This exciting 15-day voyage explores in great depth Greenland's northern Thule region, as well as popular highlights along the western coast. Synonymous with "the True Greenland," Thule is revered for its untouched icescapes and sparsely populated Inuit communities. Encounter the region's rich culture and experience its magnificent nature.
Day 1 : Copenhagen, Denmark Day 2 : Embark in Kangerlussuaq, Grenland Days 3-14 : West Greenland Day 15 : Disembark in Kangerlussauq Day 16 : Copenhagen, Denmark / Departure
Ancient archaeological sites, massive fjords, Zodiac excursions and tundra hikes await you in Greenland. Sisimiut, our first planned stop, has the feel of a small fishing village with a great harbor for walking around and taking photos. Here, watch a demonstration of traditional kayaking before venturing further north to Ilulissat.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ilulissat (Greenlandic for "icebergs") is home to the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier, one of the fastest and most active glaciers in the world. In addition to some spectacular Zodiac cruising, there is also a refreshing longer hike along a boardwalk to a beautiful lookout in Ilulissat.
Heading further north into the Upernavik Archipelago, you may spot whales and seals. The most northern discovery of any Viking artifacts in the world are at Upernavik, while nearby Kullorsuaq is a small settlement that sustains itself on fishing, whaling and sealing.
Your northernmost stops in Greenland are Qaanaaq and Thule, where glaciers and archaeological sites are found. The fabled name Thule occurs in ancient Greek and Roman mythology as the name of a country or an island far north at the end of the world. The word Thule has allegedly also been used as a name of some foggy, inaccessible islands off the coast of Scotland. The Danish explorer, Knud Rasmussen, chose 100 years ago Thule as the name of his trade station by the settlements northwest of Cape York. Today, the name still clings to Greenland’s northwesterly corner, even though the main town is actually called Qaanaaq and the municipality is called Avernarsuaq, "The Great North." In Qaanaaq, visit the local museum - a great way to gain a deeper appreciation for what it takes to live this far north.
As your ship returns south, call in at some other communities and fjords that you missed on the race north.
Day 15 Disembark in Kangerlussauq
1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today board your direct charter flight back to Copenhagen, Denmark. Upon arrival in Copenhagen, we will transfer you to your included hotel.
Day 16 Copenhagen, Denmark / Departure
Today you can make you way home at your leisure or spend some more time in Copenhagen.
400 sq ft, private balcony, sitting area. Explorer Deck.
- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy. Request the Twin Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.
- Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.7 times the double occupancy rate. The supplement for a suite is 2 times the shared rate.
- Emergency medical evacuation coverage for a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person is included. Contact us for details on arranging additional travel insurance.
Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a voyage.
Beyond expectations! Then again we weren't sure what to expect. Lovely stay at the lodge, met other like-minded travelers (many had their trips planned by Adventure Life) and the owner was a gracious hostess. It felt like you were one happy family, visiting with a favorite aunt.