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Greenland Expedition

Greenland Cruise

Summary : Visit remote Greenlandic towns, explore ancient Norse and Viking sites, and learn about the native Inuit people and their lasting traditions. Identify seabirds and watch for whales while in the company of expert naturalists. Discover deep fjords with spectacular icebergs and active glaciers on Zodiac cruises. Visit the world’s smallest capital and fastest moving glacier, and see the famous Qilakitsoq mummies on a trip filled with discovery and adventure. There will be ample time for relaxation as well, from soaking in a natural hot spring to taking advantage of luxurious onboard amenities.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Triple/Quad Cabins

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Itinerary
Day 1
Reykjavik, Iceland

Embark the vessel, meet the Expedition Team and attend a Zodiac and safety briefing.

Day 2
Crossing the Denmark Strait

Spend the day crossing the Denmark Strait, which connects the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans. Meet fellow passengers and become acquainted with the luxurious amenities found on board the vessel. In the evening, attend a special Welcome Aboard cocktail party where the Captain will introduce his senior officers and crew members.

Day 3
Skoldungen Fjord (Thyrm Glacier)

Cruise along Greenland’s rugged eastern coast and discover Skoldungen Fjord. Spend much of the day out on deck to take in the enchanting scenery: towering mountains tipped with snow and sculptured icebergs in shades of white and blue. Upon arriving at top of the fjord, easily see the retreating state of the Thyrm Glacier, and take a Zodiac cruise to explore from an up-close perspective. Exiting the U-shaped fjord, join Expedition Team members out on deck to marvel at the spectacular scenery, and to look for humpback whales and orcas, frequently seen at the entrance of the fjord.

Day 4
Prince Christian Sound

Explore one of South Greenland’s most dramatic natural features: Prince Christian Sound. The water is placid and the crisp scent of ice fills the air. Watch waterfalls stream down sharp, wrinkled mountainsides while the vessel navigates the fjord through a sea of icebergs that glitter in the sun. Born of compacted ancient snows that calve into the sound at the glacier’s edge, each iceberg is different from the next. Time and weather conditions permitting, plan to set out via the Zodiacs to explore even more.

Day 5
Nanortalik / Uunartoq Island, Greenland

Nanortalik lies in a scenic area surrounded by steep mountainsides and is Greenland’s most southerly town. Its name means the “place of polar bears,” which refers to the polar bears that used to be seen floating offshore on summer’s ice floes. Learn about the region from Inuit times to today at the town’s excellent open-air museum. Watch an impressive kayak demonstration at an Inuit summer hunting camp while learning about their native dress and ancient customs. Time permitting, enjoy the tradition of kaffe-mik (coffee and cake) and a folk dancing presentation at the Cultural Center.

In the afternoon, the vessel will drop anchor at Uunartoq. Since the days of the Norse, the hot springs here have been renowned for their healing effects. Take this opportunity to relax and unwind in steaming waters watching icebergs float by.

Day 6
Qaqortoq / Hvalsey, Greenland

Arrive at the picturesque harbor town of Qaqortoq in the morning. Its name translates to ‘white place,’ but today, instead of snow, admire the hillsides of colorful houses painted in bright primary shades. Enjoy the charming town square which is home to Greenland’s oldest fountain built in 1928. Surrounding it are two churches, one old and one new, an open-air market, and the Qaqortoq Museum. Explore the museum which houses a superb collection of historical artifacts associated with Inuit hunting and fishing, as well as a collection of contemporary artwork.

In the afternoon, the vessel anchors off Hvalsey. Once ashore, learn how Christianity spread its influence throughout Europe and eventually reached remote Greenland in 1000 AD. Hvalsey Church was built in the 14th century and is the best preserved in Greenland from the time of the Vikings.

Day 7
At Sea

Gather in The Theater to hear fascinating tales of adventure and learn about the region’s endemic wildlife and remarkable nature. Knowledgeable Lecture Staff are experts in a variety of scientific fields and their topics inform on the many adventures that lie ahead. Binoculars and camera in hand, head out on deck to watch for marine mammals and identify the seabirds.

Day 8
Nuuk, Greenland

Arrive in Greenland’s first town (est. 1728) and current capital, Nuuk, which means “the heartland”. Take a leisurely walk through this picturesque harbor town and soak up its natural beauty. Visit Inuit ruins, Hans Egede’s home, parliament, and the Church of our Saviour. Observe the famous Qilakitsoq mummies at the Greenlandic National Museum.

Day 9
Maniitsoq, Greenland

Greenland’s sixth-largest town, with less than 2,700 inhabitants, is your morning’s destination. Its name means ‘place of rugged terrain’. Walk to the small museum and old cemetery at the northern end of town. Before leaving, there may be a chance to see a local kayak demonstration in the small harbor.

During the afternoon, head north for Kangerlussuaq as you cruise up the coast and enter the fjord. Enjoy as the on-board videographer presents the voyage-DVD letting you re-live the special moments and different adventures you experienced.

Day 13
Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

After breakfast, disembark the vessel in Kangerlussuaq.

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. 

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:
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 Medallion, Silver, Grand, and Owner’s Suites. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
Airfare; government fees and taxes; transfers and luggage handling; passport and visa expenses; travel insurance; items of a personal nature; Wifi; fuel surcharge may apply.

Photo Credit: © Creative Services at Silversea Cruises, © Daniela Plaza

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