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Greenland CDP

Ultima Thule – The Horizontal Everest

Example 17 Day Cruise aboard Le Soleal
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Between ice caps and ice floes, past glaciers, icebergs and brash ice, this cruise has it all, mixing remarkable history with adventure and a perfect touch of relaxation all in one. Sail to the heart of the northern hemisphere's biggest ice producer. Stop over at Skraeling Island, the northernmost point reached by the Vikings, then return via the path taken by the famous American expedition led by Adolphus. From Greenland's west coast with its mountains softened by glaciers to the Arctic mountain range's steep slopes and Thule's high Arctic tundra, navigate through the polar region's most spectacular landscapes, and enjoy incredible encounters with polar bears, musk ox, and arctic wolves on this perfect journey to observe this amazingly rich fauna.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Kangerlussuaq, Greenland | Embark
Day 2 : Sisimiut
Day 3 : Qiqitarjuat | Kivitoo
Day 4 : Arctic Bay | Isabella Bay
Day 5 : Sam Ford Fjord
Day 6 : Icy Arm Fjord | Buchan Golf
Day 7 : Devon Island East Coast | Coburg Island
Day 8 : Pim Island | Alexander Bay
Day 9 : Geomagnetic Pole | Hans Island
Day 10 : Hans Island | Humboldt Glacier
Day 11 : Etah | Siorapaluk
Day 12 : Cape York | Savissivik
Day 13 : Kullorsuaq
Day 14 : Karat | Nuliarfik
Day 15 : Ilulissat
Day 16 : Evigheds Fjord | Kangerlussuaq
Day 17 : Kangerlussuaq | Disembark

Highlights

  • Journey to the emblematic and breathtaking Nunavut Territory
  • Discover unique mountains and valleys only accessible by hiking trails
  • Visit the magnificent north geomagnetic pole, where the famous auroras occur
  • Explore the abandoned village of Etah located in northern Greenland

Ship

Le Soleal

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Greenland CDP Late summer in West Greenland Musk ox near Greenland Ice Cap Sisimiut Colin and Eugene Hiking in Greenland

Day 1 Kangerlussuaq, Greenland | Embark

Kangerlussuaq is a settlement on the west coast of Greenland near the end of a fjord of the same name. A former U.S. military base, the settlement serves as the international gateway for the majority of travel to and from Greenland. Kangerlussuaq is the transportation hub for the country today, connecting travelers and locals with other towns in Greenland to international destinations like Copenhagen, Denmark and Iceland. The town is also surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and wildlife. Thousands of musk oxen roam the mountains and valleys near the town, which are accessible by hiking trails.

Day 2 Sisimiut

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sisimiut is the capital and largest city of the Qeqqata municipality, and the second-largest city in Greenland. It is located in central-western Greenland, on the coast of Davis Strait. It has been inhabited for the last 4,500 years, first by the Inuit peoples of the Saqqaq culture, Dorset culture, and then the Thule people, whose descendants form the majority of the current population. Artifacts from the early settlement era can be found throughout the region, favored in the past for its plentiful fauna, particularly the marine mammals providing subsistence for the early hunting societies. The population of modern Greenlanders in Sisimiut is a mix of the Inuit and Danish peoples, who first settled in the area in the 1720s, under the leadership of the Danish missionary, Hans Egede.

Day 3 Qiqitarjuat | Kivitoo

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Canadian Arctic archipelago is roughly the size of Western Europe. A faraway, remote region of frozen earth and sea ice, intense cold reigns here. The Nunavut Territory is an inhospitable, almost inhuman place, and yet the Inuit people have lived here for thousands of years, deeply connected to their land. Indeed, the population is approximately 33,330 people, 84 percent of whom are indigenous. Nunavut can only be accessed by air or sea, so visiting this place is a rare delight.

Day 4 Arctic Bay | Isabella Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 5 Sam Ford Fjord

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 6 Icy Arm Fjord | Buchan Golf

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 7 Devon Island East Coast | Coburg Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 8 Pim Island | Alexander Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 9 Geomagnetic Pole | Hans Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Hans Island is a small, uninhabited barren knoll located in the center of the Kennedy Channel of Nares Strait—the strait that separates Ellesmere Island from northern Greenland and connects Baffin Bay with the Lincoln Sea. The island is within the territorial waters of both Canada and Denmark. A theoretical line in the middle of the strait goes through the island. The north geomagnetic pole is a place where auroras occur, resulting from the convergence of solar particles guided by lines of Earth's magnetic field.

Day 10 Hans Island | Humboldt Glacier

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The ice cap that covers the majority of Greenland extends right down to the Arctic Ocean via vast glaciers, each as majestic as the next. The most well-known and spectacular of these is without a doubt the Humboldt Glacier. It is the vastest coastal glacier in the Northern Hemisphere, with a terminus that reaches 68 miles in width. Advancing inexorably towards the sea, it regularly calves veritable ice cathedrals—gigantic icebergs that detach themselves from the glacier before toppling and crashing into the frozen ocean.

