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Greenland Odyssey

Iceland & Greenland - Example 17 Day Cruise aboard Greg Mortimer
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Experience the enormity of Greenland, the world’s largest island, where jagged peaks pierce azure skies and countless glaciers snake their way towards the coast on this 17-day journey. Hike across the arctic tundra, searching for arctic fox, reindeer, and muskox. Zodiac cruise to where ringed, harp, and hooded seals laze on the sea ice. Watch icebergs form as Greenland’s enormous ice sheets –calve into the fjords, and encounter humpback and minke whales. Sail Prince Christian Sound, flanked by imposing mountains, carves its way through south Greenland, where green pastures signal the presence of human settlement and where the Viking ruins of Erik the Red still stand at Hvalsey. Enter west Greenland, home to Nuuk, the country's capital and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, aboard the Greg Mortimer.
A mother polar bear and her young relax on the Arctic landscapeSail past bird colonies on your Arctic cruiseEarly morning in Tasiilaq, East GreenlandKayaking toward an icebergViking settlement, Anse-aux-MeadowsOne of Greenland's many glaciersReflection of colorful houses in Greenland
Highlights
  • Visit Skaergaard Intrusion, an ice layering, formed 55 million years ago
  • Sail along Prince Christian Sound, surrounded by mountains with glaciers
  • Enjoy thrilling Zodiac cruises to glacier fronts
  • Amaze with breathtakingly beautiful Ilulissat Icefjord
  • Experience the dramatic scenery of Torngat Mountains National Park
  • Discover fascinating exhibit of the Qilakitsoq mummies
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Reykjavik, Iceland

Arrive in Reykjavik, Iceland’s cosmopolitan capital, and transfer by Flybus to your group hotel. Upon check-in, the reception staff will provide you with cabin tags. Please fill out the luggage tags clearly, showing your name and cabin number to allow us to deliver your luggage to your cabin. Enjoy a welcome drink and meet fellow expeditioners at your voyage briefing this evening.

Day 2: Reykjavik, Iceland | Embark

Check out and experience one of Reykjavik’s most popular excursions – the Golden Circle, which includes visits to Gullfoss Falls, Geysers, and Thingvellir National Park, before transferring to the pier for embarkation. After boarding, there’s time to settle into your cabin before your important safety briefings. This evening meet your expedition team and crew at the Captain’s Welcome Dinner.

Day 3: At Sea

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Crossing the Greenland Sea, we sail through the Polar Basin’s nutrient-rich waters, searching for encroaching pack ice, fin whales and seabirds. Our team of experts entertains us with informative talks about sea ice, glaciers, European arctic plants and animals and epic tales of early explorers such as Nansen, Andreé and Scoresby.

Day 4: Kangerlussuaq Fjord

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Kangerlussuaq Fjord is home to some of the wildest coastal landscapes in all of Greenland. The peaks of Watkins Mountains featuring Gunnbjørnsfjeld—the highest peak in the Arctic, tower on the horizon. Hike across tundra to viewpoints of surrounding fjords, mountains, and glaciers, and enjoy gentle Zodiac cruises in icy bays offering unforgettable arctic scenery and wildlife encounters. We plan to land on the Skaergaard Peninsula near the mouth of Kangerlussuaq Fjord. Here, the rocks show an unusual layering, formed by crystals settling in a magma chamber below the earth’s surface some 55 million years ago. Discovered in the 1930s, the Skaergaard Intrusion is known to geologists worldwide.

Day 5: Tasiilaq, Sermilik Fjord

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Overlooking King Oscar’s Harbour, Tasiilaq (formerly Ammassalik) is East Greenland’s largest town with a population of approximately 2,000 inhabitants. Here, green meadows contrast starkly with countless icebergs that often clog the waterways at nearby Sermilik Fjord, the largest in southeast Greenland, where you Zodiac-cruise and kayak to search for fin and humpback whales and photograph the spectacular scenery.

Day 6: Skjoldungen Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Continue south along Greenland’s King Frederik VI Coast, always on the lookout for whales, especially the rare sperm whale that is occasionally seen here. Weaving through the narrow channels of Skjoldungen Fjord, you land at the end of the fjord for a walk along a glacial river, across a tundra valley covered in northern willow and blooming pink wildflowers. Kayakers can paddle across the front of a tidewater glacier, search for harp seals, ivory gulls and whales.  

Back on board, enjoy the stunning surroundings with a drink in hand basked in the soft light of the setting sun.

Day 7: Prince Christian Sound

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Prince Christian Sound connects the Labrador Sea with the Irminger Sea. Approximately 100 km / 60 mi long, and, in parts, as narrow as 500-m / 600-ft wide, the fjord is flanked by jagged mountain peaks, some reaching over 2,200 m / 7,200 ft high, with countless glaciers coming all the way down to the sea. You slow-cruise through the sound to enjoy the spectacular scenery. Icebergs sculpted into fantastic shapes often block the entrance to the sound, a great spectacle for photography. At Kangersuneq Qinngorleq, located at the northern end of the fjord, a glacier front is ideal for exploration by Zodiac or kayak. In the southern section of the sound, you pass a small settlement named Appilatoq, which means red in Greenlandic, after the red mountains rising above the town. Appilatoq is well-known in Greenland for the jagged mountain peaks that surround it—a delight for photographers.

