Midnight Sun Exploration of Greenland (17 Days)

Cruise Line: Hurtigruten
Ship: MS Fram  |  1 Review
Copenhagen, Denmark to Copenhagen, Denmark
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Copenhagen, Denmark
Air travel
Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

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.

Sisimiut, Greenland

The Disko Bay area offers fantastic sailing with wildlife and spectacular nature. Colourful villages cling to rough, rocky hills at the feet of the mountains surrounding the inland ice. Join excursions such as kayaking, hiking, or other activities. In Sisimiut you can watch the artists make jewellery and crafts from bone, leather, and metal. Join a sightseeing tour or hike, and taste Greenlandic specialities in a local restaurant.

Qeqertarsuaq, Greenland

Qeqertarsuaq on Disko Island has many natural features including a deep fjord for kayaking, mountains up to 1,919 meters, hot springs, and columnar basalt rocks that evidence a volcanic history. The natural environment around Qeqertarsuaq is so fertile with angelica and diverse species that it is literally like no other place in North Greenland. Join optional excursions like a town walk, kayaking, or an ice cruising boat tour. If you like archaeology and history you should definitely pay a visit to the local museum. Alternatively, you can stroll around the settlement on your own.

Uummannaq, Greenland

It is said that when you visit Uummannaq, a piece of your heart remains on the island forever. Whether it is the magic of the heart-shaped mountain, or the sound of children singing as you go ashore, you will find plenty of things to charm you. and you will have opportunities to learn about Inuit culture and to experience the vast landscape with all senses. In Ukkusissat, the small houses are huddled together in the enormity of nature. Our optional excursions in these settlements include meeting the locals or taking a tender boat excursion to a landing at Qilakitsoq where mummies from the Thule era were found.


As we sail northwest along the Davis Strait 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.

Dundas, Greenland

There is evidence of people living in the settlement now known as Dundas up to 900 years ago. Just north of Mount Dundas, there are a number of archaeological excavation sites, including Comer's Midden, where several ruins and rubbish heaps containing shells, animal bones, and other refuse have been found. In 1910, Danish explorer Knud Rasmussen established a trading post in northwest Greenland and named it after the mythical island of Thule. Rasmussen undertook several expeditions from Thule into the Arctic, where he investigated various Eskimo tribes and researched their myths and legends. The U.S. air base (Dundas) was set up on the site of the old trading post during WW2 and remains to this day.

Siorapaluk, Denmark, Greenland

Siorapaluk means "little sands" and was named after the small sandy beach in front of the village. Tall sandstone mountains surround the village in tones of red and purple, ending at the sea in a narrow sand track. You will also see a glacier in the bottom of the small Robertson fjord. This is the world's northernmost inhabited settlement, and as far as you can go north in Greenland and still have electricity, toilets, and a shop. It is basically the last outpost of civilisation, only 1,362 km from the North Pole. Many of the inhabitants are direct descendants of the last migration of Inuit from Canada in the past century. The main source of income here comes from nature – there is good fishing in the area, and hunting for birds, foxes and hares, seals and walruses. Come ashore to explore this unique Arctic outpost.


We sail to the fringe of the ice, in the wake of pioneers and explorers who sailed here to explore the high north and beyond. We will sail the waterway called Kane Basin, situated between Greenland and Canada's northernmost Island, Ellesmere Island. We will even try to reach 80° North. This area is known as the North Water Polynya, and most of the aquatic life of the Baffin Bay is concentrated near this region.

DAY 10
Qaanaaq, Greenland

Qaanaaq (or Thule) was the first part of Greenland to be colonised by Inuits from the west more than 4,500 years ago. Ancient philosophers called it Ultima Thule, or the edge of known territory. Greenlanders called the area Avanersuaq, the great north, and it really is the extreme north as it the northernmost town in Greenland, just 30 km from Canada. In 1953 the original village was moved 200 kilometers north to Murchison Sound because the noise of aircrafts from the American airbase nearby disturbed the wildlife on which the Inuit depend. Hunting for seals, whales, and polar bears in the traditional way is the main occupation in the town. The people living here are crucial to the Inuit identity as a powerful and pioneering people, and they are often considered proud to be the real people behind the classic associations like making handicrafts and hunting by kayak or dog sled. Visit the Ultima Thule souvenir shop to buy genuine and original artwork and crafts from the Qaanaaq district.

DAY 11

Enjoy a day at sea as we sail along the remote northwestern coast of Greenland. Stay on deck to spot wildlife or attend a lecture given by our expedition team.

DAY 12
Upernavik, Greenland

The Upernavik archipelago has islands as far as the eye can see; the Upernavik Icefjord to the north, and the world's largest bird cliff (Apparsuit) to the south. For centuries, the locals have migrated to Upernavik during the spring to take advantage of the rich hunting grounds. Many of the locals still go hunting and fishing, and in August you can witness the muskox-hunting season in the backcountry. This small settlement lies at 72° 47' N and 56° 10' W, 800 km north of the Arctic Circle, and everything is within walking distance. The town is also home to the world's northernmost open-air museum, where you can learn more about colonial and Viking histories. When you explore the waters in a kayak you may be surprised to discover that a distant island turns out to be a massive iceberg instead.

DAY 13
Eqip Sermia Glacier (Cruising), Greenland

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 tender 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 great view of the glacier.

DAY 14
Ilulissat, Greenland

Ilulissat is set in the stunning scenery of the Ilulissat Icefjord. The area was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2004. Just outside the town, at the mouth of the fjord, you can often see enormous icebergs that have run aground. They originate from the Jakobshavn Glacier, one of the most productive glaciers in the Northern Hemisphere. It runs directly from the Greenland Ice Cap, and it produces 10 % of all icebergs in Greenland. The icebergs float out into the open sea just outside the town before they begin their journey northwards, later becoming part of the Atlantic Ocean. These mighty icebergs are by nature unique and no two are alike. Marvel at how the icebergs change from white and blue to shades of orange and red when struck by the midnight sun, and hear the soundtrack of icebergs cracking and rumbling that echoes from one end of Ilulissat to the other. We offer a variety of optional shore excursions such as hikes, historic town walks, and a boat tour to the Icefjord.

DAY 15
Itilleq, Greenland

Itilleq means "the hollow", and as its name suggests, this small settlement is situated in a hollow, majestically surrounded by high mountains and glaciers. With the Arctic Circle passing just 200 metres south of the village centre, Itilleq can rightly claim the title of 'the Arctic Circle Village'. The 130 people who live here are mainly engaged in hunting and fishing activities. The island has no fresh water, so its inhabitants have to use a facility that makes fresh water from seawater. The town's church has an interesting history: it was built in Thule (Umanak, North Greenland) in 1930 and was moved to Itilleq in 1963.

DAY 16
Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
Air travel

As we reach Kangerlussuaq, your expedition with MS Fram has come to an end. Take the opportunity to join a final excursion to the Greenland Ice Sheet. This vast icy wasteland stretches 1,500 miles 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. Your plane to Copenhagen leaves late in the evening.

DAY 17
Copenhagen, Denmark

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

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  • Optional excursions and gratuities

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