The Sarfaq Ittuk passing icebergs
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13 days in the south & west of Greenland incl. 5 days on board Sarfaq Ittuk

from 1,385.00 €
Request a quote Coastal Ship - South & West

13 days in the south & west of Greenland incl. 5 days on board Sarfaq Ittuk

from 1,385.00 €

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On a 2,5 hour boat trip you will sail among the gigantic icebergs in Disko Bay in the evening sun. These frozen giants calved from the most productive glacier of the Northern Hemisphere, the Sermeq Kujalleq. It annually calves 45km³ of ice into the UNESCO Icefjord. Sailing around the gigantic icebergs in the evening sun is a fantastic experience. Remember to bring warm clothes.

It is a big day today. You came here to see glaciers and icebergs. And you do not mean the small ones, you mean the massive ones. Well, we promise - this is what you are going to see. Standing in front of the enormous Ilulissat Icefjord will make you feel small and humble. An endless amount of ice pushing down from the glacier Sermeq Kujalleq towards the sea, where ice is calving constantly creating those majestic icebergs floating in Disko Bay. Here, at the Ilulissat Icefjord World Heritage Site, we also stop at Sermermiut, an abandoned Inuit settlement, which had been used by Saqqaq, early Dorset and Thule cultures. Our guide will provide you with insights into the Inuit culture.

We leave Ilulissat in the early morning by boat heading north to the famous Eqi Glacier, one of the most breathtaking places in Greenland. We stop for about an hour close to the massive glacier wall, turn off the engines and admire the magnificent views of this huge calving glacier. A packed lunch on board is included. In the afternoon we make our way back to Ilulissat.

In the early morning you will sail about an hour from Ilulissat to Ilimanaq, passing by the stunning UNESCO Icefjord and its giant icebergs. From the small settlement of Ilimanaq you set off with your guide by UTV, driving south through the ever-changing landscape until you reach the fjord. From there you will sail by open boat deep into the ancient fjord where hunters and prey have been battling for centuries. You jump ashore with your guide and walk towards Sarqardliup glacier that looks inviting but also craves humility. This is where you start to feel like a polar explorer and just want to walk on the thousands-of-years old glacial ice. So that is exactly what you will do. Your glacier guide explains about safety and precautions and takes you through this endless world of ice. Amazing! In the evening you return to Ilulissat.

This morning you will sail south from Ilulissat towards the small settlement of Ilimanaq. On the way you will pass by the famous Kangia Icefjord with a stunning view of the massive icebergs. You will visit the small settlement of Ilimanaq with its picturesque colonial buildings and come to know how people live in such a remote part of the world. You enjoy lunch at a local family's home. In the afternoon you will sail back to Ilulissat, passing by the breathtaking Icefjord once more.

In the morning you will sail to the small settlement of Oqaatsut (Rodebay) located north of Ilulissat. During the boat tour you will have the opportunity to gaze at the most impressive icebergs of the Northern Hemisphere. The settlement once was a popular trading post and was called Rodebay (red bay) by Dutch whale hunters in the 18th century. Lunch is included for you. You will have time on to explore the picturesque settlement with its colourful houses and go on a short hike around the area before sailing back to Ilulissat.

This afternoon you will head south to explore the small settlement of Ilimanaq and on your way pass by the famous Kangia Icefjord with a stunning view of the massive icebergs. Ilimanaq means ‘the area of expectations’ since you would expect to get a good catch here in the mid 19th century. At that time, hundreds of families lived along the coast. Today, the settlement only counts around 50 inhabitants. On a guided settlement walk you will visit the local church, school and the dog area as well as the old wooden houses and your guide provides you with an insight into Greenlandic culture and the local way of living. The evening will come up with some real taste of Greenland. You enjoy dinner at Restaurant Egede, the historic home of Poul Egede, which has been painstakingly restored and nowadays houses one of Greenland’s best restaurants. The historic spirit of this place, the marvelous location with a view into Disko Bay and the fresh Greenlandic cuisine allow for an unforgettable evening before you head back to Ilulissat.

