Greenland From the Sea
Greenland From the Sea
Land and Cruise Tour
8 Days/ 7 Nights
Saturdays from Copenhagen-June 20-September 19, 2020
The best way to experience the great variety of the world's biggest island is from the sea. Join an amazing journey along the West Coast of Greenland, accommodated in modern outside cabins with private facilities, where you visit most of the towns and watch the beautiful landscape change along the way. This is how the locals travel.
On board you have the unique possibility of meeting the locals as many Greenlanders travel by ship instead of flying. Enjoy the hectic life in the harbors when calling to a remote town; Families reuniting, a winning football team coming home and young people starting out for adventures of their lives. Watch the landscape change as we leave behind the gigantic icebergs in the Disko Bay and pass by the rough and steep mountains near Maniitsoq, the area where you find the highest mountains in West Greenland. Head for fertile South Greenland where you sail through narrow straits and get so close to the mountains that you can almost touch them. On board you have plenty of time to enjoy the fantastic scenery and make sure to keep your eyes open as humpback whales can be spotted all along the coast.
Ilulissat-The town of the Icebergs and the most modern town in the Disko Bay area. Still man is outnumbered by the huskies and traces of 4000 years old Inuit settlements are to be found. Furthermore this is the location of the UNESCO designated Ilulissat Ice Fiord and its gigantic icebergs. During the stay in Ilulissat you have plenty of time to experience this unique part of Greenland: Calving glaciers and gigantic icebergs: majestic icebergs are situated in the Ilulissat Ice Fiord just south of the town and these icy giants can be experienced at close range on a midnight cruise. No wonder that UNESCO decided to put the Ilulissat Ice Fiord on the World Heritage List! North of Ilulissat you can get very close to the calving glacier Eqi on a full day boat excursion. Isolated settlements: Visit some of the remote settlements in the Disko Bay area where the population still is depending upon hunting and fishing. Here you find the old world and a great contrast to the hectic life in the city of Ilulissat.
Helicopter excursion: Fly in low altitude over the UNESCO designated Ilulissat Ice Fiord and experience the glacier and the Icebergs from another angle.
Narsaq-is a typical Greenlandic town where the small wooden houses painted in different bright colors contrast the deep blue fiords with impressive icebergs. Some of the highlights are: Fiord cruises between Narsarsuaq and Narsaq, ruins from the Viking period, beautiful arctic scenery including the Inland Ice cap and time to experience the daily life in a small Greenlandic town.
Price per Person:In a double room and cabin from Copenhagen $4699
Single supplement $1099
Package Includes:Round trip economy class airfare on Air Greenland from Copenhagen to Greenland
7 nights hotel and outside cabin accommodation all with private facilities
All transfers in Greenland
Breakfast each morning at hotels-all meals can be purchased on ship
2 dinners-drinks not included
Sightseeing as per itinerary
Hotel taxes and service charges
Day 1 Copenhagen-Ilulissat
Air Greenland flight from Copenhagen via Kangerlussuaq to Ilulissat. Transfer to the hotel. Following the welcome meeting your guide will take you on a city walk so you can get acquainted with the town and marvel at the breath-taking nature with the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Ilulissat Icefjord nearby. Tonight you will enjoy a delicious dinner at the hotel restaurant. Overnight Hotel Arctic.
Day 2 Ilulissat-Cruise
Breakfast. Morning at leisure in Ilulissat for optional excursions until midday. Transfer to the pier for embarkation on the MV Sarfaq Ittuk. Departure at 5pm for your southbound cruise along the Greenlandic West Coast. 9.30pm-10pm short stop in Aasiaat. Outside cabin on board
Day 3 Cruise
Sail south along the Greenlandic West Coast. 9am-11am Call in Sisimiut 5.45pm-6pm: Short stop in Kangaamiut 9.30pm-10.30pm: Short stop in Maniitsoq.Outside cabin on board
Day 4 Cruise
Sailing south along the Greenlandic West Coast. 7am-9am: Call in Nuuk. 4.30pm-4.45pm: Short stop in Qeqertarsuatsiaat 11.30pm-11.59pm: Short stop in Paamiut Outside cabin on board
Day 5 Cruise-Narsaq
Sailing in the South Greenland Archipelago. 6.45am-7am: Short stop in Arsuk 4pm-7pm: Stop in Qaqortoq 9pm arrival in Narsaq Upon arrival transfer to the Hotel Narsaq
Day 6 Narsaq
Breakfast at the hotel. You will be taken on a short city tour of Narsaq. Remainder of the day is free to take one of the optional tours. Overnight Hotel Narsaq.
