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Greenland to Norway

Iceland / Greenland Cruise Information

Summary : This expedition takes you to Greenland, the biggest island in the Arctic, mythical Iceland, and the smaller Faroe and Shetland Islands. This is an adventure that cannot be compared to anything else in the Northern Hemisphere. Greenland is the largest island on the planet and its frozen coastline has witnessed the birth of some of nature’s most breathtaking creations. Here, the struggle for survival has engendered mankind with a healthy respect for the environment and you will witness the unique interaction of man and nature as you sail through a landscape rich in culture, history and spectacular wildlife, into the northern lands of the midnight sun. From Greenland, sail east to visit Iceland's historical capital, Reykjavik. Then, cross the North Sea to experience the wild beauty of the Faroe and Shetland Islands. The adventure ends in Bergen, Norway, the so-called 'Gateway to the Fjords'.

Activities : Child-Friendly, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Triple/Quad Cabins

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Itinerary
Day 1
Copenhagen / Kangerlussuaq

Your flight from Copenhagen lands in Kangerlussuaq in the evening. From Kangerlussuaq you will transfer to your ship, the MS Spitsbergen, to start your expedition.

Day 2 – 4
Qeqertarsuaq, Ilulissat and Sisimut, Greenland

Qeqertarsuaq is the only town situated on the old volcanic island of Disko. The area offers amazing Arctic experiences. Join optional excursions such as a tour of the town, kayaking, or an ice-cruising boat tour. If you appreciate archaeology and history, you should definitely pay a visit to the local museum. Alternatively, you can stroll around the town on your own.

Day 5
Nuuk, Greenland

Nuuk is the oldest town in Greenland and is situated at the mouth of one of the largest and most spectacular fjord systems in the world. Today, this is where old and new traditions meet, from picturesque old buildings in Kolonihaven to the buildings of the Greenland Home Rule. As the capital city, Nuuk is also home to a university, a teacher-training college, many churches, and the Greenland National Museum, which houses the mummies from Qilakilsoq. City tours, hikes, and possibly a flight are among the optional excursions.

Day 6 – 7
Narsaq, Qassiarsuk, Hvalsey and Qaqortoq, Greenland

Narsaq is located on the beautiful shores of the Tunulliarfik Fjord. This part of South Greenland has been inhabited for thousands of years. It is a great area for optional activities such as kayaking, hiking, or wandering around the town. Join the optional boat trip or the settlement walk to explore Qassiarsuk, the site where Eric the Red built his Brattahlíð estate in 982 A.D. When Eric the Red was banished from Iceland he escaped to the land he called Greenland. He chose to settle in Qassiarsuk because he believed the area to be the richest and best site in on the island.

Day 8
Nunap Isua, Greenland

Greenland’s southern shores contain some of the most culturally and scenically diverse regions on this giant island. Conditions permitting, we will try to sail through the narrow, 70-mile-long Prins Christian Sund channel, which crosses the southernmost point of Greenland, and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. If the channel is blocked with ice, you will sail around Nunap Isua (Cape Farewell).

Day 9
Denmark Strait

As you cross the Denmark Strait, you can either use the day to relax or join the variety of lectures on topics including history, biology, and geology.

Day 10
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik is believed to be the first permanent Viking settlement in Iceland and is now its modern capital. The surrounding area offers fantastic natural beauty: geysers, mountains, glaciers, and geothermal hot springs.

Day 11
At Sea

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea with onboard lectures as you sail to the Faroe Islands.

Day 12
Tórshavn, Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands are a group of 18 volcanic islands in the middle of the North Atlantic, half way between the Shetland Islands and Iceland. Tórshavn is one of the smallest capital cities in the world, with only 15,000 inhabitants. It was founded in the 10th century, and might very well be the oldest original capital in northern Europe. Since the turn of the 20th century, Tórshavn has grown rapidly, and is now the economic, cultural, and administrative center of the Faroe Islands. The town is a charming blend of old and new, featuring small houses in nearly every color.

