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West Greenland Coastal Voyage tour

West Greenland Coastal Voyage

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
12 days
From: $ 6,975 $ 581 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • UNESCO listed Ilulissat Ice Fjord
  • Boat trip to Eqi glacier
  • Sail along the West Coast of Greenland
  • Arctic scenery with icebergs and glaciers

Short Description

12 days - Independent voyage along the West Coast of Greenland.

Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Trip Type Small Ship Cruise
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Reykjavik
End City Reykjavik

Travel Theme

Small Ship Cruise

Destinations

Iceland Greenland

Cities & Attractions

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Activities

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Trip Includes

  • Flights ex Reykjavik to Greenland west coast with all taxes, transfers, standard accommodation and coastal voyage.
  • Breakfast at hotels, but not on the ship (meals can be bought on board cruise in cafeteria)
  • City walk/tour in Ilulissat
  • Boat transfer to Itilleq
  • All accommodation as described in standard twin rooms/cabins
  • Outside cabin on board MV Sarfaq Ittuk, twin cabin
  • Boat transfers to Eqi Glacier
  • Boat tour to Qooroq Ice Fjord
  • Transfer of luggage in South Greenland between Narsaq & Igaliku
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Taxes and service fees

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Depart Reykjavik (Tuesday)

Midday flight from Reykjavik Domestic Airport to Ilulissat. Meet & greet by an local representative and transfer to the hotel for check-in. In the early evening join a guided city walk of Ilulissat.

Day 2 - Ilulissat

Ilulissat is the third largest town municipality in Greenland with more than 5000 inhabitants. About 4500 people lives in the town Ilulissat, and 500 people lives in the four remaining small settlements: Ilimanaq, Oqaatsut, Qeqertaq and Saqqaq.

300 kilometres north of the Polar Circle, Ilulissat lies beautifully situated close to one of the worlds largest glaciers – Kangia. The glacier produces about 20 million tons of ice each day, all floating into the Ilulissat Icefiord and the Disko Bay. All this ice gives at good basis for fishing for Halibut which is the main occupation in Ilulissat. Due to the unique ice and landscape, the area of Kangia and the Icefiord has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 2004.

Your time in Ilulissat allows you to join some of the many optional excursions. You can enjoy helicopter flights over the Icecap and visit remote settlements where fishing and hunting still continues as it has for centuries.

Optional excursions during stay in Ilulissat (see Trip Notes for details):
• The Icebergs of Sermermiut
• Hunter's Settlement - Rodebay
• Midnight Cruise to the Ice Fiord
• By Helicopter to the Ice Cap (operation depend on weather and helicopter capacity)
• Hunter's Settlement - Ilimanaq
• Home Visit
• Feeding the huskies
• Whale Safari

Days 3 - 4 - Boat trip to Eqi, a place not to miss!

We travel out by boat to Eqi, 5 hours by boat through the Disko bay. Very few places in Greenland are as beautiful as the Eqi glacier, which comes out in a fiord about 80 km north of Ilulissat.

Departure from Ilulissat, in a modern and convenient tourist boats, is early. There is tea and coffee on the way and a light breakfast is served. At around midday, you arrive in front of the Glacier, the boat will stay in front of the glacier for approximately 1½ hour, while we hope to spot some amazing calvings and enjoy lunch.

Around 2pm, we land at Port Victor, the ”harbour” at Ice Camp Eqi. The camp guides will greet and show everybody their huts. Coffee and cake is served and practical information on the area is given. The rest of the day could be spent by joining the excursions that hike to the lagoon, the moraine and the glacier or enjoying the view from the huts.

You do not need to bring all your luggage along for these two days. We recommend that you only pack the most necessary in a day pack, since after arriving in Port Victor you have to carry you own luggage 400 m upwards to Ice Camp Eqi. Remember however it can be cold.

There are several options for hiking here to view all the angles of the Eqi Glacier. From the huts you can join an optional group hike around the small lagoon at the southern end of the glacier. There are often large flocks of geese in the lagoon in the breeding season. The hike goes further up the moraine where we can look down into the enormous cracks in the glacier few meters away from us. From here you will also get an overview of a large part of the 70m high glacier-front and see the impressive calvings from the glacier. If you wish to join the optional hike, please book early.

Day 5 - Return to Ilulissat, relax and revive.

You return to Ilulissat where you have the evening and following morning to relax.

Days 6 - 8 - Sail along the West Coast

You have the morning at leisure in Ilulissat until afternoon transfer to the pier for embarking on a sailing voyage along the spectacular West Greenland coast on board the coastal vessel MV Sarfaq Ittuk.

Get ready for an experience of a lifetime as you will be sailing in beautiful clear water in scenic fjords with icebergs floating around you.

