Southern Greenland: Vikings & Big Ice

One of very few voyages to explore Southern Greenland in depth, expect big ice, Viking history, dramatic scenery and humpback whale sightings. Highlights include the spectacular Ilulissat Icefjord, home to one of the world’s fastest-moving glaciers, and Tasermiut Fjord, nicknamed the "Arctic Patagonia". Optional kayaking.

15 Days

$9,295

Southern Greenland: Vikings & Big Ice - 15 - $9,295

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 11 full days ‘off ship’ exploring southern Greenland
  • Flights from Reykjavik/ Akureyri & Kangerlussuaq/ Reykjavik
  • Travelling aboard a recently refurbished 134 guest ship
  • Kayaking (additional cost) & Hiking
  • Complimentary parka jacket + 2 Reykjavik hotel nights

Start from Reykjavik and end at Reykjavik

Landmarks visited on Southern Greenland: Vikings & Big Ice

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Reykjavik

Arrive in the Icelandic capital this morning and make your way to your included hotel. You will have the day to explore the city on your own. In the evening, join us at your hotel for a welcome briefing.


Day 2: Embarkation Day in Akureyri

You'll fly from Reykjavik to Akureyri to board your vessel and begin your expedition. Get ready for a great adventure ahead!


Days 3-4: East Greenland

Experience a true arctic ghost town when we visit the abandoned settlement of Skjoldungen, where inhabitants were forced to move to larger, more accessible towns in 1961. The narrow part of Skjoldungen Fjord is an ideal place to explore by Zodiac.

Those who opt for our kayaking program may have an opportunity to get out on the water to glide past icebergs and capture some great photographs.


Days 5-7: South Greenland

Climbers and mountaineers around the world know Tasermiut Fjord, one of the world's most prolific big-wall playgrounds. This part of Greenland is particularly dramatic, being nicknamed the Arctic Patagonia. A bit of a history lesson will be provided here as you learn about the settlements of the area, founded by Erik the Red.

As we round Cape Farewell, the southernmost point of Greenland, we will call in at the natural hot springs found in the Uunartoq area, soak in the geothermal waters and watch the icebergs pass by.


Days 8-13: Greenland's West Coast

Heading north, you'll stop at some of the quaint villages that dot the islands and fjords of Greenland's western side. You'll find friendly faces, local artisans and colorful houses on the wildflower- covered tundra.

You'll visit Nuuk, the capital of Greenland and home to fewer than 16,000 people. You'll have time to wander the streets and see the Hans Egede Church and Hans Egede statue near the waterfront, both named after the missionary who founded the settlement. You'll also visit the museum to see the famous Greenlandic mummies.

The nearby town of Sisimiut is an interesting place to visit, as there are more dogsleds here than humans. Evighedsfjorden, which means "Fjord of Eternity," is a favored place for us to put the Zodiacs in the water for some more in-depth exploration. This long, deep fjord has very few settlements, so you'll come to appreciate nature in its rawest form.

There will be an opportunity for hiking among the towering mountains, and you'll have plenty of chances to photograph the colorful tundra and dramatic landscapes. The west coast of Greenland provides many dramatic, mountainous landscapes where fjords open into the sea.

You will explore the Ilulissat Icefjord, home to one of the world's fastest-moving glaciers. Moving approximately 62 feet (19 meters) per day, the glacier provides you with a great opportunity to photograph ice crashing into the sea.

Continuing along, the Amerloq Fjord offers a chance for you to stretch your legs by exploring abandoned villages and ancient Thule sites.


Day 14: Disembarkation in Kangerlussuaq

Today, you'll board your direct charter flight back to Reykjavik, Iceland. Upon arrival in Reykjavik, we will transfer you to your hotel.


Day 15: Depart Reykjavik

After breakfast, you can make your way home at your leisure or spend some more time in Reykjavik.


NOTE: This itinerary is for guidance only as each voyage will vary depending on ice and weather conditions, and opportunities to see wildlife. Flexibility is key and all part of the adventure of an expeditionary cruise.

About The Ship

  • A 4* vessel suitable for up to 134 guests
  • A spacious ship with extensive public areas
  • High 1A ice class
  • Rounded stern & stabilisers = superior stability
  • Optional kayaking available
  • Complimentary jacket & loan of rubber boots
John Newby

What I liked most were this ship’s vast outer decks - brilliant for spotting wildlife - and her superior stability.

John Newby Polar Specialist

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Prices quoted below are per person based on 2 people sharing. Cabin availability changes all the time so please contact us for up-to-date details and information on specific cabin availability.

Triple
Superior
Deluxe
Owner's Suite
August 2019
15-Aug-2019 Full Full Full Full

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $9295

Activities

  • Kayaking (USD 695) - basic abilities required


Additional Notes

The charter flights at the beginning and end of the voyage cost an additional $1,295 per person on top of the voyage price. This is inclusive of taxes and fees.


Single Supplement & Child Policy

For those travelling solo and want their own cabin, the single supplement in a twin cabin is 1.7 times the cost of a single berth. However, there is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin.

Child Policy: At date of embarkation, the minimum age restriction of 8 years and a minimum height and weight requirement of 64 lbs or 29kg and 48" or 1.2 meters must be met.

Includes

  • Complimentary parka jacket
  • Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • Accommodation during the voyage on full board basis
  • All shore excursions and zodiac activities
  • Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
  • Access to an onboard doctor and basic medical services
  • Loan of rubber boots for the voyage's duration
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Port taxes and any entry fees to historic landing sites

Excludes

  • Flights to & from Reykjavik, Iceland
  • USD 1,295 package: Flights from Reykjavik/ Akureyri & Kangerlussuaq/ Reykjavik and 2 hotels nights in Reykjavik pre & post voyage
  • Any additional services before & after your voyage
  • Transfers not specific to the itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional adventure activities
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Items of a personal nature: laundry, beverages, etc
  • Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage
  • Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)

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