Sail the route of early Viking explorers and discover a region of epic ice home to the Arctic’s iconic creatures: polar bears, whales, and vast seabird colonies. We will also be on the lookout for the Northern Lights along Greenland and Iceland at this time of year. Actively explore Iceland’s Westfjord region: hike through valleys awash in wild orchids, mountain aven, wild thyme, and woolly willow; make your way over layers of basalt visibly cracked and carved in the last ice age; feel the spray of thundering waterfalls. Venture into the largest fjord system in the world to cruise among magnificent icebergs and visit the welcoming communities where people live close to their ancestral traditions. Follow in the wake of the 10th-century Viking explorers along the ice cap learning of their bold, history-making expeditions.
Day 1 : Reykjavik, Iceland | Embark Day 2 : Latrabjarg & Flatey Island, Iceland Day 3 : Exploring the Westfjords Day 4 : Crossing the Denmark Strait Days 5-11 : Exploring Scoresbysund and NE Greenland Day 12 : Reykjavik, Iceland | Disembark
Explore the largest national park in the world-Northeast Greenland N. Park
Search for polar bears, musk oxen, whales and more
Sail into Scoresbysund, home to a remote Inuit community
Learn how to capture the stunning Northern Lights displays
Explore Iceland’s wild western frontier. See the immense Látrabjarg cliffs, with a huge population of razorbills. Visit charming Flatey Island, a trading post for centuries, for walks around the 19th-century hamlet. Zodiac cruise the coast and see where Erik the Red sailed from in the year 982 A.D. bound for Greenland.
Just south of the Arctic Circle, the Westfjords region is a remote area backed by majestic cliffs. Hike with our botanist or birder through a wildflower-filled meadow, kayak quiet coves, or hop aboard a Zodiac. Join a photo hike with our National Geographic photographer and soak up the legendary scenery.
Cross the Denmark Strait, where the cold east Greenland current carries the ice south. Enjoy presentations and searching for seabirds including fulmars, kittiwakes, and terns—and possibly seals and humpback whales. Our staff will be on the lookout for northern lights displays at this time of year.
Roughly 80% of the surface of Greenland, the Greenland ice sheet is the second largest body of ice in the world. Weather and ice will dictate our exact route, but expect to explore well north of Scoresbysund, in the largest national park in the world –Northeast Greenland National Park. Being the end of summer, the ice will have retreated as far as it ever does, allowing us to explore the fjords, bays, nooks and crannies of this stunning coastline. We hope to see the iconic arctic wildlife: polar bears, seals and whales. And the northern lights will be on show every night, conditions permitting. We will also set a course for Scoresbysund, the largest and longest fjord system on earth, with a native village at its entrance.
Day 12 Reykjavik, Iceland | Disembark
1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Disembark in Reykjavík. Soak in the Blue Lagoon’s geothermal waters. Transfer to the airport for flights home.
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!