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Setting sail from Nuuk
Greenland's capital and largest town, Nuuk is positively cosmopolitan compared to the rest of this remote and isolated country. The setting amongst mountains and fjords is striking, and attractions include the Greenland National Museum and the picturesque Old Harbour.
The name Sisimiut means ‘the people living in a place where there are fox dens’, though these days the town is better known for being Greenland’s northernmost year-round ice-free port. Around 25 miles north of the Arctic Circle, it’s a common stop for ships making the journey north to Disko Bay.
The spectacular Ilulissat ice fjord is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it's the source of the many icebergs that float out across Disko Bay. The town of Ilulissat itself is Greenland’s third largest settlement, and activities on offer here include dog sledding and whale watching.
Qeqertarsuaq is the only town on verdant Disko Island; legend has it that the island was towed here by two hunters from southern Greenland searching for seals. Above the town is the Lyngmark Glacier, the only place in Greenland where you can go dog sledding in summer.
Uummannaq is one of the most northerly towns in Greenland, situated on an island at the foot of a jagged mountain. Learn more about Inuit culture at the small museum, or explore the spectacular natural surroundings in 24-hour daylight; for three months every summer, the sun never sets.
Upernavik is the northernmost town in Greenland with over 1,000 inhabitants, situated on a bay scattered with islands and icebergs. The Upernavik Museum, the oldest in Greenland, contains an interesting collection of local art, and the region has an interesting Norse heritage, thought to be the northern limit of Viking exploration.
Arriving in Nuuk
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The Greg Mortimer is an exciting new purpose-built expedition ship with a revolutionary design, which joined the Aurora Expeditions fleet in 2019.
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Just take a look at the pictures of this ship - quite different from anything we have seen before with a revolutionary new patented X-BOW design which has a number of benefits. Not only does it increase passenger comfort by eliminating slamming in heavy seas, but also the journey is speeded up so uncomfortable rides in heavy seas are minimised. This also results in environmental benefits, reducing fuel consumption and emissions.
On board, Aurora Expeditions passengers will enjoy the company's established style - a comfortable, friendly and laid-back vibe in the company of like-minded travellers, for whom the time ashore is everything. The focus is on small group exploration, with a commitment to getting off the ship as much as possible for up close and personal encounters with wilderness lands and wildlife.
|Style||Relaxed, authentic, cosy - a totally unpretentious and educational experience for true adventurers.|
|Cruising Speed||15 knots|