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.
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.
Encompassing 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 we plan to explore well north of Scoresbysund, in the largest national park in the world—Northeast Greenland National Park. We will also set a course for Scoresbysund, the largest and longest fjord system on earth, with the village of Ittoqqortoormiit at its entrance. 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. We'll also be on constant watch for the Northern Lights, conditions permitting
Day 10-11: Crossing the Denmark Strait/Exploring the Westfjords, Iceland
We return across the Denmark Strait headed just south of the Arctic Circle to the Westfjords, a remote area backed by majestic cliffs. Explore Ísafjörður and taste some Icelandic culinary delicacies, or visit a center dedicated to Arctic foxes. Learn about the fishing industry that was the mainstay of this town for generations
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.
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11 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 11 Dinners
11 Nights Accommodations
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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!