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 the most captivating Expedition Team at sea. Sail with an award-winning 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, Culture, Hiking, Photography, Triple/Quad Cabins
- Offers apply to select dates and cabins; offers may not be combinable; conditions may apply
- Save $1,500 per person
- $1,500 air credit
- Solo traveler savings
$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 time at leisure and lunch before boarding the ship.
Over the next three days, explore Iceland’s iconic southern volcanoes and western fjords. Arrive in the volcanic archipelago of the Westman Islands. On your first morning, visit Heimaey Island and its local village with farmhouse ruins dating back to the year 650. Conditions permitting, board your Zodiac for an up-close view of Surtsey Island, Iceland’s southernmost point and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue along the rugged western fjords of Iceland to explore the rugged and remote coastlines of Iceland’s stunning Westfjords. Breidafjordur and Isafjordur are among the areas planned to explore, with possible expedition stops to include Dyndjani waterfall, Flatey Island and Hornstrandir Reserve.
Relish a day at sea, watching for wildlife while cruising the relatively narrow Denmark Strait, which connects the Arctic Sea with the Atlantic Ocean. This evening, join your Expedition Team and fellow guests for the Captain’s welcome reception and gala dinner. Arrive the next day 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 mountains and spectacular glacial scenery. Enjoy a nature walk observing the plant succession between different moraines.
Explore Greenland’s southern coast, inland waterways and remote villages for the next three days, retracing the early colonization trail of Erik the Red as well as Greenland’s history of explorations, which ultimately led to the discovery of North America. Based on conditions, your Captain determines the day’s best sightseeing opportunities and excursions, which may bring you to the traditional village of Qaqortaq and Prince Christian Sound, a stunning 60-mile-long fjord. Opportunities to delve deeper into ancient Norse history include possible excursions to: UNESCO-listed Hvalsey Ruin, considered southern Greenland’s largest and best-preserved Norse site; the colorful fishing village of Narsaq, which dates back to the year 1000; and beautiful Eriksfjord, where you visit the Brattahlid homestead of Erik the Red and the first Christian church in the western hemisphere.
Explore Greenland’s vibrant little city of Nuuk, which lays claim to the smallest capital in the world. Visit the Nuuk Cathedral, Nuuk Katuaq (cultural center) and art museum, and the National Museum, where you find the famous Qilakitsoq mummies.
Today, explore the spectacular fjords of West Greenland. Cruise through towering icebergs on a Zodiac excursion before landing for a walk across high Arctic tundra, alive with wildflowers and migrating seabirds. Today, celebrate with your fellow explorers as you cross the Arctic Circle.
Disembark in Kangerlussuaq. Later, board your charter flight to Reykjavik and transfer to your hotel. Take advantage of the unending summertime light and enjoy the rest of your day at leisure in this lively city.
Depart on your 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.
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; 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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