MS Fridtjof Nansen
16 days

Disko Bay – The Heart of Greenland

Price from
6490 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
MS Fridtjof Nansen
16 days

Disko Bay – The Heart of Greenland

Price from
6490 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Disko Bay – The Heart of Greenland
Departures
25 June 2022
10 July 2022
25 July 2022
9 August 2022
  • Discover and explore the western coast of Greenland around Disko Bay
  • Have your breath taken away by the Arctic scenery of icebergs and glaciers
  • Meet the welcoming people of Greenland and learn about Inuit culture
  • Visit the stunning Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Itinerary

This voyage begins and ends in Iceland, taking you to the western Greenlandic coastline with its charming scencery and many colorful settlements. You will meet the warm people who thrive here and learn more about their traditions and modern culture. Disko Bay is also renown for its Arctic landscape of glaciers and impressive icebergs.
Day 1
Reykjavik, Iceland
Capital of Iceland
Harpa concert hall, Reykjavík, Iceland
Harpa concert hall, Reykjavík.
Photo: Ragnar Th Sigurdsson

Reykjavik is the northernmost capital city in the world. The name means 'Smokey Bay', so called because of the columns of steam that rise from the many hot springs in the area. It is well worth booking a Pre-Programme to explore the surrounding geysers, mountains, glaciers and geothermal baths before embarking MS Fridtjof Nansen.

Harpa concert hall, Reykjavík, Iceland
Harpa concert hall, Reykjavík.
Photo: Ragnar Th Sigurdsson
View of Reykjavik, Iceland
Explore the colourful city of Reykjavik.
Photo: shutterstock
Lecture on board, Greenland
Lecture on board, with Greenland in focus.
Photo: Sandra Walser
Dolphins in the Denmark Strait crossing over to Greenland
Dolphins in the Denmark Strait crossing over to Greenland.
Photo: Sandra Walser
Dramatic clouds and sunset over the Denmark Strait
Dramatic clouds and sunset over the Denmark Strait.
Photo: Tracey Kirkland
Day 2-3
At sea
Crossing the Denmark Strait
Dolphins in the Denmark Strait crossing over to Greenland
Dolphins in the Denmark Strait crossing over to Greenland.
Photo: Sandra Walser

We leave Iceland behind and sail across the Irminger Sea. This is the same crossing that was used by the Vikings to migrate from Iceland to Greenland some 1,000 years ago.
Enjoy introductory lectures on local history and biology for insights into the upcoming destinations.

Day 4
Qaqortoq
Picture-Perfect Greenlandic Town
An iceberg floating on the sea near Qaqortoq, Greenland
An iceberg floating on the sea near Qaqortoq.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Many consider Qaqortoq one of the most beautiful towns in Greenland for its colourful houses and photogenic setting. It is the biggest town in South Greenland, with some 3,000 inhabitants, but still easy to explore on foot. You can also join one of our excursions to get even more insight into local culture.

An iceberg floating on the sea near Qaqortoq, Greenland
An iceberg floating on the sea near Qaqortoq.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
"Stone & Man", Art Gallery in Qaqortoq, Greenland
"Stone & Man", Art Gallery in Qaqortoq, Greenland.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Kayaking among icebergs near Narsaq, Greenland
Kayaking among icebergs near Narsaq.
Photo: Hurtigruten
Keen photographers visiting the church in Paamiut, Greenland
Keen photographers visiting the church in Paamiut, Greenland
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson
Colourful houses in Paamiut, Greenland
Colourful houses in Paamiut.
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson
Day 5
Kvanefjord
Exploration day Kvanefjord
Keen photographers visiting the church in Paamiut, Greenland
Keen photographers visiting the church in Paamiut, Greenland
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson

We discover the beautiful region of Paamiut by sailing deep into Kvanefjord. Our experienced captain and Expedition Leader will take advantage of the current weather and ice conditions to identify our activity for the day. This could be a hike ashore for a scenic view of the area, or possibly small-boat cruising or kayaking.

