Shore excursions Greenland

  • Narsarsuaq A settlement in southern Greenland
    • NA1* - BOAT TRIP QOOROQ ICE FJORD

      Tour Highlights: A fascinating cruise through the icebergs in the Qooroq Ice Fjord
      Difficulty Level: No walking involved
      Remarks: Warm clothes recommended; excursion boat with mostly outdoor space and limited seats; it depends on the ice situation how far the excursion boat can go into Qooroq Ice Fjord
      Duration: 1,5 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 you sail through the Qooroq Ice Fjord, weaving through hundreds of icebergs with a mesmerizing view of the Qooroq glacier off in the distance. The Qooroq Ice Fjord will be reached in 30 minutes by boat. You cruise between the light blue icebergs which South Greenland is popular for and sail into the fjord to see the glacier in the distance. Here the captain stops the engine and you enjoy the arctic scenery and the silence.

    • NA2 - HIKE TO TASIUSAQ

      Tour Highlights: Hike through the beautiful arctic landscape
      Difficulty Level: Moderate 8,5 miles long hike on unpaved road
      Remarks: Hiking shoes and outdoor clothing recommended; please bring a bottle of water with you; lunch boxes from OCEAN DIAMOND
      Duration: 6-7 hours
      Min/Max: 10/25
      Reservation code: NA2

      In Qassiarsuk you will start your hike through stunning arctic landscapes to the remote community of Tasiusaq. The largely treeless and rocky fjord landscape of South Greenland resembles the fjords of western Norway. At the end you find sheep farms that give new meaning to the word ‘remote’. It used to be home of sheep farmers but nowadays it is abandoned. Sheep and the occasional eagle can be seen, but this hike is mainly about the beauty of the landscape – enjoy the beautiful view of the fjord system and the arctic nature.

    • NA3 - HIKE AND KAYAK TASIUSAQ

      Tour Highlights: Combine a hike through the beautiful arctic landscape with the unique experience of kayaking through ice filled waters
      Difficulty Level: Moderate 4.25 miles long hike on unpaved road; good physical condition for kayaking needed
      Remarks: Hiking shoes and outdoor clothing recommended; kayak equipment and clothing included (raincoat, -trousers, spray skirt, rubber boots and life vest); please bring a bottle of water with you; lunch boxes from OCEAN DIAMOND
      Duration: 6-7 hours including transfer
      Min/Max: 5/12
      Reservation code: NA3

      In Qassiarsuk you will start your hike through stunning arctic landscapes to the remote community of Tasiusaq. The largely treeless and rocky fjord landscape of South Greenland resembles the fjords of western Norway. At the end you find sheep farms that give new meaning to the word ‘remote’. It used to be the home of sheep farmers but nowadays it is abandoned. When you arrive to Tasiusaq, your local guide will give you a short introduction to the kayak equipment, before you start your extraordinary approx. 1.5 hours kayaking tour seeing glaciers and icebergs from a new and exciting perspective. At the end you will be picked up by a bus and driven back to Qassiarsuk.

    • NA4 *- HELICOPTER FLIGHT TO EQALUIT GLACIER

      Tour Highlights: Exciting approx. 30 minutes helicopter flight plus 30 minutes ground stop at the Eqaluit Glacier
      Difficulty Level: No walking involved
      Remarks: Clothes according to local weather; 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: Approx. 1,5 hours including transfer
      Min/Max: 5/5 or 8/8 - dependent on available helicopter
      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 for about 15 minutes 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.

    • QASSIARSUK VIKING HERITAGE

      Tour Highlights: Learn more about the Viking culture and visit Greenland‘s first
      Christian church
      Difficulty Level: About 2 hours of walking on gravel road
      Remarks: Entrance to the Viking ruins included and 2 local guides will be there to answer questions and give explanations

      Erik the Red, who settled in Qassiarsuk after being outlawed from Iceland, named his new homeland with fjord landscapes and fertile valleys “green land”. Visit the ruins of Greenland’s first Christian church and a reconstructed Viking longhouse and learn some worth knowing facts about the Vikings life and history in Greenland.

    Excursion prices 2020 will be published in December 2019.

    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.

  • Ikka Fjord The fjord of the underwater stalactites
    • ZODIAC EXCURSION

      Tour Highlights: Zodiac excursion towards the underwater stalactitets
      Difficulty Level: No walking involved
      Remarks: Warm and outdoor clothing recommended

      On the way to Nuuk we will enter the fjord system by Arsuk, meeting the mouth of the Ikka Fjord. After boarding the zodiacs, the local ranger will lead you to the preserved area of the fjord. From the zodiacs, you will be able to spot the forest of remarkable mineral columns growing on the seabed. The stalactites are 32-50 feet tall and rise up just below the water surface. But also keep an eye out for musk oxen on the shore!

