Summary : Explore the stunning regions from Reykjavik, Iceland to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland taking in both the east and west coasts of Greenland. Discover majestic icebergs, lush green plains and colorful villages encircled by mountains. Be enchanted by UNESCO World Heritage Sites including icy fjords, captivating wildlife and Disko Bay Glacier where sculptural icebergs continue on their timeless journey, shimmering with their eternal light. Venture through fjords where humpback whales have been known to take up residence in the summer. Witness spectacular colors light up the sky in pink, mauve and white. Come under the spell of the natural beauty of Iceland and Greenland with their exceptional geology blending fjords, geysers, waterfalls and glaciers.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly
$999,999,999 to $0
Embark your vessel for introductions to experienced crew and fellow travelers. Settle in to life onboard as your cruise begins its voyage.
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.
Today, cross the Denmark Strait heading towards Greenland. As you sail, 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.
Arrive in Greenland and cruise in the wake of Captain Jean- Baptiste Charcot’s famous ship, the Pourquoi Pas, which cast off from this island on July 11th, 1934 with four renowned scientists on board, including Paul Emile Victor who was an ethnologist and the mission leader. Greenland’s wild and unpredictable coastline captivated the explorers. After their initial experience, they decided to extend their journey to the heart of the Inuit communities.
Practically unknown until 100 years ago, the east coast of Greenland remains the most authentic and majestic part of the island. These days, this little-known location is the largest National Park in the world. Discover the Sermilik Fjord or “Iceberg Trail” with vast expanses of ice as a backdrop. Keep an eye on the sea as the majestic humpback whales have been known to take up residence in this fjord in the summer. Marvel at the spectacular colors lighting up the sky in pink, mauve and white.
Witness the rugged and scenic coastline comprised of spectacular fjords and glaciers while traveling past Cape Farewell, the southernmost point of Greenland. Photo opportunities abound while marveling at the natural beauty of The Great North.
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.
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 ancient methods of their ancestors.
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.
Conclude the expedition and disembark in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. Transfer to the airport for your return charter 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.
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.
Chartered flight from Kangerlussuaq to Paris in Economy-class; transfer 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.
Airfare except Kangerlussuaq to Paris charter flight; 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.