Nuuk at sunset | Greenland
FROM: R152,900

Delve into the incredibly scenery, wildlife and Viking history of Greenland on this 12-day expedition cruise which starts with a flight from Copenhagen, Denmark and ends in Reykjavik, Iceland. Take in the world's most northern capital city, Nuuk, marvel at the colossal Eqip Sermia Glacier and visit the ruins of Brattahlid, founded by Erik the Red in the 10th century. Spot whales and seals in the untouched oceans, hike on the uninhabited island of Skjoldungen and cruise up the spectacular Prince Christian Sound.

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Itinerary
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Hotels

Trip Highlights

Eqip Sermia Glacier - sail as close as possible to this living wall of ice and watch as colossal icebergs crash into the waves below
Ilulissat - explore the lively town at your own pace or opt for a thrilling helicopter ride over the Icefjord
Ivittuut - see the now abandoned cryolite mine which was crucial during the Second World War and was the location of a US army base
Skjoldungen - hike on this uninhabited island which is abundant with flora and fauna as well as a now abandoned village
Sisimiut - take a guided tour of Greenland's second city, which was founded in 1756 by Count Johan Ludvig Holstein
Nuuk - visit the capital of Greenland, which is the world's most northern capital and is home to 17,000 people
Eriksfjord - learn about the fascinating Viking history of Erik the Red, who founded the first settlement on Greenland here
Prince Christian Sound - admire the spectacular mountains that rise up on either side of the 60km Sound, offering some of the best views in Greenland

Included

11 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 11 dinners
Economy class flight from Copenhagen - Kangerlussuaq
Services of English-speaking guides at sites of interest
Full board on the ship, afternoon snacks, free tea and coffee daily
Lectures from the expedition team onboard
Welcome and farewell cocktails
11 nights aboard the Ocean Atlantic expedition cruise ship in a shared outside double cabin with private facilities
Services of the ship captain and crew and an English-speaking expedition team
All guided sightseeing and excursions as per itinerary
Special photo workshop and a digital visual journey to remember your trip
Taxes and port fees

Not Included

International flights and visa
Any meals not onboard the ship & any drinks (excluding tea and coffee)
Optional excursions
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Pre and post tour accommodation, plus any airport or port transfers

Itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Greenland

Copenhagen - Kangerlussuaq (Greenland). Monday. Welcome to Denmark! This is only a quick stopover, as we board our included morning flight from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. Arriving at the small port, we embark the Ocean Atlantic expedition cruise ship. Enjoy a welcome cocktail and settle into your cabin as we make our way out of port and into the Kangerlussuaq Fjord to begin our Arctic adventure.

Facilities aboard the Ocean Atlantic include a spacious restaurant serving international cuisine, two bars, a comfortable lounge area, and a library. Relax in the sauna or work out in the gym. There is also a lecture theatre where you can learn more about this part of the world. All of your meals onboard are included, and you can enjoy free snacks, tea and coffee. From the top deck you can keep your eyes peeled for marine life and watch sea birds swooping and wheeling over the ship.
Overnight: Ocean Atlantic ship  |  Dinner

Day 2

Exploring Sisimiut

Kangerlussuaq - Sisimiut. This morning we dock at Sisimiut, Greenland's 'second city'. Enjoy a guided tour to highlights of the settlement including the historical colonial quarter, 18th century Blue Church and the oldest house in town. This dates back to 1756, when Count Johan Ludvig Holstein established a colony here, which he pompously named 'Holsteinsborg'.

After our tour, we set sail, heading north towards Disko Bay. Cruising on magical fjords, we pass small villages and towns on the coast. Keep your eyes peeled from the observation deck in search of whales and dolphins. As we are now in the Arctic Circle, the nights will be bright, and you can spot gigantic icebergs from the nearby Ilulissat Icefjord floating by in the late evening sun.
Overnight: Ocean Atlantic ship  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Disko Island & Eqip Sermia Glacier

Sisimiut - Qeqertarsuaq - Eqip Sermia Glacier. Today we dock at the southern tip of Disko Island, in the natural harbour of Qeqertarsuaq. The town has a rich history, and was once an economic hub for the now-banned whaling industry. During our visit, we wander through town, taking in the octagonal church and a local community centre, where we join a traditional Greenlandic "kaffemik" - a friendly gathering of the locals with coffee, cake and traditional music.

After a day of exploring Qeqertarsuaq, we set sail once again and head to the impressive Eqip Sermia Glacier, as far north as we will go on our trip. We'll get as close as we can to this giant sheet of ice, wary of icebergs breaking off and crashing into the sea below.
Overnight: Ocean Atlantic ship  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Ilulissat

Eqip Sermia Glacier - Ilulissat. This morning we dock at Ilulissat, which literally translates to 'icebergs' in Greenlandic. There's an optional excursion to the UNESCO-listed Icefjord, where the enormous Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier calves icebergs at a rate of around 20 million tonnes per day. You may instead choose to take a helicopter ride over the Icefjord, which must be booked in advance.

