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Greenland Explorer: Valleys and Fjords

Example 15 Day Cruise aboard Ocean Adventurer (Sea Adventurer)
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Explore Greenland, home to the world’s great fjords and some of the most active glaciers outside of Antarctica. Come to where the forces of nature still reign supreme when you join this 15-day expedition; brush up on Viking history and immerse yourself in present day Greenlandic Inuit culture. Tundra hiking for all levels is available, and thrill seekers can try an optional glacier helicopter excursion over Ilulissat icefjord, the fastest moving glacier in the world.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Reykjavik, Iceland
Day 2 : Akureyri | Embark
Days 3-4 : East Greenland
Days 5-7 : South Greenland
Days 8-13 : Greenland's West Coast
Day 14 : Kangerlussauq | Disembark | Reykjavik
Day 15 : Reykjavik

Highlights

  • Get out on the water and kayak around big icebergs in Skjoldungen Fjord
  • Round Cape Farewell, the southernmost point of Greenland
  • Soak in the geothermal waters of the hot springs found in the Uunartoq area
  • Explore the Ilulissat Icefjord, home to one of the fastest-moving glaciers

Ship

Ocean Adventurer (Sea Adventurer)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Observe the picturesque houses of Greenland It may be sparse, but color comes to the Arctic too! The sea is a primary feature for life in the Arctic Visit Eastern Greenland, where remote villages nestle among icebergs Even Greenland's high Arctic landscape provides beauty

Day 1 Reykjavik, Iceland

Arrive in the Icelandic capital this morning and transfer to your included hotel. You have the day on your own to explore the city. Join your ship's crew at the hotel in the evening for a welcome reception and orientation.

Day 2 Akureyri | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Fly from Reykjavik to Akureyri to board your vessel and begin your expedition. Get ready for a great adventure ahead!

Day 3-4 East Greenland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Experience a true Arctic ghost town when you visit the abandoned Skoldungen settlement, where inhabitants were forced to move to larger, more accessible towns in 1961. The narrow part of Skoldungenfjord is a great place to explore by Zodiac. Those who opt for the kayaking program may have an opportunity to get out on the water to glide past icebergs and get some views of the local wildlife.

Day 5-7 South Greenland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Climbers and mountaineers around the world know Tasermiut Fjord, known as one of the world’s most prolific big wall playgrounds. This part of Greenland is one of the most dramatic, being nicknamed the "Arctic Patagonia." A bit of a history lesson is provided here, as you learn about the settlements of the area, founded by Erik the Red. As your ship rounds Cape Farewell, the southernmost point in Greenland, call in at the natural hot springs found in the Uunartoq area, soak in the geothermal waters, and watch the icebergs pass by.

Day 8-13 Greenland's West Coast

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Heading north, stop in at some of the quaint Greenlandic villages that dot the islands and fjords of Greenland’s western side. Find friendly faces, local artisans, and colorful houses on the wildflower-covered tundra.

Visit Nuuk, the capital of Greenland yet home to fewer than 16,000 people. You have time to wander the streets and see the Hans Egede Church and Hans Egede statue near the waterfront, named after the missionary who founded the settlement. Also visit the museum to see the famous Greenlandic mummies.

The nearby town of Sisimiut is an interesting place to visit as there are more dog sleds here than humans. Evighedsfjorden, meaning Fjord of Eternity, is a favored place for us to put the Zodiacs in the water for some more in-depth exploration. This long, deep fjord has very few settlements, which helps you to appreciate nature in its rawest form. There is an opportunity for hiking among the towering mountains, and you have plenty of chances to photograph the colorful tundra and dramatic landscapes.

The coast of Greenland provides many dramatic, mountainous landscapes where fjords open into the sea. Explore Ilulissat Icefjord, home to one of the world’s fastest moving glaciers. Moving approximately 19m per day, the glacier here provides you with a great opportunity to capture ice crashing into the sea, as it calves more than 35 km3 of ice each year. Continuing along, the Amerdloq Fjord provides you with a chance to stretch your legs by exploring abandoned villages and ancient Thule sites.

Day 14 Kangerlussauq | Disembark | Reykjavik

Today disembark in Kangerlussauq and board your direct charter flight back to Reykjavik, Iceland. Upon your arrival in Reykjavik, transfer you to your hotel

Day 15 Reykjavik

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

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Reykjavik

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Notes

- 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.

- For bookings as of December 7, 2016 – April 30, 2017 for departures Jun 2018 to September 2018, a second 20% deposit is required at 180 days prior to departure date, full payment at 130 days.

Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. When travelling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. The above is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

This itinerary requires a mandatory transfer package:
- One night‘s hotel accommodation in Reykjavik with breakfast
- Transfer to the Reykjavik airport on Day 2
- Charter flight from Reykjavik to Akureyri
- Transfers to and from the ship
- Charter flight from Kangerlussuaq to Reykjavik
- Group transfer from Reykjavik airport to hotel
- One night’s post-expedition hotel accommodation in Reykjavik with breakfast
Package cost: $1,295‚Äč per person

Included in your fare:
- Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
- All breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks on board
- All shore landings per the daily program
- Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader
- All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
- Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and special guests as scheduled
- Photographic journal documenting the expedition
- Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
- Official parka to keep
- Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
- Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin
- Comprehensive predeparture materials, including a map and an informative Arctic Reader
- All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
- All luggage handling aboard the ship
- Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person
- Greenland voyages cruise passenger tax

Not included in your fare:
- Mandatory transfer package
- International airfare
- Passport and visa expenses
- Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
- Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
- Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance—strongly recommended
- Excess-baggage fees on international flights
- Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
- Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified
- Phone and Internet charges
- Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew
- Additional overnight accommodation
- Optional kayaking activities
- Arrival and departure transfers in Reykjavik

Included

  • 6 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners

Excluded

  • Internal Flights
    • $1,295 Charter flight from Reykjavik to Akureyri | Kangerlussuaq to Reykjavik
    • Flight cost is subject to change
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