Day 6
Maniitsoq
The Venice of Greenland
The seafront of Maniitsoq, Greenland
The seafront of Maniitsoq.
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson

Maniitsoq was founded in 1755 and its name means `The Uneven Place´, referring to the rocky hills and mountains shaping the layout of the town. It is also known as the `Venice of Greenland´ as it is situated in an archipelago, intersected by natural canals. The local museum charts the town´s rich history and culture. 

The seafront of Maniitsoq, Greenland
The seafront of Maniitsoq.
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson
View of Maniitsoq, Greenland
View of Maniitsoq, "The Venice of Greenland".
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson
Take a hike in unforgettable surroundings.
Day 7
Sisimiut
`Where There are Fox Dens’
View of Sisimiut, the second-largest city in Greenland
View of Sisimiut, the second-largest city in Greenland.
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson
Taking a closer look at the colourful houses in Sisimiut, Greenland
Take a closer look at the colourful houses in Sisimiut on an optional excursion.
Photo: Hurtigruten
Day 7
Sisimiut
`Where There are Fox Dens’
Take a hike in unforgettable surroundings.
Take a hike in unforgettable surroundings.
Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson

Sisimiut is situated 40 km north of the Arctic Circle. The name means `The People Living in a Place of Fox Dens´. This is the second largest town in Greenland, a modern, picturesque settlement that maintains ancient traditions. We offer a variety of exciting excursions to discover the many things to do in Sisimiut. 

Day 8
Ilulissat
Icefjord - UNESCO World Heritage Site
Explore surreal and fantastic icescapes.
Explore surreal and fantastic icescapes.
Photo: Camille Seaman

Ilulissat is set in the stunning scenery of the Ilulissat Icefjord UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the mouth of the fjord you can see enormous icebergs that have run aground. These ice masses originate from the Jakobshavn Glacier, one of the fastest-moving glaciers in the world. Join one of our many excursions here.

Explore surreal and fantastic icescapes.
Explore surreal and fantastic icescapes.
Photo: Camille Seaman
Entering the beautiful little town of Ilulissat, Greenland
Entering the beautiful little town of Ilulissat.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Welcome to the northernmost point of our itinerary.
Welcome to the northernmost point of our itinerary.
Photo: Luca Baggi Photography
Day 9
Vaigat Sound
Exploration day Vaigat Sound
Welcome to the northernmost point of our itinerary.
Welcome to the northernmost point of our itinerary.
Photo: Luca Baggi Photography

We now arrive at the northernmost point in our itinerary. There are several excellent landing sites in Vaigat Sound offering breathtaking landscape and Arctic flora. Our experienced captain and Expedition Leader will take advantage of the current weather and ice conditions to identify our activity for the day.

Day 10
Evighed Fjord
Exploration Day
The little town of Maniitsoq in Kangerlussuasiaq (Evighetsfjorden)
The little town of Maniitsoq.
Photo: Simon Bottomley

On one side of the meandering Evighed Fjord is an ice cap that often crashes massive chunks of ice into the water. Around us are the highest mountains in West Greenland with peaks, up to 2,000 m (6,600 ft.) in height, sometimes swirling with mist. Conditions on the day will determine the final programme and the range of activities on offer by the Expedition Team.