Alternatively, you can explore Ilulissat, which is more than 250 years old. Approximately 4,500 people call the town home and it is a very welcoming and lively place to explore. Later in the day we leave Ilulissat behind and head out of Disko Bay to begin our return journey south.
Overnight: Ocean Atlantic ship   |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Day at sea

Today is spent cruising towards Nuuk. Listen to a fascinating lecture from the expedition team, watch a film about Arctic nature or head up to the observation deck to spot some wildlife yourself. Seabirds wheel over the deck and with a keen eye and a bit of luck, you may be able to see some of the 15 whale species that call Greenland home in the summer - including Humpbacks, Fin whales and Minke whales.
Overnight: Ocean Atlantic ship   |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

The Greenlandic capital - Nuuk

Ilulissat - Nuuk. This morning we enter the Nukk Fjord where we have another good chance to spot the gentle giants of the sea - Humpback whales frequent these waters in the summer.

Docking at Nuuk, we have time to explore the historic capital of Greenland. Inhabited first by hardy hunter-gatherers, then by the Vikings, Norse and the Inuits, Nuuk has a rich history. Today the city is the largest settlement in Greenland by far, with a population of around 17,000. This makes it the most northern capital in the world. It is home to the Landsting (Parliament), the University of Greenland and the only shopping centre in Greenland. After exploring the city, we continue our journey south aboard Ocean Atlantic.
Overnight: Ocean Atlantic ship  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Ivittuut cryolite mine & Muskox

Nuuk - Ivittuut. Arriving in south Greenland, we plan to visit Arsuk Fjord and the tiny settlement of the same name. We also take in the now-abandoned cryolite mine and town at Ivittuut. This rare mineral has only ever been found here, and was a strategically important location in the Second World War due to cryolite's use in aluminium melting. The Americans set up bases to protect the supply during the war, though these were abandoned when stocks ran out in 1987. This makes it possibly the only mineral to have been mined to extinction by humans.

The southern tip of Greenland is also known as a habitat for the shaggy Muskox. We may be able to spot Greenland's largest land mammal, which is perfectly at home in the bitter Arctic cold.

Please note: Our itinerary in southern Greenland is interchangeable, depending on weather conditions and other factors beyond our control. The captain and expedition team will ensure we explore as much of the region as possible.
Overnight: Ocean Atlantic ship   |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8

The legend of Erik the Red

Ivittuut - Eriksfjord. Today we delve into ancient Viking history, dropping anchor at Qassiarssuk in the Eriksfjord. It was here that legendary Viking explorer Erik the Red founded Brattahlid, the very first settlement in Greenland, towards the end of the 10th century. We can see ancient ruins from the times of this Norse colony, which mysteriously disappeared in the 1400s. We can also see a reconstruction of Tjodhildur's Church, which was the first church on the North American continent. After exploring the area we head out of Eriksfjord.
Overnight: Ocean Atlantic ship  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9

Prince Christian Sound & the southern tip of Greenland

Eriksfjord - Prince Christian Sound. Reaching the southern tip of Greenland, we opt for a spectacular route through the Prince Christian Sound. This 60km long waterway is surrounded by steep mountainsides, interrupted only by the tiny village of Aappilattoq, population of around 100. There is also a now un-manned weather station along the route but mostly this area is a pristine wilderness, which makes for an amazing photo opportunity.
Overnight: Ocean Atlantic ship   |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10

Skjoldungen nature hike

Prince Christian Sound - Skjoldungen. Heading up the eastern coastline of Greenland, we make a landing on Skjoldungen, home to lush scenery, steep fjords and beautiful glaciers. The climate here is milder than one would expect and the conditions are perfect for a nature hike to take in some of the islands plants and animals. Hooded seals laze on the beaches and birds including the eider can be spotted. We will also see the abandoned village of Skjoldungen before departing Greenland aboard Ocean Atlantic, as we begin to make our way back to Reykjavik.
Overnight: Ocean Atlantic   |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11

Day at sea

Spend your final full day aboard Ocean Atlantic. Relax with a book in the library or listen to a lecture about Arctic wildlife or climatology.
Overnight: Ocean Atlantic ship  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12

Reykjavik

Skjoldungen - Reykjavik (Iceland). Today we reach our final destination, Reykjavik. After a final breakfast onboard, our cruise comes to an end as you disembark.
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Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the per person price.

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Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Ocean Atlantic, Expedition Cruising

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 star cruise boat

Newly renovated in 2016, the Ocean Atlantic is the perfect vessel for exploring the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. With an international ice class-rating of 1B, this cruise ship is one of the strongest operating in this region. At 140-metres in length, a total of 198 passengers are accommodated across multiple decks. Each cabin features an ensuite bathroom, individual temperature controls and a TV, with either portholes or windows. Indoor lounges offer large panel windows, where you can easily look out for passing whales and other sights. Passengers can enjoy shore landings, with a fleet of 20 motorized rubber ‘Zodiac’ boats, taking you to exciting areas that the larger vessel can't reach. Upon your return, perhaps enjoy a dip in the pool or sauna, or curl up with a book in the onboard library. There’s also a spacious restaurant serving 4-star international cuisine and a bar offering an assortment of beverages.

In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Copenhagen
Ends
Reykjavik
Departs
Mondays
Hotel Rating
Ocean Atlantic expedition cruise ship
Tour Guide
Services of ship captain, crew & expedition team with services of English-speaking local guides at sites of interest
Meals
Breakfast: 11, Lunch: 10, Dinner: 11
Visiting
Kangerlussuaq, Reykjavik, Expedition Cruising, Ilulissat
Countries
Colourful houses of Reykjavik against a backdrop of snowy mountains
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