You will visit a local handcrafts woman at her house where she is revealing glimpse into her traditional skills. In the past the Inuit only wore clothes made from animal skin or fur since these were warm and hard-wearing and ideally adapted for Arctic climate. The Inuit saying “A man is what his wife makes him” shows the great deal of responsibility the women carried by carefully choosing the skins and perfectly processing them into clothes that protected people in the harsh arctic winter. You will come to know how these skilled and talented artists were creating the traditional Inuit clothing as well as the festive national dress and also enjoy coffee and cake together. By joining this tour you support the local women community and contribute to the preservation of Greenlandic handcraft.

On a city walk through Ilulissat your guide will show you the most important sites of this charming little town located next to the UNESCO Icefjord for instance the old part of town where the houses of the first Danish settlers are situated at the harbour as well as the Knud Rasmussen Museum and the old wooden church Zion. He will provide us with valuable insight into the history of Ilulissat and the Greenlandic culture.

In the evening, you go for an impressive kayaking trip among the gigantic icebergs in Disko Bay. The activity consists in kayaking along the coast of Ilulissat, from where you can see big icebergs coming from the Ilulissat Icefjord. You experience this breathtaking scenery in the most natural and traditional way. Just you and your kayak, paddling as Inuits used to so and some still do. Nonetheless all the safety measures are included: the best equipment in the market (clothing that enables you to swim in freezing waters and the most safe and stable kayaks) and if that were not enough, our kayak instructors have the highest qualifications and lots of experience kayaking in Arctic regions (to participate in this trip max height is 2m and weight is 110kg).

In the morning you will be transferred by boat to the small settlement of Oqaatsut. Here we will go kayaking in Disko Bay. Before we start, you will get a short introduction to kayaking and then we will practice a bit just off the coast of Oqaatsut. We then head towards the icebergs. We will paddle among the icebergs in the bay and enjoy the spectacular views surrounding us. We will have some refreshment in Oqaatsut before we take the boat back to Ilulissat (to participate in this trip max height is 2m and weight is 110kg).

Today you will go on a whale safari in Disko Bay with its giant icebergs. During the summer many different whale species migrate to the colder waters of the Disko Bay area, commonest humpback whales, fin whales and minke whales. We are in contact with local fishermen who keep us up to date on where we are likely to spot some whales.

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The Sarfaq Ittuk passing icebergs
Equipment list Coastal Ship - South & West

13 days in the south & west of Greenland incl. 5 days on board Sarfaq Ittuk

Equipment list Coastal Ship - South & West

13 days in the south & west of Greenland incl. 5 days on board Sarfaq Ittuk

Below is an equipment list with items we highly recommend you bring on the journey. To enjoy the trip to the fullest, comfortable and good equipment is essential. So be a bit picky about what you bring on our trip, make sure it is adequate for arctic conditions.

Clothing & Footwear

  • Non-cotton, wool long sleeves and tights (base layer)

    Base layers are designed to keep you warm despite they might be wet from sweating, for example - therefore they must not be cotton but instead a lightweight wool or other fast-drying fiber. Base layers will also keep you warm if, for example, your outer layers are not entirely windproof or waterproof. If there is one thing to stress, it is that having several light layers to choose from, or use in combination with each other, is far more valuable for regulating body temperature than having one or two heavy layers that might make you too cold or too hot, but never just right. It is recommended to bring a selection of long-sleeve shirts and pants for lightweight base layers, so you have a few extras.

  • Wool sweater, fleece or PrimaLoft jacket (mid layer)

    A wool layer is always nice to have as additional warmth. It should not be your heaviest winter sweater, but just something you feel could make you warm and cosy if you had a persistent chill. It is recommended to bring a light- to medium-weight wool sweater or a fleece or prima loft jacket.

