Summary : Greenland is Europe’s final frontier; its grandeur is unquestionable and yet is unknown to most travelers. Sailing Greenland’s coast is the best way to sample the rich history and diversity of this beautiful and dramatic country and to encounter an ancient culture surviving in a modern world. Picture yourself amongst world-renowned fjords and some of the most active glaciers outside of Antarctica. You’ll be dwarfed by the sheer size and scale of landscapes in Greenland, where the forces of nature still reign supreme. Join this expedition and brush up on Viking history while immersing yourself in present day Greenlandic Inuit culture. Tundra hiking for all levels is available throughout the voyage. Encounter UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ilulissat Icefjord, the fastest moving glacier in the world. To get up close and personal and feel the elements, there will be plenty of Zodiac cruising among the glaciers and optional kayaking adventures to search for whales, birds and seals.
Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking
$999,999,999 to $0
Arrive in Iceland’s capital this morning and transfer to your hotel. You will have the day on your own to explore the city. In the evening, join in a welcome reception and orientation back at the hotel.
Bid farewell to Iceland, as your expedition heads east towards Greenland.
Visit to Tasiilaq and the Ammassalik Fjord, the largest community in East Greenland, where the inhabitants may put on a cultural show with time to take a scenic hike to the Valley of Flowers. Time and weather permitting, search for whales in Ammassalik Fjord.
Experience a true Arctic ghost town at the abandoned Skoldungen settlement, where inhabitants were forced to move to larger, more accessible towns in 1961. Explore by Zodiac, or opt for the kayaking program to glide past icebergs.
Climbers and mountaineers around the world know Tasermiut Fjord. This part of Greenland is one of the most dramatic, being nicknamed the “Arctic Patagonia.” A bit of a history lesson will be provided here, as you learn about the settlements of the area, founded by Erik the Red. Round Cape Farewell, the southernmost point in Greenland, stopping at the natural hot springs found in the Uunartoq area. Soak in geothermal waters while watching icebergs drift by.
Heading north, stop in at quaint Greenlandic villages that dot the islands and fjords of its western side. Discover local artisans, colorful houses and wildflower-covered tundra. Visit Nuuk, the capital of Greenland yet home to fewer than 16,000 people. Wander the streets and see the Hans Egede Church and his statue near the waterfront. He’s the missionary who founded the settlement. Visit the museum to see the famous Greenlandic mummies.
The nearby town of Sisimiut is an interesting place to visit as there are more dog sleds here than humans. Evighedsfjorden, meaning Fjord of Eternity, is a favored place for us to put the Zodiacs in the water for some more in-depth exploration. This long, deep fjord has very few settlements, so experience nature in its rawest form. There will be an opportunity for hiking among the towering mountains, and you’ll have plenty of chances to photograph the colorful tundra and dramatic landscapes.
Explore Ilulissat Icefjord, home to one of the world’s fastest moving glaciers. Moving approximately 19m per day, the glacier here provides you with a great opportunity to capture ice crashing into the sea as it calves. Continuing along, the Amerdloq Fjord provides you with a chance to stretch your legs by exploring abandoned villages and ancient Thule sites.
Today you’ll board your direct charter flight back to Copenhagen, Denmark. Upon arrival in Copenhagen, transfer to your hotel.
Make your way home at your leisure or spend some more time in Copenhagen.
Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions - and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition.
Mandatory Travel Insurance:
All guests are required to have comprehensive travel insurance coverage. Due to the remoteness of the areas in this itinerary, travelers must have a minimum $50,000 of emergency medical coverage. Proof of coverage is required prior to embarkation. The shipping company will not be held responsible for delays due to force majeure. Any additional costs accrued will be the responsibility of the traveler. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends that the travel insurance policy covers trip cancellation insurance, trip delay (interruption or after departure coverage), baggage and repatriation. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.
Sea Kayaking Option: $595 per person
Not included in cruise rate. Minimum age 16 years. This is a pre-booked option for kayakers with some experience. Places are strictly limited so please advise at time of booking. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for additional details.
Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping; all meals on board ship; shore landings; Expedition Leader; Zodiac transfers and cruising; presentations by Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled; photographic journal on DVD; a pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings; an expedition parka – yours to keep; coffee, tea, cocoa available around the clock; hair dryer and bathrobe; pre-departure materials; all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges; all luggage handling aboard ship; emergency evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of $100,000 per person*; Greenland voyages Cruise Passenger Tax. Subject to change without notice.
Any airfare; mandatory charter airfare package; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; kayaking; any beverages that are not in the complimentary selection; baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance; excess baggage charges; laundry and other personal charges; telecommunications charges; gratuity for ship’s crew and Expedition Team members; fuel surcharge may apply.
*Emergency Evacuation Insurance:
Emergency evacuation coverage to a maximum benefit per paying passenger of $100,000 is included in the cost of this expedition. Included coverage is applicable only to travel between the first and last day of the expedition purchased. Additional days of travel prior to the expedition and/or after the expedition are not covered by the included emergency evacuation insurance. We strongly advise all passengers to purchase medical, cancellation and baggage insurance, and additional emergency evacuation coverage.