Day 13
Lerwick, Shetland Islands

Lerwick is the main port in the Shetland Islands, and by far the northernmost town of Scotland. It was founded in the 17th century as a fishing port, and fishing is still the main industry on the island, in addition to the ferry and oil industry. Today, while most of Shetland remains isolated, Lerwick is a bustling, cosmopolitan seaport with services and amenities typically found only in much larger places on the British mainland. The old waterfront is packed with visiting yachts and working fishing boats. In the surrounding area, you will find some of Shetland's most attractive scenery and an extraordinary concentration of archaeological sites, including two remarkable Iron Age villages and Europe's best-preserved broch, a drystone dwelling also dating from the Iron Age.

Day 14
Bergen, Norway

Your arrival in Bergen signals the end of this expedition, but it is recommended that you enjoy this charming city before you head home. Stroll through the picturesque streets and enjoy the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site of ‘Bryggen’ (the Wharf) and the fish market.

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 at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage for Antarctic trips which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.

Multilingual Departures: English/Norwegian/German (All Departures)

Deck Camping:

Depending on weather conditions, there may be an opportunity to sign up for deck camping during the voyage. Spend the night on deck and enjoy a magnificent view of the landscape and sky. Included: Sleeping bags, a welcome drink, and a fresh pastry and coffee in the morning. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.

Fishing:
Depending on weather conditions, there may be an opportunity to sign up for fishing during the voyage. Spend 2.5-3 hours fishing with an officer and members of the crew and preparing your catch. When you return to the ship, you will be invited to meet the chef, prepare your catch, and have it served for dinner. Included: Waterproof clothing and a fishing rod. Maximum participants: 3 passengers. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.

Hiking:
Depending on weather and land conditions, there may be an opportunity to sign up for hiking during the voyage. Included: Water bottle, snack bar, and lunch pack (if hike is during lunch time). Physical fitness is essential. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.

Kayaking:
Depending on weather conditions, there may be an opportunity to sign up for kayaking during the voyage. The duration of each excursion is 2-4 hours. Due to popular demand, kayakers are chosen by a lottery system. Kayaking is not pre-bookable or guaranteed. Basic kayaking experience required. Includes kayaking gear. Maximum participants: 8 passengers. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.

Photography School:
Taught by two professional photography instructors, this pre-bookable photography school program covers basic image editing, wildlife and landscape photography, and DSLR video instruction. This program is designed for proficient beginners to experienced photographers. Included: photography booklet, designated work station with software provided, priority access to the Photo Optics test center equipment, and a Zeiss Lens cleaning kit. Min/max participants: 2-10 passengers. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.

Science Center: Included
'Hands-on' science program where guests can perform their own science experiments with the assistance of professional biologists and geologists. Featuring ten Leica DM500 biological microscopes and ten Leica EZ4 geological microscopes, groups of 2-3 guests per microscope will work with a trained biologist or geologist. Occasionally, scientists invite guests along to sample biomaterial for use in the science center. There is also a large screen connected to the scientist's microscope for viewing during every session.

Included:

Economy flight from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq; transfer from the airport to the ship in Kangerlussuaq; cabin accommodations and meals aboard the ship; landings and activities onboard and ashore; professional English-speaking expedition team that gives lectures and accompanies landings and activities; onboard 'hands-on' science center; complimentary tea and coffee; and a wind- and water-resistant jacket. Arctic Superior Suites (P, U, QJ, YA) include an Arctic Pure amenity kit (bathroom). Expedition Suites (Q, MG, MX) include a soft drink package, a wine package, an Arctic Pure amenity kit (bathroom), a fleece blanket/throw, a cabin kit (bathrobe and slippers), an espresso maker, sweets/snacks and sparkling wine (on embarkation day), a separate check-in with sparkling wine, and a suite breakfast. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
International flights to/from the U.S.; travel insurance; luggage handling; optional excursions and gratuities; fuel surcharge may apply.

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