  • All-purpose or fleece pants (mid layer)

    When you are on land, and if it’s dry, the waterproof pants (outer layer) layer won’t be necessary, but you’ll need more than a base layer. It is recommended to bring a pair of light, loose breathable pants as a sort of all-purpose pants. Fleece pants can be useful if you easily feel cold. Jeans are strongly discouraged.

  • breathable light jacket (outer layer)

    When you’re on land, and if it’s dry, the waterproof jacket layer won’t be necessary, but you’ll need more than a base layer. It is recommended to bring a light jacket, or even a vest. Lightweight puffy jackets work well.

  • windproof & waterproof jacket and pants (outer layer)

    Whether it’s to protect you from wind and rain on land or from ocean spray while sailing, having good outer layers to protect against the elements will make the difference between a pleasant and unpleasant trip. It is recommended to bring both a windproof/waterproof jacket and a pair of windproof/waterproof rain pants. Gore-Tex is a leading manufacturer of breathable and waterproof layers.

  • warm hat and light (fleece) gloves

    A bit of wind, a mammoth iceberg nearby, and even fog can have more effect on the air temperature than you might imagine, and it can be magnified when sailing or standing a few hundred meters above sea level. Even though it is summer and there is not a single patch of snow to be found, you still need to be prepared with a few of the more ‘wintery’ items. It is recommended to bring a warm hat and gloves. As a light version, a buff to wear around the head or neck is also useful.

  • hiking boots

    Footwear is of the utmost importance in Greenland. It must be comfortable yet supportive, as it is what protects your feet and will keep you going all day long. So bring your favourite hiking boots, that you will likely use across all sailing and hiking activities, on all days. Good hiking boots have high ankles support, are waterproof or water-resistant and are non-skid / have a sole with good traction (good for both rocky terrain and wet boat decks). It is good if they are worn-in as it is not ideal to break in brand new shoes and have blisters on the first day.

  • comfort footwear

    We recommend supportive sneakers/running shoes, that you will use on arrival and departure day, as well as for the evenings.

Other gear

  • 60-80 litre backpack or duffle bag

    It is recommended to pack your gear in a backpack. Many of the towns have simple dirt- or rocky roads which are not exactly ideal for pulling luggage with wheels. If you do not own a backpack, prefer a duffle bag over a hard shell suitcase.

  • 20-30 litre daypack

    For maximum versatility, it is recommended to bring a small daypack to hold an extra layer or two and your water bottle during short excursions.

  • sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses, base-cap

    In summer in Greenland, the midnight sun is out 24 hours a day. Couple this never-ending daylight with the fact that there are no trees for shade - as well as with the reflection off the water and nearby icebergs - and you’ve got yourself the equation for some fierce sun exposure. It is recommended to bring sunscreen, lip balm and sunglasses, and, if you like, a hat with a visor.

  • bug repellant, head net & after bite

    The Arctic summer is notorious for small pesky insects like mosquitos and flies. They will not be a problem when sailing, but once we hit land, they’ll surely find us soon enough. Only a light breeze will give natural respite from the bugs. It is recommended to bring bug repellent, after bite and a mosquito head net. Not very fashionable, but oh-so-functional. Please note: it should be possible to purchase bug repellent in the local Pisiffik grocery store, pending product availability, however it will be the strong, chemical, non- environment-friendly stuff. If you prefer a natural-based product, you should bring your own.

  • water bottle

    Make sure you stay hydrated. So it is recommended to bring your own water bottle or CamelBak to fill up with the freshest, cleanest, tastiest water you can find at convenient streams and waterfalls - or at the faucet, if you want to be like the rest of the world.

  • camera/binoculars

    There’s going to be no less than 10,000 amazing things to see and remember - icebergs that look different from every angle, diving whale flukes, flocks of birds gathering around a fishing boat for free giveaways, small colourful houses perched at the edge of the hill and the world and fantastic geological rock formations. It is recommended to bring whatever camera or looking device you wish, whether that’s a smartphone, snazzy camera, or selfie stick.

