Explore Disko Bay on a photo tour with just 12 guests on an expedition vessel

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SALE: 20% discount on bookings made by March 31st 2020. Limited availability.

Highlights

  • Explore and learn new photography skills from your expert guide Rick Tomlinson.
  • Photograph the UNESCO World Heritage Ilulissat Icefjord and witness some of the largest icebergs on earth calving off the surrounding glaciers.
  • Explore Disko Bay in detail on this unique one of a kind cruise.
  • Visit local Greenlandic settlements and meet the people who live there in a small group.
  • Shore landings by Zodiac landing craft (weather permitting) to explore and hike ashore.
  • Encounter an abundance of marine wildlife which is likely to include different whales, seals and walruses that the area is famous for.
  • Visit secret anchorages which are inaccessible to larger ships.
  • Comfortable, and intimate ice-strengthened expedition vessel.

Key Information

Departure Location Ilulissat, Greenland
Arrival Location Ilulissat, Greenland
Trip StyleExploration
Physical RatingEasy
Maximum Group Size12
Accommodation3 x Twins and 1 x Double with en-suite, 1 x Twin and 2 x Singles with shared bathroom
Duration8 Days - July 2020
Time of YearJuly
Included
Not Included

Are you looking for a longer cruise?

The Explore Disko Bay Expedition Micro Cruise forms part of our longer 24 day Greenland Pioneer Cruise which explores the entire east and west coast of Greenland.

The Voyage

The voyage commences at the remote town of Ilulissat, 220 miles north of the Arctic circle. We will explore the neighbouring Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage, home to some of the biggest icebergs on earth. From there we will explore Disko Island, enjoying the beautiful nature, glaciers, icebergs and coastline before returning to Ilulissat.

disko bay boat cruise tour map
cruise to disko bay in greenland

Ilulissat Icefjord 

One of the most famous areas in Greenland, the Ilulissat Icefjord was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. It is home to the most productive glacier in the Northern Hemisphere, the Jakobshavn Glacier. Huge icebergs, some up to a kilometre in height, are hurled into the fjord making it one of the most awe-inspiring places on the planet.

disko bay glacier

Disko Bay

The largest open bay in West Greenland, Disko Bay is the perfect place to explore. From thousands of icebergs, to remote settlements and an abundance of wildlife this is one of our favourite places to cruise in West Greenland. The bay is home to a variety of whales including bowheads, humpbacks, narwhals, orcas and pilot whales which are frequently sighted in amongst the ice. There are numerous places to explore ashore and hike including remote settlements and beautiful landscapes. 

greenland cruise in disko bay west greenland

Flexible Itinerary

The day to day plan is to visit remote anchorages and use the Zodiac landing craft to go ashore and explore. Our itinerary is kept flexible to allow the captain and expedition guide to make the most of the ice and weather conditions which can dictate what is possible. Unlike large cruise ships, this flexible approach helps us to see and experience more.

greenland photography worskshop

Photography Guide Rick Tomlinson

For our 8-day Disko Bay expedition we invite world renown photographer Rick Tomlinson on board.

Rick Tomlinson is a professional , expedition, wildlife &  yachting photographer. He started taking pictures in the Whitbread Round the World Race while crewing onboard Drum, owned by Simon le Bon and skippered by Skip Novak.  His pictures have been published in magazines all over the world, including National Geographic and in particular Yachting World. His own signature calendars have documented yachting for more than 30 years.

This trip is suitable for both photographers and non-photographers as we also have a 2nd guide.

Why A Small Expedition Vessel?

We believe a small expedition vessel is the best way to experience Greenland in a closeup and personal way. Travelling with just 12 guests in total and a guide feels more like travelling with a small group of friends than a typical cruise. Landing in remote settlements with a small group of people will give you the chance to encounter local Greenlandic people. There is no waiting to join a Zodiac as there is space for everyone onboard. Find out why we prefer small ships to larger ships here.

large iceberg disko bay

Are you wondering if this Greenland cruise is a good fit for you?

