the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
thrilling Zodiac-cruises to glaciers, among icebergs, and along rugged
to remarkable viewpoints that offer sweeping vistas across fjords,
valleys and soaring mountain peaks
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in Greenland’s capital, Nuuk and transfer to your hotel. Upon
arrival at your included hotel, kindly remind hotel check-in staff to
provide you with Aurora Expeditions cabin tags. Please clearly label
the tags with your name and ship cabin number. The remainder of the day
is at leisure.
Hotel Hans Egede (or similar)
2: Embark the Greg Mortimer
northernmost capital in the world, Nuuk was founded in 1728 by the
Norwegian missionary Hans Egede, and has more than 17,000 inhabitants.
The centre of Greenland lies at the mouth of its very own fjord system,
on the mid-west coast of Greenland. The fjord system, is the second
largest fjord system in the world and is one of the country’s
an introductory tour, discover Nuuk’s contrasting
architecture from beautiful old buildings to colourful houses
– one of Nuuk’s trademarks, with the
brightly-coloured houses providing a stark to the rocks or white winter
snow. Stop by the newly renovated and roof-covered "brættet",
where the day's catch of seal, birds and fish are sold. Other
attractions in the town include the award-winning culture centre
Katuaq, City Hall, the cathedral from 1849, as well as the National
Museum, located down by the colonial buildings at the old harbor, with
a stunning view over the fjord. The museum was established in 1966 and
became Greenland's National Museum and Archives, offering a unique
ethnographical collection. Discover the famous mummies and costumes
from Qilakitsoq in northwest Greenland, as well as the
world’s oldest and almost complete intact skin boat the
Pearyland Umiaq, whose well-preserved remains are estimated to date
back to the 1470s.
afternoon, embark the Greg Mortimer to commence your voyage.
3 – 10: Exploring Greenland’s West Coast
the coming days, you will discover the immense beauty of West
Greenland, and in true expeditionary style, we’ll keep our
itinerary flexible as weather and sea ice determine where we go, what
we do and see. We plan to visit the following places and hope for a few
north of Maniitsoq town, this beautiful fjord offers numerous glaciers,
Zodiac cruises through bergy bits, mountainous landscapes and perhaps a
chance to hike or kayak under Greenland’s impressive peaks.
second largest town, Sisimiut is the only place in Greenland that has
an open-air public swimming pool and the town is famous for the old
blue church with the gate made of whale jaws, which is located next to
the cosy little museum, featuring a reconstruction of an Inuit turf
house. Sisimiut offers hiking trails with various degrees of
difficulty. The easier trails take you through town itself and its
outskirts as well as into the mountains, where you will find
spectacular vantage points.
is located approximately 54 kilometres/33.5 miles north of the Arctic
Circle, meaning that during summer, you can experience midnight sun in
here. Approximately 4,500 years ago, the Saqqaq culture arrived from
Canada and settled in the area. They lived here for about 2,000 years,
after which they mysteriously disappeared from the town. The Dorset
culture arrived around AD 500 and stayed until the 1200s until they
were replaced by the Thule culture, and today, the majority of the
population of Sisimiut are descendants of the Thule culture.
museum in Sisimiut allows you to experience local history as well as
some cultural historical treats, exhibiting early life in Greenland.
The town also has a cultural centre - Taseralik Arts Centre, where you
can experience concerts, plays, films and much more, and its
café offers a great views.
Qaqqaa – The Priest Mountain
one of the more challenging hikes offered to cruise expeditioners
visiting Greenland. Palasip Qaqqaa is a 550 metres / 1,805 feet high
mountain a few kilometres from downtown Sisimiut. The tour begins at
the harbor where you are transported by bus to the starting point of
the hike.The first part of the hike is along a small river with fresh
drinking water, so remember a drinking bottle. During the hike you will
see the local flora, perhaps encounter foxes, grouse and eagles are
also present. If you’re lucky you might even come across musk
oxen. Throughout the hike, you will be rewarded with stunning views of
Sisimiut and at the top, there is a fantastic view of town and the
surrounding fjords and the sea.
