Day 1 Reykjavik, Iceland
Welcome to Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland and starting point of your expedition. After arriving via scheduled commercial flight service, you are free to explore this fascinating city. Reykjavík is home to a wealth of cultural institutions including museums, galleries, and the Hallgrímskirkja church. Leisure possibilities inside the city include parks, gardens, and thermal baths. You can also take advantage of Reykjavík’s wide range of shopping possibilities, excellent dining options, and famous nightlife.
Your hotel for the night has been pre-arranged and is included in the price of the voyage.
Day 2 Embarkation in Reykjavík
In the afternoon board the luxury expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come. Savor the anticipation of your Arctic dreams coming true as the ship slips its moorings and sails out of the harbor into the bay of Faxaflói, where it is possible to encounter your first whales.
Day 3-4 Across Denmark Strait
- 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
From Iceland proceed across Denmark Strait toward Cape Farewell, the southern tip of Greenland. Presentations and workshops by expert staff, as well as a range of onboard recreation facilities, ensure that these days at sea are not idly spent. Seabird viewing and whale sightings can be enjoyed from panoramic open decks as well as exterior stateroom windows and balconies.
Day 5-15 Exploration of South and West Greenland
- 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Though settlements abound in this part of Greenland, unpredictable weather and dearth of docking facilities nevertheless make this a real expedition. As such, your route and exploration opportunities along this coast are heavily dependent on the weather and ice conditions encountered. Your experienced captain and expedition leader decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities warrant, taking advantage of the circumstances presented by Nature in this wild and remote region. Possible sites of exploration include:
Hvalsey – The island of Hvalsey is the site of Greenland’s largest and best-preserved Norse ruins. Most impressive among the remains are the walls of an exceptionally well-built stone church.
Qaqortoq – Formerly called Julianehåb, the town of Qaqortoq is the most populous town in southern Greenland. Colorful historical buildings, such as the former blacksmith shop that now houses the Qaqortoq Museum, reflect the town’s Danish colonial past.
Narsaq – The colonial sealing and trading port of Narsaq was built in an area formerly inhabited by Vikings. Narsaq is also home to the Greenland Brewhouse.
Paamiut – The picturesque town of Paamuit has one of Greenland’s finest churches, built in 1909 from wood in the Norwegian style. The area is also known for an abundance of white-tailed eagles.
Nuuk – Nuuk (Godthåb) is the world’s northernmost capital and largest city of Greenland. The famous Qilakitsoq mummies can be seen at the Greenlandic National Museum.
Itilleq – Located just north of the Arctic Circle, Itilleq (Itivdleq) is a settlement on a small island with about 100 inhabitants and no freshwater. The main trades here are fishing and hunting.
Sisimiut – The second-largest town in Greenland boasts a youthful, urban vibe and is also is known for adventure sports, especially dog sledding. The Sisimiut Museum offers insight into the local culture and a history of human habitation dating back 4,500 years.
Assaqutaq – This abandoned settlement near Sisimiut is now used as a summer camp by local schools. The old fish factory and a beautiful church are set amidst gorgeous surroundings.
Ilulissat – Formerly called Jakobshavn, the town of Ilulissat is best known for unbelievable quantities of icebergs issuing from the nearby Ilulissat Icefjord, into which one of the world’s fastest moving and most active glaciers calves 46 cubic kilometers of ice annually.
Qeqertarsuaq – Located on volcanic Disko Island, the small town of Qeqertarsuaq enjoys views of basaltic mountains and the huge icebergs of Disko Bay. Founded in 1773 as a whaling station, Qeqertarsuaq is one of the oldest towns in Greenland.
Eqip Sermia – This active tidewater glacier is situated in a wild and scenic fjord. In the period after the Second World War, this area functioned as a starting point for expeditions onto the ice cap conducted by the French explorer Paul Emile Victor, whose hut still stands today.
Uummannaq – Founded in 1763 on the island of the same name, the town of Uummannaq is a hunting and fishing base with a canning factory and a marble quarry.
Day 16 Disembark in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
After breakfast say farewell in Kangerlussuaq, the site of Greenland's largest commercial airport, to which a transfer is provided.