Discovering Greenland – From Reykjavík to Nuuk

Discovering Greenland – From Reykjavík to Nuuk

Discovering Greenland – From Reykjavík to Nuuk

Discovering Greenland – From Reykjavík to Nuuk

Travel information 14 days MS Fridtjof Nansen
31 May 2025
Price from
8690 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Wild nature and traditional communities 

Sailing from Reykjavík, we cross the Denmark Strait and explore remote areas that few get to visit. There, you’ll discover Norse ruins, visit traditional communities, explore UNESCO-listed historical sites, and learn about the culture of the Arctic peoples. 

Wildlife and ice sculpted landscapes 

Witness the majestic landscapes of Greenland as we explore deep fjords cut into breathtaking mountain landscapes, cruise to cascading tidewater glaciers, delight in the otherworldly beauty of crystalline icebergs, and spot aquatic mammals along the way. 

Discovering Greenland – From Reykjavík to Nuuk Discovering Greenland – From Reykjavík to Nuuk
  • Day 1


    Explore the world’s northernmost capital 

    Your adventure begins in Reykjavík.  

    A laid-back city of art, culture and history, delightful Reykjavík is well worth spending some time getting to know.  

    Take a stroll along Laugavegur with its boutiques and outdoor shops, gaze in awe at the striking Hallgrímskirkja  

    Church, and drop in on the fascinating Reykjavík Art Museum.   

    If you have the time, we recommend booking a Pre-Programme with us and discovering some of Iceland’s natural highlights before your cruise begins. 

    Day 1


  • Day 2-3
    Crossing the Denmark Strait

    Crossing the Denmark Strait

    In the wake of Vikings 

    We sail to Greenland across the Denmark Strait. This is the route taken by the Viking Erik the Red, who is credited as being the first European to have settled there. Sometimes we spot whales along the way, so keep a lookout. 

    During the two-day crossing, you’ll have plenty of time to get to know the ship and all its onboard facilities. At the same time the Expedition Team will give presentations about the protocols of respectfully visiting the fragile natural areas and Indigenous Arctic communities. Now is the time to book excursions and maybe learn a few words of Greenlandic. 

    Primarily, however, this is a time of adjustment and enjoyment. You’ll relish delicious meals in the onboard restaurants, listen to some amazing talks and simply get to relax and unwind on this comfortable ship. As we get closer to Greenland, or Kalaallit Nunaat as it is known you’ll feel the anticipation and excitement building … your adventure is about to begin! 

    Day 2-3
    Crossing the Denmark Strait

    Crossing the Denmark Strait

  • Day 4-7
    South Greenland

    Expedition days in south Greenland

    Get straight into adventure mode 

    Over the next four days we’ll be going full-on expedition style as we explore the maze of fjords, channels and islands in this spectacular and wild region. Local weather and ice conditions will determine where and when we land, but the Captain and Expedition Team are used to these conditions and know the best places to go.  

    On our landings, excursions, and activities we’ll aim to visit Norse ruins, sail into majestic fjords where beautifully sculpted icebergs glisten in the sun, and go on community visits to picturesque towns. You might land at the colourful and tranquil settlement of Qaqortoq with its beautiful lake, drop by Erik the Red’s farm at Brattahlíð, and simply gaze in wonder at the spectacular mountainous landscapes of the scenic southern fjords.  

    As you’ll discover, southern Greenland’s rugged mountain ranges tower above scattered green meadows and fjords. It’s a landscape sculpted by ice and weather over billions of years. The Norsemen settled here over a thousand years ago, but the harsh living conditions eventually saw them leave after only four centuries. Now, in this vast and mostly unpopulated wilderness, you’ll enjoy a sense of tranquillity not often found in the modern world, so just relax, enjoy the nature, and learn all about what makes this region so special. 

    Day 4-7
    South Greenland

    Expedition days in south Greenland

  • Day 8-10
    Southwest Greenland

    On expedition in southwest Greenland

    Fjords, glaciers, and ghostly mining towns  

    The stretch of coast between the fjord systems of southern Greenland and Nuuk is as wild as can be. Long distances separate the few scattered settlements. And although the climate is still mild by Arctic standards the topography is rough, segmented by high mountain ranges half covered by ice and cut through by deep turquoise fjords. With very few inside passages, travelling here has been a challenge since ancient times. And it still is. Mother Nature is in charge here, meaning it’s the perfect adventure playground for modern explorers. 

    On our way north, and always adapted to the local conditions, we’ll get to know the landscapes of the so-called Mellembygden – the Middle Settlement of the Norse settlers. We’ll also look for the ghostly mining town of Ivittuut, where the historically important mineral cryolite was mined, but where today the only inhabitants are shy musk oxen. And we’ll sail into great fjords carved out over millennia by massive glaciers cascading down from the icecap.  

