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With the world’s largest fjord systems, Greenland beckons you to explore on this 13-day voyage on the Ocean Atlantic. Iceberg-choked fjords, tundra hikes, and the Arctic wildlife of Greenland National Park create picture-perfect scenes every day. See some of the world's best displays of the aurora borealis and visit local Inuit settlements to learn about their inhabitants' connection to the past with their tradition of living off the land. With active options, you can climb atop mountains and watch herds of grazing musk oxen on the horizon. This is pure wilderness, the untouched Arctic. 
Hike along Eastern Greenland's red earth hills to gaze down at the iceberg-filled seas.Bright wildflowers liven up the mountainous Arctic landscapeRemote village among icebergsContemplate the vastness of natureThe Northern Lights are worth the wait
  • Experience Greenland’s vast landscapes and the world’s largest fjord system
  • Visit the largest and most remote national park on the planet
  • Spend time in a local Inuit community, Ittoqqortoormiit
  • Catch sightings of muskoxen, arctic fox, seabirds, dolphins, and whales
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed

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Day 1: Kangerlussuaq | Embark

Board a charter flight from Keflavik, Iceland to Kangerlussuaq in Greenland. Upon arrival in Kangerlussuaq, transfer to the small port located west of the airport, where the ship will be anchored. Zodiacs will transfer you the short distance to the ship, where you will be checked in to your outside cabin. After the safety drill, enjoy a welcome dinner as Ocean Atlantic cruises through the 160-kilometer Kangerlussuaq fjord. 

Day 2: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Listen to a lecture from our experienced expedition staff, see a film about Arctic nature – or go out on deck to catch glimpses of migrating birds and hopefully some whales. 

Day 3: Nuuk

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The world's smallest capital is in Greenland, where it is considered by many a mighty metropolis - a total of 17,000 people live here today, almost a third of the country’s population.
The area has been inhabited since 2200 BCE by pre-Inuit hunters. From 1000 to 1350 CE, the Icelandic Vikings and farmers settled in South Greenland and in the Nuuk Fjord, while at the same time Inuit hunters of the Thule culture moved south from North Greenland. The Nordic settlers disappeared around 1350 CE, but the Inuit stayed, being far better equipped to hunt and survive in the tough Arctic nature.
Modern history of Greenland began in 1721, when the Norse missionary Hans Egede founded a permanent colony and trading station near Nuuk. In fact, Egede’s main purpose to return to Greenland was to convert the Catholic northerners to Lutherans, but soon after his arrival he realized the Norse had disappeared, a mystery still unresolved.

Day 4: Arsuk Fjord

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Reach South Greenland and expect the reach Arsuk Fjord with the small settlement of the same name. But the important call here is the former cryolite mine at Ivituut, the only place in the world where this very special mineral was mined until depleted 30 years ago. Used in aluminum melting, the mineral became strategically important, and forced the Americans to set up bases in South Greenland to protect the supply during WW 2. 

Day 5: Prince Christian Sound

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Kap Farvel (Ummannarsuaq), or Cape Farewell, is renowned not only as Greenland's southernmost point, but also for its infamous, although mostly seasonal, gale-force winds.

The captain will opt for a far more comfortable but at the same time more spectacular route, cruising via the inside passage through the Prince Christian Sound (Ikerasassuaq). This 60 km long waterway, from the settlement Aapilattoq in the heart of the fjordlands of South West Greenland to the Atlantic in the east.

Day 6: Skjoldungen

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The island of Skjoldungen is without doubt one of most beautiful areas in East Greenland. Situated at 63° N, the island is surrounded by narrow, steep fjords and glaciers, and with plenty of the cool, crisp and clean air of the ever present and nearby ice sheet. Still, find and experience a lush landscape and a milder climate than most would expect. Acclaimed Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen came here in late summer 1888 in search of a suitable ascension point for the first Greenland Icecap crossing.
Skjoldungen is also the name of an abandoned settlement, located on the southwest side of the island. Up to 100 people lived here until 1965, and some houses remain. Continue your journey to Dronning Marie Dal in the area's northwestern corner to get a closer view of its interesting flora.

Day 7: Tasiilaq

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, approach the Island of Ammassalik and enter King Oskar's harbor with the Polhem Mountain to starboard and Tasiilaq, east Greenland's largest town, before the ship. Although massive ice floes surround Tasiilaq making shipping traffic impossible most of the year, it has well-functioning educational institutions and health services. Visit the beautiful local museum with the old turf hut, which undoubtedly is the place with the very best opportunities to buy some of Greenland's best crafts. From Tasiilaq, spend the rest of the day exploring the dramatic fjords and landscapes of the Ammassalik district.

