Things to consider

  • A ship’s capabilities in the ice is a key attribute, particularly in East Greenland where the pack ice can sweep down without warning
  • Glance at a regional map and you realise that distances are large - ship speed is a worthy consideration
  • The size, skill and knowledge of the expedition staff makes all the difference - particularly during tricky landings
  • Optional kayaking is a popular add-on, however it’s not offered on all Greenland ships, so choose carefully
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While there isn’t a plethora of expedition ships operating in Greenland, it's a strong shortlist. In Greenland it's often the actual itinerary which is the primary consideration, with ship being second.

Greenland Ships

Ocean Nova (68 passengers)

Scandinavian style and a stunning panoramic lounge, means this small expeditionary-style ship is a real gem in Arctic waters. The intimate nature of sailing on the Ocean Nova is not just down to her capacity to take under 70 passengers, but also thanks to fantastic crew that are so friendly you feel like you’re among family.

We also like that this is one of the few small ships sailing to the Arctic that offers dedicated single cabins. And though she may be small, that works in her favour; with excellent manoeuvrability and a high ice-class rating, meaning she can reach places other ships simply can’t.


Ocean Adventurer (134 passengers)

For travel in Greenland it’s Ocean Adventurers’ fast speed (17.5 knots) courtesy of new engines, spacious decks - so everyone’s got plenty of room for taking in the majestic surroundings - and good stability which recommends her. We also like her elegant lines and the big windows in the restaurant, so you never miss out.

An extensive upgrade in the spring of 2017 to all bathrooms, new Deluxe cabins and a remodelling of the dining room have further enhanced her.

Ocean Adventurer, Arctic vessel

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MS Expedition (134 passengers)

What we like about this ship is her generous space throughout including the cabins, 360 degree Observation Lounge - a great place to stay warm while admiring the view - and huge mudroom, where you leave your outdoor gear instead of having to store it in your cabin, as is the case on most other expedition ships.

Also, her high ice class rating of 1B definitely makes a difference in East Greenland for muscling through heavy ice.

Greenland Ships

Ocean Endeavour (199 passengers)

While many of the ships plying Greenland’s waters began as working ships and have since been re-modelled for expedition travel, Ocean Endeavour is cut from a different cloth. Her profile is more akin to a small cruise ship. But don’t let this put you off - we really like the comfort and extra space this larger ship provides, while delivering a first rate expedition experience.

Plus, no other ship has such a large and experienced expedition team (up to 34 experts), or offers mountain biking.

Greenland Ships

East Greenland trips on these selected ships

Svalbard, Greenland & Iceland Polar Quest

Introductions to the High Arctic don’t come much better. Traverse the High Arctic between wildlife-rich Svalbard, via East Greenland’s towering icebergs and autumnal tundra then onto Iceland. Aurora sightings are possible at any point. The longer trip also includes Jan…

  • 15 - 18 Days
  • $10,495
High Arctic Explorer: Svalbard, Greenland & Iceland

Beginning in Svalbard before sailing west across the Greenland Sea and exploring Greenland’s long eastern coastline to finish in Iceland, this is an audacious Arctic journey of startling diversity and contrast. Spectacular landscapes, towering glaciers and once-in-a-lifetime wildlife encounters will…

  • 13 or 15 Days
  • $6,071
Quest to Svalbard, Greenland & Iceland

From wildlife-rich Svalbard, with its large polar bear population and diverse scenery, to East Greenland’s vast icebergs and ice choked fjords, this well balanced voyage offers great contrast and a strong sense of journey. Plus, good chances of seeing the…

  • 15 Days
  • $5,602

West Greenland trips on these selected ships

​Ultima Thule: Northwest Passage & West Greenland

Spending time exploring Canada’s historic Northwest Passage and West Greenland, we like this voyage’s balance and variety as much as exploring little visited spots such as Thule, one of the northernmost towns in the world, and Smith Sound. Big ice,…

  • 20 Days
  • $14,845
Greenland, Baffin & Northwest Passage In-Depth

This comprehensive westbound voyage stands out for its compelling combination of West Greenland, in-depth exploration of the east coast of Baffin Island and the historic Northwest Passage. Jaw dropping scenery, towering icebergs, thrilling wildlife encounters, Inuit community visits and fascinating…

  • 17 Days
  • $15,495
Northwest Passage, Ellesmere & West Greenland

Traversing west to east this voyage takes you to iconic sites such as Cambridge Bay, Lancaster and Smith Sounds and Ellesmere Island, before exploring the fjords and towns of West Greenland. Bears, narwhal, musk ox, beluga and northern lights are…

  • 17 Days
  • $11,995

Other Greenland ships

  • Plancius
  • Ortelius
  • Le Lyrial & Le Soleal
  • Sea Spirit
  • National Geographic Explorer & Orion
Greenland Ships

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