Join the Hanseatic Inspiration on on an expedition cruise to the green land of ice! Follow in the footsteps of the Vikings and the Inuit culture, on a 14-day Southwest Greenland Expedition with Hapag Lloyd. This route paints a multifaceted picture of the Nordic world - crowned by the icy Disko Bay. Set sail from Reykjavik, the capital of iceland and explore the southwest coast of Greenland as you venture towards Kangerlussuaq.
Explore the dramatic landscape of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Feel the pioneering spirit as your small expedition ship forges its path through Prince Christian Sound
Opportunities for whale watching
Enjoy memorable moments as you sail through Disko Bay
Day 1: Reykjavik, Iceland
Day 2: Grundarfjordhur, Iceland
Day 3: At sea
Day 4: Cruise through Prince Christian Sound
Days 5 - 12: South and west coast of Greenland
Day 13: At sea
Day 14: Reykjavik, Iceland
Arrive in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. Your ship, Hanseatic Inspiration will depart today for Greenland in the late evening. Enjoy time on your own to explore this vibrant city.
Silence, the vast expanse and Nordic serenity: start your Greenland expedition with another island, Iceland. Volcanoes, the wind and the sea have all left their mark on the scenery. Set off from the small fishing town of Grundarfjordhur to explore the dramatic landscape of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Take an optional excursion on a snowcat up to around 1,400m on Snaefellsjokull for a glacier experience. The volcano certainly made an impression on Jules Verne, who used it as the starting point of A Journey to the Centre of the Earth. for you, this is the prologue for a very personal adventutre story.
Enjoy the many amenities of your ship as you spend a day relaxing at sea.
Thrilling chapters await when you follow in the footsteps of the Norsemen and set a course for Greenland. Erik the Red landed on its south coast more than 1,000 years ago. Feel the pioneering spirit as your small expedition ship forges its path through Prince Christian Sound. This ice-covered waterway is filled with spectacular mountains and mighty glaciers. Perhaps you'll catch your first glimpse of a whale! This cruise presents plenty of whale watching opportunities.
Qaqortoq will take you back in time with many magical old houses from the period around 1775. A small museum provides fascinating information about the Viking legacy and Inuit culture. Explore the ruins of Igaliko, a fascinating relic from the Norse era. Go on a hike with experts in Arsukfjord, and marvel at picturesque glacier panoramas and blooming tundra. Nuuk, Greenland's capital, is the heart of the nation, where Inuit traditions and modern life come together in the charming Greenlandic manner. Almost, 1,000km long, Evigedsfjord is like an open-air stage with steep cliff walls rising up around it.
Qeqertarsuaq presents a stunning contrast to the dark mountain backdrop with small, colourful houses by the water. The Island of Uummannaq is shaped by a mountain with two peaks and a vast fjord system. Disko Bay will provide even more memorable moments. Ice sculptures in all manner of forms drift slowly through the vast area. Enjoy this natural spectacle from your front-row seat on deck - or take a Zodiac ride to the centre of the action. These are just some of the places you'll explore on your expedition of southwest Greenland.
Enjoy a day of relaxation as your ship cruises towards Kangerlussuaq
Today marks the end of your adventure in southwest Greenland, as your ship arrives in the early hours. Disembark for your return flight.
Arrive in Constable Point and board the M/V Balto. The exact itinerary from here will depend on ice and weather conditions. The aim is to make landings every day using Zodiacs.
You are travelling in one of the largest wilderness areas in the Northern Hemisphere, where you will be introduced to some of the most spectacular coastlines in the world. Explore deep fjords surrounded by majestic peaks and tundra covered slopes. Using Zodiac's you will be able to explore further afield and cruise amongst large stranded icebergs and make shore landings.
Scoresby Sund is the world's largest fjord system and offers some of the most spectacular scenery Greenland has to offer: jagged peaks as tall as 200 meters coming straight out of the sea and rare glimpses of the Greenland ice cap, the largest ice cap in the northern hemisphere. Here large glaciers pour into the sea, with an unexpected quantity of beautiful icebergs, some of them larger then high-rise buildings. Your ship will circumnavigate Milne Land, the second largest island in Greenland, sailing through the narrow and spectacular Fohn Fjord, Rode Fjord and O Fjord. During walks on the tundra, you may find remains from early Inuit cultures that settled here more than 2,000 years ago. You will also have good opportunities to spot prehistoric-looking musk oxen or the lovely white Arctic hare. With a stroke of luck, you might also spot polar bears here.
You will also visit Ittoqqortoormiit, home to some 450 Greenlanders and the only settlement in Northeast Greenland. It is located 500km north of the Arctic Circle. During the visit, learn more about the locals' life here.
In the morning, you will disembark in Constable Point ready for your flight home.
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