Inuits and Icebergs – West Greenland Cruise

from £4162
excluding flights *
7–11 nights Aug, May-Jun

Overview

This in depth exploration of the west coast of Greenland offers the chance to take a step into the past, witness life on the edge of the habitable world and observe enormous mountains of drifting ice.

Highlights

  • Discover Inuit settlements and way of life
  • Explore museums and collections of historic artefacts
  • Sail among spectacular scenes of ice choked waters
  • Overnight in Reykjavik, Iceland's lively capital city

What's Included

  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • All Zodiac transfers & shore landings
  • Experienced Expedition Team
  • Presentations onboard
  • Loan of rubber boots during voyage

Full description

After embarking in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland's largest transport hub, head for the island's western shores. This region is scattered with small towns where you will have the chance to learn of local traditions and of how life differs in such remote environments.

Having cruised the iceberg strewn waters of the world famous Disko Bay and witnessed some of Earth’s fastest moving glaciers, disembark back in Kangerlussuaq and fly to Iceland for another overnight stay. You can opt to extend your stay further and spend time exploring this extraordinary country.

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Prices & Dates *

Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

2018 season

Departure Activites Duration Vessel Prices from
22 May 2018 9 days Sea Spirit £4,162
30 May 2018 8 days Sea Spirit £4,162
06 Jun 2018 12 days Sea Spirit £5,843
19 Aug 2018 10 days Ocean (Sea) Adventurer £5,466

Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin - please contact us for details of triple, single and superior cabins. Activity options: Kayaking is available on this voyage: £535 on board the Ocean (Sea) Adventurer; £458 on board the Sea Spirit

What's Included

  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • Tea & coffee available around the clock
  • All Zodiac transfers, cruising & shore landings as per the daily programme
  • Presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled
  • Loan of rubber boots during voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure materials
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance
  • Passport & Visa expenses

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: arrive in Reykjavik and overnight

After arriving in Iceland, make your own way to the hotel in Reykjavik for an overnight stay.

Day 2: fly from Reykjavik to Kangerlussuaq and embark the ship

Transfer to the airport and fly to Kangerlussuaq where you will embark the ship.

Days 2-8: exploration of West Greenland

Though settlements abound in this part of Greenland, unpredictable weather and a dearth of docking facilities nevertheless make this a real expedition. As such, your route and exploration opportunities along this coast are heavily dependent on the weather and ice conditions you encounter. The experienced captain and expedition leader will decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities change. You can be sure that the best possible advantage will be taken of the circumstances presented by nature in this wild and remote region.

Possible sites of exploration include:

Sisimiut – The second-largest town in Greenland boasts a youthful, urban vibe. The Sisimiut Museum offers insight into the local culture and a history of human habitation dating back 4,500 years.

Qeqertarsuaq – Located on volcanic Disko Island, the small town of Qeqertarsuaq enjoys views of basaltic mountains and the huge icebergs of Disko Bay. Founded in 1773 as a whaling station, Qeqertarsuaq is one of the oldest towns in Greenland. Cultural attractions include a distinctive octagonal church called the “Lord’s Ink Pot”. Some hiking options are available in the area: a longer hike to the basalt cliffs and a shorter one to the waterfall.

Uummannaq Founded in 1763 on the island of the same name, the town of Uummannaq is a hunting and fishing base with a canning factory and a marble quarry. Rising above town is the distinctive 1,170-meter Uummannaq Mountain. Danish and Greenlandic children believe that Santa Claus lives on the island. A Zodiac cruise in Uummannaq fjord reveals breath-taking scenery all around.

Eqip Sermia – This active tidewater glacier is situated in a wild and scenic fjord. In the period after the Second World War, this area functioned as a starting point for expeditions onto the ice cap conducted by the French explorer Paul Emile Victor, whose hut still stands today.

Ilulissat – Formerly called Jakobshavn, the town of Ilulissat is best known for unbelievable quantities of icebergs channelled by the nearby Ilulissat Icefjord, into which one of the world’s fastest moving and most active glaciers calves 46 cubic kilometres of ice annually. Attractions in town include the Inuit Art Museum, which contains a large collection of paintings by Greenlandic, Faroese, and Danish artists.

Itilleq Located just north of the Arctic Circle, Itilleq (also known as Itivdleq) is a settlement on a small island with about 100 inhabitants. The main trade here is fishing and hunting. The island has no freshwater, so Itilleq has a facility that makes freshwater from seawater.

Day 9: disembark in Kangerlussuaq and fly to Reykjavik

After breakfast disembark in Kangerlussuaq and fly to Reykjavik for an overnight stay in the Icelandic capital.

Day 10: Depart Iceland

Make your own way to the airport for your flight home, or choose to extend your stay in the 'Land of Fire and Ice'.

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After embarking in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland's largest transport hub, head for the island's western shores. This region is scattered with small towns where you will have the chance to learn of local traditions and of how life differs in such remote environments.

Having cruised the iceberg strewn waters of the world famous Disko Bay and witnessed some of Earth’s fastest moving glaciers, disembark back in Kangerlussuaq and fly to Iceland for another overnight stay. You can opt to extend your stay further and spend time exploring this extraordinary country.

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