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Greenland Discovery

Example 13 Day Cruise aboard SH Vega
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Join the boutique ship, Vega, on this 13-day Greenland Discovery cruise from Reykjavik to Kangerlussuaq. Explore one of the world's great wilderness areas and take in Greenland's wild and breathtaking beauty. Greenland is the ideal place to get close to wildlife and spend time in nature. Sail from Skjoldungen Fjord on Greenland's rugged east coast. Next, visit Aappilattoq, the sole town in Prins Christian Sund, and explore the abandoned structures, a large cryolite pit, and an above-ground cemetery at Ivigtut. Discover Nuuk's capital, also known as Godthb (Good Hope), before crossing through the world's iceberg capital to Ilulissat Icefjord and Disko Bay. End your cruise in one of western Greenland's longest fjords, Kangerlussuaq. Visit the 60-meter-tall Russell Glacier and go kayaking in the fjords to witness arctic wildlife.
Midnight sun light, IlulissatWalrus in the ArcticA polar bear wanders onto an iceberg in GreenlandBoat, barn, and iceberg on Disko BayNuuk structures, GreenlandReflection of colorful houses in Greenland
Highlights
  • Look up at towering snow-tipped mountain peaks and sheer granite cliffs
  • Visit charming Sisimiut, the second-largest town in Greenland
  • Admire Nuuk’s natural beauty and observe the historical Inuit ruins
  • Discover the history of the Norse people from our on-board experts
  • Explore Ilulissat, a wonderful UNESCO World Heritage Site
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Reykjavik

Arrive at Reykjavik, relax and spend the overnight here preparing for your adventure.
 

Day 2: Reykjavik | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
In the center of Iceland’s sprawling capital city, the modern organ-pipe-shaped Hallgrimskirkja church dominates the top of town. Cozy bars, cafes and shops line the surrounding streets heated by Iceland's geothermal waters. The regenerated harbor is home to a striking modern concert hall. Popular trips include to the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa near the village of Grindavik, and the Golden Circle tour taking in Gullfoss Waterfall and the mighty Strokkur geyser in Thingvellir National Park.

 

Day 3: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As you cruise to your next port of call, spend the day at sea savoring the ship’s facilities and learning about your destination’s many facets from the knowledgeable onboard experts. Listen to an enriching talk, indulge in a relaxing treatment at the spa, work out in the well-equipped gym, enjoy some down- time in your cabin, and share travel reminiscences with newly found friends: the options are numerous.

 

Day 4: Skjoldungen

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On the craggy east coast of Greenland, the stunningly scenic, U-shaped Skjoldungen Fjord is surrounded by lofty snow-capped mountains, dwarf birch, Arctic wildflowers and willow forests with the Thrym Glacier at one end. High rock walls, serpentine rivers and large crevasses of ice pillars known as seracs give way to carved icebergs in the fjord that gleam in a white to blue spectrum. You also have the opportunity to see whales under pure blue skies.

Day 5: Prins Christian Sund | Aappilattoq

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The small, colorful and pretty Nordic homes of Aappilattoq, the only settlement in Prins Christian Sund, stand stark against snow-tipped mountain ridges in this icy wilderness. A beautifully dramatic fjord in the south of Greenland, in Prins Christian Sund move among fin, blue and minke whales, while you may also see muskox, polar bears and bearded seals. Enjoy these unspoiled, picturesque waterways where magnificent glaciers tower and granite cliffs yield crystal-clear waterfalls.

Day 6: Ivigtut

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, explore Ivigtut's deserted buildings, enormous cryolite hole and above-ground cemetery. This settlement played a crucial role in WWII as cryolite was used to produce Aluminium to build fighter planes. Walk around the abandoned houses and learn about the history of the Ivigtut.

Day 7: Nuuk (Godthab)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Home to more than a third of Greenlanders, the capital of Nuuk can easily deceive you that you’re travelling through such a wild and secluded country. Also known by its Danish name of Godthåb (Good Hope), you’ll see the busy old Colonial Harbor with Nuuk Cathedral prominent, colorful wooden houses, avant-garde architecture and a wonderful array of fjords with clear ice waters and an unspoiled mountain backdrop. Look out for whales and on land arctic foxes, arctic hares and reindeer.
 

Day 8: Sisimiut

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Just north of the Arctic Circle and the northernmost city in Greenland, Sisimiut remains ice-free in winter and is known as an adventure sports hub. Inhabited for more than 4,500 years by the Inuit, Dorset and then Thule people, the dog sled remains a common form of transport and has a chance to see abandoned settlements but it also has a cool, modern side. Watch out for humpback whales and walrus between Sisimiut and the Thule district in the north.

Day 9: Ilulissat

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sailing through the iceberg capital of the world to Disko Bay, the Ilulissat Icefjord is one of the cruise highlights. Given UNESCO World Heritage Site status, the Ilulissat Icefjord is a popular tourist destination, and thanks to the productive Sermeq Kujalleq glacier, thousands of gargantuan icebergs calve from the Greenland ice cap into the sea. The city of Ilulissat, formerly Jakobshavn or Jacobshaven, is home to as many sled-dogs as people.

Day 10: Disko Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Qeqertarsuaq is the largest town on Disko Island, the largest island in Greenland, on the west coast and part of Disko Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Lyngmark Glacier rises above the town and the area’s lush hills, basalt columns and black sand beaches reflect its volcanic origin. The area is very fertile and home to diverse species not found elsewhere in Greenland. Keep an eye out for its hot springs as you move through floating icebergs and whales.

Day 11: Kangerlussuaq

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At the head of one of the longest fjords in western Greenland, Kangerlussuaq has a history as a World War II airbase. Visit the 60-meter tall face of the Russell Glacier on the edge of the Greenland ice cap to hear and see it crack and break off into the meltwater. Other popular activities include kayaking on the fjords and wildlife tours of the glacial areas that attract muskoxen, reindeer, arctic foxes and gyrfalcons.

Day 12: Kangerlussuaq | Disembark | Fly to Reykjavik

At the head of one of the longest fjords in western Greenland, Kangerlussuaq has a history as a World War II airbase. Visit the 60-meter tall face of the Russell Glacier on the edge of the Greenland ice cap to hear and see it crack and break off into the meltwater. Other popular activities include kayaking on the fjords and wildlife tours of the glacial areas that attract muskoxen, reindeer, arctic foxes, and gyrfalcons.

Fly from Kangerlussuaq to Reykjavik, then spend the night at the complimentary hotel.

Day 13: Reykjavik

  • 1 Breakfast
Bid farewell to the Hotel staff as you prepare for your flight back home.

Ship/Hotel

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Included
  • 12 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 10 Dinners
  • 12 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Room Service 
  • Wifi
  • Return regional flights to the port of embarkation and/or disembarkation (where specified)
  • One night pre-cruise accommodation with breakfast in a 4/5-star hotel or onboard.
  • Coffee, tea, soft drinks & select alcoholic beverages 24 hours a day.
  • Lecture programs by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers
  • Onboard gratuities & port taxes
  • Branded Swan Hellenic expedition parka and use of rubber boots in Polar Regions.
  • All transfers between Airport, Hotel and Ship
  • Transfers and Flights: Buenos Aires - Ushuaia - Buenos Aires 
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Passport and Applicable Visa Expenses

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