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Glaciers & Ice
Reykjavik, Iceland to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

12 nights / 13 days

June 2, 2015 (sail from Reykjavik to Kangerlussuaq)
July 3, 2015 (sail from Kangerlussuaq to Reykjavik)

 

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Sail in the wake of the Old Norse explorers that inhabited the shores of Iceland and Greenland long ago. Their history is fascinating and the heritage from these early settlers is still alive today - both in the Icelandic language and sagas, and the modern settlements of Greenland.

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.
Snaefellsnes is sometimes called “Iceland in a nutshell” because of its diversity of landscape with its different kind of lava and rock formations, glacier, volcanic activity, hot and cold springs as well as the richness of bird life and picturesque landscape. Snæfellsnes shelters tiny fishing harbours protected by dark cliffs of columnar basalt. All the colors of the northern summer seem to be caught between the ever undulating ocean and the pristine glacier slopes of Snæfellsjökull glacier.

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.

Today the town is a place where old and new traditions meet, from picturesque old buildings in Kolonihaven to the building of the Greenland Home Rule. Being the capital, Nuuk also houses a university, a teachers training college, churches and the Greenland National Museum where the mummies from Qilakilsoq are to be found.

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.

On board you will get an introduction presentation of Sisimiut, to prepare you discovering the town on your own with the help of a city map. The Sisimiut Museum is a culture-historical local museum and its specialty is the Greenland trade, industry and shipping. The museum is housed in beautiful old buildings originating from the colonial period, situated close to the harbor. We recommend a visit and the entrance fee is approximately 30 Danish Krone ($5.50 USD) and can only be paid by cash in local currency. A local handicraft workshop is located close to the pier. A visit holds opportunities to watch the artists make jewelry and arts from bone, leather and metal. They also exhibit and sell their works, and purchase is by cash in local currency only.

In Sisimiut we offer a variety of excursions which require reasonably good level of fitness.

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.

The introduction lecture prior to arrival will prepare you for the stay. Ilulissat holds the busy life of a bigger town and also the house where Knud Rasmussen was born. In the museum you find the extensive collection from Knud Rasmussens expeditions and the history of Ilulissat. The entrance fee is of approximately 40 Danish Krone ($7.50 USD).

During our stay the expedition team will take you on a guided hike to the abandoned settlement of Sermermiut, about 1 mile south of the town.

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.

As its name suggests, the village is situated in a hollow and majestically surrounded by high mountains and glaciers. It can truthfully be called the Arctic Circle Village as the Arctic Circle is found 650 feet to the south.

In Itilleq you will be invited for a “kaffemik” which means that you are welcome to visit a local home, talk with the host, and have a piece of cake and a coffee but we request that you only stay 20 minutes. It is expected to remove your shoes before entering a home. Arts and crafts are for sale in the village (cash only). Please feel free to visit the library and the school.

Watch for a soccer game - Itilleq vs. MS Fram! We need players - and supporters!

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.

You will leave the ship early in the morning. Since there is no harbor in Kangerlussuaq that can accommodate MS Fram, the ship requires the use of the ship's shuttle boats (PolarCirkel boats) for debarking. It is advisable to bring rainproof jackets and trousers in your hand luggage to wear during the boat transfer.

Bus transfer to the airport of Kangerlussuaq, situated 7.5 miles from the dock. Our chartered flight to Reykjavik leaves Kangerlussuaq in the morning and arrives late afternoon.

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.

 

2015 Departures 

 

Tour and Dates Occupancy

From Price
($ per person)

Cabin Grades 

Inside

Outside

Suite

Savings Up To: 

June 2 -USGRE1503
July 3 - USGRE1505
Twin

$5,982

$6,891

$9,018

45%

$5,982

Single

$9,942

$11,287

$15,254

$9,942

 
Departures: 
June 2, 2015 (sail from Reykjavik to Kangerlussuaq)
July 3, 2015 (sail from Kangerlussuaq to Reykjavik)

Included in price: 

  • Expedition voyage in cabin grade of your choice.
  • Full board and free tea & coffee.
  • Wind and water-resistant jacket.
  • Landings with Po­larcirkel boats.
  • Activities on board and ashore.
  • Lectures and landings with Expedition Team.
  • Hotel night + breakfast in Reykjavik. Transfer to airport in Reykjavik.
  • Economy flights Reykjavik - Kangerlussuaq (or reverse)
  • Transfers and excursion incl. lunch in Kan­gerlussuaq.

Price does not include:

  • Flights from North American to Europe
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional excursions and gratuities

Please note:

Pricing system and all prices are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Prices may change at any time before departure date. The applicable price will be quoted at the time of booking. Prices are in $ per person.

Notes:
Prices are in US Dollars per person
All planned landings are subject to weather and ice conditions
All itineraries are subject to change
Rubber boots rental service on board