Shore excursions Greenland 2017

  • Narsarsuaq A settlement in southern Greenland
    • NA1 - BOAT TRIP QOROQ ICE FJORD - USD 135 p.p.

      Tour highlights: A fascinating cruise through the icebergs in the Qoroq Ice Fjord
      Walking involved: No walking involved
      Duration: 1,5 – 2 hours
      Min/Max: 12/-
      Reservation code: NA1

      The Greenland ice cap produces 250 million tons of icebergs each summer and their final journey begins when they break off from glaciers and plunge directly into crystal-clear fjords. Near Narsarsuaq we sail through the Qoroq Ice Fjord, weaving through hundreds of icebergs with a mesmerizing view of the Qoroq glacier off in the distance. The local boats will pick you up at shipside we reach the Qoroq Ice Fjord in 30 minutes by boat. We cruise in between the icebergs and sail into the fiord to see the glacier in the distant. Here the captain stops the engine and we enjoy the arctic scenery and the silence.

    • NA2 - QASSIARSUK VIKING HERITAGE - USD 35 p.p.

      Tour highlights: Learn more about the Viking culture and visit Greenland´s first Christian church
      Walking involved: About 1,5 hours of walking on gravel road
      Duration: 1,5 hours
      Min/Max: 10/-
      Reservation code: NA2

      Erik the Red who settled in Qassiarsuk after being outlawed from Iceland, named his new homeland with fjord landscapes and fertile valleys “green land”. On this walking tour you will visit the ruins of Greenland’s first Christian Church and a reconstructed Viking longhouse. Furthermore your guide will tell worth knowing facts about the Vikings life and history in Greenland.

    • NA3 - HIKE TO TASIUSAQ - USD 100 p.p.

      Tour highlights: Hike through the beautiful arctic landscape
      Walking involved: 8,5 miles long walk on unpaved road
      Remarks: Long hike with almost no altitudes, hiking shoes and outdoor clothing recommended; lunch boxes from OCEAN DIAMOND
      Duration: 6-7 hours
      Min/Max: 10/25
      Reservation code: NA3

      In Qassiarsuk you will meet your guide for your hike through stunning Arctic landscapes to the remote community of Tasiusaq. It used to be the home of sheep farmers but nowadays it is abandoned. Enjoy the beautiful view of the fjord system and the arctic nature.

    • NA4 - HIKE AND KAYAK TASIUSAQ - USD 395 p.p.

      Tour highlights: Combine a hike through the beautiful arctic landscape with the unique experience of kayaking through ice filled waters
      Walking involved: 4,25 miles hike on unpaved road
      Remarks: Long hike with almost no altitudes, hiking shoes and outdoor clothing recommended, kayak equipment and clothing included (raincoat, -trousers, spray skirt, rubber boots and life vest), lunch boxes from board the OCEAN DIAMOND.
      Duration: 7 hours including transfer
      Min/Max: 5/12
      Reservation code: NA4

      In Qassiarsuk you will meet your guide for your hike to through stunning Arctic landscapes to the remote community of Tasiussaq. It used to be the home of sheep farmers but nowadays it is abandoned. When you arrive to Tasiussaq, your local guide will give you a short introduction to the kayak equipment, before you start your extraordinary kayaking tour seeing glaciers and icebergs from a new and exciting perspective.

      Minimum age: 15 years.

    • NA5 - HELICOPTER TOUR TO EQALUIT GLACIER - Price on request

      Tour highlights: helicopter tour Eqaluit Glacier
      Walking involved: No walking involved
      Remarks: Please note that helicopter flights are particularly weather dependent, cancellations are also frequent as the helicopter might be needed for rescue/emergency flights, if it is the only one available in this area
      Duration: 1 hour
      Min/Max: 8/8
      Reservation code: NA4

      An aerial perspective gives a true sense of Greenland’s unbelievable size. During this “Flightseeing-Tour” by helicopter you see details that you would miss from an airplane. Flying low and slow, Greenland’s spectacular natural features like glacial moulins and icebergs seem to be right below your feet. The helicopter flies at low altitude over the coastal mountains before landing in front of the glacier. Use the pause of approx. 30 minutes to inspect and photograph the amazing glacier face before flying back.

