Overview:  Cruise Greenland's West Coast in style aboard the MV Sarfaq Ittuk.  Calling in at several towns and settlements, there will be the chance to explore with guided tours in several stops.

Departures:  Tours begin in Copenhagen every Thursday from 21 June until 30 August 2007

Duration:  10 days, Copenhagen to Copenhagen

Experience Required:  None

Prices per person:
Single cabin:  £3,430
Double cabin:  £2,910
3 bed cabin:  £2,310
4 bed cabin:  £2,120

Price includes: 
- Flights between Copenhagen and Ilulissat, and Narsarsuaq and Copenhagen
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3 nights accommodation in Hotel Arctic (incl. breakfast)
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4 day cruise to Narsarsuaq (half-board, in outside cabin with private facs.)
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2 nights accommodation in Hotel Narsarsuaq (half-board)
- Excursions and meals mentioned in the itinerary
- Local transfers and guiding services

 

 

MV Sarfaq Ittuk, cruising by an iceberg
Colourful Qaqotoq, South Greenland

Details of excursions available in Ilulissat

Details of excursions available in Narsarsuaq

This cruise is also available in a northbound direction, starting from Narsarsuaq.  Northbound Greenland  cruise

     
West Greenland Cruise 2009, from North to South

A beautiful cruise along Greenland's rugged West Coast, taking in some magnificent Arctic scenery and a selection of towns and settlements. 

The trip begins with a stay in Ilulissat, spectacularly situated on the shores of the famous Ice Fjord.  Here, based in the superb Hotel Arctic, a range of exciting excursions are on offer that will help you make the most of your time here.  Our boat, the MV Sarfaq Ittuk, then heads south along the coast making a series of stops at some of West Greenland's settlements, including the capital city Nuuk.  Guided tours are on offer at some of our stops.  Entering South Greenland's fjordlands provides opportunities to visit early Eskimo settlements, as well as impressive Viking ruins.

Exploring Greenland by sea is a great way to get to know the world's largest island.  The cruise is also an opportunity to get to know the Greenlanders, since many of them choose to travel by boat.  Meeting them on board and seeing the busy harbours with families reuniting and young people embarking on great adventures, provide great insights into daily life in Greenland.  Accommodation on board is in outside cabins with private facilities, and with breakfast and dinner provided, allowing you to experience Greenland in style.

 

Itinerary

Thursday

Air Greenland flight from Copenhagen Airport, departing at 1005 and arriving in Kangerlussuaq at 1045.  Lunch served during flight.  After a couple of hours, continue with Air Greenland to Ilulissat and transfer to Hotel Arctic for check-in.  Information meeting followed by a guided walk around Ilulissat.  Dinner at the hotel.  In the evening, embark on a Midnight Cruise to the Ice Fjord. This is a sensational introduction to Greenland - the midnight sun and warm red colours reflecting on the gigantic icebergs is a fantastic sight. Cruise between the icebergs and enjoy a late Martini, with real icebergs clinking in your glass!
Meals:  Lunch on place, and dinner
Accomm:  Hotel Arctic

Friday

A full day excursion to one of Greenland's traditional hunting settlements. Travel by boat to Oqaitsut (Rodebay), which has a population of just 40 people.  They are totally dependent on fishing and hunting - quite a different world compared to the nearby town of Ilulissat. Guided walk through the village before taking lunch at the old trading station.
Meals:  Breakfast
Accomm:  Hotel Arctic

Saturday In the morning, take a trip to Sermermiut.  Travel by road as far as it allows, and then enjoy a beautiful walk along the Ilulissat Ice Fjord to Sermermiut. Here, traces from the four old Eskimo cultures still can be seen. Sermermiut is a fertile valley next to the Ice Fjord - the Arctic flora and great views of the icebergs make this a beautiful spot.  Afternoon free for other excursions.
Meals:  Breakfast
Accomm:  Hotel Arctic
Sunday

The day is at leisure in Ilulissat until an afternoon transfer to the pier for embarkation onto MV Sarfaq Ittuk.  There will be an information meeting on board before our 1700 departure out into the fjords and heading south to begin our cruise of Greenland's West Coast.  As we leave Ilulissat we'll pass the huge icebergs that gather at the mouth of the Ice Fjord, and around Aasiat Humpack whales may be seen.
From 2100-2130 there will be a short stop at Aasiaat.
Meals:  Breakfast in the hotel, dinner on board
Accomm:  Outside cabin on board

Monday

Continuing south along Greenland's West Coast.
0900-1130 Call at Sisimiut for a guided walk of Greenland's second largest town.
2100-2200 Short stop in Maniitsoq.
Meals:  Breakfast and dinner on board
Accomm:  Outside cabin on board

Tuesday

Sailing south along Greenland's West Coast.
0630-0930 Call at Nuuk – guided tour of Greenland's capital city, including the
cultural house of Katuaq.
2200-2230 Short stop in Paamiut.
Meals:  Breakfast and dinner on board
Accomm:  Outside cabin on board

Wednesday

Sailing in the South Greenland Archipelago.
1130-1330 Call at Qaqortoq – short guided walk around the town.
1530-1600 Short stop in Narsaq.
Evening arrival in Narsarsuaq, staying on board over
night.
Meals:  Breakfast and dinner on board
Accomm:  Outside cabin on board

Thursday

0700 Transfer to Hotel Narsarsuaq for breakfast.  After breakfast we have a fascinating excursion to the Viking ruins at Qassiarsuk. Our rooms will be ready when we return to the hotel.  The rest of the day is at leisure in Narsarsuaq, and optional excursions here include:
The village of Igaliko by boat (incl. lunch)
By boat into the Qoroq Ice Fjord (incl. refreshments
Full day hike to the Inland Ice Cap (incl. lunch)
Meals:  Breakfast and dinner in Hotel Narsarsuaq
Accomm:  Hotel Narsarsuaq

Friday

Day at leisure in Narsarsuaq for optional excursions. A walk to the Icecap is an energetic option, and comes highly recommended.
Meals:  Breakfast and dinner in Hotel Narsarsuaq
Accomm:  Hotel Narsarsuaq

Saturday

Morning at leisure in Narsarsuaq until transfer to the airport in time for a 1335 Air Greenland flight from Narsarsuaq to Copenhagen, arriving at 2150.
Meals:  Breakfast in hotel and lunch on plane

     
West Greenland cruise

Ilulissat, West Greenland
Greenland cruise
The M/S Disko amongst the icebergs
Cruise the fjordlands of South Greenland
Glacial scenery around Narsarsuaq, South Greenland

 
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