Day 8: Tasermiut Fjord | Klosterdal Nanortalik

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The towering, jagged mountains that surround Tasermiut Fjord is why it’s often referred to as the ‘Patagonia of the north’. At Klosterdal (Monastery Valley), we are surrounded by three giant mountains - Napasorsuaq, Ketil and Nalumasortoq. Here we can walk to a Norse ruin, hike along the valley, or explore the bay by kayak.  

Continue to Nanortalik, the southernmost town in Greenland, located on an island of the same name. Its name derives from the West Greenlandic word ‘Nanoq’ meaning ‘The Place Where Bears Pass-Through,’ describing the polar bears that were once seen floating past on sea ice. Deep fjords, woodlands and grasslands, and rugged mountainside cliffs, some over 1,000 m /3,280 ft, attract enthusiastic climbers from around the world.  

On arrival, receive a warm welcome from the local community who have opened up their town for you to explore. Nanortalik is a town that’s known for their love of singing and you’ll be treated to a choir performance. Visit Nanortalik Church, a wooden, Danish Lutheran church built in 1916, is currently the only church serving the Nanortalik congregation. The church is in the old colonial quarter of the town. Next to the church is a landmark boulder called the ‘Knud Rasmussen Stone,’ named after Greenland’s most famous citizen, Dr. Knud Rasmussen, an explorer and ethnologist.

Day 9: Hvalsey | Qaqortoq

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Hvalsey Church is the best-preserved Norse ruin in Greenland. ‘Hvalsey’ is old Norse for ‘Whale Island.’ Christianity arrived in Greenland around 1,000 AD, and gradually churches began to be built. Late medieval documents indicate there were up to 14 parish churches in the Eastern Settlement. Hvalsey itself was built in the early 14th century, but it was not the first church built on this site. 

After exploring Hvalsey ruins, continue to Qaqortoq, where our Zodiacs shuttle us ashore. Qaqortoq is the capital of South Greenland. With a history dating back to 1775, the town offers various cultural activities and attractions including an outdoor art project called “Man and Stone,’ which features stone carvings scattered throughout the town created by local artists. Qaqortoq is Greenland’s southernmost town and is the administrative center of south Greenland. Built from yellow stone and dating back to 1804, the building that now houses the Qaqortoq Museum originally belonged to the town’s blacksmith. Qaqortoq’s landmark building is the Church of Our Saviour. This large wooden Lutheran church, known as the ‘Red Church,’ is in the historic colonial part of town, near the harbor.

Day 10: Paamiut

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located on a peninsula with an impressive view of the surrounding mountains, the small settlement of Paamiut has existed since the mid-17th century, and the name of the town means 'the people who live at the mouth' referring to the nearby fjord. The town is home to a beautiful and ornate wooden church, which is remarkable when Greenland completely lacks trees that can be used for construction. The local museum is worth a visit and features exhibits of local handicrafts and photos from the whaling period. The town and surrounding area are best known for the resident population of white-tailed eagles, while minke, fin, humpback and orca are common visitors to this stretch of coast. Arctic char is the most commonly caught fish in these waters and depending on the luck of the day’s catch by local fisherman, we may enjoy a meal of freshly caught Arctic char for the evening meal.

Day 11: Nuuk

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Greenland’s capital, Nuuk, the world’s northernmost capital, lies at the mouth of its very own fjord system on the country’s mid-west coast. On a guided walking tour around town, you’ll see charming old buildings including Greenland’s colorfully painted houses and the award-winning City Hall. The small but fascinating National Museum features a unique ethnographical collection of artifacts of Inuit life, including the famous 545-year-old Qilakitsoq mummies, accidentally discovered by hikers in 1972.

Day 12: Sisimiut

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Approximately 4,500 years ago, the Saqqaq culture arrived from Canada and settled in the area. They lived here for approximately 2,000 years, but mysteriously disappeared. The Dorset culture arrived around 500 AD and remained until the 1200s until they were replaced by the Thule culture, and today, most of the population of Sisimiut are descendants of the Thule culture. 

Located above the Arctic Circle, Sisimiut enjoys experiences 24 hours of daylight during the summer months. As Greenland’s second-largest town, Sisimiut is the only place in Greenland that has an open-air public swimming pool, and the town is famous for its old blue church featuring a whale jaw gate. The town’s small museum features interesting exhibits explaining local history and life in Greenland. The local arts center features concerts, plays, films, and cultural performances.
  