    Excursion prices 2020 will be published in December 2019.

    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.

  • Nuuk Capital of Greenland
    • NU1* - CITY WALK INCL. NATIONAL MUSEUM

      Tour Highlights: A wonderful introduction to Greenland‘s capital Nuuk and a visitto the world famous mummies
      Difficulty Level: Walking for approx. 2 hours with some steps
      Remarks: Clothes according to local weather; please bring a bottle of water with you; entrance to the National Museum included
      Duration: approx. 2,5 hours
      Min/Max: 10/25
      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 a bustling metropolis compared to the rest of Greenland’s cities and settlements. This guided tour brings you to the old city centre and also includes a visit to the National Museum of Greenland which exhibits 500 year old Inuit-mummies discovered in Qilakitsoq 40 years ago. On the local market you can find seal, fish and musk ox.

    • NU2 - HIKING AROUND LILLE MALENE

      Tour Highlights: Hike through the beautiful arctic landscape around Nuuk
      Difficulty Level: ATTENTION! This hike covers mountain terrain in all variations and is only suitable for passengers with a very good level of fitness! Very demanding 6 mile and approx. 4,5 hrs long hike
      Remarks: Hiking shoes and outdoor clothing recommended; please bring a bottle of water with you; lunch boxes from OCEAN DIAMOND; return transfer included
      Duration: approx. 5 hours including transfer
      Min/Max: 10/25
      Reservation code: NU2

      A short approx. 10 minutes bus ride takes you to the 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 in the world. The hike takes you along a trail with streams and small lakes. It provides many beautiful spots which are perfect for photo stops and lunchbreak.

    • NU3* - FJORD SAFARI

      Tour Highlights: Cozy boat trip with very good chances of spotting whales as well as beautiful views of Sermitsiaq mountain – Nuuk´s landmark.
      Difficulty Level: Short stretches of walking involved (approx. 0,1 miles including stairs)
      Remarks: Warm clothing recommended; excursion boat with outdoor space and indoor seating
      Duration: approx. 2 hours
      Min/Max: 12/–
      Reservation code: NU3

      On this two hours boat tour there is a very good chance of seeing humpback whales on close hand. The captains are very experienced and know how to sail carefully in order for the whales to stay close to the boats. The tour will also take you to the island of Sermitsiaq which melting glacier provides for a waterfall diving directly into the fjord. Groups of young playfull seals, icebergs and sea birds are also enjoyed on this tour.

    • NU4* - HELICOPTER FLIGHT IN BETWEEN MOUNTAINS AND FJORDS

      Tour Highlights: Exciting approx. 30 minutes helicopter flight plus 30 minutes ground stop in the mountains
      Difficulty Level: No walking involved
      Remarks: Clothes according to local weather; 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: approx. 1.5 hours including transfer
      Min/Max: 5/5 or 8/8 – dependent on available helicopter
      Reservation code: NU4

      Greenland’s nature is by many considered the most beautiful in the world. This is your chance to see it from above. During the ground stop in between mountains you have a splendid vista over wild mountains and fjords of Nuuk. Do not miss this unique chance to experience astonishing views and bring back memories for life.

    Excursion prices 2020 will be published in December 2019.

    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.

  • Sisimiut The 2nd biggest town in Greenland
    • SI1* – CITY WALK

      Tour Highlights: Culture and history of Greenland, sledge dogs, most popular sights of Sisimiut
      Difficulty Level: Approx. 2 hours up and down hill walk on uneven and unpaved ground
      Remarks: Clothes according to local weather; please bring a bottle of water with you
      Duration: 2-2,5 hours
      Min/Max: 10/30
      Reservation code: SI1

      On this walking tour your guide describes everyday life in Sisimiut as well as the history, buildings and places you pass. The walk starts at the harbor, brings you to the old city center passing by the fish market all the way to the local dog yard. If you are lucky you might even get to see some puppies. The walk ends in the city center, if time allows you can still explore the village on your own and walk individually back to the ship.

    • SI2* - INUIT CULTURE & HISTORY HIKE

      Tour Highlights: Amazing sceneries and Inuit culture
      Difficulty Level: Approx. 2 hours hike on uneven terrain
      Remarks: Hiking shoes and outdoor clothing recommended; please bring a bottle of water with you
      Duration: approx. 2.5 hours
      Min/Max: 10/25
      Reservation code: SI2

      You want to know more about the Greenlandic culture? Participate on a guided hike to the place where it all started 4,000 years ago. Different Inuit cultures used the Tele-Island as hunting grounds for many years. Learn about the way they lived. From the Tele-Island you have a beautiful view over Sisimiut with the Mountain Nasaasaq in the background.

