“Our units are very remote, and the weather can be very adverse,” said Brian Jensen, commander of Joint Arctic Command.
The nearest Danish navy ship was about 1,200 nautical miles (2,000 km) away, it was headed to the site, he said, and the ship could be expected to be docked by Friday.
Jensen said in a statement that there is no immediate threat to human life or the environment, but that authorities “take this incident very seriously.”
104.4 meters long and 18 meters wide ocean explorer On Monday it ran aground in Alpefjord in Northeast Greenland National Park. It is the largest and northernmost national park in the world and is known for its icebergs and the musk oxen that roam the coast.
The ship belongs to Ulstein Group in Ulsteinvik, southern Norway.
Australian cruise operator Aurora Expeditions has been contacted by 9news.com.au to confirm whether Australian tourists are on board the ship.
Authorities are in contact with another cruise ship in the area and have been asked to remain nearby to assist if the situation worsens. The second cruise ship could not be identified.
Greenland television KNR reported that a grounded cruise ship could also free itself when the tide was high. “Regardless, the most important thing for us is that everyone is safe,” Jensen said.
Later Tuesday, Joint Arctic Command said on its Facebook page that the ship was still stuck despite the tide.
“There are still no reports that human life or the environment is in serious danger,” Joint Arctic Command said.
Joint Arctic Command’s primary mission is to ensure Danish sovereignty by monitoring the area around the Faroe Islands and Greenland, two semi-independent territories that are part of Danish territory.