Classic Greenland Coastal Voyage

002588 - W20

One of the world’s most interesting sea voyages, the Arctic Umiaq Line sails along the west coast of Greenland, and offers its passengers an unparalleled opportunity to witness Greenlandic village life during its en route stops, and savour the magnificent scenery of this rugged coastline.

Not Included
Tour Notes
  • Golden Circle area of Iceland with the ancient Viking Parliament area of Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss (Golden Falls) and geysirs
  • Be awestruck by the enormous icebergs floating in Disko Bay
  • Explore the beautiful, small town of Ilulissat
  • Take a walking tour of Sisimiut, one of the many communities located on Greenland’s west coast
  • Visit the National Museum of Greenland in Nuuk, featuring the Qilakitsoq mummies

2019 Departures:
Tuesdays: June 04-August 20

2019 Pricing:
US$5,089 – Twin share
US$6,329 – Single

From US$330 – Meal plan aboard the ferry

Prices are shown in US$, per person based on two people sharing a twin room/cabin or one person in a single room/cabin. CA$ prices are also available, please inquire.

Tour Code:
002588 - W20

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Day 1, Tuesday: Arrive Iceland

Arrive at Keflavik International Airport and transfer to your central Reykjavik hotel for a two-night stay. The balance of the day is free to explore the city, take a city tour in the afternoon or one of the many available activity tours such as whale watching, cycling or horseback riding.

Day 2, Wednesday: Golden Circle

A full day Golden Circle tour, visiting some of Iceland’s iconic sights; the ancient parliament site of Thingvellir, the waterfall at Gullfoss and the dramatic hot springs at Geysir. Time in the evening to find one of Reykjavik’s wonderful restaurants, and enjoy the late summer-evening light as you explore the city.

Day 3, Thursday: Fly Reykjavik to Ilulissat

Transfer on your own to the Reykjavik airport in the morning for the direct flight to Ilulissat, where you will stay for three nights at Hotel Arctic in the beautiful town of Ilulissat. The hotel is a short walk from town centre and also runs a shuttle service into and out of town.

The town of Ilulissat is known for the giant icebergs floating in the bay and home to the UNESCO designated Ilulissat Ice Fjord. This is the third largest town in Greenland and a place where modern life meets traditional life style, all surrounded by amazing nature. Here, ice is the main theme; get close to the icebergs covered in the rays of the midnight sun on an amazing Ice Fjord cruise, join a full-day boat excursion to the calving glacier Eqip Sermia. You can also visit some of the remote settlements where fishing and hunting still is the only way to survive.

Day 4, Friday: Ilulissat

In Illulissat, and time to take one of the many excursions available, including the dramatic boat tour to the face of the Eqi Glacier or simply hiking to one of the local Greenlandic settlements. There are ample opportunities to enjoy Greenlandic life while you are staying in Ilulissat, and we are sure that you will love your time there.

Optional excursions during stay in Ilulissat.
Ilulissat City Walk (3 hours) – DKK400
Hike to Sermermiut (3 hours) – DKK400
Hunter’s Settlement, Ilimanaq (6 hours) – DKK1,450
Hunter’s Settlement, Rodebay (6 hours) – DKK1,450
Midnight Cruise to the Ice Fjord (3 hours) – DKK750
Home Visit (2 hours) – DKK275
Calving Glacier Eqi and Ataa (6-7 hours) – DKK2,600
Fishing Tour (6 hours) – DKK1,300
Feed the Huskies (1 hour) – DKK200
Whale Safari (5 hours) – DKK1,250
Deluxe Flight over the Ice Fjord (1 hour) – DKK2,695
Ice Fjord Photo Sightseeing (35 minutes) – DKK1,795
Northern Glacier Photo Sightseeing (45 minutes) – DKK2,195
Hike on the Cecily Trail (8 hours) – DKK1,000

Day 5, Saturday: Ilulissat

A second day in Ilulissat to take an excursion, go for a hike or simply sit and soak in the serenity and beautiful scenery.
(B, D)

Day 6, Sunday: Board Sarfaq Ittuk and depart for Classic Greenland Coastal Voyage

Transfer provided from your hotel to the pier to board the Sarfaq Ittuk this afternoon for the sailing south to Nuuk. This ship, a vital link for the Greenlandic coast, and the primary inter-community vessel will take you south for the next 36 hours. You will have a comfortable outside, twin cabin. While not extravagant, the on-board restaurant and lounge offer good food for purchase (not included in your tour price) and the chance to mix with both local travellers and others touring this remote and gorgeous destination. There will be a short stop in Aasiaat.

