Greenland's Far North – Ultimate Thule

Arctic Greenland Cruise

  • Sea Explorer
  • Luxury Expedition Ship
  • 111 Capacity
  • 16 Days
  • 2015 View Departure>
    • 2015
    • Aug 3 Mon Offer
  • Price from
  • $8,995

Summary : Join an epic voyage which includes Greenland’s highlights plus the Thule region, synonymous with “the true Greenland” for its untouched icescapes and sparsely populated Inuit communities. In addition to the rich cultural aspects of this large island, encounter the beauty of Disko Bay and Melville Bay en route to Thule. Experience magnificent nature and great chances of spotting seals, walruses, humpback whale and narwhal. If able to make it to Nares Strait, you may observe the mighty polar bear.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking

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Itinerary
Day 1
Copenhagen, Denmark

Enjoy an included night in Copenhagen and meet your fellow travelers.

Day 2
Copenhagen / Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

Board your charter flight to Kangerlussuaq and be transferred to the port. Take your first Zodiac ride out to the ship. In the afternoon, travel down one of the longest fjords in Greenland.

Day 3 – 14
West Greenland

Ancient archaeological sites, massive fjords, Zodiac excursions and tundra hikes await you in Greenland. Sisimiut, the first planned stop, has the feel of a small fishing village with a great harbor for walking around and taking photos. Watch a demonstration of traditional kayaking before venturing further north to Ilulissat. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ilulissat (Greenlandic for “icebergs”) is home to the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier, one of the fastest and most active glaciers in the world. In addition to some spectacular Zodiac cruising, there is also a refreshing longer hike along a boardwalk to a beautiful lookout in Ilulissat. Heading further north into the Upernavik Archipelago, you may spot whales and seals. The most northern discovery of any Viking artefacts in the world are at Upernavik; while nearby Kullorsuaq is a small settlement that sustains itself on fishing, whaling and sealing.

Your northern most stops in Greenland are Qaanaaq and Thule, where glaciers and archaeological sites are found. The fabled name Thule occurs in ancient Greek and Roman mythology as the name of a country or an island far north at the end of the world. The word Thule has allegedly also been used as a name of some foggy, inaccessible islands off the coast of Scotland. The Danish explorer, Knud Rasmussen, chose 100 years ago Thule as the name of his trade station by the settlements northwest of Cape York. Today, the name still clings to Greenland’s northwesterly corner, even though the main town is actually called Qaanaaq and the municipality is called Avernarsuaq, ‘The Great North’. In Qaanaaq, you’ll visit the local museum; a great way to gain a deeper appreciation for what it takes to live this far north.

Returning south, call in at some more communities and fjords that weren’t seen on the way north.

Day 15
Kangerlussuaq, Greenland / Copenhagen, Denmark

Board your direct charter flight back to Copenhagen and transfer to your included hotel.

Day 16
Copenhagen, Denmark

Make your way home at your leisure or spend some more time in Copenhagen.

Notes

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.

Included:
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 in cabins; pre-departure materials; miscellaneous service taxes and port charges; luggage handling aboard ship; emergency evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of $100,000 per person*; 1 night pre- and 1 night post-trip hotel in Copenhagen.

Not Included:
Any airfare; 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.