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Kangerlussuaq Roundtrip - Example 6 Day Cruise aboard National Geographic Resolution
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Venture to the fjord-laced coast of western Greenland, where hardy Inuit communities perched at the edge of the Greenland ice cap carry on their timeless way of life. Explore archaeological sites and vibrant modern-day villages and glide into breathtaking fjords by Zodiac or kayak as you explore the ins and outs of this rugged coastline. Take an unforgettable cruise amid the massive icebergs of the Ilulissat Icefjord and meet local people who live off the land and sea as their ancestors before them did for millennia.

 
Amazing blue water and ice in GreenlandHiking in the vast Arctic landscapeColorful Sisimiut, GreenlandMidnight sun light, IlulissatDisko BayThe edge of Greenland's ice cap
Highlights
  • Explore the dramatic coastline of West Greenland.
  • Delve into Greenlandic culture and history at Sisimiut museum.
  • Hike the Sermermiut Valley and take in extraordinary views.
  • Visit the archaeological site at Qilakitsoq.
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Day 1: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland | Embark

Fly by chartered aircraft to Kangerlussuaq on Greenland’s western coast. Settle into your cabin aboard National Geographic Resolution, the newest ship in the fleet.

Day 2: Greenland’s West Coast & Sisimiut

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise the length of Kangerlussuaq Fjord en route to Sisimiut. Dozens of deep fjords carve into Greenland’s west coast, many with glaciers fed by the ice cap that covers 80 percent of the country. At Sisimiut, a former whaling port, visit the museum and wander amid a jumble of 18thcentury wooden buildings. There are several walking options to explore in and around town.

Day 3: Ilulissat & Disko Bay

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail into Disko Bay and set out 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 an archaeological site in the Sermermiut Valley. As we make our way north through Disko Bay, if ice conditions permit, follow the inside passage of Disko Island and continue to Nuussuaq Peninsula.

Day 4: Uummannaq / Qilakitsoq

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The village of Uummannaq sits on a tiny island in the Uummannaq Fjord that is dominated by a massive peak that rises dramatically at its center. Visit the town’s excellent community museum to see traditional clothing and tools along with scenes of everyday life on these islands. Cross the fjord to the site of the village of Qilakitsoq, where a collection of eight mummies dating back to 1475 was discovered in 1972. These eight individuals, all extraordinarily well-preserved women and children, were Thule people, the ancestors of the modern Inuit. Learn about the historic find, which was featured on the cover of the February 1985 issue of National Geographic magazine

Day 5: Ataneq Fjord

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today we will explore the beautiful Ataneq Fjord in true expeditionary style, stopping to hike, kayak, ride Zodiacs, and observe wildlife when the opportunity arises. Hike across the spongy tundra that covers metamorphic rocks at Tunúngassoq while searching for Arctic fox or perhaps caribou. Kayak along the steep sides of the fjord or enjoy a Zodiac cruise to get up close to the glacially carved landscape. Cap off the day with a farewell dinne

Day 6: Kangerlussuaq | Home

  • 1 Breakfast
Our ship returns to Kangerlussuaq by morning. Transfer to the airport for your charter flight back to the U.S. and connect to your flight home.

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Fore Deck with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair 183 square ft. #406, 408, 411, 413, 415. Standard Cabin Amenities
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Fore Deck with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair 205 square ft. #410, 412, 414, 416-419, 421-427
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Main Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 205 square ft. #512-524
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Lounge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa, 205 square ft. #608, 610, 612, 613-623 Standard Cabin Amenities
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Bridge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 205 square ft. #708, 709, 711, 713
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Bridge Deck—Junior Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed 344 square ft. #710
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Bridge Deck—Large Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed, bathtub, walk-in closet 430 square ft. #700-707, 712, 714-717
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Main Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 140 square ft. #504-510, 513
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Lounge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 140 square ft. #604, 606, 609, 611
Included
  • 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners
  • 5 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • The Guidance and Company of the Expedition Staff
  • Hotels Ashore as Indicated in the Itinerary
  • Sightseeing & Entrance Fees
  • Special Access Permits, Park Fees, Port Taxes
  • Zodiac & Kayak Explorations
  • Snorkeling, Including Wetsuits, Masks, Fins & Snorkel Where Relevant
  • Presentations and Guest Speakers in the Lounge
  • Gratuities to the Ship Crew
  • Complimentary Parka 
  • Alcohol (except premium brands) 
  • Non-Alcoholic Beverages
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  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Scuba Diving
  • Passport and Applicable Visa Expenses
  • Additional Hotel Nights 
  • Private Transfers
     
  • Expedition Extensions 
  • Laundry 
  • Internet & Phone Charges
  • Rubber Boots: Please bring your own. 

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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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