Greenland’s Disko Bay Voyage
Flight to Kangerlussuaq, embarkation
Take a morning flight from Copenhagen or Reykjavik to Kangerlussuaq in western Greenland. On arrival transfer to the port and then by zodiac to board the ship. After a safety drill, enjoy your dinner as you set sail through the 160-kilometre Kangerlussuaq fjord.
Morning arrival in the colourful and modern town of Sisimiut at the foot of Nasaasaaq Mountain. Sisimiut is the second largest town in Greenland with 5,400 inhabitants. The city tour highlights include the historic colonial quarter, as well as museum and church visits. In the afternoon continue northbound passing the Sisimiut Isortuat Fjord, the Nordre Strømfjord settlements of Attu and Ikerasaarsuk and the small town of Kangaatsiaq. During the night, pass Aasiaat and proceed into the southern waters of Disko Bay.
Today there will be time to explore Disko Island, famous for its distinctive 1,000-meter layered crags. Wander around the town of Qeqertarsuaq and join some of the locals for a traditional ‘Kaffemik’ to sample homemade cakes with coffee and tea, accompanied by local music and dance.
At almost 600km north of the Arctic Circle, the town of Uummannaq is situated on a small island in one of Greenland’s most beautiful and sunny regions. Take the time to explore the towns steep streets and historic buildings. Enjoy an extraordinary vista comprising the island’s 1,000-meter tall rock faces and the snow-covered peaks on the Nuussuaq peninsula to the south.
Eqip Sermia Glacier and Ilulissat
Cruise to the breathtakingly beautiful Eqip Sermia Glacier to observe icebergs calving off this enormous icecap. Back on board the ship, enjoy lunch on the sun deck with this magnificent wonder in the background. In the afternoon, head for Ilulissat for an evening walk to the Sermermiut plain.
Ilulissat, the Iceberg Capital
Arrival in the town of Ilulissat where gigantic icebergs flow down the UNESCO-protected Icefjord to the bay and linger in these Arctic waters. It is easy to explore the Icefjord, located just a half hour hike south of Ilulissat. There is also an opportunity to take an optional 2.5 hour boat trip (additional cost) to the Icefjord and get up close to the amazing ice-sculpted scenery. Alternatively take a flight on a fixed wing plane (additional cost) over the glacier and the Icefjord for an aerial view.
The name of the remote settlement of Sarfannquit translates as ‘the place of the little stream”. Here the 100 residents still make their living from traditional Inuit practices of hunting, trapping and fishing. Preserving their traditions and Inuit heritage is very important for this community. Take a stroll through the settlement and see the locals in their daily lives, before reboarding the ship for the cruise back to Kangerlussuaq, enjoying panoramic views of high mountains and deep valleys along the way.
Disembarkation and departure, Kangerlussuaq
Disembark the ship this morning and transfer by Zodiac back to the port. From here you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Copenhagen or Reykjavik.
- Return charter flights between Reykjavik or Copenhagen and Kangerlussuaq
- Shipboard accommodation
- All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
- Tea & coffee available around the clock
- All Zodiac transfers, cruising & shore landings
- Presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers
- Town walks & museum visits in Sisimiut, Qeqertarsuaq, Uummannaq and Ilulissat
- Church visits in Qeqertarsuaq and Ilulissat
- ‘Kaffemik’ visit in Qeqertarsuaq
- Loan of rubber boots during voyage
- Voyage log (digital)
- All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges
- 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
- No surcharge guarantee
- Full financial protection