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Colin and Eugene Hiking in Greenland

Greenland's Far North: Ultimate Thule

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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-by-Day Summary

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

Ship

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Places Visited

  • Arctic
  • Greenland
  • Eqi Glacier
  • Ilulissat
  • Itilleq
  • Kangerlussuaq
  • Kap York (Cape York)
  • Qaannaq
  • Sisimiut
  • Upernavik
  • Uummannaq

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Colin and Eugene Hiking in Greenland Sisimiut Explore the Arctic aboard a sea kayak Musk ox near Greenland Ice Cap Greenland ice cap

Day 1 Copenhagen, Denmark

Arrive in Copenhagen. Enjoy an included night and meet your fellow travelers.

Day 2 Embark in Kangerlussuaq, Grenland

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After landing in Kangerlussuaq, transfer to the port and take your first Zodiac ride out to the ship. In the afternoon, travel down one of the longest fjords in Greenland.

Day 3-14 West Greenland

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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

  • 1 Breakfast
Today you can make you way home at your leisure or spend some more time in Copenhagen.

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