Iceland ProCruises Catalogue 2019

28 Day 1 | Kangerlussuaq Charterflight from Keflavik to Kangerlussuaq. The OCEAN DIAMOND an- chors off Kangerlussuaq and embarkation is conducted via our Zodiac boats. The ship departs in the evening. Day 2 | 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 harbor remains ice-free throughout the year which made it an attractive location for European whalers in former times. Day 3 | Ilulissat / Eqip Glacier In the morning we visit the beautiful Eqip Glacier. Our next stop is Ilulissat, which means “iceberg” in Greenlandic. And with good rea- son, as the town is located at the mouth of the iceberg-filled Ilulissat Ice Fjord. Delight in the thunderous spectacle when icebergs break off from Sermeq Kujalleq glacier and plunge into the fjord. In the evening we visit the beautiful Eqip Glacier. Day 4 | Uummannaq Uummannaq is considered one of the most beautiful towns in Green- land. Located on a small island about 300 miles (483 km) north of the Arctic Circle, this tiny, picturesque village lies at the foot of a heart- shaped mountain. Day 5 | Qeqertarsuaq The small settlement of Qeqertarsuaq is located on the south coast of Disko Island. In 1773 the first whaling base was founded there. Whaling has been of great importance to the town over the past two centuries. Day 6 | Nuuk Nuuk is the capital of Greenland and its oldest town. Founded in 1728 by Danish-Norwegian missionary Hans Egede, the city combines Arctic traditions and European urbanity. With around 16,000 inhabi- tants, Nuuk is considered a modern, bustling metropolis compared to the rest of Greenland. Visit the city sights on a walking tour that ends at the National Museum, which exhibits the famous mummies of Qilakitsoq. Day 7 | 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 8 | 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. From Disko Bay to Iceland From majestic glaciers and icebergs floating in deep-blue water to the island’s unique indigenous wild- life, the natural wonders of Greenland are the stars of this soft adventure voyage. Whales and seals often accompany the OCEAN DIAMOND, while musk ox graze ashore. NATURAL WONDERS OF GREENLAND & ICELAND Uummannaq, northernmost stop of the cruise Photo:HermannGudmundsson