West Greenland – Disko Bay

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DATES (2018): May 22-30; May 30-June 06

DURATION: 9 days     

EMBARKATION: Nuuk (Greenland)            

DISEMBARKATION: Kangerlussuaq (Greenland)

SHIP: M/V Sea Spirit

 

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All about the West Greenland – Disko Bay.

WELCOME TO BIRTHPLACE OF ICEBERGS – Though seemingly larger than life, Disko Bay is almost not large enough to hold its many wonders.

This voyage centers on Disko Bay, a region on the west coast of Greenland famous for its icebergs, whales, and friendly Inuit villages. It departs from the capital of Greenland city of Nuuk and finishes in Kangerlussuaq. Attractions include volcanic landscapes, museums, iconic churches in numerous settlements, Greenlandic sled dogs, and stunning scenery everywhere.

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HIGHLIGHTS

ILULISSAT ICEFJORD
The spectacular Ilulissat Icefjord is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the head of this steady stream of ice lies Sermeq Kujalleq (Jakobshavn Glacier), an outlet of the Greenland Ice Sheet through which around 46 cubic kilometers of ice are calved annually into the sea.

Situated nearby is the town of Ilulissat, which offers easy access for close viewing of icebergs emanating from the immense glacier front. The combination of a highly scenic ice sheet and a fast moving ice stream, along with the dramatic sound produced by grinding icebergs, presents an unforgettable natural spectacle.

INUIT VILLAGES
Cultural traditions are blended with modern living in contemporary Inuit villages throughout the Disco Bay area. Colorful houses are a modern reflection of the pride and felicity of this robust and ancient culture. The preservation of a subsistence lifestyle is evident in fishing boat captains and sled dog mushers. Village youth enjoy soccer with some of the sport’s most scenic backdrops.

Each village has its own unique history and character. Settlements on our route include Itilleq, Sisimiut, Aasiaat, Ilulissat, Qeqertarsuaq, and Uummannaq.

DISKO ISLAND
Disko Island is the largest island on the west coast of Greenland. The island’s characteristic volcanic landscape contains hot springs, red basalt mountains, lush greenery, and amazing rock formations. The small, traditional town of Qeqertarsuaq is among of Greenland’s oldest.

The waters around Disko Island are home to a variety of whale species including humpback, fin, minke, and bowhead (also known as the Greenland right whale). The abundance of icebergs makes whale watching here a particularly awesome experience.

  1. Day 1 Air flight from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland to Nuuk, Greenland; embarkation

    Your individual arrival to Kangerlussuaq is followed by flight to Nuuk (Flights between Copenhagen and Kangerlussuaq, and flight to Nuuk is provided by Poseidon Expeditions and included in the price of the voyage).

    Our voyage starts in the capital of Greenland – city of Nuuk. It has a population of over 16,000, making it one of the smallest capital cities in the world by population. It is also the world’s northernmost capital, located only a few kilometers further north than Reykjavík.

    Today we welcome you aboard the luxury expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come. Savor the anticipation of your Arctic dreams coming true as we slip our moorings and sail along the picturesque fjord.

  2. Day 2-8 Exploration of West Greenland

    Nuuk fjord – Just outside of Nuuk lies the second largest fjord system in the world. The fjord is embraced by snow-capped mountains, towering waterfalls, and gleaming icebergs.

    Sisimiut – The second-largest town in Greenland boasts a youthful, urban vibe. The Sisimiut Museum offers insight into the local culture and a history of human habitation dating back 4,500 years.

    Qeqertarsuaq – Located on volcanic Disko Island, the small town of Qeqertarsuaq enjoys views of basaltic mountains and the huge icebergs of Disko Bay. Founded in 1773 as a whaling station, Qeqertarsuaq is one of the oldest towns in Greenland. Cultural attractions include a distinctive octagonal church called the “Lord’s Ink Pot”. Some hiking options are available in the area: a longer hike to the basalt cliffs and a shorter one to the waterfall.

    Uummannaq – Founded in 1763 on the island of the same name, the town of Uummannaq is a hunting and fishing base with a canning factory and a marble quarry. Rising above town is the distinctive 1,170-meter Uummannaq Mountain. Danish and Greenlandic children believe that Santa Claus lives on the island. A Zodiac cruise in Uummannaq fjord reveals a breathtaking scenery around.

    Eqip Sermia – This active tidewater glacier is situated in a wild and scenic fjord. In the period after the Second World War, this area functioned as a starting point for expeditions onto the ice cap conducted by the French explorer Paul Emile Victor, whose hut still stands today.

