Iceland to Greenland – Reykjavik to Kangerlussuaq

Iceland and Greenland Cruise

  • L'Austral
  • Luxury Expedition Ship
  • 264 Capacity
  • 11 Days
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  • $999,999,999

Summary : Explore the stunning regions from Reykjavik, Iceland to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. After rounding Cape Farewell, reach the west coast of Greenland with its majestic icebergs, lush green plains and colorful villages encircled by mountains. Meet local people and increase your knowledge of Inuit culture. Visit the Paul Emile Victor Base which holds artifacts and relics of French polar expeditions. Walk up to a panoramic view point overlooking a glacier towards the Greenland polar icecap (Inlandsis), the second largest expanse of ice in the world. Be enchanted by Zodiac trips to UNESCO World Heritage Sites including icy fjords, majestic icebergs, and Disko Bay Glacier.

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking

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Itinerary
Day 1
Reykjavik / Hafnarfjordur Iceland

Embark your vessel for introductions to experienced crew and fellow travelers. Settle in to life onboard as your cruise begins its voyage.

Day 2
Reykjavik / Hafnarfjordur Iceland

Reykjavik, "The Bay of Smoke", is nestled in a bay that protects its dreamlike beauty from the wind. Iceland's capital is merely a stone’s throw away from the magnificent Icelandic outback, as evidenced by the large numbers of Arctic terns, wild geese and ducks found in the town center. Established around 874 C.E. by a Viking chief, the world’s northernmost capital is simultaneously fierce and fascinating. Nearby, amongst the rugged lava fields, natural springs throw their turbulent water towards the sky, performing an incredible geyser dance dressed in amber tones.

Day 3
At Sea

Voyage through the heart of landscapes punctuated with drastic vertical lines and dotted with vertiginous cliffs and cathedral-like icy giants. Sometimes they tip over or bump into one another and in those moments the complex nature of this environment is revealed – strength and fragility. Icebergs are natural works of art resulting from an accumulation of snow that is compressed over thousands of years. Setting the backdrop for a timeless adventure, admire majestic mountains of ice with illuminated by the sun in hues of extraordinary beauty: deep blue, white, turquoise and transparent as pure crystal.

As you sail to Greenland, explore the ship and enjoy time to take advantage of onboard amenities. Relax in the spa, read in the library, workout in the fitness center, enjoy a delicious meal, or watch incredible views from the panoramic lounge.

Day 4
Cape Farewell, Greenland

Witness the rugged and scenic coastline while traveling past Cape Farewell, the southernmost point of Greenland. Photo opportunities abound while marveling at the natural beauty of The Great North.

Day 5
Narsaq, Greenland

Sailing along the coast of Greenland, encounter Narsaq. Fishing and sheep farming provide livelihoods to this community. Home to more than half of the sheep farms in Greenland, enjoy Narsaq's picturesque views and natural coastal harbor.

Day 6
Nuuk, Greenland

When Erik the Red, the exiled Norse chief, landed on Nuuk at the tail end of the 10th century, he found a fertile and welcoming land dotted with fjords. Settling there with a group of his former countrymen, they remained the principal inhabitants for 500 years until their population declined and gave way to the Inuit. Nuuk is situated at the mouth of one of the largest fjords in the world, where the waters never freeze. Spreading gently out towards the Davis Strait, Nuuk enjoys a historic center rich in national heritage.

The National Museum is home to fabulous collections depicting the hunting and fishing lifestyle of Inuit people. Despite being Greenland’s largest city and its capital, Nuuk can only be reached by air or sea, as there are virtually no roads on Greenland. Vivid red, blue, green and yellow houses are a lively contrast to Greenland's somber waters and serve to lift the spirits of locals during winter months. Nuuk is visually emotive and imbued with expressions of the tundra, sea and sky.

Day 7
Coast of Greenland

Cruise along Greenland's West Coast passing remote Itilleq and absorbing the stunning scenery. Watch for wildlife and birds while sharing travel experiences with fellow passengers.

Day 8
Eqi Glacier / Paul Emile Victor Base

One of the region’s most impressive sights, Eqi Glacier breaks the silence with roars and crackles of calving icebergs. Regularly breaking off from the glacier into the fjord, experience the impressive sights and sounds of falling icebergs while cruising close to shore.

Visit the Paul Emile Victor Base which holds artifacts and relics of French polar expeditions. A panoramic viewpoint overlooks the glacier of Greenland’s polar icecap, the second largest expanse of ice in the world.

Day 9
Ilulissat / Disko Bay

At the heart of Disko Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ilulissat Icefjord provides an extraordinary spectacle of surreal beauty. Sculptural icebergs continue on their timeless journey, shimmering with eternal light. Vast pieces of ice break off from the bergs rejoining the inexorable movement of the sea. Close by lies the town of Ilulissat, the region’s principal destination. Encircled by icebergs, it has retained a unique mix of traditional Arctic life, with multicolored wooden houses, huskies and leather tanners who still use the methods of their ancestors.

Day 10
Greenland's Fjords

Discover extraordinary fjords while cruising past Kitsisarssuit. Sailing south towards Kangerlussuaq, Greenland's natural beauty continues to deliver abundant opportunities to capture its unique essence with remarkable photos.

Day 11
Kangerlussuaq, Greenland / Paris, France

Conclude the expedition and disembark in Kangerlussuaq. Transfer to the airport for your return charter flight to Paris.

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. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Travel Insurance:
Passengers shall be responsible for subscribing to cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s). 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:
Chartered flight from Kangerlussuaq to Paris in Economy-class; meet and greet by representatives at the destination airport, transfers from ship to Kangerlussuaq airport; all meals on board the ship from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation; Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; evening gatherings, organized entertainment and events; mineral water, tea, filter coffee, a selection of white, red and rosé wines offered during meals; afternoon tea; open bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request), port and safety taxes, fuel surcharge and gratuities; luggage transfer from pier to the ship and vice versa; 24 hour room service (special selection); English speaking lecturer on selected sailings identified by “lecturer on board” logo; highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team for all programs identified with “Expedition” logo; parka.

Not Included:
Airport taxes; any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones included; day rooms and other services at arrival and departure, before embarkation and after disembarkation; visa, disembarkation taxes, environmental taxes and/or national park fees; optional shore excursions (sold on board); insurances; personal expenses such as onboard medical consultations and drug prescriptions, use of spa, laundry and hair salon; expedition photo disc and video (approx $85); other drinks not included in open bar; fuel surcharge may apply.