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    10 days - Independent voyage along the West Coast of Greenland.

    This tour takes in the essence of West Greenland starting in the picturesque town of Ilulissat, home of the UNESCO designated Ilulissat Ice Fjord. You will also visit the amazing Eqi glacier and the Disko Bay.

    Boarding the coastal ferry south you stop at several towns along the way to Narsaq, on the shores of Narsaq Sund. Sailing plays a very important role in the Greenlandic infrastructure and a cruise along the West coast of Greenland is a fabulous way of experiencing this beautiful and varied country.

    Sailing in Greenland is just as natural a part of everyday life as driving a car is for others. However, sailing in Arctic waters is often much more than just a question of getting from A to B. Sailing is a lifestyle and almost a law of nature in and around the world's largest island, where none of the towns are linked by roads.

    Highlights include

    • Picturesque town of Ilulissat
    • UNESCO listed Ilulissat Ice Fjord
    • Boat trip to Eqi glacier and the Disko Bay
    • Sailing voyage along the spectacular West Greenland coast on board MV Sarfaq Ittuk
    • Town of Narsaq
    Day 1
    Depart Reykjavik (Thursday)
    Day 2
    Ilulissat
    Day 3
    Day trip to Eqi Glacier
    Days 4 - 7
    Sail along the West Coast
    Days 8 - 9
    Narsarsuaq plateau with the view over the Qooroq Ice fiord
    Day 10
    Depart for Reykjavik
    Start/End Place
    Reykjavik, Iceland
    Countries Visited
    Iceland
    Greenland
    Duration
    10 Days
    Suitability
    Easy
    Code
    WGC002

    Details

    Transportation

    Coastal ship, boat to Eqi and flight from and to Reykjavik.

    Included
    • Flights ex Reykjavik to Greenland west coast with all taxes, transfers, accommodation and coastal voyage.
    • Breakfast at hotels, but not on the ship (meals can be bought on board cruise in cafeteria).
    • City walk/tour in Ilulissat
    • Boat tour to Eqi
    • Local guide in Narsaq.
    • All accommodation as described intwin rooms/cabins
    • Outside cabin on board MV Sarfaq Ittuk, twin cabin
    • 24-hour emergency service
    • Taxes and service fees
    Not Included

    Flight tickets to/from start and end points, any airport taxes, travel insurance, visas, gratitudes and any items of personal nature.

    There is no guide during the coastal cruise however there is information aboard the ship and films shown which are announced during the voyage. There is a local host on board who can assist with information and leaflets about the towns you visit. Walking tours aren't included along the coastal voyage but the towns are small and easily explored on your own.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Depart Reykjavik (Thursday)

    Midday flight from Reykjavik Domestic Airport to Ilulissat. Meet & greet by an local representative and transfer to the hotel for check-in. In the early evening join a guided city walk of Ilulissat.

    Accommodation
    Hotel Arctic or similar

    Day 2 - Ilulissat

    Ilulissat is the third largest town municipality in Greenland with more than 5000 inhabitants. About 4500 people lives in the town Ilulissat, and 500 people lives in the four remaining small settlements: Ilimanaq, Oqaatsut, Qeqertaq and Saqqaq.

    300 kilometres north of the Polar Circle, Ilulissat lies beautifully situated close to one of the worlds largest glaciers – Kangia. The glacier produces about 20 million tons of ice each day, all floating into the Ilulissat Icefiord and the Disko Bay. All this ice gives at good basis for fishing for Halibut which is the main occupation in Ilulissat. Due to the unique ice and landscape, the area of Kangia and the Icefiord has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 2004.

    Your time in Ilulissat allows you to join some of the many optional excursions. You can enjoy helicopter flights over the Icecap and visit remote settlements where fishing and hunting still continues as it has for centuries.

    Optional excursions during stay in Ilulissat (see Trip Notes for details):
    • The Icebergs of Sermermiut
    • Hunter's Settlement - Rodebay
    • Midnight Cruise to the Ice Fiord
    • By Helicopter to the Ice Cap (operation depend on weather and helicopter capacity)
    • Hunter's Settlement - Ilimanaq
    • Home Visit
    • Feeding the huskies
    • Whale Safari

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Accommodation
    Hotel Arctic or similar

    Day 3 - Day trip to Eqi Glacier

    We travel out by boat to Eqi, 5 hours by boat through the Disko bay. Very few places in Greenland are as beautiful as the Eqi glacier, which comes out in a fiord about 80 km north of Ilulissat.  The route goes north along the coast passing Bredebugt, the settlement of Oqaatsut and the big fiord system called Pakitsoq, where whales and seals often are seen. Further on through the Ataa Strait, which is surrounded by steepmountains with bird life and waterfalls.

    Departure from Ilulissat, in a modern and convenient tourist boats, is early. There is tea and coffee on the way and a light breakfast is served. At around midday, you arrive in front of the Glacier, the boat will stay in front of the glacier for approximately 1½ hour, while we hope to spot some amazing calvings and enjoy lunch.

