Greenland – Arctic Wilderness Adventure

Greenland Cruise

  • Fram
  • Scenic Exploration
  • 256 Capacity
  • 12 Days
  • 2015 View Departure>
    • 2015
    • Jun 12 Fri Offer
    • Jun 22 Mon Offer
  • Price from
  • $11,367

Summary : Meet people of Inuit culture and explore the stunning land they inhabit. Only accessible by boat, the small settlements give you a genuine picture of Greenlandic life. Go on walks in areas rich in Arctic flora and fauna while enjoying spectacular scenery as the Midnight Sun provides a stunning backdrop for the voyage. Experience Greenland from the comfort of a spacious exploration vessel, by Zodiac, or on foot – the opportunities are endless to take in Greenland's scenic views.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking

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Itinerary
Day 1
Reykjavik, Iceland / Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

In the early morning you will be welcomed by your local guide at Keflavik International Airport, followed by a transfer to Reykjavik Domestic Airport. Alternatively transfer from your hotel to the Reykjavik Domestic Airport. Board your charter flight and approx. 2.5 hours later arrive in Greenland. Kangerlussuaq is the main gateway to Greenland and a settlement in the Sisimiut community. Slightly less than 600 people live and work in Kangerlussuaq (the long fjord). The airport was built by the Americans during World War II and was operative as an American base until 1992. Today, Kangerlussuaq is a commercial airport.
Spend the day in Kangerlussuaq and surroundings.

Explore the area surrounding the immense Greenland Ice Cap by unpaved road through a wide variety of beautiful natural scenery from Arctic desert to tundra with low growing shrubs, and through hilly terrain with a grand view of the edge of the Ice Cap. In the afternoon, embark the vessel and set a course towards Disko Bay where the adventures await.

Day 2
Disko Bay

Northwest Greenland is the land of the midnight sun and dogsleds. The Disko Bay area offers amazing Arctic experiences with giant icebergs, seas and fjords that offer fantastic sailings with wildlife and spectacular landscapes to see. The colorful villages cling to rough, rocky hills at the foot of the mountains surrounding the inland ice. Whilst in Northwest Greenland, attempt to make daily landings to discover the true Greenland.

Day 3
Sisimiut

Sisimiut is the second largest community in Greenland set among rolling countryside with the town center placed at the foot of a steep hill. Make a visit to the arts and crafts workshop close to the pier and watch as local craftsmen create traditional jewelry from bone, leather and metal.

Day 4
Qeqertarsuaq

Situated on the old volcanic island of Disko, Qeqertarsuaq is home to an Arctic research station that is part of a Copenhagen University study into flora and fauna. Take a walk through town observing its special octagonal church and learning its history with a visit to the local museum. Take a guided walk over the Red River and through Blæsedalen, known as the valley of the winds with a characteristic mountain heath rich in Arctic flora. During the walk, enjoy spectacular seaside views of towering icebergs that lie grounded in the shallow waters.

Day 5
Qasiguiannguit

Qasigiannguit, “Pearl of the Disko Bay”, is the second oldest town in Greenland and was founded in 1734 with the oldest house is still in use. History and archeology buffs should definitely pay a visit to the local museum. Explore the settlement on your own or join a guided excursion including a settlement walk, entrance to museums and a visit to the church.

Day 6
Uummannaq / Ukkusissat

The town of Uummannaq is situated in scenic surroundings at the foot of a nearly-mile high heart-shaped mountain. Join a walking tour or just stroll around this beautiful town on your own. The displays in the town museum include replicas of the famous Qilakitsoq mummies and collections of traditional arts and crafts.

If you are feeling fit, join the Expedition Team on a hike along the mountain to “Santa’s Hut”. Or stay back and meet one of the locals and hear about everyday life in Greenland. Alternatively, take a boat excursion that includes a landing at Qilakitsoq where the mummies from the Thule era were found. When we arrive in Ukkusissat, the locals will come aboard and introduce us to traditional songs and dances before proudly welcoming us to their village. Once ashore you may stroll around at your leisure.

Day 7
Illorsuit

Illorsuit lies at the mouth of the Uummannaq Fjord. With only 90 people living in this settlement, it is a traditional hunting and fishing community and rarely visited by tourists.

Day 8
Upernavik

For centuries, locals have migrated to Upernavik in spring to take advantage of its rich hunting grounds. The settlement lies in Melville Bay in northwest Greenland and has the world’s northernmost open-air museum. Keep your eyes open for a polar bear skins and seal skins when walking through town.

Day 9
Qullissat / Eqip Sermia

Arriving in Qullissat, use the Polarcirkel boats to go ashore. Enjoy a walk through the settlement on your own. If the ice conditions allow, delight in views of the Eqip Sermia glacier. Here you will have an outstanding opportunity to experience the immense nature of glaciers first-hand.

Day 10
Ilulissat / Itilleq

Ilulissat means iceberg in Greenlandic, and this town lives up to its name. The most productive glacier in the Northern Hemisphere, Sermeq Kujalleq feeds enormous bergs into the Ilulissat Icefjord. Not surprising this area is on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites. The floating icebergs are like massive individual sculptures with colors varying depending on the light. Our shore excursions include hikes and a boat tour to the ice fjord.

This small isolated settlement close to the Arctic Circle is home to about 130 inhabitants who make their living by traditional fishing and hunting. Itilleq always welcomes guests for an active stay in their settlement to give a closer understanding of their culture. Afterwards you can join in a soccer game between crew and guests, and the locals of Itilleq.

Day 11
Kangerlussuaq, Greenland / Reykjavik, Iceland

Disembark the vessel in the morning and transfer to the Kangerlussuaq airport for your return charter flight to Reykjavik. Transfer by bus to your included hotel. Reykjavik has also a vast selection of restaurants, museums and shops. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 12
Reykjavik, Iceland

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before starting on your journey back home.

Notes

The above itinerary is a guide only, as the exact program depends on weather and ice conditions and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Travel Insurance:
Although travel insurance is not mandatory to participate in this voyage, ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.

Included:
Return economy flights between Reykjavik and Kangerlussuaq, one hotel night post-voyage in Reykjavik, onboard cabin accommodations; lectures, shore landings and guides; coffee and tea; suites include a range of additional complimentary amenities such as drinks with meals; wind/water-resistant jacket.

Not Included:
Airfare; travel insurance; luggage handling; passport and visa expenses; optional excursions and gratuities; alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks except as mentioned; items of a personal nature such as laundry; fuel surcharge may apply.