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South & West Greenland

Home of the Vikings - Example 12 Day Cruise aboard Sea Spirit
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Find yourself among some of the most magnificent sceneries in the world on this inspiring 12-day cruise through South and West Greenland! While sailing on the m/v Sea Spirit, admire icebergs the size of city blocks and soaring mountains. The juxtaposition of glittering icebergs and verdant hillsides in one scene may strike you as unreal, but that's Greenland.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Reykjavík, Iceland
Day 2 : Reykjavik | Embark
Days 3-4 : At Sea
Day 5 : Nanotalik
Days 6-8 : Exploring West Greenland
Days 9-11 : At Sea
Day 12 : Kangerlussuaq, Greenland | Disembark

Highlights

  • Sail along picturesque fjords, calving glaciers, and immense icebergs
  • Participate in presentations and workshops by the expert staff
  • Learn about fascinating history from Viking and Inuit times to the present
  • Spot Arctic wildlife such as polar bears, whales, and white-tailed eagles

Ship

Sea Spirit

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Unbelievable views await your passage Arctic Reindeer Zodiac boats bring you closer to the majestic Arctic landscape Seals are just one of the many Arctic mammels you may encounter on your voyage Coastal village in the arctic
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Day 1 Reykjavík, Iceland

Welcome to Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland and the starting point of our expedition cruise! Even though this country lies below the Arctic Circle, Reykjavik is the world's northernmost capital of a sovereign state. Visitors needn’t travel far to find geysers and waterfalls, mountains, and glaciers. Accommodations tonight at a centrally located deluxe hotel will make embarkation tomorrow much more convenient.

Day 2 Reykjavik | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This afternoon, meeting in the lobby for your transfer to the port and embarkation of the Sea Spirit. There’s time to get settled in and explore this ship, you home-away-from-home for the next ten days. After departure, keep an eye out for our first whales (humpback and Minke whales are most common) as we sail out of the picturesque bay.

Day 3-4 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Enjoy a few restful days at sea, as we get ready for icebergs, Inuit villages, whales and much more! Along with our expedition team, watch for whales and seabirds from the deck, or participate in their presentations in the Oceanus Lounge on the flora, fauna, geology and cultural heritage to be found along West Greenland’s western coast.

Day 5 Nanotalik

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Sea Spirit rounds Cape Farewell, the southernmost point in Greenland, and calls in at Greenland’s most southerly town Nanortalik. The town lies at the mouth of beautiful Tasermiut Fjord surrounded by steep mountains that flank an intricate fjord system. The name of the town translated as “the place with polar bears” says that these arctic animals could be often seen hunting on the sea ice outside of the settlement. The local open-air museum demonstrates the fascinating history from Viking and Inuit times to the present days.
The Uunartoq area is famous for its natural hot springs, where we can soak in the geothermal waters watching the icebergs pass by.

Day 6-8 Exploring West Greenland

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
During the next few days, we head further north to visit some enchanting Greenlandic settlements and explore the beautiful fjords of Greenland’s western side.
Hvalsey, or "Whale Island", is the site of Greenland’s largest and best-preserved Norse ruins. It was originally settled by an ancestor of Erik the Red in the late 10th century. There’s time to wander and learn about the ancient farmstead that includes a granite stone Christian church, likely built in the early 14th century, and several adjacent buildings. The fells and fjord around the farmstead have not changed at all over the centuries, and the site is believed to have been a meeting place for festivals and banquets throughout the year.
Set amidst breathtaking scenery, our visit to Qaqortoq gives us some additional cultural and Viking background on the region. Placed on a beautiful hillside, the small settlement boasts colorful houses and a museum.
We continue north in the wake of the Vikings as our Sea Spirit navigates through the picturesque Eriksfjord to the settlement of Qassiarsuk. The town was founded back in the 10th century by Eric the Red following his exile from Iceland for murder. We will see the foundation remains of his manor house and other buildings. Nowadays, the area is known as a sheep farming settlement.
As we approach, Paamiut, there are good opportunities to see humpback and fin whales along the coastline. It is also an especially good place to spot white-tailed eagles. Inhabited by incredibly welcoming locals, Paamiut justifiably proud of their church that was built in 1909. The architecture reflects the Danish colonization of Greenland.
Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, is lively and surrounded by natural beauty. Here, old traditions meet modern change. Fashion shops and a cultural center represent the modern Greenland; the picturesque old port area, however, testifies to the island’s long history. The town was founded by the danish missionary Hans Egede in the early 18th century, and you’ll learn much more about the area on an included tour. In the National Museum, you’ll be fascinated by the mummies of Qilakotsoq – evidence of a bygone era.

