MS Fridtjof Nansen
13 days

Greenland – The Ultimate Fjord and National Park Expedition

Price from
£ 4941
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
MS Fridtjof Nansen
13 days

Greenland – The Ultimate Fjord and National Park Expedition

Price from
£ 4941
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Greenland - The Ultimate Fjord and National Park Expedition
Departure
24 August 2022
  • Join an epic expedition cruise from Iceland to eastern Greenland
  • Explore the rarely-visited eastern coastline of Greenland and meet the locals here
  • See spectacular scenery in the largest national park and the largest fjord in the world
  • Chances of spotting a range of Arctic wildlife, including whales and polar bears

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Itinerary

We depart Iceland and head into the extremely remote eastern coast of Greenland which is almost uninhabited. Here, we spend our days exploring the largest national park and the largest fjord in the world, keeping watch for a range of Arctic wildlife such as seals, muskoxen and Arctic foxes and whales. Leaving these massive landscapes behind, we return to Iceland.
Day 1
Reykjavik, Iceland
Capital of Iceland
Iceland´s modern Harpa concert hall.
Iceland´s modern Harpa concert hall.
Photo: Genna Roland

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.

Iceland´s modern Harpa concert hall.
Iceland´s modern Harpa concert hall.
Photo: Genna Roland
Stroll the colourful streets of the capital.
Stroll the colourful streets of the capital.
Photo: Genna Roland
A small boat in a large body of water
Scan for avian life in the Denmark Strait.
Scan for avian life in the Denmark Strait.
Photo: Simon Bottomley
Day 2
At sea
Crossing the Denmark Strait
A small boat in a large body of water

Learn how to protect the great wilderness, both during our expedition and in the future, as part of the mandatory safety and sustainability briefing. Check out the onboard Science Center to learn more about the wildlife and ecosystems of the Arctic.  

Explore a stunning landscape of sea, ice and shore.
Day 3-7
Scoresbysund fjord
Largest Fjord on Earth
Day 3-7
Scoresbysund fjord
Largest Fjord on Earth
Explore a stunning landscape of sea, ice and shore.
Explore a stunning landscape of sea, ice and shore.
Photo: Andy Brunner

Heading south, we will attempt a landing at the entrance to the Scoresbysund fjord. This is the world’s largest fjord system which extends 350 km inland and 600 m deep. It offers spectacular scenery: white and blue icebergs float in the still waters of the fjord, surrounded by bare green brown mountains.

The fjord’s steep basalt mountains, some reaching up to 2,000 m not only create a stunning backdrop, but also provide shelter from the winds. Add this to the availability of open water in the wide fjord mouth, and areas of water which do not freeze even in winter, and it explains why the fjord has become a haven for an unusual abundance of Greenlandic wildlife.

You might be able to spot muskox, Arctic foxes, mountain hares, and even reindeer. Little auks, Atlantic puffins, fulmars, snowy owls, the Greenlandic gyrfalcon, and great black-backed gulls are just some of the bird species that can be admired in the skies above. Various species of seal dominate the shores and the clear waters below. Keep on the look-out also for Atlantic walrus, narwhal, beluga whales, and the rare bowhead whale.

Tiny settlements cling to beautiful shores.
Tiny settlements cling to beautiful shores.
Photo: Annie Spratt
Iceberg in Greenland.
Day 8-11
North East Greenland National Park
The Largest National Park in the World
A group of people standing next to a body of water
Our landings, excursions and optional activities such as kayaking and hiking give you the chance to get out and explore world-famous natural treasures.
Photo: Dominic Barrington
Scan for mighty musk oxen.
Scan for mighty musk oxen.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 8-11
North East Greenland National Park
The Largest National Park in the World
Iceberg in Greenland.
Iceberg in Greenland.
Photo: Luca Baggi

We begin our exploration of the largest national park in the world, which is also the least visited national park in the world. Only a small number of expeditions are permitted to visit the park over its very short summer season. Thanks to our expertise and experience here, we are always one of them.

Apart from trapper huts, some science research stations, and two military outposts, there are no traces of human life here. The only others we might be lucky to meet are the Sirius Patrol park rangers who supervise the area on dog-sleds.

Once inside the park, there are large fjords, giant icebergs, alpine landscapes, hanging glaciers, and vertical granite cliffs reaching as far as the eye can see. The likes of hares, muskoxen and Arctic foxes roam the coasts and tundra in the summertime. They are usually spread out across this enormous region, making it a real highlight if we do manage to spot one or more of them.

The captain and Expedition Leader will assess the ice conditions and choose the best locations for landings accordingly. You can also participate in exciting optional activities such as kayaking and long guided hikes.

Day 12
Irminger Sea
Heading Back to Iceland
Relax on deck and learn from the Expedition Team.
Relax on deck and learn from the Expedition Team.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

After exploring exhilarating Greenland, we set course back to Iceland. Spend the day 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.

Relax on deck and learn from the Expedition Team.
Relax on deck and learn from the Expedition Team.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Fascinating talks in the Science Center and on deck.
Fascinating talks in the Science Center and on deck.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Thingvellir Pingvellir.
Thingvellir Pingvellir.
Photo: Lauren Smith
The Harpa concert hall is a gem of modern Reykjavik.
The Harpa concert hall is a gem of modern Reykjavik.
Photo: Genna Roland
Experience the heat of Strokkur geysir on a Post-programme.
Experience the heat of Strokkur geysir on a Post-programme.
Photo: Shutterstock
Day 13
Reykjavik
The Stylish Capital of Iceland
The Harpa concert hall is a gem of modern Reykjavik.
The Harpa concert hall is a gem of modern Reykjavik.
Photo: Genna Roland

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, or simply extend your stay to enjoy the city and its surroundings before you head home.

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.
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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 restaurant Aune
  • 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, panoramic sauna, indoor gym
  • 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

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Medical questionnaire is mandatory
  • 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

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
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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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