  • sleeping bag

    in case you have chosen the "couchette & hostel category" for this trip, please remember to bring a sleeping bag (comfort range around +10°C/50°F). Customers who have booked the "cabin & accommodation with private facilities" category do not need to bring a sleeping bag.

Rentable

  • Sleeping bag at Hostel Narsarsuaq (50 DKK per night)

    Please book in advance with us, payment will be on location in Narsarsuaq.

  • Sleeping bag at Hostel Gardar (50 DKK per night)

    Please book in advance with us, payment will be on location in Greenland.

  • blanket (DKK 150)

    Staying onboard the coastal ship Sarfaq Ittuk in couchette category you can buy a blanket, which can be taken with you and used in future travel. You can book and pay for the blanket at the info counter of the ship.

In case you have any further questions regarding the equipment to bring to the tour please do not hesitate to contact us.

The Sarfaq Ittuk passing icebergs
FAQ Coastal Ship - South & West

13 days in the south & west of Greenland incl. 5 days on board Sarfaq Ittuk

FAQ Coastal Ship - South & West

13 days in the south & west of Greenland incl. 5 days on board Sarfaq Ittuk

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Traditions and culture

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Encountering wildlife

  • Which animals are there in Greenland?
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Individual tour

Coastal Ship - South & West

13 days in the south & west of Greenland incl. 5 days on board Sarfaq Ittuk

Difficulty level: Easy from 1,385.00 €

The trip starts in South Greenland where you will spend four days exploring the beautiful green nature and the beautiful blue icebergs. You will then sail on board the coastal ship ‘Sarfaq Ittuk’ from Narsaq to the famous Disko Bay.

Travelling on board the coastal ship with the locals and stopping in small settlements on the way, gives you a great insight into the life of the people in Greenland. You will sail for more than 1200km along the coast before arriving the the famous Disko Bay. You will stay spend five days in Ilulissat, the city of icebergs, where you can explore the area, enjoy the amazing view and go on exciting day tours.

Rough summary

Day 1:

Arrival in Narsarsuaq

Day 2:

Narsarsuaq - Igaliku

Day 3:

Day at leisure in Igaliku

Day 4:

Igaliku - Narsaq

Day 5:

Visit of Narsaq - Embarkation on board the Coastal ship

Day 6:

Sailing: Stops in Arsuk, Paamiut & Qeqertarsuatsiaat

Day 7:

Sailing: Stop in Nuuk

Day 8:

Sailing: Stops in Maniitsoq and Sisimiut

Day 9:

Sailing: Stop in Aasiaat - Arrival in Ilulissat

Day 10-12:

Days at leisure in Ilulissat

Day 13:

End of the trip in Ilulissat

Prices and dates

Price per person:

1 June to 31 August: Dormitory Double Single
Couchette & hostel 1555 (two travellers) 1780 (single traveller) - -
Cabin & acc. w. private facilities - 2930 4380
1 September to 15 September: Dormitory Double Single
Couchette & hostel 1385 (two travellers) 1605 (single traveller) - -
Cabin & acc. w. private facilities - 2565 3830

Dates:

Saturdays, June 01, 2020 – September 13, 2020 (available)

Further details

Price includes:

  • 1 night in Narsarsuaq
  • 2 nights in Igaliku
  • 1 night in Narsaq
  • boat transfers Narsarsuaq - Itilleq - Narsaq
  • sailing on board Sarfaq Ittuk from Narsaq to Ilulissat
  • 4 nights in Ilulissat

Type of trip:

This pre-arranged adventure is an individual trip, meaning you are discovering Greenland on your own but joining selected guided group activities during your stay. You will receive comprehensive travel information such as where and when to meet for the activities.

