Big Ice & Vikings in West Greenland

This truly expeditionary voyage stands out as one of the few to really explore southwest Greenland in-depth. Beginning and ending in Kangerlussuaq, experience Greenland’s rich Viking past and the incredible Ilulissat icefjord, into which 35 billion tonnes of icebergs calve every year.

8-9 Days

$6,296

Big Ice & Vikings in West Greenland - 8-9 - $6,296

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 7 full days exploring Greenland
  • The Ilulissat icefjord is a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • We like this ship for its spacious cabins - double the average
  • Kayaking (additional cost)
  • Complimentary flight to Nuuk + parka jacket

Start from Kangerlussuaq and end at Kangerlussuaq

Landmarks visited on Big Ice & Vikings in West Greenland

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Air flight to Nuuk & embarkation

Your individual arrival to Kangerlussuaq is followed by flight to Nuuk (Kangerlussuaq - Nuuk flight included in the price of the voyage). The voyage starts in the capital of Greenland - city of Nuuk. It has a population of over 16,000, making it one of the smallest capital cities in the world by population. It is also the world's northernmost capital, located only a few kilometers further north than Reykjavik.

Today you board the luxury expedition ship, explore the ship and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come. Savor the anticipation of your Arctic dreams coming true as you set sail along the picturesque fjord.


Days 2-8: Exploring South and West Greenland

Though settlements abound in this part of Greenland, unpredictable weather and dearth of docking facilities nevertheless make this a real expedition. As such, the route and exploration opportunities along this coast are heavily dependent on the weather and ice conditions encountered. The experienced captain and expedition leader decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities warrant. 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:

  • Nuuk fjord: Just outside of Nuuk lies the second largest fjord system in the world. The fjord is embraced by snow-capped mountains, towering waterfalls, and gleaming icebergs.
  • 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". Hiking option in the beautiful surrounding is available in the area.
  • 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.
  • 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 issuing from the nearby Ilulissat Icefjord, into which one of the world's fastest moving and most active glaciers calves 46 cubic kilometers of ice annually. The breathtaking ice formations are best appreciated from a boat (a boat trip along the fjord is included in the price of the voyage). 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: Disembarkation in Kangerlussuaq

After breakfast, say farewell in Kangerlussuaq, the site of Greenland's largest commercial airport. After disembarkation, transfer to the airport for your air flight to Copenhagen and further flight home.


NOTE: This itinerary is for guidance only. 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

  • An elegant 4* vessel for 114 guests
  • Very spacious cabins, double the average
  • 1D ice class rating
  • Optional kayaking available
  • Complimentary jacket & loan of rubber boots
John Newby

I was really wowed by this ship’s large cabins and an enthusiastic expedition team rounded off a terrific voyage.

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.

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $6,296 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.

The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups. Please enquire for further details.

Additional note:

  • The 22-May-2018 departure includes all charter flights in the quoted price of the voyage.
  • The 30-May-2018 departure is 8 days long.


Optional Adventure Activities

Sea Kayaking ($595 per person)


Single Supplement & Child Policy

For those travelling solo and want their own cabin, the single supplement is 1.7 - 2 times the cost of a single berth, depending on cabin category. However, there is no single supplement if you are willing to share a cabin.


Includes

  • Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • Air flight from Kangerlussuaq to Nuuk
  • Group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation
  • 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
  • Parka jacket
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation
  • Pre-departure materials
  • Port taxes and any entry fees to historic landing sites
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a maximum benefit of US 100,000 per person (for those 85 years of age and younger)

Excludes

  • Flights to & from points of embarkation/disembarkation
  • 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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