West Greenland and Disko Bay: Welcome to Birthplace of Icebergs

West Greenland and Disko Bay

Welcome to Birthplace of Icebergs

30 May - 06 Jun 2017

Kangerlussuaq (Greenland)

Kangerlussuaq (Greenland)

M/v Sea Spirit

8 days

Dates Days Activities Special offers Rates from
22 May - 30 May 2017
Nuuk (Greenland) - Kangerlussuaq (Greenland)
9 $ 3.995
per person
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SPECIAL GUESTS

Kari Herbert

Author, public speaker, daughter of Sir Wally Herbert (the first man fully recognized for walking to the North Pole)

Kari is an author, publisher, and public speaker. She started travelling at the age of ten months with her father. Kari’s father Sir Wally Herbert was the first man to walk to the North Pole, crossing from Alaska to Spitsbergen in 1969.

Her writings have been published in magazines and newspapers all over the world. She has regularly taken part in many radio programmes including BBC Radio 4, Radio 3 and BBC World Service. She is a popular public speaker, lecturing at venues such as the Royal Geographical Society, the Explorers Club in New York, the National Maritime Museum and the British Library.


Tuperna Kleist

Greenlandic, local

Born in a small Greenlandic settlement Nanortalik, Tuperna started sailing at the very young age of 5. Being so close to the sea since her childhood has awakened in her a great respect and attraction for the natural environment. Tuperna therefore decided to study Tourism Management.

Tuperna looks forward to sharing her knowledge about South Greenland and tell of her experiences sailing her father`s boat as they explored the fjords each summer.


Dr. Huw Lewis-Jones

Historian, author, ex-director Scott Polar Research Institute

Huw is a historian with a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He is the author of award-winning books, that have been published in 14 languages.

Huw was Curator at the Scott Polar Research Institute and the National Maritime Museum in London. He regularly appears on television and radio as a historian and cultural commentator, in the BBC documentaries Wilderness Explored, Of Ice and Men, Antarctica’s Forgotten Hero, Battle for the Himalayas, and most recently the PBS Nova special Franklin’s Lost Ships.

As an experienced polar guide Huw has wandered on both sides of Antarctica and in the Arctic.

Rates

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Triple Classic
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Main Deck Suite
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Classic Suite
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Superior Suite
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Deluxe Suite
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Premium Suite
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Owners Suite
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Owners Suite
Passengers Size View
2 43 m² (463 ft²) Private deck

Super-spacious (43 square metres/ 463 square feet) elegant suite on the Sun Deck. Designed forentertaining, the Owner's Suite has a separate living room with game and meeting area. A BOSE stereo system provides background music, or watch videos on the HD plasma TV. Sliding glass doors lead to a private deck. Refresh in the jetted bathtub in en suite facilities. Slumber in the King Size bed. A sofa bed can accommodate a third person.

Cruise rates are quoted per person and based on passengers sharing a cabin. Single supplement: 1.7 for Main Deck and Classic, Superior Suite; 2 for Deluxe, Premium and Owner's Suite.

Itinerary

Day 1. Embarkation in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland.

We arrive to the starting point of our expedition, the town of Kangerlussuaq. Kangerlussuaq is more or less only the airport. Though the Greenland ice cap “knocking at the door” of the town and colourful houses make it a special place.

In the afternoon 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 out of the picturesque fjord.

Day 2-7: Exploration of West Greenland

Though settlements abound in this part of Greenland, unpredictable weather and dearth of docking facilities nevertheless make this a real expedition. As such, our route and exploration opportunities along this coast are heavily dependent on the weather and ice conditions we encounter. Our experienced captain and expedition leader decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities warrant. You can be sure that the best possible advantage will be taken of the circumstances presented to us by Nature in this wild and remote region. Possible sites of exploration include:

Sisimiut – The second-largest town in Greenland boasts a youthful, urban vibe and is also is known for adventure sports, especially dog sledding. 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. 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.

Day 8: Disembarkation in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland.

After breakfast we say farewell in Kangerlussuaq, the site of Greenland's largest commercial airport.

Rates Include

  • Group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation;
  • Shipboard accommodation;
  • All meals on board throughout the voyage;
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily;
  • All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions);
  • Museum entrance fee;
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team;
  • Branded Poseidon Expeditions parka;
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise;
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktails;
  • All port fees;
  • Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation;
  • Pre-departure materials;
  • Digital Voyage Log;
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a maximum benefit of US 100,000 per person (for those 85 years of age and younger).

Rates Do Not Include

  • Airflights;
  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable);
  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance;
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations;
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunication charges;
  • Staff gratuities.
Itinerary, landings and all other activities during the cruise depend strongly on ice and weather conditions and are subject to the decisions of the Expedition Leader and the Captain of the vessel. Encounters with any mentioned wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

Adventure options

Price for Arctic cruises 2016/17:

595 USD


The islands and fjords of the High Arctic closely guard some of the world’s most unique and magical sea kayaking opportunities. Experience calving glaciers in Svalbard, cathedral-like icebergs in Greenland, or labyrinthine expanses of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean, all from our sturdy and stealthy sea kayaks. Join us for an unscripted kayaking adventure as we explore rugged coastlines and remote waters that very few people have ever paddled.

Sea Kayak Club is typically offered on voyages that include High Arctic destinations such as Greenland, Svalbard (Spitsbergen), Franz Josef Land, or a combination of these thrilling places.

Sea Kayak Club

The Polar Regions are perhaps the most photogenic on earth, with countless beautiful scenes presenting themselves every day. Endless expanses of ice, beaches crowded with seals or penguins, sunsets over unbroken horizons, starlit skies, and even the majestic northern lights – they all present fantastic photographic opportunities – and in order to make sure that you come home with some spectacular images we offer you the chance to learn and practice your photography alongside an experienced professional.

Our expert Photographer will be on hand to answer your questions and give advice, both in the form of on-board lectures and workshops on shore. Explore the key elements of photography in a fun and relaxed setting, with plenty of opportunities for questions and feedback. Learn how to see light in a new way and experiment with the techniques of composition and framing.

Photography

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