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Ilulissat Greenland

Gems of West Greenland: Fjords, Icebergs and Culture

Example 12 Day Cruise aboard Ultramarine
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Take this 12-day journey along the stunning West Greenland coast aboard Ultramarine, venturing into picturesque fjords and captivating islands. This trip showcases the finest attractions in West Greenland, offering a comprehensive exploration of the area. During the trip, visit culturally rich towns such as Sisimiut and Uummannaq. Marvel at the towering glaciers while enjoying the comfort provided by Ultramarine. Take advantage of the prolonged daylight hours during the summer months, with clear skies and increased chances of wildlife sightings.
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Highlights
  • Explore the multicultural city of Toronto, Canada
  • Discover the cultural and natural wonders of Uummanaq Fjord in Greenland
  • Explore the iconic Disko Bay and witness the beauty of Sermeq Kujalleq
  • Venture into the stunning wilderness of Qeqqata and participate in outdoor activities
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Arrive in Toronto, Canada

Arrive at Toronto Pearson International Airport and make your way to your included hotel in Toronto. The rest of the day is yours to explore the multicultural city of Toronto.

Day 2: Fly to Kangerlussuaq | Embark

This morning, catch your charter flight to Kangerlussuaq, board your vessel, and begin your expedition. Get ready for a great adventure ahead! Expect a welcome and safety briefing from your expedition leader.

Day 3: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As you sail north along the west coast to the first area of exploration, your expedition team will prepare you for the adventures that lie ahead. Once activity and excursion briefings are completed, the education team will schedule presentations on the wildlife and fascinating history of Greenland, its geology, ecology, and climate, and the incredible sights for you to explore.

Day 4-6: Uummanaq Fjord

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Uummannaq Fjord is the second-largest fjord system in Greenland, surpassed only by Scoresbysund in east Greenland. On these itinerary days, you can have the opportunity to become one of the few people ever to explore this area in depth and travel beyond the predictable tourist destinations. The fjord is full of cultural and natural wonders. Potential excursions include visits to the town of Ummanaq, a visit to Qilakitsoq (the site where the famous Greenland Mummies were discovered), and excursions focused around Store Glacier and its immense discharge zone. Embrace the expeditionary spirit as you pioneer new destinations within the labyrinth of valleys and channels in the depths of the fjord. Quark Expeditions’ core belief in working closely with local partners will enhance every experience as you explore alongside local experts. Draw on your team’s collective knowledge and expertise to deliver incredible experiences.

Day 7-8: Disko Bay

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Disko Bay is a wide, southeastern inlet of Baffin Bay and is the largest open bay in western Greenland. Try to get out on deck as you navigate into this iconic bay where whales are often spotted. Disko Bay is full of exciting destinations for you to explore. Visit the community of Illulissat, which is situated at the head of the outlet fjord for Sermeq Kujalleq (Jakobshavn Glacier), known for discharging 35 billion tons of ice each year. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004, the fjord is immensely beautiful, and you can explore it via one of the many marked hiking trails.

Another area to consider for this itinerary is the wild beauty of Equip Sermia or Torsukatak Fjords, located in the northeast corner of Disko Bay. Both of these remote areas offer fantastic vistas of large, active glacial faces and provide plenty of opportunities for hiking, paddling, and Zodiac cruising. This is also an area where, if conditions allow, you can consider utilizing the twin-engine helicopters to get you in the air to appreciate the immensity of this region.

Day 9-10: Qeqqata

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Qeqqata (meaning center) municipality is Greenland’s second-smallest administrative region. Situated in the middle of the country’s western coast, Qeqqata is home to almost 20% of Greenland's populace, most of whom reside in Sisimiut and Maniitsoq.

During these two days, your expedition team will work with the local partners to curate a balance of community and wilderness-focused activities. You are likely to visit Sisimiut, where you can wonder through the open-air museum, participate in local tastings, or join a hiking group to venture beyond the town limits along one of many incredible hiking trails on Sisimiut’s doorstep. This is where you can try the (paid) mountain biking activity.