    • NARSARSUAQ MUSEUM - This excursion is included for all guests

      The Narsarsuaq Museum will open their doors for exclusively all guests of the OCEAN DIAMOND. The museum was established in 1991 and houses a large collection of photos and artefacts from the American base “Blue West One”. The base was in operation from 1941 until 1958. The collection also has a section with focus on the Norse settlers and especially Erik the Red, who settled in Greenland more than 1,000 years ago.

      This excursion is included for all guests.

    Prices 2018 on request.

    All excursions are subject to local weather/ice conditions as well as minimum/maximum numbers of participants. If an excursion is cancelled due to weather conditions or an insufficient number of participants, we reserve the right to provide notification of this at any point prior to the time of departure of the tour in question.

    The payment of the shore excursions will be at the end of the cruise in U.S. Dollars.

  • Nuuk Capital of Greenland
    • NU1 - GRAND CITY TOUR, NATIONAL MUSEUM & GREENLANDIC TAPAS - USD 195 p.p.

      Tour highlights: A wonderful introduction to Greenland´s capital city Nuuk & Greenlandic specialties
      Walking involved: short stretches of walking involved (ca. 30 min.)
      Remarks: Entrance to the museum as well as snacks included in the price
      Duration: 3,5 hours
      Min/Max: 15/30
      Reservation code: NU1

      Nuuk is the capital of Greenland and its oldest town. Founded in 1728 by Danish-Norwegian missionary Hans Egede, Nuuk combines Arctic traditions and European urbanity. With around 16,000 inhabitants, Nuuk is considered as a bustling metropolis compared to the rest of Greenland’s cities and settlements. This guided bus tour brings you to the old city centre and the new suburban area of modern architecture. The tour also includes a visit of the National Museum of Greenland which exhibits 500 year old Inuit-mummies discovered in Qilakitsoq 40 years ago as well as eating Greenlandic tapas at the culture house Katuaq.

    • NU2 - HIKING AROUND LILLE MALENE - USD 95 p.p.

      Tour highlights: Hike through the beautiful arctic landscape around Nuuk
      Walking involved: Demanding 6 mile hike in mountain terrain, good level of fitness required
      Remarks: Hiking shoes and outdoor clothing recommended, lunch boxes from OCEAN DIAMOND
      Duration: 5 hours including transfer
      Min/Max: 15/30
      Reservation code: NU2

      A short bus ride takes us to our starting point: the foot of the mountain Lille Malene. Soon you are out in the clean and untouched wilderness with magnificent views over the Nuuk fjord system, which is the second largest system that way in the world. The hike takes us along a trail with streams and small lakes. It provides many beautiful spots which are perfect for photo stops and lunchbreak. A local guide will accompany us and will answer any questions you may have on the local environment or life in Greenland.

    • NU3 - FOOD TASTING NUUK - USD 85 p.p.

      Tour highlights: Experience a taste of Greenland and hear more about Greenlandic hunting and food traditions
      Walking involved: No longer stretches of walking involved
      Remarks: Exclusive tasting of local specialties included, outdoor clothing recommended (when the weather is good the tasting will take place outside)
      Duration: 1,5 hours including transfer
      Min/Max: 15/20
      Reservation code: NU3

      Meat from marine mammals, game, birds and fish has been the main ingredient in Greenlandic food for generations. The bus brings you to the outskirt of the city to the small Inuk Hostel. Here your local guide will invite you to a tasting of Greenlandic products while he gives you an overview on hunting traditions and how hunting still defines the life of many Greenlanders. The tasting will depend on what has been caught, like a variety of fish, maybe muskox, seal and other delicacies.

    Prices 2018 on request.

    All excursions are subject to local weather/ice conditions as well as minimum/maximum numbers of participants. If an excursion is cancelled due to weather conditions or an insufficient number of participants, we reserve the right to provide notification of this at any point prior to the time of departure of the tour in question.

    The payment of the shore excursions will be at the end of the cruise in U.S. Dollars.

  • Sisimiut The 2nd biggest town in Greenland
    • SI1 – HIKE AROUND SISIMIUT - USD 45 p.p. (only bookable on tour 17OD9)

      Tour highlights: Amazing sceneries and beautiful nature
      Walking involved: About 3,5 hours demanding walk on unpaved terrain
      Remarks: Hiking shoes and outdoor clothing recommended
      Duration: 3-4 hours
      Min/Max: 6/25
      Reservation code: SI1

      Sisimiut’s mountains were made for exploration but there is a lot of ground to cover. The hike takes you to a beautiful viewpoint on the nearby mountains. Enjoy the panoramic view over the sea, the fiords, and the landscape around Sisimiut. You might even spot arctic foxes, grouse and eagles.

