Greenland Explorer: Valleys and Fjords

From the Fjord of Eternity to the Arctic ghost town of Skoldungen, Greenland rewards you with sites and experiences unlike any other place on Earth. Dogsledding settlements and cultural shows give you a connection to the people who live here, while whale-watching, tundra hiking and exploring one of the world’s fastest moving glaciers get you close to nature. Greenland remains largely untouched by humans, a rare treat - ideally suited for expedition travel.

Day 1 - Reykjavik

Arrive at any time in Reykjavik. Give yourself some free time and enjoy a night in the city.  Overnight at the Radisson Blu Saga Hotel.

Day 2 - Embarkation Day in Reykjavik

Board the ship in Reykjavik and depart for your adventure.

Days 4 to 6 - East Greenland

Get a feel of what an Arctic ghost town is like, as you’ll visit the abandoned Skoldungen settlement, where inhabitants were forced to move to larger, more accessible towns in 1961. The narrow part of Skoldungenfjord is a great place to explore by Zodiac and kayak, allowing you to glide past icebergs and get some great photographs. 

We’ll aim to visit Tasiilaq and the Ammassalik fjord. It is the largest community in East Greenland, where the inhabitants may put on a cultural show for us and you’ll also have time to take a scenic hike to the Valley of Flowers. Time and weather permitting, we may go on a search for whales in Ammassalik Fjord.

Day 7 - South Greenland

Climbers and mountaineers around the world know this area well, as Tasermiut Fjord is famous as one of the world’s most prolific big wall playgrounds. This part of Greenland is one of the most 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.

Days 8 to 13

The coast of Greenland provides many dramatic, mountainous landscapes where fjords open up into the sea. Your first fjord to explore is Ilulissat Icefjord, home to one of the world’s fastest moving glaciers. Moving approximately 19m per day, the glacier here provides you with a great opportunity to capture ice crashing into the sea, as it calves more than 35 cubic km of ice each year. 

Continuing along, the Amerdloq Fjord provides you with a chance to stretch your legs, by exploring abandoned villages and ancient Thule sites. The nearby town of Sisimiut is an interesting place to visit as there are more dog sleds here than humans.

Evighedsfjorden, meaning Fjord of Eternity is a favored place for us to take you out on some Zodiac cruises. This long, deep fjord has very few settlements, helping you to appreciate nature in its rawest form. Hiking among the towering mountains, you’ll have plenty of chances to photograph the vegetation and dramatic landscapes of Greenland. 

We’ll also visit Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, yet 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, named after the missionary who founded the settlement. You’ll also visit the museum to see the famous Greenland Mummies. From Nuuk, we’ll pass Cape Farewell and head on to Southern Greenland.

Day 14 - Disembarkation Day - Flight to Ottawa

Your Greenland adventure winds down as you enter port in Kangerlussuaq.  Disembark the Sea Spirit, transfer to the airport and  board your charter flight to Ottawa. Spend a relaxing  evening in the city.  Overnight at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel.

Day 15 - Departure Day in Ottawa

Your adventure comes to an end as you head for the airport and flights home.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

Sea Spirit Deck Plan