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Expedition Greenland

Example 11 Day Cruise aboard Silver Explorer
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On this 11-day journey, take a look around Greenland, an unsullied wilderness that also happens to be the largest island in the world. Discover sites where ancient Vikings roamed, cruise into deep fjords with active glaciers and spectacular icebergs, soak in a natural steaming hot springs, and Zodiac cruise between impressive icebergs. While here, chat with residents of remote Greenlandic towns and learn about the native Inuit.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Reykjavik, Iceland | Embark
Day 2 : At Sea Crossing the Denmark Strait
Day 3 : Skoldungen Fjord
Day 4 : Prince Christian Sound, Greenland
Day 5 : Nanortalik | Uunartoq Island, Greenland
Day 6 : Qaqortoq | Hvalsey, Greenland
Day 7 : At Sea
Day 8 : Nuuk, Greenland
Day 9 : Maniitsoq, Greenland
Day 10 : Kangerlussuaq, Greenland | Disembark

Highlights

  • Learn about Greenland’s native Inuit customs, lifestyle, and culture
  • Drop anchor at harbor towns for exploration of Norse and Viking sites
  • Cruise along Skoldungen Fjord, an ideal spot to look for whales and orcas
  • Admire Qaqortoq's hillsides brimming with bright and colorful houses
  • Visit the Greenlandic National Museum and see the famous Qilakitsoq mummies

Ship

Silver Explorer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Reflection of colorful houses in Greenland Northern lights - Aurora borealis One of Greenland's many glaciers Whale sighting in Polar waters! Icebergs in Greenland

Day 1 Reykjavik, Iceland | Embark

Embark the Silver Explorer and depart on your exciting 11-day expedition – “Expedition Greenland”. After settling into your suite and setting sail, meet the members of your Expedition Team in The Theater and attend the first of many memorable dinners in The Restaurant.

Day 2 At Sea Crossing the Denmark Strait

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the day crossing the Denmark Strait, which connects the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans. Meet some of your fellow explorers, attend a Zodiac briefing, and become acquainted with the luxurious amenities found on board the Silver Explorer. Tonight, you are invited to attend a special Welcome Aboard cocktail party where the Captain introduces his senior officers and various members of the crew.

Day 3 Skoldungen Fjord

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruising along Greenland’s rugged eastern coast, the Silver Explorer explores the Skoldungen Fjord. Spend much of the day out on deck to take in the enchanting scenery: towering mountains tipped with snow, ice-scraped valley sides, and sculptured icebergs in shades of white and blue. Upon arriving at the top of the fjord you can easily see the retreating state of the Thyrms Glacier. Here have your first Zodiac cruise of the journey, allowing you to explore this picturesque setting from a unique, up-close perspective.

On your return journey, exiting this U-shaped fjord, join your Expedition Team out on deck to marvel at the spectacular scenery and to look for humpback whales and orcas, frequently seen at the entrance of the fjord.

Day 4 Prince Christian Sound, Greenland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The plan for today is to explore one of South Greenland’s most dramatic natural features: Prince Christian Sound. The water is placid and the crisp scent of ice fills the air. On either side, waterfalls stream down sharp, wrinkled mountainsides as your captain navigates the fjord through a sea of icebergs that glitter in the sun. Born of compacted ancient snows that calve into the sound at the glacier’s edge, each iceberg is different from the next. Time and weather conditions permitting, plan to set out via the Zodiacs to explore even more.

Day 5 Nanortalik | Uunartoq Island, Greenland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Nanortalik lies in a scenic area surrounded by steep mountainsides and is Greenland’s most southerly town. The town’s name means the “place of polar bears”, which refers to the polar bears that used to be seen floating offshore on summer’s ice floes. Nanortalik has an excellent open-air museum that gives a broad picture of the region from Inuit times to today. At the summer hunting camp, Inuit in traditional clothing describe aspects of their ancestor’s customs and lifestyle including an impressive kayak demonstration. Time permitting, enjoy the tradition of kaffe-mik (coffee and cake) and a folk dancing presentation at the Cultural Center.

In the afternoon, the Silver Explorer drop anchor at Uunartoq. Since the days of the Norse, the hot springs here have been renowned for their healing effects. Take this opportunity to relax and unwind in steaming waters. Remember to pack swimwear! Conditions permitting take part in a Zodiac cruise expedition through some of the icebergs north of Uunartoq.

Day 6 Qaqortoq | Hvalsey, Greenland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning arrive at the picturesque harbor town of Qaqortoq (pronounced ka-kor-tok). The town’s name translates to ‘white place’, but today, instead of snow, admire the hillsides of colorful houses painted in bright primary shades. A local guide takes you to the charming town square, home to Greenland’s oldest fountain built in 1928. Surrounding it are two churches, one old and one new, an open-air fish and meat market, and the Qaqortoq Museum. This modest museum houses a superb collection of historical artifacts associated with Inuit hunting and fishing, a whaler’s gun, and a collection of contemporary artwork.

