Iceland to Greenland – Glaciers and Ice

Iceland and Greenland Cruise

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  • Scenic Exploration
  • 256 Capacity
  • 12 Days
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Summary : Embark on an expedition that encompasses the highlights of Disko Bay on a journey from Reykjavik, Iceland to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. Greenland’s west coast offers fascinating exploration of the Inuit culture and the remarkable land that local residents inhabit. Accessible only by boat, these small settlements provide a glimpse into the very essence of Greenlandic culture. Follow the path of the Norse settlers who discovered Greenland over 900 years ago and explore ancient Norse ruins. Navigate through sounds and fjords past enormous glaciers, and visit small Inuit settlements, abandoned villages and the lively Greenlandic capital, Nuuk before continuing north into the Disko Bay area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Set against a spectacular natural landscape that is bathed in the light of the Midnight Sun, this expedition of “Glaciers and Ice” will truly be the trip of your lifetime.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking

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Itinerary
Day 1
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland. With little cozy houses and modern architecture, it reveals itself as a vibrant city with small town charm. Embark the vessel in the evening and get acquainted with fellow passengers and crew.

Day 2
Grundarfjördur, Iceland

Grundarfjördur is a fishing village on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. It is also often called “Iceland in a nutshell” because of the diversity of its landscape; lava and rock formations, glaciers and volcanic activity, as well as a wealth of bird life and picturesque scenery.

Day 3
Denmark Strait

While crossing the Denmark Strait, follow in the wake of the great Norse settlers who left the shores of Iceland and Norway more than 900 years ago.

Day 4
Prince Christian Sound

Greenland’s southern shores contain some of the most culturally and scenically diverse regions of the island. If conditions allow we will attempt to enter Prince Christian Sounds’ narrow, 70-mile channel that is often full of icebergs. With its impressive granite rock faces on either side, it makes for a spectacular journey.

Day 5
Hvalsey / Qaqortoq

In Hvalsey, observe some of the best preserved ruins from the Norse period including the former ‘Austurbygd’ which was abandoned in 1408.

Qaqortoq, founded by the Norwegian trader Anders Olsen in 1775, today is home to 3,400 people.

Day 6
Igaliku / Qassiarsuk

Enter the fjord and hope to land in Igaliku, founded in 1783 by the trader Anders Olsen. With a current population of 55, Igaliku is best known for the ruins of Garðar, which was the religious heart of Norse Greenland. Explore on a 3-mile hike with the expedition team along the Kongsveg over to Itilleq, a small settlement of less than 20 inhabitants.

Spend the evening in Qassiarsuk, a community with a population of 56 and known for its connection to Viking Erik Raude. Banished from Iceland, he escaped to the land he called Greenland. When he arrived in 982, Erik settled in Qassiarsuk because he declared it was the richest and best site in Greenland.

Day 7
Narsaq

Narsaq is located on the beautiful shores of the Tunulliarfik Fjord. Narsaq means "plain" and the name refers to the large, green plain on which the town rests. The glaciers close by scatter icebergs into the waters which are rich in seals, salmon, trout and minke whales.

Day 8
Nuuk

Nuuk is the capital and the oldest town in Greenland founded by the Norwegian missionary Hans Egede in 1728. Meaning peninsula in English, Nuuk sits on the tip of a large peninsula at the mouth of one of the largest and most spectacular fjord systems in the world. Today old and new architecture adorn the village from picturesque old buildings in Kolonihaven to the modern Greenland Home Rule.

Day 9
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 10
Ilulissat

Ilulissat means iceberg in Greenlandic and this is a town that certainly lives up to its name. Jakobshavn Glacier is one of the most productive glaciers in the northern hemisphere, feeding enormous icebergs into the Icefjord. Little wonder then that this stunning setting is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Witness enormous icebergs run aground at the mouth of the fjord just outside of town. Join the expedition team on a guided hike to the abandoned settlement of Sermermiut.

Day 11
Itilleq

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 means “the hollow” and as its name suggests, the village is situated in a notch, majestically surrounded by high mountains and glaciers. 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 12
Kangerlussuaq, Greenland / Copenhagen, Denmark

In the early 1960’s, 27 musk oxen were introduced to Kangerlussuaq from northeast Greenland and today their numbers are over 5,000. Disembark the vessel here, transfer to the airport and board your charter flight back to Copenhagen.

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:
Flight in economy class from Kangerlussuaq to Copenhagen; transfer from ship to airport in Kangerlussuaq; onboard cabin accommodations; lectures, shore landings and guides; wind and water resistant jacket; tea and coffee; Suites include a range of additional complimentary amenities such as drinks with meals and a welcome gift; guests in Suites may be upgraded to business class on the flight from Kangerlussuaq to Copenhagen depending on availability.

Not Included:
Airfare except charter flight from Kangerlussuaq to Copenhagen; travel insurance; luggage handling; passport and visa expenses; optional excursions and gratuities; fuel surcharge may apply.