ARCTIC

Inuits and Icebergs - West Greenland Cruise

from £4162 7-11 nights | May - Aug Exc. flights See price details
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  • May - Aug

Overview

This in depth exploration of the west coast of Greenland offers the chance to take a step into the past, witness life on the edge of the habitable world and observe enormous mountains of drifting ice.

Highlights

  • Discover Inuit settlements and way of life
  • Explore museums and collections of historic artefacts
  • Sail among spectacular scenes of ice choked waters
  • Overnight in Reykjavik, Iceland's lively capital city

After embarking in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland's largest transport hub, head for the island's western shores. This region is scattered with small towns where you will have the chance to learn of local traditions and of how life differs in such remote environments.

Having cruised the iceberg strewn waters of the world famous Disko Bay and witnessed some of Earth’s fastest moving glaciers, disembark back in Kangerlussuaq and fly to Iceland for another overnight stay. You can opt to extend your stay further and spend time exploring this extraordinary country.

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Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: arrive in Reykjavik and overnight
After arriving in Iceland, make your own way to the hotel in Reykjavik for an overnight stay.
Day 2: fly from Reykjavik to Kangerlussuaq and embark the ship
Transfer to the airport and fly to Kangerlussuaq where you will embark the ship.
Days 2-8: exploration of West Greenland
Though settlements abound in this part of Greenland, unpredictable weather and a dearth of docking facilities nevertheless make this a real expedition. As such, your route and exploration opportunities along this coast are heavily dependent on the weather and ice conditions you encounter. The experienced captain and expedition leader will decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities change. You can be sure that the best possible advantage will be taken of the circumstances presented by nature in this wild and remote region.

Possible sites of exploration include:

Sisimiut – The second-largest town in Greenland boasts a youthful, urban vibe. The Sisimiut Museum offers insight into the local culture and a history of human habitation dating back 4,500 years.

Qeqertarsuaq – Located on volcanic Disko Island, the small town of Qeqertarsuaq enjoys views of basaltic mountains and the huge icebergs of Disko Bay. Founded in 1773 as a whaling station, Qeqertarsuaq is one of the oldest towns in Greenland. Cultural attractions include a distinctive octagonal church called the “Lord’s Ink Pot”. Some hiking options are available in the area: a longer hike to the basalt cliffs and a shorter one to the waterfall.

Uummannaq Founded in 1763 on the island of the same name, the town of Uummannaq is a hunting and fishing base with a canning factory and a marble quarry. Rising above town is the distinctive 1,170-meter Uummannaq Mountain. Danish and Greenlandic children believe that Santa Claus lives on the island. A Zodiac cruise in Uummannaq fjord reveals breath-taking scenery all around.

Eqip Sermia – This active tidewater glacier is situated in a wild and scenic fjord. In the period after the Second World War, this area functioned as a starting point for expeditions onto the ice cap conducted by the French explorer Paul Emile Victor, whose hut still stands today.

Ilulissat – Formerly called Jakobshavn, the town of Ilulissat is best known for unbelievable quantities of icebergs channelled by the nearby Ilulissat Icefjord, into which one of the world’s fastest moving and most active glaciers calves 46 cubic kilometres of ice annually. Attractions in town include the Inuit Art Museum, which contains a large collection of paintings by Greenlandic, Faroese, and Danish artists.

Itilleq Located just north of the Arctic Circle, Itilleq (also known as Itivdleq) is a settlement on a small island with about 100 inhabitants. The main trade here is fishing and hunting. The island has no freshwater, so Itilleq has a facility that makes freshwater from seawater.
Day 9: disembark in Kangerlussuaq and fly to Reykjavik
After breakfast disembark in Kangerlussuaq and fly to Reykjavik for an overnight stay in the Icelandic capital.
Day 10: Depart Iceland
Make your own way to the airport for your flight home, or choose to extend your stay in the 'Land of Fire and Ice'.
Notes

Alternative Itineraries

2018 Season

Sea Spirit - 22 May 2018

Day 1 Fly from Kangerlussuaq to Nuuk for embarkation
Days 2-8 West Greenland - Nuuk Fjord, Sisimiut, Qeqertarsuaq, Eqip Sermia, Ilulissat
Day 9 Disembarkation in Nuuk and fly to Kangerlussuaq

Sea Spirit - 30 May 2018

Day 1 Fly from Kangerlussuaq to Nuuk for embarkation
Days 2-7 West Greenland - Sisimiut, Qeqertarsuaq, Eqip Sermia, Ilulissat
Day 8 Disembarkation in Kangerlussuaq

Sea Spirit - 06 Jun 2018

Day 1 Embarkation in Kangerlussuaq
Days 2-6 West Greenland - Qeqertarsuaq, Ilulissat, Sisimiut, Nuuk,
Days 7-9 Southwest Greenland - Paamiut, Narsaq, Qaqortoq, Hvalsey
Days 10-11
At sea
Day 12
Disembarkation in Reykjavik

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 wildlife, weather, sea and ice conditions. A degree of flexibility is essential in the polar regions!

