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The Heart of Greenland

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Cruise Overview

  • Duration 15 nights
  • Departs 24 Jul 2024
  • Sails from Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Ship MS Fridtjof Nansen
  • Flights and transfersNo
  • Cruise code ‍1973165
  • Voyage code ‍REK-REK-0-FNGRE2405

Your Itinerary

Panoramic cityscape of Reykjavik

Reykjavik, Iceland Wed 24 Jul 2024

Panoramic cityscape of Reykjavik

MS Fridtjof Nansen awaits you in Reykjavík Harbour. After collecting your complimentary expedition jacket, it's time to settle into your cabin. Your adventure has begun.

MS Fridtjof Nansen, Hurtigruten

Crossing the Denmark Strait Thu 25 Jul 2024

MS Fridtjof Nansen, Hurtigruten

We sail to Greenland across the Denmark Strait, the route taken by Erik the Red, supposedly the first European to have settled there. Time to relax and explore the stylish onboard facilities of our hybrid electric–powered ship.

Your Expedition Team will explain the protocols of respectfully visiting wildlife habitats and indigenous Arctic communities. In the Science Center, you can learn more about Greenland's geology, or join one of our Citizen Science projects. Then hit the gym, swim in the infinity pool, book a treatment in the wellness area or enjoy a delicious meal in one of our three onboard restaurants.

Greenland, Arctic

Qaqortoq, Greenland Sat 27 Jul 2024

Greenland, Arctic

Your Greenland expedition cruise begins in earnest in a town has been settled since prehistoric times. The colourful houses and lush scenery of Qaqortoq provide a beautiful setting in which to discover its rich culture.

Explore the local museum, with its rare Inuit artifacts, or enjoy the beautiful green scenery on a walk to a nearby lake. Join an optional excursion to meet friendly locals and hear their stories at a traditional kaffemik social gathering.

Kvanefjord, Greenland

Kvanefjord, Greenland Sun 28 Jul 2024

Kvanefjord, Greenland

Experience your first sight of Greenland’s sublime west coast fjords as we reach Kvanefjord in Sermersooq, meaning 'Place of Much Ice'.  

Have your camera ready for glistening icebergs and semi-submerged glacial ice – pure white with undertones of crystalline blue. These sculpted ice blocks are some of Arctic nature’s finest creations.  

Few people venture into this remote fjord, making it even more special to spend the day exploring here. The Expedition Team will select places to venture ashore and enjoy the beautiful scenery on a nature walk, or head out in boats to scout for wildlife.

Greenland, Arctic

Maniitsoq, Greenland Mon 29 Jul 2024

Greenland, Arctic

Today our expedition cruise reaches Maniitsoq. Nicknamed the 'Venice of Greenland' for its natural canals, the surrounding mountains deliver awe-inspiring views. You might even spot pods of humpback whales from shore. 

Once a regional hub for trading reindeer hides, people have lived here for 4,000 years. Discover figurines carved from walrus ivory, traditional Greenlandic costumes and many works of art in the local museum.  

Maniitsoq has many hiking options with different viewpoints to discover. And don’t miss an opportunity to chat to the town's welcoming locals.

Greenland, Arctic

Sisimiut, Greenland Tue 30 Jul 2024

Greenland, Arctic

We reach spectacularly situated Sisimiut, just 25 miles north of the Arctic Circle, where you'll experience the Midnight Sun at the height of summer.  

Old traditions are alive and well here, and you can learn more about the ancient Saqqaq artifacts in the local museum. If you're looking for a special souvenir, pick up a scarf, hat or mittens made of qiviut, the inner wool of a musk ox, said to be 10 times warmer than sheep wool.  

One of the best things you'll experience on your expedition cruise to Greenland with us is meeting the local communities in the places we explore – authentic interactions that make for fantastic memories.

Ilulissat (Jakobshavn), Greenland

Ilulissat, Greenland Wed 31 Jul 2024

Ilulissat (Jakobshavn), Greenland

Our expedition cruise reaches Disko Bay – a haven for whales and seals. The Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, regularly tops the list of things to see and do in Greenland, and today you'll find out why. Enjoy breathtaking scenery as you walk to the ice fjord and the old Inuit settlement of Sermermiut.  

