MS Fridtjof Nansen
16 days

Disko Bay – The Heart of Greenland

Price from
£ 5620
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
MS Fridtjof Nansen
16 days

Disko Bay – The Heart of Greenland

Price from
£ 5620
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
  • Day 1
    Reykjavik, Iceland

    Capital of Iceland

    Estimated time of departure is 20:00

    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
    Qaqortoq

    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.

    Day 4
    Qaqortoq

    Picture-Perfect Greenlandic Town

  • Day 5
    Kvanefjord

    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 5
    Kvanefjord

    Exploration day Kvanefjord

  • Day 6
    Maniitsoq

    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 6
    Maniitsoq

    The Venice of Greenland

  • Day 7
    Sisimiut

    `Where There are Fox Dens’

    Sisimiut is situated 40 km north of the Arctic Circle. The name means `The People Living in a Place of 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 7
    Sisimiut

    `Where There are Fox Dens’

  • Day 8
    Ilulissat

    Icefjord - UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Ilulissat 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.

    Day 8
    Ilulissat

    Icefjord - UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Day 9
    Vaigat Sound

    Exploration day Vaigat Sound

    We now arrive at the northernmost point in our itinerary. There are several excellent landing sites in Vaigat Sound offering breathtaking landscape and Arctic flora. Our experienced captain and Expedition Leader will take advantage of the current weather and ice conditions to identify our activity for the day.

    Day 9
    Vaigat Sound

    Exploration day Vaigat Sound

  • Day 10
    Evighed Fjord

    Exploration Day

    On one side of the meandering Evighed Fjord is an ice cap that often crashes massive chunks of ice into the water. Around us are the highest mountains in West Greenland with peaks, up to 2,000 m (6,600 ft.) in height, sometimes swirling with mist. Conditions on the day will determine the final programme and the range of activities on offer by the Expedition Team.

    Day 10
    Evighed Fjord

    Exploration Day

  • Day 11
    Nuuk

    The Vibrant 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 feature is the National Museum - home to the famous mummies of Qilakitsoq.

    Day 11
    Nuuk

    The Vibrant Capital of Greenland

  • Day 12
    Ivittuut

    Muskoxes and a Norse 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 12
    Ivittuut

    Muskoxes and a Norse Settlement

  • Day 13
    Prins Christian Sund

    Prins Christian Sund

    This 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 13
    Prins Christian Sund

    Prins Christian Sund

  • Day 14-15
    Irminger Sea

    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 14-15
    Irminger Sea

    Heading Back to Iceland

  • Day 16
    Reykjavik

    The Stylish Capital of Iceland

    Estimated time of arrival is 06:00

    You arrive back 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 simply extend your stay to enjoy the trendy city and its surrounding geothermal features.

    Day 16
    Reykjavik

    The Stylish Capital of Iceland

Departures

  • 2022
  • Jan
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  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
    25 Jun
  • Jul
    25 Jun
    10 Jul
    25 Jul
  • Aug
    9 Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
25 June 2022
10 July 2022
25 July 2022
9 August 2022

Current offers on this cruise:

  • Flight included

    Book your expedition cruise in 2022-2023 early and your flights from London will be included!
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  • New Season

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What's included

Included in your voyage

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

Notes

  • 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
A large boat in a body of water with a mountain in the background
Pool area on MS Fridtjof Nansen
Photo: Oscar Farrera
Science Center
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

Your ship

MS Fridtjof Nansen

Year built 2020
Ship yard Kleven Yards, Norway
Passenger capacity 530 (500 in Antarctica)
Gross tonnage 20 889 T
Length 140 m
Beam 23,6 m
Speed 15 knots
A large boat in a body of water with a mountain in the background

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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