Greenland’s Disko Bay Voyage

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Greenland’s Disko Bay Voyage

from £2,644 excluding flights

  • 5 nights
  • Aug

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Highlights

In pictures
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Join guided tours of Sisimiut, Qeqertarsuaq and Ilulissat

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Look out for wildlife including whales, seals and arctic fox

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View the UNESCO-protected Ilulissat Icefjord from land or air

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Meet the locals for "kaffemik" in Qeqertarsuaq

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Marvel at the icebergs of Disko Bay

Why this trip...

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Immersive exploration

Immerse yourself in your surroundings on a true exploration of remote and spectacular areas

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Overview

Sail along the remote and dramatic Arctic coastline of West Greenland, where the magnificent scenery of high mountains, narrow fjords, giant glaciers and small settlements are just some of the highlights of this unforgettable experience.

Along the way you'll visit the famous Disko Bay and the town of Ilulissat, also known as the iceberg capital of the world. Explore small towns and tiny settlements with colourful houses, learn about Inuit culture and meet the locals over coffee and cake, a tradition called ‘Kaffemik’. Keep a look out for whales and other marine life as you take advantage of long daylight hours for early morning and late evening wildlife spotting.

Accommodation

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Ocean Atlantic

With a maximum of 198 passengers, the Ocean Atlantic has been specifically designed for expedition cruising, with observation platforms and panorama lounges for optimal iceberg spotting and wildlife viewing.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Flight to Kangerlussuaq, embarkation

Take a morning flight from Copenhagen or Reykjavik to Kangerlussuaq in western Greenland. On arrival transfer to the port and then by zodiac to board the Ocean Atlantic. After a safety drill, enjoy your dinner as you set sail through the 160-kilometre Kangerlussuaq fjord.

Take a morning flight from Copenhagen or Reykjavik to Kangerlussuaq in western Greenland. On arrival transfer to the port and then by zodiac to board the Ocean Atlantic. After a safety drill, enjoy your dinner as you set sail through the 160-kilometre Kangerlussuaq fjord.

Day 2 Sisimiut

Morning arrival in the colourful and modern town of Sisimiut at the foot of Nasaasaaq Mountain. Sisimiut is the second largest town in Greenland with 5,400 inhabitants. The city tour highlights include the historic colonial quarter, as well as museum and church visits. In the afternoon continue northbound passing the Sisimiut Isortuat Fjord, the Nordre Strømfjord settlements of Attu and Ikerasaarsuk and the small town of Kangaatsiaq. During the night, pass Aasiaat and proceed into the southern waters of Disko Bay.

Morning arrival in the colourful and modern town of Sisimiut at the foot of Nasaasaaq Mountain. Sisimiut is the second largest town in Greenland with 5,400 inhabitants. The city tour highlights include the historic colonial quarter, as well as museum and church visits. In the afternoon continue northbound passing the Sisimiut Isortuat Fjord, the Nordre Strømfjord settlements of Attu and Ikerasaarsuk and the small town of Kangaatsiaq. During the night, pass Aasiaat and proceed into the southern waters of Disko Bay.

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Day 3 Qeqetarsuaq

Today there will be time to explore Disko Island, famous for its distinctive 1,000-meter layered crags. Wander around the town of Qeqertarsuaq and join some of the locals for a traditional ‘Kaffemik’ to sample homemade cakes with coffee and tea, accompanied by local music and dance. In the afternoon cruise to the breathtakingly beautiful Eqip Sermia Glacier to observe icebergs calving off this enormous icecap.

Today there will be time to explore Disko Island, famous for its distinctive 1,000-meter layered crags. Wander around the town of Qeqertarsuaq and join some of the locals for a traditional ‘Kaffemik’ to sample homemade cakes with coffee and tea, accompanied by local music and dance. In the afternoon cruise to the breathtakingly beautiful Eqip Sermia Glacier to observe icebergs calving off this enormous icecap.

