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Greenland and Disko Bay 2021

Greenland and Disko Bay 2021

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Traveling by sea is a magnificent way to experience Greenland. The places most worth seeing are situated along the dramatic coast line: small and colourful houses situated on the steep mountains sides down to a fjord, giant glaciers producing enormous icebergs, whilst whales and seals play in the sea.

The people of Greenland live along the coast in small towns and settlements – at summer only accessible from the sea. Their culture, architecture and living conditions are enriched and limited by the harsh nature of the Arctic. On our town visits, you will have opportunities to meet the hospitable Greenlanders and learn more about the Inuit culture.

Flying in from Keflavík to the airport of Kangerlussuaq, we embark the ship and head for the colourful town of Sisimiut. Then further to the small settlement of Qeqertarsuaq on Disko Island. Here we can experience the age-old “Kaffemik” tradition in the community house. On the southward voyage we visit the calving glacier at Eqip Sermia, the town of Ilulissat, Iceberg Capital of the World, and the settlement Itelleq to experience Inuit hunting culture. Back in Kangerlussuaq we disembark Ocean Atlantic and enjoy a bus tour to the Icecap before flying back to Keflavík and Iceland.

Unforgettable experiences await you in Greenland!

Ship: Ocean Atlantic
Duration: 6 days

 6 Days Greenland with Disko Bay
DEPARTURE
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HIGHLIGHTS

• Experience immense icebergs
• Discover Greenland’s beauty under the midnight sun
• Learn more about the inuit culture
• Sail into Disko Bay

Day 1

ICELAND – KANGERLUSSUAQ. EMBARKATION.

We board our charter flight in Keflavík bound for Kangerlussuaq.

Upon arrival in Kangerlussuaq in Greenland, we will be transported to the small port located west of the airport, where our ship, Ocean Atlantic, will be anchored. Zodiacs will transfer us the short distance to the ship, where you will be checked in to your outside cabin. After the safety drill, you will enjoy a dinner as Ocean Atlantic ‘sets sail’ through the 160-kilometre Kangerlussuaq fjord.

Day 2

SISIMIUT, GREENLAND’S SECOND-LARGEST CITY.

After breakfast, we arrive to the colourful town of Sisimiut, where we will get an idea of what modern Greenland looks like. With 5,400 inhabitants, it is considered Greenland’s second ‘city’. People have lived around Sisimiut on and off since 2,500 BC.

In 1756, Count Johan Ludvig Holstein, established a colony here and called it “Holsteinsborg”. The oldest part of Sisimiut’s historic quarter features town houses from this “Holsteinsborg” era, and the oldest house in town dates back to 1756. One of the most culturally significant buildings is the Blue Church, built in 1775.

Nowadays, Sisimiut is an important place for education and industry, and local factories process the bulk of Royal Greenland’s fishing. The fish processing plant is one of the largest of its kind in Greenland, and one of the most modern in the world.

Our city tour highlights include the historic colonial quarter, as well as the museum and the beautiful church. Additionally, we will pay a visit to the busy city centre for a glimpse of what daily life is like in 21st century Greenland. In the afternoon, our voyage will continue northward.

 

Day 3

QEQERTARSUAQ ON DISKO ISLAND, ‘KAFFEMIK’ IN A COMMUNITY CENTRE AND EQIP SERMIA GLACIER.

Our next sojourn lies on the southern tip of the Disko Island, where Ocean Atlantic will anchor in a protected natural harbour, which is named Godhavn (‘Good Harbour’) in Danish, while its Greenlandic name, Qeqertarsuaq, means ‘The Big Island’.

Although topographically quite different from mainland Greenland due to the basalt characteristics of the Disko Island’s mountains, Qeqertarsuaq maintains a long, rich history and once served as one of the country’s important economic centres. From the 16th century, the community was relatively prosperous and, in fact, considered the most important town north of Nuuk until the mid-1900s, due in part to the area’s sizeable whale hunting population.

