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 from the airport in downtown Reykjavik. On arrival in Ilulissat you will be met by your guide and transfer to the hotel and check in for 1 night. After settling into the hotel, meet your fellow travellers and discuss your itinerary over a cup of coffee before enjoying a guided city walk and welcome dinner. (D)
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 Sisimiut, 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 via, the sixth largest town in Greenland where the first settlers arrived over 4,000 years ago. En routehave a short stop in the settlement at Kangaamiut. Overnight onboard.
Sail South along the Greenlandic West Coast. Stop at Greenland's capital city, Nuuk in the morning and enjoy a guided tour. Short stops are made in Qeqertarsuatsiaat and Paamiut. Overnight onboard.
Sail south along the Greenland coast in the South Greenland Archipelago. Early morning stop in Arsuk. before sailing to Qaqortoq and explore this charming town by yourself. In the evening set sail for 2 hours to Narsaq where you will meet your local guide and transfer to the hotel and have a briefing of the itinerary for your stay here. Check in for 2 nights.
After breakfast, your guide will take you for a walk around the town. 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. Or 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. (B)
After breakfast, transfer to the pier and by boat through Erik's Fjord to Narsarsuaq. There may be a possibility of making 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 to Narsarsuaq. Overnight with dinner at the Hotel Narsarsuaq. (B,D)
After breakfast at the hotel, meet with your local guide for the transfer to the airport for the flight to Reykjavik. (B)
This tour is available from Reykjavik every Saturday from 8 June to 24 August
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.