Disko Bay – The Heart of Greenland

Disko Bay – The Heart of Greenland

Disko Bay – The Heart of Greenland

Disko Bay – The Heart of Greenland

Travel information 16 days MS Fridtjof Nansen
7 departures between Jul 2022 and Jul 2023
Price from
7690 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

16-Day Expedition Cruise from Iceland to Greenland taking in Disko Bay

Spectacular western Greenland 

Sailing from Reykjavík, our state-of-the-art ship brings you to remote places few get to see. Join a traditional kaffemik with the Qaqortoq people, discover ancient traditions at Sisimiut, and take in breathtaking fjords, glaciers and wildlife as we reach a UNESCO wonder.  

Beguiling Disko Bay 

Experience the tranquil beauty of Evighedsfjord before we sail to Nuuk, Greenland’s photogenic capital. The stunning panoramas of Prince Christian Sound will stay with you forever. Look out for wildlife, such as musk oxen, White-tailed Eagles and auks.  

Disko Bay – The Heart of Greenland Disko Bay – The Heart of Greenland
  • Day 1
    Reykjavik, Iceland

    Cosmopolitan Reykjavík

    Estimated time of departure is 8:00 PM

    Packed full of art, culture and history, delightful Reykjavík is well worth spending time discovering either before or after your cruise to Greenland.  

    Take a stroll along Laugavegur with its boutiques and outdoor shops, head to the striking Hallgrímskirkja 

    church or fascinating Reykjavík Art Museum. Or why not book a Pre-Programme with us and discover the stunning waterfalls, hot springs, geysers and national parks nearby.  

    MS Fridtjof Nansen awaits you in Reykjavík Harbour. After collecting your complimentary expedition jacket, it's time to settle into your cabin. Your adventure has begun.

    Day 1
    Reykjavik, Iceland

    Cosmopolitan Reykjavík

  • Day 2-3
    At sea

    Crossing the Denmark Strait

    We sail to Greenland across the Denmark Strait, the route taken by Erik the Red, supposedly the first European to have settled there. Time to relax and explore the stylish onboard facilities of our hybrid electric–powered ship.  

    Your Expedition Team will explain the protocols of respectfully visiting wildlife habitats and indigenous Arctic communities. In the Science Center, you can learn more about Greenland's geology, or join one of our Citizen Science projects. Then hit the gym, swim in the infinity pool, book a treatment in the wellness area or enjoy a delicious meal in one of our three onboard restaurants.  

    Day 2-3
    At sea

    Crossing the Denmark Strait

  • Day 4

    Culture and history in Qaqortoq

    Our Greenland expedition cruise begins in earnest in a town has been settled since prehistoric times. The colourful houses and lush scenery of Qaqortoq provide a beautiful setting in which to discover its rich culture. 

    Explore the local museum, with its rare Inuit artifacts, or enjoy the beautiful green scenery on a walk to a nearby lake. Join an optional excursion to meet friendly locals and hear their stories at a traditional kaffemik social gathering. 

    • Included Qaqortoq Community Visit
    Day 4

    Culture and history in Qaqortoq

  • Day 5

    Exploring Kvanefjord

    Experience your first sight of Greenland’s sublime west coast fjords as we reach Kvanefjord in Sermersooq, meaning 'Place of Much Ice'.  

    Have your camera ready for glistening icebergs and semi-submerged glacial ice – pure white with undertones of crystalline blue. These sculpted ice blocks are some of Arctic nature’s finest creations.  

    Few people venture into this remote fjord, making it even more special to spend the day exploring here. The Expedition Team will select places to venture ashore and enjoy the beautiful scenery on a nature walk, or head out in boats to scout for wildlife.  

    • Included Kvanefjord Exploration Day
    Day 5

    Exploring Kvanefjord

  • Day 6

    Fascinating Maniitsoq

    Today our expedition cruise reaches Maniitsoq. Nicknamed the 'Venice of Greenland' for its natural canals, the surrounding mountains deliver awe-inspiring views. You might even spot pods of humpback whales from shore. 

    Once a regional hub for trading reindeer hides, people have lived here for 4,000 years. Discover figurines carved from walrus ivory, traditional Greenlandic costumes and many works of art in the local museum.  

    Maniitsoq has many hiking options with different viewpoints to discover. And don’t miss an opportunity to chat to the town's welcoming locals. 

    • Included Maniitsoq Community Visit
    Day 6

    Fascinating Maniitsoq

  • Day 7

    Spectacular Sisimiut

    We reach spectacularly situated Sisimiut, just 25 miles north of the Arctic Circle, where you'll experience the Midnight Sun at the height of summer.  

    Old traditions are alive and well here, and you can learn more about the ancient Saqqaq artifacts in the local museum. If you're looking for a special souvenir, pick up a scarf, hat or mittens made of qiviut, the inner wool of a musk ox, said to be 10 times warmer than sheep wool.  

    One of the best things you'll experience on your expedition cruise to Greenland with us is meeting the local communities in the places we explore – authentic interactions that make for fantastic memories. 

    • Included Sisimiut Community Visit
    Day 7

    Spectacular Sisimiut

  • Day 8

    UNESCO-listed Ilulissat Icefjord

    Our expedition cruise reaches Disko Bay – a haven for whales and seals. The Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, regularly tops the list of things to see and do in Greenland, and today you'll find out why. Enjoy breathtaking scenery as you walk to the ice fjord and the old Inuit settlement of Sermermiut.  

