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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.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Fly from Keflavik, Iceland | Embark in Narsarsuaq, Greenland
Day 2 : Norde Sermilik (Isafjord)
Day 3 : Qaleralik Sermia
Day 4 : Uunartoq
Day 5 : Herjolfsnes (Ikigait)
Day 6 : Hvalsey
Day 7 : Brattahlíð
Day 8 : Disembark in Narsarssuaq | Fly to Keflavik

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

Ship

Rembrandt van Rijn

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

View of the Sermilik Fjord in Greenland. Enjoy the unique towns of Greenland. Hiking the arctic tundra. Travelers on the shores of Greenland. Hiking through the arctic tundra.

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)

  • Ship
  • 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

  • Ship
  • 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

  • Ship
  • 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)

  • Ship
  • 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

  • Ship
  • 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

  • Ship
  • 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.

Rembrandt van Rijn

Per person starting at
$2,700
Rembrandt van Rijn's Triple Private Porthole Cabin.
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Triple Private Porthole
Main deck, upper and lower berths, private bath facilities and porthole.
Rembrandt van Rijn's Twin Private.
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Twin Private Inside
Lower deck, upper and lower berths, inside cabins with private bath facilities.
Rembrandt van Rijn's Twin Private Porthole.
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Twin Private Porthole
Lower deck, upper and lower berths or two lower berths, private bath facilities and porthole.

Notes

- 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.

Included in this voyage:
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
  • Free use of snow shoes
  • Transfers and baggage handling between airport and ship in Greenland harbours on the chartered group flights
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • AECO fees and governmental taxes
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material

Not Included in this voyage:
  • Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
  • Pre- and post- land arrangements
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes
  • Meals ashore
  • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is mandatory)
  • Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges
  • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided)
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