Disko Bay – The Heart of Greenland (Itinerary 2)

Disko Bay – The Heart of Greenland (Itinerary 2)

Travel information 14 days MS Fridtjof Nansen
8 August 2021
Price from
$ 10614
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • Discover and explore the western coast of Greenland around Disko Bay
  • Have your breath taken away by the Arctic scenery of icebergs and glaciers
  • Meet the welcoming people of Greenland and learn about Inuit culture
  • Visit the stunning Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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.

Disko Bay – The Heart of Greenland (Itinerary 2)
  • Day 1
    Reykjavik, Iceland

    Capital of Iceland

    Reykjavik is the northernmost capital city in the world. The name means 'Smokey Bay', so called because of the columns of steam that rise from the many hot springs in the area. It is well worth booking a Pre-Programme to explore the surrounding geysers, mountains, glaciers and geothermal baths before embarking MS Fridtjof Nansen.

    Day 1
    Reykjavik, Iceland

    Capital of Iceland

  • Day 2-3
    At sea

    Crossing the Denmark Strait

    We leave Iceland behind and sail across the Irminger Sea. This is the same crossing that was used by the Vikings to migrate from Iceland to Greenland some 1,000 years ago.
    Enjoy introductory lectures on local history and biology for insights into the upcoming destinations.

    Day 2-3
    At sea

    Crossing the Denmark Strait

  • Day 4
    Prins Christian Sund

    Narrow Channel with Spectacular Scenery

    The long fjord is surrounded by mountains that reach over 1,200 metres (3,900 ft), and up to 2,220 metres (7,280 ft) high. Many glaciers go straight into its waters where they calve icebergs of all shapes, shades, and sizes. If the channel is blocked with ice, we will sail around Nunap Isua (Cape Farewell) instead.

    Day 4
    Prins Christian Sund

    Narrow Channel with Spectacular Scenery

  • Day 5

    Picture-Perfect Greenlandic Town

    Many consider Qaqortoq one of the most beautiful towns in Greenland for its colourful houses and photogenic setting. It is the biggest town in South Greenland, with some 3,000 inhabitants, but still easy to explore on foot. You can also join one of our excursions to get even more insight into local culture.

    • Included Qaqortoq - Great Lake Walk
    Day 5

    Picture-Perfect Greenlandic Town

  • Day 6

    Long Forgotten Viking Settlement

    According to archaeologists, Vikings settled in this area more than a thousand years ago, but didn’t remain. Ivittuut is believed to be the last Norse settlement in Greenland, but first to be abandoned. Nowadays, the only inhabitants that might appear in the town are wandering muskoxen which normally graze in the nearby plains.

    Day 6

    Long Forgotten Viking Settlement

  • Day 7

    Exploration day Kvanefjord

    We discover the beautiful region of Paamiut by sailing deep into Kvanefjord. Our experienced captain and Expedition Leader will take advantage of the current weather and ice conditions to identify our activity for the day. This could be a hike ashore for a scenic view of the area, or possibly small-boat cruising or kayaking.

    Day 7

    Exploration day Kvanefjord

  • Day 8

    Capital of Greenland

    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 highlight is the National Museum - home to the famous mummies of Qilakitsoq.

    • Included Nuuk - Shuttle & Museum visit
    Day 8

    Capital of Greenland

  • Day 9

    The Venice of Greenland

    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 charts the town´s rich history and culture. 

    Day 9

    The Venice of Greenland

  • Day 10

    `The People Living in a Place of Fox Dens’

    Sisimiut is the second largest town in Greenland, situated 40 km north of the Arctic Circle. It is a modern, growing settlement with a history that goes back 4,500 years. For example, its name means `The People Living in a Place of Fox Dens´. There are a variety of optional excursions to discover the area. 

    • Included Sisimiut - Kayak Demo and Museum visit
    Day 10

    `The People Living in a Place of Fox Dens’

  • Day 11

    Where Icebergs are Born

    This small town is set in the stunning scenery of the Ilulissat Icefjord UNESCO 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-moving glaciers in the world. Join one of our many excursions here.

    • Included Ilulissat - Walk to the Icefjords
    Day 11

    Where Icebergs are Born

  • Day 12
    Area Arctic Circle

    Exploration Day Arctic Circle

    This day is dedicated to an area or activity around the Arctic Circle, at the discretion of the captain together with the Expedition Team and depending on the local conditions at the time. We might explore a nearby settlement, go on a hike, or find the perfect site for a small boat cruise. You can be sure that whatever we decide do, it will be a memorable part of your Arctic adventure.

    Day 12
    Area Arctic Circle

    Exploration Day Arctic Circle

  • Day 13

    See the Ice Sheet Up Close

    Returning to Kangerlussuaq, we take a trip to the Reindeer Glacier at the Greenland Ice Cap, stretching 1,500 miles north and reaching heights of up to 3,200 metres above sea level. After disembarking, enjoy a farewell barbecue at Lake Ferguson before transferring to the airport for a late evening flight to Copenhagen.

    Day 13

    See the Ice Sheet Up Close

  • Day 14
    Copenhagen, Denmark

    Capital of Denmark

    Arrive at Copenhagen airport early in the morning from where you can head home. Or, extend your trip to explore this trendy capital; its royal history, modern architecture, sustainable living, and world-class restaurant scene. Come and find out why the city regularly tops the charts as one of the happiest places to live.

    Day 14
    Copenhagen, Denmark

    Capital of Denmark


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What's included

Included in your voyage


  • Flight in economy class from Kangerlussuaq to Copenhagen


  • Transfer from ship to airport in Kangerlussuaq agter the Expedition cruise including an excursion towards Ice Cap and BBQ dinner

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 restaurants Aune and Fredheim
  • 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, infinity pool, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and outdoor running track
  • 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
  • Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area


  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please ensure you meet all visa entry requirements
  • No gratuities expected
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Pool area on MS Fridtjof Nansen
Photo: Oscar Farrera
Science Center
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

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MS Fridtjof Nansen

Year built 2020
Shipyard Kleven Yards, Norway
Passenger capacity 530 (500 in Antarctica)
Gross tonnage 20 889 T
Length 140 m
Beam 23,6 m
Speed 15 knots
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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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