Destination: Arctic Cruises
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Cross the Denmark Strait from Iceland to Greenland and explore fjords. See ancient mummies, visit Inuit ruins, meet dogsledders and their teams, and explore the world’s smallest capital. Soak in hot springs, watch Inuits demonstrate kayaking, and visit the remains of the manor house of Erik the Red.Contact us about this trip Share
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Day 1: Reykjavik, Iceland
Board the Silver Explorer, settle in to sail and meet your Expedition Team.
Day 2: Denmark Strait
Cruise from Iceland to Greenland, explore the amenities onboard, enjoy fantastic cuisine, and meet the Captain and crew members at a special Welcome Aboard cocktail party.
Day 3: Skoldungen Fjord
Explore the rugged eastern coast of Greenland and enter the Skoldungen Fjord. Take in the magnificence of steep, snowy terrain with blue and white icebergs to keep you company. Head out in Zodiacs to get up close to the Thyrms Glacier.
Day 4: Prince Christian Sound
Cruise this spectacular calm sound with icebergs and scenic waterfalls.
Day 5: Nanortalik and Uunartoq Island
Visit Greenland’s southernmost town, charming Nanortalik and learn about local Inuit traditions. Watch a kayaking demonstration, and hopefully have time to enjoy folk dancing (with coffee and cake) at the Cultural Center. In the afternoon, visit the hot springs of Uunartoq (remember to bring your bathing suit)!
Day 6: Qaqortoz and Hvalsey
Qaqortoz (ka-kor-tok) is a colorful harbor town. Visit the town square with Greenland’s oldest fountain (1928), one old and one new church, open-air fish and meat markets, and Museum. In the afternoon, visit the Hvalsey Church built in the 14th Century; this was where Christianity first came to Greenland.
Day 7: Qassiarsuk/Brattahlid and Ittileq
Visit the site of the first Christian church in North America. With Norse ruins all around, plan to see the remains of Erik the Red’s manor house. He founded Greenland and there is a bronze sculpture in his honor. Cruise and enjoy lunch on the way to Ittileq, then hike about 2-1/2 miles to Igaliku to visit the 30 inhabitants of this beautiful village. Visit the ruins of Garoar, once the religious center of 12th Century Norse Greenland.
Day 8: At Sea
Watch for birds and marine mammals, and listen to lectures about local history, flora and fauna.
Day 9: Nuuk
Nuuk is Greenland’s capital and first town (1728). See Inuit ruins, parliament, and famous Qilakitsoq mummies at the Greenlandic National Museum.
Day 10: Sisimiut
Meet sledge dog owners and their teams, and learn about these unparalleled working dogs. The dogsled has been the primary means of transportation there for centuries.
Day 11: Ilulissat
Be prepared just after sunrise to see the most active glacier in the northern hemisphere, Jakobshavn. It is often surrounded by all sizes and shapes of icebergs with nearly 20 million tons of ice breaking off daily. Take a walking tour or an optional adventurous helicopter ride (fee is extra).
Day 12: At Sea
Day 13: Kangerlussuaq
Disembark after breakfast.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of expedition cruising, itineraries are subject to change due to weather, ice conditions, natural and cultural events, wildlife viewing opportunities and other logistical considerations. In general, a ship's crew will endeavor to complete the itinerary provided, but the ultimate decision lies with the ship's captain and expedition leaders.