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Southern Greenland Discovery

Halifax - Reykjavik - Example 13 Day Cruise aboard SH Diana
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Embark on a 13-day expedition cruise aboard the SH Diana, passing through the dramatic landscapes of the North Atlantic. The adventure commences in Canada's charming maritime region, departing from vibrant Halifax and sailing to Saint John's and historic L'Anse-aux-Meadows. Explore Greenland's traditional ways of life and striking landscapes, visiting picturesque towns such as Qaqortoq, Narsarsuaq, and Aappilattoq while being captivated by the raw beauty of Prins Christian Sund and Skjoldungen's icy wilderness. Finally, this cruise provides a relaxing time at sea before experiencing Iceland's iconic contrasting landscapes, including the beautiful and historical Westfjords region, along with the sleek and modern city of Reykjavik.
Viking settlement, Anse-aux-MeadowsVisit the rugged coastline of Nova ScotiaPuffins on the Latrabjarg CliffsView of Reykjavik from the Church TowerStunning landscapes in Prince Christian Sound
Highlights
  • Explore Halifax's maritime museums, fortresses, and bunkers to discover its nautical history
  • Discover the 1,000-year-old Norse settlement at L'Anse aux Meadows, the first Viking site in the Americas
  • Visit Narsarsuaq for easy access to the Greenland Ice Sheet and Erik the Red's Norse settlement
  • Explore the Norse ruins and the oldest fountain in Greenland in Qaqortoq
Activity Level: Variable
Activity options vary depending on destination and operator. Activity level is determined by the range and intensity of activities you choose to participate in. Discuss with your Trip Planner which options are best for you.
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Day 1: Halifax, NS

Arrive in Halifax, relax and spend the overnight here preparing for your adventure

*specific hotel and location to be announced

Day 2: Halifax, NS | Embark

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Nova Scotia’s lively capital is rich in nautical history and charm. Its seafaring stories can be discovered in the maritime museums, fortresses, and bunkers that are peppered throughout the city. There is also an interesting counterculture contingent here, with striking public art and quirky shops on every other corner. Halifax is also home to plenty of fantastic seafood options, from street vendors to fine-dining restaurants. The surrounding shorelines are beautiful and also worth exploring. Peggy’s Cove, with its picturesque lighthouse, is a favorite spot.

Day 3: Day at Sea

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sea days are rarely dull. Take the time to sit back and let the world go by. The ship’s observation decks provide stunning views of the passing ocean. A day at sea gives you the opportunity to mingle with other passengers and share your experiences of this incredible trip, or head to the library, which is stocked full of reference books. Get an expert’s view in one of the on-board lectures, or perhaps perfect your photography skills with invaluable advice from the onboard professional photographers.

Day 4: St. John's, NL

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
St. John’s is the capital city of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. It is located at the beginning of the Trans-Canada Highway and is the most easterly city in North America. The city is known for its beautiful architecture, rich history, and vibrant culture.

Day 5: L'Anse aux Meadows, NL

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The 1,000-year-old Norse settlement at L'Anse aux Meadows (Meadows Cove) on the northernmost tip of Newfoundland is the first and only authenticated Viking site in the Americas, believed to have been occupied by Leif Erikson, the first European to explore the east coast of Canada in around 1021. Discover some of the 800 original Norse artifacts and eight sod houses found here on a tour of the recreated village, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 6: Day at Sea

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Days at sea are the perfect chance to relax, unwind, and do whatever takes your fancy. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, trying to spot a whale from the deck, reading a chapter or two, or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to the green days spent exploring on land.

Day 7: Qaqortoq

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Qaqortoq is the largest city in South Greenland and the perfect base to explore the Norse (Viking) ruins encompassed by the extensive UNESCO-listed Kujataa World Heritage Site. The town is home to the oldest fountain in Greenland. Completed in 1932, it depicts whales spouting water out of their blowholes.

Day 8: Narsarsuaq

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Narsarsuaq is a small town in a large, flat area near the head of the Tunulliarfik Fjord (Skovfjorden). Visitors can easily access the Greenland Ice Sheet, Erik the Red’s historical Norse settlement, and other UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Day 9: Aappilattoq | Cruise Prins Christian Sund

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The small, colorful, and pretty Nordic homes of Aappilattoq, the only settlement in Prins Christian Sund, stand stark against snow-tipped mountain ridges in this icy wilderness.

In Prins Christian Sund, a beautifully dramatic fjord in the south of Greenland, move among fin, blue, and minke whales, while you may also see muskox, polar bears, and bearded seals. Enjoy these unspoiled, picturesque waterways where magnificent glaciers tower and granite cliffs yield to crystal-clear waterfalls.