Marvel at giant icebergs floating past in the deep blue waters, as they take on different hues of white, grey and blue. Even amateur photographers will return to the ship with the most enviable images. Back in pretty Ilulissat, perhaps enjoy a hot drink among the colourful houses by the water.

Disko Bay

Vaigat Sound, Greenland Thu 01 Aug 2024

Disko Bay

Rugged Vaigat Sound is our most northerly point, and you'll feel like the first person to walk here. We're in the hands of Mother Nature today and the Expedition Team will identify the best landing sites to explore.  

If possible, we'll take the expedition boats out on shore landings, or go on optional kayaking trips between icebergs. You may visit Camp Frieda, trek across tundra and get up close to a glacier and learn how it moves.  

Have your binoculars and camera ready as wildlife sightings in Disko Bay can include orcas and bowhead whales, as well as harp, hooded, bearded and ringed seals.

Evighedsfjorden, Greenland

Evighedsfjorden, Greenland Fri 02 Aug 2024

Evighedsfjorden, Greenland

Our expedition cruise is now heading back south. You'll enjoy an exploration day in magical yet imposing Evighedsfjord near Kangerlussuaq. We'll determine on the day what exciting adventures lie in store for you.  

The 'Fjord of Eternity' is fed by an ice cap that calves huge icebergs into its 2,300 ft  deep waters. It's surrounded by mist-cloaked mountains with beautiful white ridges, punctuated by crystal blue ice caves. 

Nature reigns here. The only settlements in this region are tiny fishing hamlets clinging to the shores. As ever, we'll be on the lookout for Arctic flora and wildlife, including whales and seabirds.

A panoramic view of Nuuk

Nuuk, Greenland Sat 03 Aug 2024

A panoramic view of Nuuk

After several days exploring remote, idyllic icescapes, you'll cruise into Nuuk, Greenland’s colourful capital. With a population of 18,000, it has a striking mix of old and new buildings. 

Compare the old buildings – such as Hans Egede House and Nuuk Cathedral – with the ultra-modern architecture of the Parlaiment of Greenland building. 

Visit the national museum to gain fascinating insight into life here 500 years ago and see the six Qilakitsoq mummies,  Or, join a long nature walk through Paradise Valley and around Mt. Lille Malene as part of an optional excursion.

Ivittuut, Greenland

Ivittuut, Greenland Sun 04 Aug 2024

Ivittuut, Greenland

As you wander around the abandoned ruins of this ghost town, it’s hard to believe that Ivittuut, a former mining outpost, once played a pivotal role in the course of history.  

During WWII, the US secretly stationed troops here to prevent rare cryolite – used to make aluminum alloys – falling into enemy hands. Supplies were instead shipped to the UK to manufacture aircraft, used in the Battle of Britain.  

Here, you can walk among the area's deserted buildings. Once the last Viking settlement in Greenland, these days the only inhabitants you’re likely to see are musk oxen.

Prins Christian Sund

Prince Christian Sound Mon 05 Aug 2024

Prins Christian Sund

We aim to explore the incredible waters of the 60-mile-long Prince Christian Sound today. Sharp-peaked granite mountains provide a stunning contrast to the bright white glaciers. Look out for calving icebergs and colourful houses in the village of Aappilattoq. 

Nature is abundant here. Keep an eye out for ringed and bearded seals resting on the ice, and Glaucous Gulls and Black Guillemots soaring above. You may even spot minke and humpback whales.  

If sea ice prevents us entering the sound, we'll head to craggy Cape Farewell, the southernmost point of Greenland.

MS Fridtjof Nansen, Hurtigruten

Irminger sea Tue 06 Aug 2024

MS Fridtjof Nansen, Hurtigruten

After exploring the ethereal, rugged beauty of western Greenland, we set our course for Iceland. You'll enjoy two days at sea recapping highlights with the Expedition Team, learning about the delicate ecology of Greenland in the Science Center, and relaxing.  

