Summary : Explore the rare natural beauty and fascinating Inuit culture of Greenland. From Iceland, follow the route of the Vikings across Denmark Strait to Greenland and experience small towns such as Qaqortoq, Maniitsoq, and Ilulissat. Sail stunning fjords among giant icebergs in perpetual daylight under the Midnight Sun. Scout for a variety of bird species and musk oxen, hike amidst beautiful scenery and Arctic flora, and visit the wonderous Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking
$10,432 to $15,358
Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city. Norse settlers named the place Reykjavik (meaning “Smoky Bay”) after the columns of steam rising from hot springs in the area. The region offers fantastic natural beauty with geysers, mountains, glaciers and geothermal baths, well worth exploring before embarking the ship.
Leave Iceland behind and sail across the Irminger Sea. This crossing was used by the Vikings to migrate from Iceland to Greenland some 1,000 years ago. Enjoy introductory lectures on local history and biology, and get to know the ship.
Many consider Qaqortoq one of the most beautiful towns in Greenland for its colorful houses and lovely setting. The largest town in southern Greenland, with 3,000 inhabitants, Qaqortoq is easy to explore on foot, or you can join an optional excursion to get even more insight into local culture.
Discover the beautiful region of Kvanefjord near Paamiut by sailing deep into the fjord. Your experienced captain will take advantage of the conditions to identify landing sites for onshore walks and optional kayaking, ideal communities to visit, and the best places to spot wildlife.
Founded in 1755, Maniitsoq means “The uneven place,” referring to the rocky hills and mountains shaping the town’s layout. It is also known as the “Venice of Greenland” because it lies in an archipelago, intersected by natural canals.
The local museum will introduce you to the town´s rich history and culture.
Sisimiut lies 25 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Its name means “the people living in a place where there are fox dens.” Greenland’s second largest town is a modern, picturesque settlement that maintains ancient traditions.
Ilulissat is set in the stunning scenery of Ilulissat Icefjord World Heritage site. At the fjord’s mouth you can see enormous icebergs that have run aground. These masses of ice originate from Jakobshavn Glacier, one of the fastest moving glaciers in the world.
Visit a location near Saqqaq that was without an official name until 2013. The place is special to this shipping company as it is named after a former expedition team member. Land on the beach to explore this northernmost destination of your cruise, amidst breathtaking scenery and Arctic flora.
Today´s exploration will take you to meandering Evighed Fjord, surrounded by tall mountains up to 6,600-feet high. The day’s weather and ice conditions will determine the final program and the range of activities offered.
Nuuk lies at the mouth of one of the most spectacular fjord systems in the world. Greenland’s capital city is where old and new meet, from historic buildings in Kolonihavnen to the modern Center for Greenland Self Rule. There’s also the National Museum - home to the famous Qilakitsoq mummies.
The abandoned town of Ivittuut is a stronghold for musk oxen. More than 1,000 years ago, Vikings settled the area, but left no written records behind. Archaeologists believe this was the last Norse settlement in Greenland to be established, and the first to be abandoned.
Prince Christian Sound separates mainland Greenland from Sammisoq and the Cape Farewell Archipelago. If conditions allow, you will sail through this narrow channel to admire the spectacular scenery here. If the channel is blocked with ice, you'll sail around Nunap Isua (Cape Farewell).
After exploring exhilarating Greenland, the captain sets course for Iceland. Spend the days at sea recapping your experiences, having fun in the Science Center, relaxing on deck, watching sea birds follow the ship, or maybe even spotting whales.
Arrive in Iceland's capital early in the morning and disembark the ship.
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 is not responsible for itinerary changes.
NOTE: This ship is NEW for the 2020 season! As with any new vessel, we strongly suggest selecting a departure date at least six weeks after launch. Please ask for details.
This shipping company recommends that all passengers purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your trip investment from unexpected events such as cancellations, delays, and medical emergencies. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage for this trip 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.
Medical Declaration Form:
All travelers must complete a confidential medical declaration form, signed by a doctor, stating that they are fit to travel. Boarding may be denied if this form is not presented at the time of embarkation.
Multilingual Departures: English//German (All Departures)
Explorer Science Program: Included
Participate in lectures and activities to cultivate greater knowledge about the regions explored; conduct experiments or examine specimens in the Science Center with the assistance of professional biologists and geologists; or choose to assist with current research.
Young Explorers Program: Included
A dedicated staff member will lead age-appropriate lectures and field research with your Young Explorer on topics ranging from science, polar history, photography, and navigation. The focus is on education, fun, and participation. Designed for ages 7–13 (although all ages can join in!).
From shore excursions with local partners to small-group adventures such as kayaking, there are several supplemented activities to choose from. Some are pre-bookable. Most are booked once on board. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details and rates.
Shipboard accommodations; Young Explorers program for children; introductory photography lecture; onboard science center and Explorer Science program; expedition logbook; Wi-Fi (limited access; streaming not supported); complimentary wind- and water-resistant parka; gear on loan (waterproof rubber boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities); most meals onboard the ship; early riser and afternoon treats; house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water in all restaurants; complimentary tea and coffee. Inclusions subject to change without notice.
Expedition Suites include a separate check-in; welcome package on embarkation day; suite breakfast and a la carte meals in restaurant Lindstrøm; mini bar replenishment; fleece blanket/throw; espresso maker; turn-down service; and laundry service. Subject to change without notice.
International flights; transfers to/from the ship; passport and visa fees; travel protection plan; luggage handling; a la carte menu selections not detailed in the inclusions; alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks except as mentioned; mini bar replenishment (except for suites); optional excursions and small-group adventures such as kayaking; items of a personal nature such as laundry and spa/wellness treatments; gratuities; fuel surcharge may apply.
PHOTOS: © Thomas Haltner (Prins Christian Sund, Qassiarsuk, Ilulissat Eisfjord), © Martin Johansen (Ilullisat bird), © Mark McDermott (Itilleq clothesline, Ilulissat plants), Mads Pihl (Ilulissat Zodiac riders), © Hurtigruten