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Greenland: In the Wake of Vikings

Iceland Greenland Cruise

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Summary : Greenland’s east coast is just a day's voyage from Reykjavík. Breathtaking fjords define this seldom-seen region. Whales and seabirds are abundant here. Photographers, birders, and hikers will be in awe. Villages around Greenland’s southern tip offer glimpses of the island's remarkable culture. Bask in the Unartoq geothermal springs. Explore the ruins of Brattahlið—a settlement founded by Erik the Red! Greenland’s capital, Nuuk, offers shopping and dining. Sail the mighty Sondre Stromfjord to your final destination, Kangerlussuaq.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Triple/Quad Cabins

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Itinerary
Day 1
Reykjavik, Iceland

Arrive in Reykjavik and transfer to the ship.

Day 2
At Sea

Sailing west from Iceland, you are truly in the wake of the Vikings. You’ll be watching for whales and seabirds as you sail the Denmark Strait. Your onboard program will prepare you for the archaeology, history, culture, and wildlife that awaits you in Greenland!

Day 3 – 4
East Greenland

Your first view of Greenland’s east coast will reveal a coastline traced with innumerable fjords and potentially dotted with pack ice. Your spotters will be watching for bears, seals, and humpback whales. You’ll explore the remote reaches of glaciated fjords by Zodiac.

Day 5
Ikerasassuaq (Prince Christian Sound)

You’ll be scouting for wildlife and vistas as you approach Ikerasassuaq through ice. This remote and stunning body of water joins the Irminger and Labrador seas. You are among the islands of the Cape Farewell Archipelago, near Greenland’s southernmost tip.

Craggy mountain peaks tower over narrow fjords. Glacial tongues plunge toward the water. Conditions are favorable for calving icebergs, while strong tidal currents limit the formation of sea ice.

Day 6
South Greenland

South Greenland lives up to its namesake; here, the land is fertile and agriculture thrives. Farms and vegetable husbandry contrast with the barren ice that covers so much of the country. Jagged mountains rise from beyond green pastures, with sheep farms directly bordering icefjords. Here, Norse settlement history intersects with contemporary Greenland life.

Day 7
Hvalsey

Hvalsey site was a major center in South Greenland. The site, which has the ruins of two stone great halls, had an additional 14 houses close to a church. Hvalsey Church is the best-preserved Norse ruin in Greenland. The last known official record from the original Norse colony is of a wedding held here in September 1408!

Day 8
Brattahlið

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Brattahlið—meaning “steep slope,”—lies at the head of Tunulliarfik Fjord. In this location, the famous Viking explorer Erik the Red had his estate. His descendants made their homes here until the mid-1400s. This area features the best farming conditions in Greenland.

Here you will find a reconstruction of the first Norse church in Greenland, as well as a Viking longhouse. There are substantial archaeological remnants here, preserving the legends of the Norse.

Day 9
Sermersooq

The Sermersooq region of Greenland has a stunning myriad of mountain peaks, glaciers and deep fjords. Our time will be spent on the western coast of the region, where records of human habitation stretch back over 1,500 years. You’ll explore by Zodiac or by foot, as landing conditions permit. You’ll keep a look out for Nattoralik (white-tailed eagles) and enjoy the lush vegetation of southwest Greenland.

Day 10
Nuuk

Greenland’s capital bridges old and new. The old harbor region of town includes many buildings dating from the Danish colonial days. The modern downtown core includes shopping, cafes and restaurants, and public institutions with a European flair.

The Greenland National Museum is one of Nuuk’s outstanding features; the world-famous Greenland mummies are housed here. The museum’s exhibits also offer in-depth information about colonial, Norse, and Inuit presence in Greenland—a must-see. You will explore Nuuk with a guided tour with local guides!

Day 11
Kangerlussuaqtsiaq Fjord (Evighedsfjorden)

The west Greenland coastline is a rich mixture of fishing communities, many islands and complex coastal waterways. The waters are relatively warm here, due to the West Greenland Current and the sub-Arctic location—making for more lush vegetation. Take the Zodiacs out to explore the landscape and glaciers of wild Greenland.

Day 12
Kangerlussuaq, Greenland / Toronto, Canada

Disembark the Ocean Endeavour and transfer to the airport for your flight to Toronto (flight not included).

Notes

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:
Emergency evacuation and medical insurance is mandatory in order to travel with Adventure Canada. As a requirement of participation on this expedition, all passengers must purchase at least $75,000 of medical evacuation insurance and medical insurance. Please note that this is a suggested minimum by Adventure Canada and that actual medical and evacuation costs may far exceed this amount. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions. Persons that already have their own medical and emergency evacuation coverage will be asked to provide full policy details upon booking. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist U.S. residents with travel protection options.

Nikon Photography Program
Adventure Canada is proud to partner with Nikon Canada for the onboard Nikon Camera Trial Program, taking place aboard all Ocean Endeavour expeditions. Through this program, travelers will have the opportunity to try professional quality photography equipment in stunning environments, and take advantage of onsite instruction from Nikon Ambassadors. You can also experience the power of Nikon products through onboard seminars and onshore photography workshops, designed to help you capture the perfect image of your trip of a lifetime.

Optional Kayaking:
Explore at water level in small groups with experienced kayak guides. Excursions are offered on double kayaks, as well as the essential gear for safety and comfort.

Optional Mountain Biking:
Experience communities and landscapes at your own pace! For fitness enthusiasts and independent explorers, the ship carries a fleet of Kona mountain bikes. These multi-geared, all-purpose bikes are available during select community excursions.

Included:
Transfer from Reykjavik airport to ship on embarkation day; transfer from ship to Kangerlussuaq airport on disembarkation day; Nikon Camera Trial Program; gear to keep (expedition jacket); gear on loan (boots); photo journal; all meals onboard ship. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:

Airfare; pre- and post-trip accommodations; passport and visa expenses; spa expenses; kayaking; mountain biking; optional excursions and extensions; WiFi; alcohol; soft drinks; laundry services; onboard medical charges; personal expenses; cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s); gratuities; fuel surcharge may apply.

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