Exploring the Old Norse Heritage

Exploring the Old Norse Heritage

from $5,701 per person

See icebergs when you sail in the wake of the Old Norse explorers of Iceland and Greenland.

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  • Explore Iceland and Greenland in one expedition
  • Have an authentic experience in Greenland and learn from the knowledgeable Expedition Team
  • Discover all the historic highlights
  • See one of the most spectacular fjord systems in the world

Join a journey through the history of the Norse settlers and see contemporary life in the Arctic.

The history is fascinating and the heritage from the 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 such as history, biology, and geology, as well as daily landings and excursions such as hiking, kayaking, and visiting museums.

A TREAT FOR HISTORY BUFFS
Starting inReykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital, MS Fram takes you to Iceland’s most captivating place in Norse history, Grundarfjörður. Then you cross the sea to Greenland’s southern shores like the Norse settlers did more than 900 years ago. You will see where Eric the Red settled and where his son, Leif Eriksson, embarked from on his way to North America. You will also see several remains from the Norse period and the famous ruins of Garðar, once the religious heart of Norse Greenland.

ICEBERGS AND MUMMIES
As we cruise along Disko Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, there will be great views of wildlife and spectacular nature. The colorful villages cling to rough, rocky hills at the foot of the mountains that surround the inland ice. Make sure to visit the Greenland National Museum in Nuuk, where you can see the famous mummies from Qilakilsoq. The icebergs found here are one of the ‘Big Arctic Five’ highlights of Greenland, along with dog sledding, the northern lights, whales, and the pioneering people. You will be amazed by the icebergs in Greenland, and you can see them by the thousands in the Ilulissat Icefjord. The expedition ends in Kangerlussuaq, just north of the Arctic Circle.

Voyage Itinerary

This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather, wind and ice conditions will determine our schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the final sailing itinerary during the voyage. Hence, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience, and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

Day 1:Reykjavik

Take some time to acquaint yourself the charming city of Reykjavik and 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, which is 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 also host lectures on a variety of topics  such as history, biology, and geology, as well as a briefing about how to explore Greenland with utmost respect for its vulnerable and exotic nature.  

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 Prins Christian Sund channel that crosses the southernmost point of Greenland and enjoy its 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 colorful houses found there. The excursions we offer here include an interesting visit to the only tannery in Greenland, a city walk with a guide, and a kaffemik - the typical Greenland-style social gathering - to meet the locals. In Hvalsey you find some of the best-preserved ruins from the Norse period, the former ‘Austurbygd’. 500 years after it was established all the inhabitants suddenly left in 1408. Here you will also find the remains of the church where the last known Viking wedding took place. 

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 program or an optional hike to Itilleq, a small settlement with fewer than 20 inhabitants. Qassiarsuk is the site where Eric the Red built his Brattahlíð estate in 982 A.D. He was banished from Iceland and escaped to the land he called Greenland. Eric the Red settled in Qassiarsuk because the area was, according to him, the richest and best site in Greenland. Join the optional boat trip or the settlement walk to explore this area even more.

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 such as 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 buildings of the Greenland Home Rule. Nuuk is thecapital of Greenland and also houses a university, a teacher's training college, churches, and the Greenland National Museum - home to the mummies from Qilakilsoq. City tours, hikes, and possibly a flight are among the optional excursions.

Day 9:Northwest Greenland

Today we start our journey to the Disko Bay area, which offers fantastic sailing with wildlife and spectacular nature.

Day 10:Northwest Greenland

The Disko Bay area offers views of spectacular nature and wildlife. Colorful villages cling to rough, rocky hills at the feet of the mountains surrounding the inland ice. Join excursions such as 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. Approximately 130 people live here, and they are mainly engaged in the hunting and fishing industries. Visit one of the families that live here, buy some arts and crafts from 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.