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Iceland and Natural Wonders of Greenland

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On this 12-day voyage from Iceland to Greenland discover the immense scenic and cultural variety of the world’s largest island. Sail from the beautiful and fertile south with its fascinating Viking history to the modern capital of Nuuk and then continue north to the town of Ilulissat with its floating icebergs and UNESCO World Heritage site, Ilulissat Ice Fjord. All these spectacles and more await your unforgettable journey aboard the Ocean Diamond.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Reykjavik
Day 2 : Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands)
Day 3 : Day at Sea | Denmark Strait
Day 4 : Day at Sea | Prins Christian Sound
Day 5 : Qassiarsuk | Narsarsuaq
Day 6 : Day at Sea | Arsuk Fjord
Day 7 : Nuuk
Day 8 : Day at Sea
Day 9 : Eqip Glacier
Day 10 : Ummannaq
Day 11 : Ilulissat
Day 12 : Disembark in Kangerlussuaq

Highlights

  • Sail to Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands) and play golf in a crater
  • Cross the Prins Christian Sound between the Labrador and Irminger Seas
  • Visit the ancient town of Qassiarsuk, founded by Viking leader Erik the Red
  • Tour Greenland's bustling capital and oldest town, Nuuk
  • See the UNESCO World Heritage Site Ilulissat Ice Fjord

Ship

Ocean Diamond (IPC)

Places Visited

  • Arctic
  • Europe
  • Greenland
  • Iceland
  • Eqip Sermia
  • Ilulissat
  • Kangerlussuaq
  • Narsarsuaq
  • Nuuk
  • Prince Christian Sound
  • Reykjavik
  • Uummannaq
  • Westman Islands (Vestmannaeyjar)

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Golfing in Iceland

Day 1 Embark in Reykjavik

Use your leisure time in Reykjavík to uncover the unique charm of the world’s northernmost capital. The Ocean Diamond docks in Old Reykjavík Harbor in the heart of the city, a five minute stroll to the main squares, shopping, and dining. The ship departs Reykjavík harbor at 6 p.m.

Day 2 Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands)

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located off the coast of South Iceland, the island group Vestmannaeyjar was formed by submarine volcanic eruptions 10,000 years ago. Surtsey Island emerged from the sea in 1963 and is the youngest place on earth. Go ashore on Heimaey, the only inhabited island of the archipelago. Here the evidence of Iceland’s volcanic fury is on full display with half-buried houses in ash from a violent eruption in 1973 when the entire island had to be evacuated. Aboard Zodiacs you circumnavigate the island to take in the magical scenery and stop at places of interest to see the local bird life, visit caves, and possibly spot whales. An epic experience here is to play a round of golf in a sunken volcanic crater.

Day 3 Day at Sea | Denmark Strait

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today sail across the Denmark Strait towards Greenland, following the same maritime route used by Norse settlers more than 900 years ago. En-route you can attend fascinating presentations by Expedition Team members to prepare for your visit to Greenland. Or of course, you can choose to just relax and watch whales, dolphins, and seabirds from the deck of your cabin.

Day 4 Day at Sea | Prins Christian Sound

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
When conditions are favorable travel along the 70-mile (112 km) long Prins Christian Sound which connects the Labrador and Irminger Seas. In this narrow, often ice-choked channel, come so close to icebergs you can almost reach out and touch one. The force of Greenland’s massive, inland ice cap pushes glaciers towards the sea, where large hunks of ice break off and become floating icebergs.

Day 5 Qassiarsuk | Narsarsuaq

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Very close to the town of Narsarsuaq lies the small settlement of Qassiarsuk, founded by the legendary Viking rebel and leader Erik the Red. He named this area “green land” because the landscape around Qassiarsuk is characterized by inviting fjords and green, fertile valleys. During this stop you have the opportunity to learn more about the lives of the early Norse settlers and visit the reconstructions of a Viking longhouse and small turf church.

Day 6 Day at Sea | Arsuk Fjord

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Learn more about the country and its peoples at the interesting presentations given by your knowledgeable and experienced expedition team. Enjoy the breathtaking nature in the Arsuk Fjord.

Day 7 Nuuk

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Nuuk is the capital of Greenland and its oldest town. Founded in 1728 by Danish-Norwegian missionary Hans Egede, Nuuk combines Arctic traditions and European urbanity. With around 16,000 inhabitants, Nuuk is considered a modern, bustling metropolis compared to the rest of Greenland. Visit the city sights on a walking tour that ends at the National Museum which exhibits the famous mummies of Qilakitsoq.

Day 8 Day at Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Keep a sharp lookout for seals, walruses, whales and other local marine life as you sail the Greenland Sea along the island’s scenic West Coast.