    Wildlife thrives in this isolated region. Join our Expedition Team on their wildlife watches either on board or on land, and keep your camera and binoculars ready for seabirds, nesting colonies, and whales feeding at sea. If we’re lucky, we may even see one of the few musk ox herds living on the west Greenland coast. 

    Day 8-10
    Southwest Greenland

    On expedition in southwest Greenland

  • Day 11-12
    Nuuk Fjord

    Into the depth of Nuuk Fjord

    Be on the lookout for wildlife and history 

    Get ready to explore a grand fjord system. Locally known as the Nuup Kangerlua, the fjords around Nuuk fan out in a somehow parallel network of interconnected waterways. They’re topped by the Kangiussap Nunaa peninsula and the ice cap, most notably in the so-called Nuuk Isfjord. 

    These are the lands of the ancient Norse Western Settlement, the northernmost area they managed to colonise in the Middle Ages. It was probably in Nuup Kangerlua where the descendants of the Vikings met the Thule people for the first time.  

    The fjords are dotted here and there by old Norse ruins and small Inuit settlements. Some are abandoned, like picturesque Qornoq, while others are thriving, such as Kapisillit and its 88 inhabitants. Relative proximity to Nuuk somehow disguises the fact that communities along Nuup Kangerlua were until very recently as isolated as any other in Greenland. 

    Weather and ice permitting, during the next two days we will explore the fjord system and enjoy the ever-changing mountain landscapes. We’ll also try to reach the icy headwaters of Nuup Kangerlua and visit one of the Inuit villages, while always looking for hiking, ice cruising and wildlife watching opportunities. 

    Day 11-12
    Nuuk Fjord

    Into the depth of Nuuk Fjord

  • Day 13

    Nuuk – the end of our expedition

    Get acquainted with a small capital in a grand setting 

    We say a fond farewell to the ship, crew and Expedition Team as we end our voyage of discovery in Nuuk. The lively and compact capital is positively bustling compared to other places you will have visited – but at less than 20,000 residents, it’s hardly a metropolis.  

    Visit the national museum to get an insight into life here 500 years ago and see the fascinating Qilakitsoq mummies. Otherwise, there are plentiful shopping opportunities – by Greenland standards – and a mix of cafes and restaurants to drop in on. If you have time before flying back home, Nuuk offers a fascinating window onto modern Greenland. 

    From here, you'll catch a flight back to Reykjavík, taking with you a wealth of fantastic memories that will no doubt stay with you forever. 

    Day 13

    Nuuk – the end of our expedition

  • Day 14

    Return to Reykjavík

    See more of Reykjavík 

    Today you’ll wake up in Reykjavík, where your adventure concludes. However, this means you have another chance to explore Iceland's stylish capital, if time allows. 

    If you want to discover more, you can join our optional Post-Programme before heading home. Or simply extend your stay and enjoy Reykjavík and its surrounding geothermal attractions. 

    Day 14

    Return to Reykjavík



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What’s included


  • Flight in economy class from Nuuk to Reykjavík 


  • Transfer from the ship to the airport in Nuuk  
  • Transfer from the airport to the hotel in Reykjavík after the expedition cruise 


  • Overnight in Reykjavík after the expedition cruise, including breakfast 

Expedition Cruise 

  • A stay in a cabin of your choice 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages* in restaurants Aune and Fredheim 
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests 
  • Complimentary tea and coffee 
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board† 
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle 
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore 
  • Range of included activities
  • *House beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water
  • †Please note there is very limited Wi-Fi and phone signal in the remote areas we travel to, and streaming is not supported. 

Onboard Activities 

  • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team 
  • Full use of our Science Center, library and advanced biological and geological equipment 
  • Citizen Science Programme where you can assist with ongoing scientific research 
  • Photography tips and techniques for capturing landscapes and wildlife from our onboard professional photographer 
  • Use of ship's hot tubs, infinity pool, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and running track 
  • Informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings 

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 on hand to assist you 


  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions 
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change 
  • Please make sure you meet all entry and boarding requirements 
  •  No gratuities expected 
  • Depending on your flight times, additional overnight(s) might be needed (not included) 

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights 
  • Additional overnight(s) if required due to international flight timings 
  • Travel insurance 
  • Luggage handling 
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners 
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team 
  • Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area 
Pool area on MS Fridtjof Nansen
Photo: Oscar Farrera
Your ship

MS Fridtjof Nansen

Year built 2020
Shipyard Kleven Yards, Norway
Passenger capacity 530 (500 in Antarctica)
Gross tonnage 20 889 T
Length 140 m
Beam 23,6 m
Speed 15 knots

MS Fridtjof Nansen is the latest addition to Hurtigruten’s fleet of custom built ships – and the next generation expedition ship. She will explore some of the most spectacular corners of the globe.

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