During our visit, we will wander through town, paying a visit to the characteristic octagonal church, nicknamed “God’s Inkpot”, as well as to a local community center that will be hosting a traditional Greenlandic “kaffemik”, which can be best described as a friendly gathering with coffee, cake and traditional dances and music.

 

Day 4

ILULISSAT, CAPITAL OF THE ICEBERGS.

Ilulissat is possibly the most well located town in Greenland. The name simply means ‘icebergs’ in Greenlandic, and the town’s nickname is rightly ‘the Iceberg Capital’.

In Disko Bay, which is located just off the coast of Ilulissat, gigantic icebergs linger in the freezing waters. These icebergs come from the Icefjord, which is located a half hour’s hike south of Ilulissat. These impressive frozen structures are born some 70km/43,5 miles deeper into the fjord by the enormous Sermeq Kujalleq glacier. This 10km/6 miles-wide glacier is the most productive glacier outside of Antarctica; Whereas most glaciers only calve at a rate of approximately a metre/three feet a day, the Ilulissat glacier calves at a rate of 25m/82 feet per day. The icebergs produced by the glacier represent more than 10% of all icebergs in Greenland, corresponding to 20 million tonnes/22 million us tons of ice per day!

Day 5

THE SETTLEMENT OF SARFANNGUIT.

The settlement of Sarfannguit, which translates into ‘the place of the little stream” an appropriate name for a settlement nestled at the foothills of the mountains and glaciers in the distant backcountry. The settlement’s slightly more than 100 residents live off hunting, trapping and fishing, most often in pursuit of arctic char, reindeer and musk oxen.

 

Although Sarfannguit is quite remote, it lies within a few hours from Sisimiut, the second-largest town in Greenland. The accessibility to such a large town provides an indispensable economic benefit to a small community like Sarfannguit.

Day 6

KANGERLUSSUAQ. AIR TO ICELAND.

During the night, we will have completed our passage through the 160-kilometer/100 mile Kangerlussuaq Fjord. After breakfast aboard the ship, we will bid farewell to the ship’s staff and the Zodiac boats will shuttle us to shore.

Due to Kangerlussuaq’s military history and present-day role as an important air travel hub, Kangerlussuaq remains fairly isolated from Greenland’s rich cultural traditions, in comparison to other regions. While you still find cultural experiences when visiting Kangerlussuaq, the most impressive attraction is the surrounding nature, which is just beckoning to be explored.

It is not difficult for one to see that Kangerlussuaq’s landscape has largely been shaped by the last glaciation period, often known simply as the “Ice Age,” some 18,000 years ago. The mountains are rounded and soft, and many meltwater lakes remain. From the inland ice sheet, best known as the Greenland Ice Sheet, the meltwater cuts its way through the porous moraine landscape and flows into Kangerlussuaq Fjord.

INCLUSIONS

  • English-speaking guides.
  • Flights Keflavík – Kangerlussuaq round trip.
  • Local transport in Kangerlussuaq on day 1.
  • City tours in Sisimiut, Qeqertarsuaq,and Ilulissat.
  • Museum visits in Sisimiut, Qeqertarsuaq and Ilulissat.
  • Church visits in Qeqertarsuaq and Ilulissat.
  • ‘Kaffemik’  visit in Qeqertarsuaq.
  • Briefings and talks by tour leaders.
  • 5-day cruise in a shared outside double suite with bathroom/toilet.
  • Full board on the ship.
  • Coffee, tea and water on the ship.
  • Taxes and tariffs.
  • Guiding and lectures by our experienced expedition leader and team
  • Special photo workshop
  • Welcome and farewell cocktails
  • Digital visual journal link after voyage, including voyage log, gallery, species list and more!

EXCLUSIONS

  • Extra optional excursions.
  • Single room supplement and cabin upgrades.
  • Meals not on board ship.
  • Beverages other than coffee, tea and water.
  • Tips for ship crew (approx. 13.5 USD per day per participant).
  • Personal expenses.

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