    • SI3* - GREENLANDIC FOOD TASTING AND QIVIUT LECTURE

      Tour Highlights: Lecture about the traditional production of the famous Qiviut wool and taste of local specialties
      Difficulty Level: Approx. 0,6 miles of walking uphill to the shop
      Remarks: Clothes according to local weather
      Duration: approx. 1 hour
      Min/Max: 5/30
      Reservation code: SI3

      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 on this lecture, from the musk ox to your fingertips. Exclusive tasting of local specialties included. The tasting will depend on what has been caught, like a variety of fish,maybe musk ox, seal or other delicacies.

    • SISIMIUT MUSEUM

      Tour Highlights: History and culture of Greenland
      Difficulty Level: Approx. 0,6 miles of walking uphill to the museum
      Remarks: Entrance to museum included

      The Sisimiut Museum will open their doors exclusively for all guests of the OCEAN DIAMOND.
      It is one of the best preserved museums in Greenland und focusses on Greenlandic culture, Greenlandic trade and industry history as well as the important shipping industry. The old buildings originate from the Danish colonial time and the original colors are still preserved.

    Excursion prices 2020 will be published in December 2019.

    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.

  • Ilulissat The town of the icebergs
    • IL1* - CITY WALK

      Tour Highlights: An interesting cultural and historical walk to Ilulissats most famous sights
      Difficulty Level: Approx. 1,5 hours up and down hill walk through the town, partly uneven and steps
      Remarks: Clothes according to local weather
      Duration: approx. 1,5 hours
      Min/Max: 10/30
      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. Learn more about life 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle and and hear about the old as well as the new history of the town and its development. After the tour you can stay in town or walk back to the pier.

    • IL2 - HIKE TO THE ICEBERGS OF SERMERMIUT

      Tour Highlights: Learn more about the Inuit culture on this hike through the stunning arctic nature and see impressive icebergs
      Difficulty Level: ATTENTION! This hike covers mountain terrain in all variations! Demanding 5 mile long hike
      Remarks: Hiking shoes and outdoor clothing recommended; please bring a bottle of water with you; lunch boxes from OCEAN DIAMOND
      Duration: 5-6 hours
      Min/Max: 10/25
      Reservation code: IL2

      Hike through spectacular surroundings as we take you to “Holms Bakke” which offers great views to the Jakobshavn Ice Fjord with its many icebergs. It also leads to the Inuit ruins at Sermermiut where you can discover the culture and lifestyle of the early Inuit, the first people to settle Sermermiut around the year 2,000 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

      Tour Highlights: An unforgettable cruise among the icebergs of the UNESCO World Heritage Ice Fjord
      Difficulty Level: No walking involved
      Remarks: Warm clothing recommended; excursion boat with mostly outdoor space and limited seats; it depends on the ice situation how far the excursion boat can go into the Ice Fjord
      Duration: approx. 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 SIGHTSEEING FLIGHT

      Tour Highlights: Enjoy the stunning views of the UNESCO World Heritage Ice Fjord from above on this approx. 30 minutes flight
      Difficulty Level: No walking involved
      Remarks: Clothes according to local weather; window seat in the plane is guaranteed for the best photo opportunity; every passenger is provided with an “Active Noise Reduction Headset”; please note that this flight is particularly weather dependent
      Duration: approx. 1 hour including transfer
      Min/Max: 5/5
      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. 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.

    Excursion prices 2020 will be published in December 2019.

    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.

  • Uummannaq The northernmost point of our journey
    • UUMMANNAQ MUSEUM AND CHURCH

      Tour Highlights: History and culture of Greenland
      Remarks: Entrance to museum and visit of the church included

      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. The church next door is the only stone church in Greenland and is also open for our guests to visit.

    • OPEN ORPHANAGE

      Tour Highlights: Learn and explore more about the life on an island in Northwest-Greenland
      Remarks: Visit of the local orphanage included

      The orphanage in Uummannaq opens up its doors exclusively for the guests of OCEAN DIAMOND. It invites you to learn more about the life of a Greenlander. The orphanage was founded in 1929 and belongs to the worldwide´s most northern residential intuitions. This orphanage is known all over the world as the children here are taught different instruments and singing with which they are going on world wide tours.

    Excursion prices 2020 will be published in December 2019.

    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.

