svalbard cruise


Join a small group of 12 travellers for an exciting Greenland cruise to explore Disko Bay and rarely visited areas to the north on a luxury expedition vessel. Disko Bay is an area of outstanding natural beauty and we will encounter towering icebergs, explore astonishing landscapes, tranquil fjords and witness impressive glaciers faces. The area is home to humpback, minke and pilot whales.

An essence of this voyage is the shore landings. Travelling with an expedition leader and guide we plan to visit several small colourful settlements to learn more about the local cultures. Throughout the expedition, there will be opportunities to enjoy hikes in the pristine landscapes. It is a perfect trip for nature lovers, photographers and those looking to explore a pristine part of the world in a small, intimate group. This longer trip gives us enough time to reach the stunning scenery around Uummannaq Island. We also offer a shorter 8-day voyage.

Disko Bay Cruise Highlights

  • Witness the gigantic icebergs Disko Bay is famous for.
  • Explore Disko Bay’s fantastic nature and landscapes.
  • Witness calving glaciers that meet the sea at Disko Bay.
  • Encounter fascinating local culture.
  • A great chance of seeing whales.
  • Encounter the magical midnight sun.
  • Knowledgable expedition leader and guide.
  • Comfortable, and intimate ice-strengthened expedition vessel.
  • Onboard sauna to warm up in.

The Voyage

Day 1  Embarkation in Ilulissat, Greenland

Day 2 Exploring Disko Bay

Day 3 Exploring Disko Bay

Day 4 Exploring Disko Bay

Day 5 Exploring Disko Bay

Day 6 Exploring Disko Bay

Day 7 Exploring Disko Bay

Day 8 – 9 Uummannaq Island

Day 10 Ilulissat

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Day by Day

Day 1


Welcome to the town of Ilulissat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that is home to some of the largest icebergs on earth. In the afternoon we board MV Balto. After arriving our cabins we will have a full safety briefing before sailing in the late afternoon to begin our expedition. We will encounter some of the largest icebergs on earth as we sail across Disko Bay and head for Disko Island.

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Days 2 – 6

Expedition Cruising in Disko Bay

The style of the cruise is an expedition which means we will be launching the Zodiac landing craft to visit the shore on a daily basis. Our plan is to explore the settlement of Qeqertarsuaq on the south side of Disko Island where we will get a glimpse of life in a remote Greenlandic settlement. We will then head north encountering calving glaciers, remote communities, fantastic scenery and lots of icebergs. 

Day 7 – 9

Uummannaq Island

We will spend several days exploring the area of incredible beauty in and around Uummannaq Island. Very few vessels venture into the area and some of the fjord systems have yet to be named. We will encounter several highly active glaciers throwing huge pieces of ice into the waters below. We will also visit the town of Uummannaq with its old settler houses, church, museum and remains of failed Arctic expeditions in the area. 

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Day 10


Safely back in Ilulissat after our voyage, we will enjoy a final breakfast together. We say our goodbyes and disembark in the morning after making new friends and sharing an incredible expedition micro cruise together.

Our exact route will depend on ice, weather conditions and wildlife. The places mentioned are just examples of some of the many sites this region of Greenland has to offer. We always strive to maximize your experience. Please remember that flexibility is the key to a successful expedition.


Inside This trip

Our trips are aimed at anyone with a passion for exploring the Arctic with a small group of like minded individuals on a comfortable small ship cruise and include :


Expedition Vessel With 12 Guests

With the average expedition cruise ship now taking over 300 passengers, we believe smaller is better. When visiting small Greenlandic communities, you will get a far more authentic experience in a small group than a large group.    


Expedition Leader and Guide

On this tour, we will be accompanied by an expedition leader and a guide who will share their passion and knowledge of Greenland throughout the trip. We offer the best guide to guest ratio available. 


Zodiac landing craft for shore landings

Shore landings are the essence of every expedition and your guides will take you exploring to photograph ashore. The vessel is equipped with 2 landing craft and there is room for all guests so no waiting to go ashore. It offers the perfect opportunity to get close to iceburgs, wildlife and glaciers. 


Climate Compensated

Included in the cost of this trip is carbon offsetting. At Secret Atlas, we do everything we can to minimise the impact of our trips both on the environment and local cultures. 

disko bay glacier
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Your Vessel

Expedition Motor Yacht Balto

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Step aboard M/V Balto a luxury expedition vessel.

Balto is the roomiest and most elegant small polar expedition yacht in service. She started life as a Finnish government ice breaker and has been refitted in 2020 to the highest of standards as a prime high latitude expedition yacht.

