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Under the Northern Lights: Exploring Iceland & East Greenland

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Experience two of the last unspoiled wilderness areas on the planet with the 14-day Under the Northern Lights: Exploring Iceland & East Greenland itinerary. Cruising along Iceland’s mountainous Vestfjords and Greenland’s remote northeast coast, home to the largest fjord system in the world, you’ll discover diverse and dramatically rugged landscapes rich in iconic arctic wildlife. Immersed in the untamed beauty of the Arctic, you’ll experience Inuit culture firsthand at Ittoqqortoormiit, visit ancient Thule sites steeped in history, and marvel at the majesty of massive icebergs and towering bird cliffs. If you’re lucky, you may also catch sight of the spectacular northern lights dancing across the sky.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Reykjavik, Iceland
Day 2 : Reykjavik | Embark
Day 3 : Explore Vestfjords (Westfjords)
Day 4 : At Sea
Days 5-12 : Explore Northeast Greenland
Day 13 : At Sea
Day 14 : Reyjavik | Disembark

Highlights

  • Search for iconic arctic wildlife, such as polar bears, muskoxen and whales
  • Marvel at the dramatic mountains and bird cliffs of Iceland’s oldest region
  • Possibly view the enchanting northern lights
  • Cruise in a Zodiac to explore diverse landscapes
  • Immerse in the icy realm of the Arctic with optional kayaking adventure

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World Explorer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

Activity Level

Relaxed

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Enjoy northern lights on an Arctic cruise Sail past bird colonies on your Arctic cruise A towering iceberg Whale sighting in Polar waters! Colorful homes in Greenland

Day 1 Reykjavik, Iceland

Arrive in the Icelandic capital in the morning and make your way to your included hotel. You will have the day to explore the city on your own.

Day 2 Reykjavik | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
This afternoon, you’ll board your vessel and begin your expedition. Get ready for a great adventure ahead!

Day 3 Explore Vestfjords (Westfjords)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Each region of Iceland has its own appeal for nature, bird and history lovers, and the little-visited Vestfjords (Westfjords), where the land meets the sea in the most dramatic fashion, is no exception. Exploring this rugged peninsula at the country’s remote northwestern tip offers awe-inspiring vistas of mountains, fjords and towering cliffs. If the conditions allow, it is possible to cruise along Látrabjarg, Europe’s largest bird cliff, teeming with puffins, razorbills, guillemots and more. Another possible destination is the quaint island of Flatey, where a replica of Iceland’s largest medieval manuscript, Flateyjarbók, can be viewed in the library. The church here features murals symbolizing life on the island, including one of Jesus wearing a classic Icelandic sweater.

Day 4 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
While cruising north across the Denmark Strait, the Expedition Team will prepare you for the adventures that await. Learn about the storied history and politics of the Arctic, its fascinating wildlife, geology, ecology and climate, and the incredible sights to explore. Search for the seabirds soaring around the ship, as well as the whales that frequent the waters here.

Day 5-12 Explore Northeast Greenland

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  • 8 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 8 Dinners
During the tour of Greenland’s remote northeast coast, enjoy Zodiac cruises and shore visits to several locations. Be aware and keep an eye out for grazing muskoxen, as 40 percent of the world’s muskoxen population lives in Northeast Greenland National Park. Sailing through spectacular Scoresbysund, the birthplace of many icebergs and the most beautiful fjord system on the planet. Sites such as Frederiksdal and Sydkap offer opportunities to explore the colorful tundra and the remains of ancient Thule settlements. At the entrance of the sound is East Greenland’s most northerly community, Ittoqqortoormiit, spend time interacting with the Inuit people and learning about their way of life. If the skies are clear, there's a chance to see the northern lights here. Deeper in the sound, Røde Øya offers a picturesque locale for admiring the beauty of sky-blue bergs set against striking red sandstone cliffs. Magnificent vistas also await at Kong Oscar Fjord, with possible landings at Ella Øya, renowned for its rugged cliffs and ice-choked waters, and flower-rich Botanikerbugt, on Ymer Øya

Day 13 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As your arctic adventure winds down, take in a presentation by the onboard experts, share photos, sip an icy cocktail in the bar or watch a movie—there are many activities during your time at sea. The Expedition Team are on hand to answer any questions and point out wildlife.

Day 14 Reyjavik | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark in Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, at the end of the journey. Transfers to a central downtown location are available to those who have booked post-expedition accommodation.

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Triple Cabin aboard the World Explorer
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Triple Cabin
Located on Deck 6, and approximately 242 sq. ft. Suites feature one double or two single beds, walk-out balcony, separate combo sitting area with a sofa bed and additional closet, refrigerator, TV, and private bathroom with shower.
Infinity Suite aboard the World Explorer
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Infinity Suite
Located on Decks 5 and 6, and approximately 270 sq. ft. Suites feature one double or two single beds, floor-to-ceiling glass Juliet balcony, refrigerator, TV, and private bathroom with shower.
Veranda Suite aboard the World Explorer
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Veranda Suite
Located on Decks 5 and 6, and approximately 215 sq. ft. Suites feature one double or two single beds, walk-out balcony, sitting area with sofa, refrigerator, TV, and private bathroom with shower.
Superior Suite aboard the World Explorer
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Superior Suite
Located on Decks 5 and 6, and approximately 278 sq. ft. Suites feature one double or two single beds, walk-out balcony, sitting area with sofa, refrigerator, TV, and private bathroom with shower.
Deluxe Suite aboard the World Explorer
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Deluxe Suite
Located on Deck 5, and approximately 334 sq. ft. Suites feature one double or two single beds, walk-out balcony, sitting area with sofa, refrigerator, TV, and private bathroom with shower.
Owner's Suite aboard the World Explorer
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Owner's Suite
Located on Decks 5 and 6, and approximately 355 sq. ft. Suites feature one double or two single beds, walk-out balcony, sitting area with sofa, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower, and bathtub.

Notes

- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy. Request the Twin Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.

- Standard Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.7 times the double occupancy rate. The supplement for a Premium Cabin is 2 times the shared rate.

Insurance: Emergency medical evacuation coverage for a maximum benefit of US$500,000 per person is included. Travelers should have a minimum US$50,000 (or equivalent) of emergency medical coverage prior to embarkation. It is recommended that you and all members of your party have comprehensive travel insurance covering trip cancellation, trip delay (interruption or after departure coverage), baggage, and repatriation. Contact us for details.

Cruise Rate Inclusions:

•Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
•All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board
•Beer and house wine during dinner
•All shore landings per the daily program
•Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader
•All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
•Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and special guests as scheduled
•Photographic journal documenting the expedition
•Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
•Official Quark Expeditions® parka to keep
•Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
•Complimentary reusable water bottle
•Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin
•Comprehensive onboard materials, including a map and an informative Arctic Reader
•All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
•All luggage handling aboard the ship
•Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$500,000 per person
•Greenland voyages cruise passenger tax
•One night’s pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Reykjavik
•Group transfer from the Reykjavik hotel to the ship on Day 2
•Group transfer from the ship to downtown Reykjavik on disembarkation day

Cruise Rates Do Not Include: 

•International airfare
•Arrival and departure transfers
•Passport and visa expenses
•Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
•Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
•Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance—strongly recommended
•Excess-baggage fees on international flights
•Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
•Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified
•Phone and Internet charges
•Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew
•Additional overnight accommodation
•Any Adventure Options
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