Sailing along the West Coast of Greenland gives you the perfect opportunity to meet the locals whilst experiencing the breathtaking Arctic summer. Along the way from the rugged, iceberg filled Disko Bay to fertile South Greenland you will have plenty of time to enjoy Greenland's unique nature. This tour is combined with hotel stays in Ilulissat and Narsaq.
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.
Fly to Ilulissat. Transfer to the hotel and check in for 1 night. Enjoy a guided city walk and welcome dinner. (D)
Free day in Ilulissat to explore at leisure or take optional excursions. Why not take a boat trip to the small Inuit settlement of Oqaitsut, also known as Rodebay. This isolated village has a local population of around 40 people who are totally dependent on fishing and hunting. Enjoy a guided walk including lunch at the old trading station. (B)
After breakfast, why not make the most of the day in Ilulissat by pre-booking an excursion. Fly by helicopter over mountains and fjord systems before reaching Ilulissat Ice Fiord, which is now on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Land in front of the glacier wall and enjoy a glass of champagne before following the fjord 55km to the open sea and circle over the huge icebergs.
Our travel specialists can give you advice and their own suggestions on the array of day trips in Ilulissat.
Later, enjoy an information meeting on the upcoming voyage. (B)
Free morning to spend at leisure in Ilulissat or book optional excursions, ask our Greenland specialists for their suggestions. In the afternoon transfer to the pier and board the MV Sarfaq Ittuk for the West Coast voyage and check into an outside cabin. Make a short stop in Aasiaat before sailing along the coast. Overnight onboard. (B)
Sail south along the Greenlandic West Coast. Enjoy a morning tour of Sisimut, the second-largest town in Greenland rich with Inuit history and literally translated as 'the people at the fox burrows'. Tour this picturesque ever growing town before sailing on for a short evening stop in Maniitsoq, the sixth largest town in Greenland where the first settlers arrived over 4,000 years ago. Overnight onboard.
Sail South along the Greenlandic West Coast. Stop at Greenland's capital city, Nuuk in the morning and enjoy a guided tour. Overnight onboard.
Sail south along the Greenland coast in the South Greenland Archipelago. Early morning stop in Paamiut before sailing the south Greenland Archipelago. This evening, arrive in Narsaq and transfer to the hotel. Check in for 3 nights.
After breakfast, why not book an optional excursion and embark on a leisurely guided hike to a non-excavated Viking ruin, exploring remains from the Inuit as well as the beautiful Arctic scenery. (B)
This morning, pre-book an optional excursion and take a boat across the ice-filled Bredefjord to a fjord system northwest of Narsaq that leads up to the impressive Twin Glaciers. Go ashore on a small rock emerging from the glacier front. Explore another fjord with bird's cliffs, a large waterfall and stunning Arctic scenery. Ask our Greenland specialists to recommend a great way to spend the day in Narsaq. (B)
After breakfast, enjoy a short city tour of Narsaq before transferring to the pier and by boat through Erik's Fjord to Narsarsuaq. Make a stop en route at Qassiarsuk, the site of Erik the Red's farm. See the remains of his house and the church built by his wife before travelling on from Narsarsuaq pier to the airport. Check in for the flight to Reykjavik. (B)
10 day tour, from £3235 per person
(Single person supplement + £852)
- Return flights in economy class with Air Iceland from Reykjavik Domestic Airport and returning to Keflavik Airport
- All airport taxes
- 3 nights accommodation in 4-star Hotel Arctic
- 3 night accommodaion in 3-star Hotel Narsaq
- 3 Nights Coastal Voyage on board MV Sarfaq Ittuk in an Outside Cabin with Private Facilities
- Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- All transfers and transportation as specified
- Guided walking tour of Ilulissat, Sisimiut, Nuuk and Narsaq
- Welcome/Information Meeting on arrival
- Services of a local guide in Ilulissat & Narsaq
- Additional excursions - please contact us for details
- Upgrade to superior seaview room from £58 per room per night
This tour is available from Reykjavik every Thursday from 16 June to 25 August
M/V Sarfaq Ittuk
The sea has always been the main method of transport around Greenland, in a country with few roads. On board the Sarfaq Ittuk meet locals travelling from town to town to visit relatives and friends, relax and enjoy the dramatic coastal scenery as you sail by. This is not a cruise but a slow local way to travel on board a ferry that is a life line to the local communities on the west coast of Greenland. There is a guide on board giving optional talks about different topics concerning Greenland and there are guided walks in some of the settlements en route (payment locally).
We include 2 berth outside cabins which have a small private bathroom with shower. There are also 4 berth cabins - please contact us for prices for these.
There is a lounge and café on board serving local foods and if not on deck watching the coastline sail by, then most passengers spend time in the café or lounge chatting. Greenlanders are very friendly and enjoy chatting to travellers.
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