We have hand-picked the most interesting sites. So join us on this journey through the history of the Norse settlers and contemporary life in the Arctic, a voyage like no other.
In June, the voyage begins in Reykjavik and ends in Copenhagen. In July, the voyage route is reversed, beginning in Copenhagen and ending in Reykjavik.
Day 1 Reykjavik
Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city and home to over 170,000 people. In relative close surroundings of Reykjavik you may find glaciers, waterfalls, geysers and mountains. Reykjavik also has a selection of restaurants, museums and shops in the narrow small-town-like streets. We will depart the pier in the evening hours, and strongly recommend that you acquaint yourself with this charming and vibrant town before departure.
Day 2 Grundarfjorður
Grundarfjörður is situated in the western area of Iceland in the
region of Vesturland.
Day 3 Denmark Strait
While crossing the Denmark Strait we follow in the wake of the great Norse settlers who left the shores of Iceland and Norway more than 900 years ago.
Day 4 Prins Christian Sund/Nunap Isua (Kap Farvel)
Greenland’s southern shores contain some of the most culturally and scenically diverse regions of the island. If conditions allow we will attempt to enter the narrow, often ice-choked 70-mile-long channel, Prince Christian Sound, that crosses the southernmost point of Greenland and enjoy the breathtaking scenery as we navigate through. If the channel is blocked we will sail around Nunap Isua (Kap Farvel).
Day 5 Qaqortoq and Hvalsøy
Qaqortoq is the center of the largest municipality town in South Greenland. The original Qaqortoq was founded by the Norwegian trader Anders Olsen in 1775, and today 3,400 people live in the town. Also we plan a visit to Hvalsey, where you can find some of the best preserved ruins from the Norse period; the former ‘Austurbygd’ which was left in 1408, approximately 500 years after it was established.
Day 6 Igaliku/Itilleq and Qassiarsuk
Today we will enter the Tunulliarfik fjord and hope to land in Igaliku, founded in 1783 by the trader Anders Olsen, and today 55 people live here. Igaliku is best known for the ruins of Garðar, which one was the religious heart of Norse Greenland. Our expedition team will lead a hike 2.5 miles along the Kongsveg over to Itilleq, a small settlement of less than 20 inhabitants. Here, the MS Fram will pick up the hikers. The evening will be spent in Qassiarsuk, a community with a population of 56 people, known for the settlement of the Viking Erik Raude. He was banished from Iceland and escaped to the land he called Greenland. Erik settled in Qassiarsuk because the area was, according to him, the richest and best site in Greenland when he arrived in 982.
Day 7 Narsaq
Narsaq is located on the beautiful shores of the Tunulliarfik Fjord, an area of South Greenland that has been inhabited for thousands of years. Today around 1,600 people live in town. Narsaq means "plain" and the name refers to the large, green plain on which the town sits. The glaciers north of town ensure that there are icebergs around and the fjord is rich in seals, salmon, trout and minke whales.
Day 8 Nuuk
The capital of Greenland houses about 15,000 people and holds the
political and social center of Greenland. Nuuk is the oldest town in Greenland founded by the
Danish-Norwegian missionary Hans Egede in 1728. The name Nuuk means peninsula in English, an accurate
description of the city’s location, on the tip of a large peninsula at the mouth of one of the largest
and most spectacular fjord systems in the world.
Day 9 Sisimiut
Sisimiut has a population of about 5,200 and is the second largest
town in Greenland. The main trade is fishing, and the town accommodates a large fleet of trawlers, a
shipyard and a fish factory. Sisimiut is the southernmost of the towns on the western coast of
Greenland where sleigh dogs can be found. It is set on a rolling countryside and the town center lies
at the foot of a steep hill. Participation in excursions in Sisimiut requires a reasonably good level
of fitness, apart from the boat trip. The settlement visit will focus largely on the old part of the
town by the harbor, and the local center of activity, the harbor itself. The MS Fram normally docks at
the quayside in Sisimiut.
Day 10 Ilulissat
Icebergs are called Ilulissat in Greenlandic, and it comes as no
surprise to anyone who has been here that this is the town’s name. This is the third largest town in
Greenland with a population of about 5,000. Ilulissat is set in marvelous surroundings at Ilulissat
Isfjord that in 2004 was inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Here enormous icebergs run
aground at the mouth of the fjord, just outside of town. They originate from the Jakobshavn Glacier,
one of the most productive glaciers in the northern hemisphere. Ilulissat is the metropolitan center of
the Disko Bay area and this aspect will be the theme of the settlement visit, together with the town's
long-standing history. The most important trades in Ilulissat are fishing and tourism. The conditions
determine whether MS Fram can use the PolarCirkel boats.
Day 11 Itilleq
In the early afternoon we reach the small settlement Itilleq. Itilleq
means “the hollow” and was founded in 1847 on another island, but was later moved a half of a mile east
to its present location. The village is located about 125 miles south of Sisimiut in the head of the
Itilleq Fjord. Around 130 people live here, who are mainly engaged in hunting and fishing. The island
has no freshwater, and for this reason Itilleq makes use of a desalination facility. The church here
has an interesting history: it was built in Thule (Umanak- North Greenland) in 1930 and was moved to
Itilleq in 1963.
Day 12 Kangerlussuaq/Reykjavik
Kangerlussuaq is situated in the end of the Kangerlussuaq fjord. The
settlement/airport lies just north of the Arctic Circle and is one of the best places to observe native
wildlife. In the early 1960’s musk oxen were introduced to Kangerlussuaq from North East Greenland, and
today they count over 5,000.
Check in at the Radisson Blu Saga. The rest of the day is at your own leisure.
Day 13 Reykjavik
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel.
June 2, 2015 (sail from Reykjavik to Kangerlussuaq)
July 3, 2015 (sail from Kangerlussuaq to Reykjavik)
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