The little town of Maniitsoq in Kangerlussuasiaq (Evighetsfjorden)
The little town of Maniitsoq.
Photo: Simon Bottomley
Close to a glacier in Kangerlussuatsiaq (Evighetsfjorden)
Close to a glacier in Kangerlussuatsiaq.
Photo: Thomas Haltner
Get to know Greenland´s capital.
Get to know Greenland´s capital.
Photo: Camille Seaman
Statue of missionary Hans Egede, Nuuk, Greenland
Statue of the missionary Hans Egede, Nuuk.
Photo: Thomas Haltner
Hiking in beautiful nature, Nuuk, Greenland
Hiking in beautiful nature, Nuuk, by the mouth of one of the most spectacular fjord systems in the world.
Photo: Shutterstock
Day 11
Nuuk
The Vibrant Capital of Greenland
Statue of missionary Hans Egede, Nuuk, Greenland
Statue of the missionary Hans Egede, Nuuk.
Photo: Thomas Haltner

Nuuk is situated at the mouth of one of the most spectacular fjord systems in the world. The capital city is where old and new traditions meet, from historic buildings in `Kolonihavnen´ to the modern Centre for Greenland Self Rule. Another feature is the National Museum - home to the famous mummies of Qilakitsoq.

Long ago, the Viking settled this spectacular area.
Day 12
Ivittuut
Muskoxes and a Norse Settlement
Day 12
Ivittuut
Muskoxes and a Norse Settlement
Long ago, the Viking settled this spectacular area.
Long ago, the Viking settled this spectacular area.
Photo: Camille Seaman

According to archaeologists, Vikings settled in this area more than a thousand years ago but didn’t remain. Ivittuut is believed to be the last Norse settlement in Greenland, but first to be abandoned. Nowadays, the only inhabitants that might appear in the town are wandering muskoxen which normally graze in the nearby plains.

Colourful traditional Greenlandic costume, Ivituut, Greenland
Colourful traditional Greenlandic costume, Ivituut, Greenland
Photo: Hilde Foss
Abandoned house near Ivittuut, Greenland
Exploring an abandoned house near Ivittuut.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Sunset on the ice, Prins Christian Sund
Sunset on the ice, Prins Christian Sund.
Photo: Marsel van Oosten
Mountain peaks seen from Prins Christian Sund
Mountain peaks seen from Prins Christian Sund.
Photo: Thomas Haltner
Day 13
Prins Christian Sund
Prins Christian Sund
Sunset on the ice, Prins Christian Sund
Sunset on the ice, Prins Christian Sund.
Photo: Marsel van Oosten

This long fjord is surrounded by mountains that reach over 1,200 metres (3,900 ft), and up to 2,220 metres (7,280 ft) high. Many glaciers go straight into its waters where they calve icebergs of all shapes, shades, and sizes. If the channel is blocked with ice, we will sail around Nunap Isua (Cape Farewell) instead.

Day 14-15
Irminger Sea
Heading Back to Iceland
Fresh Arctic air and untouched beauty en route.
Fresh Arctic air and untouched beauty en route.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

After exploring exhilarating Greenland, we set course back to Iceland. Spend the days at sea recapping your experiences, having fun in the Science Center or just relaxing on deck, looking at the sea birds which follow our ship or maybe even spotting whales.

Fresh Arctic air and untouched beauty en route.
Fresh Arctic air and untouched beauty en route.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Birdwatching in the Denmark Strait
Get your binoculars our and look for sea birds in the Denmark Strait.
Photo: Simon Bottomley
The famous Blue Lagoon near Reykjavik, Iceland
The famous Blue Lagoon near Reykjavik, Iceland.
Photo: Shutterstock
Day 16
Reykjavik
The Stylish Capital of Iceland
The famous Blue Lagoon near Reykjavik, Iceland
The famous Blue Lagoon near Reykjavik, Iceland.
Photo: Shutterstock

You arrive back in the Icelandic capital early in the morning. If you want to explore more of the country, add one of our Post-Programmes before you head home, or simply extend your stay to enjoy the trendy city and its surrounding geothermal features.

Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.
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What's included

Included in your voyage

Expedition Cruise

  • 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
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. 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

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an 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
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, infinity pool, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and outdoor running track
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come

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

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

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please ensure you meet all visa entry requirements
  • No gratuities expected
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Pool area on MS Fridtjof Nansen
Photo: Oscar Farrera
Science Center
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

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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
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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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