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West Greenland Explorer

from £11550 excluding flights

  • 11 nights
  • Jul
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Highlights

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Cruise through the spectacular Ilulissat Icefjord

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Paddle among mighty icebergs in a kayak

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Learn about Inuit culture and traditions

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Look out for whales, seals and seabirds

Why this trip...

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Immersive exploration

Immerse yourself in your surroundings on a true exploration of remote and spectacular areas

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Expertly guided

In-depth knowledge and expertise will enrich your experience on this trip

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No surcharge guarantee

When you book we guarantee there will be no price increases or additional fees to be paid

Overview

Explore the ice-choked fjords and small settlements along the coast of West Greenland on this adventure-filled voyage. Shore landings, Zodiac cruises and the chance to join optional kayak excursions offer a great way to immerse yourself in your surroundings and meet Inuits living the traditional ways of life in some of the world’s most remote environments.

Stunning vistas of bays filled with icebergs are irresistible for photography enthusiasts, while kayakers can glide through waters teeming with whales. The Ilulissat Icefjord is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where boats and people alike are dwarfed by the sheer size of the icebergs.

Speak to our team about arranging your flights, as well as extending your stay in Greenland pre- or post-voyage.

Itinerary

Your adventure begins with an overnight stay in thoroughly-modern Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital city.

Enjoy a morning at leisure to explore the Icelandic capital. In the afternoon you will be transferred to the ship for embarkation. Settle in and explore your new home before heading up on deck as you sail out of the picturesque fjord.

While sailing west you may spot see fulmars, kittiwakes, gannets and common guillemots. Whales may also make an appearance as you cross the Arctic Circle. By the end of the day you may encounter your first icebergs as you approach the south Greenland coast.

Over the coming days you will discover the immense beauty of West Greenland. In true expeditionary style, your itinerary will remain flexible, as weather and sea ice determine where you can go and what you will do and see. You may visit Sisimiut, the second-largest town in Greenland, and the former whaling station of Qeqertarsuaq on Disko Island. Qeqertarsuaq is Greenland’s oldest town, founded in 1773, and boasts spectacular views of basaltic mountains and the huge icebergs of Disko Bay. The active tidewater glacier of Eqip Sermia is likely to be another highlight, as is the Ilulissat Icefjord into which one of the world’s fastest moving and most active glaciers calves 46 cubic kms of ice every year.

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Arrive back in Kangerlussuaq where you disembark and bid farewell to your expedition team, before transferring to the airport for your charter flight back to Reykjavik.

  • All voyage itineraries are intended as a guideline only – embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy of expedition travel. Actual routes and landings will be dependent on weather, sea and ice conditions. A degree of flexibility is essential in the polar regions.
  • The above sample itinerary is based on the 14-day voyage on the Sea Spirit. Other departures may vary in duration and routing, i.e. alternative embarkation or disembarkation ports, or include a pre-voyage hotel night. Please speak to our Travel Specialists for specific details.

Vessel Finder

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Ultramarine

The spacious Ultramarine is a purpose-built expedition ship, offering a choice of adventure activities as well as the chance to explore by…

  • Passengers: 199
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Balcony Cabins
  • Sauna
  • Helicopter: on board
  • Jacket: Jacket to keep
  • Rubber Boots: Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional Activities
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Sylvia Earle

The sister ship to the Greg Mortimer, the Sylvia Earle features the same cutting-edge design, superior comfort and environmentally friendly technology.

  • Passengers: 126
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Balcony Cabins
  • Pool/Hot tub
  • Sauna
  • Jacket: Jacket to keep
  • Rubber Boots: Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional Activities

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Tundra to Table Dining

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Exclusive Inuit Culinary Experience

The innovative Tundra to Table dining experience showcases the culinary traditions of the Inuit of Greenland and Nunavut, offering the chance to enjoy dishes specially prepared by Inuit chefs, and to learn more about local Inuit culture.

A modern Inuit fusion-style cuisine reflects the influences of the region, featuring freshly caught seafood straight from the Arctic Ocean and free-roaming game. Dishes may include beer-braised muskox, South Greenlandic lamb, honey-glazed ptarmigan or pickled halibut, accompanied by wild herbs and locally grown vegetables.

During your four course meal, local Inuit chefs will share the story of their people through food, and explain the origins of the menu and the traditional methods of Inuit cooking.

This unique experience is available on board the Ultramarine on selected departures only. Limited places are available so pre-booking is essential.  

Departures:
14 & 23 July 2024

Price: £110 per person

Prices and Departures

Price from £11550 excluding flights

Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.
Note: Airfares tend to be cheaper the earlier you book.

What's Included

  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • Tea & coffee available around the clock
  • All Zodiac transfers, cruising & shore landings
  • Presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers
  • Expedition jacket - yours to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots during voyage
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

Departures

Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin

Departure Duration Vessel Activities Price from (pp)
14 Jul 2024 12 days Ultramarine £11,550
23 Jul 2024 12 days Ultramarine
£11,550
10 Aug 2025 10 days Ultramarine £9,900
15 Aug 2025 15 days Sylvia Earle £18,395
17 Aug 2025 12 days Ultramarine £9,900

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