South & West Greenland and Disko Bay: Land of Vikings

Sea Spirit Cruise Ship
Sea Spirit
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Find yourself among some of the most magnificent sceneries in the world. Icebergs the size of city blocks and soaring mountains provide a humbling perspective on our diminutive size within the natural world. The juxtaposition of glittering icebergs and verdant hillsides in one scene may strike you as unreal, but that's Greenland.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Reykjavik, Iceland
Day 2 Reykjavik Embarkation
Days 3 & 4 At Sea
Day 5 Nanotalik, Greenland
Day 6 Exploring South Greenland
Days 7 & 8 Exploring West Greenland
Days 9 to 11 Exploring Disko Bay
Day 12 Disembarkation in Kangerlussuaq

Day 1 — Reykjavik, Iceland

Welcome to Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland and starting point of our expedition cruise! Even though this country lies below the Arctic Circle, Reykjavik is the world's northernmost capital of a sovereign state. Visitors needn’t travel far to find geysers and waterfalls, mountains, and glaciers. Accommodations tonight at a centrally located deluxe hotel will make embarkation tomorrow much more convenient.

Day 2 — Reykjavik Embarkation

This afternoon, meeting in the lobby for your transfer to the port and embarkation of the Sea Spirit. There’s time to get settled in and explore this ship, you home-away-from-home for the next ten days. After departure, keep an eye out for our first whales (humpback and Minke whales are most common) as we sail out of the picturesque bay.

Days 3 & 4 — At Sea

Enjoy a few restful days at sea, as we get ready for icebergs, Inuit villages, whales and much more! Along with our expedition team, watch for whales and seabirds from the deck, or participate in their presentations in the Oceanus Lounge on the flora, fauna, geology and cultural heritage to be found along West Greenland’s western coast.

Day 5 — Nanotalik, Greenland

The Sea Spirit rounds Cape Farewell, the southernmost point in Greenland, and calls in at Greenland’s most southerly town Nanortalik. The town lies at the mouth of beautiful Tasermiut Fjord surrounded by steep mountains that flank an intricate fjord system. The name of the town translated as “the place with polar bears” says that these arctic animals could be often seen hunting on the sea ice outside of the settlement. The local open-air museum demonstrates the fascinating history from Viking and Inuit times to the present days.

The Uunartoq area is famous for its natural hot springs, where we can soak in the geothermal waters watching the icebergs pass by.

Day 6 — Exploring South Greenland

During the next few days, we head further north to visit some enchanting Greenlandic settlements and explore the beautiful fjords of Greenland’s western side.

Hvalsey, or Whale Island”, is the site of Greenland’s largest and best-preserved Norse ruins. It was originally settled by an ancestor of Erik the Red in the late 10th century. There’s time to wander and learn about the ancient farmstead that includes a granite stone Christian church, likely built in the early 14th century, and several adjacent buildings. The fells and fjord around the farmstead have not changed at all over the centuries, and the site is believed to have been a meeting place for festivals and banquets throughout the year.

Set amidst breathtaking scenery, our visit to Qaqortoq gives us some additional cultural and Viking background on the region. Placed on a beautiful hillside, the small settlement boasts colorful houses and a museum.

We continue north in the wake of the Vikings as our Sea Spirit navigates through the picturesque Eriksfjord to the settlement of Qassiarsuk. The town was founded back in the 10th century by Eric the Red following his exile from Iceland for murder. We will see the foundation remains of his manor house and other buildings. Nowadays, the area is known as a sheep farming settlement.

Days 7 & 8 — Exploring West Greenland

As we approach, Paamiut, there are good opportunities to see humpback and fin whales along the coastline. It is also an especially good place to spot white-tailed eagles. Inhabited by incredibly welcoming locals, Paamiut justifiably proud of their church that was built in 1909. The architecture reflects the Danish colonization of Greenland.

Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, is lively and surrounded by natural beauty. Here, old traditions meet modern change. Fashion shops and a cultural center represent the modern Greenland; the picturesque old port area, however, testifies to the island’s long history. The town was founded by the danish missionary Hans Egede in the early 18th    century, and you’ll learn much more about the area on an included tour. In the National Museum, you’ll be fascinated by the mummies of Qilakotsoq – evidence of a bygone era.

Days 9 to 11 — Exploring Disko Bay

Fjords and scenic Inuit villages shape the landscape of this icy region of western Greenland. The Sea Spirit holds her course north, and landings and activities are adapted to the current ice and weather conditions. Accordingly, we will plan to visit some of the following:
Sisimiut, the second-largest city in Greenland with about 5,400 inhabitants, is located 24 mi (40 km) north of the Arctic Circle. While there are modern elements, you’ll also find an outdoors hunting and fishing culture. A small museum depicts the history of trade, shipping and industry in the region.
Ilulissat, the “city of icebergs”, is the focal point of West Greenland tourism. The fjord is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and pushes unimaginable amounts of icebergs into the bay. A hike to the historic Sermermiut settlement offers some spectacular views. The famous Danish polar explorer Knut Rasmussen is a son of the city and an interesting museum here is dedicated to his life.
Itilleq is a typical Greenlandic fishing village on a small island just above the Arctic Circle, with a local population of about 120. The residents make a living from fishing and hunting and there are probably more dog sleds than residents.

Day 12 — Disembarkation in Kangerlussuaq

Our adventure finishes at the port of Kangerlussuaq. We disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for our outbound flight and further connecting flights home.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Pre-Voyage hotel (1 night) included in all ports of embarkation except for trips that start in Kangerlussuak, Greenland.

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Adventure options: Kayaking - $655.  Kayaking is limited to 8 participants. Double Kayaks only. Adventure Options paid for at time of deposit.

$200,000 of Evacuation/Repatriation insurance is mandatory and is NOT included in the trip cost.

A fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings if there is a substantial increase in fuel costs.

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   Owner's Suite
Super-spacious and elegant suite on the Sun Deck. Designed for entertaining, the Owner's Suite has a separate living room with game and meeting area. A BOSE stereo system provides background music, or watch videos on the HD plasma TV. Sliding glass doors lead to a private deck. Refresh in the jetted bathtub in en suite facilities. Slumber in the King Size bed. A sofa bed can accommodate a third person.
463 Sq.ft. (43 m2)
    Premium Suite
Located on the Sun Deck, with two twin beds or a King Size bed. Access the private balcony by a sliding glass door. Amenities include: en suite facilities, lounge area, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/VCR, individual temperature control, and hair dryer.
323 Sq.ft. (30 m2)
  Deluxe Suite
Located on the Sports Deck and featuring balconies, choose from either two twin beds or a King Size bed. A sliding glass door leads to a private balcony. These suites feature a walk-in closet or wardrobe. Amenities include en suite facilities, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/VCR, individual temperature control, and a hair dryer.
258 Sq.ft. (24 m2)
  Superior Suite
Located on the Club Deck, these cabins feature two twin beds or a King Size bed. The picture window overlooks an outside walkway on the Club Deck. Amenities include: en suite facilities, walk-in closet or wardrobe, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/VCR, individual temperature control, hair dryer.
215 Sq.ft. (20 m2)
  Classic Suite
These cabins are located on the Ocean Deck. They feature a picture window, two wardrobes and a choice of either two twin beds or a King Size bed. Amenities include: en suite facilities, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/VCR, individual temperature control and hair dryer.
226 Sq.ft. (21 m2)
  Main Deck Suites
These cabins are equipped with either two twins or a King Size bed. They are located on the Main Deck with a minimum of two portholes for exterior views. Amenities include: en suite facilities, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/VCR, individual temperature control and hair dryer.
248 Sq.ft. (23 m2)
  Triple Classic
These staterooms have two twins and a comfortable sofa bed. The twins also convert to a King, if desired. Located on the Ocean Deck, these suites have a picture window, two wardrobes and en suite facilities. Amenities include: in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/VCR, individual temperature control, and hair dryer.
226 Sq.ft. (21 m2)