The hike is steep in parts so a reasonable amount of fitness is
required. The hike is along a pathway.
the weather can change quickly so bring a light jacket. Hiking boots
are necessary and mosquito repellent is strongly recommended.
is renowned for mountainous icebergs drifting from one of the most
productive glaciers in the northern hemisphere an out into the Disko
Bay. A short distance south of town is the mindblowing Ilulissat
Icefjord, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004, and home of
one of the most actively calving glaciers in the world, Sermeq Kujalleq
(also known as Jacobshavn glacier). Sermeq Kujalleq produces about 20
million tonnes of ice each day, all floating into the Ilulissat
Icefjord and Disko Bay. Ilulissat is the third largest town
municipality in Greenland with more than 5,000 inhabitants.
Glacier is the most productive glacier, not only in Greenland, but in
the northern hemisphere. The glacier is seven kilometres wide and more
than a kilometre steep. It produces 43 million tonnes of ice and moves
about 50 metres /164 feet a day. It is an amazing sight to see this
enormous amount of ice and experience the awe-inspiring power of nature.
permitting, enjoy a Zodiac cruise at the mouth of the fjord and kayak
through sea ice and icebergs. More than 40 million ton of ice flows out
into the fjord 24 hours a day, resulting in gigantic icebergs that can
be in excess of 100 metres on each side with a height of more than 100
metres above the water surface. These giants often become stranded at
the end of the fjord, providing excellent opportunities to sail among
them - an exceptional experience and certainly a highlight for many
visitors to West Greenland.
in Greenland generally is mostly done on rugged unmarked tracks.
However, in Ilulissat there are a few well-marked routes that take you
along the Icefjord. An easy hike to the old settlement at the Icefjord
takes about 30-45 minutes from the centre of town, leading to a
fantastic spot at the edge of the Icefjord where a former settlement
was situated. Different Inuit cultures have lived here during the last
4,000 years, and today you can still find artefacts, which witness
their presence. Hear the story about the life and the customs of the
Greenlanders before the Europeans´ arrival; see the ruins,
the kitchen mitten, and fell the permafrost with your own hands.The
route to the edge has a walkway and when you reach the edge of the
icefjord you can walk up a little hill for an even more breathtaking
view. However, a moderate level of fitness and balance is required to
summit the small hill as the terrain is rugged.
helicopter flight: this excursion is the only way you can get close to
the gigantic glacier. The 10-seater helicopter takes off from Ilulissat
Airport and flies as low as safely possible, crossing hills, lakes and
ice fjords. We land on the mountain at Kangia, in the middle of the
preserved area, and for 30 minutes, you can revel in the incredible
surroundings. We fly above the edge of the glacier and the icebergs in
the fjord on the ride back to Ilulissat. Some of the biggest icebergs
strand on a moraine underneath the water just outside the town, and it
makes a wonderful finale to this excursion.
approximately 90 minutes
Sermia (Eqi the calving glacier):
only by sea, Eqi glacier is located 80 kilometres north of Ilulissat.
It’s one of the most active glaciers in Greenland. Although
it’s smaller than Sermeq Kujalleq glacier in Ilulissat,
it’s more accessible, and if ice conditions permit,
we’ll Zodiac cruise within safe distance, waiting for chunks
of ice to calve, and hearing the deafening crash of the ice breaking
off followed by the huge splash when it hits the water – an
experience you won’t soon forget. We may land our Zodiacs on
a moraine and walk close to the glacier.
Inland Ice Sheet is made of snow and when densely packed, it becomes
ice. This procedure puts pressure on the air between the snow flakes
and results in air bubbles. When the glacier calves, the air is
released and this is what creates the explosion-like sounds. The
oxygen-rich ice is a food resource for many animals; cormorants,
guillemots, kittiwakes and the rare praise gull is often seen nearby.
Seals often live in the ice in front of the glacier and the great eagle
can be spotted in the area. You may also come across grouse, hare and
small arctic fox.
means ”the large island” and it is indeed
Greenland’s largest island. The island lies in the middle of
DiskoBay, about 70 km from the mainland and can be reached in a
day’s sailing. The island is different from the rest of
Greenland due to its volcanic origin. The landscape is characterised by
red-tinged basalt mountains, verdant hilltops, interesting rock figures
and hot springs (not suitable for bathing).
