Greenland’s Far North: Ultimate Thule
This voyage includes the Greenland highlights of our popular Epic High Arctic voyage, and explores in more depth the Thule region, synonymous with “the true Greenland” for its untouched ice scapes and sparsely populated Inuit communities.
In addition to the rich cultural aspects of this large island, as we sail north through Disko Bay and Melville Bay en route to Thule (or Qaanaaq), you’ll experience magnificent nature and great chances of seeing seals, walruses, humpback whale and narwhal await us. If we can go as far as Nares Strait, we might observe the most outstanding animals of them all, the polar bear.
Expedition in Brief
- The beauty of the fjords of West Greenland
- A chance to explore the far north, as far at Smith Sound
- Traditional Greenlandic communities
- Ilulissat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Unique Arctic wildlife – polar bears, walrus, , whales, and massive sea bird colonies
- Tundra hiking for all fitness levels
- Zodiac cruising
- Optional kayak adventure option on selected voyages
|Day 1||Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Day 2||Embarkation Day in Kangerlussuaq|
|Days 3 to 14||West Greenland|
|Day 15||Disembarkation in Kangerlussuaq, Flight to Copenhagen|
Enjoy an included night in Copenhagen and meet your fellow travelers.
Greenland After landing in Kangerlussuaq, you’ll be transferred to the port and then take your first Zodiac ride out to the ship. In the afternoon, we will travel down one of the longest fjords in Greenland.
Ancient archaeological sites, massive fjords, Zodiac excursions and tundra hikes await you in Greenland. Sisimiut, our first planned stop, has the feel of a small fishing village with a great harbor for walking around and taking photos. You’ll get to watch a demonstration of traditional kayaking before venturing further north to Ilulissat.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ilulissat (Greenlandic for “icebergs”) is home to the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier, one of the fastest and most active glaciers in the world. In addition to some spectacular Zodiac cruising, there is also a refreshing longer hike along a boardwalk to a beautiful lookout in Ilulissat.
Heading further north into the Upernavik Archipelago, you may spot whales and seals. The most northern discovery of any Viking artifacts in the world are at Upernavik; while nearby Kullorsuaq is a small settlement that sustains itself on fishing, whaling and sealing.
Your northern most stops in Greenland are Qaanaaq and Thule, where glaciers and archaeological sites are found. The fabled name Thule occurs in ancient Greek and Roman mythology as the name of a country or an island far north at the end of the world. The word Thule has allegedly also been used as a name of some foggy, inaccessible islands off the coast of Scotland. The Danish explorer, Knud Rasmussen, chose 100 years ago Thule as the name of his trade station by the settlements northwest of Cape York. Today, the name still clings to Greenland’s northwesterly corner, even though the main town is actually called Qaanaaq and the municipality is called Avernarsuaq, ‘The Great North’. In Qaanaaq, you’ll visit the local museum; a great way to gain a deeper appreciation for what it takes to live this far north.
As we return south, we call in at some other communities and fjords that we missed on the race north.
Today you’ll board your direct charter flight back to Copenhagen, Denmark.
Today you can make you way home at your leisure or spend some more time in Copenhagen.
Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.
* Itinerary may be subject to change