Summary : Embark on a thrilling expedition to awe-inspiring Iceland and Greenland, discovering spectacular landscapes, and a treasure trove of Viking culture and traditional villages, alongside a highly skilled Expedition Team, including a dedicated photo coach, historian, geologist, and naturalist. Enjoy all-inclusive cruising with included onboard meals and house drinks, Zodiac excursions, expedition gear, port charges, gratuities, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Explore vast landscapes, such as the geologically rich Westman archipelago, ice-covered Lindenow Fjord and Prince Christian Sound. Discover fascinating Viking history and trace the steps of Erik the Red, visiting ancient archaeological sites that include the ruins at Hvalsey and the explorer’s homestead at Brattahlid. Visit and learn about life in remote Greenlandic communities, such as Qaqortoq and Narsaq. Tour the faraway city of Nuuk, abundant in historic and cultural treasures.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Triple/Quad Cabins
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- $1,500 air credit
- Solo travelers pay no single supplement
- Offers apply to select dates and cabins; offers may not be combinable; conditions may apply
$17,495 to $43,495
Arrive in the modern capital of Reykjavik and transfer to your hotel. Set off on walking tours of the city center before gathering this evening for a welcome reception.
Enjoy a morning at leisure to explore the city. After lunch, board Le Boreal, your luxury megayacht for the next 12 nights.
For the next three days, explore Iceland’s iconic southern volcanoes and western fjords. Arrive in the archipelago of the Westman Islands. Discover Heimaey Island’s unique geography and local farmhouse ruins. Opt, if you wish, for a moderate or vigorous walk up to the island’s storied volcano before heading to the Eldheimar museum, home to interactive exhibits that detail the crater’s powerful eruption in 1973. Continue along Iceland’s rugged, remote coastlines to the stunning Westfjords. Breidafjordur and Isafjordur are among the areas planned for exploration, with possible highlights to include:
Red Sand Beach: One of the most beguiling shorelines in Iceland, a contrast from the many black volcanic basalt beaches ringing the coast. Wander the reddish-hued sands as they subtly change color with the sunlight, shifting through a palette of reds, golds and greys.
Latrabjarg Cliffs: Home to millions of birds, including puffins, northern gannets, guillemots and razorbills, these staggering cliffs are a wildlife haven.
Dynjandi Falls: The grandest waterfall in the Westfjords of Iceland, Dynjandi is a spectacular sight, with water cascading down tiered ridges flanked by a green and brown façade. Enjoy leisurely walks up to a viewing platform or opt for something more vigorous, like a rock climb all the way to the top of the falls.
Isafjordur: This largest town in the Westfjords peninsula is framed by verdant fjords, which you explore on a leisurely tour of the countryside. Explore farms and fishing villages, and choose to kayak through its glacial bays. Families can also uncover the history of trolls, elves and ghosts in Iceland with a fun guided walk around town.
Relish a day at sea, watching for wildlife while cruising the relatively narrow Denmark Strait, which connects the Arctic Sea with the Atlantic Ocean. Watch for seabirds and whales from the deck in between thought-provoking lectures presented by your Expedition Team. This evening, gather for the Captain’s welcome reception and gala dinner.
Arrive on Greenland’s Lindenow Fjord complex. Take in the views from the ship as your onboard geologist explains how the fjord was formed. Embark on a Zodiac excursion amid towering snow-capped mountains and spectacular glacial scenery. All guests can enjoy a nature walk, observing the fascinating evolution of plant life between different moraines.
Explore Greenland’s southern coast, inland waterways and remote villages for the next few days, following the trail of Erik the Red, who founded the first European settlement on Greenland. You also trace Greenland’s history of exploration, which ultimately led to the discovery of North America. Based on conditions, your Captain and Expedition Team determine the day’s best excursions, which may bring you to:
Prince Christian Sound: Connecting the North Atlantic with the Labrador Sea, this stunning 60-mile-long fjord features sheer cliffs that reach as high as 3,200 feet. Conditions permitting, visit Unnartoq hot springs, one of the world’s most beautiful, and enjoy a relaxing dip in the warm waters.
Qaqortoq: Part of a region that has been inhabited for more than 4,300 years, Qaqortoq village still maintains its traditional subsistence economy. Active guests can join Alex on a rappelling excursion, while families and history buffs can opt for a guided village walk through the 17th-century town, visiting the museum, which was formerly the village blacksmith shop; the beautiful village fountain; and the Stone & Man project, an open-air art gallery.
