Passengers 'elated' as Greenland cruise ship freed


A luxury cruise ship that ran aground in a remote part of Greenland with 206 people on board - including 90 Australians - has been pulled free by a fishing trawler.

The Ocean Explorer cruise vessel had been stuck since Monday in mud and silt in the Alpefjord national park, 1400km northeast of Greenland's capital Nuuk.

"We have just successfully become free now... We are absolutely elated," Gina Hill, an Australian passenger on board the ship, told Reuters on Thursday.

The Ocean Explorer leaned to the side during the operation and passengers were not allowed to go outside, Hill said.

The Danish military's Joint Arctic Command confirmed that the ship had been pulled free by the Tarajoq, a trawler and research vessel that made a failed attempted to do so on Wednesday.

The Ocean Explorer will be taken to a port to assess any damage while the passengers will be flown home, according to SunStone Maritime Group, which owns the cruise vessel.

"There have not been any injuries to any person onboard, no pollution of the environment and no breach of the hull," SunStone said in a statement.

Sydney-based Aurora Expeditions, which chartered the ship and organised the cruise, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Greenland, a semi-sovereign territory of Denmark in the North Atlantic Ocean with a population of just 57,000, attracts tourists with its rugged landscape and a vast ice cap that covers much of the island.