Island is well-known for its beautiful nature, abundant flora and
interesting geology that made geological surveys possible from 1848. In
1906, the “Arctic Station” was founded and it is
now the oldest manned field station in the arctic region. The Arctic
Station conducts arctic research on bio and geo-related problems. With
an area of 8,578 km², it is one of the largest islands in the
world. If we’re lucky, staff from the station may come aboard
and share with you the work they do at the station.
main town of Qeqertarsuaq is also called Qeqertarsuaq, and has about
850 residents. Qeqertarsuaq was founded in 1773 and is beautifully
located by Disko Bay The town is located on a peninsula and has a
natural harbor. From spring to autumn, the area around Disko Island
becomes a meeting ground for large whales such as bowhead whale and
humpback whale – a perfect place for kayaking and Zodiac
cruising for possible whale encounters. In the 17th Century, the first
whaling stations were established on Disko Island and the optimal
fishing areas drew many European whaling expeditions. Being located
nearer to the Arctic Circle, during the summer months, you will see the
midnight sun in Qeqertarsuaq, an experience that you won’t
have south of Sisimiut.
by steep islands, and an endless supply of icebergs from the Qarajaq
Glacier, Uummannaq (meaning “heart-like”) is the
centrepiece of an archipelago where everyday hunting and fishing life
plays out in the middle of one of nature’s grandest creations
in Greenland. As the ship approaches Uummannaq, have your camera ready
and be out on deck as the vista is magnificent. Founded as a Danish
colony in 1758 on the mainland, the settlement was moved five years
later to this nearby island, where seal hunting was more plentiful. As
you wander the town, through the snow and ice, watch out for the
colourful local houses that are so emblematic of Greenland.
iconic heart-shaped mountain of Uummannaq towers over the island, and
the symbol of the heart is an unmistakable landmark for visitors.
Nearby Qilakitsoq, a former settlement, but now an archaeological site,
is famous for the discovery of eight mummified bodies in 1972. The
mummies which date back to 1475 AD, can now be viewed at the Greenland
National Museum in Nuuk. Uummannaq is a great place for Zodiac cruising
to explore the coastline, kayaking and hiking.
summer, this is one of the best places in Greenland to encounter
humpback whales as they converge in large numbers. The mountains around
Qasigiannguit offer excellent hiking opportunities, and the view at the
summit of the town’s most prominent peak, the 450-meter tall
Mount Qaqqarsuaq, is worth the effort.
10: At Sea
we sail back south to Nuuk, keep a lookout for whale blows and the
seabirds that trail our ship in the ever-present Arctic winds. Enjoy
the time to reflect on your recent adventures in Greenland, share and
exchange photos, and soak in the spectacular scenery of West Greenland.
back in Nuuk where you disembark and farewell your crew, expedition
team and fellow travellers. A transfer to downtown or to the airport is
Greg Mortimer (Luxury Expedition, 120-guests)
Capable of negotiating the strongest winds and waves, the Greg Mortimer is built to world-class polar standards. It is designed in close consultation with expedition specialists, taking advantage of Auroras more than 25 years of experience.
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airport transfer to group hotel on day 1
night’s hotel accommodation including breakfast in Nuuk on
day tour in Nuuk on day 2 prior to embarking Greg Mortimer
transfer from ship to airport in Nuuk on Day 11
accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
house wine and soft drinks with dinner
Welcome and Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house
cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
lectures and guiding services from expedition team
access to onboard expedition doctor and medical clinic (initial consult)
waterproof polar expedition jacket
use of muck boots during the voyage
surcharges, permits, and landing fees
or domestic flights to or within Greenland, unless booking flight
not mentioned in the itinerary
arrival or departure taxes
visa, reciprocity and vaccination charges
insurance or emergency evacuation charges
and meals not included in itinerary
excursions not included in the itinerary
items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic
beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry
services, personal clothing, additional medical expenses such as
medication, gratuities, Wi-Fi, email or phone charges.
Kayaking: USD 900
on wildlife, our environment, history and destinations: Free
and mammal spotting: Free