Greenland Explorer: Tour 2

  • CAD $9,630

  • 18 Days / 17 Nights

An intense journey along the Greenlandic coast: Experience the impressive mountain world of the east coast of Greenland. The green South Greenland with its fascinating Viking history enchants on this journey as well as the famous and legendary Disko Bay with its magnificent ice scenery. The northern part of the west coast with its remote fishing villages also gives an insight into life in lesser known parts of the world.

Itinerary

With our Air & Ground package, you will enjoy a comfortable journey. Our charter flight takes you from Keflavik in Iceland to Kangerlussuaq in Greenland. By bus, you will go to the harbor. The SEAVENTURE is anchored in Kangerlussuaq. Our Zodiac dinghies carry out embarkation before your sea voyage begins towards evening.

For individual arrival in Iceland: Please coordinate your arrival in Iceland with the departure time of the charter plane.

Just 200 people live in the small town of Attu, near Disko Bay. Use the day for a hike through the unique nature and, with a bit of luck, observe the local wildlife up close.

On the third day of the cruise, one of the smallest settlements in Disko Bay awaits you in Ilimanaq with its 50 inhabitants. The idyllic village with its colorful houses and picturesque surroundings is still mainly inhabited by hunters and fishermen and can look back on a rich history. Afterwards, the journey continues toward the impressive Equip Glacier.

We are about 500 km north of the Arctic Circle. Uummanaq’s landmark is the heart-shaped mountain of the same name, at the foot of which nestle numerous colorful houses, winding paths, and countless sled dogs. The small town of Ikerasak, with a population of just under 230, is located near Uummannaq and is considered one of the most beautiful towns in Greenland. Weather permitting, we will go ashore and explore the town.

In the morning, we drive through the Karrat Fjord. With a bit of luck, you can see icebergs calving as we drive through the fjord landscape – an impressive and breathtaking experience. In the afternoon, we anchor in front of Nuugaatsiaq, a place with a tragic history: in 2017, the village was hit by a big tsunami. The place has not been inhabited since then.

On the sixth day, we visit the smallest and the largest town on our trip. With just 11 inhabitants, Kangerluk is the smallest town we visit. Aasiaat is the heart of an archipelago of low-lying islands. What Aasiaat lacks in vertical height, it makes up for with its huge coastline.

Many years ago, the town we are visiting today, was a fishing and trading town. Nowadays there are only around 100 inhabitants in the picturesque fishing village.

We are back in Kangerlussuaq in the early morning. Now it is time to say goodbye to the SEAVENTURE. Our charter flight will take you back from Greenland to Iceland in the early evening. Take a look at our Air & Ground package or this tour to enjoy a comfortable journey home.

The small village of Qeqertarsuaq is located on the southern side of Disko Island. The Danish name of the settlement is Godhavn, which translates as “Good Harbour”. The name is due to the favorable location and the abundance of whales in the bay.

In the morning we reach Ilulissat village in fabled Disko Bay. Ilulissat is located beside the Ilulissat Icefjord. Delight in the thunderous spectacle when icebergs break off from the glacier and plunge into the fjord. Sermeq Kujalleq is one of the most productive glaciers in the northern hemisphere.

Sisimiut has a turbulent history, especially during the 18th century when the first Danish colony was destroyed by Dutch whalers who wanted to establish their own settlement. The Danes fought back and eventually recaptured Sisimiut after several fierce battles in the 1730s. Heavy fighting between Dutch whalers and various European nations took place over the years. Because of its flourishing shrimp industry, Sisimiut is one of Greenland’s most prosperous cities today.

With 16,000 inhabitants Nuuk is both the capital and the biggest city of Greenland. It combines Arctic traditions with European urbanity. Visit the city sights on a walking tour that ends at the National Museum which exhibits the famous mummies of Qilakitsoq.

Today we will visit the Ikka Fjord. When the water is calm, you can discover unique columnar mineral formations on the seabed. The columns were formed over 10,000 years ago by calcium carbonate compounds, providing a unique habitat.

When conditions are favorable, we travel along the 70 mile (112 km) long Prince Christian Sound which connects the Labrador and Irminger Seas. In this narrow, often ice choked channel, we come so close to icebergs you can almost reach out and touch one. The force of Greenland’s massive inland ice cap pushes glaciers towards the sea, where large chunks of ice break off and become floating icebergs.

Today we sail across the Denmark Strait towards Greenland, following the same maritime route used by Norse settlers more than 900 years ago. Enroute you can attend fascinating presentations by our Expedition Team members to prepare for your visit to Greenland. Or of course, you can choose to just relax and watch whales, dolphins and seabirds from the deck or from your cabin.

The island is characterized by several glaciers, jagged peaks, rivers, lakes and waterfalls. There are vast green valleys and deep fjords with newly calved icebergs dropping off the ice cap into the sea. Tasiilaq, the largest town in East Greenland, is located on Ammassalik Island. With its population of approximately 2,000 people, the town is the gateway to explore East Greenland.

On a penultimate day, we cross the Denmark Strait heading for Iceland. As early as 900 years ago, Nordic settlers used this route to travel to Greenland.

In the morning we reach the port of Reykjavik. You would like to extend your stay in Iceland? Book one of our after programs and explore Reykjavik and its surroundings, e.g. on a car tour. With our Air & Ground package, you can enjoy a comfortable trip home.

Dates & Prices

Start/EndNightsSailing ScheduleStarting From
Kangerlussuaq / Reykjavik7$13,214

*All routes and excursions are provisional and subject to change.

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The SEAVENTURE

The SEAVENTURE was specifically designed for extraordinary moments, such as exploring the biggest island in the world. Come aboard and discover the unique landscapes of Greenland.

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