Greenland

– The beautiful land of contrasts
The abandoned mining town of Ivittuut
  • True Arctic expedition
    With our expertise in Arctic waters, we will show you the best of incredible Greenland under the Midnight Sun.
  • Isolated beauty
    Experience some of the most beautiful scenery in the world - amazing icebergs, fjords, and a rich wildlife.
  • Unique cultural experiences
    Get to know the rich cultural traditions, meet the fascinating Inuit people and visit their colourful settlements.
  • Sustainable adventure
    Our expedition cruises are created with sustainability as a priority – protecting wildlife, supporting local communities, and the future of our planet.
The abandoned mining town of Ivittuut
See the structure of the ice up close, hear the sound and feel the cold streaming out

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Explore Greenland

Discover some of the possible landing sites you may visit on an expedition cruise to Greenland.

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Explore Greenland

Discover some of the possible landing sites you may visit on an expedition cruise to Greenland.

  • 1

    Camp Frieda

    Beathtaking scenery and Arctic flora await near Camp Frieda. The place is actually named after Friederike Bronny, a member of the Hurtigruten Expedition Team.

  • 2

    Ilulissat

    Brightly coloured houses are surrounded by icebergs in the third largest town in Greenland, located at the entrance to the stunning Ilulissat Icefjord World Heritage Site.

  • 3

    Disko Bay

    Discover charming settlements, icebergs and rich wildlife in this historically important bay - one of the best spots in Greenland for whale watching.

  • 4

    Sisimiut

    is 40 km north of the Arctic Circle, and is the second-largest town in Greenland.

  • 5

    Nuuk

    is Greenland’s capital, situated at the mouth of one of the most spectacular fjord systems in the world.

  • 6

    Ivittuut

    is a good location to scan for herds of powerful musk oxen in ruggedly beautiful Arctic landscape.

  • 7

    Qaqortoq

    is considered one of the most beautiful towns in Greenland.

  • 8

    Crossing the Denmark Strait

    The Irminger Sea was used by the Vikings to migrate from Iceland to Greenland 1,000 years ago.

  • 9

    Reykjavik

    is the world’s northernmost capital city. Settlers named the place ‘Smoky Bay’ after the columns of steam rising from local hot springs.

Your Expedition Team

Our experts are here to safeguard both explorers and the pristine environment. They serve as your invaluable hosts throughout your expedition cruise.

Leading and teaching

During your discovery of Greenland, your Expedition Team will lead the way on short hikes and guided landscape explorations, flora and fauna spotting, cultural site visits, community walks and small boat cruises.

“Some of my favourite experiences on expedition cruises are getting sprayed by a humpback whale and sighting polar bears from a close but safe distance.”

– Steffen, Expedition Team Leader

Explore Greenland

Visit Qassiarsuk, where Erik the Red had his estate Brattahlíð at the end of the 10th century

Greenland is a land of contrasts. Colossal icebergs calve from the inland ice sheet against a backdrop of green mountains, long fjords, beautiful wild flowers and a variety of animal life such as sea mammals, game, birds and fish. Still, the Greenlandic name of the world’s biggest island provides the best description of what Greenland is all about: Kalaallit Nunaat - the “Land of the people”.

Visit Qassiarsuk, where Erik the Red had his estate Brattahlíð at the end of the 10th century

Man and nature

The fine-tuned interaction between man and nature, as illustrated by the traditional lives of hunters in small isolated communities, are reflected in the language, music, myths, clothing and food.

Like no other polar destination, Greenland offers close interaction and unique cultural experiences along with breathtaking nature.

Ilulissat Icefjord

The total area of Greenland is over 2.1 million square kilometres although ice covers over 80% of the island. Here you find the most productive glacier in the Northern hemisphere. It produces up to 10% of all the icebergs in Greenland – with its massive glacier front feeding a 40 kilometre long fiord packed with sculptural icebergs.

The town of Ilulissat, on the Icefjord, is on the UNESCO world heritage list.

Close encounters

With Hurtigruten you can choose among a variety of expedition sailings on the MS Fram. We cooperate with local suppliers to give you an even closer encounter with the nature, wildlife, culture and history of Greenland. This includes both on board meetings with the local Inuit and visits to Greenlandic communities and settlements as regular parts of the programme.