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Iceland's Wild West Coast to East Greenland

Cruises to Iceland Greenland

Summary : Discover the wild west coast of Iceland with its towering bird cliffs, meadows carpeted in wildflowers, quiet coves, and majestic waterfalls. Explore the largest national park in the world, Northeast Greenland National Park, and search for polar bears, musk oxen, whales and more. Sail into Scoresbysund, ice permitting, the world’s largest and longest fjord system and home to a remote Inuit community. Learn how to capture Northern Lights displays, conditions permitting, withy the ship's National Geographic photographer by your side.

NOTE: This is ship is currently being built and all details are subject to change.

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Dedicated Solo Cabins, Triple/Quad Cabins


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Day 1
U.S. / Fly overnight to Reykjavik, Iceland

Depart on an overnight flight to Reykjavik.

Day 2
Reykjavik, Iceland / Embark

Arrive in Reykjavik and explore its Old Town, including Hallgrímskirkja Cathedral and the National Museum with its Viking treasures. Embark National Geographic Endurance.

Day 3
Latrabjarg / Flatey Island, Iceland

Explore Iceland’s wild western frontier. See the immense Látrabjarg cliffs, with a huge population of razorbills. Visit charming Flatey Island, a trading post for centuries, for walks around the 19th-century hamlet, and opportunities to see and photograph numerous species of birds. Zodiac cruise the coast and see where Erik the Red sailed from in the year 982 A.D. bound for Greenland.

Day 4
Crossing the Denmark Strait

Cross the Denmark Strait, where the cold east Greenland current carries icebergs south. Enjoy presentations and searching for seabirds including fulmars, kittiwakes, and terns—and possibly seals and humpback whales. The ship's staff will be on the lookout for northern lights displays at this time of year.

Day 5 – 10
Exploring Scoresbysund and Northeast Greenland

Encompassing roughly 80% of the surface of Greenland, the Greenland ice sheet is the second largest body of ice in the world. Weather and ice will dictate the exact route, but the plan is to explore well north of Scoresbysund, in the largest national park in the world—Northeast Greenland National Park. Set a course for Scoresbysund, the largest and longest fjord system on Earth, with a native village at its entrance. Being the end of summer, the ice will have retreated as far as it ever does, allowing the ship to explore the fjords, bays, nooks and crannies of this stunning coastline. The hope is to see the iconic arctic wildlife: polar bears, seals and whales. Staff will also be on constant watch for the Northern Lights, conditions permitting.

Day 11 – 12
Crossing the Denmark Strait / Exploring the Westfjords, Iceland

Return across the Denmark Strait headed just south of the Arctic Circle to the Westfjords, a remote area backed by majestic cliffs. Explore Ísafjördur on a hike with your natural history staff through a wildflower-filled meadow, kayak quiet coves, or hop aboard a Zodiac. Join a photo hike with the ship's photographer and soak up the legendary scenery.

Day 13
Reykjavik / Disembark / Home

Disembark in Reykjavik and soak in the Blue Lagoon’s geothermal waters before transferring to the airport for flights home.


This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.

NOTE: This is ship is currently being built and all details are subject to change.

Travel Insurance:
ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage for trips which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions. ExpeditionTrips can assist U.S. residents with travel protection options.

Lindblad-National Geographic Certified Photo Instructor:
On all departures, a certified photo instructor will be at your side and at your service to inspire and assist you. Take advantage of talks, presentations, slideshows and “laptop gallery” sharing events. All skill and interest levels are welcome; the instructors can meet you wherever you are on your journey. All you need to participate is a camera— point-and-shoot, smartphone, DSLR, whatever—and a sense of adventure. And you’re sure to return home with amazing photos.

Transfers between airport/ship if booked on recommended flights; shipboard accommodations; kayaking; certified photo instructor; video chronicle of your trip; parka; all meals onboard ship; alcoholic beverages (except premium brands) onboard ship; soft drinks onboard ship; crew gratuities. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
Airfare; premium alcoholic beverages; visa and passport expenses; baggage/accident/travel protection plan; items of a personal nature such as laundry, spa, and Internet.

Photos ©: Ralph Lee Hopkins (whale, Blue Lagoon, birds), Sven-Olof Lindblad, Michael S Nolan (Zodiac, flowers)

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