Unexplored Greenland

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250 Passengers

Discover Viking ruins as you follow in the footsteps of Norwegian explorer Erik the Red, on an 11-day expedition cruise to southern Greenland.

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 can get up close to the amazing wildlife: seals, whales and maybe even polar bears.

To the west of the country, 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 Prins Christian Sund
Day 5 Narsaq
Day 6 Nuuk
Day 7 At Sea
Day 8 Paul-Émile Victor Base Camp, Eqi Glacier / Ilulissat
Day 9 Ilulissat
Day 10 Evighedsfjorden
Day 11 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 bays 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 — Prins Christian Sund

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 60 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.

Day 5 — Narsaq

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 6 — 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.

Day 8 — Paul-Émile Victor Base Camp, Eqi Glacier / Ilulissat

"The most beautiful place in the Arctic" is how Paul-Émile Victor described Greenland, a land of great table icebergs and of towering ice formations calved by the giant glaciers of the polar ice cap. The Eqi Glacier is one of the region’s most impressive sights. Here, the silence is broken only by the roaring and cracking of the ice. It is impossible to know if one is shivering from cold or from the sheer thrill of being here. Imagine the vast outline of a glacier, its translucent crystals glowing with an ice-blue fire in the sunlight. Paul-Émile Victor’s shelter cannot be overlooked; it was from here that the French Polar Expeditions’ anthropological and geographic explorations set off in the 1950s.

Day 9 — 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 10 — 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 11 — Kangerlussuaq - Disembarkation

From 1941 to 1992, the town of Kangerlussuaq in Greenland was home to an American military base. Nowadays, 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.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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   Owner's Suite — Deck 6
485 Sq. Ft. with 100 Sq. Ft. Private Balcony
Twin Beds or 1 King Bed
Includes Butler Service
   Prestige Suite — Deck 6
400 Sq. Ft. with 85 Sq. Ft. Private Balcony
Twin Beds or 1 King Bed. Two toilets, two wardrobes.
Includes Butler Service
   Prestige Suite — Deck 5
400 Sq. Ft. with 85 Sq. Ft. Private Balcony
Twin Beds or 1 King Bed. Two toilets, two wardrobes.
   Deluxe Suite — Deck 6
290 Sq. Ft. with 55 Sq. Ft. Private Balcony
Twin Beds or 1 King Bed.
Includes Butler Service
   Prestige Stateroom — Deck 6
200 Sq. Ft. with 45. Sq. Ft Private Balcony
Twin Beds or 1 King Bed
   Prestige Stateroom — Deck 5
200 Sq. Ft. with 45 Sq. Ft. Private Balcony
Twin Beds or 1 King Bed
   Prestige Stateroom — Deck 4
200 Sq. Ft. with 45 Sq. Ft. Private Balcony
Twin Beds or 1 King Bed
   Deluxe Stateroom — Deck 3
200 Sq. Ft. with 45 Sq. Ft. Private Balcony
Twin Beds or 1 King Bed
   Superior Stateroom — Deck 3
225 Sq. Ft.
Twin Beds or 1 King Bed
Can accommodate 3 persons
  NOTE: Twin beds are NOT available in the following cabin numbers
Deck 6: 609,610,614,615,618,619,622,623,626
Deck 5: 512,515,516,519,520,523,524,527,528,531,535

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