Greenland Explorer: Valleys and Fjords
» Aug 7 2018 – Aug 21 2018 (15 DAYS)
» EMBARKATION: Akureyri
» DISEMBARKATION: Kangerlussuaq
EXPEDITION IN BRIEF
- Meet locals along the west coast of Greenland and experience traditional Inuit settlements
- Visit the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage site
- Explore historic places from Norse and Viking eras
- Spot arctic wildlife, such as whales, birds and seals
- Day 1 – Arrive in Reykjavik, Iceland
- Day 2 – Embarkation Day in Akureyri
- Days 3 and 4 – East Greenland
- Days 5 to 7 – South Greenland
- Days 8 to 13 – Greenland’s West Coast
- Day 14 – Disembarkation in Kangerlussuaq
- Day 15 – Depart Reykjavik
Greenland is Europe’s final frontier: its grandeur is unquestionable and yet unknown to most travelers. Sailing along Greenland’s coast is the best way to sample the rich history and diversity of this beautiful and dramatic country and to encounter an ancient culture surviving in a modern world.
ITINERARY DAY BY DAY
Day 1 – Arrive in Reykjavik, Iceland
Arrive in the Icelandic capital this morning and make your way to your included hotel. You will have the day to explore the city on your own. In the evening, join us at your hotel for a welcome briefing.
Day 2 – Embarkation Day in Akureyri
You’ll fly from Reykjavik to Akureyri to board your vessel and begin your expedition. Get ready for a great adventure ahead!
Days 3 and 4 – East Greenland
Experience a true arctic ghost town when we visit the abandoned settlement of Skjoldungen, where inhabitants were forced to move to larger, more accessible towns in 1961. The narrow part of Skjoldungen Fjord is an ideal place to explore by Zodiac. Those who opt for our kayaking program may have an opportunity to get out on the water to glide past icebergs and capture some great photographs.
Days 5 to 7 – South Greenland
Climbers and mountaineers around the world know Tasermiut Fjord, one of the world’s most prolific big-wall playgrounds. This part of Greenland is particularly dramatic, being nicknamed the Arctic Patagonia. A bit of a history lesson will be provided here as you learn about the settlements of the area, founded by Erik the Red. As we round Cape Farewell, the southernmost point of Greenland, we will call in at the natural hot springs found in the Uunartoq area, soak in the geothermal waters and watch the icebergs pass by.
Days 8 to 13 – Greenland’s West Coast
Heading north, you’ll stop at some of the quaint villages that dot the islands and fjords of Greenland’s western side. You’ll find friendly faces, local artisans and colorful houses on the wildflower- covered tundra. You’ll visit Nuuk, the capital of Greenland and home to fewer than 16,000 people. You’ll have time to wander the streets and see the Hans Egede Church and Hans Egede statue near the waterfront, both named after the missionary who founded the settlement. You’ll also visit the museum to see the famous Greenlandic mummies.
The nearby town of Sisimiut is an interesting place to visit, as there are more dogsleds here than humans. Evighedsfjorden, which means “Fjord of Eternity,” is a favored place for us to put the Zodiacs in the water for some more in-depth exploration. This long, deep fjord has very few settlements, so you’ll come to appreciate nature in its rawest form. There will be an opportunity for hiking among the towering mountains, and you’ll have plenty of chances to photograph the colorful tundra and dramatic landscapes.
The west coast of Greenland provides many dramatic, mountainous landscapes where fjords open into the sea. You will explore the Ilulissat Icefjord, home to one of the world’s fastest-moving glaciers. Moving approximately 62 feet (19 meters) per day, the glacier provides you with a great opportunity to photograph ice crashing into the sea. Continuing along, the Amerloq Fjord offers a chance for you to stretch your legs by exploring abandoned villages and ancient Thule sites.
Day 14 – Disembarkation in Kangerlussuaq
Today, you’ll board your direct charter flight back to Reykjavik, Iceland. Upon arrival in Reykjavik, we will transfer you to your hotel.
Day 15 – Depart Reykjavik
After breakfast, you can make your way home at your leisure or spend some more time in Reykjavik.
CABINS & PRICES
|Lower deck||USD 9,795|
|Main deck porthole||USD 10,795|
|Main deck window||USD 11,795|
|Owner’s suite||USD 17,295|
All rates per person in USD
- Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
- All breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks on board
- All shore landings per the daily program
- Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader
- All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
- Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and special guests as scheduled
- Photographic journal documenting the expedition
- Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
- Official Quark Expeditions® parka to keep
- Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
- Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin
- Comprehensive predeparture materials, including a map and an informative Arctic Reader
- All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
- All luggage handling aboard the ship
- Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$500,000 per person
- Greenland voyages cruise passenger tax
- Mandatory transfer package*
- International airfare
- Passport and visa expenses
- Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
- Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
- Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance—strongly recommended
- Excess-baggage fees on international flights
- Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
- Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified
- Phone and Internet charges
- Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew
- Additional overnight accommodation
- Optional kayaking activities
- Arrival and departure transfers in Reykjavik
*MANDATORY TRANSFER PACKAGE INCLUDES:
- One night‘s hotel accommodation in Reykjavik with breakfast
- Transfer to the Reykjavik airport on Day 2
- Charter flight from Reykjavik to Akureyri
- Transfers to and from the ship
- Charter flight from Kangerlussuaq to Reykjavik
- Group transfer from Reykjavik airport to hotel
- One night’s post-expedition hotel accommodation in Reykjavik with breakfast Package cost: $1,295
Note: Baggage allowance on charter flight is 33 lbs (15 kg) checked and 11 lbs (5 kg) carry-on.