She offers relaxed luxury accommodations for 12 guests in staterooms with full private facilities. The richly appointed salon and the dining messroom feature crotch-mahogany panelling, an ambient diesel burning stove, library, bar, card table, crew mess, coffee and tea stations, mudroom, and lounge aft of the bridge. She is fitted with a large restaurant-style open galley, where you can check on the marvels of our chefs and sample freshly baked bread. There are many open and semi-enclosed deck spaces which are perfect for watching the polar scenery go by. Guests can make good use of the sauna to warm up in – a luxury after a day in the cold.

  • Small group size of 12 guests ensures an intimate experience
  • Spacious accommodation options featuring en-suite cabins – 1 x owners suite, 1 x double suite, 3 x doubles and 2 x single cabins.

  • Sauna with changing room

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

  • Elegant, mahogany panelled interior with dining area, a bar, card table and library

  • Icebreaker allowing travel to areas other ships can’t reach.

  • Large, restaurant style open galley

mv balto deck plan

Dates and Prices

Prices quoted are per person. Twin and double cabins are based on double occupancy

Trip Name
Cabin A
Cabin B
Cabin C
Cabin D
10th - 17th June 2021
8 Days (6 Nights on Ship)
16th - 23rd June 2021
8 Days (6 Nights on Ship)
22nd - 29th June 2021
8 Days (6 Nights on Ship)
29th June - 8th July 2021
10 Days
8th July - 17th July 2021
10 Days
11th - 18th August 2021
8 Days
18th - 25th August 2021
8 Days
2nd - 9th September 2021
8 Days
9th - 16th September 2021
8 Days

See Cabins


Cabin A – Owners Suite with Ensuite

The largest cabin on the vessel located on the main deck with 30m2 of space. There are 6 windows, a queen, sofa, writing desk and en-suite toilet and shower.

expedition vessel twin cabin

Cabin B – Superior Twin with Ensuite

A large comfortable cabin that sleeps 2 in 2 single beds with an en-suite toilet and shower situated on the lower deck.


Cabin C – Double with Ensuite

A well-appointed double cabin with a queen bed and a porthole with en-suite toilet and shower on the lower deck. 

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Cabin D – Single with Ensuite

A well-appointed single cabin with a porthole and en-suite toilet and shower on the lower deck. 

Peace Of Mind Coronavirus Booking Guarantee

We understand that there is a lot of uncertainty with travel due to the coronavirus so we have added a peace of mind guarantee for all bookings made for 2021. If your trip is interrupted due to coronavirus travel restrictions you will be able to move your trip to a future booking free of charge. At this point, we believe that all our trips will be able to operate normally in 2021, and we have put this in place as an added reassurance so you can have full confidence when booking. You can read our full statement here.

Payment Options & Information

We offer payment via the following methods:

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

Please let us know at the time of booking your preferred method.

A 30% deposit is taken at the time of booking with the final 70% payable 90 days prior to departure.

We highly recommend you take out comprehensive travel insurance at the time of booking that also covers cancellation. 

Single Travelers

Single travellers are welcome on all our voyages. We often host single travellers, particularly on our photo voyages so the chances are you won’t be the only single traveller. We offer the following accommodation options for single travellers:

  • 2 x single cabins
  • Option to share a twin cabin with another traveller of the same sex.
  • Option to have your own cabin for an additional supplement. Please contact us for this option as the price varies depending on trip and availability.

Booking terms

This trip is operated by a trusted Secret Atlas partner to our partners’ terms and conditions of travel. You can read the full booking terms here. 

Trip notes and what’s included / excluded

Departure Location Ilulissat, Greenland
Arrival Location Ilulissat, Greenland
Trip Style Exploration
Physical Rating Easy
Maximum Group Size 12
Accommodation 1 x Owners suite, 3 x Doubles with en-suite, 1 x Twin and 2 x Singles with shared bathroom
Duration 10 Days
Time of Year June, July

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What Our Customers Say

On each journey we welcome customers from all corner of the globe, with a variety of different ages and backgrounds all united in their passion to experience what the Arctic has to offer

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Pan – Business Executive from Italy


‘This is the closest you can come to a real expedition. We saw glaciers seals, whales, walruses and polar bears’

From an early age Pan dreamed of visiting the Arctic. At the age of 42 he made that dream come true by joining Secret Atlas on an expedition micro cruise.

Annie – Interior Designer from the USA

‘The micro cruise experience felt like being on your own private boat. The crew were fantastic’

Annie had always wanted to go an expedition in Svalbard and joined us as a solo traveler.

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