Further south, the areas surrounding Maniitsoq are equally stunning. One of the favorite destinations in the area is the picturesque alpine lake of Innussuit Tasersuat, where you can hike and share a picnic with friends from Maniitsoq. The fjord systems behind Maniitsoq are deep and seldom visited. Your team will seek to take you beyond the ordinary and into these fjords for magical, one-of-a-kind experiences, one of which is Eternity Fjord, which is home to the tallest mountains in all of West Greenland.

Day 11: Kangerlussuaq | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Today, disembark in Kangerlussuaq and transfer to your charter flight to Toronto. Spend the night in your included hotel.

Day 12: Toronto

Today, make your way to Toronto Pearson International Airport to catch your homeward flights, or spend more time exploring the fascinating city of Toronto, known for its many multicultural neighborhoods and attractions.

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Ultramarine
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Ultramarine - Solo Panorama Cabin
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Solo Panorama
Located on Deck 6, approximately 132 sq. ft. Features a single bed, floor-to-ceiling window, desk, refrigerator, TV, a private bathroom with shower and heated floors.
Ultramarine - Explorer Triple Cabin
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Explorer Triple
Located on Deck 3, approximately 285 sq. ft. Features three single beds (two of which can be combined into a double bed), sitting area, picture window, desk, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower and heated floors.
Ultramarine - Explorer Suite Cabin
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Explorer Suite
Located on Deck 3, approximately 285 sq. ft. Features one double or two single beds, sitting area with sofa bed, picture window, desk, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower and heated floors.
Ultramarine - Balcony Suite Cabin
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Balcony Suite
Located on Decks 4 and 6, with approximately 226 sq. ft. Features one double or two single beds, sitting area with sofa bed, private balcony, desk, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower and heated floors.
Ultramarine - Deluxe Balcony Suite Cabin
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Deluxe Balcony Suite
Located on Decks 4 and 6, with approximately 299 sq. ft. Features one double or two single beds, sitting area with sofa bed, private balcony, desk, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower, bathtub and heated floors.
Ultramarine - Terrace Cabin
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Terrace Suite
Located on Deck 6, with approximately 350 sq. ft. Features one double or two single beds, sitting area with sofa bed, private extra-wide balcony, desk, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower, bathtub and heated floors.
Ultramarine - Penthouse Suite Cabin
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Penthouse Suite
Located on Deck 7, with approximately 369 sq. ft. Features one double or two single beds, sitting area with sofa bed, private balcony, desk, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower, bathtub and heated floors.
Ultramarine - Owner's Suite Cabin
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Owner's Suite
Located on Deck 6, with approximately 446 sq. ft. Features one double or two single beds in a private bedroom with walk-in closet, sitting area with sofa bed and additional closet, private balcony, desk, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom with shower, bathtub and heated floors and separate powder room.
Ultramarine - Ultra Suite Cabin
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Ultra Suite
Located on Deck 6, with approximately 563 sq. ft. Features one double or two single beds in a private bedroom with walk-in closet, sitting area with sofa bed and additional walk-in hallway closet, private balcony, refrigerator, TV, private bathroom.

Notes

- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy. Request the Twin Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.

- Standard Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.7 times the double occupancy rate. The supplement for a Premium Cabin is 2 times the shared rate.
Included
  • 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 10 Dinners
  • 10 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Coffee, Tea and Cocoa Available Around the Clock
  • Leadership throughout the expedition by our experienced Expedition Leader
  • Loan of Waterproof Boots for Landings
  • Official Expedition Parka to Keep
  • Select Beer and Wine During Dinner
  • Photographic Journal Documenting the Expedition
  • All Miscellaneous Service Taxes and Port Charges Throughout the Program
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
  • Emergency Evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $500,000 per person
  • All shore landings as per the daily program
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board throughout your voyage
  • All luggage handling aboard the ship
  • Greenland voyages cruise passenger tax
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • 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
  • Government arrival and departure taxes
  • Internet & Phone Charges
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Mandatory Waterproof Pants for Zodiac Cruising & Any Other Gear Not Specifically Mentioned
  • Adventure Options not listed in Included Activities
  • Mandatory Transfer Package fees not included, prices vary by departure
  • Arrival transfers in Reykjavik

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