Disko Bay and Uummannaq, 2024

Expedition trip from / to Ilulissat

On this expedition-like journey, you will first explore the famous Disko Bay before heading further north towards Uummannaq, discovering places of solitude and nature in its original majesty. Disko Bay is famous for its icebergs, which often have spectacular shapes and shimmer in all imaginable colours. Humpback whales, fin whales and minke whales can often be seen in their natural habitat.

Later we visit remote settlements like Qasigiannguit, Aasiaat, Qeqertarsuaq, Qullissat, Uummannaq and get to know the life of the inhabitants. All these places can only be reached by ship, and thanks to its small size, the MS „Cape Race“ is ideally suited to respectfully approach the intact nature and the inhabitants.

The planned itinerary

Ice and wind determine the daily schedule of the expedition. The itineraries mentioned here are therefore exemplary.

Day 1: Arrival in Iceland
Your Greenland trip starts with your arrival in Iceland. You will fly from your home airport to Keflavik (the airport of Reykjavik) in Iceland, where you will spend one night.

Day 2: Ilulissat
Today you fly from Keflavik to Ilulissat. Reception at the airport and transfer to your hotel.

Day 3: Embarkation in Ilulissat
In the afternoon, the small, cosy MS „Cape Race“, with only 12 guests, awaits you in the harbour. With its many painted timbers and historic details, it not only exudes the charm of classic tramp shipping, but is also able to call at the smallest and most remote bays. After a warm welcome from the crew and the obligatory safety briefing, you will move into your cabins.

Day 4 – Day 15: Disko Bay and Uummannaq
Depending on the weather, we explore the bay by boat or hike to Sermermiut („Inhabitants of the Glacier“), an old, abandoned settlement north of Ilulissat, which offers a fantastic view over the famous ice fjord. In the following days, your first glance on deck in the morning will be at the huge icebergs that dominate the image of Disko Bay and surprise you with an unimaginable variety of colours, shapes and dimensions. The ice giants originate from Jakobshavn Isbræ, one of the largest glaciers in the world; from there they enter the sea at a flow rate of up to 40 per day and the unimaginable quantity of around 50 cubic kilometres of ice per year. From a close, but of course safe distance, you will experience the roar of the breaking ice masses of the glacier Eqip Sermia, which flows directly into the sea and is considered the most active glacier in Greenland. Afterwards we continue to Aasiaat, one of the best places in Greenland for whale watching.

On the way north we visit the remote, abandoned mining town of Qullissat, which was abandoned in 1972. The forced relocation of the population made the place a symbol of Denmark’s problematic post-colonial policy in Greenland and the resulting social problems; the museum in Ilulissat works through this in detail.
The northern destination is Uummannaq, a town in the municipality of Qaasuitsup, located on a small island of the same name off the west coast of Greenland. The town has about 1,200 inhabitants and is known for its breathtaking natural landscape, including glaciers, icebergs and fjords. One of the main attractions is the Uummannaq Fjord. We explore this sensational nature not only by boat, but also on numerous short hikes. Overall, Uummannaq is a unique and beautiful destination that offers an insight into Greenland’s breathtaking natural beauty and rich cultural heritage.

Day 16: Return flight from Ilulissat to Iceland.
Disembark on the „Cape Race“ in Ilulissat and fly back to Iceland. Overnight in Keflavik at the airport.

Day 17: Return flight to your home town or extension in Iceland
Today you can take the return flight to your home airport. Alternatively, an individual programme extension in Iceland is possible – we will be happy to advise you.

Travel dates 2024
Time on board: 15 days / 14 nights
Triple cabin shower/WC Double cabin
double bed
Double cabin
twin bed
Single cabin
01.07.2024 – 18.07.2024
15 days / 14 nights on board
(MARE 12-24)
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22.07.2024 – 07.08.2024
14 days / 13 nights on board
(MARE 14-24)
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€ 14.245,-
€ 10.750,-
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€ 14.495,-
€ 10.980,-
special price
€ 14.495,-
€ 10.980,-
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€ 15.595,-
€ 12.900,-

Services included in the tour price

  • Nature cruise on board the „Cape Race“ (15 days / 14 nights), as described
  • One overnight stay at the airport in Keflavik before the flights to and from Greenland in a good middle-class hotel, breakfast included
  • One overnight stay in Ilulissat (Greenland) before embarkation in a good middle class hotel, breakfast included
  • Full board on board incl. soft drinks
  • Flights from/to Germany, Switzerland or Austria in economy class to Keflavik (Iceland) and return
  • Flight from Keflavik to Ilulissat and return to Keflavik in Economy Class
  • All shore excursions and excursions during the cruise
  • German-speaking tour guide on board

Services not included in the cruise price

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Any costs for medical tests (for example COVID-19) or vaccinations required either by a government agency or by the tour operator before, during or after the cruise.


All scheduled landings are subject to local weather and ice conditions. The itinerary and programme are expressly subject to change. Completion of various questionnaires is mandatory.

Mobility notice

We are obliged to point out that this trip is generally not suitable for persons with reduced mobility. In individual cases, please contact us.


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  • German-speaking guided nature cruise
  • Months of travel: July – August 2024
  • Embarkation: Ilulissat (Greenland)
  • Disembarkation: Ilulissat (Greenland)
  • Duration of stay on board: 15 days/ 14 nights
  • Max.number of participants: 12 passengers