Day 9-11 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Fjords and scenic Inuit villages shape the landscape of this icy region of western Greenland. The Sea Spirit holds her course north, and landings and activities are adapted to the current ice and weather conditions. Accordingly, we will plan to visit some of the following:

Sisimiut, the second-largest city in Greenland with about 5,400 inhabitants, is located 40 km north of the Arctic Circle. While there are modern elements, you’ll also find an outdoor hunting and fishing culture. A small museum depicts the history of trade, shipping and industry in the region.

Ilulissat, the “city of icebergs”, is the focal point of West Greenland tourism. The fjord is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and pushes unimaginable amounts of icebergs into the bay. A hike to the historic Sermermiut settlement offers some spectacular views. The famous Danish polar explorer Knut Rasmussen is a son of the city and an interesting museum here is dedicated to his life.

Itilleq is a typical Greenlandic fishing village on a small island just above the Arctic Circle, with a local population of about 120. The residents make a living from fishing and hunting and there are probably more dog sleds than residents.

Day 12 Kangerlussuaq, Greenland | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
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Arctic Savings - Book until June 30, 2021 and save 10% per person. Valid on Triple, Main Deck and Classic Suites. For new bookings after October 30, 2020. Contact us for details.
Applies to May 27, 2022 departure

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Arctic Savings - Book until June 30, 2021 and save 15% per person. Valid on Superior, Deluxe, Premium and Owner's Suite. For new bookings after October 30, 2020. Contact us for details.
Applies to May 27, 2022 departure

Per person starting at
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Triple Classic
Averaging 226 sq ft. Two twin beds (convert to a King) and a sofa bed, picture window, two wardrobes and en suite facilities.
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Main Deck Suite
Averaging 248 sq ft. Two twin beds or a King Size bed, minimum two portholes, and en suite facilities.
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Classic Suite
Averaging 226 sq ft. Two twin beds or a King Size bed, picture window, two wardrobes, and en suite facilities.
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Superior Suite
Averaging 215 sq ft. Two twin beds or a King Size bed, picture window overlooking outside walkway, and en suite facilities.
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Deluxe Suite
Averaging 258 sq ft. Two twin beds or a King Size bed, private balcony, walk-in closet or wardrobe, and en suite facilities.
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Premium Suite
Averaging 323 sq ft. Two twin beds or a King Size bed, private balcony, lounge area, and en suite facilities.
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Owner's Suite
Averaging 463 sq ft. King size bed and sofa bed, separate living room with game and meeting area, private deck, and en suite facilities with jetted bathtub.

Notes

Travel Insurance:
All passengers must have comprehensive travel insurance coverage with a minimum $200,000 (Antarctica) and $150,000 (Arctic) emergency medical coverage. Additional insurance is strongly recommended.

Solo Travelers:
All rates posted are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement: 1.7 for Main Deck and Classic, Superior Suite; twice the posted price for Deluxe, Premium and Owner's Suite.

This itinerary is for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions.

Included in your cruise fare:
  • Group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation
  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All meals on board throughout the voyage
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily
  • All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions)
  • Museum entrance fee
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team
  • Branded Poseidon Expeditions parka
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktails
  • All port fees
  • Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation
  • Pre-departure materials
  • Digital Voyage Log
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a maximum benefit of US$150,000 per person
Excluded in cruise fare:
  • Airfare
  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable)
  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunication charges
  • Staff gratuities
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The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
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