    Around 2pm, we head back to Ilulissat on the look out for whales on our return.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    Accommodation
    Hotel Arctic or similar

    Days 4 - 7 - Sail along the West Coast

    You have the morning at leisure in Ilulissat until afternoon transfer to the pier for embarking on a sailing voyage along the spectacular West Greenland coast on board the coastal vessel MV Sarfaq Ittuk.

    Get ready for an experience of a lifetime as you will be sailing in beautiful clear water in scenic fjords with icebergs floating around you.

    The coastal voyage south to Narsaq takes 4 days and 3 nights, and is a regular coastal service used by locals as well as travellers. On board you will meet the local population travelling from town to town to visit relatives and friends along the coast. Enjoy the incredible landscape as we leave the Arctic scenery and reach the green and more fertile South Greenland, rather than whales, watch for sheep along the way. The ship calls at the major towns and required settlements as it travels south.

    The ship goes at the local's pace, with time to enjoy the view. There is a sense of community with families welcoming the ship at every port.

    Accommodation on board is in comfortable twin share outside cabin with window and private bathroom/toilet.

    Everyone travelling in the MV Sarfaq Ittuk have their meals in the restaurant/cafeteria. We have decided not to include the meals in the trip price, but give you the freedom to choose. This will also allow you to enjoy meals ashore when the ship docks at ports along the way. Bistro menu was fairly basic but the food presentation, quality and variety was very good. The bistro operated on limited time of 1 hour each for breakfast, lunch and dinner but snacks and drinks were available all throughout the day and evening. The pricing was reasonably expensive (like most of Scandinavia ) but good value.

    Please note that there is smoking on board this boat. Meal prices on board are as follows (note that prices are indicative only and may change without prior notice):

    • Breakfast buffet - DKK 65 per person
    • Lunch buffet - DKK 70 per person
    • Dinner (hot dish) - DKK 75 per person

    Following is your itinerary/schedule for the 4 day and 3 night voyage (schedule is indicative only and may change without prior notice due to local conditions):

    Sailing schedule MV Sarfaq Ittuk
    Sunday
    Departure at 17:00 for our southbound cruise along the Greenlandic West Coast.
    21:30 to 22:00 short stop in Aasiaat.

    Monday
    Sailing south along the Greenlandic West Coast.
    09:00-11:00 Call at Sisimiut.
    21:30-22:00 Short stop in Maniitsoq.

    Tuesday
    Sailing south along the Greenlandic West Coast.
    06:30-09:00 Call at Nuuk incl. special Arctic Adventure City tour of Nuuk.
    23:30-23:59 Short stop in Paamiut.

    Wednesday
    Sailing in the South Greenland Archipelago.
    15:00-19:00 Call at Qaqortoq.
    21:00 Arrival to Narsaq.
    Meet & greet by our local guide. Transfer to the hotel for check-in and information meeting.

    Accommodation
    MV Sarfaq Ittuk

    Days 8 - 9 - Narsarsuaq plateau with the view over the Qooroq Ice fiord

    Experience the town of Narsaq, fish market, museum, and the beautiful view of the Narsaq Sund with always many Icebergs and the Ice cap.

    Boat transfer in the late afternoon to Itilleq (45 min). Then you can do an easy walk 4 km along the 'King's Road' to the magnificent village of Igaliku. Your luggage will be transferred.

    On your last day, enjoy the settlement with it's ancient ruins or get active! You can do optional day hike (17 km) which goes to the plateau, which offers a superb view of the Qooroq ice fjord, the stranded icebergs on the underwater moraine at the entrance to the fjord and the enormous glacier at the head of the fjord. It is the perfect place for a picnic! On the way back, you may be lucky enough to find minerals and stones, like the shining “moon stone” (Labradorit). The “waterfall hike” (about 15 km) is another popular day trip. A set of beautiful waterfalls tumble like pearls on a string down towards Tunulliarfik Fjord. This hike can be combined with the summit of Nuuluk Mountain (823 m), which lies south of Igaliku (20-22 km).

    Meals
    2 Breakfasts
    Accommodation
    Cabin or hostel room in Igaliku or similar

    Day 10 - Depart for Reykjavik

    In the morning transfer to Narsaq pier and travel by boat through Eric's Fiord to Narsarsuaq. Transfer from Narsarsuaq pier to the airport. Flight departure is in the early afternoon with flight from Narsarsuaq to Reykjavik Domestic Airport where tour ends upon arrival.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Dates & Prices

    All prices listed are per person. Early indicative price for 2019

    Dates
    Valid From
    Valid To
    Price
    Status
    Accommodation
    20 Jun 2019
    13 Sep 2019
    20 Jun 2019
    13 Sep 2019
    EUR 4,682
    Limited availability
    Standard
    13 Jun 2019
    13 Sep 2019
    13 Jun 2019
    13 Sep 2019
    EUR 1,313
    On request
    Extra for Single

    Important Information

    We strongly recommend to pre-book optional excursions, as these can easily be booked out. Note, however, that weather conditions may affect these excursions and due to this we cannot guarantee that the excursions will run on the time/date booked.

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