Ilulissat Cruises

Sermermiut Icebergs

Kangia Icefjord Cruise

Ilulissat Town and Knud Rasmussen's Museum

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Ilulissat is a beautiful town set on Greenland’s Kangia Fjord, famed for its archaeological finds. The site reveals a sizeable 3500-year-old area, once occupied by the Saqqaq and Dorset tribes. This fascinating MSC Northern Europe Cruises destination offers an array of memorable adventures. See gigantic icebergs, rugged coastlines, and charming rural villages.
MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including: 
• Sermermiut Icebergs
• Kangia Icefjord Cruise
• Ilulissat Town and Knud Rasmussen's Museum
Sermermiut is a former Inuit settlement located in the rugged valleys of Disko Bay. This ancient landmark is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ilulissat Icefjord. On an MSC Cruises excursion, you’ll experience Greenland’s atmospheric Arctic landscape — a place where colossal icebergs rise high above the water. Discover the captivating world of the Inuit, a remarkable civilization of hunters who endured the extreme weather of Greenland for centuries. 
Immerse yourself in Greenland’s stunningly serene landscapes on an MSC Cruises excursion. First, soak up the atmosphere on a scenic boat cruise to the mouth of Kangia Fjord. Travel through a spectacular sea of icebergs — a truly remarkable sight! Later on, your captain will cut the engines of the boat so you can appreciate the Arctic silence.
Ilulissat, approximately 400km north of the Arctic Circle, is an evocative port town characterised by colourful houses, rocky slopes, and towering icebergs. On an MSC Cruises excursion, you’ll adventure to its atmospheric harbour for a fascinating guided walk. Visit Knud Rasmussen’s Museum, dedicated to the Danish explorer who crossed the Northwest Passage on a dog sled! The museum is home to a bust of the famous pioneer and a comprehensive collection of Inuit artefacts.

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    Amid Glaciers and Whales
    Amid Glaciers and Whales

    It appears that we have Erik the Red to thank for naming this gigantic island "green land", despite the fact it is actually barren and icy rather than covered with fields.

    A thousand years ago, the first Europeans – Icelandic settlers – believed the Norman leader’s promises and followed him to start settling on Greenland’s coasts. The Inuit people arrived from North America about two hundred years later, adapting much better to its extreme climate than the first settlers. 

    Denmark only took possession of this territory officially in the 18th century, and today the country has its own form of self-government. An MSC cruise will take you to the small village of Ilulissat, which overlooks the bay of Baffin; Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, situated on the west coast, boasting just under twenty thousand inhabitants and the beautiful Katuaq cultural centre; Qaqortoq, situated on the southern tip of the island in front of the beautiful Lake Tasersuaq. During your MSC cruise, you can take an excursion in search of whales or get up close to the faces of the ice-mountains that jut into the sea.