take part in a boat excursion to Qilakisoq, where the Thule era mummies were discovered!Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 - At Sea
Today is a day at sea as you head further north following the "Lauge Koch coast" through the "Davis Straits". During the day as you sail from 71 degrees north to 76 degrees north you will see remote settlements dotted along the coastline. Perched precariously, not just on the coast but in existence too, these communities and the local wildlife they depend upon, are in a daily battle for survival against the harshest elemental forces.Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 - Qaanaaq
Today, at nearly 80 degrees north, you will begin the first of four days exploring the high arctic! The Qaanaaq district of Greenland, also known as Thule, with a population of about 1,000 people is one of the world's most northerly communities. The U.S. military maintain a presence here, offering a sharp contrast with the very traditional Inuit existence which has been totally reliant on hunting for seals, whale and polar bear, since the Inuit arrived in Greenland over 1000 years ago. It is believed that the Inuit first arrived in Greenland in this region and a visit to the "Ultima Thule" giftshop to see the original artwork and crafts for sale from the Qaanaaq community, Greenland's oldest, is an important opportunity for anyone visiting here.Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 - "Little Sands", Siorapaluk
With the North Pole only 1,372km away, Siorapaluk, founded in 1933, is the world's most northerly residential community! The little sandy beach in front of the village, which gives it, it's name is the most northerly landing on this adventure. This tiny village, with just a church, museum and shop, is nestled in the middle of beautiful surroundings and boasts incredible geology, giving visitors some fantasticly memorable photo opportunites.Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 - 80 Degrees North!
Your voyage heads to the Polar ice cap today! The intention is sail along the edge so that you can experience one of the world's true final frontiers. If the opportunity presents itself, the Captain of the ship may take the voyage as far North as 80 degrees. At the edge of the world you cannot fail to be impressed by the ice cap which will stretch out before you, uninterrupted, as far as the eye can see, all the way to the North Pole.Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 - "Old Thule", Dundas
This area of Greenland was abandoned as the population re-located to Qaanaaq in the middle of the 20th Century. Before this, Dundas had been inhabited continuously for the previous 900 years. Evidence of human settlement, in the archeological record, stretches back further, as much as 4,500 years, where it appears that waves of migrants from Canada, used the ice-bridge to cross into Greenland. Many of these ancient settlements, and their settlers, disappeared over time, perhaps victims to the harsh climate, with the Inuit the only peoples resourceful and hardy enough to survive in this region. Today most of the activity in the area is around the archeological excavation sites. These middens provide valuable records of the previous human settlements. More recently in the 17th century, Denmark claimed Greenland and named this area "Thule", and the Danish explorer Knud Rasmussen setup a trading post here in 1910. Coming ashore here you will have the opportunity stroll around the fascinating remnants, including the trading post and old turf huts, of these abandoned settlements of this peninsula.Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10 - Sailing Southbound
Return South, taking part in the onoboard lectures and taking the occasional stroll on deck to admire the abundance of arctic wildlife the inhabits the coastline and seas as you return south to Upernavik.Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11 - Upernavik
Upernavik is known as ‘the place of spring’ due to its rich hunting grounds which locals flock to during this season. It home to around 1100 people and plays host to the northernmost open air museum - well worth a visit during your time here! Today, on your Greenland cruise, you will visit this exciting town via PolarCirkel boats.Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12 - Eqip Sermia
Today the Greenland Cruise sails close to the humbling front of the Eqip Sermia glacier which is five kilometres in length. Watch as huge chunks of ice fracture and collapse into the icy waters below, resurfacing as icebergs which can be seen scattered all around. Sunshine and wave action sculpts the icebergs into interesting and unusual shapes, and no two icebergs are ever the same.Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13 - Ilulissat
Today on your Greenland Cruise, you have the chance to visit one of the more popular tourist destinations, the town of Ilulissat. Located by the Semeq Kujalleq glacier, it is easy to see why this has become such a popular place. The glacier is the most active in the Northern Hemisphere, calving a vast amount of icebergs into the picturesque fjord every day.Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 14 - Itilleq
In contrast to the previous day, the Greenland Cruise docks at the tiny isolated village of Itilleq which is surrounded by towering mountains and glaciers. There you can learn a great deal about lifestyles in these harsh climates and how the inhabitants are completely reliant on hunting and fishing for their survival. The village is situated almost directly on the Arctic Circle.Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 15 - Kangerlussuaq to Copenhagen
Today your Greenland Cruise brings you back to Kangerlussuaq. Disembark the ship to enjoy a full day exploring the town and its picturesque surroundings. This will include the opportunity to visit the Greenlandic Ice Cap, which stretches north for 2,500 miles and as high as 3,200 miles, before flying back to Copenhagen in the evening.Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 16 - Copenhagen
Your Greenland Cruise will end in Denmark’s capital. Depending on the time of your onward flight, why not extend your stay and spend a day exploring the stunning city. You could take a canal cruise (for an additional charge) and see the area’s beauty from the water?
- Domestic flights between Copenhagen and Kangerlussuaq
- 16 days adventure voyage with accomodation in an I-grade cabin
- The following activities and excursions, as per the itinerary:
- Town visits to the Greenland Ice Cap, Sisimuit, Siorapaluk, Qaanaaq, Illorsuit, Upernavik, Eqip Sermia, Ilulissat and Itilleq
- Trip to the "ghost" settlement of "Old Thule", Dundas
- See whales as you sail in Disko Bay
- Walking excursion in Uummannaq
- Explore Qaanaaq and "Ultima Thule"
- Informative, onboard lectures led by the expert, expedition team
- Meals as per the itinerary
- Water- and wind-resistant jacket
- International flights (although, these are available on request)
- Transfers in Copenhagen (although, these are available on request)
- Travel Insurance (this can, however, be arranged for you. Simply speak to our travel team for a competitive quote for comprehensive cover)
Please call our friendly advisors on 0333 800 2033 for pricing on this holiday.