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The Untamed North: Iceland to Greenland

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Cruise the coastline of Iceland and Greenland to discover the splendors of mid-summer in the far north. Iceland’s volcanic legacy continues in this geological wonderland in its steaming fissures and fumaroles, thermal pools, and its legendary 10,000 waterfalls. Meet the citizens of colorful fishing villages, cruise by Zodiac beneath emerald hillsides laced with waterfalls, and walk among ruins that recall the heyday of Viking exploration. Visit colorful hamlets among flowering tundra and search for arctic fox, musk oxen, orca and pilot whales, and seals. Huge colonies of seabirds are another highlight with puffins, kittiwakes, and murres, along with eider ducks, sea-eagles, and cormorants. Expert naturalists and historians enlighten you along the way.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Reykjavík, Iceland
Day 2 : Reykjavík | Embark Sea Adventurer
Day 3 : Flatey Island | Látrabjarg
Day 4 : Vigur Island | Isafjördur
Day 5 : Nansen Fjord, Greenland
Day 6 : Skargaard Fjord
Day 7 : Ammassalik
Day 8 : Skjoldungen Fjord
Day 9 : Napassorssuaq Fjord
Day 10 : Prins Christian Sund
Day 11 : Brattahlid | Narsaq
Day 12 : Arsuk Fjord
Day 13 : Nuuk
Day 14 : Kangerlussuaq | Disembark | Ottawa, Canada
Day 15 : Ottawa

Highlights

  • Search for a variety of Arctic wildlife, such as polar bears and musk oxen
  • Photograph dramatic landscapes - fjords, glaciers, icebergs, and tundra
  • Explore by Zodiac to discover thousands of breeding seabirds
  • Visit colorfully-painted villages & fishing hamlets with Viking history
  • Attend cultural performances & meet the hearty residents of this landscape

Ship

Ocean Adventurer (ZE)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Inuit of Greenland Scenic Landscape from Iceland Greenland expert is sharing her knowledge with the passengers Beautiful Arctic flowers A young seal rests on the shore

Day 1 Reykjavík, Iceland

Arrive in the Icelandic capital this morning and transfer to The Grand Hotel. Lunch and the remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy this fascinating city with its colorful architecture, interesting shops, and museums. Gather this evening for a welcome reception followed by dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 2 Reykjavík | Embark Sea Adventurer

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, set out to explore Iceland’s classic scenic wonders known as the Golden Circle. Begin with Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site surrounded by mountains and encompassing a vast lava plain of green moss and wildflowers. Continue to Gullfoss Waterfall where the Hvita River drops 96 feet in two voluminous cascades. The Geysir Center is a huge geothermal field of both boiling and tranquil multi-hued hot springs and bubbling mud pools. After lunch, visit Fridheimar Farm, which produces tomatoes and cucumbers year-round in their impressive greenhouses and breeds Icelandic horses, before embarking the Sea Adventurer.

Day 3 Flatey Island | Látrabjarg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Board Zodiacs for a cruise along the coastline of Flatey Island, one of the largest and only inhabited islands in Breidafjördur Bay, before going ashore for a walking tour of the village. View the uniquely painted island church and the restored houses of islanders who earn a living fishing for cod and lumpfish. This evening sail past Iceland’s westernmost cape, the Látrabjarg cliff, a breeding ground for millions of seabirds including puffins, kittiwakes, northern fulmars, and thick-billed murres.

Day 4 Vigur Island | Isafjördur

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast take a walking tour of small, verdant Vigur, the summer home to vast numbers of puffins, black guillemots, arctic terns, and eiders. The tiny community dates back to the late 1800s and boasts Iceland’s only windmill. During lunch on board, cruise northward to Ísafjördur, the trading and cultural center of the West Fjords. A cultural tour reveals the history and daily life of one of Iceland’s oldest fishing settlements and visits the region’s scenic highlights. This afternoon, enjoy free time in town to browse the local shops.

Day 5 Nansen Fjord, Greenland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spectacular mountains surround Nansen Fjord, clad in tundra dotted with seasonal wildflowers. By Zodiac, cruise among glittering icebergs, sculpted by wind and sea into fantastical shapes, watching for harbor, harp, and hooded seals on the ice floes. Conditions permitting, take walks along pristine beaches and across tundra-carpeted landscapes, keeping an eye out for musk oxen, collared lemmings, and arctic foxes.

Day 6 Skargaard Fjord

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise among enormous icebergs, calved by the numerous glaciers in this huge U-shaped fjord. Conditions permitting, hike along beaches littered with glacial moraine and observe interesting geological formations, including the Skarsgaard Intrusion, where magma was forced through the earth’s crust.

Day 7 Ammassalik

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The small settlement of Ammassalik is part of the municipality of the same name which covers an area five times the size of Denmark. Ashore, enjoy a cultural performance and stroll through the town. Those who wish may continue on a hike along the river toward a waterfall, accompanied by naturalists who point out the varieties of local vegetation enjoying their brief seasonal bloom. 

Day 8 Skjoldungen Fjord

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This horse-shoe-shaped inlet offers breathtaking scenery and an abundance of wildlife. Humpback whales are often found feeding in the nutrient-rich waters and ringed and harp seals haul out on the rocky shores.  