Minimum age:

8

About accommodation:

Couchette & hostel: In Narsarsuaq, Igaliku & Narsaq, nights in hostel in dormitory / sleeping bag accommodation with kitchen facilities, on board the Sarfaq Ittuk in couchette / sleeping bag accommodation, in Ilulissat in hostel in double room / sleeping bag accommodation with shared facilities and shared kitchen.

Cabin & acc. with private facilities: In Narsarsuaq & Narsaq in hotel with breakfast in room with private facilities, in Igaliku in a cottage including breakfast with shared facilities, on board the Sarfaq Ittuk in a private cabin with private facilities, in Ilulissat in a 3 local star hotel in standard room with private facilities and breakfast included. Note that there is no accommodation in Igaliku with private facilities, so we offer you to stay in a cosy cottage with an amazing view on the fjord and the settlement.

The ship Sarfaq Ittuk

The vessel was built in 1992 and modernised and lengthened in the winter of 1999/2000. It is now 73 meters long and 11 meters wide. With her engine of 2000 hp the vessels steams at a speed of 13 knots. The crew counts 22 people. The vessel has café, stern saloon with panorama windows, playroom and a hospital clinic to be used in case of injuries and emergency situations onboard. The vessel's capacity is 239 passengers. The overnight accommodation facilities are distributed on 104 cabin beds with private bath and toilet, and 135 couchettes. The couchettes are without private facilities and have access to lockable cabinet showers in communal areas. 'Det Norske Veritas' has classified the vessel for sailing in icy waters.

Options

Feel free to add one or more of our tour options to make them part of your request.

On a 2,5 hour boat trip you will sail among the gigantic icebergs in Disko Bay in the evening sun. These frozen giants calved from the most productive glacier of the Northern Hemisphere, the Sermeq Kujalleq. It annually calves 45km³ of ice into the UNESCO Icefjord. Sailing around the gigantic icebergs in the evening sun is a fantastic experience. Remember to bring warm clothes.

It is a big day today. You came here to see glaciers and icebergs. And you do not mean the small ones, you mean the massive ones. Well, we promise - this is what you are going to see. Standing in front of the enormous Ilulissat Icefjord will make you feel small and humble. An endless amount of ice pushing down from the glacier Sermeq Kujalleq towards the sea, where ice is calving constantly creating those majestic icebergs floating in Disko Bay. Here, at the Ilulissat Icefjord World Heritage Site, we also stop at Sermermiut, an abandoned Inuit settlement, which had been used by Saqqaq, early Dorset and Thule cultures. Our guide will provide you with insights into the Inuit culture.

We leave Ilulissat in the early morning by boat heading north to the famous Eqi Glacier, one of the most breathtaking places in Greenland. We stop for about an hour close to the massive glacier wall, turn off the engines and admire the magnificent views of this huge calving glacier. A packed lunch on board is included. In the afternoon we make our way back to Ilulissat.

In the early morning you will sail about an hour from Ilulissat to Ilimanaq, passing by the stunning UNESCO Icefjord and its giant icebergs. From the small settlement of Ilimanaq you set off with your guide by UTV, driving south through the ever-changing landscape until you reach the fjord. From there you will sail by open boat deep into the ancient fjord where hunters and prey have been battling for centuries. You jump ashore with your guide and walk towards Sarqardliup glacier that looks inviting but also craves humility. This is where you start to feel like a polar explorer and just want to walk on the thousands-of-years old glacial ice. So that is exactly what you will do. Your glacier guide explains about safety and precautions and takes you through this endless world of ice. Amazing! In the evening you return to Ilulissat.

This morning you will sail south from Ilulissat towards the small settlement of Ilimanaq. On the way you will pass by the famous Kangia Icefjord with a stunning view of the massive icebergs. You will visit the small settlement of Ilimanaq with its picturesque colonial buildings and come to know how people live in such a remote part of the world. You enjoy lunch at a local family's home. In the afternoon you will sail back to Ilulissat, passing by the breathtaking Icefjord once more.

