Iceland ProCruises Catalogue 2019

26 From Iceland to Disko Bay We discover the immense scenic and cultural variety of the world’s largest island, from the beautiful and fertile south with its fascinating Viking history to the town of Ilulissat with its floating icebergs. ICELAND AND NATURAL WONDERS OF GREENLAND Glaciers seem close enough to touch Day 1 | Reykjavik Use your leisure time in Reykjavik to discover the unique charm of the world’s northernmost capital. The ship departs in the evening. Day 2 | Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands) Located off Iceland’s south coast, the Westman Islands were formed by submarine volcanic eruptions around 10,000 years ago. Surtsey Island emerged from the sea in 1963 and is one of the youngest land masses on earth. We go ashore on Heimaey, the only inhabited island, where half-buried houses remain from a violent 1973 eruption. Day 3 | Day at Sea / Denmark Strait Today we sail across the Denmark Strait towards Greenland, follow- ing the same maritime route used by Norse settlers more than 900 years ago. Day 4 | Day at Sea / Prince Christian Sound When conditions are favorable, we cruise along the 70-mile (112-km) Prince Christian Sound. In this narrow, often ice-choked channel, we come so close to icebergs you can almost reach out and touch them. Day 5 | Narsarsuaq Very close to the town of Narsarsuaq lies the small settlement of Qassiarsuk, founded by the legendary Viking rebel and leader Erik the Red. He named this area “green land” because the landscape around Qassiarsuk is characterized by inviting fjords and green, fertile valleys. Day 6 | Ikka Fjord Today we visit Ikka Fjord. The underwater world is like no other, it contains a forest of remarkable mineral columns growing on the seabed. The columns formed over 10,000 years ago of the extremely rare mineral Ikait. Day 7 | Nuuk With 16,000 inhabitants Nuuk is both capital and biggest city of Greenland. It combines Arctic traditions with European urbanity. Visit the city sights on a walking tour that ends at the National Museum, which exhibits the famous mummies of Qilakitsoq. Day 8 | Sisimiut With approx. 5,600 inhabitants, Sisimiut is the second largest town in Greenland. It is a modern settlement that maintains ancient tradi- tions. The fishing industry still plays an important role. The natural Zodiac transfer in Uummannaq Photo:HermannGudmundsson Photo:HermannGudmundsson