ARCTIC

Greenland Explorer

from £8800 14 nights | Aug Exc. flights See price details
  • Departs:
  • Aug

Overview

This comprehensive exploration of Greenland's spectacular coastline starts in the east and follows the coast around the southern tip of the island. Cruise the length of immense fjords and spend time with local Inuit communities to gain a real insight into this dramatic country's rich history.

The world's largest island is home to the planet's greatest fjords and most active glaciers outside Antarctica. Youメll be dwarfed by the sheer size and scale of nature in Greenland, where wildlife and the forces of nature reign supreme. Place names such as the Fjord of Eternity and Cape Farewell hint at the grandeur that lies ahead, with diverse icebergs and dramatic mountains a constant theme of your voyage.

Highlights

  • marvel spectacular mountain scenery
  • visit remote Inuit settlements
  • watch out for a variety of marine wildlife

Marvel at the abundance of wildflowers, keep your eyes peeled for whales and other marine wildlife, and encounter an ancient culture surviving in a modern world. From historic Norse and Viking settlements to remote Inuit communties that still use dogsleds as their main method of transportation, a voyage to Greenland is unlike any other.

 

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: overnight in Reykjavik
Arrive in the Icelandic capital and make your own way into the city. This evening join a welcome reception and orientation at your hotel.
Day 2: fly to Akureyri and embark ship
Fly from Reykjavik to Akureyri in the north of Iceland and embark the ship. Then set sail and head west towards Greenland.
Days 3-4: East Greenland
Arriving at Greenland's coast you will visit the Arctic ghost town of Skoldungen, abandoned in favour of larger and more accessible settlements in 1961. Skoldungenfjord is a great place to explore by Zodiac or kayak, gliding past icebergs for spectacular photographic opportunities.
Days 5-7: South Greenland
Dramatic Tasermiut Fjord is understandably popular with climbers and mountaineers, and often nicknamed the 'Arctic Patagonia'. The area was originally settled by notorious Viking, Erik the Red. Rounding Cape Farewell, the southernmost point of Greenland, you may stop at the natural hot springs at Uunartoq, where you can relax in geothermal waters and watch icebergs passing by.
Days 8-13 West Greenland
Heading north you will visit some of the colourful villages that dot the islands and fjords of Greenland. You may visit Nuuk, the capital, where you can wander the streets and see Hans Egede Church and the Hans Egede statue near the waterfront, named after the missionary who founded the settlement. You can also marvel at the museum's famous Greenlandic mummies.

Evighedsfjorden, meaning Fjord of Eternity, is a favourite location for more in-depth exploration by Zodiac. Towering mountains and colourful tundra make for excellent photography opportunities in this Arctic wilderness.

Ilulissat is another breathtaking fjord, home to one of the world's fastest moving glaciers. Moving approximately 19m per day, the glacier here provides the opportunity to watch huge chunks of ice crashing into the sea. Abandoned villages and ancient Thule sites can be explored at nearby Amerdloq Fjord.
Day 14: Disembarkation in Kangerlussuaq
You will disembark the ship today in Kangerlussuaq, before boarding the charter flight back to Reykjavik for an overnight stay in the city.
Day 15: Depart Reykjavik
After breakfast bid farewell to your fellow voyagers and choose to depart or extend your stay in Iceland.
Notes

Please note that all voyage itineraries are intended as a guideline only - embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy of expedition travel. Actual routes and landings will be dependent on weather, sea and ice conditions. A degree of flexibility is essential in the polar regions!

Accommodation Options

Sea Adventurer (known as Ocean Adventurer from 2017)

  • Grade:
  • Type: Expedition Ship

This attractive ice-strengthened vessel is a comfortable…

Excursions

Kayaking

Optional Adventure Activity on selected Arctic Cruises

Prices & Dates

2018 Season

Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin - please contact us for details of triple, single and superior cabins.

Departure Date Activities Duration Vessel Prices from
07 Aug 2018 15 days Ocean (Sea) Adventurer £8,154

Activity options
≠ Kayaking
is available on this voyage: £535 per person aboard the Ocean (Sea) Adventurer

Inclusions & Exclusions

Ocean (Sea) Adventurer

Includes: 1 night pre-voyage accommodation with breakfast in Reykjavik • Transfer from hotel in Reykjavik to airport, for charter flight • Flight from Reykjavik to Akureyri on day of embarkation (luggage allowance is 15kg in hold and 5kg carry on) • Transfer from airport to ship in Akureyri for embarkation • Transfer from ship to airport on disembarkation • Flight from Kangerlussuaq to Reykjavik on day of disembarkation (luggage allowance is 15kg in hold and 5kg carry on) • Transfer from airport to hotel in Reykjavik on day of disembarkation • One night accommodation post-voyage in Reykjavik, with breakfast • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage • Coffee, tea, cocoa available around the clock • Leadership throughout the voyage by an experienced Expedition Leader • All Zodiac transfers, cruising and shore landings as per the daily program • Formal and informal presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled • Digital photographic journal, documenting the voyage • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings • A Quark Expeditions parka – yours to keep • Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin • Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Arctic Reader • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program • All luggage handling aboard ship • Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of $100,000 per person

Excludes: Return airfares from the UK • Transfers between Keflavik International Airport and Reykjavik • Passport and visa expenses (we will be pleased to advise you on any necessary documentation, however this is passengers' own responsibility) • Waterproof trousers are not provided on this voyage; passengers must provide their own wet weather trousers for zodiac cruising and shore landings • Government arrival and departure taxes • Any additional pre or post voyage accommodation/land arrangements (if required) • Telecommunication charges, laundry costs and other charges of a personal nature • Excess baggage charges • The voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for Hospitality Team members, ship’s crew and Expedition Team members (guidelines will be provided) • Travel insurance.

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