Out on deck, you might spot seabirds or whales that like to follow our ship. Our onboard photographer can share tips to capture them in action. You can even count any whales you see for our Happywhale Citizen Science project.  

This might be the time to enjoy the panoramic sauna, on-deck hot tubs or heated pool. Or why not book a treatment in our wellness area. You can also enjoy the company of fellow explorers over drinks in the Explorer Lounge & Bar.

Panoramic cityscape of Reykjavik

Disembark the ship Thu 08 Aug 2024

Panoramic cityscape of Reykjavik

Your Greenland expedition cruise has come full circle and you'll arrive back in Iceland's stylish capital in the early morning.

What's included *

  • Full board voyage on board MS Fridtjof Nansen
  • All meals including beverages (beer & wine, sodas and mineral water in Aune & Fredheim restaurants)
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team - an international handpicked team of highly educated experts of various academic fields with profound knowledge of the regions they sail in
  • FREE wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings & activities on board included
  • Coffee & tea included throughout the day
  • FREE Wi-Fi on board for all guests
  • No gratuities expected
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • Citizen Science programme allows guests to assist with live scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, infinity pool, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and outdoor running track
  • Plus, book an Ocean View or above by 8pm 17th June 2024 and receive a FREE Regency Hamper

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Larger cabins on middle decks. Most 20 square meters, flexible sleeping arrangements, some with sofabed, TV. 19 - 23 m2 Window Bathroom TV Double bed

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Extra Large Corner Suite with private balcony. Ship’s most spacious cabins with large windows, flexible sleeping arrangements, sofabed, TV, minibar, bathrobe, kettle, tea and coffee, espresso maker. 46 - 48 m2 Window Bathroom TV Double bed Balcony

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The Ship - MS Fridtjof Nansen

  • Occupancy530
  • Tonnage20,889 tons
  • Length459 ft (139.90 m)
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MS Fridtjof Nansen honours the heritage of her namesake - the Norwegian explorer, scientist, humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Fridtjof Nansen. The ship features a variety of custom-built expedition equipment, including kayaks, a fleet of Blueye underwater drones and expedition boats for safe landings in remote areas.

What’s onboard: Expedition Launch, Expedition Team, Explorer Lounge & Bar, Gym, Lecture Hall, Library, Medical Center, Observation Deck, Outdoor Gym, Pool Deck, Reception, Restaurant Aune, Restaurant Fredheim, Restaurant Lindstrøm, Running Track, Sauna, Science Center, Shop, Wellness and much, much more.

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Do Hurtigruten offer a Flexible Cancellation Policy?

Hurtigruten Expeditions requires proof of full vaccination for COVID-19. This policy applies to all Hurtigruten Expeditions sailings with a departure date in 2022.   For all Hurtigruten Expedition Cruises in 2022, we require all guests, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a WHO-approved vaccine. You are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving the final dose of a WHO authorized vaccine. All guests who were fully vaccinated more than 270 days ago must present proof of a booster shot. For guests aged 5 - 11, they must either have at least one vaccine or proof of recovery of COVID-19 in 2022. Types of proof accepted included a green pass, certificate, a doctor's note, or a positive test result with the name and date

Please note COVID entry requirements differ on Hurtigruten Coastal voyages.  


Do I need a COVID-19 vaccine to travel aboard a Hurtigruten ship?

Hurtigruten Expeditions requires proof of full vaccination for COVID-19. This policy applies to all Hurtigruten Expeditions sailings with a departure date in 2022.   For all Hurtigruten Expedition Cruises in 2022, Hurtigruten Expeditions require all guests (including children under the age of 18), to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a WHO-approved vaccine.  You are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving the final dose of a WHO authorized vaccine. All guests who were fully vaccinated more than 270 days ago must present proof of a booster shot. 

Please note COVID entry requirements differ on Hurtigruten Coastal voyages.  


When can I book shore excursions?

Please note: Pre-booked excursions on Expedition sailings is temporarily unavailable due to COVID regulations. 


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