The Saga of Erik the Red

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Le Boreal ✧ L'Austral ✧ Le Soleal
250 Passengers

On this exceptional itinerary, discover Viking ruins as you follow in the footsteps of Norwegian explorer Erik the Red.

Sailing along the steep eastern coastline, the ship will plunge into deep southern Greenland fjords and continue up past mountains worn away by glaciers and covered with rich, abundant flora.

Accompanied by a team of anthropologists, ornithologists, geologists and experts in marine mammals, you get up close to the amazing wildlife: seals, whales and maybe even polar bears.

To the west, you will sail amongst the blue icebergs of the Narsarsuaq region and the northern hemisphere's largest icebergs in Ilulissat.

Brief Itinerary

Days 1 & 2 Reykjavik - Embarkation
Day 3 At Sea
Day 4 Nansen Harbor
Day 5 Skjoldungen
Day 6 Prins Christian Sund / Herjolfsnes
Day 7 Hvalso / Narsaq
Day 8 At Sea
Day 9 Nuuk
Days 10 & 11 Ilulissat
Day 12 Evighedsfjorden
Day 13 Kangerlussuaq - Disembarkation

Days 1 & 2 — Reykjavik - Embarkation

This attractive harbor city is located just a few miles from the Icelandic capital, Reykjavik. Arriving by sea, you’ll see fishing boats moored in Hafnarfjörður’s baysᅠ and volcanic rocks. ᅠHafnarfjörður is built on an ancient field of lava flow. In the town center, basalt rocks point you in the direction of the historic houses of Sivertsen and Siggubær; their interiors and period furniture bring old Iceland back to life before your very eyes. Not far from here is a spectacular coastal walk and warm geothermal pools.

Day 4 — Nansen Harbor

Welcome to this small, sheltered bay on the east coast of Greenland some 125 mi. (200 km) south of Tasiilaq, for a date with history and the ice. When your ship calls here, you will have the opportunity to visit the vestiges of ancient peat houses from the Thule civilization. Then, after navigating through the ice, you will reach the departure point of the first ever crossing of the Greenland ice sheet, led in 1888 by Fridtjof Nansen, a great Norwegian polar explorer. This is a magical place where you can climb a gentle slope to reach the ice sheet’s first foothills and get a better idea of just how gigantic it is.

Day 5 — Skjoldungen

Discover Skjoldungen Island on the south-east coast of Greenland. This uninhabited land boasts magnificent landscapes that are sure to dazzle you. The island is surrounded by a stunning fjord, a distinctive feature of which is its double entrance: it forms a bend before joining the sea on the other side. Mountains, glacial valleys, rocky outcrops, tundra and willow forests make up the beautiful scenery which you will be able to admire more closely when you land here. At this port of call, surrounded by wild and pristine nature, it is quite common to see bearded seals, orcas, but also birds such as the common redpoll, the northern wheatear, or the common raven.

Day 6 — Prins Christian Sund / Herjolfsnes

Your ship glides silently towards the Greenland coast, in a setting punctuated by pointed peaks and majestic glaciers. You are on the verge of crossing the Prins Christian Sund, a narrow channel that stretches out and zigzags over some 65 mi. (100 km) between Greenland’s south-east and south-west. Fall under the spell of the primitive beauty of these unique landscapes, including rocky cliffs and waterfalls that are fed by the ice sheet and plunge into the icy waters. Here, bearded seals love to lie on the floating ice to soak up the sunshine. If you are lucky, you may get to witness an aurora borealis, a stunning light show put on by the polar night.

Just at the exit of the famous Prins Christian Sund passage, on the south-west coast of Greenland, lies Herjolfsnes, one of the emblematic locations of the Viking conquest of Greenland. It’s here that Herjolf, one of Erik the Red’s companions, established his trading post. This was a strategic location, as all Norwegian longships arriving in Greenland had to come through here. Discover this superb place brimming with history, as well as the vestiges of the church, houses and farms. Tomb excavations conducted in Herjolfsnes revealed that, in the 14th century, the garments worn in Greenland were exactly the same as those worn in the major European capitals!