In the morning you will sail to the small settlement of Oqaatsut (Rodebay) located north of Ilulissat. During the boat tour you will have the opportunity to gaze at the most impressive icebergs of the Northern Hemisphere. The settlement once was a popular trading post and was called Rodebay (red bay) by Dutch whale hunters in the 18th century. Lunch is included for you. You will have time on to explore the picturesque settlement with its colourful houses and go on a short hike around the area before sailing back to Ilulissat.

This afternoon you will head south to explore the small settlement of Ilimanaq and on your way pass by the famous Kangia Icefjord with a stunning view of the massive icebergs. Ilimanaq means ‘the area of expectations’ since you would expect to get a good catch here in the mid 19th century. At that time, hundreds of families lived along the coast. Today, the settlement only counts around 50 inhabitants. On a guided settlement walk you will visit the local church, school and the dog area as well as the old wooden houses and your guide provides you with an insight into Greenlandic culture and the local way of living. The evening will come up with some real taste of Greenland. You enjoy dinner at Restaurant Egede, the historic home of Poul Egede, which has been painstakingly restored and nowadays houses one of Greenland’s best restaurants. The historic spirit of this place, the marvelous location with a view into Disko Bay and the fresh Greenlandic cuisine allow for an unforgettable evening before you head back to Ilulissat.

You will visit a local handcrafts woman at her house where she is revealing glimpse into her traditional skills. In the past the Inuit only wore clothes made from animal skin or fur since these were warm and hard-wearing and ideally adapted for Arctic climate. The Inuit saying “A man is what his wife makes him” shows the great deal of responsibility the women carried by carefully choosing the skins and perfectly processing them into clothes that protected people in the harsh arctic winter. You will come to know how these skilled and talented artists were creating the traditional Inuit clothing as well as the festive national dress and also enjoy coffee and cake together. By joining this tour you support the local women community and contribute to the preservation of Greenlandic handcraft.

On a city walk through Ilulissat your guide will show you the most important sites of this charming little town located next to the UNESCO Icefjord for instance the old part of town where the houses of the first Danish settlers are situated at the harbour as well as the Knud Rasmussen Museum and the old wooden church Zion. He will provide us with valuable insight into the history of Ilulissat and the Greenlandic culture.

In the evening, you go for an impressive kayaking trip among the gigantic icebergs in Disko Bay. The activity consists in kayaking along the coast of Ilulissat, from where you can see big icebergs coming from the Ilulissat Icefjord. You experience this breathtaking scenery in the most natural and traditional way. Just you and your kayak, paddling as Inuits used to so and some still do. Nonetheless all the safety measures are included: the best equipment in the market (clothing that enables you to swim in freezing waters and the most safe and stable kayaks) and if that were not enough, our kayak instructors have the highest qualifications and lots of experience kayaking in Arctic regions (to participate in this trip max height is 2m and weight is 110kg).

In the morning you will be transferred by boat to the small settlement of Oqaatsut. Here we will go kayaking in Disko Bay. Before we start, you will get a short introduction to kayaking and then we will practice a bit just off the coast of Oqaatsut. We then head towards the icebergs. We will paddle among the icebergs in the bay and enjoy the spectacular views surrounding us. We will have some refreshment in Oqaatsut before we take the boat back to Ilulissat (to participate in this trip max height is 2m and weight is 110kg).

Today you will go on a whale safari in Disko Bay with its giant icebergs. During the summer many different whale species migrate to the colder waters of the Disko Bay area, commonest humpback whales, fin whales and minke whales. We are in contact with local fishermen who keep us up to date on where we are likely to spot some whales.

Flight connections

Flights to Greenland are not included.
Fly to Narsarsuaq via Reykjavík/Iceland or Copenhagen/Denmark.
Return flight from 990 EUR per person can be added to your package.

