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Wild Fjords of South Greenland: Land of the Vikings

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Embark on a 13-day expedition cruise from Reykjavik to Toronto aboard the Ultramarine. Discover Greenland's southeast coast, exploring rarely visited areas and the lush southern tip. This voyage offers visits to local communities, Viking sites, and the opportunity to witness imposing glaciers. Learn about Greenland's unique culture and history through picturesque stops, all while being surrounded by breathtaking natural landscapes including fjords, mountains, and vibrant wildflowers. Discover the untamed beauty of South Greenland on this extraordinary adventure.
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Highlights
  • Explore Reykjavik, Iceland, and discover the city's unique charm
  • Learn about the wildlife, history, and geology of Greenland while sailing across the Denmark Strait
  • Experience the mesmerizing beauty of Southeast Greenland with its vast glaciers, steep mountains, and breathtaking fjords
  • Discover the rich history and culture of Greenland's southern coast, including visits to ancient Norse ruins and charming villages
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Day 1: Arrive in Reykjavik, Iceland

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

Day 2: Reykjavik | Embark

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

Day 3-4: Transit from Iceland to Southeast Greenland

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
As you sail across the Denmark Strait, your expedition team will teach you about the wildlife and enthralling history of Greenland, its fascinating geology, ecology, and climate, and the incredible sights you can soon explore. Staff will also keep watch for the seabirds you can see soaring around your ship, as well as the whales that can be encountered here.

Day 5-6: Exploring Southeast Greenland

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Your exploration of Greenland begins with South East Greenland, one of the least visited and most remote parts of the island. Your days sailing along the coast will be guided by weather and ice conditions, with each day and each excursion presenting new adventures. The region is a sight to behold, boasting a mesmerizing maze of vast glaciers, steep mountains, and breathtaking fjords.

If you’re feeling even more adventurous, perhaps you can treat yourself to an optional paddling excursion (extra cost), an unforgettable opportunity to glide past icebergs and glaciers and capture some photographs from a unique perspective.

Another possible destination is Lindenow Fjord (Kangerlussuatsiaq), and if conditions are favorable, it’s a great spot for hiking through lush and varied flora, surrounded by epic mountain vistas. This rarely-visited deep fjord is fed by a number of glaciers and offers ample opportunities for your camera to get a workout.

Day 7-8: Exploring Southeast Greenland

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Sailing on, explore Greenland’s fertile southern coast. Nicknamed Arctic Patagonia, this region is as rich in spectacular scenery as it is in history and culture. Here, it’s easy to see why Erik the Red gave Greenland its name: everywhere you look, you are rewarded with vistas of icy waters set against a backdrop of soaring mountains and unbelievably lush, green valleys. Scattered around the shores of the fjord systems that dominate the area are several small settlements, both ancient and present-day, making South Greenland an ideal place to explore.

The magical Prins Christian Sund (Ikerasassuaq), a complex maze of narrow fjords and channels, is a great place for cruising. You can explore this stunning sound, home to calving glaciers, jagged mountains, and sheer cliffs that plunge dramatically into the water. Sailing through this fjord from the vantage point of your ship or a Zodiac is an exhilarating experience. If conditions allow, venturing ashore provides opportunities for all levels of hiking.

Steeped in Norse history, the southern coast of Greenland provides plenty of places to learn about this ancient culture. One such landing you can hope to make is at Hvalsey (Qaqortukulooq), the site of Greenland’s largest and best-preserved Norse ruins. Exploring the remains of the circa 14th-century church will feel like stepping back in time, as the building appears much as it did when it was abandoned in the 15th century and the surrounding fells and fjord remain similarly untouched.

The little village of Igaliku, home to about 25 inhabitants, is Greenland’s oldest sheep-farming settlement. It’s a charming place to go ashore, as sheep peacefully graze on the grass, surrounded by bloom-covered rolling valleys and tall mountains. The area is also known for its storied past, as evidenced by the remarkable red sandstone ruins of the Gardar cathedral (the largest church in Greenland in the Middle Ages) and bishop’s residence, which date back to the early 12th century, when Greenland’s first bishop was appointed. Wandering the foundations, excavated in 1926, you get to see a bit of history firsthand as you learn about this interesting relic of the Viking period. Together with four other historic farming communities, Igaliku is part of the newly established UNESCO World Heritage Site Kujataa.

Day 9-11: Exploring West Greenland

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  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Boasting spectacular glaciers, mountainous landscapes, and vibrant communities, the west coast of Greenland will leave you awestruck. Heading north, each day you can hope to take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore local bays, channels, and landing sites, discovering some of the quaint communities dotting the islands and fjords in the region, and cruising in some of Greenland’s most picturesque places.

The west coast is home to Nuuk, the charming Greenlandic capital. Wander the streets of the historic Old Nuuk neighborhood and see the Hans Egede Church and Hans Egede statue near the waterfront, both named after the missionary who founded the settlement. History buffs will want to visit the national museum to view the famous Greenlandic mummies, found under a rock outcrop in 1972 by two brothers who were ptarmigan hunting.

Day 12: Nuuk | Disembark | Fly to Toronto

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy one more Zodiac ride to shore, then board your charter flight to Toronto, Canada. Upon arrival in Toronto, transfer to your included hotel.

Day 13: Depart Toronto

Today, you can make your way home at your leisure or spend some time exploring this artistic city.

Ship/Hotel

Ultramarine

Ultramarine
Ultramarine Dining Room
Bistro 487

Reykjavik - Hotels

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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.
Included
  • 11 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 10 Dinners
  • 11 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Coffee, Tea and Cocoa Available Around the Clock
  • Leadership throughout the expedition by our experienced Expedition Leader
  • Loan of Waterproof Boots for Landings
  • Official Expedition Parka to Keep
  • Select Beer and Wine During Dinner
  • Photographic Journal Documenting the Expedition
  • All Miscellaneous Service Taxes and Port Charges Throughout the Program
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
  • Emergency Evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $500,000 per person
  • All shore landings as per the daily program
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board throughout your voyage
  • All luggage handling aboard the ship
  • Greenland voyages cruise passenger tax
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • 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
  • Government arrival and departure taxes
  • Internet & Phone Charges
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Mandatory Waterproof Pants for Zodiac Cruising & Any Other Gear Not Specifically Mentioned
  • Adventure Options not listed in Included Activities
  • Mandatory Transfer Package fees not included, prices vary by departure
  • Arrival transfers in Reykjavik
  • Airport Transfers in Toronto

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