Accommodation Options

Sea Spirit

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  • Type: Expedition Ship

This ship couples adventure with supreme comfort and sty…

Ocean Adventurer

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  • Type: Expedition Ship

This attractive ice-strengthened vessel is a comfortable…

Excursions

Kayaking

Optional Adventure Activity on selected Arctic Cruises

Prices & Dates

Arctic 2018 Season

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

Departure DateActivitiesDurationVesselPrices from
22 May 2018 9 days Sea Spirit £4,162
30 May 2018 8 days Sea Spirit £4,162
06 Jun 2018 12 days Sea Spirit £5,843
19 Aug 2018 10 days Ocean (Sea) Adventurer £5,466


Activity options:

Kayaking is available on this voyage: £535 on board the Ocean (Sea) Adventurer; £458 on board the Sea Spirit

Inclusions and Exclusions

Sea Spirit - 22 May 2018

Includes: Return flights between Kangerlussuaq and Nuuk • Group transfer from airport to ship for embarkation • Group transfer to airport upon disembarkation • Shipboard accommodation • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage • Hot drinks available around the clock • Leadership throughout the voyage by an experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities • All shore landings per the daily program • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program • Formal and informal presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled • Digital photographic journal documenting the voyage • Comprehensive pre-departure material • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program • Expedition jacket, yours to keep • Loan of rubber boots during voyageEmergency evacuation insurance for passengers under 85 years of age, to a maximum benefit of US$150,000 per person.

Excludes: Return airfares between the UK and Kangerlussuaq • Any additional pre or post voyage accommodation/meals/land arrangements • Additional airport or airline security charges • Passport and visa expenses (we will be pleased to advise you on any necessary documentation, however this is passengers' own responsibility) • Government arrival and departure taxes • Excess baggage charges • Alcoholic and soft drinks, telecommunication charges, laundry costs and other charges of a personal nature • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for Hospitality Team members, ship’s crew and Expedition Team members (guidelines will be provided) • Travel insurance

Sea Spirit - 30 May 2018

Includes: Flight from Kangerlussuaq to Nuuk for embarkation • Group transfer to ship for embarkation • Group transfer to airport upon disembarkation • Shipboard accommodation • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage • Hot drinks available around the clock • Leadership throughout the voyage by an experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities • All shore landings per the daily program • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program • Formal and informal presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled • Digital photographic journal documenting the voyage • Comprehensive pre-departure material • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program • Expedition jacket, yours to keep • Loan of rubber boots during voyageEmergency evacuation insurance for passengers under 85 years of age, to a maximum benefit of US$150,000 per person.

Excludes: Any airfares not mentioned in inclusions • Any additional pre or post voyage accommodation/meals/land arrangements • Additional airport or airline security charges • Passport and visa expenses (we will be pleased to advise you on any necessary documentation, however this is passengers' own responsibility) • Government arrival and departure taxes • Excess baggage charges • Alcoholic and soft drinks, telecommunication charges, laundry costs and other charges of a personal nature • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for Hospitality Team members, ship’s crew and Expedition Team members (guidelines will be provided) • Travel insurance

Sea Spirit - 06 Jun 2018

Includes: Group transfer from airport to ship for embarkation • Group transfer to airport upon disembarkation • Shipboard accommodation • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage • Hot drinks available around the clock • Leadership throughout the voyage by an experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities • All shore landings per the daily program • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program • Formal and informal presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled • Digital photographic journal documenting the voyage • Comprehensive pre-departure material • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program • Expedition jacket, yours to keep • Loan of rubber boots during voyageEmergency evacuation insurance for passengers under 85 years of age, to a maximum benefit of US$150,000 per person.

Excludes: Return airfares from the UK • Any additional pre or post voyage accommodation/meals/land arrangements • Additional airport or airline security charges • Passport and visa expenses (we will be pleased to advise you on any necessary documentation, however this is passengers' own responsibility) • Government arrival and departure taxes • Excess baggage charges • Alcoholic and soft drinks, telecommunication charges, laundry costs and other charges of a personal nature • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for Hospitality Team members, ship’s crew and Expedition Team members (guidelines will be provided) • Travel insurance

Ocean (Sea) Adventurer

Includes: One night accommodation pre-voyage in Reykjavik, with breakfast • Transfer from hotel in Reykjavik to airport, for charter flight • Flight from Reykjavik to Kangerlussuaq on day of embarkation (luggage allowance is 15kg in hold and 5kg carry on) • Transfer from airport to ship in Kangerlussuaq 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 • Digital photographic journal, documenting the 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 our Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings • A Quark Expeditions parka 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 • Additional airport or airline security charges • Passport and visa expenses (we will be pleased to advise you on any necessary documentation, however this is passengers' own responsibility) • Government arrival and departure taxes • Excess baggage charges • Alcoholic and soft drinks, telecommunication charges, laundry costs and other charges of a personal nature • Waterproof trousers are not provided on this voyage; passengers must provide their own wet weather trousers for zodiac cruising and shore landings • The customary 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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