Explore the coastal waters of Greenland and Canada's high Arctic on this 17-day small ship cruise. Venture deep into the far northern reaches of the Arctic on a quest for wildlife and the magisterial scenery of the ice––occurring at an epic scale in Greenland. Share the experience of explorers from ancient to modern, goaded by the desire to discover the Northwest Passage. Spot polar bears on the pack ice, a wide variety of whales––from bowhead and beluga whales to the rare narwhal––amid massive glaciers. Ideal for those seeking to experience the wilds of the Arctic, this cruise is sure to delight.
Navigate the eastern entrance of Canada’s fabled Northwest Passage
Explore Greenland’s fjords and the Ilulissat Glacier, a UNESCO site
Spend a week observing polar bears and other denizens of the ice
Visit a historic Inuit fishing village and former whaling ports
Cruise the length of Kangerlussuaq Fjord en route to Sisimiut. Pass dozens of deep fjords carved into Greenland's west coast, many with glaciers fed by the ice cap that covers 80% of the country. At Sisimiut, a former whaling port, visit the museum and wander through the wooden 18th-century buildings in town. There are several walking options to explore in and around town.
A relaxing day at sea allows for time to hear talks from the ship's staff about the fascinating history of polar exploration. Go up to the bridge to watch for whales, catch up on some reading in the library, enjoy a sauna, or take advantage of the ship's fitness center. Or simply relax in the Observation Lounge.
Carved by Ice Age glaciers, Lancaster Sound is the eastern gateway to the Arctic Archipelago. European explorers like William Baffin first ventured here in the 15th century to search for the Northwest Passage. The sound has been a favorite Inuit hunting and fishing location for hundreds of years. Spend your days searching for ringed seals, arctic foxes, walruses, and polar bears, as well as beluga and bowhead whales. If you are lucky, spot the elusive narwhal, an arctic whale known for the long, spiraling tooth that projects up to ten feet from its upper jaw.
Sail into Disko Bay to explore a tongue of the Greenland ice cap. Take an extraordinary cruise among towering icebergs of the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Ilulissat Icefjord. Visit the town of Ilulissat and take a hike to the archaeological site in the Sermermiut Valley.
Your final day exploring will be spent in Greenland's beautiful, scenic fjords. Take a Zodiac cruise or kayak some of the picturesque waterways. Our undersea specialist may launch the ROV to see the marine life inhabiting the fjord floor.
Disembark in Kangerlussuaq and take a charter flight to Reykjavík where you will stay in the Grand Hotel. The next day features either a full day tour of the Golden Circle or choose a walking or city-by-bike tour of Reykjavík.
Day 17: Reykjavík | Keflavík
1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
On your final day in Reykjavík, you have your choice of options: a soak in the Blue Lagoon; a tour of Reykjanes Peninsula; or a visit to hot springs, geothermal power plant and horse farm. After lunch, transfer to the airport in Keflavík for flights home.
Kate was great to work with in the planning stage. She was prompt, helpful, and efficient. Our tour guide, Edwin, was knowledgeable and passionate. We were very happy to have traveled with Adventure Life, it made the trip easy and a true pleasure. We could concentrate on enjoying the experience rather than the details of travel.