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CR9RKV: Greenland from the Sea / 9 days
Departures from Reykjavik

Combine stays in Ilulissat and Qaqortoq with a cruise on board M/S Sarfaq Ittuk along the West Coast of Greenland. Along the way from Ilulissat in the Disko Bay to Narsaq in South Greenland you will have plenty of time to experience the beautiful and varied country.

Sailing plays a very important role in the Greenlandic infrastructure, and a cruise along the West coast of Greenland is a fabulous way of experiencing this beautiful and varied country. Accommodation is in outside cabins with private facilities.

Ilulissat

Town of the giant icebergs and home to the UNESCO designated Ilulissat Ice Fjord. This is the third largest town in Greenland and a place where modern life meets traditional life style, all surrounded by amazing nature. Here, ice is the main theme; get close to the icebergs covered in the rays of the midnight sun on an amazing Ice Fjord cruise or join a full-day boat excursion to the calving glacier Eqip Sermia. You can also visit some of the remote settlements where fishing and hunting still is the only way to survive.

The Sea Voyage

Meet the local population travelling from town to town to visit relatives and friends along the coast. Enjoy the beautiful and varied landscape as we leave the rugged Arctic nature in the Disko Bay and reach green and fertile South Greenland. We sail in open waters and narrow straits, so close that you can almost touch the mountains. Along the way the ship calls at the major towns and small settlements. Everywhere, the arrival of the ship makes people rush to the harbour to welcome friends and relatives. Life on board is relaxing; enjoy the view and make sure to keep your eyes open, as humpback whales are sometimes seen.

Narsaq

Narsaq (meaning The Plain in Greenlandic) is a charming town known for its colourful wooden houses, where modern living is mixed with ancient traditions. It is an area of great geological and historic interest; several interesting minerals can be found only a short hike from the town in the Kvanefjæld area as well as the Viking ruins of Dyrnæs and the Landnamsgård which are among the oldest Viking ruins found in South Greenland dating back to AD 1000.

Friday

Air Iceland afternoon flight from Reykjavik Domestic Airport to Ilulissat.
Meet and greet by Arctic Adventure guide. Transfer to the hotel for check-in, information meeting including details for the upcoming ship voyage and guided city walk. Optional excursions during stay in Ilulissat.

Included meals: Welcome dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Arctic

Saturday

Breakfast at the hotel. Day at leisure in Ilulissat. Being situated almost 400 km north of the Polar Circle you have a fantastic opportunity to discover more about daily life in the Arctic. Your guides can help organise home visits, gentle walks to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ilulissat Icefjord or maybe you just wish to sit on the hotel balcony and watch the gigantic icebergs float by!

Included meals: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Arctic

Sunday

Breakfast at the hotel.
Day at leisure in Ilulissat for optional excursions until afternoon transfer to the pier for embarking MV Sarfaq Ittuk. Departure at 16:30 for our southbound cruise along the Greenlandic West coast.

21.00-22.00: Short stop in Aasiaat.

Included meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Outside cabin on board

Monday

Sailing south along the Greenlandic West coast.
09.00-11.00: Call at Sisimiut incl. city tour of Sisimiut.
21.15-22.30: Short stop in Maniitsoq.

Included meals: None
Accommodation: Outside cabin on board

Tuesday

Sailing south along the Greenlandic West coast.
07.30-13.00: Call at Nuuk incl. special Arctic Adventure city tour of Nuuk.

Included meals: None
Accommodation: Outside cabin on board

Wednesday

Sailing in the South Greenland Archipelago.
06:00-06:30: Short stop in Paamiut.
21:30: Arrival to Narsaq.

Meet and greet by Arctic Adventure guide. Transfer to the hotel for check-in.

Included meals: None
Accommodation: Hotel Narsaq

Thursday and Friday

Breakfast at the hotel. Days at leisure in Narsaq. Your Arctic Adventure guide will offer you a complimentary guided city tour of Narsaq so you can get your bearings. Optional excursions in Narsaq.

Included meals: Breakfast (and dinner Friday night).
Accommodation: Hotel Narsaq

Saturday

Breakfast at the hotel followed by goodbye coffee with your Arctic Adventure guide(s).

Tonight you will fly back to Keflavik - but first you will travel to Narsarsuaq Airport by helicopter! Flying in low altitude over the magnificent Arctic landscape, this is a memorable way to end your trip!

NB! on certain days, if there is no helicopter service, the transfer Narsaq-Narsarsuaq will be by boat!

Depending on the arrival time of your transfer - there may be time to join a short excursion from Narsarsuaq to the Qoroq Glacier or the remains of Eric the Red's Farm. Please check with your Arctic Adventure guide if this is possible.

Included meals: Breakfast

Route map

Departures

  • 2018: Guaranteed departures from Reykjavik every Friday from 08 June to 17 August

Included

  • Return flights from Reykjavik incl. all taxes (return flights arrives into Keflavik)
  • Transfers
  • Accommodation with private facilities
  • Breakfast at hotels (Meals can be bought during the cruise in the ship's cafeteria)
  • 2 dinners at Hotel Arctic
  • 1 dinner at Hotel Narsaq
  • Cruise onboard M/V Sarfak Ittuk
  • Debriefing with Arctic Adventure guide before departure from Narsaq
  • Arctic Adventure destination guide in Ilulissat and Narsaq
  • City walk/tour in Ilulissat, Sisimiut, Nuuk and Narsaq

Not Included

  • Arctic Adventure guide during cruise (a dedicated informtion meeting will be held in Ilulissat the night before embarking on the cruise)
  • Meals during the cruise (can be bought in the ship's cafeteria)
  • Travel insurance

Trip sheet

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