Disko Bay – Welcome to Birthplace of Icebergs
aboard M/S Sea Spirit
- 8 Days 30 May – 6 June, 2016
Day 1. Air flight from Copenhagen (Denmark) to Kangerlussuaq (Greenland); embarkation
We arrive to the starting point of our expedition, the town of Kangerlussuaq, from Copenhagen. Kangerlussuaq is more or less only the airport. Though the Greenland ice cap “knocking at the door” of the town and colourful houses make it a special place. After a sight-seeing tour and lunch we embark the Sea Spirit and sail out of the picturesque fjord.
Please note: flight from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq (departure 9:00, arrival 9:50), sight-seeing tour and lunch are not included. See details in a list of NOT INCLUDED services.
Day 2 – 7 – West Greenland and Disko Bay.
Whales, nature, and cultural exploration await you in this iceberg paradise for the next six days.
At Evighedsfjorden, that means Fjord of Eternity, we go for hiking among the majestic mountain peaks to enjoy incredible 360 degree panorama of the land and the surrounding fiords.
Sisimiut is the second largest settlement in Greenland looking very modern but at the same time very traditional. It is located 40 km north of the Arctic Circle and it is the southernmost settlement where there exists enough snow for dog sledding in winter and spring. You will find more dog sleds than humans in the town. The locals are very hospitable and colorful houses look friendly too.
With around 3.100 inhabitants is Aasiaat (which means translated „spider“) the 5th biggest community in Greenland. Founded in 1759 by Niels Egede, the town always had a strong connection with the whales: while they were the reason why whalers were attracted in the early days, today it is a good spot to watch those great animals.
The main meeting area in Itilleq is the centrally located soccer pitch! The local shop is next to it, the school only a few steps away. Itilleq is one of the few places with two churches – for 130 inhabitants more than plenty! One of the churches was actually moved here from Thule in the far north in the 1960s – and the original church from 1933 is used in our days as the library.
Ilulissat means icebergs. Watch the marvelous gallery of icy sculptures up to 100 metres in height. Hear the inimitable symphony of the icebergs’ cracking and rumbling. Smell their sweet scent. Though Ilulissat is much more than just icebergs. For nature lovers hiking in the surrounding hills reveal awesome views. Humpback whales are abundant in the nearby fjords. The local Inuit Art Museum contains a large collection of paintings by Greenland’s probably best known painter, Emanuel A. Petersen. Over 100 paintings by Greenlandic, Faroese and Danish artists are exhibited here.
Embrace yourself for strong emotions as we approach the beautiful Eqip Sermia Glacier. We plan to hike at Eqip Sermia area to watch huge pieces of ice breaking off. The sounds are enormous and the sight of the icebergs, crashing into the water, is breathtaking.
We will explore the picturesque Uummannaq Fjord and stop over at the same-name town. Uummannaq is translated as heart-like after the 1175 meter heart-shaped mountain that lies behind the town. According the myth when someone visits Uummannaq a piece of his heart remains on the island forever, stirring the memories of visiting this enchanting place for life. Watch the locals’ everyday life as women sell handmade goods down at the harbor while behind them, men come and go on fishing boats heavy with the day’s catch on board.
Icebergs in Disko Bay come from the world’s fastest glacier Jakobshavn Glacier known also as Sermeq Kujalleq. It advances 40 meters daily and creates 46 cubic kilometers of icebergs annually. We have good chances to spot bowhead whales; in spring these animals are still in Disko Bay before heading west.
At the volcanic Disko Island we will see hot springs, and columnar basalt rocks that evidence a volcanic history. Learn about special geology of the island. It looks that the Earth has cropped out here to the very core and we get access to the “inners” of the planet. We visit Qeqertarsuaq– the only settlement on the island – to explore the beautiful nature around the town and the colourful town itself.
Day 8 – Disembarkation in Kangerlussuaq.
Our adventures finish at the port of Kangerlussuaq. We disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for our air flight to Copenhagen and further flight home.
Please note: flight from Kangerlussuaq to Copenhagen (departure 11:40, arrival 20:00) is not included. See flight details in a list of NOT INCLUDED services.
Dates and Cost
- 8 Days Ex: Kangerlussuaq 30 May – 6 June, 2016
|Triple Clasic||Main Deck Suite||Classic Suite||Superior Suite||Deluxe Suite|
|Premium Suite||Owner’s Suite|
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Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq on May 30, 2016 Kangerlussuaq – Copenhagen on June 6, 2016
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- Group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation;
- Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation;
- Shipboard accommodation;
- All scheduled landings/excursions (other than optional);
- Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team;
- All meals on board throughout the voyage;
- Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily;
- A pair of rubber boots on loan for shore landings;
- Welcome and Farewell cocktails;
- All port fees;
- Pre-departure materials;
- Digital Voyage Log;
- Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a maximum benefit of US 100,000 per person.
What’s Not included
- Air Package: air flight to Kangerlussuaq from Copenhagen (CHP-SFJ; departure 9:00,arrival 9:50), sight-seeing tour + lunch on the day of embarkation in Kangerlussuak, air flight from Kangerlussuaq to Copenhagen (SFJ-CHP; departure 11:40, arrival 20:00) – USD 1.034 per person;
- Visa and passport fees (if applicable);
- Luggage and trip cancellation insurance;
- Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations;
- Personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunication charges;
- Staff gratuities.
- In case fuel price increases significantly fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings.
How to book
To initiate your reservation, please contact us as soon as possible to place an option on the voyage and cabin grade of your choice. The Booking Form is to be signed, completed and returned to Adventure Associates along with your deposit. Reservations are established only when you receive written confirmation and acceptance of the deposit payment and Booking Form.
MS Sea Spirit
Sail aboard the luxurious Sea Spirit and you’ll experience the polar regions in grand style. Carrying a maximum of 114 passengers, this outstanding vessel, approved for polar waters, is equipped with rubber inflatable boats – called RIBs – for shore transfers and cruising, two lounges and a dining room, library/game room, gym and hot tub, satellite phone access in every cabin, email and internet. You have a choice of one King Size bed or two twin beds, in the most spacious cabins in our fleet. All have facilities en suite and exterior views. Deluxe cabins, suites and the Owner’s Suite have private balconies for viewing the extraordinary polar icescape.
- Triple – Classic: Picture window right in the hull, two wardrobes, two twins or a king-size bed, a pull out sofa bed (23 sq m average).
- Main Deck: Minimum of two portholes, two twins or a kingsize bed (20 sq m).
- Classic: Picture window right in the hull, two wardrobes, two twins or a king-size bed (23 sq m average).
- Superior: Walk-in closet and a large picture window opening onto an outside walkway, two twins or a king-size bed (22 sq m average).
- Deluxe: Sliding glass door leading to a private balcony and a walk-in closet, two twins or a kingsize bed (26 sq m average).
- Suite: Sliding glass door leading to a private balcony, a spacious wardrobe, a large picture window, two twins or a king-size bed (33 sq m average).
- Owners Suite: Spacious living room with game and meeting area, large bathroom with jetted tub, walk-in closet, one king bed, refrigerator, high-definition plasma TV/video player, BOSE stereo system, large sliding glass doors leading to a private sun deck at the bow of the ship.