Summary : Experience the feeling of standing at the end of the Greenland’s gigantic ice cap, knowing that it stretches almost 1,500 miles north and covers 85% of the island. Enjoy exploring rarely visited settlements such as Upernavik and the abandoned solitude of Qullissat, touch an iceberg with your bare hands, and marvel at the power of nature in Ilulissat Icefjord. With daily landings and excursions, you will discover the authentic Greenland and meet the people who live here.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking
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Your flight from Copenhagen lands in Kangerlussuaq in the evening. Here, the ship is waiting your embarkation.
Sisimiut is the southernmost town on the western coast of Greenland. Here there are a variety of optional shore excursions including hikes, boat trips, and sightseeing, as well as the chance to shop for local handicrafts and enjoy a meal of Greenlandic specialties in a local restaurant.
The only town situated on the old volcanic island of Disko, Qeqertarsuaq offers amazing Arctic experiences. Join optional excursions like a town walk, kayaking or an ice cruising boat tour. If you like archaeology and history, visit the local museum in Qasigiannguit. Alternatively, you can stroll around the settlement on your own.
The town of Uummannaq is situated in scenic surroundings at the foot of a heart-shaped mountain. Our optional excursions include meeting the locals or taking a Polarcirkel boat excursion to a landing at Qilakitsoq where mummies from the Thule era were found.
In Ukkusissat, the locals will greet everyone at the pier upon arrival, and enlighten you about their culture through song and dance before escorting you into their village.
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.
Qullissat is an abandoned mining settlement on Disko Island. At times, the houses here are occupied by hunters, while others are used as holiday homes. Launch the Polarcirkel boats to make a landing here so you can walk through the settlement on your own.
The glacier Eqip Sermia calves icebergs into the open ocean. Today you will have a unique opportunity to experience a glacier and sense the true power of nature. Use the ship’s Polarcirkel boats to go ashore in this beautiful area. If you feel like being more active, you may take a small hike on your own in the area.
Ilulissat is set in marvelous surroundings at Ilulissat Icefjord. The area was inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2004. Join a guided hike to the abandoned settlement of Sermermiut. There are also a variety of optional shore excursions including hikes, town walks, and a boat tour to the Icefjord. Weather permitting, a plane or helicopter excursion might also be offered.
In Itilleq, you will be invited for a ‘kaffemik’, which means that you are welcome to visit a local home for coffee and cake. Join in a soccer game, or there may be an optional kayak excursion for those interested in exploring the Arctic Circle area.
After debarkation, there is an optional excursion to the Greenland Ice Cap. Stretching over 1,500 miles to the north, the tallest point is 1,988 feet above sea level. The road going here offers a wide variety of the most beautiful natural scenery ranging from Arctic desert and tundra with low growing shrubs to hilly terrain with a grand view of the edge of the ice cap. Your plane for Copenhagen leaves late in the evening.
Arrive in the Danish capital early in the morning.
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.
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.
Return economy flights between Copenhagen and Kangerlussuaq; transfer between airport and ship in Kangerlussuaq; onboard cabin accommodations; lectures, shore landings and guides; coffee and tea; Suite-M and Grand Suite-MG include select complimentary beverages for lunch and dinner: beer and a selection of wines by the glass - no spirits; wind/water-resistant jacket. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare except as mentioned above; 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.