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With the world’s largest fjord system, Greenland beckons you to explore on this 10-day voyage. As one of our more active adventures, you have the chance to trek along the tundra and at Greenland National Park, climb mountains, and watch grazing musk ox and other arctic wildlife on the horizon. Cruise the majestic fjords of Scoresbysund, visit an Inuit community, and perhaps even catch sight of the Northern Lights. This is pure wilderness, the untouched Arctic as it was thousands of years ago.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Reykjavik, Iceland
Day 2 : Fly to Constable Point | Embark
Day 3 : Apelfjord
Day 4 : Brogetdal | Waltershausen Glacier
Day 5 : Blomsterbugten | Renbugten
Day 6 : Ella Oya (Ella Island)
Day 7 : Ittoqqortoormiit | Hall Bredning
Day 8 : Frederiksdal | Sydkapp
Day 9 : Disembark at Constable Point | Fly to Reykjavik
Day 10 : Fly Home


  • Enjoy the stunning and unique vistas of Greenland by foot, Zodiac, or kayak
  • Explore the world’s largest fjord system and encounter massive icebergs
  • Hike in the largest, most remote, and northerly national park in the world
  • Visit Inuit communities and ancient Thule settlements


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Contemplate the vasteness of nature from the top of the world A rare sight, the Northern Lights are worth the wait Visit Eastern Greenland, where remote villages nestle among icebergs Bright wildflowers liven up the mountainous Arctic landscape Hike along Eastern Greenland's red earth hills to gaze down at the iceberg-filled seas.

Day 1 Reykjavik, Iceland

Your adventure begins with an overnight stay in the modern city of Reykjavík, the world’s northernmost capital city.

Day 2 Fly to Constable Point | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Fly from Reykjavik to the eastern Greenland destination of Constable Point to begin your expedition. As you sail out to sea, your first wildlife sightings are seabirds above and whales below. Get ready for a great adventure!

Day 3 Apelfjord

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise through spectacular Apelfjord. Fjords punctuate the scenery all around. Your day is spent exploring and Zodiac cruising through a multitude of dazzling icebergs, fjords, and sounds in all shapes and sizes. Be on the lookout for arctic fox and musk ox, which roam free here.

Day 4 Brogetdal | Waltershausen Glacier

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Multi-hued mountains surround lovely Brogetdal, which was originally called “painted valley,” and later translated to mean “multicolored valley.” View colorful vistas and fascinating geology. Later, travel to the impressive and rarely visited Waltershausen Glacier, an imposing ice floe at the head of Nordfjord, named after German explorer Baron Wolfgang Sartorius von Waltershausen, after his failed 1869 attempt to reach the North Pole via East Greenland.

Day 5 Blomsterbugten | Renbugten

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Blomsterbugten, the “Bay of Flowers,” is home to beautiful purple and gold colored rocks that you can view from a distance, or on a hike for those who wish. Later continue to Renbugten, called “Reindeer Bay” for the herd of 12 reindeer seen on one of the first expeditions to the area. Arctic hare are a common and delightful sight in this area.

Day 6 Ella Oya (Ella Island)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Ella Oya is a hiker’s paradise. The area is surrounded by ice-choked waters, rugged cliffs and sky-blue icebergs. Challenge yourself with a climb to the top of the island—the views are worth it.

Day 7 Ittoqqortoormiit | Hall Bredning

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At the start of the sound, Itoqqortoormiit is East Greenland’s most northerly community and boasts a blend of traditional and modern lifestyles. With clear skies, you may have an opportunity to see the northern lights. You may also support local Inuit artisans by purchasing unique handicrafts. Your time in Ittoqqortoormiit is spent bonding with the Inuit people and gaining an appreciation of their way of life.

Later, see huge icebergs - larger than football fields, taller than apartment buildings - crossing Hall Bredning, part of Scoresbysund. The geology and topography of the area is fascinating! Visit the most northerly community in east Greenland to see a mix of traditional and modern lifestyles.

Day 8 Frederiksdal | Sydkapp

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Traveling deeper into Scoresbysund, encounter massive icebergs and an ancient Thule settlement as the ship approaches Sydkap. The scenery in this region is unforgettable, with towering mountain sides and hundreds of monumental icebergs playing tricks with your sense of perception.

Day 9 Disembark at Constable Point | Fly to Reykjavik

Arrive at Constable Point and disembark the ship. Sit back and enjoy your charter flight from Constable Point to Reykjavik, the vibrant and artistic capital of Iceland. Overnight in your comfortable Reykjavik hotel.

Day 10 Fly Home

  • 1 Breakfast
Transfer to the airport for your return flight home. If you have time before your flight, stick around to explore all the wonderful attractions Reykjavik has to offer.

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-Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double or triple occupancy. Request the Twin or Triple Share Program where we match you with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if we are unable to find a cabin mate for you, no single supplement will be charged.

- 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 traveling 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.

Included in your cruise fare:
  • Greenland voyages cruise passenger tax
  • One night's pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Reykjavik with breakfast
  • Charter flight from Reykjavik to Constable Point on embarkation day
  • Group transfers to and from ship
  • Charter flight from Constable Point to Reykjavik domestic airport on disembarkation day
  • Group transfer from domestic airport to Reykjavik hotel
  • One night's post-expedition hotel accommodation in Reykjavik with breakfast
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All meals on board
  • All shore landings per the daily program, weather permitting
  • Leadership throughout the expedition by your experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
  • Formal and informal presentations by your expedition team
  • Photographic journal, including photographs, daily expedition reports, maps, and more
  • Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
  • An Expedition parka to keep
  • Life jackets and immersion suits
  • Coffee, tea, and cocoa available around the clock
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
  • Comprehensive pre-departure materials
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All luggage handling aboard ship
  • Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person

Rates do not include:
  • Passport and applicable visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned
  • Meals ashore, with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel
  • Baggage, cancellation, interruption, and (mandatory) medical travel insurance
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Laundry, bar, beverage, and other personal charges
  • Phone and internet charges
  • Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for staff and crew
  • Additional overnight accommodation
  • Arrival and departure transfers, except where explicitly stated
  • Adventure options on ship expeditions (weather dependent) that are not included in the cost of the voyage


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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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