Day 9 Napassorssuaq Fjord

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today cruise along the southeastern coast of Greenland. Now uninhabited, the region recalls its past civilization in skeletal sites of old Scandinavian and Inuit camps and settlements. Watch for seals, whales, and polar bears and, conditions permitting, go ashore in Napassorssuaq Fjord via Zodiac to explore this remote expanse of shoreline. Farther south, witness the portion of Greenland that fully lives up to its name. This is the most fertile part of the country; unlike the northern hunting and fishing villages, agriculture and farming are an important part of economic life. 

Day 10 Prins Christian Sund

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The 55-mile-long channel near the southern tip of Greenland offers breathtaking vistas as the ship cruises among a flotilla of ice. Volcanoes rise from the barren landscape, and icebergs, like tiny atolls, sit in pools of aquamarine waters. Steep, glacier-cut cliffs border the fjord; frozen waterfalls cling to their edges like freeze-framed photographs. By Zodiac and aboard the ship, cruise the bays and finger-like offshoots of this truly spectacular display of geology and geography.

Day 11 Brattahlid | Narsaq

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning disembark in Brattahlid (Qassiarsuk) to visit the historic Norse site, named after Eric the Red’s wife who built the first Christian church in the New World. Memorials on the site commemorate Eric’s arrival in 982; see the reconstruction of a Viking farmhouse while local guides share the story of the Vikings in Greenland.

Next visit Narsaq, built on a beautiful plain on the Narsaq Peninsula, and surrounded by waters rich with seals, salmon, arctic char, and minke whales. Explore the small town with its brightly-painted houses, museum, and local handicrafts market, and visit the remains of an old Norse settlement. For those interested in geology, this area has many rare and unique rocks and minerals not found anywhere else in the world. Attend a performance by the local choir before setting sail for the Arsuk Fjord.

Day 12 Arsuk Fjord

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning cruise along beautiful Arsuk Fjord, home to one of Greenland’s largest bird cliffs where thousands of kittiwakes, gulls, and guillemots breed on its edges. Zodiac excursions bring you close to the edges of the rugged cliffs. Watch for white-tailed eagles, minke whales, and seals. Ashore, nature hikes along the beach and to a nearby waterfall showcase the natural beauty of the area.

Day 13 Nuuk

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Billed as the world’s smallest capital, Nuuk is home to 18,000 residents who live in colorful houses with picket fences, adjacent to a serene harbor graced by traditional kayaks. The town is also the center of Greenlandic culture and a visit to the National Museum of Greenland reveals intriguing Inuit mummies found farther north, at Uummannaq. Walk through the old and new quarters of town, as well as the open-air market filled with the bounty of the sea and land.

Day 14 Kangerlussuaq | Disembark | Ottawa, Canada

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cross the Arctic Circle and sail down the long and sinuous Kangerlussuaq Fjord to the town at its head of the same name. Disembark and, time permitting, take a brief tour that includes a stop at the local museum, and continue to the airport for your flight to Ottawa. Transfer to the Hilton Garden Hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 15 Ottawa

  • 1 Breakfast
Transfer to the airport for your independent flights homeward.

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Two lower berths, two twin beds, shower, porthole window, 119-143 sq. ft
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Two lower berths, two twin beds, shower, porthole window, 117-153 sq. ft.
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Two twin beds, shower, two lower berths, double window, 115-142 sq. ft.
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Two lower berths, two twin beds, shower, porthole window, 121-161 sq. ft.
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Two lower berths, two twin beds, bath or shower, two windows, 121-161 sq.ft.
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Two lower berths, two twin beds, en suite bathroom, two windows, 160-165 sq. ft.
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Suite, two lower twin beds, bath with shower, four windows, sitting area, 221 sq. ft.
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Owner’s Suite, two lower berth twin beds, shower/ bathtub, four windows, sitting area, 273 sq ft.
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Two lower berths, two twin beds, shower, porthole window, 117-153 sq. ft.
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Two twin beds, shower, two lower berths, double window, 115-142 sq. ft.
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Single Cat 4
Two lower berths, two twin beds, shower, porthole window, 121-161 sq. ft.
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Single Cat 5
Two lower berths, two twin beds, shower, double window, 121-161 sq.ft.

Notes

- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy. If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, a roommate will be assigned to you whenever possible.
- Additional singles may be available at 1.6 times the share rate.

Includes:
*Accommodations in the hotel and on board the Sea Adventurer as outlined in the itinerary
*All onboard meals and group meals ashore
*Soft drinks, wine, and beer with lunch and dinner
*Arrival and departure transfers on group dates
*Lectures, briefings, slide/film shows
*All group activities and excursions
*Landing and port fees
*All gratuities
*Medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance
*Kayaking is available to a limited number of experienced kayakers*

Excludes:
*All air transportation
*Excess baggage charges
*Airport arrival and departure taxes
*Transfers for independent arrivals and departures
*Passport and/or visa fees
*Travel insurance
*Laundry
*Bar charges
*Alcoholic beverages except as listed
*E-mail/Internet/fax/telephone charges

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  • 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 14 Dinners
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