Day 10: Skjoldungen

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On the craggy east coast of Greenland, the stunningly scenic, U-shaped Skjoldungen Fjord is surrounded by lofty snow-capped mountains, dwarf birches, Arctic wildflowers, and willow forests, with the Thrym Glacier at one end. High rock walls, serpentine rivers, and large crevasses of ice pillars known as seracs give way to carved icebergs in the fjord that gleam in a white-to-blue spectrum. You also have the opportunity to see whales under pure blue skies.

Day 11: Day at Sea

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, as you sail, bask in the endless comforts of your ship. From the deck, marvel at the dramatic sea views. Relax with a nurturing facial treatment or massage in the spa, or delve into the ship’s learning resources. Or, simply take refuge in your cabin and enjoy the opportunity to rest.

Day 12: Patreksfjordur

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Patreksfjordur, the largest town in the southern part of Iceland’s striking Westfjords region, Patreksfjörður was a pioneering force in Iceland’s fishing industry. Today, commercial fishing remains the town’s primary industry. One of Patreksfjordur’s main draws is the nearby Látrabjarg Cliff. This stunning slice of coastline is Europe’s largest bird cliff, as well as being the continent’s most western point. One of the world’s best seabird-watching spots, this place is a must-see for keen ornithologists. Látrabjarg Cliff is also the perfect place to capture that iconic puffin photo. The puffins here are protected and have little reason to fear humans, allowing for some excellent photo opportunities.

Day 13: Reykjavik | Disembark

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Your cruise ends in Reykjavik. Make sure there is sufficient time before you begin your journey home to explore this diminutive but dramatic capital city. Despite its small size, you won’t be short of things to see and do. To get your bearings, take the elevator to the top of Hallgrímskirkja. This church, designed by famed Icelandic architect Gudjón Samuelsson, is one of the most distinctive buildings in town. When you return to earth, visit the city’s other renowned building, Harpa Concert Hall, located at the heart of Reykjavik's regenerated harbor and also the home of the Maritime Museum. Speaking of cultural spaces, tour the National Museum to learn the story of Iceland from past to present. The Reykjavik Art Museum houses an impressive contemporary collection, including eye-catching pieces by Erró. And, of course, just 50 kilometers outside the city lies Thingvellir National Park, the site of Iceland’s original Viking parliament.

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SH Diana

SH Diana
SH Diana Observation Lounge
SH Diana Swan Nest

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SH Diana Oceanview D4
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Oceanview D4
Oceanview staterooms features 2 single beds, bedroom and living room and a luxurious ensuite bathroom.
SH Diana Oceanview M4
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Oceanview M4
Oceanview staterooms features 2 single beds, bedroom and living room and a luxurious ensuite bathroom.
SH Diana Balcony D5
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Balcony D5
Located on decks 5, these balcony staterooms feature 2 single beds or a double bed, distinct bedroom and living room areas, a luxurious bathroom and your own private 6 sq. m balcony.
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Balcony M5
Located on decks 5, these balcony staterooms feature 2 single beds or a double bed, distinct bedroom and living room areas, a luxurious bathroom and your own private 6 sq. m balcony.
SH Diana Balcony D6
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Balcony D6
Located on decks 6, these balcony staterooms feature 2 single beds or a double bed, distinct bedroom and living room areas, a luxurious bathroom and your own private 6 sq. m balcony.
SH Diana Junior Suite
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Junior Suite
SH Diana’s Junior Suites features a Super King Size bed, separate living room area with homely flame-effect fireplace, private kitchen, luxurious en-suite bathroom and a 7 sq. m private balcony.
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Suite
Our Suites features a superking bed and separate living room with and a soothing flame-effect fireplace a luxurious ensuite bathroom and a 12 sq.m. private balcony.
SH Diana Premium Suite
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Premium Suite
SH Diana’s Premium Suites feature a Super King Size bed, separate living room with homely flame-effect fireplace, luxurious en-suite bathroom, spacious walk-in wardrobe and a 12 sq. m private balcony.
Included
  • 12 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 11 Dinners
  • 11 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Room Service 
  • Wifi
  • Coffee, tea, soft drinks and selected alcoholic beverages available 24-hours per day
  • Lecture programs by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers
  • Onboard gratuities & port taxes
  • Branded Swan Hellenic expedition parka and use of rubber boots in Polar Regions.
  • Group return transfers from the airport to the cruise port (via our included accommodation where applicable)
  • One night pre-cruise accommodation with breakfast in a 4/5-star hotel or onboard
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Passport and Applicable Visa Expenses
  • We recommend every traveler to take out a travel cancellation insurance, travel interruption insurance and a travel health insurance policy with an assumption of the return transport costs of repatriation

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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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