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Arctic Reindeer

South & West Greenland and Disko Bay

Home of Vikings and Icebergs - Example 16 Day Cruise aboard Sea Spirit (PO)
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Find yourself among some of the most magnificent sceneries in the world on this inspiring 16-day expedition through South and West Greenland! While sailing on the m/v Sea Spirit, admire icebergs the size of city blocks and soaring mountains. The juxtaposition of glittering icebergs and verdant hillsides in one scene may strike you as unreal, but that's Greenland.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Reykjavik, Iceland
Day 2 : Embarkation in Reykjavík
Days 3-4 : Across Denmark Strait
Days 5-15 : Exploration of South and West Greenland
Day 16 : Disembark in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

Highlights

  • Enjoy seabird viewing and whale sightings from panoramic open decks
  • Explore some of Greenland's oldest and best-preserved Norse ruins
  • Visit Nuuk, the world’s northernmost capital city and one of its smallest
  • View the basaltic mountains and the huge icebergs of Disko Bay

Ship

Sea Spirit (PO)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Arctic Reindeer Coastal village in the arctic Unbelievable views await your passage Seals are just one of the many Arctic mammels you may encounter on your voyage Zodiac boats bring you closer to the majestic Arctic landscape

Day 1 Reykjavik, Iceland

Welcome to Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland and starting point of your expedition. After arriving via scheduled commercial flight service, you are free to explore this fascinating city. Reykjavík is home to a wealth of cultural institutions including museums, galleries, and the Hallgrímskirkja church. Leisure possibilities inside the city include parks, gardens, and thermal baths. You can also take advantage of Reykjavík’s wide range of shopping possibilities, excellent dining options, and famous nightlife.

Your hotel for the night has been pre-arranged and is included in the price of the voyage.

Day 2 Embarkation in Reykjavík

In the afternoon board the luxury expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit. 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 the ship slips its moorings and sails out of the harbor into the bay of Faxaflói, where it is possible to encounter your first whales.

Day 3-4 Across Denmark Strait

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
From Iceland proceed across Denmark Strait toward Cape Farewell, the southern tip of Greenland. Presentations and workshops by expert staff, as well as a range of onboard recreation facilities, ensure that these days at sea are not idly spent. Seabird viewing and whale sightings can be enjoyed from panoramic open decks as well as exterior stateroom windows and balconies.

Day 5-15 Exploration of South and West Greenland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Though settlements abound in this part of Greenland, unpredictable weather and 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 encountered. Your experienced captain and expedition leader decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities warrant, taking advantage of the circumstances presented by Nature in this wild and remote region. Possible sites of exploration include:

Hvalsey – The island of Hvalsey is the site of Greenland’s largest and best-preserved Norse ruins. Most impressive among the remains are the walls of an exceptionally well-built stone church.

Qaqortoq – Formerly called Julianehåb, the town of Qaqortoq is the most populous town in southern Greenland. Colorful historical buildings, such as the former blacksmith shop that now houses the Qaqortoq Museum, reflect the town’s Danish colonial past. 

Narsaq – The colonial sealing and trading port of Narsaq was built in an area formerly inhabited by Vikings. Narsaq is also home to the Greenland Brewhouse.

Paamiut – The picturesque town of Paamuit has one of Greenland’s finest churches, built in 1909 from wood in the Norwegian style. The area is also known for an abundance of white-tailed eagles.

Nuuk – Nuuk (Godthåb) is the world’s northernmost capital and largest city of Greenland. The famous Qilakitsoq mummies can be seen at the Greenlandic National Museum.

Itilleq – Located just north of the Arctic Circle, Itilleq (Itivdleq) is a settlement on a small island with about 100 inhabitants and no freshwater. The main trades here are fishing and hunting. 

Sisimiut – The second-largest town in Greenland boasts a youthful, urban vibe and is also is known for adventure sports, especially dog sledding. The Sisimiut Museum offers insight into the local culture and a history of human habitation dating back 4,500 years.

Assaqutaq – This abandoned settlement near Sisimiut is now used as a summer camp by local schools. The old fish factory and a beautiful church are set amidst gorgeous surroundings.

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

Day 16 Disembark in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast say farewell in Kangerlussuaq, the site of Greenland's largest commercial airport, to which a transfer is provided.

Sea Spirit (PO)

Reykjavik

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Early Bird Savings - Book by September 30 and save up to 15%, depending on your cabin category.
Applies to May 22, 2017 departure
Per person starting at
$6,995
Triple Classic accommodations on board the Sea Spirit
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Triple Classic
250 square feet; 2 twins (convert to a King) and a sofa bed; picture window; private facilities.
Main Deck accommodations on board the Sea Spirit
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Main Deck Suite
215 square feet; 2 twin or a King Size bed; minimum 2 portholes; private facilities.
Classic Suite accommodations on board the Sea Spirit
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Classic Suite
250 square feet; 2twin or a King Size bed; picture window; private facilities.
Superior Suite accommodations on board the Sea Spirit
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Superior Suite
235 square feet; 2 twin or a King Size bed; picture window overlooking outside walkway; private facilities.
Deluxe Suite accommodations on board the Sea Spirit
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Deluxe Suite
277 square feet; 2 twin or a King Size bed; private balcony; private facilities.
Premium Suite accommodations on board the Sea Spirit
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Premium Suite
353 square feet; 2 twin or a King Size bed; private balcony; private facilities.
The luxurious Owner's Suite accommodations on board the Sea Spirit
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Owner's Suite
437 square feet; separate living room; King Size bed and sofa bed; private deck; jetted bathtub.

Notes

Travel Insurance:
All passengers are covered by a medical travel insurance policy to the value of US 100,000 which includes medical emergency evacuation and reparation for the cruise portion of the tour only. Additional insurance is strongly recommended.

Solo Travelers:
All rates posted are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement: 1.7 for Main Deck and Classic, Superior Suite; twice the posted price for Deluxe, Premium and Owner's Suite.

This itinerary is for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions.

Included Features:
  • 1 pre-voyage hotel night
  • Group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation
  • Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation
  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All meals on board throughout the voyage
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily
  • All scheduled landings/excursions (question to appropriate weather and ice conditions)
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by the experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team
  • Expedition parka
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktails
  • All port fees
  • Pre-departure materials
  • Digital Voyage Log
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a maximum benefit of US 100,000 per person (for those 85 years of age and younger)

Not included:
  • Airfare
  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable)
  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunication charges
  • Staff gratuities

PLEASE NOTE: In case fuel price increases significantly fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings.

Included

  • 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners
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