Exploring the Old Norse heritage

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Join a journey through the history of the Norse settlers and contemporary life in the Arctic. The history is fascinating and the heritage from these early settlers is still alive today - both in the Icelandic language and sagas, and the modern settlements of Greenland. There will be a variety of fascinating lectures on board, on topics like history, biology...
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Trip type
Small Ship Cruise
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Trip pace
Flexible schedule


    • See icebergs when you sail in the wake of the Old Norse explorers of Iceland and Greenland
    • Explore Iceland and Greenland in one expedition
    • Authentic Greenland experience
    • Discover all the historic highlights
    • See one of the most spectacular fjord systems in the world

What's this trip about?

    Join a journey through the history of the Norse settlers and contemporary life in the Arctic. The history is fascinating and the heritage from these early settlers is still alive today - both in the Icelandic language and sagas, and the modern settlements of Greenland. There will be a variety of fascinating lectures on board, on topics like history, biology and geology, as well as daily landings, hikes, kayaking and visits to museums.

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Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeStandard Group - 25 + people
Age range18 years and up
Flights and transportAll internal ground transport included
Start CityReykjavik
End CityCopenhagen

Travel Themes

  • Cultural
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Small Ship Cruise


  • Europe
  • Iceland


  • Reykjavík


  • Culture
  • Educational/ learning
  • Hiking
  • Historic sightseeing
  • History
  • Kayaking
  • Nature
  • Wildlife viewing

Trip includes

    • Cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis Reykjavik – Kangerlussuaq (departure 1 Jun) or Kangerlussuaq - Reykjavik (departure 2 Jul)
    • Wind and water resistant jacket
    • Landings with Polarcirkel boats and activities onboard and ashore
    • Professional English speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompanying landings and activities
    • Free tea and coffee
    • Only departure 1 Jun 2016: Transfer from ship to airport in Kangerlussuaq – Flight in economy class from Kangerlussuaq
    • Only departure 2 Jul 2016: Flight in economy class from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq – Transfer from airport to ship in Kangerlussuaq

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Travel Map

Day 1: Reykjavik

Take time to acquaint yourself with this charming city or its surrounding glaciers, waterfalls, geysers and volcanoes before departure.

Day 2: Grundarfjörður

Grundarfjörður is situated in the western part of Iceland on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Several national sights are found in this area, including the Snæfellsjökull volcano, regarded as one of the symbols of Iceland.

Day 3: Denmark Strait

While crossing the Denmark Strait we sail in the wake of the great Norse settlers who left the shores of Iceland more than 900 years ago. We start our lectures to prepare you for your time in Greenland. You will get introduction briefings on how to explore Greenland w...

Day 4: Nunap Isua

Greenland’s southern shores contain some of the most culturally and scenically diverse regions of this giant island. We will try to sail through the narrow, often ice-choked 70-mile-long channel Prins Christian Sund that cross the southernmost point of Greenland and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. If the channel is blocked we will sail around Nunap Isua (Kap Farvel).

Day 5: South Greenland

Many consider Qaqortoq one of the most beautiful towns in Greenland due to the colourful houses. The excursions we offer here include an interesting visit to the only tannery in Greenland, a city walk with guide and a kaffemik - the typical Greenland-style social gath...

Day 6: South Greenland

Igaliku is home to the well-known ruins of Garðar, once the religious heart of Norse Greenland. Enjoy a guided settlement walk that is included in our programme or an optional hike along to Itilleq, a small settlement with less than 20 inhabitants. Qassiarsuk is the s...

Day 7: South Greenland

Narsaq is located at the beautiful shores of the Tunulliarfik Fjord. This part of South Greenland has been inhabited for thousands of years. It is a great area for optional activities like kayaking, hiking or exploring the town by foot.

Day 8: Nuuk

Nuuk is the oldest town in Greenland and is situated at the mouth of one of the largest and most spectacular fjord systems in the world. Today this is where old and new traditions meet, from picturesque old buildings in ”Kolonihaven” to the building of the Greenland H...

Day 9: Northwest Greenland

In Sisimiut you can watch the artists make jewellery and crafts from bone, leather and metal or join a sightseeing tour and a taste of Greenlandic specialties in a local restaurant.

Day 10: Northwest Greenland

The Disko Bay area offers fantastic sailings with wildlife and spectacular nature. Colourful villages cling to rough, rocky hills at the feet of the mountains surrounding the inland ice. Join excursions like kayaking, hikes or other activities. In Ilulissat we offer a guided hike to the abandoned settlement of Sermermiut and other optional shore excursions.

Day 11: Northwest Greenland

In the early afternoon we reach the small settlement Itilleq. Around 130 people live here, and they are mainly engaged in hunting and fishing. Visit one of the families that live here, buy some arts and crafts of the area or have fun playing soccer with the locals.

Day 12: Kangerlussuaq

Kangerlussuaq is situated at the bottom of the Kangerlussuaq fjord.  An excursion that includes a farewell barbecue marks the end of our adventure. Late in the evening you fly to Copenhagen.

Day 13: Copenhagen

You arrive in Copenhagen early in the morning.

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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.
Year built 2007 Shipyard Fincantieri, Italy Passenger capacity 318 Beds 276 Car capacity 0 Gross tonnage 11647 Length 114 Beam 20.2 Speed 13
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28–41 days will be 60%

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Less than 14 days is 100%

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  • All planned landings are subject to weather – and ice conditions
  • All itineraries are subject to change
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