Day 7 — Hvalso / Narsaq

Around you, a grassy meadow filled with flowers stretches out, dotted with imposing granite rocks. A few semi-wild sheep and horses greet you; they are the only inhabitants of this place surrounded by beautiful mountains. You are in Hvalsø, in the heart of the fertile lands in Greenland’s south. During the 10th century, this site was colonized by the Vikings, who established a large community here. When your ship calls at these lands brimming with history, you will see the ruins of a church whose remains are still very well preserved. It was most likely built in the 14th century. It has lost its timber roof, but its four stone walls continue to stand proudly as a moving relic of a long-gone era.

After sailing in the Kangerlluarssuk fjord, discover the town of Narsaq. You will be dazzled by the beauty of the surrounding icebergs − large masses of ice in different shapes and shifting colors. Dominated by lush mountains, this small town is typical of Greenland. It is known for its sheep farming, made possible by the rich, grassy plains to the town’s north. This rather rare activity reflects a past and a technique inherited from the Vikings. Admire the stunning interplay of colors between the multicolored house facades and the glaciers with their myriad shades of blue, and dive into the Scandinavian history of Narsaq by visiting the local museum. A unique experience.

Day 9 — Nuuk

When Erik the Red, the exiled Norse chief, landed on the coast of Nuuk, he found a fertile and welcoming land dotted with fjords. He settled there with a group of his former countrymen, and the Norse remained the principal inhabitants until, over a period of 500 years, their population declined and gave way to the Inuit. Nuuk is situated at the mouth of one of the largest networks of fjords in the world, where the waters never freeze. The town spreads gently out towards the Davis Strait and enjoys a historic center that is particularly rich in national heritage. The vivid reds, blues, greens and yellows of the houses are a lively contrast to the somber waters of Greenland and serve to lift the spirits of the locals during the Winter months.

Days 10 & 11 — Ilulissat

At the heart of Disko Bay - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - the Ilulissat Icefjord provides an extraordinary spectacle of almost surreal beauty, with the largest icebergs of the northern hemisphere. The sculptural icebergs continue their timeless journey, shimmering with their eternal light. Vast pieces of ice break off from the bergs and rejoin the inexorable movement of the sea. Close by lies the town of Ilulissat, the region’s principal destination. Encircled by icebergs, it has retained a unique mix of traditional Arctic life, with multicolored wooden houses, huskies and the leather tanners who still work today using the ancient methods of their ancestors.

Day 12 — Evighedsfjorden

Your ship glides slowly along the water towards the west coast of Greenland to enter Evighedsfjorden, just a few miles south of Kangerlussuaq. Evighedsfjorden means “the fjord of Eternity”, and for good reason: just when you think you’ve reached the end of this stretch of sea measuring over 60 mi. (100 km) in length, it seems to go on forever, as though to bring even more pleasure to those sailing in it. The spectacular scenery ranges from glaciers to tundra with an abundant flora, and jagged cliffs where numerous bird species have taken up residence. Take the time to observe the white-tailed eagles and the colonies of seagulls and black-legged kittiwakes flying overhead in the area.

Day 13 — Kangerlussuaq - Disembarkation

From 1941 to 1992, the town of Kangerlussuaq in Greenland was home to an American military base. Nowdays, thanks to its international airport, it has become a transit point for travelers seeking adventure in the Far North. Located to the north of the Arctic Circle, this town is the starting point of magnificent discoveries surrounded by unspoiled nature. Indeed, just a few dozen miles from there it is possible to get close to the Greenland ice sheet, the largest body of ice in the Northern Hemisphere. From Kangerlussuaq, admire also the superb landscapes of tundra in autumnal colors, where Arctic hares, musk oxen, Arctic foxes, reindeer, falcons and eagles live.

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Le Soleal
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Le Soleal
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Le Boreal
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Le Soleal
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$14,700Full$15,680Full$17,260Full$18,000Full$18,780Full$25,290Full$33,520Full$35,070Full$46,510 
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L'Austral
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Le Boreal
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400 Sq. Ft. with 85 Sq. Ft. Private Balcony
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   Prestige Suite — Deck 5
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   Deluxe Suite — Deck 6
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   Prestige Stateroom — Deck 5
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