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The Saga of Erik The Red

Example 13 Day Cruise aboard Le Soleal
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Sail along the steep eastern Arctic coastline on this 13-day expedition cruise. Explore the deep southern Greenland fjords and continue up past mountains worn away by glaciers and covered with rich, abundant flora. Joined by a team of anthropologists, ornithologists, geologists, and experts in marine mammals, get up close to the amazing landscapes and wildlife this magic region is famous for, including seals, whales, and maybe even polar bears. To the west of the country, sail amongst the blue icebergs of the Narsarsuaq region and the northern hemisphere's largest icebergs in Ilulissat.

Day-by-Day Summary

Days 1-2 : Reyjavik | Hafnarfjörður | Embark
Day 3 : Sailing Denmark Strait
Day 4 : Nansen Harbor
Day 5 : Skjoldungen
Day 6 : Prince Christian Sound | Herjolfness
Day 7 : Hvalso | Erik Le Rouge Fjord
Day 8 : Sailing Greenland's West Coast
Day 9 : Nuuk
Day 10 : Disko Bay
Day 11 : Ilulissat Fjord
Day 12 : Eternity Fjord
Day 13 : Kangerlussuaq | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit the attractive and charming harbor of Reykjavik
  • Enjoy breathtaking views as you sail across the Denmark Strait
  • Explore the rugged coastline of Eastern Greenland by zodiac     
  • Discover one of the world’s largest fjords and the capital city of Nuuk

Ship

Le Soleal

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Disko Bay A mother polar bear and her young relax on the Arctic landscape Midnight sun light, Ilulissat Boat, barn, and iceberg on Disko Bay Icebergs in Greenland

Day 1-2 Reyjavik | Hafnarfjörður | Embark

Hafnarfjörður is an attractive harbor city located just a few kilometers from the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik. You get there by sea, so you can see the fishing boats moored in the bays. As you approach, see the immersed rocks of volcanic origin; in fact, Hafnarfjörður is built on an ancient field of lava flow. In the town center, basalt rocks point you in the direction of the historic houses of Sivertsen and Siggubær: their interiors and period furniture bring old Iceland back to life before your very eyes. Not far from here, you can fill your lungs with sea air by taking the coastal walk, which is well worth it for the beautiful, panoramic views.

Day 3 Sailing Denmark Strait

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 4 Nansen Harbor

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Go ashore in Nansen Harbor, and explore the rugged coastline of eastern Greenland by zodiac.           

Day 5 Skjoldungen

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Skjoldungen is an uninhabited coastal island in the southeastern shores of Greenland. It is located between two fjords, the Southern Skjoldungen Fjord, to the southwest, and the Northern Skjoldungen Fjord to the northeast. Spend the day hiking and exploring the stunning landscapes.

Day 6 Prince Christian Sound | Herjolfness

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Prince Christian Sound connects the Labrador Sea with the Irminger Sea.There is only one settlement along this sound, Aappilattoq. The long fjord system is mostly surrounded by steep mountains reaching over 120 0m in height. Many glaciers going straight into its waters calve icebergs. There are often strong tidal currents limiting the formation of ice. 

Herjolfsnes was a Norse settlement in Greenland, located approximately 50 km northwest of Cape Farewell. It was established in the late 10th century and is believed to have lasted approximately 500 years. The fate of its Norse inhabitants, as with the Norse Greenland colony as a whole, is unknown. The site is known today for having yielded remarkably well-preserved medieval garments, excavated by Danish archaeologist Paul Norland in 1921.

Day 7 Hvalso | Erik Le Rouge Fjord

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The fertile region of South Greenland is home to the well-preserved ruins of one of the first Christian churches on the North American continent - Hvalsey Church. Long before Columbus ever had the idea of sailing west to try to find a shorter route to India, the Norse settlers from Scandinavia had established themselves in Greenland. The fertile South Greenlandic fjords had attracted Norse settlers from Iceland and many estates and farms had been established in the new country.

Day 8 Sailing Greenland's West Coast

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 9 Nuuk

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Inhabited by an entire population of Vikings from the 10th century, Nuuk has since become the refuge of Inuit populations. Established at the mouth of one of the world’s largest fjords, Greenland’s capital extends gradually over Davis Strait and boasts a historic center with a particularly rich heritage. The bright reds, blues, greens, and yellows of the houses contrast with the dark waters of Greenland to warm the heart and spirit of local inhabitants during the winter. The rich colors of the tundra mingled with the sea and sky create a stunning picture.

