The Heart of Greenland

Disko Bay, measuring 150km north to south and 100km east to west is the largest open bay in western Greenland. Famous for its picturesque scenery, lavish ice fjord and abundant wildlife, it will leave you with lasting memories for life. Starting and ending in Reykjavik, our Heart of Greenland cruise takes you on a journey of discovery around the western coastline.

Prepare for an Adventure

Your adventure kicks off in the beautiful city of Reykjavik, a volcanic island made up of hot springs, geysers, glaciers and powerful waterfalls. As with all capital cities, it pulsates with life, yet it still manages to retain a cosy charm. During summer, the sun makes an appearance more or less 24 hours a day. And Reykjavik makes the most of the eternal sun!

Explore the amazing scenery, meet the warm, local people who thrive here and learn more about their traditions and local life, on this action-packed 16-day adventure.

  • Discover and explore the western coast of Greenland around Disko Bay
  • Gaze in wonder at the icebergs and glaciers that make up the Arctic landscape
  • Meet the indigenous people of Greenland and learn about Inuit culture
  • Visit the stunning Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Our itinerary will give you a few ideas about what you can expect to explore but bear in mind that this is just an indication of what you can experience.

Day 1: Reykjavik

The Nation’s Capital

The northernmost capital city in the world, Reykjavik named after the columns of steam, that rise from the many hot springs in the area literally means “Smokey Bay”. It’s well worth taking advantage of the 24-hour sun and exploring this vibrant city before embarking on your ship.

Day 2: At Sea: Days 2-3

Crossing the Denmark Strait

As we leave Iceland, we cross The Denmark Strait. An oceanic strait between Greenland and Iceland, it’s the same route that was used by the Vikings to migrate from Iceland to Greenland over 1000 years ago. As well as enjoying the stunning scenery you’ll be able to make the most of your time at sea and learn more about local history and biology in readiness for your upcoming destinations.

Day 3: Qaqortoq

Picture Perfect

Qaqortoq has some 3000 inhabitants and is the biggest town in South Greenland. Its abundance of colourful houses and stunning scenery make it a photographer’s paradise. Yet, even though it is a large town, it’s still easy to explore on foot.

Included in the excursion is a Great Lake Walk around the fjord system.

Day 4: Kvanefjord

Exploring

We sail deep into Kvanefjord to unlock the beautiful region of Paamiut. South of Nuuk, Paamiut, founded in 1742, is Greenland’s eighth largest town. During the summer, visitors to Paamuiut can get to enjoy a real treat – a sandy beach with a view of the Ice Sheet.

Depending on the weather and ice conditions, you will also get the opportunity to either take in the scenic view of the area on foot or take part in small-boat cruising or kayaking.

Day 5: Maniitsoq

The Uneven Place

Maniitsoq meaning “the uneven place” was the name given to this beautiful region when it was founded in 1755 on account of the rocky hills and mountains that shape the layout of the town. Situated in an archipelago, intersected by natural canals, it is also known as the Venice of Greenland.

Day 6: Sisimiut

Fox Dens

Just 40km north of the Arctic Circle, Sisimiut is the second largest town in Greenland. Founded in 1756, it has a rich history in trade, shipping and industry. Literally meaning “The People Living in a Place of Fox Dens” it is a picturesque settlement that maintains ancient traditions.

There are a variety of excursions to enjoy – included as part of your trip is a visit to the Kayak Demo and Museum.

Day 7: Ilulissat

Icefjord

Ilulissat is set in the stunning backdrop of the Ilulissat Icefjord UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enormous icebergs, originating from the Jakobshavn Glacier, one of the fastest-moving glaciers in the world have run aground and sit at the mouth of the fjord. Included as part of the trip is a walk to the Icefjords.

Day 8: Vaigat Sound

Exploration Day

There are several excellent landing sites in Vaigat Sound where you can take advantage of the breathtaking scenery and Arctic flora. Once he’s reviewed the weather conditions, your Captain will identify the activity for the day.

Day 9: Evighed Fjord

A Day of Adventure

Surrounded by tall mountains (up to 2,000m) in height, is Evighed Fjord. On one side of the fjord, palatial in stature, is an ice cap that often crashes massive chunks of ice into the water. There are a range of activities that you will be able to take part in, though the conditions on the day will determine the final programme.

Day 10: Nuuk

The Capital

Situated at the mouth of one of the most spectacular fjord systems in the world, Nuuk is the capital of Greenland. Its large fjord system is known for waterfalls, humpback whales and icebergs. Surrounded by immeasurable nature, the city is a mix of old traditions and modern diverse influences. Included in the itinerary is a visit to the National Museum of Greenland.

Day 11: Ivittuut

A Norse Settlement

Ivittuut is believed to be the last Norse settlement in Greenland, but was the first to be abandoned. It is thought that Vikings settled in this area more than a thousand years ago but didn’t remain. Today, the Arctic hoofed mammals, known as muskoxen are the only inhabitants that you will see grazing in the nearby plains.

Day 12: Prins Christian Sund

Fjords and Glaciers

The narrow, picturesque fjord in the south of Greenland is surrounded by mountains that reach from 1200 – 2220 metres high. Animal life is abundant and the severe rock, coupled with the ice and sea, make for a breathtaking splendour. Many glaciers go straight into its waters where they calve icebergs of all shapes, shades and sizes. If the channel is blocked with ice, your captain will take a slight detour and will sail around Unuap Isua instead.

Day 13: At Sea: Days 14-15

Setting Course for Iceland

Following the exhilarating adventures of Greenland, we set sail once again for Iceland. Make the most of your time, as we while our way back, relaxing on deck or looking out for the many splendid sea and bird life.

Day 14: Reykjavik

Setting Course for Iceland

We return to Reykjavik early in the morning – why note make the most of time whilst you are here and explore more of the country before you head home.

What’s included

Included in your voyage:

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas and mineral water) in restaurants Aune and Fredheim
  • A la carte restaurant (for suite guests only)
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-fi on board for all guests (be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported)
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Range of included excursions

Onboard activities and education:

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Centre, extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • Citizen Science programme allows guests to assist with live scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Informal gatherings with the crew (such as daily recaps) and preparation for the day to come
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, infinity pool, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms and outdoor running track

Landing activities:

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles and all equipment for activities
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition photographers help with your camera settings before landings

What’s not included in your voyage:

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with local partners
  • Optional small group activities with our Expedition Team
  • Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area

Please Note:

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please ensure that you meet all visa entry requirements

Life On-Board

The Hurtigruten line was originally launched to transport people and goods along the coast of Norway. It was particularly prevalent in winter when infrastructure was still in its infancy and land travel was generally more difficult.

They are though, not traditional cruise ships and life on board a Hurtigruten ship is vastly different to what you might expect onboard a traditional cruise liner and offers less in terms of entertainment. However, as a majority of their ships are much smaller than traditional cruise ships (150 – 500 passengers as opposed to 1000s) it means that they can enter the fjords in both winter and summer. And because they stop at so many ports, you will get to see more of the coastline as opposed to just the ‘highlights’.

They also don’t fall short when it comes to comfort and amenities. The cabins are all elegantly furnished with a choice of cabin to suit all budgets. The MS Fridtjof Nansen is the latest addition to Hurtigruten’s fleet of custom-built ships and is hailed as the next generation expedition ship.

The ship has three restaurants that offer a variety of dining options, with menus drawn from our rich Norwegian and Nordic tradition, as well as international cuisine and local inspiration.

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