Ivigtut: Home to the world’s only cryolite mine, Ivigtut is a geologist’s dream. Cryolite was used as early as the 19th century in the production of aluminum and opaline glass. Although the mine has ceased production, it’s a spectacular source of rare minerals. All guests can explore the mine with the ship's geologist, while active guests can hike from the cryolite mine up to an abandoned Danish military base with cultural guide Lykke.
Hvalsey Ruins: This UNESCO World Heritage Site in the eastern settlement region (Eystribyggd) was settled by Erik the Red’s uncle. Also known as Qaqortukulooq, it is considered southern Greenland’s best-preserved Norse site. Explore the site on a leisurely walking tour that includes visits to one of the earliest Christian churches on the North American continent, established in the 12th century.
Narsaq: Dating back to the year 1000, this colorful village is still supported primarily by its fishing industry and sheep farming. Enjoy the rich waters on a beginners’ or experts’ kayak ride, exploring the exciting ocean and coastline. All guests can soak up the rich history of the fishing village with a relaxing tour, stopping to pick up handmade souvenirs from the Eskimo Pels fur factory and the Meqqilerifftk wool workshop.
Eriksfjord: Erik the Red chose to settle his home on this beautiful fjord. Visit his Brattahlid homestead on a walking tour and explore the first Christian church in the Western Hemisphere. Brattahlid also served as an ever-important launching point for the first voyages to North America.
Each cruise day begins with breakfast followed by morning and afternoon Zodiac excursions, which are always piloted by expert naturalist driver-guides and accompanied by no more than 10 guests. You may also enjoy a guided kayaking excursion along iceberg-studded shores. After full days of exploring, unwind aboard luxury Le Boreal, perhaps enjoying tea and well-crafted cocktails along with time on deck to take in your destination. Enjoy dinner at your choice of restaurants, and the chance to recap the day’s most inspiring moments with your Expedition team and fellow guests, and look forward to the next day’s adventures.
North of the Arctic Circle, Sisimiut is the northernmost city in Greenland able to maintain a year round, ice-free port, and also the southernmost town with sufficient snow for dogsledding in winter and spring. Visit the local museum and enjoy an Inuit sea kayak demonstration. Back on board your expedition cruiser, the Captain gathers fellow guests and the Expedition Team for a special farewell reception and dinner to commemorate an unforgettable voyage.
At the mouth of the magnificent Greenland Ice Cap, Kangerlussuaq is a mecca for active and leisure travelers alike. After breakfast, disembark Le Boreal. Time permitting, enjoy a ride over the majestic ice cap, with views of the calving glaciers from every angle. Those looking for a challenge can opt for a trek across this breathtaking natural wonder with your experience guide in the lead. Families can enjoy the same walk at a more leisurely pace. Later, board your charter flight for your return to Reykjavik. Transfer to your hotel.
After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
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.
Mandatory Travel Insurance:
As a requirement of participation on this expedition, all passengers must purchase emergency evacuation/repatriation insurance at a minimum coverage of $100,000. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage for trips which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist U.S. residents with travel protection options.
Looking for a Grand Arctic Voyage?
This trip can be combined with Arctic Adventure: In Search of the Polar Bear and The Northwest Passage for a 48-day adventure with rates starting at $62,085 per person in Category 1.
Experience an enhanced photography departure, enjoying added programming led by a dedicated photo coach.
Optional Post-Cruise Extension: Reykjavik
Visit the world’s most northerly capital and enjoy a choice of adventures. 4 days from $4,495 per person double occupancy. Single supplement from $1,395.
One pre-cruise hotel night in Reykjavik; one post-cruise hotel night in Reykjavik; transfer between airport/hotel/ship; shipboard accommodations; kayaking; Wi-Fi onboard ship; valet laundry service onboard ship (8 pieces, excludes dry cleaning); gear to keep (parka, backpack); gear on loan (boots, walking poles, pants); all meals onboard the ship; room service onboard ship; house drinks and soft drinks onboard ship; gratuities onboard ship. Butler service only for those in Suites (Categories 5-8) onboard ship. Subject to change without notice.
International airfare; charter flight from Kangerlussuaq to Reykjavik; passport and visa expenses; laundry other than mentioned as included; meals not mentioned as included; beverages other than those mentioned as included; communication charges not mentioned as included; all items of a personal nature; required travel insurance; excess baggage charges; airport departure tax; fuel surcharge may apply.
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