Day 10 Disko Bay

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Disko Bay has been an important location for centuries. Its coastline was first encountered by Europeans when Erik the Red started a settlement in 985 AD on the more habitable western coast of Greenland. The two settlements, called the Eastern and Western settlements, were sustenance economies that survived on animal husbandry. Soon after the Western settlement was established, the Norsemen traveled up the coast during the summer thaw and discovered Disko Bay.

Day 11 Ilulissat Fjord

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Ilulissat Fjord offers an extraordinary spectacle. Embark on an unforgettable adventure aboard a local boat to discover this river of ice. When the light changes as the sun’s angle shifts, the icebergs display strange colors, draping themselves in gold, pink, red, and mauve as off in the distance the houses light up for nightfall. In the isolated bay, the horizon, water, and ice meld together and become one.

Day 12 Eternity Fjord

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Evigheds Fjord or “Eternity Fjord” is a fjord in West Greenland and is nearby to Qingârssuk and Torssût. Cruise and explore the glassy water surrounded by stunning peaks.

Day 13 Kangerlussuaq | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Kangerlussuaq is a settlement on the west coast of Greenland near the end of a fjord of the same name. A former U.S. military base, Kangerlussuaq is the transportation hub for the country today, connecting travelers and locals with other towns in Greenland to international destinations like Copenhagen, Denmark, and Iceland. The town is also surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and wildlife. Thousands of musk oxen roam the mountains and valleys near the town, which are accessible by hiking trails.

Le Soleal

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The Deluxe Stateroom has a capacity of up to 2 passengers per cabin, with a king-sized bed or twin beds and a private balcony.
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The Prestige Stateroom on Deck 4 has a capacity of up to 2 passengers per cabin, with a king-sized bed or twin beds and a private balcony.
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The Prestige Stateroom on Deck 5 has a capacity of up to 2 passengers per cabin, with a king-sized bed or twin beds and a private balcony.
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Prestige Stateroom Deck 6
The Prestige Stateroom on Deck 6 has a capacity of up to 2 passengers per cabin, with a king-sized bed or twin beds and a private balcony.
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The Deluxe Suite has a capacity of up to 2 passengers per cabin, with a king-sized bed or twin beds and a private balcony.
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The Prestige Suite on Deck 5 has a capacity of up to 4 passengers per cabin, with a king-sized bed or twin beds and an 8m² private balcony.
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Prestige Suite Deck 6
The Prestige Suite on Deck 6 has a capacity of up to 4 passengers per cabin, with a king-sized bed or twin beds and an 8m² private balcony.
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Owner Suite
The Owner's suite is situated on Deck 6 with a capacity up to 2 passengers per cabin. With a king-sized bed, it has been decorated by French interior designers and provides you with a breathtaking panoramic sea view.

Notes

Please note:
Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and are subject to change without notice.

Discounts are available for children sharing a cabin with two adults and third adult passengers in select cabin categories. Please contact us for details.

Single travelers can opt for a solo cabin - supplements start at 50%.

Please do not forget to bring your medical certificates when it is required to participate in an expedition cruise. 

These voyages include activities such as Zodiac® landings (sometimes wet landings), Zodiac® outings, moderate walks, to more active hikes accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides. Considering the nature of the programs, a reasonable level of mobility is required to enjoy these expeditions.


Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • All meals while on board the ship 
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • 24h room service (special selection)
  • English-speaking lecturer 
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team 
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
  • Water-resistant parka offered on board
  • Complimentary boot rental on select cruises
Cruise, Flights & Transfers program rates are per person and also include:
  • Flight Kangerlussuaq - Paris in economy class, on European airlines
  • Transfer from the ship
  • Other services before and after the cruise according to detailed programs available upon request 10 months prior departure
* Flights are being studied and are subject to change until the flight plan is confirmed up to 3 months prior to each cruise. 

Cruise fares do not include:
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned in each “Cruise, Flights & Transfers” package and for which details are available upon request
  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions mentioned in the cruise brochure
  • Airport taxes (other than the ones included)
  • Port and safety taxes
  • Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
  • Luggage handling
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides and drivers
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
  • Dives when authorized by local authorities and feasible with ship equipment and zodiacs. Rates: 70 € per standard dive; 80€ per dive when local equipment or staff must be used, 80€ for a “discover scuba dive” course. In order to participate to diving sessions, guests must have with them a medical certificate less than 1 year old and their up to date dive book.
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned
  • Laundry services, hair salon and à la carte Spa treatments
  • Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
  • Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)

Included

  • 11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 12 Dinners
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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