Day 7 Narsaq-Narsarsuaq
After breakfast transfer to the Narsaq pier and travel by boat through Erik's Fjord to Narsarsuaq. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight and dinner at the Hotel Narsarsuaq
Day 8 Narsarsuaq-End of Tour
After breakfast transfer to the airport. Air Greenland to Copenhagen. Hotel nights in Copenhagen available if needed.
Pre and post tour nights in Copenhagen can be added.
Additional nights in Ilulissat and/or Narsaq available.
Optional excursions: Can be prebooked:
Icebergs of Sermermiut-3 hours-DKK 325 per person including refreshment-Drive as far as the road goes. A short walk to Sermermiut where traces from the 4 old Eskimo cultures still can be seen. Sermermiut is a fertile valley next to the Ice Fjord, here you can enjoy flowers as well as the fantastic Icebergs.
Sunset Cruise to the Ice Fjord-2.5 hours-DKK 775 per person-The midnight sun and the warm red colors reflecting the gigantic icebergs is a fantastic sight. Cruise between the icebergs and enjoy a late Martini on "the real rocks."
Home Visit-1.5 hours-DKK 350 per person-Visit a Greenland home, enjoy the coffee milk (a cup of coffee which by tradition is served to all visitors), and learn about Greenland and its people.
Fishing Tour-1350 DKK per person-3 hour tour-Sail to the fishing spot of the day, most probably near Bredebugt or at the mouth of the Ilulissat Ice Fjord. While waiting for your catch you have time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. By the end of the day you will hopefully bring home different sorts of fish like cod, halibut, redfish and catfish.
Visit the Greenlandic Dogs-300 DKK per person- 1.5 hour tour-Ilulissat is sledge riding-area and the 3500 dogs in town are still used for both work and fun every winter. You are invited to join the feeding of a dog team. You can see, feel, touch and most of all hear the howling of 20 hungry dogs. The owner will demonstrate the sledge and the harness and tell about life as a sledge dog in Greenland. Good shoes advised.
Hike on the Cecily Trail-7-8 hour tour-DKK 1200 per person including packed lunch-drive to the airport where you start your full day hike north along the coast. Discover different Arctic plants and beautiful icebergs floating in the Disko Bay. Your guide tells you about the Cecily trail, named after an annual run from Rodebay to Ilulissat. It is commonly used both by locals and tourists for dog sledding in winter and trekking tours in summer. Don't forget to enjoy the silence or use your time taking photos and collecting flowers. Depending on weather conditions the tour aims to make it to Bredebugt, where the locals have their summer cottages. If you want to experience a real Arctic adventure, how about a quick dip in the ice cold waters of a nearby lake? Hiking boots and mosquito net advised. You have to be in good physical shape to participate in this tour.
Flight of Fantasy-1.5 hours-DKK 4600 per person- This is the ultimate highlight of your trip to Ilulissat. Travel by helicopter in low altitude over the dramatic Arctic landscape. Make 2 stops en route to give you an opportunity to appreciate the magnitude of the Inland Ice Cap. On our way home fly through the Kangia Fjord where you will also do a bit of whale watching. Minimum 4 passengers required.
Glacier Eqi & Rodebay including. lunch or dinner-7 hours-DKK 2975 per person-This excursion combines a visit to the tiny settlement of Rodebay with a cruise in front of the 5-km wide Eqi Glacier, which is very active and there will be many photo opportunities. This area is also excellent for spotting whales and hopefully the gentle giants of the sea will put in an appearance. Lunch or dinner included.
Ilimanaq & Whale safari including lunch-6 hours-DKK 1950 per person-Visit to the picturesque settlement of Ilimanaq combined with a whale safari in the Disko Bay. In the summer time humpback whales (a protected species) come to the Disko Bay to feed on small herring like fish. Please be aware that you are not visiting a zoo, and therefore we cannot guarantee that the whales will be seen. Packed lunch included.