Shore Excursion Details

Fjord Boat Tour

Nuuk, Greenland

Fjord Boat Tour


  • 2
    hrs Estimate Duration

Cruise into a nearby fjord to look for humpback whales, which usually frequent these waters to feed and often breach the surface in acrobatic displays.

After boarding a boat at the pier, you will cruise north through the Davis Strait and into the beautiful Nuup Kangerlua fjord, which stretches nearly 100 miles, making it the longest fjord in this part of Greenland. As you approach uninhabited Sermitsiaq Island, you are sure to notice the saddle-shaped mountain rising from the island’s heart. In fact, the mountain is so large that you may even glimpse parts of it from Nuuk.

When the weather warms and the snow and glaciers melt, a waterfall usually thunders off the mountain and into the crystal-clear waters of the fjord below. It’s quite the sight, as is the wildlife that typically frequents this area. There is no telling what will appear, but you can expect to see frolicking seals, soaring eagles and perhaps humpback whales.

If they are present, the whales will no doubt steal the show, especially if they leap from the water and land with a tremendous splash. Scientists think whales breach the water to clean pests from their skin. However, they may do it just for fun.

Another highlight is seeing the whale’s massive tailfin, called a fluke, rise out of the water, so keep your camera ready. A humpback whale weighs as much as 40 tons and grows up to 60 feet in length, so if one’s in the area, it will be easy to spot. After approximately 90-minutes cruising the waters, you will head back to the pier.

Need to Know:

This tour takes place on a boat and is seated. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with walking difficulties are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of ability to enter and exit the boat. Those who suffer from motion sickness should take necessary precautions. Warm clothing, cap, sunglasses, and flat comfortable walking shoes with a non-slip sole are recommended. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed and the tour operation is subject to prevailing weather conditions. The boat capacity may vary from 6 to 12 passengers with seats for all inside. Also it is possible to stand outside. Your captain and the crew member-guide will provide basic commentary en-route. The tour coordinator will show you the way from the cruise pier to the local boats. The boats are covered with toilet, heater and free coffee/tea.

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Excursion Type:

Scenic & City Tours

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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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