Saturday, 27 April 2013

Greenland + Hurtigruten = Cultural Delight

Hurtigruten prides itself in bringing is guests closer to the local communities where it sails,  and now anyone visiting Greenland this summer on MS Fram will be accompanied by local painter and musician, Miki Jacobsen. With his performances, Miki will introduce the world of Greenlandic culture, with painting, national music, traditional mask dancing and stories from the world of the Inuit, offering unique insights into the country’s life and history. 

Jacobsen’s summer as artist-on-board supports Hurtigruten’s objective to show its guests at first hand the culture and traditions of the region they are travelling through. It is the perfect addition to the ship's existing social events programme in Greenland, which includes guests being invited by local families to partake in a traditional ‘kaffemik’, the Greenland version of a cup of coffee and learn more about their way of life. 

In Uummannaq, there is a welcome by local school children and the chance for them to mingle with guests and, when the ship docks in the Ittileq township, guests, crew and locals join together for a traditional football match that sees sport bringing together different cultures. 

Disco Bay & Southern Fjords – Glaciers and Ice, from £3,356pp:
This 12-day expedition starts in Disco Bay and visits the lesser-known southern parts of Greenland before making its way to Iceland. Available on May 31, the voyage includes 11 night’s full board on the ship, return flight from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq, transfers, landings and lectures by expedition team. Flights from UK to Copenhagen are extra and can be booked by Hurtigruten. Price based on two sharing and on unspecified inside cabin. 

For bookings, follow this link to The Cruise Line, the UK's adventure-cruise specialists.