The coastal voyage south to Narsaq takes 4 days and 3 nights, and is a regular coastal service used by locals as well as travellers. On board you will meet the local population travelling from town to town to visit relatives and friends along the coast. Enjoy the incredible landscape as we leave the Arctic scenery and reach the green and more fertile South Greenland, rather than whales, watch for sheep along the way. The ship calls at the major towns and required settlements as it travels south.

The ship goes at the local's pace, with time to enjoy the view. There is a sense of community with families welcoming the ship at every port.

Accommodation on board is in comfortable twin share outside cabin with window and private bathroom/toilet.

Everyone travelling in the MV Sarfaq Ittuk have their meals in the restaurant/cafeteria. We have decided not to include the meals in the trip price, but give you the freedom to choose. This will also allow you to enjoy meals ashore when the ship docks at ports along the way. Bistro menu was fairly basic but the food presentation, quality and variety was very good. The bistro operated on limited time of 1 hour each for breakfast, lunch and dinner but snacks and drinks were available all throughout the day and evening. The pricing was reasonably expensive (like most of Scandinavia) but good value.

Please note that there is smoking on board this boat. Meal prices on board are as follows (note that prices are indicative only and may change without prior notice):

  • Breakfast buffet - DKK 65 per person
  • Lunch buffet - DKK 70 per person
  • Dinner (hot dish) - DKK 75 per person

Following is your itinerary/schedule for the 4 day and 3 night voyage (schedule is indicative only and may change without prior notice due to local conditions):

Sailing schedule MV Sarfaq Ittuk
Sunday
Departure at 17:00 southbound cruise along the Greenlandic West Coast.
21:30 to 22:00 short stop in Aasiaat.

Monday
Sailing south along the Greenlandic West Coast.
09:00-11:00 Call at Sisimiut.
21:30-22:00 Short stop in Maniitsoq.

Tuesday
Sailing south along the Greenlandic West Coast.
06:30-09:00 Call at Nuuk 
23:30-23:59 Short stop in Paamiut.

Day 9 - Narsaq - fjords, mountains, flowers and fertile land

The Southern coast of Greenland is jokingly nicknamed "Sineriak Bananeqarfik" (Banana Coast) by the locals. Still far from a tropical paradise, this is the region which experiences the least extreme temperatures of Greenland. The area is characterized by its fjords and mountains; flowering plants, fertile lands and sheepfarms side by side with floating icebergs and glaciers.

Arrival into Narsaq is late in the evening, transfer to hotel and accommodation at Hotel Narsaq or Guesthouse Niviarsiaq. Narsaq is a typical Greenlandic town with a small population that is decreasing dramatically every year. It is beautiful with it's coloured houses and icebergs framing the pictures. Local fjords are full of marine life, including whales, salmon, and seals. Other marine animals in Narsaq are harp seals and walruses.

Days 10 - 11 - Narsarsuaq plateau with the view over the Qooroq Ice fiord

Experience the town of Narsaq, fish market, museum, and the beautiful view of the Narsaq Sund with always many Icebergs and the Ice cap.

Boat transfer in the late afternoon to Itilleq (45 min). Then you can do an easy walk 4 km along the 'King's Road' to the magnificent village of Igaliku. Your luggage will be transferred.

On your last day, enjoy the settlement with it's ancient ruins or get active! You can do optional day hike (17 km) which goes to the plateau, which offers a superb view of the Qooroq ice fjord, the stranded icebergs on the underwater moraine at the entrance to the fjord and the enormous glacier at the head of the fjord. It is the perfect place for a picnic! On the way back, you may be lucky enough to find minerals and stones, like the shining “moon stone” (Labradorit). The “waterfall hike” (about 15 km) is another popular day trip. A set of beautiful waterfalls tumble like pearls on a string down towards Tunulliarfik Fjord. This hike can be combined with the summit of Nuuluk Mountain (823 m), which lies south of Igaliku (20-22 km).

Day 12 - Depart for Reykjavik (Saturday)

This morning, boat transfer to Narsaq including a boat trip to the Qooroq Ice Fjord. This is a boat trip among icebergs of all colours, sizes and shapes. When the glacier is in view, the boat engine is stopped, so you can enjoy the absolute silence and a drink chilled with glacier ice – more than 1,000 years old! . Later in the afternoon, you will have car transport to the airport. Flight departure is in the late afternoon with flight from Narsarsuaq to Reykjavik Domestic Airport where tour ends upon arrival.

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Flight tickets to/from start and end points, any airport taxes, travel insurance, visas, gratitudes and any items of personal nature.

There is no guide during the coastal cruise & in Narsaq however there is information aboard the ship and films shown which are announced during the voyage.

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