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Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Narsarsuaq

Today you arrive in Narsarsuaq, the gateway to South Greenland. Planes usually land late afternoon or in the evening here, so use the rest of the day to take a quick stroll around the few houses. Here you will also stay for tonight before your big adventure is about to begin tomorrow.

Day 2: Narsarsuaq - Itilleq - Igaliku

You will leave Narsarsuaq and sail south in the Tunulliarfik fjord to the small port of Itilleq. From there you will go on an easy hike to cross the Kongevejen, the path of the kings, to the the small settlement of Igaliku. At Igaliku you will find the ruins Gardar, the archdiocese and religious capital of Viking Greenland. Night in Igaliku.

Day 3: Day at leisure in Igaliku

You will have the day at leisure in the Igaliku area. You can go on a very nice hike up to the plateau over Igaliku, where you have an amazing view on the Qooroq fjord and the icebergs. Night in Igaliku.

Day 4: Igaliku - Boat transfer Ittileq - Narsaq

You will hike along the Kongevejen back from Igaliku to Itilleq. From there you will sail south to Narsaq which is the most important town in South Greenland, ideally located between two fjords. Narsaq offers the perfect setting for iceberg cruising, as a very active glacier in Bredefjord sends numerous icebergs towards the sea passing by Narsaq. The town is very beautiful with colourful houses, a fantastic museum with a fine exhibition of kayaks, traditional clothing and the history of the town. Night in Narsaq.

Day 5: Visit of Narsaq - coastal ship departure

You will have the day at leisure in Narsaq. In the evening you will leave Narsaq on board the coastal ship ‘Sarfaq Ittuk’.

Day 6: Sailing: Arsuk, Paamiut & Qeqertarsuatsiaat

Today you will be northbound on the ocean along the west coast. Now that we are out of the fjord the chances of seeing whales increase and much of the time, will be spent on the lookout for these giants of the sea. We will have short stops at the settlements of Arsuk, Paamiut & Qeqertarsuatsiaat. Night on board.

Day 7: Sailing: Nuuk

Today, we will stop in Nuuk and will have the day to explore the capital of Greenland. You can take a walk around town, visit the National Museum (and see the mummies found in the north of Greenland) and take a walk at the hold harbour and visit the the culture center, Katuaq.

Day 8: Sailing: Maniitsoq - Sisimiut

The further north we sail, the higher and steeper the mountains are. Today, we will pass the Arctic Circle before arriving in Sisimiut, which is the most northern town in Greenland to be free of ice all the year around. Night on board.

Day 9: Sailing: Aasiaat - Ilulissat

Today, you will arrive in the famous Disko Bay. After a short stop in Aasiaat, we will continue to sail north towards Ilulissat, the town of the icebergs. Shortly before we arrive in Ilulissat, we will pass by the impressive Icefjord, Kangia, filled with enormous icebergs. You will have the afternoon at leisure in Ilulissat to visit the town and enjoy the amazing view of the icebergs. Night in Ilulissat.

Day 10-12: Days at leisure in Ilulissat

You will have 3 days to discover the famous Disko Bay. You can explore the beautiful area and enjoy the view of the the incredible icebergs. You can also book great excursions on the spot. Nights in Ilulissat.

Day 13: End of the trip in Ilulissat

Today your trip ends in Ilulissat after unforgettable days in the Arctic.

Schedule Sarfaq Ittuk

10 May - 27 September Day Arrival Departure
Narsaq Wednesday 21:00 21:30
Arsuk Thursday 06:45 07:00
Paamiut 14:00 14:30
Qeqertarsuatsiaat 22:15 22:30
Nuuk Friday 07:30 21:00
Maniitsoq Saturday 07:00 08:00
Kangaamiut 11:30 11:45
Sisimiut Sunday 19:00 21:00
Aasiaat 08:00 08:30
Ilulissat 13:00 -

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