Glaciers, icebergs, and colorful Inuit houses are found in this remote far north of Greenland. Cruise up the west coast with rich cultural heritage you can visit at Disko Bay and Melville Bay; arrive at Thule inside the Arctic Circle! Keep an eye out for Polar bears, walrus, seals, Humpback whale and Narwhals in this sparsely populated icescape.
Day 1: Copenhagen, Denmark
Enjoy an included night in Copenhagen and meet your fellow travelers.
Day 2: Embarkation Day in Kangerlussuaq
Greenland After landing in Kangerlussuaq, you’ll be transferred to the port and then take your first Zodiac ride out to the ship. In the afternoon, we will travel down one of the longest fjords in Greenland.
Days 3 - 14: West Greenland
Ancient archaeological sites, massive fjords, Zodiac excursions and tundra hikes await you in Greenland. Sisimiut, our first planned stop, has the feel of a small fishing village with a great harbor for walking around and taking photos. You’ll get to watch a demonstration of traditional kayaking before venturing further north to Ilulissat.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ilulissat (Greenlandic for “icebergs”) is home to the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier, one of the fastest and most active glaciers in the world. In addition to some spectacular Zodiac cruising, there is also a refreshing longer hike along a boardwalk to a beautiful lookout in Ilulissat.
Heading further north into the Upernavik Archipelago, you may spot whales and seals. The most northern discovery of any Viking artefacts in the world are at Upernavik; while nearby Kullorsuaq is a small settlement that sustains itself on fishing, whaling and sealing.
Your northern most stops in Greenland are Qaanaaq and Thule, where glaciers and archaeological sites are found. The fabled name Thule occurs in ancient Greek and Roman mythology as the name of a country or an island far north at the end of the world. The word Thule has allegedly also been used as a name of some foggy, inaccessible islands off the coast of Scotland. The Danish explorer, Knud Rasmussen, chose 100 years ago Thule as the name of his trade station by the settlements northwest of Cape York. Today, the name still clings to Greenland’s northwesterly corner, even though the main town is actually called Qaanaaq and the municipality is called Avernarsuaq, ‘The Great North’. In Qaanaaq, you’ll visit the local museum; a great way to gain a deeper appreciation for what it takes to live this far north.
As we return south, we call in at some other communities and fjords that we missed on the race north.
Day 15: Disembarkation in Kangerlussuaq
Today you’ll board your direct charter flight back to Copenhagen, Denmark. Upon arrival in Copenhagen, we will transfer you to your included hotel.
Day 16: Departure
Today you can make you way home at your leisure or spend some more time in Copenhagen.
Mandatory Transfer Package Details:
Note: Baggage allowance on charter flight is 20 kilos checked and 5 kilos carry on
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.