Summary : Explore stunning regions from Reykjavik, Iceland to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. Round Cape Farewell and reach the west coast of Greenland with its majestic icebergs, lush green plains and colorful villages encircled by mountains. Watch for wildlife including musk oxen, arctic foxes, humpback whales, orcas, seals and possibly polar bears. Meet local people and increase your knowledge of Inuit culture. Be enchanted by UNESCO World Heritage Sites including icy fjords, majestic icebergs, and Disko Bay on this trip of a lifetime!
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking
NEW for 2016 - Boot rental now included.
Inquire about special savings for Honeymooners and Wedding Anniversaries.
$10,100 to $25,820
Embark your vessel for introductions to experienced crew and fellow travelers. Settle in to life on board as your voyage begins.
Observe mighty fjords and magnificent glaciers.
When Erik the Red, the exiled Norse chief, landed on the coast of Nuuk at the tail end of the 10th century, he found a fertile and welcoming land dotted with fjords. He settled there with a group of his former countrymen, and the Norse remained the principal inhabitants until, over a period of 500 years. Eventually, 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. The town spreads gently out towards the Davis Strait and enjoys an historic center that is particularly rich in national heritage. The National Museum is home to fabulous collections of items depicting lives of the Inuit hunters and fishermen. Despite being Greenland’s capital city and its largest, Nuuk benefits from the rarefied atmosphere of inaccessibility; it can only be reached by air or sea, as there are no roads on Greenland. The vivid reds, blues, greens and yellows of the houses are a lively contrast to the somber waters of Greenland.
At the heart of Disko Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Ilulissat Icefjord provides an extraordinary spectacle of almost surreal beauty. Vast pieces of sculptural ice break off from the bergs and rejoin 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 the leather tanners who still work today using the methods of their ancestors.
On Day 3, there will be an optional helicopter flight over the glacier and Disko Bay (for an additional fee).
Disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for your included flight to Paris.
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.
Bilingual Departures: All departures are French/English.
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.
Glacier Flightseeing Option:
Must be booked prior to departure. Weather permitting, experience the spectacular scenery of Disko Bay and the chance to see the Ice Fjord and ice cap in a very scenic, aerial encounter. Excursion may be cancelled if enough participants don't sign up.
One-way flight Kangerlussuaq/Paris in Economy-class; transfers from ship to Kangerlussuaq airport; all meals on board the ship; Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; coffee, juice, soft drinks and open bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands); port and safety taxes; gratuities; luggage transfer from pier to the ship and vice versa; 24 hour room service (special selection); parka; boot rental. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare except flight Kangerlussuaq/Paris; airport taxes; any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones included; passport and visa fees; travel insurances; Glacier Flightseeing option; personal expenses such as onboard medical consultations and drug prescriptions, spa, laundry and hair salon; other drinks not included in open bar; fuel surcharge may apply.
Photos - All rights reserved Nathalie Michel