sea spirit birth place of icebergs greenland cruise

Welcome to the Birthplace of Icebergs

  • Overview

    This voyage centers on Disko Bay, a region on the west coast of Greenland famous for its icebergs, whales, and friendly Inuit villages. It departs from the capital of Greenland city of Nuuk and finishes in Kangerlussuaq. Attractions include volcanic landscapes, museums, iconic churches in numerous settlements, Greenlandic sled dogs, and stunning scenery everywhere. Our area of exploration encompasses a wealth of natural wonders such as the famous Ilulissat Icefjord, the beautiful Eqip Sermia glacier, the heart-shaped Uummannaq mountain, and breathtaking fjords, such as Nuuk fjord, reaching deep into the mountainous wilderness of Greenland.

    Duration: 9 days
    Passengers: 114 passengers
    Embarkation Point: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
    Disembarkation Point: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
    Physical rating: Soft Adventure
    Fly/Cruise: Cruise only
    Single Supplement: 1.7x - 2.0x twin rate or share options
  • Itinerary
    • Day 1 - Kangerlussuaq to Nuuk, Greenland; Embarkation Day

      Your individual arrival to Kangerlussuaq is followed by flight to Nuuk (Kangerlussuaq – Nuuk flight is included in the price of the voyage).

      Our voyage starts in the capital of Greenland – city of Nuuk. It has a population of over 16,000, making it one of the smallest capital cities in the world by population. It is also the world’s northernmost capital, located only a few kilometers further north than Reykjavík.

      Today 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 along the picturesque fjord.

    • Day 2/8 - 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:

      Nuuk fjord – Just outside of Nuuk lies the second largest fjord system in the world. The fjord is embraced by snow-capped mountains, towering waterfalls, and gleaming icebergs.

      Sisimiut – The second-largest town in Greenland boasts a youthful, urban vibe. 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”. Hiking option in the beautiful surrounding is available in the area.

      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.

      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. The breathtaking ice formations are best appreciated from a boat (a boat trip along the fjord is included in the price of the voyage). 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 9 - Disembarkation in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

      After breakfast we say farewell in Kangerlussuaq, the site of Greenland's largest commercial airport. After disembarkation we transfer to the airport for your homeward-bound air flight.

    Please consider that our voyages are expeditionary in nature. This means, that there are no concrete itineraries, your captain and expedition leader will utilise their vast experience to chart the best course for your expedition depending on the climatic and environmental conditions. Mentioned highlights and wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

  • Highlights & Activities

    Kayaking

    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.

    AUD 655 per person

    Photography

    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.

    Included

    Inspiring Inuit communities

    Experience the colourful and unique Inuit villages of Greenland and how their subsistence lifestyles have been upheld. Greenland is a robust land, where settlements have their own unique cultures, fishing is a huge part of their lifestyle, as is dog sledding and playing soccer beneath spectacular backdrops.

    Explore Greenland

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Illulissat Icefjord is an incredible site, here some 46 cubic kilometers of ice calve into the sea each year. We’ll stop at the township of Illulissat which provides a grant vantage point to view the glacier front.

  • Inclusions

    Transfers

    Transfers to the ship on the day of your embarkation are included, as are disembarkation transfers from the ship

    Expedition Gear

    Expedition boots and a custom designed polar expedition jacket are provide on your voyage.

    Inclusions / Exclusions

    Included in your Expedition

    - 000 per person
    - Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum of USD$150
    - Digital voyage log
    - Comprehensive pre-departure information
    - Port fees
    - Welcome and farewell cocktails
    - All excursions and lectures (subject to weather conditions)
    - Hot beverages
    - All accommodation and meals on board
    - Air flight from Kangerlussuak to Nuuk - Greenland

    Not included in your Expedition

    - Gratuities
    - Internet / Wifi & Phone
    - Laundry
    - Beverages
    - Mandatory waterproof gear not provided
    - Baggage / cancellation / interruption and medical travel insurance
    - Visa & Passport fees
    - International airfare
  • Map
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  • Gallery
  • Vessel

    SEA SPIRIT

    Like some of the birds we see in the Arctic and Antarctica, our m/v Sea Spirit is migratory and follows the sun, northbound in the summer and southbound in the winter, always ready for spontaneous discoveries – a pod of whales, a family of polar bears or a glaciated mountain vista. She is highly maneuverable and capable of navigating the narrow fjords of East Greenland and entering the small bays of Spitsbergen. Onboard, we create a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for all our guests. They are united by one goal – to have a memorable wilderness experience and to become real polar adventurers. We believe that first-hand travel to such places makes one an ambassador for conservation, and helps strengthen our resolve to protect these natural environments for future generations. Providing spacious suite accommodation of 114 passengers the Sea Spirit at the same time features maneuverability and friendly atmosphere of small ships. The vessel has an ice-strengthened hull, a fleet of Zodiacs, and a set of retractable fin stabilizers for smoother sailing.

    Features & Facilities
    • Luxury accommodation
    • Bar
    • Lounge
    • Presentation Lounge
    • Open Bridge Policy
    • Gym.
    Key Facts
    Luxury star rating: 4
    Guests #: 114
    Crew #: 72
    Ice Class: 1D
    Speed: 15
    Refurbished: 2017
    Technical Specs
    Year built: 1991
    Length: 90m
    Width: 15
    Draft: 4
    Tonnage: 4200
    Registry: Bahamas
    Elec Outlets: 110V / 2 Flat Pin
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Triple Suite

22 May 2018 - 30 May 2018
A genorous Suite with 3 x lower berths and private facilities
AUD 5,695pp
AUD 5,695pp

Main Deck Suite

22 May 2018 - 30 May 2018
A genorous Suite with twin or king bedding and private facilties
AUD 7,695pp
AUD 7,695pp

Classic Suite

22 May 2018 - 30 May 2018
A genorous Suite with twin or king bedding and private facilties
AUD 8,295pp
AUD 8,295pp

Superior Suite

22 May 2018 - 30 May 2018
A genorous Suite with twin or king bedding and private facilties
AUD 8,395pp
AUD 8,395pp

Deluxe Suite with Balcony

22 May 2018 - 30 May 2018
An extremely comfortable Suite with twin or king bedding, private facilities and a balcony
AUD 9,795pp
AUD 9,795pp

Premium Suite with Balcony

22 May 2018 - 30 May 2018
An extremely comfortable Suite with twin or king bedding, private facilities and a balcony
AUD 11,195pp
AUD 11,195pp

Owner's Suite with Balcony

22 May 2018 - 30 May 2018
Among the most sough after Owner's Suites.
AUD 13,295pp
AUD 13,295pp