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Itinerary Summary

Duration
13 Days
Price From
£6395
When
May 2023
Destination
Greenland
Type
Small Group Safari
Duration Price From When Destination Type
13 Days £6395 May 2023 Greenland Small Group Safari
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South and West Greenland - Land of the Vikings

Welcome to the land of the Vikings! On board the M/V Sea Spirit, explore the countless fjords of Greenland’s west coast from Cape Farewell, at the southern tip of the country, to Disko Bay, deep inside the Arctic Circle.

On this exceptional journey inside Greenland’s southern fjords, discover well-preserved Viking ruins and the country’s most fertile landscapes. Along Greenland’s west coast you will find colourful Inuit villages, as well as the capital city of Nuuk.

There will be plenty of opportunities to watch for whales and seabirds as the seas around Greenland being home to a variety of whale species including humpback and minke. Voyage into Disko Bay to witness the spectacular natural wonders including the famous Ilulissat Icefjord - a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

What makes this trip extraordinary?

  • Opportunities for whale watching
  • Explore Disko Bay and the "city of icebergs" -a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Travel in the wake of the Vikings
  • An authentic experience of Greenlandic Culture
  • Chance to learn and practice photography alongside an experienced professional

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A 14-day expedition wilderness exploration - from $7,354 per person, excluding international flights.

Day by day

Day by day

Day 1

Reykjavik, Iceland

Welcome to Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland and 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. 

Overnight accommodation: TBC

Day 2

Reykjavik (Iceland), embarkation

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, your 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.

 

Overnight: M/V Sea Spirit (B, L, D)

Days 3-4

At sea

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.

 

Overnight: M/V Sea Spirit (B, L, D)

Days 5-9

Exploring South and West Greenland

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. 

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.

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.

Approaching, 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.

 

Overnight: M/V Sea Spirit (B, L, D)

Days 10-12

Exploring Disko Bay

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 outdoors 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 a focal point of West Greenland tourism. The fjord is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and pushes unimagable 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 Greelandic 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.

 

Overnight: M/V Sea Spirit (B, L, D)

Day 13

Disembarkation in Kangerlussuaq (Greenland); Homeward flights.

Your adventure finishes at the port of Kangerlussuaq. We disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for our outbound flight and further connection flights home.

 

TRIP DETAILS

Itinerary, landings and all other activities during the cruise depend strongly on ice and weather conditions and are subject to the decisions of the Expedition Leader and the Captain of the vessel. Encounters with any mentioned wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

Price includes accommodation, all meals on board, 24 hour tea and coffee station, Wi-Fi on board, transfers from the hotel to the ship for embarkation on day 2 and transfers to the airport or central location upon disembarkation, services of Expedition Leaders, Expedition parka, rubber boots for shore landings and welcome and farewell cocktails. 

Internal flights are an additional £339 or $399 USD per person for the mandatory charter flight from Kangerlussuaq to Reykjavik.

Kayaking is an additional £505 or $655 USD - Join us for an unscripted kayaking adventure as we explore rugged coastlines and remote waters that very few people have ever paddled

Photography - FREE - An expert Photographer will be on hand to answer your questions and give advice, both in the form of on-board lectures and workshops on shore. Explore the key elements of photography in a fun and relaxed setting, with plenty of opportunities for questions and feedback.

 

A discount of up to 35% is available for new individual bookings confirmed by December 19, 2022. Subject to availability.

Trip date Duration Prices from
May 25 - Jun 07 2023 14 Days £6395

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