Disko Bay – The Heart of Greenland

Our Greenland expedition cruise explores rare natural beauty and fascinating Inuit culture. Meet the welcoming people who thrive in the Arctic landscape as we sail among giant icebergs to highlights like Disko Bay under the Midnight Sun.

  • Combine an exploration of pristine Greenlandic nature with fascinating Inuit culture
  • Begin and end in Iceland - a great opportunity to explore further
  • The Midnight Sun ensures long days to discover Greenland´s beauty
  • Voyage to lovely Disko Bay

The itinerary

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.

Departure July-August 2020

Departs from Reykjavik, Iceland

Like Nowhere Else on Earth

This Greenland expedition cruise offers rich Inuit culture and breathtaking nature. One highlight is the Disko Bay area, where colourful villages cling to rocky hills surrounding the inland ice. In fact, 80% of this amazing country is covered by ice, creating a truly unique Greenland climate. Together, we will explore long fjords, lush meadows and we hope to encounter whales, seals and sea birds along the way.

`Kalaallit Nunaat´ - Land of the People

Our itinerary is designed to help you discover the amazing Greenland geography under the Midnight Sun and meet the people that call this wilderness home. On this adventurous Greenland holiday, we will explore rarely-visited settlements and lively towns, and you can discover the many things to do in Nuuk.

Close to Natural Wonders

Our landings, excursions and optional activities such as kayaking and hiking give you the chance to get out and explore world-famous natural treasures like the UNESCO World Heritage Site Ilulissat Icefjord.

Here, massive icebergs emerge from the enormous Sermeq Kujalleq glacier, a part of the Greenlandic inland ice sheet.

These are just some of the reasons to visit Greenland, but our expedition cruise adds a bonus by beginning and ending in fascinating Iceland, giving you a great opportunity to explore the land of fire and ice before or after your voyage.

Day 1: Reykjavik, Iceland

Capital of Iceland

Embarkation - Full day

Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city. Norse settlers named the place Reykjavik (meaning 'Smoky Bay') after the columns of steam that rose from the hot springs in the area. The surroundings offer fantastic natural beauty with geysers, mountains, glaciers and geothermal baths that are well worth exploring before embarking on MS Fridtjof Nansen.

Day 2-3: At sea

Crossing the Denmark Strait

At Sea

We leave Iceland behind and sail across the Irminger Sea. This crossing was used by the Vikings to migrate from Iceland to Greenland some 1,000 years ago.
Enjoy introductory lectures on local history and biology and get to know with our innovative expedition ship.

Day 4: Qaqortoq

`Kalaallit Nunaat´ – Land of the People

Full day

Many consider Qaqortoq one of the most beautiful towns in Greenland for its colourful houses and lovely setting. The biggest town in South Greenland, with some 3.000 inhabitants, Qaqortoq is easy to explore on foot, or you can join one of our excursions to get even more insight into local culture.

Day 5: Kvanefjord area

Exploration Day

We discover the beautiful region of Kvanefjord near Paamiut by sailing deep into the fjord on this exploration day. Our experienced captain will take advantage of the conditions to identify landing sites for onshore walks, locate places to launch our kayaks, scout ideal communities to visit, or find the best spots to scan for wildlife.

Day 6: Maniitsoq

The Venice of Greenland

Half day

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 provides an introduction to the town´s rich history and culture. 

Day 7: Sisimiut

`Where There are Fox Dens’

Full day

Sisimiut is situated 40 km north of the Arctic Circle. The name means `the people living in a place where there are 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

Full day

Ilulissat is set in the stunning scenery of the Ilulissat Icefjord 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 glaciers in the world. Join one of our many excursions here.

Day 9: Camp Frieda

Named After Expedition Team Member Friederike Bronny

Full day

We visit a location near Saqqaq that was without an official name until 2013. The place is special to us, as it has been named after one of our former Expedition Team members. We land at the beach to explore this most northerly destination of our voyage, in breathtaking landscape and Arctic flora.

Day 10: Evighed Fjord (Eternal Fjord)

Exploration Day

Today´s exploration will take us to the meandering Evighed Fjord, surrounded by tall mountains (up to 2,000 m (6,600 ft.) in height. Conditions of the day will determine the final program and the range of activities we will offer.

Day 11: Nuuk

The Vibrant Capital of Greenland

Full day

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.

Day 12: Ivittuut

Musk Oxen and a Norse Settlement

Half day

The abandoned town of Ivittuut is a stronghold for musk oxen. More than a thousand years ago, Vikings settled the area, but left no written records behind. Archaeologists believe this was the last Norse settlement in Greenland to be established, and the first to be abandoned.

Day 13: Prins Christian Sund Region

Exploration Day

Prince Christian Sound separates mainland Greenland from Sammisoq and the Cape Farewell Archipelago. If conditions allow, we will sail through this narrow channel and enjoy the spectacular scenery here. If the channel is blocked with ice, we will sail around Nunap Isua (Cape Farewell).

Day 14-15: Irminger Sea - Denmark Strait

Heading Back to Iceland

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.

Day 16: Reykjavik, Iceland

The Stylish Capital of Iceland


You arrive 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 stay longer to enjoy the city and its surroundings.

Arrival July-September 2020

Location Reykjavik, Iceland
What's included


  • Hurtigruten Expedition Cruise in cabin grade of your choice


  • rich program of included activities on all voyages designed to immerse you in the destinations you visit, including small boat cruising and onshore exploration with the Expedition Team  
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team - an international handpicked team of highly educated experts of various academic fields with profound knowledge of the region we sail in  
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant jacket   
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities  


  • In-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology or culture that provide context to your voyage and help you understand the destinations you will experience  
  • Explorer Science programme, with educational and Citizen Science activities that let you learn about the sights you’ll see while contributing to research
  •  Introduction photo lecture, camera adjustment and tips & tricks, photo and film footage from the voyage shared in an Expedition Logbook
  • Casual opportunities to engage with the Expedition Team and other guests, including a welcome event, daily gatherings to recap the day and prepare for the day to come
  • Opportunities to dine and interact with the Expedition Team and officers  
  • Destination-focused onboard library  
  • Port presentations providing destination insight
  • farewell event  


  • All meals including beverages (ship beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all restaurants)
  • Coffee and tea included throughout the day
  • Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Fredheim restaurant meals included 
  • A la carte restaurant (only for suite guests) 
  • Gym, hot tubs and panoramic sauna
  • Rejuvenating wellness areas with separate treatment rooms, infinity pool, outdoor gym, running track 
  • Free Wi-fi on board for all guests. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • No gratuities expected   


  • International flights 
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners  
  • Optional small-group adventures with our Expedition Team such as kayaking, long hikes (availability pending weather conditions and safety)  
  • Travel insurance  
  •  Luggage handling 


  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
Life on board

Your ship: MS Fridtjof Nansen

Our brand new, state of the art expedition ship MS Fridtjof Nansen serves as a comfortable basecamp at sea – bringing you to spectacular destinations in the most sustainable way.

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