West Greenland Discoverer

Sailing from Nuuk you will explore this unique stretch of coast in the early stages of summer as the ice gives up the grip of winter. This journey is rich in spring wildlife, landscapes that have been carved by ice and culture that's evolved in extreme climates. It's all absorbing and ever changing.

11 Days

$8,150

West Greenland Discoverer - 11 - $8,150

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 8 full days exploring the coast
  • See up to 15 species of whales in Greenlandic waters
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site at Ilulissat
  • Optional air package – please ask for details
  • Includes one night in Nuuk and a city tour before boarding the ship
  • Optional kayaking and helicopter flight over the ice cap
  • Single departure in May 2020

Start from Nuuk and end at Nuuk

Landmarks visited on West Greenland Discoverer

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Nuuk

Arrive in Greenland's capital, Nuuk, and transfer to the group hotel. You'll then be able to spend the first afternoon relaxing, preparing for embarkation, and getting to know the city.


Day 2: Embark the Greg Mortimer

The northernmost capital in the world, Nuuk was founded in 1728 by the Norwegian missionary Hans Egede, and has more than 17,000 inhabitants. The centre of Greenland lies at the mouth of its very own fjord system, on the mid-west coast of Greenland. It is the second largest fjord system in the world and one of the country’s major wonders.

Discover Nuuk’s contrasting architecture on an introductory tour, from beautiful old buildings to colourful houses – one of the city's trademarks, with the brightly-coloured houses providing a stark contrast to the rocks and white winter snow.

Stop by the newly renovated and roof-covered “brættet”, where the day’s catch of seal, birds and fish are sold. Other key places include the award-winning culture centre known as 'Katuaq', the City Hall, and the cathedral from 1849.

The National Museum is located by the colonial buildings at the old harbor, with a stunning view over the fjord. Established in 1966, it became Greenland’s National Museum and Archives, offering a unique ethnographical collection. See the famous mummies and costumes from Qilakitsoq in northwest Greenland, as well as the world’s oldest and almost complete intact skin boat the Pearyland Umiaq, whose well-preserved remains are estimated to date back to the 1470s.

After a full introduction to Nuuk, embark the Greg Mortimer to commence your voyage.


Days 3-10: Exploring Greenland's West Coast

Over the coming days, you will discover the immense beauty of west Greenland. In true expeditionary style, visits to the following places are planned:

Sisimiut: Greenland’s second largest town, Sisimiut is the only place in Greenland that has an open-air public swimming pool. The town is also famous for its old blue church with the gate made from whale jaws. The museum in Sisimiut exhibits early life in Greenland, allowing you to experience local history as well as some cultural historical treats. There are various hiking trails, some of which venture into the mountains offering spectacular vantage points.

Ilulissat: Nature puts on one of its finest displays in Ilulissat with mountainous icebergs drifting from one of the most productive glaciers in the Northern Hemisphere and out into Disko Bay. A short distance south of town is the mind-blowing Ilulissat Icefjord, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004 and home to one of the most actively calving glaciers in the world, Sermeq Kujalleq. Perhaps enjoy a Zodiac-cruise at the mouth of the fjord and kayak through sea ice and icebergs. Hiking trails offer magnificent vistas of the icebergs, perfect for photography, while an optional flight over the fjord also presents unforgettable views.

Eqip Sermia: Accessible only by sea, Eqi glacier is located 80 kilometres north of Ilulissat. It’s one of the most active glaciers in Greenland. Although it’s smaller than Sermeq Kujalleq glacier in Ilulissat, it’s more accessible. If ice conditions permit, you'll Zodiac-cruise within a safe distance to wait for chunks of ice to calve, and to hear the deafening crash of the ice breaking off followed by the huge splash when it hits the water – a spectacular experience. A hike to the glacier offers yet another wonderful view.

Uummannaq: Surrounded by steep islands, and an endless supply of icebergs from the Qarajaq Glacier, Uummannaq (meaning “heart-like”) is the centrepiece of the archipelago – a great place for hiking, kayaking and Zodiac-cruising to explore the coastline.

Disko Island: A volcanic island, much younger than the rest of Greenland, Disko Island (or Qeqertarsuaq in Greenlandic) rose up from the continental split where Iceland is now located. Disko Island has many natural features including mountains, hot springs and excellent hiking trails. Rich with marine life, the waters around the island which you can Zodiac-cruise in host humpback, fin, minke and bowhead whales.


Day 10: At Sea

As you sail back south to Nuuk, keep a lookout for whale blows and the seabirds that trail the ship in the ever-present Arctic winds. Enjoy the time to reflect on your recent adventures in Greenland, share and exchange photos, and soak in the spectacular scenery of West Greenland.


Day 11: Nuuk

Arrive back in Nuuk where you disembark and farewell your crew, expedition team and fellow travellers. A transfer to downtown or the airport is included.


NOTE: This itinerary is for guidance only as each voyage will vary depending on ice and weather conditions, and opportunities to see wildlife. Flexibility is key and all part of the adventure of an expeditionary cruise.

About The Ship

  • Her unique X-BOW design isn’t only eye-catching, the practical benefits are a smoother ride for passengers and lower fuel consumption, which is good for us all
  • Even with a capacity 120 passengers the large, highly experienced expedition team of 15 - 18 people will deliver a very personalised experience for all on board
  • Choose from 5 well-appointed cabin categories, 80% of which have balconies, which is rare on polar ships
  • The combination of a small number of passengers and multiple zodiac loading decks means great chance of spontaneity and faster zodiac logistics
  • Optional kayaking is always popular, while this is one of only a few ships to also offer scuba diving and polar snorkelling

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Triple
Twin
Balcony Stateroom
Balcony Suite
Junior Suite
Captain's Suite
May 2020
18-May-2020 $8,150* $8,853 $9,767 $8,853 $11,806 $13,213
18-May-2020 $6,821 $7,524 $8,438 $9,493 $10,477 $11,884

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in AUD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $11590

Additional Notes

The second departure on 18 May 2020, starting from AUD $11,590, is for the flight inclusive package from Copenhagen to Nuuk. All guests will be required to book at least one pre and one post night accommodation in Copenhagen (not included) due to flight times.

Cabin availability changes all the time so please contact us for up-to-date details and information on specific cabin availability.


Optional Adventure Activities:

Sea Kayaking (AUD $1,200 per person) – basic abilities required, all departures.

Single Supplement And Child Policy

Single Supplement: For those travelling solo and want their own cabin, the single supplement in a twin cabin is 1.7 times the cost of a single berth. However, there is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin. 

Child Policy: At date of embarkation, the minimum age restriction of 8 years and a minimum height and weight requirement of 64 lbs or 29kg and 48” or 1.2 meters must be met.

Includes

  • Arrival airport transfer to hotel on day 1
  • One night's hotel accommodation in Nuuk on day 1
  • Half day tour in Nuuk on day 2
  • Group transfer from ship to airport
  • Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • Accommodation during the voyage on full board basis
  • All shore excursions and zodiac activities
  • Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
  • Access to an onboard doctor and basic medical services
  • A 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
  • Loan of rubber boots for the voyage's duration 
  • A printed photo book produced with photos from your voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information 
  • Port taxes and any entry fees to historic landing sites

Excludes

  • Flights to and from points of embarkation/disembarkation (excl. Copenhagen package)
  • Any additional pre/post land services, including meals
  • Transfers not specific to the itinerary
  • Optional adventure activities (e.g. kayaking)
  • Visa, passport and any vaccination expenses
  • Airport arrival and departure taxes
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature (e.g. laundry & beverages) 
  • Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage

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