In the afternoon the Silver Explorer anchors off Hvalsey. Once ashore, learn how Christianity spread its influence throughout Europe and eventually reached remote Greenland, where it established itself in the country in 1000 AD. Hvalsey Church was built in the 14th century and is the best preserved of the churches in Greenland from that period. Together visit these historical ruins from the time of the Vikings.

Day 7 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Gather in The Theater to hear fascinating tales of adventure or to learn about the region’s endemic wildlife and remarkable nature. Your knowledgeable Lecture Staff members are experts in a variety of scientific fields and their informative topics prepare you for Nuuk, its museum, and the special treasures it houses. Binoculars and camera in hand, head out on deck to watch for marine mammals and to identify the seabirds that might follow the ship's passage.

Day 8 Nuuk, Greenland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning arrive in Greenland’s first town (1728) and current capital, Nuuk, which means “the heartland”. Walk at your leisure through this picturesque harbor town and take in Nuuk’s natural beauty. Explore the town and see Inuit ruins, Hans Egede’s home, parliament, and the Church of our Saviour. At the Greenlandic National Museum have the fantastic opportunity to see the famous Qilakitsoq mummies. If you are in the mood for a postcard to Santa Claus, just opposite the museum is a gigantic post-box meant for his mail.

Day 9 Maniitsoq, Greenland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
With a name that literally translates to “the rugged place”, expect dramatic landscapes with tall, jagged mountains and deep, narrow fjords. Walk through the little town to see the local museum and picturesque cemetery. Before leaving the harbor you might get to see a kayak demonstration. Slightly north of Maniitsoq is the famous abandoned cryolite mine of Ivittuut.

This afternoon your on-board photographer/videographer shows the Voyage-DVD, highlighting the many aspects of your voyage along Greenland’s East and West coast. Before turning in for the night, take a stroll on deck to take in the solitude of the vast sea and sky, hopefully glimpsing the aurora borealis.

Day 10 Kangerlussuaq, Greenland | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, disembark the Silver Explorer and transfer to the airport for your group charter flight home.

Silver Explorer

Per person starting at
$9,650
Silver Explorer's Adventurer Cabin
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Adventurer Class
6 cabins on Deck 3, 180 sq. feet, Twin or Queen beds, 2 portholes.
Silver Explorer's Explorer Cabin.
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Explorer Class
4 cabins on Deck 4, Twin or Queen beds, 180 sq. feet with view window.
Silver Explorer's View Suite.
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View Suite
12 suites on Deck 3, 230 sq. feet with view window, Twin or Queen beds.
Silver Explorer Vista Suite.
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Vista Suite
16 suites on Deck 4, 194 - 230 sq. feet with large window, Twin or Queen beds.
Silver Explorer's Veranda Suite
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Veranda Suite
8 suites on Deck 5, 215 sq. feet with French balcony, Twin or Queen beds.
Silver Explorer's Expedition Suite.
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Expedition Suite
4 suites on Deck 3, 430 sq. feet with 2 view windows, Twin or Queen beds.
Silver Explorer Medallion Suite.
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Medallion Suite
2 suites on Deck 7, 358 sq. feet with private veranda, Twin or Queen beds.
Silver Explorer's Silver Suite.
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Silver Suite
6 suites on Deck 5, 430 sq. feet with 2 French balconies, Twin or Queen beds.
Silver Explorer Grand Suite.
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Grand Suite
2 suites on Deck 7, 650 sq. feet with large private veranda, Twin or Queen beds.
Silver Explorer's Owner's Suite.
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Owner
2 suites on Deck 7, 540 sq. feet with large private veranda, Twin or Queen beds.

Notes

-The supplement for single occupancy in a Vista, Veranda or Midship Veranda Suite ranges from 25% – 100% above the double occupancy fare, depending upon the sailing and suite selected. Single supplement for a Silver or Medallion Suite (Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper), Owner’s, Grand or Royal Suites are 100% above of the double occupancy fare. Suites for single and third guests are capacity controlled.
-All prices are in US Dollars, Cruise-Only per person based on double occupancy.

Please Note: Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather and wildlife activity. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.

Included in cruise fare:
  • Highly qualified expedition team with experts in their field (marine biologists, ornithologists, historians and more)
  • Excursions and activities, including explorations by Zodiac®
  • Complimentary expedition gear: backpack and water bottle on every voyage, Haglöfs parka for polar expeditions
  • Personalized service with a butler for all suites and the highest crew to guest ratio in the industry
  • Comfortable amenities with the largest expedition suites at sea
  • Inclusive room service, select wines, spirits and soft drinks throughout the ship
  • Free WIFI throughout the ship
  • Onboard gratuities
Not included in cruise fare:
  • Airfare
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Transfers and luggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions
  • Meals ashore
  • Fuel surcharges
  • Accommodations whilst ashore
  • Casino gaming
  • Laundry or valet services
  • Purchases from the ship boutiques or any item or service of a personal nature such as medical care, massages, spa treatments, private fitness instruction, hair styling and manicures
  • Some champagne, premium wine and spirit selections, caviar, cigarettes and cigars are not included in your fare and may not be available at all times.

Included

  • 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 9 Dinners
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