    Marvel at giant icebergs floating past in the deep blue waters, as they take on different hues of white, grey and blue. Even amateur photographers will return to the ship with the most enviable images. Back in pretty Ilulissat, perhaps enjoy a hot drink among the colourful houses by the water.  

    • Included Walk to the Icefjords
    Day 8

    UNESCO-listed Ilulissat Icefjord

  • Day 9
    Vaigat Sound

    Go wild in Vaigat Sound

    Rugged Vaigat Sound is our most northerly point, and you'll feel like the first person to walk here. We're in the hands of Mother Nature today and the Expedition Team will identify the best landing sites to explore.  

    If possible, we'll take the expedition boats out on shore landings, or go on optional kayaking trips between icebergs. You may visit Camp Frieda, trek across tundra and get up close to a glacier and learn how it moves.  

    Have your binoculars and camera ready as wildlife sightings in Disko Bay can include orcas and bowhead whales, as well as harp, hooded, bearded and ringed seals.  

    • Included Vaigat Sound Exploration Day
    Day 9
    Vaigat Sound

    Go wild in Vaigat Sound

  • Day 10

    Beguiling Evighedsfjord

    Our expedition cruise is now heading back south. You'll enjoy an exploration day in magical yet imposing Evighedsfjord near Kangerlussuaq. We'll determine on the day what exciting adventures lie in store for you.  

    The 'Fjord of Eternity' is fed by an ice cap that calves huge icebergs into its 2,300 ft  deep waters. It's surrounded by mist-cloaked mountains with beautiful white ridges, punctuated by crystal blue ice caves. 

    Nature reigns here. The only settlements in this region are tiny fishing hamlets clinging to the shores. As ever, we'll be on the lookout for Arctic flora and wildlife, including whales and seabirds.  

    • Included Evighet Fjord Exploration Day
    Day 10

    Beguiling Evighedsfjord

  • Day 11

    Nuuk, Greenland's capital

    After several days exploring remote, idyllic icescapes, you'll cruise into Nuuk, Greenland’s colourful capital. With a population of 18,000, it has a striking mix of old and new buildings. 

    Compare the old buildings – such as Hans Egede House and Nuuk Cathedral – with the ultra-modern architecture of the Parlaiment of Greenland building. 

    Visit the national museum to gain fascinating insight into life here 500 years ago and see the six Qilakitsoq mummies,  Or, join a long nature walk through Paradise Valley and around Mt. Lille Malene as part of an optional excursion. 

    • Included Nuuk Grand Experience
    Day 11

    Nuuk, Greenland's capital

  • Day 12

    Forgotten town

    As you wander around the abandoned ruins of this ghost town, it’s hard to believe that Ivittuut, a former mining outpost, once played a pivotal role in the course of history.  

    During WWII, the US secretly stationed troops here to prevent rare cryolite – used to make aluminum alloys – falling into enemy hands. Supplies were instead shipped to the UK to manufacture aircraft, used in the Battle of Britain.  

    Here, you can walk among the area's deserted buildings. Once the last Viking settlement in Greenland, these days the only inhabitants you’re likely to see are musk oxen. 

    • Included Ivittuut Landing
    Day 12

    Forgotten town

  • Day 13
    Prins Christian Sound

    Prince Christian Sound

    We aim to explore the incredible waters of the 60-mile-long Prince Christian Sound today. Sharp-peaked granite mountains provide a stunning contrast to the bright white glaciers. Look out for calving icebergs and colourful houses in the village of Aappilattoq. 

    Nature is abundant here. Keep an eye out for ringed and bearded seals resting on the ice, and Glaucous Gulls and Black Guillemots soaring above. You may even spot minke and humpback whales.  

    If sea ice prevents us entering the sound, we'll head to craggy Cape Farewell, the southernmost point of Greenland. 

    • Included Prins Christian Sund Exploration Day
    Day 13
    Prins Christian Sound

    Prince Christian Sound

  • Day 14-15
    Irminger Sea

    Reflections of Greenland

    After exploring the ethereal, rugged beauty of western Greenland, we set our course for Iceland. You'll enjoy two days at sea recapping highlights with the Expedition Team, learning about the delicate ecology of Greenland in the Science Center, and relaxing.  

    Out on deck, you might spot seabirds or whales that like to follow our ship. Our onboard photographer can share tips to capture them in action. You can even count any whales you see for our Happywhale Citizen Science project.  

    This might be the time to enjoy the panoramic sauna, on-deck hot tubs or heated pool. Or why not book a treatment in our wellness area. You can also enjoy the company of fellow explorers over drinks in the Explorer Lounge & Bar. 

    Day 14-15
    Irminger Sea

    Reflections of Greenland

  • Day 16

    Return to Reykjavík

    Estimated time of arrival is 6:00 AM

    Your Greenland expedition cruise has come full circle and you'll arrive back in Iceland's stylish capital in the early morning.  

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

    Day 16

    Return to Reykjavík



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What's included

Included in your voyage

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, extensive library and advanced biological and geological equipment 
  • Citizen Science Programme where you can assist with ongoing scientific research 
  • Photography tips and techniques for capturing landscape 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 all entry and boarding requirements  
  • No gratuities expected 

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights 
  • 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
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MS Fridtjof Nansen

Year built 2020
Shipyard Kleven Yards, Norway
Passenger capacity 528 (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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