Day 9 Eqip Glacier

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning visit Eqip Glacier and with a little luck witness icebergs calving into the fjord.

Day 10 Ummannaq

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Ummannaq is considered one of the most beautiful towns in Greenland. Located on a small island about 300 miles (483 km) north of the Arctic Circle, this tiny, picturesque village lies at the foot of a heart-shaped mountain.

Day 11 Ilulissat

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning the Ocean Diamond arrives in Ilulissat which means “iceberg” in Greenlandic, and with good reason as the town is located at the mouth of iceberg-filled Ilulissat Ice Fjord. The fjord has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004. Delight in the thunderous spectacle when icebergs break off from Sermeq Kujalleq glacier and plunge into the fjord. Sermeq Kujalleq is one of the most productive glaciers in the northern hemisphere and calves over 13 square miles (35 sq km) of ice every year.

Day 12 Disembark in Kangerlussuaq

  • 1 Breakfast
Early morning you arrive at the 120-mile (193 km) long Kangerlussuaq Fjord and city of the same name. It’s time to bid farewell to the Ocean Diamond. Transfer to the airport and board your charter flight to Keflavik-Reykjavik International Airport. 

Ocean Diamond (IPC)

Per person starting at
$3,995
Ocean Diamond's Triple Cabin.
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T - Triple Cabin
204-sq. ft., Deck 3, 2 twin beds and 1 upper bed, private bathroom with shower and bathtub, TV with DVD-player, wardrobe, safe, refrigerator, individual temperature controls, satellite telephone access, hair dryer, 2 portholes
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P - Outside Cabin with Porthole
204-sq. ft., Deck 3, double bed or 2 twin beds, private bathroom with shower, TV with DVD-player, wardrobe, safe, refrigerator, individual temperature controls, satellite telephone access, hair dryer, 2 portholes
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O - Outside Cabin - Obstructed View
204-sq. ft., Deck 6 & 7, double bed or 2 twin beds, private bathroom with shower and bathtub, TV with DVD-player, wardrobe, safe, refrigerator, individual temperature controls, satellite telephone access, hair dryer, picture window (the view is obstructe
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D - Outside Cabin
183 - 204-sq. ft., Deck 5, 6, & 7, double bed or 2 twin beds, private bathroom with shower and bathtub, TV with DVD-player, wardrobe, safe, refrigerator, individual temperature controls, satellite telephone access, hair dryer, picture window
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B - Suite
398-sq. ft., Deck 4, double bed or 2 twin beds plus two more beds, 2 private bathrooms with shower or bathtub, sitting area, TV with DVD-player, wardrobe, safe, refrigerator, individual temperature controls, satellite telephone access, hair dryer, picture
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A - Balcony Suite
323-sq. ft., Deck 8, double bed or 2 twin beds, private bathroom with shower and bathtub, sitting area, TV with DVD-player, wardrobe, safe, refrigerator, individual temperature controls, satellite telephone access, hair dryer, full-size window with a slid

Notes

The minimum age requirement is 8 years on the Iceland Circumnavigation cruise and 10 years of age for cruises that combine Greenland and Iceland. The age restrictions are in place to ensure the safety and well being of the child.

Single supplement is 75% of published double-occupancy rate

The new Family-Special is valid for 2 adults and maximum 2 children until the age of 12. All Suite Category Cabins have two rooms each with 2 beds and a bathroom with toilet/shower. This is perfect for families.
Prices:
USD 3,490 per person/occupancy with 4 people
USD 4,630 per person/occupancy with 3 people
This offer is valid for all departures. Season and duration doesn´t matter, child discount 25 % until the age of 12.

Please note that only one shore excursion per port of call is bookable in advance. If conditions allow for excursions to be combined, staff will announce this on board. 

Includes:
  • accomodation in booked cabin category
  • all meals 
  • coffee, tea and water
  • all Zodiac excursions in Iceland and Greenland
  • Icelandic/English speaking guide
  • Charter flight Kangerlussuaq – Keflavik incl. transfer in Kangerlussuaq
  • all lectures on board
  • on-board entertainment program


- Prices include credit card fee
- You will be requested to pay a fee of USD $75 per person for changes to your booking made within 90 days of sailing. Changes in air and other arrangements may be subject to change fees and or increases by the air carrier. The costs normally increase closer to the departure date, for example, as a result of cancellation of additional products such as flights and cancellation fees that apply here.
- This cruise cannot accept guests who will have entered their 24th week of pregnancy by the beginning of, or at any time during the cruise including any and all land arrangements. An expectant mother's application for passage must be accompanied by a medical certificate establishing her due date and fitness to travel.

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  • 11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 11 Dinners
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