    Ilulissat – Formerly called Jakobshavn, the town of Ilulissat is best known for unbelievable quantities of icebergs issuing from the nearby Ilulissat Icefjord, into which one of the world’s fastest moving and most active glaciers calves 46 cubic kilometers of ice annually. The breathtaking ice formations are best appreciated from a boat (a boat trip along the fjord is included in the price of the voyage). Attractions in town include the Inuit Art Museum, which contains a large collection of paintings by Greenlandic, Faroese, and Danish artists.

    Itilleq – Located just north of the Arctic Circle, Itilleq (also known as Itivdleq) is a settlement on a small island with about 100 inhabitants. The main trade here is fishing and hunting. The island has no freshwater, so Itilleq has a facility that makes freshwater from seawater.

  3. Day 9 Disembarkation in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

    After breakfast we say farewell in Kangerlussuaq, the site of Greenland’s largest commercial airport. After disembarkation we transfer to the airport for our air flight to Copenhagen and further flight home.

Sea Spirit

Introducing the Sea Spirit, formerly the Spirit of Oceanus – Sailing in grand style with all the amenities of a luxury hotel.
Providing spacious suites for accommodation of 116 passengers the Sea Spirit at the same time features maneuverability and friendly atmosphere of small ships. The vessel has an ice-strengthened hull, a fleet of Zodiacs, and a set of retractable fin stabilizers for smoother sailing.

Explore the Polar Regions in style and comfort aboard the all-suite Sea Spirit. Providing spacious suites and social areas for 116 guests the Sea Spirit at the same time features maneuverability and friendly atmosphere of small ships.

Public areas include: Reception, Restaurant, Bar, Outdoor Bistro, Club Lounge, Library, Presentation Lounge, Infirmary, Gym, Bridge.

We have open Bridge policy. Talk to the Captain and officers. Watch landscapes from this special angle of view. Fix your location at a map of your expedition.

Fast Facts

  • Dare Launched/Rebuilt: 1992/2006
  • Length: 297 ft
  • Beam: 50 ft
  • Draft: 13.5 ft
  • Tonnage: 4954 t
  • Cruise Speed: 12 knots
  • Total Staff: 72
  • Passenger Capacity: 116
  • Registry: Bahamas

Onboard Amenities

Restaurant
The Restaurant on board the Sea Spirit offers open-seating dining, which means there are no assigned tables. Contemporary, international cuisine is created by our talented chefs.

Bar
After a day of explorations passengers may relax at a Bar staffed by a professional bartender. With a wide variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and engaging conversation, the bar on board this small luxury ship welcomes guests to mix and mingle.

Presentation Lounge
The Presentation Lounge with state-of-the-art equipment is where all lectures, briefings and social gatherings take place. Attend informative lectures, recaps and briefings, and enjoy views outside.

Club Lounge
Club Lounge provides great opportunities for socializing and observing fantastic landscapes passing by. This comfortable seating area also offers a 24-hour self-service coffee and tea bar.

Library
The Library is a quiet cozy place for reading and relaxation. It has an extensive selection of polar books and DVDs, magazines, reference materials and newspapers.

Gym
Well-equipped Gym allows travelers not to break away from regular sports for the time of a trip. The Gym is open daily and offers stationary bikes, several treadmills, and some multi-functional training machines.

Reception
Should you have a question or require any service be sure to visit the Reception area. Our experts can provide invaluable information to help you get the most out of your cruise.

DECK PLANS and CABINS

All accommodations are air-conditioned and fitted with TV, telephone, hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, and public address system and safe boxes. The fully equipped bathrooms are finished with marble.

CABINS

OWNER’S SUITE: Ocean view suite boasting sweeping views, interior entrance, a private terrace, a complimentary minibar (restocked daily), one queen bed and one sofa bed, sitting area, in-room safe, (Deck 6)

PREMIUM SUITE: Ocean view stateroom with direct access to their private balcony. Added amenities include: two twin or one queen bed, armoire, minibar, evening canapés, complimentary laundry service, and the services of a dedicated butler, fresh fruit upon arrival (Deck 6)

DELUXE SUITE: Ocean view stateroom with direct access to their private balcony, two twin or one queen bed (Deck 5)

SUPERIOR SUITE:Ocean view stateroom  with large pictures window(s), sweeping views, two twin or one queen bed (Deck 4)

CLASSIC SUITE: Ocean view stateroom with large pictures window(s), two twin or one queen bed (Deck 3)

MAIN DECK SUITE: Large ocean view stateroom with portholes, two twin or one queen bed (Deck 2)

TRIPLE CLASSIC SUITE: Ocean view stateroom with large pictures window(s), Three twin beds, or one Queen and one twin. (Deck 3).

Package Confirmed Dates Price (PP) Excluding Flights  
May 22, 2018 - May 30, 2018
$5,695