Home to the Inuit for more than 5,000 years, expedition cruise line Hurtrigruten is taking holidaymakers on a truly memorable journey to the very heart of the Greenlandic way of life.
Did you know that only two of Greenland’s towns are connected by road? How about that the main mode of transport during the winter is the humble dog sled? You can find out more about this fascinating island and its unique culture on a series of special voyages in 2013.
Settlements range from a population of just two to the larger communities of a few thousand. One thing is for sure – there’s a warm welcome wherever they go.
Offering a genuine insight into Greenland’s culture and traditions, you are encouraged to explore, meet and chat with locals and can even join in a friendly football match or take a cup of ‘Kaffemik’, Greenlandic coffee, with the natives.
Travelling on board, MS Fram, guests are transported directly to many small settlements, most of which are only accessible by boat. This makes it easier to mix with local folk, and in Uummannaq the ship receives a special greeting by a group of local school children.
Highlights of a voyage to Greenland include the seafaring town of Sismiut, Greenland’s second largest, the port of Qeqertarsuaq, home to an Arctic research station and the impressive three-mile-long glacier front of Eqip Sermia.
Hurtigruten also offers a number of optional excursions such as a helicopter flight to Ilulissat Glacier, an exploration of the Viking ruins at Narsaq.
Four different itineraries sail between the end of May and September 2013. Early-booking fares offer savings of up to 20% off the brochure price.
The Heart of Greenland – from £4374pp – This nine-day expedition follows Greenland’s west coast visiting small settlements that are only accessible by boat. Available on 9,16,23 and 30 June, prices start at £4374pp and include seven nights full board on the ship, return flight from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq, transfers, landings and lectures by the expedition team. Flights from the UK to Copenhagen are extra and can be booked by Hurtigruten. Based on two sharing.
If you would like more information you can call Hurtigruten on 0844 448 7601 or visit http://www.hurtigruten.co.uk.