Day 4 Ilulissat, the Iceberg Capital

Arrival in the town of Ilulissat where gigantic icebergs flow down the UNESCO-protected Icefjord to the bay and linger in these Arctic waters. It is easy to explore the Icefjord, located just a half hour hike south of Ilulissat. There is also an opportunity to take an optional 2.5 hour boat trip (additional cost) to the Icefjord and get up close to the amazing ice-sculpted scenery. Alternatively take a flight on a fixed wing plane (additional cost) over the glacier and the Icefjord for an aerial view.

Arrival in the town of Ilulissat where gigantic icebergs flow down the UNESCO-protected Icefjord to the bay and linger in these Arctic waters. It is easy to explore the Icefjord, located just a half hour hike south of Ilulissat. There is also an opportunity to take an optional 2.5 hour boat trip (additional cost) to the Icefjord and get up close to the amazing ice-sculpted scenery. Alternatively take a flight on a fixed wing plane (additional cost) over the glacier and the Icefjord for an aerial view.

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Day 5 Sarfannguit

The name of the remote settlement of Sarfannquit translates as ‘the place of the little stream”. Here the 100 residents still make their living from traditional Inuit practices of hunting, trapping and fishing. Preserving their traditions and Inuit heritage is very important for this community. Take a stroll through the settlement and see the locals in their daily lives, before reboarding the ship for the cruise back to Kangerlussuaq, enjoying panoramic views of high mountains and deep valleys along the way.

The name of the remote settlement of Sarfannquit translates as ‘the place of the little stream”. Here the 100 residents still make their living from traditional Inuit practices of hunting, trapping and fishing. Preserving their traditions and Inuit heritage is very important for this community. Take a stroll through the settlement and see the locals in their daily lives, before reboarding the ship for the cruise back to Kangerlussuaq, enjoying panoramic views of high mountains and deep valleys along the way.

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Day 6 Disembarkation and departure, Kangerlussuaq

Disembark the Ocean Atlantic this morning and transfer by Zodiac back to the port. From here you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Copenhagen or Reykjavik.

Disembark the Ocean Atlantic this morning and transfer by Zodiac back to the port. From here you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Copenhagen or Reykjavik.

Optional Excursions

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In addition to the included shore excursions, Zodiac cruises and guided hikes, you may wish to enhance your expedition with one or more of the following optional activities. Places are limited so pre-booking is highly recommended:

Icefjord Boat Trip
This exploration by small boat takes you deep into the Ilulissat Icefjord for a closer look at the amazing natural ice sculptures.
Duration approx. 2.5 hours; price from £91 per person

Icefjord Flightseeing
Take to the skies in a fixed-wing sightseeing flight over Disko Bay and Ilulissat. Circle over the fast-moving glacier and calving icebergs of Kangia Icefjord and keep watch for whales breaching in the bay.
Duration approx. 40 mins; price from £322 per person

Reindeer Glacier, Kangerlussuaq
Travel by 4WD to the spectacular Reindeer Glacier, named for the prevalence of wildlife in the area. A 1500m walk over rugged terrain will bring you close to this vast wall of ice, which stands 60 metres high in places.
Duration approx. 4 hours (1 hour at the glacier); price from £91 per person

Russell Glacier, Kangerlussuaq
Travel by 4WD to Russell Glacier, which lies within the UNESCO World Heritage site of Aasivissuit – Nipisat. Here you can hike along the glacier’s edge and listen to the roar and creak of melting and morphing ice structures as the glacier slowly moves across the mountain landscape towards Kangerlussuaq Fjord.
Duration approx. 4 hours (1 hour at the glacier); price from £91 per person

Prices and Departures

Price from £2,644 excluding flights

Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

What's Included

  • Return charter flights between Keflavik or Copenhagen and Kangerlussuaq
  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • Tea & coffee available around the clock
  • All Zodiac transfers, cruising & shore landings
  • Presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers
  • Town walks & museum visits in Sisimiut, Qeqertarsuaq and Ilulissat
  • Church visits in Qeqertarsuaq and Ilulissat
  • ‘Kaffemik’  visit in Qeqertarsuaq
  • Loan of rubber boots during voyage
  • Voyage log (digital)
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

2022 Departures

Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin

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19 Aug 2022 6 days Ocean Atlantic £2,644
24 Aug 2022 6 days Ocean Atlantic £2,644

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