West Greenland: Disko Bay

West Greenland: Disko Bay

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» Aug 19 2018Aug 28 2018 ( DAYS)

» EMBARKATION: Kangerlussuaq

» DISEMBARKATION: Kangerlussuaq

EXPEDITION IN BRIEF

  • Visit traditional communities on the western coast of Greenland 

  • Explore the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site 

  • View arctic wildlife, such as whales, birds and seals 

  • Cruise in a Zodiac to get up close to glaciers, fjords, icebergs and more 

  • Take advantage of kayaking opportunities

ITINERARY OVERVIEW

  • Day 1 – Arrive in Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Day 2 – Fly to Kangerlussuaq
  • Days 3 – Itilleq
  • Days 4 – Illulissat
  • Days 5 – Eqip Sermia
  • Day 6 – Uummannaq and Qilaqitsoq
  • Day 7 – Qeqertarsuaq (Disko Island)
  • Day 8 – Sisimiut
  • Day 9 – Disembarkation in Kangerlussuaq
  • Day 10 – Depart Reykjavik, Iceland

SHIP

Ocean Adventurer

ADVENTURE OPTIONS

Kayaking

ACTIVITIES

Hiking

This 10-day voyage focuses on Disko Bay, an area as rich in history and legend as it is famous
for icebergs and whales. Your arctic expedition explores the natural wonders of northwest Greenland in all their glory, from the impressive Ilulissat Icefjord (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and breathtaking Eqip Sermia glacier to the red heart-shaped mountain of Uummannaq and the incredible volcanic rock formations of Qeqertarsuaq. Traditional Inuit villages, each with its own character, are found along the coast, their brightly colored wooden houses dotting the rugged landscape. Vast stretches of unspoiled wilderness await modern-day adventurers in this magical realm, home to some of the best whale watching in the country.

ITINERARY DAY BY DAY

Day 1 – Arrive in Reykjavik, Iceland

Your journey begins in Reykjavik, where you can explore the Icelandic capital on your own before spending the night at your included hotel.

Day 2 – Fly to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland and Embark

After breakfast, board your charter flight to Kangerlussuaq. You’ll have some time to wander this small seaside town, situated in one of Greenland’s longest fjords, before being transferred by Zodiac from shore to ship.

Day 3 – Itilleq

Today, you’ll visit a typical Greenlandic village, the picturesque Itilleq. Delightfully situated in a hollow (which is the meaning of “Itilleq” in Greenlandic), it’s surrounded by sea, mountains and fjords, on an island with no freshwater source. The small fishing and hunting community will welcome us and show us their way of life. Nearby, Itilleq Fjord is the perfect place to explore, as the colorful tundra bursting with wildflowers offers a vibrant contrast to the stark, soaring cliffs.

Day 4 – Illulissat

Adventure awaits you in Ilulissat (meaning “iceberg” in Greenlandic), a gateway to another world. Just south
of this town is the beautiful Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home of one of the most actively calving glaciers in the world, Sermeq Kujalleq. We’ll cruise in a Zodiac at the mouth of the fjord, and if you’re lucky, you may witness the spectacle of calving ice. These young bergs float down the fjord to enter Baffin Bay and, years later, end up farther south, off the coast of Newfoundland. The town itself, founded in 1741, is so traditional that sled dogs outnumber the people and still have the right of way. Hiking trails offer stunning vistas of the bergs as they approach the bay.

Day 5 – Eqip Sermia

Sailing toward the glacier Eqip Sermia rewards with breathtaking views
one of the most photographed places in Greenland. We hope to Zodiac cruise from a safe distance, tracing
the spectacular jagged, gleaming-blue glacier front. We may also stop nearby for a shore landing.

Day 6 – Uummannaq and Qilaqitsoq

Have your camera ready and be
out on deck as the ship approaches Uummannaq (which means “heart- like”), named for the heart-shaped mountain that towers over the town. It’s a breathtaking vista you won’t want to miss. Founded as a Danish colony in 1758 on the mainland, the settlement was moved five years later to this nearby island, where seal hunting was more plentiful. Marvel at the traditional colorful houses perched atop the rugged terrain as you wander through the town.

Nearby Qilaqitsoq (also known as Qilakitsoq) is the where the remains
of eight fully dressed mummies were discovered in 1972 under a rock outcrop by two brothers out hunting for grouse. The ruins of several buildings can be found not far from the graves. The world-famous mummies, which date back to 1475 AD, can now be viewed
at the Greenland National Museum in Nuuk.

Day 7 – Qeqertarsuaq (Disko Island)

The town of Qeqertarsuaq (also the name of the island it’s on) is one of Greenland’s oldest, founded in 1773
as a whaling station. Today, although whaling still occurs, sealing and fishing are more predominant. Particularly rich with marine life, the waters around
the island play host to humpback, fin, and minke whales. Coupled with the abundance of icebergs the area boasts, whale watching here is especially awe inspiring. Just as mesmerizing
is the varied volcanic landscape, a combination of lush hilltops, red-tinged basalt mountains, hot springs and incredible rock figures.

Day 8 – Sisimiut

Today, you’ll have time to explore
the 18th-century colonial buildings
of Sisimiut and also watch a demonstration of traditional kayaking. Be sure to wander the historic area, where you can pass under the large arch formed by a pair of bowhead whale bones. There will also be an opportunity to hike amongst the soaring mountains that surround the town.

Day 9 – Disembarkation in Kangerlussuaq

After bidding goodbye to your Expedition Team, you’ll take a direct charter flight back to Reykjavik, Iceland, where we will transfer you to your included hotel.

Day 10 – Depart Reykjavik, Iceland

You can make your way home at your leisure or spend some more time exploring Reykjavik.

CABINS & PRICES

Triple USD 4,395
Lower deck USD 5,695
Main deck porthole USD 6,295
Main deck window USD 6,895
Superior USD 7,595
Deluxe USD 8,295
Suite USD 9,195
Owner’s suite USD 10,095

All rates per person in USD

Contact Us

INCLUDES

  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping 

  • All breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks on board 

  • All shore landings per the daily program 

  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our 
experienced Expedition Leader 

  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily 
program 

  • Formal and informal presentations by our 
Expedition Team and special guests as scheduled 

  • Photographic journal documenting the 
expedition 

  • Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore 
landings 

  • Official Quark Expeditions® parka to keep 

  • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock 

  • Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin 

  • Comprehensive predeparture materials, 
including a map and an informative 
Arctic Reader 

  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges 
throughout the program 

  • All luggage handling aboard the ship 

  • Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum 
benefit of US$500,000 per person 

  • Greenland voyages cruise passenger tax

EXCLUDES

  • Mandatory transfer package*
  • International airfare
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
  • Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance—strongly recommended
  • Excess-baggage fees on international flights
  • Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
  • Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified
  • Phone and Internet charges
  • Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew
  • Additional overnight accommodation
  • Optional kayaking activities
  • Arrival and departure transfers in Reykjavik

*MANDATORY TRANSFER PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • One night’s pre- and post-expedition hotel accommodation in Reykjavik with breakfast 

  • Transfers to and from the charter flights in Reykjavik 

  • Round trip charter flights between Reykjavik and Kangerlussuaq 

  • Transfers to and from the ship 


Package cost: $1,695

Note: Baggage allowance on charter flight is 33 lbs (15 kg) checked and 11 lbs (5 kg) carry-on.

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