Greenland - The Ultimate Fjord and National Park Expedition

Greenland - The Ultimate Fjord and National Park Expedition

Greenland - The Ultimate Fjord and National Park Expedition

Greenland - The Ultimate Fjord and National Park Expedition

Travel information 13 days MS Fridtjof Nansen
24 August 2022
Price from
7296 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Voyage from Iceland to Greenland’s remote east coast and experience the wildlife and epic grandeur of the world’s largest national park and wilderness fjord system.

The majesty of East Greenland

From Reykjavik, we sail across the Denmark Strait to the spectacular east coast of Greenland. Our first destination is Scoresbysund, an immense system of fjords and glaciers that fans out over 24,000 square miles. You’ll spend the next four days exploring this vast pristine region.

Placid dark waters reflect the soaring mountains around us as we seek out whales and other marine wildlife, including seals which can sometimes be spotted relaxing on ice floes. Look out for avian life including Brünnich's Guillemots, Snowy Owls and Greenlandic Gyrfalcons.

The largest national park in the world

Next, we explore the Northeast Greenland National Park, an International Biosphere Reserve. Visitor numbers are limited in this 375,000 square mile wilderness region, and Hurtigruten’s expertise and experience means you’ll be one of the lucky few to experience this Arctic Eden.

In the absence of people, wildlife abounds in this peaceful haven, and you might see Arctic hares, muskoxen and even polar bears. The waters are filled with sparkling blue-hued icebergs, and you’ll get up close to nature on guided walks and kayak trips. This expedition cruise to one of the most remote places on the planet will be an unforgettable experience.

Greenland - The Ultimate Fjord and National Park Expedition Greenland - The Ultimate Fjord and National Park Expedition
  • Day 1
    Reykjavik, Iceland

    Capital of Iceland

    24 August 2022
    Estimated time of departure is 8:00 PM

    Your adventure starts in the world’s northernmost capital. Reykjavik has traditional charm coupled with a cosmopolitan outlook. This small, safe city is the perfect size for a walking tour, and is packed full of art, culture and history. We recommend you make the most of being here before embarkation, if you have the time.

    Take a stroll along Laugavegur, the main shopping street, with its boutiques and outdoor shops, or head to the architecturally striking Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral. Art lovers can visit the Reykjavik Art Museum, the National Gallery and the many smaller galleries and museums dotting the city.

    Stopping off at the National Museum, the Saga Museum and the Maritime Museum will fill you in on Iceland’s history. Pack your swimsuit if you fancy a dip in one of the city’s 18 swimming pools, many of which have saunas and hot tubs.

    From Reykjavik you’re just hours away from geysers, glaciers, hot springs and waterfalls – the name actually means ‘Smoky Bay’ due to the rising steam from the surrounding geothermal features. Why not book a Pre-Programme with us and spend some extra days discovering Iceland’s famed Golden Circle, a circuit of natural highlights including waterfalls, national parks and geysers.

    Your expedition ship awaits you in Reykjavik Harbour. After you check in and collect your complimentary expedition jacket, you’ll have time to settle in your relaxed and stylish cabin. There is a mandatory safety drill just before departure after which you can walk around and explore your new home-from-home and enjoy and the premium onboard experience.

    The welcome dinner in the evening ends with a toast by the Captain, wishing everyone an enjoyable adventure. You’ll then meet the Expedition Team and key members of the crew who’ll provide you with information about what to expect on your exciting voyage to Greenland.

    Day 1
    Reykjavik, Iceland

    Capital of Iceland

  • Day 2
    At sea

    Crossing the Denmark Strait

    25 August 2022

    As we leave Iceland behind, we’ll sail across the Denmark Strait towards the shores of Greenland. This is the same route that was taken by the Vikings when they migrated there some 1,000 years ago. In fact, we’re following in the wake of Erik the Red, who is said to have been the first European to settle in Greenland, having gone there with his father at age 10.

    You’ll have time to relax, get to know your Expedition Team, and check out the onboard facilities. In the Science Center there will be lectures on a range of topics, preparing you for the adventure ahead. While you’re there, check out the library and the scientific equipment that is there for you to make use of throughout the voyage.

    They’ll also talk you through important guidelines from AECO, the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators. You'll learn how you can help protect wildlife habitats, and the best ways to keep a safe distance from animals so as not to disturb them.

    If you’re feeling active, you can hit the fitness facilities and get your pulse up. The panoramic sauna offers ‘sightseeing as you sweat’ and there are hot tubs and a heated pool on deck.

    Later, why not enjoy a drink in the panoramic Explorer Lounge & Bar and get to know some of your fellow explorers, or just settle into a sofa and watch the rhythmic ocean waves roll by outside.