    • LECTURE: QIVIUT – THE WONDER OF THE ARCTIC - Included for all guests (only bookable on tour 17OD9)

      Qiviut is the Greenlandic word for the downy wool that the wild musk oxen of Greenland hide underneath their coarse overcoat - a unique material that fashion designers around the world are beginning to recognize for its fine qualities. Experience the journey of the Qiviut, from the muskox to your fingertips. Exclusive tasting of local specialties included

      This excursion is included for all guests. (only bookable on tour 17OD9)

    Prices 2018 on request.

    All excursions are subject to local weather/ice conditions as well as minimum/maximum numbers of participants. If an excursion is cancelled due to weather conditions or an insufficient number of participants, we reserve the right to provide notification of this at any point prior to the time of departure of the tour in question.

    The payment of the shore excursions will be at the end of the cruise in U.S. Dollars.

  • Ilulissat The town of the icebergs
    • IL1 - CITY WALK ILULISSAT AND VISIT TO THE MUSEUM - USD 45 p.p.

      Tour highlights: An interesting cultural and historical walk to Ilulissats most famous sights
      Walking involved: Around 1 hour of walking involved, some uneven ground and steps
      Remarks: Entrance to the museum included
      Duration: 1,5 hours + individual visit to the museum
      Min/Max: 10/-
      Reservation code: IL1

      Originally founded by the Danes as a trading post in 1741, Ilulissat is today the third largest town in Greenland, with over 4,500 inhabitants. Accompanied by a local guide you learn more about life 200 miles above of the Arctic Circle. The tour takes you to the harbor and the 18th-century Zion Church, which was once the largest man-made object in Greenland.

    • IL2 - HIKE TO THE ICEBERGS OF SERMERMIUT - USD 95 p.p.

      Tour highlights: Learn more about the Inuit culture on this hike through the stunning arctic nature
      Walking involved: 3 miles of moderate hiking on mountain trails, parts of the path can be muddy when wet
      Remarks: Hiking boots and outdoor clothing recommended
      Duration: 3 hours including transfers
      Min/Max: 5/-
      Reservation code: IL2

      This guided hiking tour to the Inuit ruins at Sermermiut overlooks the famous Ilulissat Ice Fjord with floating, massive icebergs raising more than 100 m above sea level. Discover the culture and lifestyle of the early Inuit, the first people to settle Sermermiut around the year 2000 BC. You can still see the relics, witnessing their presence. Hear the story about the Inuit people’s life and traditions before the Europeans came to Greenland.

    • IL3 - ICE FJORD CRUISE - USD 150 p.p.

      Tour highlights: An unforgettable cruise around the plentiful icebergs in the Unesco World Heritage Ice Fjord
      Walking involved: No walking involved
      Remarks: Warm clothing recommended
      Duration: 2 hours
      Min/Max: 12/-
      Reservation code: IL3

      Ilulissat means “icebergs” in Greenlandic and the Ilulissat Ice Fjord is impressive whether viewed from the air or the sea. Experience an unforgettable cruise to the mouth of the Ilulissat Ice Fjord, where an underwater moraine catches many of the large icebergs. The only way to cross the moraine is via pressure from behind – therefore you always see a multitude of huge icebergs directly in front of Ilulissat.

    • IL4 - ICE FJORD ROUNDFLIGHT - USD 465 p.p.

      Tour highlights: Enjoy the stunning views on the UNESCO World Heritage Ice Fjord from above
      Walking involved: No longer stretches of walking involved
      Remarks: Window seat in the plane is guaranteed for the best photo opportunity; every passenger is provided with Active Noise Reduction Headset; please note that this flight is particularly weather dependent
      Duration: 30 minutes
      Min/Max: 4/25
      Reservation code: IL4

      The Ilulissat Ice Fjord is impressive whether viewed from the air or the sea. Experience an unforgettable flight over the ice fjord and the world’s most active glacier, Sermeq Kujalleq, which moves 72 feet per day (22 m). Your pilot will fly low over the fjord and circle around the majestic icebergs which can reach a height of 3000 ft and a few miles in length.

    Prices 2018 on request.

