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Heli-Hiking in Greenland

West Greenland Ice Odyssey: Glaciers and Icebergs

Example 10 Day Cruise aboard Ultramarine
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Embark on a 10-day expedition cruise to and from Toronto, Canada, aboard the Ultramarine. Explore the dramatic coast of West Greenland, immersing yourself in its fjords and islands. Visit towns like Sisimiut, Ilulissat, and potentially Itilleq, each brimming with local culture. Glide past colossal glaciers and sculpted icebergs. With long summer days, expect clear views and chances to spot seals, Arctic birds, and possibly whales like humpbacks and minkes. A condensed yet enriching experience of West Greenland awaits.
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Highlights
  • Explore Toronto, one of the most cosmopolitan and multicultural cities in Canada
  • Experience the incredible beauty of Disko Bay, known for its whales and stunning fjord
  • Discover the wilderness of Qeqqata, Greenland's second-smallest administrative region, and immerse yourself in the local culture
  • Visit Sisimiut, where you can explore the open-air museum and join a hiking group
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 Pearson International Airport and make your way to your included hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore Toronto, one of the most cosmopolitan and multicultural cities in Canada.

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. Quark Expeditions’ core belief in working closely with local partners will enhance every experience as you explore alongside local experts.

Day 3-5: Disko Bay

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, consider utilizing the twin-engine helicopters to get you in the air to appreciate the immensity of this region.

Day 6-8: Qeqqata

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 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 the (paid) mountain biking activity takes place.

Further south, the 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. Another fascinating community in this region is Itilleq. Surrounded by sea and mountains, Itilleq is located about a mile (2 km) above the Arctic Circle.

The Quark Expeditions team has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with the people of Itilleq, who often gather and invite the staff and guests for a pick-up game of soccer or football.

Day 9: Kangerlussuaq | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Today, disembark in Kangerlussuaq, formerly known as Søndre Strømfjord, transfer to your charter flight to Toronto, and spend the night in your included hotel.

Day 10: Toronto, Canada

You may make your way to the airport to connect with your onward flight or stay longer if you have booked additional accommodations.

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Ultramarine

Ultramarine
Ultramarine Dining Room
Bistro 487

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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
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 8 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 Toronto

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