Arctic Umiaq Line

Our partner across the Atlantic, sailing Greenland’s west coast for 250 years since 1774

Reasons to go 

  • Discover Greenland's fjord-filled and iceberg-littered west coast aboard a small, 228-berth passenger ship, as you sail side by side with local Greenlanders and a local English-speaking guide.​ 
  • Experience intimate, everyday scenes of remote community life and distinctive coastal culture that many visitors to the world’s largest island usually miss out on.​ 
  • Enjoy getting to know a wide variety of Greenland's colourful and charming coastal settlements over several hours, through restaurant meals and locally led excursions ashore.​ 
  • Hop off the ship in selected ports to stay the night, such as at a glamping site with views of the fjords, or a relaxing coastal sheep farm, before rejoining the ship the next day. 

Special offer

Book your trip on any Arctic Umiaq Line voyage and get an exclusive 10% discount. Just enter the code HRN24 at checkout.

Max 2 persons per booking, valid on all sailings until 31 December 2024. Offer ends 31 March 2024.

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The voyages

Choose from Arctic Umiaq Line's five voyages:

  • Full Greenland Voyage

    This 15-day voyage is the North Greenland Voyage and South Greenland Voyage combined, representing the definitive, authentic experience of the west coast’s fjords, mountains, icebergs, and whales.

  • The North Greenland Voyage

    This 9-day voyage travels from the capital Nuuk up to Uummannaq island through Eternity Fjord and witnesses the beauty of icebergs in UNESCO-listed Ilulissat ice fjord in Disko Bay, before returning to Nuuk.

  • The South Greenland Voyage

    Choose the ‘Recommend Experience’ package to start with a night glamping in the fjords of Nuuk at Camp Kangiusaq, then an overnight in UNESCO-listed Igaliku, and onto Qaqortoq.

  • The North to South Voyage

    Sail from the iceberg gallery of Ilulissat in the north to Narsaq in the south of Greenland, passing black-sand beaches, roaming musk ox, and pods of playful whales along the way.

  • South to North Voyage

    Travel from the intricate fjords and lush sheep farms of southern Greenland all the way to the coast’s northern reaches where towering icebergs and mountains fill the horizon.

The Hurtigruten of Greenland

In Greenland, most of the country’s cities, towns, and settlements are found on the west coast. But you’ll find no roads between them. To get from place to place and to receive much-needed supplies, local Greenlanders have relied on Arctic Umiaq Line for 250 years.  

For them, taking the Arctic Umiaq Line is both a lifeline and a way of life, in the same way Hurtigruten has been there for the people of Norway. For international guests sailing with Arctic Unique Line, it’s a way to experience a side of Greenland that few visitors see, side by side with those who call these coastal communities home.  

Sailing with Greenlanders

Your voyage with Arctic Umiaq Line is as much about the people you meet as the sights you see. Listen to pearls of wisdom from your onboard English-speaking, local guide. Share a meal with the couple going to visit their grandchildren. Learn Inuit traditions from the student on her way home.  

Only 57,000 people live in Greenland, and even though it is the least densely populated country in the world, what Greenlanders lack in number, they more than make up for in warmth, kindness, and charm.  9 out 10 of Arctic Umiaq Line’s annual passengers are Greenlanders.

See the silence

Sailing Greenland’s coast means entering a realm far off the beaten path. This is a place that is raw, remote, and exceptionally tranquil. A place where peacefulness surrounds you. 

Mighty musk oxen line the sides of fjords. Glaciers crack and calve icebergs into the bay. Summer’s Midnight Sun glows in the sky where snow bunting and sea eagle soar. Watch in awe as whales swim close to shore, spouting water into the air before breaching acrobatically out of the water.  

Time ashore

The ship of Arctic Umiaq Line, MS Sarfaq Ittuk, is small enough to sail right up to the tiniest of Greenland’s communities, without the need of tender boats. This gives you plenty of time to get to know each place it visits and to dine in local restaurants.  

There are even opportunities to leave the ship to experience Greenlandic hospitality in a bell tent or on a family-run farm for a night, and then to rejoin the ship the next day.  

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Questions about your Arctic Umiaq Line booking

Please visit the Arctic Umiaq Line website to book your Junior Suite.  

Your booking is with Arctic Umiaq Line. Hurtigruten is just a referring partner. 

Please contact Arctic Umiaq Line’s customer support on +299 34 91 90 or send an email to [email protected]. 

The local guide on board will be fluent in English, Danish, and Greenlandic. Most of the guiding will be delivered in English. Other languages may be spoken by the guide and crew, but this is not guaranteed.