    All excursions are subject to local weather/ice conditions as well as minimum/maximum numbers of participants. If an excursion is cancelled due to weather conditions or an insufficient number of participants, we reserve the right to provide notification of this at any point prior to the time of departure of the tour in question.

    The payment of the shore excursions will be at the end of the cruise in U.S. Dollars.

  • Uummannaq The northernmost point of our journey
    • UUMMANNAQ MUSEUM - This excursion is included for all guests

      Uummannaq Museum tells fantastic stories from the region. Particularly interesting is the museum’s exhibition of the extensive polar exploration that took place and Alfred Wegener’s expedition on a propeller-driven sled on the Ice Sheet. Wegener became world-famous due to his theory of continental drift. His aim was to build a scientific station in the middle of the Ice Sheet. The museum also houses copies of the famous Qilaktisog mummies, which were discovered in this area in 1972.

      This excursion is included for all guests.

    Prices 2018 on request.

    All excursions are subject to local weather/ice conditions as well as minimum/maximum numbers of participants. If an excursion is cancelled due to weather conditions or an insufficient number of participants, we reserve the right to provide notification of this at any point prior to the time of departure of the tour in question.

    The payment of the shore excursions will be at the end of the cruise in U.S. Dollars.

  • Qeqertarsuaq The only settlement on Disko Island
    • QE1 - CITY WALK QEQERTARSUAQ - USD 45 p.p. (only bookable on tour 17OD9)

      Tour highlights: An interesting cultural and historical walk to Qeqertarsuaq most famous sights
      Walking involved: Around 1 hour of walking involved, some uneven ground
      Duration: 1,5 hours
      Min/Max: 10/25
      Reservation code: QE1

      Guided sightseeing in Qeqertasuaq, where you get an insight into the town´s ancient and modern history. Qeqertersuaq is the only town on Disko Island (the big island), and a city that stands alone far off Greenlands´s west coast and the Lyngmark Glacier that towers above the town. This remote town is about 100 km west of Ilulissat.

    • QE2 - HIKE TO THE ARCTIC STATION - USD 85 p.p. (only bookable on tour 17OD9)

      Tour highlights: Learn more about research in the arctic on this hike through stunning landscapes and the “Valley of the Winds” –Blaesedal
      Walking involved: 3 miles of walking on uneven paths involved
      Remarks: Good outdoor shoes and outdoor clothing recommended
      Duration: 3-4 hours
      Min/Max: 15/25
      Reservation code: QE2

      Located right outside Qeqertarsuaq the University of Copenhagen maintains and funds the Arctic Station in order to promote Arctic research and university level education within all aspects of environmental science. The surroundings of Arctic Station are characterized by a large variety in landscape, flora, and fauna. Some of the world's largest icebergs drift by the Arctic Station.

    • QE3 - KAFFEMIK - USD 60 p.p. (only bookable on tour 17OD9)

      Tour highlights: Getting a special look at Greenlandic life, traditions and culture
      Walking involved: No longer stretches of walking involved
      Duration: 1,5 hours
      Min/Max: 8/15
      Reservation code: QE3

      Get a feel of what it’s like to live like a Greenlander by discovering a Greenlandic home while enjoying coffee / tea and homemade cake. Kaffemik is an old tradition where a family invites many guests into their home to celebrate special events of all kinds - births and birthdays, first days of school and confirmations - but the real enjoyment comes from being in a room filled with people.

    • VISIT TO THE CHRUCH OF QEQERTARSUAQ - Included for all guests (only bookable on tour 17OD9)

      Due to its characteristic octagonal shape, the church in Qeqertarsuaq is called the Lord's Ink Pot and is definitely worth visiting. During our stay it will be open for visits. The inhabitants of Qeqertarsuaq are going to present their national costumes and a choir will entertain us with beautiful hymns. The tradition of hymn singing in four-part chorales was introduced by Danish missionaries in the last century, and over time has developed into traditional Greenlandic choral singing.

      This excursion is included for all guests. (only bookable on tour 17OD9)

    Prices 2018 on request.

    All excursions are subject to local weather/ice conditions as well as minimum/maximum numbers of participants. If an excursion is cancelled due to weather conditions or an insufficient number of participants, we reserve the right to provide notification of this at any point prior to the time of departure of the tour in question.

    The payment of the shore excursions will be at the end of the cruise in U.S. Dollars.