Please get in touch and we will use our expertise to recommend the right voyage for you dependent on your experience and comfort levels.

Travelling to and from Greenland

Due to the remoteness and the impact that the weather can have on flights, we require you to arrive in Greenland a day before your scheduled departure.

To make the booking process straight forward for you we have teamed up with an expert Greenlandic travel partner who will assist you with your flight bookings, any accommodation you require before and after the cruise and any further land activities you may require.

Who This Trip Is Aimed At

This trip is aimed at anyone with an interest in exploring a remote, natural wilderness. It is ideal for photographers and people that want to experience the raw beauty of Greenland. The focus of this trip is on exploring the coastline, doing shore landings and looking for wildlife viewing opportunities.

What Experience Do I need?

This trip is open to everyone and no previous experience is required as you will be accompanied by 2 expert guides at all times. We will provide you with a clothing list prior to departure so you can ensure you are properly dressed for this expedition. A basic level of fitness and mobility is required. A passion for adventure is a must.

Is a Small Expedition Vessel Right For Me?

A small expedition vessel offers a comfortable and spacious platform to explore  Greenland. She is smaller than an expedition cruise ship with the huge benefit of offering a more intimate and personal experience with just 12 guests. Inside there is a communal saloon area to warm up in after a day in the cold.

This voyage takes place along a mixture of sheltered fjords and open coastline. The Captain will make decisions based on the weather to ensure the most comfortable and safe experience.

Video | Expedition Micro Cruise Experience 

The Expedition Vessel

Step aboard M/V Togo a classic expedition vessel.

Togo is a 102ft /31m motor yacht, custom built in 1965 by legendary Dunston Shipyard and last refitted in 2018. Originally built as North Sea trawler she was converted into Lloyd’s safety vessel in 1980s, then into a Yacht with extensive refit 2012 and upgraded to expedition yacht in 2018.

Togo has a well-appointed galley and mess room, elegant and comfortable mahogany paneled salon with bar and kitchenette. Her deck areas are spacious with semi-enclosed sides. She is a sturdy vessel with elegant sheer, sails with abundant intimacy from the bygone era of tramp steamers.

small expedition ship cruises in the arctic
  • Accommodation in twin cabins and double cabins with private shower and w/c (mostly en-suite).

  • Small group size of 12 guests ensures an intimate experience

  • Hot Showers

  • Equipped with 2 x zodiacs for shore landings
  • Large deck space for photography

  • Large saloon with bar.

  • Ice-strengthened hull for travel in the polar regions

  • Full safety gear

expedition ship deck plan

Dates & Availability

Select a date to start your journey

28th July - 4th August 2020 | Photography | 8 Days
2021 | Dates Coming Soon

Pricing

double cabin svalbard photography

Double Cabin with en suite – Sleeps 2

20% Sale! | Book by March 31st 2020

Was € 6,900 / $7,730 / £5,850  Now € 5,520 / $6,184 /£4,680 per person based on double occupancy

Last places

Cabin 4

Twin Cabin with en suite – Sleeps 2

20% Sale! | Book by March 31st 2020

Was € 6,900 / $7,730 / £5,850  Now € 5,520 / $6,184 /£4,680 per person based on double occupancy

Last places

Cabins 1, 2 and 3

Twin Cabin with shared facilities – Sleeps 2

20% Sale! | Book by March 31st 2020

Was € 6,500 / $7,300 / £5,600 Now €5,300 / $5,840 / £4,480 per person based on double occupancy

Last Places

Cabin 7

togo single cabin expedition ship

Single Cabin with shared facilities – Sleeps 1

20% Sale! | Book by March 31st 2020

Was € 6,100 / $6,800 / £5,259 Now € 4,880/ $5,440 / £4,207 per person based on single occupancy

Last Places

Cabin 5 and 6

Payment Options

 

  • Credit card
  • Payment by bank transfer
  • Monthly instalments to spread the cost of payments

Booking Terms and Conditions

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