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  • Early Birds 2020/2021

16 days - Sail North and West Greenland on board MS Fram.

"Ultima Thule! Utmost Isle! Here in thy harbors for a while

We lower our sails; a while we rest, From the unending, endless quest"

Greenland's arctic wilderness offers you some of the most spectacular and unspoilt scenery on earth. Join Hurtigruten's MS Fram to sail under the midnight sun, along a landscape that is rich in culture, history and with spectacular wildlife. Our expedition team includes locals, giving you an authentic experience of the true Greenland.

Flights from Greenland to Copenhagen included.

Stand at the edge of the gigantic Greenland Ice Sheet, which stretches 1,500 miles north, covering up to 80% of the island. Enjoy exploring rarely visited settlements such as Upernavik and Siorapaluk, touch an iceberg with your bare hands and marvel at the power of nature in Ilulissat Icefjord. With daily landings and excursions, including kayaking, hiking and other activities, you will discover the authentic Greenland and really meet the people who call it home.

Highlights include

  • Visit Thule – the northernmost town on Greenland’s west coast
  • Majestic Ilulissat Icefjord: a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Quiet settlements and bustling, colourful towns
  • Luxuriant green tundra and narrow twisting fjords filled with ice
Day 1
Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq
Days 2 - 4
Midnight Sun and Dog Sledges
Day 5
At sea
Day 6
Old Thule
Day 7
85 miles from the North Pole, discover an incredible small Greenland settlement nestled by a sandy bay.
Day 8
Try to reach 80° North
Day 9
Old Trading Post
Day 10
At sea, heading south
Day 11
Upernavik - open aired museums and local experiences
Day 12
Eqiip Sermia Glacier
Day 13
Ilulissat
Day 14
This small settlement is situated in a hollow, majestically surrounded by high mountains and glaciers
Day 15
Reach Kangerlussuaq and then fly back to Copenhagen late this evening
Day 16
Arrive Copenhagen.
Start/End Place
Copenhagen, Scandinavia
Destinations Visited
Scandinavia
Denmark
Greenland
Duration
16 Days
Group Size
100 - 318
Suitability
Easy independent voyage suitable for singles & couples
Code
HEGI02

Details

Transportation

The original Fram was the most famous explorer ship of its time, and the achievements of her expeditions are unparalleled.

MS Fram brings on the heritage of the original Fram, using the most advanced technology to make her exceptionally well suited for expedition voyages in Polar Regions.

Fram means ‘forward’ – lifting expectations of the voyage at hand. MS Fram was built in 2007 with one mission in mind – to bring her guests closer to nature, wildlife and unforgettable experiences. The spacious outside decks include access to the very front of the ship – a great place to observe marine wildlife.

The ship is purpose built as an expedition vessel with a higher ice-class, chart drawing tools,ship depth sounding database, extractable forward sounding sonar, iceberg search lights, autonomous tracking system, oversized oil retention system for self-sufficiency, and a full ‘expedition tools-deck’ equivalent to a car-deck that holds 25 vehicles. We believe that as an explorer you need an ‘expedition base-camp’ that is comfortable – something that combines ‘all oceans capabilities’ with safety, flexibility and environmental friendliness. That’s Fram – simply the best expedition ship imaginable.

The observation lounge, with comfortable sitting areas at the top of the ship and large panoramic windows, gives you incredible views of nature. A pair of binoculars is installed for spotting wildlife and details of the ever changing landscape.

In the restaurant on deck 5, you can enjoy the finest cuisine. The floor has different levels, so no matter where your table is placed; there are views to the outdoors. The restaurant is located in the aft of the ship, on your way there you walk through an exhibition of original artefacts from the historic expeditions of Amundsen and Nansen. At the far end of the restaurant there is a balcony for taking pictures when wildlife show up during a meal. On deck 7 you will find a well-equipped fitness room, with its panoramic ocean view there is no better place to exercise. On top of the ship you can get warm and cosy in the sauna or bathe in one of the outdoor Jacuzzis. Let the warm water surround you while the icebergs float silently past the side of the ship.

With 127 cabins on Fram, you have a choice of comfortable cabins and a number of superior suites to choose from. Our suites are named after Norwegian polar heroes, MS Fram travels in the wake of these great explorers. We are very proud of the art commissioned for MS Fram – local artists from the Arctic have contributed to making her a modern masterpiece. The ‘tender pit’ is where we embark, fully dressed in suitable expedition and excursion gear, on our sturdy Polarcirkel boats to take you safely from ship to shore. The original Fram was a ship for broadening the understanding of the world – let the new MS Fram do the same for you.

