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Small Ship Cruise to the Best Place in the World to See Birthing Icebergs

October, 2016

PROVIDENCE, RI, Oct. 24, 2016 – Spring signifies the birthing season. The Arctic is no exception where in May on Greenland’s west coast, even those icons of the frozen north – icebergs – calve.
 
For early summer 2017, Poseidon Expeditions (http://poseidonexpeditions.com/), which focuses on polar cruise adventures north and south, is restaging last summer’s popular adventure to provide a more in-depth, focused look at what they call the “glistening gem of West Greenland – Disko Bay.” The voyage is called Disko Bay and West Greenland: Birthplace of Icebergs. This is a 9-day voyage from May 22-30, 2017, aboard the 114-passenger expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit with rates starting at $3,995 per person. Guests board the ship in Nuuk, this country’s 16,000-population capital, and disembark in Kangerlussuaq, the airline arrival/departure city. Included in the cruise rate is the flight from Kangerlussuaq’s international airport to Nuuk for embarkation.
 
Greenland is the world’s largest, non-continental island and is surrounded by the waters of the Atlantic and Arctic oceans. The nearest countries are Canada to the west and Iceland to the east. Disko Bay is an ideal spot for viewing icebergs created by calving glaciers. Humpback, Fin and Minke whales are also active in these waters, and guests are introduced to the Greenlandic Inuit culture and traditions first hand in remote, colorful villages while exploring the Nuuk fjord, the world’s second largest fjord system, embraced by snow-capped mountains, towering waterfalls and gleaming icebergs.
 
An anomaly in this remote and frozen wilderness is the youthful urban vibe of Sismiut, the country’s second largest town with artifacts resident in its museum of human habitation dating back 4,500 years. Volcanic Disco Island gives its name to the basalt mountains and huge icebergs of Disco Bay. Here is Qeqertarsuaq, a community with a distinctive octagonal church, which offers voyagers hiking options to basalt cliffs and to a waterfall. The vessel anchors at Uummannaq, a hunting and fishing based founded in 1763 with a canning factory and marble quarry. Danish and Greenlandic children believe that Santa Claus lives here. A mountain by the same name rises above the town 1,170 meters and a Zodiac cruise around the fjord reveals the stunning beauty of the Arctic. Not far away is the Eqp Sermia, an active tidewater glacier located in a wild and scenic fjord.
 
From this prime location guests are poised to witness the spring birthing of the icebergs that issue from the Ilulissat Icefjord. Here 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 during a watercraft excursion along the fjords. In the town of Ilulissat is the Inuit Art Museum with paintings by Greenlandic, Faroese and Danish artists. A final stop at Itilleq showcases 100-population settlement on this small island that survives on fishing and hunting.
 
For more details, please see: https://poseidonexpeditions.com/arctic/disco-bay-birthplace-of-icebergs/
 
The m/v Sea Spirit offers all-suite accommodations with square footages ranging from 215 to 463. There are two multi-purpose lounges for educational programming and entertainment, a restaurant that can accommodate all passengers in one seating, a well-stocked library, and ample outdoor deck space to enjoy the polar landscapes and wildlife.
 
Activities directed by a team of experienced polar guides and educators include Zodiac excursions, hiking and optional sea kayaking, along with informative presentations aboard. The ship’s expedition staff-to-passenger ratio of 1:9 is one of the best in the business.
 
For inquires and reservations in North America, or to request a catalog, agents can contact the company’s Providence, RI, sales and reservation office at SalesUSA@poseidonexpeditions.com or by telephone at 347-801-2610.
 
In Germany, Austria and Switzerland, contact Poseidon’s Hamburg office – Anfrage@poseidonexpeditions.com or telephone +49-40-7566-8555. In the UK and elsewhere on the globe, contact Sales@poseidonexpeditions.com or telephone +44-870-068-9142.
 
About Poseidon Expeditions
With offices in the US, UK, Germany, Russia and China, Poseidon Expeditions is a leading provider of polar expeditions in the cruise industry. In addition to the Sea Spirit, the company provides guests with the unique opportunity to travel to the geographic North Pole aboard the 50 Years of Victory, the largest and most modern nuclear-powered icebreaker in the world. Fourteen-day, top-of-the-world programs are scheduled for both the 2017 and 2018 summer seasons. The company is committed to safe and environmentally responsible polar travel. It is a member of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) and the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO).

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