Greenland Explorer: Valleys and Fjords Cruise

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Discover the Hurry Inlet community on your Arctic voyage
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It may be sparse, but color comes to the Arctic too!
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The sea is a primary feature for life in the Arctic
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Visit Eastern Greenland, where remote villages nestle among icebergs
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Even Greenland's high Arctic landscape provides beauty
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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 1

    Embark in 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

    • Ship
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    At Sea

    Bid farewell to Iceland, as your expedition heads east towards Greenland.

    Days 3-4

    • Ship
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    East Greenland

    Your Greenland journey begins with a visit to Tasiilaq and the Ammassalik Fjord. It is the largest community in East Greenland, where the inhabitants may put on a cultural show for us and you also have time to take a scenic hike to the Valley of Flowers. Time and weather permitting, we may go on a search for whales in Ammassalik Fjord.

    Experience a true Arctic ghost town when we 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.

    Days 5-7

    • Ship
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    South Greenland

    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.

    Days 8-13

    • Ship
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Greenland's West Coast

    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

    • Breakfast, Lunch

    Disembark in Kangerlussauq

    Today board your direct charter flight back to Copenhagen, Denmark. Upon arrival in Copenhagen, transfer to your included hotel.

    Day 15

    • Breakfast

    Copenhagen, Denmark

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

    - 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 minimum of US$100,000 per person required. Contact us for details on arranging travel insurance.

    Mandatory Transfer Package (Charter flight from Kangerlussuaq to Copenhagen) US$1,450 per person

    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.
    Asia, Arctic, North America, Europe, Iceland, Greenland, Canada, Ilulissat, Kangerlussuaq, Nuuk, Reykjavik, Qaqortoq, Uunartoq, Skoldungen, Sermilinguaq Fjord, Western Europe, Scandinavia
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