Included
  • Hurtigruten Expedition in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • Return economy class flights from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq
  • Transfer from airport to ship and from ship to airport in Kangerlussuaq
  • Excursion towards the Ice Cap incl. a barbecue meal
  • Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings with small boats and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompanies landings and activities
  • Free tea and coffee
Not Included
  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Excursions and Gratuities

Itinerary

Day 1 - Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq

This expedition starts with a flight from Denmark's charming capital Copenhagen. Less than five hours later you reach the settlement of Kangerlussuaq in Greenland. This small airstrip is the main gateway to Greenland, and on arrival your transfer to the MS Fram.

Meals
1 Dinner

Days 2 - 4 - Midnight Sun and Dog Sledges

Sisimiut is the second largest town in Greenland, with a population of only 5.600. The community subsists on fishing, with a large fleet of trawlers, a shipyard and a fish factory prominent in the town. Set in lovely, rolling countryside at the foot of a steep hill, Sisimiut offers exciting excursion that require a reasonable level of fitness. Our visit will focus largely on sites around the harbour. Our Expedition team will be at your disposal at different locations in the settlement.

Situated on the volcanic island of Disko, Qeqertarsuaq ("the Big Island"), hosts the tiny settlement of Kangerluk with a population of 60. Fishing and seal hunting are important here, and there is a long tradition of whaling. The town is set in wonderful surroundings at the foot of impressive basalt mountains. An Arctic Station is situated here, part of Copenhagen University´s study of Greenlandic flora and fauna.

A PolarCirkel boat will transfer you from the ship to Qeqertarsuaq and our Expedition team will be at your disposal at different locations on the walking excursion. A small local café will be open for you during the visit.

The town of Uummannaq is located in scenic surroundings at the foot of the 1,170-meter tall, heart-shaped mountain. Halibut reigns supreme here, and is the town's major source of employment. Visit the settlement´s magnificent church and a curious old turf house. There will be a PolarCirkel boat transfer from the ship to Uummannaq.

Meals
3 Breakfasts
3 Lunches
3 Dinners

Day 5 - At sea

As we sail northwest along the Davis Straits towards the Lauge Koch coast, from 71° to 76° North, we pass some of the northernmost settlements in Greenland. In these harsh and remote areas, life is a constant battle against the elements, and you can learn more about this in one of the informative lectures given by our Expedition Team.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner

Day 6 - Old Thule

The Qaanaaq (or Thule) district was the first part of Greenland to be colonised by Inuits from the west. The district is among the northernmost inhabited places on earth and has a population of around 1,000. It is also the last bastion of US military presence in Greenland.

Traditional hunting for seal, whale and polar bear remains the way of life in the town and small settlements. We may visit the Ultima Thule souvenir shop here, to see and shop for original artwork and handicrafts from the Qaanaaq district.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner

Day 7 - 85 miles from the North Pole, discover an incredible small Greenland settlement nestled by a sandy bay.

Situated only 1,362 km from the North Pole, Siorapaluk is the most northerly natural community in the World. The settlement was founded in 1933 and is known for its beautiful surroundings and geology. Siorapaluk means "little sands" and was named after the small sandy beach in front of the village. This will be the northernmost landing on this trip. The church, museum and shop are open for all to enter.

Cruising along the ice edge, we will sail as far north as possible and hope to reach 80 degrees north. This will depend on ice and weather conditions that are impossible to predict.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner

Day 8 - Try to reach 80° North

While we are at sea, a series of lectures will be held on board on topics related to history and wildlife in the area. Another focal point for our lecture programme is the environmental challenges of the world’s oceans. There might also be a chance to look behind the scenes and partake in our Guest Expedition Staff programme. Our onboard Expedition photographer will show you the basics of expedition photography. There will also be gathering with the Expedition team to summarize the voyage so far, and present the plan for the following days.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner

Day 9 - Old Trading Post

Greenlanders have lived in the settlement now known as Dundas for the last 900 years, and the Danish explorer Rasmussen founded a trading post here in 1910. Dundas Village is protected by Denmark and specifically excluded from areas under US Air Force control. Go ashore and stroll in the old settlement and continue to the other side of the peninsula, where you will find the remains of old turf huts from earlier times.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner

Day 10 - At sea, heading south

Enjoy a day at sea where you can stay on deck to spot wildlife or attend a lecture given by our Expedition Team.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner

Day 11 - Upernavik - open aired museums and local experiences

Upernavik was founded in 1772, and means "place of spring" because the hunters moved here after spending the winter further inland. It is situated nearly 800 km north of the Arctic Circle, and more than half of the municipality’s 3,000 inhabitants live in ten settlements spread along a coastal stretch of 450 kilometres. Here the primary occupation is fishing for Greenland halibut, but hunting still plays a decisive role for employment in the settlements. Polar bear hunting is also done in this area.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner

Day 12 - Eqiip Sermia Glacier

Today, you will have a unique opportunity to witness the true power of nature on a visit to the Eqip Sermia Glacier, which calves icebergs into the open ocean. We will use the ship’s Polarcirkel boats to go ashore in this beautiful area. If you're feeling more active, you can take a short hike on your own in the area. Everybody who goes ashore is invited to a barbecue dinner with a terrific view over the glacier.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner

Day 13 - Ilulissat

Icebergs are called Ilulissat in Greenlandic, and it comes as no surprise to anyone who has been here that this is the town’s name. This is the third largest town in Greenland with a population of about 5,000. Ilulissat is set in marvellous surroundings at Ilulissat Isfjord, which in 2004 was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Here enormous icebergs run aground at the mouth of the fjord, just outside of town.They originate from the Jakobshavn Glacier, one of the most productive glaciers in the northern hemisphere.

Ilulissat is the metropolitan centre of the Disko Bay area and this aspect will be the theme of the settlement visit, together with the town's long-standing history. The most important trades in Ilulissat are fishing and tourism. The conditions will decide if MS Fram will dock at the quayside in Ilulissat or shuttle in with the PolarCirkel boats. Our Expedition team will be at your disposal at points of interest.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner

Day 14 - This small settlement is situated in a hollow, majestically surrounded by high mountains and glaciers

In the early afternoon we reach the small settlement Itilleq, meaning “the hollow”. The town was founded in 1847 on another island, but was later moved one kilometre east to its present location. The village is located about 50 km south of Sisimiut at the head of the Itilleq Fjord. Around 130 people live here, mainly engaged in hunting and fishing. The island has no freshwater, and for this reason Itilleq makes use of a facility for creating freshwater from seawater. The church here has and interesting history: It was built in Thule (Umanak- North Greenland) in 1930 and was moved to Itilleq in 1963.

As its name suggests, the village is situated in a hollow, majestically surrounded by high mountains and glaciers, and it can truthfully be called the Arctic Circle Village as the Arctic Circle is indeed found only 200 metres to the south

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner

Day 15 - Reach Kangerlussuaq and then fly back to Copenhagen late this evening

As we reach Kangerlussuaq, your expedition with MS Fram has come to an end. We take you on a final excursion towards the Greenland Ice Cap and the Reindeer Glacier. This vast icy wasteland stretches 2,400 km north and reaches heights of up to 3,200 metres above sea level.

The road to the edge of the Ice Sheet boasts beautiful natural scenery, ranging from Arctic desert and tundra with low-growing shrubs, to hilly terrain offering breathtaking views over the landscape. Join us for a barbecue meal before we transfer you to the airport for your late evening flight to Copenhagen.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner

Day 16 - Arrive Copenhagen.

You arrive in the Danish capital early in the morning and may even have the time to explore "Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen" before you head home.

Dates & Prices

All prices listed are from prices, per person. Please ask us regarding any offers available on these Explorer voyages.

Note that Hurtigruten has a flexible pricing system and the early booking prices are capacity controlled.

Dates
Start Date
End Date
Price
Status
Accommodation
5 Aug 2019
20 Aug 2019
5 Aug 2019
20 Aug 2019
USD 10,657
Limited availability
Outside (Window)
5 Aug 2019
20 Aug 2019
5 Aug 2019
20 Aug 2019
USD 11,573
Limited availability
Superior
5 Aug 2019
20 Aug 2019
5 Aug 2019
20 Aug 2019
USD 14,114
Limited availability
Suite

Important Information

  • Planned landings will depend on weather and ice conditions.
  • We reserve the right to change the scheduled program and itinerary.
  • Medical questionnaire mandatory
  • Free rubber boot rental service on board
  • Single cabins on request

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