Summary : Voyage through deep fjords with active glaciers and spectacular icebergs. Learn about Greenland’s native Inuit people and discover the cultures of remote Greenlandic towns. Soak in a therapeutic and relaxing natural hot spring. Explore ancient Norse and Viking sites, and visit the world’s smallest capital and fastest moving glacier. Identify seabirds and watch for whales, meet a sledge dog team and their owners and see the famous Qilakitsoq mummies on this trip of a lifetime.
Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking
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Take a charter flight from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq. Embark the vessel, meet the Expedition Team members and fellow passengers.
Located just north of the Arctic Circle, Sisimiut is the northernmost town in Greenland where the port remains free of ice in the winter; yet it is also the southernmost town where there exists enough snow and ice to drive a dogsled in winter and spring. Traveling by sled has been the primary means of winter transportation here for centuries. Meet a sled dog team and their owners, who will share about sledding and how the Greenlandic sled dog has been bred to be amongst the strongest working dogs in the world.
This morning we arrive at Qeqertarsuaq Island and visit the village with the same name at the southern tip of the island. Enjoy a guided walk through this small fishing and hunting community of 1,000 inhabitants. Optional walks with the expedition team include the “Valley of Winds” or Blaesedal. Next it is off to the Arctic Station, which is located just outside of town. Breathe in the incredible scenery of the Basalt Mountains from the ship’s deck while watching for whales and exploring Disko Bay.
Set afoot to unearth history’s mysteries as you visit the gravesite of 500-year-old mummies, the best-preserved human remains in all of North America. Commonly referred to as the “Greenland Mummies”, eight mummies (six women and two children) were discovered in 1972 and are believed to date back to approximately 1475 A.D.
In the iceberg-laden waters surrounding the remote community of Uummannaq, it is common to see whales, so be sure to join the Expedition Team out on deck. Known for its huge basalt mountains, this small hunting and fishing village rests at the foot of heart-shaped Uummannaq Mountain. Take a guided walking tour of Uummannaq to see the granite church and learn how village life revolves around the halibut catch. The more energetic can take the opportunity to hike to the “summer residence of Santa Claus”.
Continue your exploration of the Disko Bay area stopping at one of the smallest settlements that you will encounter during the voyage. Share the tradition of morning kaffe-mik (coffee and cake) with the local while learning more about their culture and lifestyle. Before departing, enjoy a scenic Zodiac ride along the rugged coastline dotted with stranded icebergs that break free from the Jakobshavn Glacier.
Just after sunrise, be out on deck to see the northern hemisphere’s most active glacier – Jakobshavn – often surrounded by icebergs in all shapes and sizes and in varying shades of white and turquoise. Known as the birthplace of icebergs, the Ilulissat Icefjord produces nearly 20 million tons of ice each day. While here, there may be an opportunity to see a demonstration of ancient fishing methods and enjoy some locally caught and prepared fish. Take a guided walking tour of Ilulissat and visit the local history museum. The afternoon tour continues via fishing boat navigating amongst the many icebergs at the fjord’s entrance. Alternatively, purchase an optional adventure by helicopter to see the magnificent Jakobshavn Icefjord from above.
Participate in discussions and onboard activities led by the Expedition Team, relax in one of the lounges with a book, or meet up with new friends for cocktails. A variety of options are available, including educational lectures, spa treatments, a workout in the Fitness Centre, and exquisite dining. Before turning in for the night, take a stroll on deck to experience the solitude of the vast sea and sky.
After breakfast, disembark the vessel and transfer to the airport for your charter flight to 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.
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.
Ship accommodation; all onboard meals and entertainment; butler service; complimentary beverages (select wines, champagne, spirits, bottled water, specialty coffees, juices and soft drinks); onboard gratuities (except spa and salon); parka; Silver, Medallion, Grand and Owner's Suite guests receive laundry service and dinner at Officer's table; 1 hour of internet access per guest/per day for passengers booked in Adventurer, Explorer, View, Vista, and Veranda Suites; unlimited internet access for passengers booked in Expedition, Medallion, Silver, Grand, and Owner’s Suites. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; government fees and taxes; transfers and luggage handling; passport and visa expenses; travel insurance; items of a personal nature; helicopter tour; Wifi; fuel surcharge may apply.