Along the Viking Trail: From Iceland to Greenland Cruise

Follow in the heroic wake of the earliest transatlantic voyagers on this 11-day expedition. Explore the routes once traveled by fearless explorers and colonists to discover the dramatic landscapes and rich traditions of Greenland and Iceland – in particular, Iceland’s untrammeled western coast – and visit fascinating Viking sites and settlements, each set against edenic backdrops.

Day 1

Arrive in Reykjavik, Iceland / Embark

Arrive in Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital, which lies only a fraction below the Arctic Circle and receives just four hours of sunlight in winter and 22 in summer. Take a guided overview of the Old Town, including Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral with its 210-foot tower, and shed some light on Nordic culture at the National Museum, with its Viking treasures and artifacts. Embark National Geographic Explorer.

Day 2

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Explore the West Coast of Iceland

National Geographic Explorer navigates Iceland’s wild western frontier, sailing past the immense Latrabjarg cliffs, the westernmost point of Iceland and home to a huge population of razorbills. The cliffs are an area once famous for egg collecting; the men were tied to ropes and lowered like spiders down onto the ledges. Continue to Flatey Island, a trading post for many centuries, for walks around the charming little hamlet that grew here.

Day 3

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Crossing the Denmark Strait

Follow the wake of Eric the Red and Brendan the Navigator as you cross to Greenland. Watch for blue whales.

Day 4

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Exploring East Greenland

The Greenland Ice Sheet, roughly 80% of the surface of Greenland, is the second largest ice body in the world, after the Antarctic Ice Sheet. The high arctic-like climate is dominated by ice floes. Among the options for exploration are landings at Skjoldungen fjord or Napasorsuaq fjord. Use your ship's tools for exploration to the fullest, taking Zodiac or kayak forays among the icebergs and deploying the Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV).

Day 5

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Prins Christian Sund & Nanortalik

Prins Christian Sund is a major fjord on the southern coast of Greenland. Surrounded by mountain pinnacles and glaciers, the decks are perfect for viewing this landscape. Anchor off Nanortalik, Greenland’s most southerly town. Go ashore to the picturesque little town by the water’s edge.

Day 6

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Qaqortukulooq (Hvalsey Ruins) / Qaqortoq

Explore a remarkable site on the Viking Trail. Qaqortukulooq was settled by one of Erik the Red’s cousins in 986 AD. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it is the most extensive Norse site in Greenland. The ship then continues to Qaqortoq. Inhabited since Norse times, the Scandinavian influence is still apparent in the colorful wooden buildings and town museum, displaying Greenlandic kayaks, hunting equipment, art, and crafts.

Day 7

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Brattahlid / Eriksfjord

Eriksfjord is the area that Erik the Red chose for his farm when he settled here in 982 AD. Explore Brattahlid, site of the first Christian church in the western hemisphere, built by Erik’s wife, Tjodhilde. This region is also the starting point of the first voyages to North America by his son, Leif Eriksson, 500 years before Columbus.

Day 8

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Nuuk is the world’s smallest capital city with 15,000 inhabitants. Visit the National Museum with its famous 15th-century Qilakitsoq mummies, found near Uummannaq, and the subject of a NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC cover story.

Day 9

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Exploring Greenland’s West Coast

Today is left open for exploration of this rugged coastline. Possibly take a Zodiac cruise, kayak, or hike across the tundra. Your Undersea Specialist may launch the ROV to see the marine life inhabiting the fjord floor.

Days 10-11

  • Breakfast

Disembark in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland / Fly to Ottawa, Canada

Disembark in Kangerlussuaq and fly to Ottawa via privately chartered aircraft (not included in cruise fare). Overnight at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, or similar, and continue on your independent flight home.
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Costs Include:
All accommodations aboard ships or in hotels per itinerary or similar, all meals and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship, meals on land as indicated, air transportation where indicated as included, shore excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees, special access permits, transfers to and from group flights, use of snorkeling equipment and wet suits, use of kayaks (where available), gratuities (except to ship’s crew), taxes and service charges, services of a ship physician on most voyages, and services of our expedition staff.

Not Included:
Air transportation, private charter flight from Kangerlussuaq to Ottawa on day 11 of the itinerary, extensions, passport, visa, immigration fees, scuba diving (where available), meals not indicated, travel protection plan, items of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages, internet access, and laundry. Gratuities to ship's crew are at your discretion.
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