Iceland ProCruises Catalogue 2019

8 P R I N C E C H R I S T I A N S O U N D Prince Christian Sound The force of Greenland’s massive inland icecap pushes glaciers towards the sea, where large chunks of ice break off and become floating ice- bergs. When we cruise the 70-mile (100-km) Prince Christian Sound — which separates the Cape Farewell islands from the mainland — we get so close to icebergs that you can almost reach out and touch them. Narsarsuaq Located near Greenland’s southern tip, Narsasuaq lies in the heart of the region pioneered by the ancient Norse. Nearby Qassiarsuk was founded by notorious Viking Erik the Red after his banishment from Iceland. He named the area “Green Land” be- cause of its lush, fertile valleys. During our shore stop, you can learn about the lives of the island’s early Norse settlers while visiting a Viking long- house and small peat church. Nuuk Greenland’s capital has around 16,000 inhabitants and combines Inuit traditions with modern European urbanity. It’s also Greenland’s oldest town, founded in 1728 by the Danish Norwegian missionary Hans Egede. The National Museum features 500-year-old mummies from Qilakitsoq, as well as other artifacts related to Greenland archaeology, history and art. The Katuaq Cultural Center in downtown Nuuk is the venue for concerts, exhibitions, cinema and local cuisine. The University of Greenland, the country’s only university, is also located in Nuuk. Disko Bay/ Eqip Glacier Disko Bay combines incredible iceberg scenery and Inuit hospitality. Along the eastern edge of the bay is Ilulissat, the third largest town in Green- land. The name means “iceberg” in Greenlandic, a reference to its location at the mouth of the iceberg-filled Ilulissat Ice Fjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004. Few places in Greenland are as breathtaking as Eqip Glacer, 50 miles (80 km) north of Ilulissat. With a little luck, your visit will include a close-up view of icebergs “calving” as huge chunk of ice break off and thunder into the sea. Uummannaq Located 300 miles (500 km) north of the Arctic Circle, Uummannaq is one of the most beautiful towns in Greenland. The town takes its unusual name — Uummannaq means “heart shaped” in Greenlandic — from a massive mountain (3,839 feet/ 1,175 meters) that towers above the island. An interesting local museum features an exhibition of German climatologist and geophysicist Alfred Wegener’s 18th-century polar exploration. GREENLAND AND ICELAND