  • Qeqertarsuaq The only settlement on Disko Island
    • QE1* - CITY WALK

      Tour Highlights: An interesting cultural and historical walk to Qeqertarsuaqs most famous sights
      Difficulty Level: Walk on partly uneven ground
      Remarks: Clothes according to local weather
      Duration: approx. 2 hours
      Min/Max: 10/30
      Reservation code: QE1

      Guided sightseeing in Qeqertarsuaq where you get an insight into the town´s ancient and modern history. Qeqertarsuaq is the only town on Disko Island (the big island) and a city that stands alone far off Greenland´s west coast and the Lyngmark Glacier that towers above the town. This remote town is about 62 miles west of Ilulissat.

    • QE2 - BOTANIC TUNDRA HIKE

      Tour Highlights: Stunning landscapes, the “Valley of the Winds” – Blaesedal and waterfalls
      Difficulty Level: Moderate 3 miles long hike in mountainous, uneven terrain
      Remarks: Hiking shoes and outdoor clothing recommended; please bring a bottle of water with you
      Duration: approx. 2.5 hours
      Min/Max: 10/25
      Reservation code: QE2

      The “Valley of the Winds” is located right outside of Qeqertarsuaq. Sometimes, a heavy wind blows on this Arctic plateau. That is where the valley Blaesedalen received its name from. But the valley also impresses with its waterfalls and large scenic variety with diversified flora and fauna. Learn more about tundra vegetation and adaptions of plants to Arctic climate on this botanic hike.

    • GREENLANDIC CHORAL SINGING AND CULTURE

      Tour Highlights: Visit the famous church in Qeqertarsuaq and listen to Greenlandic choral singing
      Remarks: Visit of the church included

      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 to our guests. A local singer dressed in his national costume will entertain you 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.

    Excursion prices 2020 will be published in December 2019.

    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.

  • Kangerlussuaq The last port of our journey
    • KA1 - REINDEER GLACIER AND BBQ

      Tour Highlights: Experience one of Greenland´s biggest attractions - the ice sheet and enjoy a BBQ with local specialities
      Difficulty Level: transport with a 4x4 coach on rocky and changeable terrain and gravel roads
      Remarks: Clothes according to local weather
      Duration: approx. 6 hours
      Min/Max: 12/–
      Reservation code: KA1

      Known as the Greenland Ice Sheet, it is UNESCO World Heritage and covers 80 % of the island’s surface and is second in size to the world’s only other ice sheet in Antarctica. You drive through a wide variety of the most beautiful natural scenery from Arctic desert to tundra with low growing shrubs and through hilly terrain with a grand view of the edge of the ice sheet. The final goal is a stop with the most magnificent view. Here you will have approximately one hour to enjoy the unspoiled tundra vegetation and walk to the waterfall and then down to the river just approximately 330 feet from the massive ice wall. Before heading to the airport you will stop at a beautiful spot in the middle of nowhere for a BBQ with local Greenlandic specialities.

    • KA2 - MUSK OX SAFARI AND BBQ

      Tour Highlights: Explore Greenland´s backcountry, keep an eye open for musk oxen and enjoy a BBQ with local specialities
      Difficulty Level: transport with a 4x4 coach on rocky and changeable terrain and gravel roads
      Remarks: Clothes according to local weather
      Duration: approx. 3,5 hours
      Min/Max: 12/–
      Reservation code: KA2

      Kangerlussuaq´s location is a paradise for both reindeer and musk oxen, who thrive in this environment due to the relatively mild, stable and dry climate and the abundance of food. With a bit of luck, you will observe musk oxen roaming freely in their natural habitat. You will follow a route through the beautiful tundra landscape to the top of the mountain Black Ridge. Before heading to the airport you will stop at a beautiful spot in the middle of nowhere for a BBQ with local Greenlandic specialities.

    • KA3 - ICE SHEET SIGHTSEEING FLIGHT

      Tour Highlights: A spectacular approx. 30 minutes sightseeing flight over the ice sheet and glaciers
      Difficulty Level: No walking involved
      Remarks: Clothes according to local weather; window seat in the plane is guaranteed for the best photo opportunity; every passenger is provided with an “Active Noise Reduction Headset”; please note that this flight is particularly weather dependent
      Duration: approx. 1 hour including transfer
      Min/Max: 5/5
      Reservation code: KA3

      A treat for your senses! The magnificent ice sheet awaits your visit on this unique sightseeing tour covering both the arctic tundra with a great view of the numerous musk oxen, a journey over the ice sheet with smooth turns to experience melt water lakes and of course the Russell Glacier as the grand finale.

    Excursion prices 2020 will be published in December 2019.

    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.