The Sea Voyage: Meet the local population travelling from town to town to visit relatives and friends along the coast. Enjoy the beautiful and varied landscape as we leave the rugged Arctic nature in the Disko Bay and reach green and fertile South Greenland. We sail in open waters and narrow straits, so close that you can almost touch the mountains. Along the way the ship calls at the major towns and small settlements. Everywhere, the arrival of the ship makes people rush to the harbour to welcome friends and relatives. Life on board is relaxing; Enjoy the view and make sure to keep your eyes open, as humpback whales are sometimes seen.

Day 7, Monday: Sisimiut - Kangaamiut - Manitsoq

The ship will stop today at Sisimiut, Kangaamiut and Manitsoq, offering you the chance to disembark and explore these communities, each quite different from the other. Catch a glimpse into the daily life of Greenlanders in their remote and picturesque communities.

Day 8, Tuesday: Arrive Nuuk

Arrive in Nuuk, the Greenlandic capital, in the early morning and transfer to the Hotel Hans Egede for a two-night stay. You will have the balance of the day to explore the city. This fascinating town of contrasts, will offer you a glimpse of old Greenlandic culture and at the same time show you a modern capital with shopping possibilities, good restaurants and the beautiful Arctic nature just outside town. The national Greenland Museum has a particularly interesting collection, including the Qilakitsoq mummies, and is well worth a visit today or tomorrow.

Optional tours in Nuuk:
City Tour of Nuuk including the museum (1 hour) – from DKK450
Nuuk Fjord Safari (3 hours) – from DKK750
Icefjord Hike and Kapisillit Visit (9 hours) – from DKK1,650

Day 9, Wednesday: Depart Nuuk for Reykjavik

Most of today is free for some shopping or to simply relax by the waterfront. In the evening you will make your way to the airport to catch your flight to Reykjavik. Make your own way by taxi or bus to your central Reykjavik hotel for your overnight.

Day 10, Thursday: Depart from Iceland

After breakfast check out of your hotel and take the transfer bus to Keflavik airport to catch your flight home. An optional stop at the famous Blue Lagoon with a pre-booked admission time can be added. Ask for price and schedule options.

  • Round-trip transfers between Keflavik and downtown Reykjavik hotel
  • Three nights of accommodation with breakfast in Reykjavik
  • Golden Circle day tour in Iceland
  • Return airfare between Iceland and Greenland
  • Taxes on airfare
  • Transfers in Ilulissat and Nuuk
  • Three nights of accommodation with breakfast in Ilulissat and Nuuk
  • Two dinners at Hotel Arctic
  • Information meeting in Ilulissat the night before embarking on the cruise
  • Cruise onboard M/V Sarfak Ittuk with outside, twin berth cabin
  • Local representatives in Ilulissat and Nuuk
  • Guided city walk/tours in Ilulissat and Nuuk
Not Included
  • Guiding during the coastal voyage portion of the trip
  • Meals other than those indicated in the itinerary above (option to add-in meal plan during the cruise)
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
Tour Notes

(B) = Breakfast
(L) = Lunch
(D) = Dinner

One of the world’s most interesting sea voyages, the Arctic Umiaq Line, sails along the west coast of Greenland, and offers its passengers an unparalleled opportunity to witness Greenlandic village life during its en route stops, and savour the magnificent scenery of this rugged coastline.

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.

Dates other than those shown may be possible on request, dependant on the flight and ferry schedules. It may also be possible to do this trip in reverse, beginning in Nuuk and ending in Ilulissat. Please inquire for other options.

Disclaimer: We do our utmost to ensure that information posted on our website is correct at the time of publication, however trip details are subject to change without notice by the suppliers and operators involved. We update the information as soon as possible when changes are advised to us, however, we cannot assume responsibility for such changes made by the suppliers and operators.