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South Greenland - Viking Trails

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Rembrandt van Rijn
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Board the historical Rembrandt van Rijn on this 8-day South Greenland cruise. During your journey, visit the famous medieval Norse Cathedral, see where Viking Eric Red lived, spot white-tailed eagles and other wildlife, bathe in a hot spring surrounded by icebergs, and admire beautiful Arctic scenery. In Nordre Sermilik (Isafjord) you are surrounded by mountains of over 1000m. Make a landing on Eqaluit qeqertat, an old Thule settlement, and push, as far as the icebergs allow, to the glacier front of Eqalorutsit Kangidlit Sermiat.
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Highlights
  • Visit the site where the Vikings arrived from Iceland in Greenland
  • Explore Brattahlíð, where Erik the Red lived about 1000 years ago
  • Land on Eqaluit qeqertat, an old Thule settlement, and see remains of homes
  • Sail to the beautiful glacier fronts of Qaleralik Sermia and tour by zodiac
  • Tour the famous medieval Norse Cathedral at Hvalsey
  • Bathe in hot springs surrounded by icebergs in Uunartoq if conditions allow
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Fly from Keflavik, Iceland | Embark in Narsarsuaq, Greenland

Take a charter flight from Keflavik to Narsarsuaq and board the Rembrandt van Rijn.

Day 2: Norde Sermilik (Isafjord)

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Begin your journey in Nordre Sermilik (Isafjord), surrounded by mountains of over 1000 m. The ship lands on Eqaluit qeqertat and an old Thule settlement, and pushes as far as the icebergs allow, hopefully to the glacier front of Eqalorutsit Kangidlit Sermiat. Other landings may be possible.

Day 3: Qaleralik Sermia

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today in Bredefjord at Qoornooq, land in an area with beautiful remains of houses from the Thule culture. Later sail to the beautiful glacier fronts of Qaleralik Sermia, where you can enjoy zodiac excursions and make some landings near the glacier. This is a good area for white-tailed eagles.

Day 4: Uunartoq

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Land in Lichtenau in the morning, a lovely but nearly deserted Greenlandic village, where the Herrnhuters had a mission in the 18th Century, and where some of their large buildings still remain. The crew tries to get the ship to Uunartoq, where you can bathe in a large hot spring surrounded by icebergs. Across at Vagar you can find the remains of a Viking homestead.

Day 5: Herjolfsnes (Ikigait)

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Herjolfsnes (Ikigait) was the first landfall site for the Vikings when they arrived from Iceland in Greenland. Across is the small settlement of Fredriksdal, where the Moravians had an important mission post.

Day 6: Hvalsey

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today in Hvalsey, take the opportunity to visit the famous medieval Norse Cathedral, the largest Norse building in Greenland.

Day 7: Brattahlíð

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In Eriksfjord visit the Viking sites of Gardar (a walk of 3 km from the landing site at Itilleq in the neck of the Peninsula) and Brattahlíð, where Erik Red lived about a thousand years ago. In the evening arrive at the port of Narsarssuaq.

Day 8: Disembark in Narsarssuaq | Fly to Keflavik

  • 1 Breakfast
From Narsarssuaq, fly by scheduled plane to Keflavik.

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Rembrandt van Rijn

Exterior image of the Rembrandt van Rijn.
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Lounge area aboard the Rembrandt van Rijn.

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- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy.
- Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.7 times the double occupancy rate.
- Children between the ages of 3-15 receive a 40% discount in triple cabins, one child per cabin.
- Due to the extreme nature of itinerary destinations, travel insurance is mandatory for all cruises aboard the Rembrandt Van Rijn - including medical, accident and repatriation/evacuation insurance.
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  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners

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