Day 8: Kangerlussuaq Fjord

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The coastline from the Ammassalik area to Scoresbysund Fjord is among the most dramatic in the world. 2-3000 meter mountains rise directly from the sea in Denmark Strait, which is often filled with pack ice from the Arctic Ocean. The coast was inaccessible to both Inuit and European whalers, and it was not until 1899 that a small group of Danes led by Captain Amdrup managed to cover the 500 dangerous miles in a rowing boat. Ocean Atlantic will pass the coast towards Scoresbysund in approximately 2½ days. Local wind and ice conditions determine route and possible landings. Hope to visit the abandoned settlement at the Kangerlussuaq fjord and go ashore at the dramatic Nansen Fjord.

Day 9: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Possibly the most dramatic coast outside of Antarctica, the Blosseville coast is guarded by Greenland’s highest mountains and steepest fjords – and a belt of pack ice which before global warming would keep out any adventurous sailor for years. The recent decade has had warmer summers and much less ice which enables ice strengthened vessels such as the Ocean Atlantic to venture along the coast, on lookout for stunning wildlife, abandoned Inuit settlements and otherworldly landscapes. 
After passing Blosseville Coast, the ship will navigate the pointed Cape Brewster and arrive at the world's largest fjord, Scoresbysund. 

Day 10: Ittoqqortoormiit

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cross the huge entrance of Scoresbysund during the night and arrive at the Inuit community Ittoqqortoormiit in the morning. About 500 people live here, most of whom base a large portion of their households on hunting. Seal, muskoxen and polar bear skins hang to dry outside many of the houses, and the sled dogs are waiting for sea ice to be safe for the first hunts of the fall. The town is extremely isolated, and the inhabitants only receive ship supplies twice a year. We have established good contacts with the local residents during our earlier visits and can go ashore to experience this unique little community. 

Tomorrow cruise further into the fjord and hope to do a landing before returning to the Denmark Strait and the open sea. 

Day 11: Scoresbysund Fjord

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The amazing visual menu of the day is nothing less than the longest fjord in the world, Scoresbysund. Explore this fjord and hope to be able to offer kayaking and landings, weather and ice conditions permitting.

Day 12: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The last day will be at sea getting glimpses of sea birds migrating south.  
Onboard lecturers will make inspiring and enriching presentations about Iceland’s and Greenland’s history, nature, wildlife and climatology. A captain’s farewell drink and a slideshow of the voyage will also be presented this evening. 

Day 13: Reykjavik, Iceland | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark after breakfast. 


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Size 9-10 m². Cabins feature a single bed, private bathroom, and a porthole. Located on Columbus Deck (Deck 4).
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Size 18-21 m². Large Inside Triple Cabin, featuring a double or two single beds, and a fold-out single bed, a relaxing sitting area, and a bathroom with a bathtub, and a porthole. Located on Marco Polo Deck (Deck 5).
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Size 12-13 m². This Standard Cabin has two single beds, private bathroom, and a window. Located on the Marco Polo Deck (Deck 5).
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Size 20-23 m² Featuring a double bed or two single beds, a sofa bed that enables triple accommodation, a relaxing sitting area, private bathroom and windows. Partly obstructed view. Located on the Magellan and Hudson Deck (Deck 7 & 8).
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Size 19-24 m². Featuring a double bed or two single beds, a relaxing sitting area, a private bathroom, and windows. Located on the Marco Polo Deck (Deck 5).
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Size 35 m². These 2-room suites are designed with a large double bed or two twin beds, an elegant living room, a large private bathroom, and windows. Located on the Marco Polo Deck (Deck 5).


  • 13-day/12-night cruise with Ocean Atlantic in a shared outside/inside double cabin with private bathroom/toilet in the selected category  
  • English-speaking expedition team  
  • Nature hikes and Zodiac cruises per itinerary  
  • Near-port town walks with expedition team  
  • Guided walks in Ivittut, Tasiilaq and Ittiqqortoormiit 
  • City tour in Nuuk 
  • Information briefings and lectures by expedition team  
  • Full board on ship  
  • Free coffee, tea and afternoon snacks on the ship  
  • Welcome and farewell cocktails      
  • Taxes, tariffs and AECO fees   
  • Special photo workshop  
  • Welcome and farewell cocktails  
  • Digital visual journal link after voyage, including voyage log, gallery, species list and more!  

  • Hotel accommodations pre and post cruise 
  • Travel insurance 
  • Cancellation insurance 
  • Extra excursions and activities not mentioned in the itinerary 
  • Single room supplement 
  • Meals not on board the ship
  • Beverages (other than coffee and tea) 
  • Tips for the crew (we recommend USD 15 per person per day)
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned under "included"
  • Required Emergency Evacuation Insurance of at least $200,000. Please let us know if you need help arranging this.



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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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