    Day 2
    At sea

    Crossing the Denmark Strait

  • Day 3-7
    Scoresbysund fjord

    Largest Fjord on Earth

    26 August 2022 - 30 August 2022

    Scoresbysund is a fjord system spreading like the branches of a tree over an area of around 24,000 square miles. The scenery is simply spectacular, with white and blue icebergs floating in mirror-like waters surrounded by stark black and brown mountains which loom up around us. It’s the world’s largest fjord system and you’ll feel a deep sense of serenity over the next four days exploring this vast pristine wilderness.

    The area’s steep basalt mountains, some reaching 6,500 ft., not only create a stunning backdrop but also provide shelter from the chilling Arctic winds. Furthermore, vast stretches of open water at the wide fjord system’s mouth, as well as areas which remain ice-free even in winter have made this a haven for an abundance of Greenland’s iconic wildlife. You might be able to spot muskoxen, Arctic foxes and mountain hares here.

    Birdlife thrives here. Little auks, Atlantic Puffins, Fulmars, Snowy Owls, the Greenlandic Gyrfalcon, and Great Black-backed Gulls are just some of the species that we’ll be hoping to see. Additionally, various types of seal can be seen on the shores or lounging on ice floes. Keep a lookout too for whales, which can be spotted in the waters around here.

    As this is an expedition cruise, the Captain and Expedition Team will guide us to the most favourable spots on a daily basis. We’ll make the best of the conditions, ensuring we can pack in as many shore landings, nature walks, kayaking tours and wildlife sightings as possible. As you explore and learn about this precious ecosystem, you’ll come to feel at one with the vast Scoresbysund fjord region.

    Day 3-7
    Scoresbysund fjord

    Largest Fjord on Earth

  • Day 8-11
    North East Greenland National Park

    The Largest National Park in the World

    31 August 2022 - 3 September 2022

    Words are barely adequate to describe the pure tranquillity and grandeur of the largest national park in the world. It’s also the least visited park on earth and only a small number of expeditions are permitted to visit over the short summer season. Thanks to our expertise and experience here, we are one of them.

    You’ll see majestic fjords and giant icebergs, while wildlife including hares, muskoxen and Arctic foxes roam the coasts and tundra. You might even be lucky enough to spot polar bears. These elusive creatures are usually spread out across the enormous region, making it a real highlight if we do manage to locate them.

    Apart from old trapper huts, some science research stations, and a military outpost, there are very few traces of human life in this 375,000 square mile park. The only other people we might encounter are the Sirius Patrol rangers who monitor the area on dog sleds. Otherwise, this is one of the quietest places on earth, and you’ll feel a deep sense of peace as we explore this beautiful wilderness.

    The Northeast Greenland National Park is an International Biosphere Reserve, and naturally we will respect the fragile ecology, leaving no trace behind. The Captain and Expedition Team will assess the ice conditions and choose the best locations for landings daily. You can also enjoy exciting optional activities such as kayaking and long guided nature walks, as well as taking a bracing dip in the icy waters – if you’re brave enough!

    Apart from spotting wildlife, photographing the flora and icebergs, and appreciating the silence, there’s also the opportunity to participate in our Citizen Science projects, which will help preserve the region for the wildlife, and for future generations.

    Day 8-11
    North East Greenland National Park

    The Largest National Park in the World

  • Day 12
    Irminger Sea

    Heading Back to Iceland

    4 September 2022

    After exploring the remote beauty of Greenland, we set our course back for Iceland. Spend the days at sea recapping your experiences with new friends, studying nature in the Science Center, sitting in on a lecture or two, or just relaxing on deck. Look out for the sea birds which follow our ship, or maybe see if you can spot some whales.

    The route back ‘home’ is likely the same one those last Vikings took when they abandoned their experiment in living on Greenland in the 15th century. Why did they leave? Historians can’t agree, but it seems likely they tried to live like European farmers in an environment that wouldn’t support their cows, sheep and pigs. If only they had taken advice from the Inuit Greenlanders, their descendants might still be there today.

    As you reflect on your voyage, you may now appreciate what a precious place Greenland is. From the delicate ecology of the fjord systems, and the ethereal elegance of the floating ice and glaciers, we hope that the beauty you encountered has made its mark on you and that your expedition cruise has been a life-changing experience.

    Day 12
    Irminger Sea

    Heading Back to Iceland

  • Day 13

    The Stylish Capital of Iceland

    5 September 2022
    Estimated time of arrival is 6:00 AM

    Your expedition ship will arrive back in the Icelandic capital today. Once you have disembarked, why not check out some of the things you might have missed in this charming and compact city before our voyage began.

    We are sure you will have had an amazing experience along Greenland’s east coast with us, and we hope to see you again in the future for more adventures.

    If you want to explore more of Iceland, why not add on one of our Post-Programmes before you head home, or simply extend your stay to enjoy Reykjavik and the surrounding geothermal attractions.

    Day 13

    The Stylish Capital of Iceland



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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 restaurant Aune
  • 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, panoramic sauna, indoor gym
  • 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


  • 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
Pool area on MS Fridtjof Nansen
Photo: Oscar Farrera
Your ship

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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