A few kilometers from downtown, Priest Mountain offers a challenging hike along a small river, and across tundra vegetation blooming with wildflowers, where you might encounter foxes, grouse, eagles soaring overhead, and perhaps musk ox. At the summit, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the town, the surrounding mountains, fjords, and the sea.

Day 13: Ilulissat

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Known as the ‘birthplace of icebergs’, this region boasts some of the most splendidly-shaped icebergs found anywhere on earth. Hike to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Icefjord and stand in awe of its immensity. Sermeq Kujalleq, also known as Jakobshavn Glacier, is the most productive glacier, not only in Greenland but in the Northern Hemisphere. It produces 20 million tonnes of ice each day, all floating into the Ilulissat Icefjord and Disko Bay. Conditions permitting, enjoy a Zodiac cruise at the mouth of the fjord and kayak through sea ice and icebergs.

Day 14: Eqip Sermia (Eqi the calving glacier)

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located 80 kilometers north of Ilulissat, Eqi Glacier is accessible only by sea, and is one of Greenland’s most active glaciers. Although smaller than Sermeq Kujalleq glacier in Ilulissat, Eqi Glacier is more accessible, and if sea-ice conditions permit, Zodiac cruise within safe distance of the glacier front where we see seals floating on bergy bits in front of the glacier while eagles can sometimes be seen soaring above. Several hikes are possible in the area, where you may encounter grouse, Arctic hare and small Arctic fox.

Day 15: Eternity Fjord

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Evighedsfjorden, or Eternity Fjord, is one of the more spectacular fjord complexes in west Greenland due to its forested landscape. Hike through a forested valley, witness hills become towering snow-capped mountains as countless glaciers pour down from sheer cliff walls. Occasionally, the thunderous sound of a calving glacier breaks the silence in a place where you are unlikely to see another soul.

Day 16: Kangerlussuaq | Disembark (charter flight to Toronto)

Tucked away at the end of a 180-kilometer-long Søndre Strømfjord is Greenland’s biggest and busiest airport, Kangerlussuaq. Bid a fond farewell to the expedition team and transfer to the airport for a charter flight to Toronto, where you spend the night.

Day 17: Depart in Toronto

After check-out, continue your onward journey. 

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230.34 ft² - 245.41 ft² - 6 rooms available. All include en-suite bathrooms, three single beds, porthole window, desk area and 42" flat-screen TV
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Aurora Stateroom
170 ft² - 245.41 ft² - Greg Mortimer features 8 porthole rooms, all with private en-suites. Located on Deck 3, they're close to the mudroom and loading platforms, perfect for adventurers who are looking for a comfortable base that's close to the action.
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224.97 ft² - 266.95 ft² - 14 rooms available. All include en-suite bathrooms, floor to ceiling windows and balconies and a select number are also connecting rooms, perfect for families or groups.
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Balcony Stateroom B
254.03 ft² - 266.95 f - 22 rooms available. All include en-suite bathrooms, floor to ceiling windows and balconies and a select number are also connecting rooms, perfect for families or groups.
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259.41 ft² - 301.39 ft² - 22 rooms available. All include en-suite bathrooms, floor to ceiling windows and balconies and a select number are also connecting rooms, perfect for families or groups.
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Balcony Stateroom Superior
303.54 ft² - 432.70 ft² - With a bit more room to stretch the legs, the Greg Mortimer's two Balcony Suites are perfect for polar adventurers who travel with plenty of gear. Featuring private balconies, en-suite bathrooms and a comfortable desk area, these will sell out quickly!
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Junior Suite
The Greg Mortimer's four Junior Suites take in some impressive scenery from their vantage 418.71 ft² - points on Deck 7. When you aren't enjoying a landing, you can relax in the suites' separate lounge area, or just watch the world float by from the private balcony.
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Captain's Suite
478.99 ft² - The largest of all the rooms, the Greg Mortimer's singular Captain's Suite will take you to the polar regions in ultimate style and comfort. Complete with large lounge area, balcony, walk-in wardrobe and en-suite.

Notes

This trip includes:
  • Shared coach transfer from airport to hotel on day 1 
  • One night’s hotel accommodation with breakfast in Reykjavik on day 1 
  • Full-day Golden Circle tour on day 2 
  • Charter flight: Kangerlussuaq-Toronto on day 16 
  • Sightseeing in Kangerlussuaq (time permitting) and transfer to the airport on day 16 
  • One night’s hotel accommodation with breakfast in Toronto on day 16 
  • On-board accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service 
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage 
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner 
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages  
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises 
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team 
  • Complimentary access to onboard expedition doctor and medical clinic (initial consult) 
  • Complimentary 3-in-1 polar jacket 
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information 
  • Port surcharges, permits and landing fees  
  • Gratuities for ship crew 
This trip excludes:
  • International or domestic flights, unless specified 
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary 
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes 
  • Passport, visa, reciprocity fees and vaccination charges 
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges 
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary 
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary 
  • Optional activity surcharges 
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, Wi-Fi, email or phone charges

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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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