Day 11 Etah | Siorapaluk

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Etah is an abandoned village in northern Greenland which was once the most northerly populated settlement in the world but because of the harsh climate the Inuit people moved south. Etah has been used as a base camp for several Arctic expeditions including the Humphrey Expedition of 1934-35 and the MacGregor Arctic Expedition in 1937-38. To the west of Etah is Baffin Bay, which is usually frozen from October to July, and Ellesmere Island Canada, approximately 50 kilometers away across Baffin Bay. Today the village only has occasional summer hunting inhabitants who reside in the still standing huts.

Day 12 Cape York | Savissivik

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cape York is an important geographical landmark that delimits the northwestern end of Melville Bay, with the other end commonly defined as Wilcox Head, the western promontory on Kiatassuaq Island. A chain of small coastal islands stretches between Cape York and Cape Melville to the east, the largest of which is Meteorite Island. The cape is located 37 km (23 mi) west-south-west of the Savissivik settlement on Meteorite Island.

Day 13 Kullorsuaq

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Kullorsuaq is a settlement in the Qaasuitsup municipality in northwestern Greenland. It is the northernmost settlement in the Upernavik Archipelago, located on Kullorsuaq Island at the southern end of Melville Bay, itself part of the larger Baffin Bay. The settlement was founded in 1928 and became a trading station, growing in size after World War II when hunters from several small villages around Inussulik Bay, Sugar Loaf Bay, and Tasiusaq Bay moved into the larger settlements such as Nuussuaq and Kullorsuaq. Today, Kullorsuaq remains one of the most traditional hunting and fishing villages in Greenland, but maintains a stable population.

Day 14 Karat | Nuliarfik

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Nuliarfik is an island off the Northwest coast of Greenland to the north of Upernivik Island and home to the village of Karat.

Day 15 Ilulissat

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Ilulissat Fjord offers an extraordinary spectacle. Embark on an unforgettable adventure aboard a local boat to discover this river of ice. When the light changes as the sun’s angle shifts, the icebergs display strange colors, draping themselves in gold, pink, red, and mauve as off in the distance the houses light up for nightfall. In the isolated bay, the horizon, water, and ice meld together and become one.

Day 16 Evigheds Fjord | Kangerlussuaq

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Evigheds Fjord or “Eternity Fjord” is a fjord in Western Greenland and is nearby to Qingârssuk and Torssût. Cruise and explore the glassy water surrounded by stunning peaks.

Day 17 Kangerlussuaq | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast

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The Owner's suite is situated on Deck 6 with a capacity up to 2 passengers per cabin. With a king-sized bed, it has been decorated by French interior designers and provides you with a breathtaking panoramic sea view.

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Please note:
Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and are subject to change without notice.

Discounts are available for children sharing a cabin with two adults and third adult passengers in select cabin categories. Please contact us for details.

Single travelers can opt for a solo cabin - supplements start at 50%.

Please do not forget to bring your medical certificates when it is required to participate in an expedition cruise. 
 
These voyages include activities such as Zodiac® landings (sometimes wet landings), Zodiac® outings, moderate walks, to more active hikes accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides. Considering the nature of the programs, a reasonable level of mobility is required to enjoy these expeditions.


Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • All meals while on board the ship 
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • 24h room service (special selection)
  • English-speaking lecturer 
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) expedition team 
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
  • Complimentary boot rental on select cruises
Cruise, Flights & Transfers program rates are per person and also include:
  • Flights Paris / Kangerlussuaq / Paris in economy class, on European airlines
  • Meet and Greet by representatives at the destination airport
  • Transfers to and/or from the ship and other services before and after the cruise according to detailed programs available upon request 10 months prior departure
* Flights are being studied and are subject to change until the flight plan is confirmed up to 3 months prior to each cruise.

Cruise fares do not include:
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned in each “Cruise, Flights & Transfers” package and for which details are available upon request
  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions mentioned in the cruise brochure
  • Airport taxes (other than the ones included)
  • Port and safety taxes
  • Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
  • Luggage handling
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides and drivers
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
  • Dives when authorized by local authorities and feasible with ship equipment and zodiacs. Rates: 70 € per standard dive; 80€ per dive when local equipment or staff must be used, 80€ for a “discover scuba dive” course. In order to participate to diving sessions, guests must have with them a medical certificate less than 1 year old and their up to date dive book.
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned
  • Laundry services, hair salon and à la carte Spa treatments
  • Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
  • Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)

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  • 16 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches, 16 Dinners
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