Explore the best of Greenland’s west coast on this 13-day voyage, including one of the fastest and most active glaciers in the world. Crossing into the Canadian waters en route to Resolute, you’ll encounter spectacular limestone bird cliffs and Beechey Island, the eerie site of the Franklin Expedition.
Day-by-Day Expedition in Brief
- Unique Arctic wildlife — polar bears, walrus, whales, and massive sea bird colonies
- West Greenland and Canada’s High Arctic
- Traditional Canadian Inuit and Greenlandic communities
- Ilulissat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Beechey Island, Franklin Expedition is a National Historic Site of Canada
- Tundra hiking for all fitness levels
- Zodiac cruising
- Optional kayak adventure option on selected voyages
Day 1 — Copenhagen, Denmark
Day 2 — Embarkation Day in Kangerlussuaq
Days 3 to 7 — West Greenland
Day 8 — Cobourg Island
Days 9-11 — Lancaster Sound
Day 12 — Disembarkation Day in Resolute and Overnight in Toronto
13 — Departure
Pre- and Post-Trip Options
Before heading to the Arctic, take a few days in Toronto and the Niagara region. Spend a few days exploring the vibrant downtown and many culturally diverse neighbourhoods of Toronto, take in a live show or see the sights before adding an optional visit to the Niagara region. Here, you’ll stay in the lovely Niagara-on-the-Lake region and have a chance to visit some of its many award-winning wineries. We’ll also visit Niagara Falls and have a chance to dine overlooking this fabulous spectacle.
Pack to dress in layers so you are prepared for these rapid weather changes. Average daily temperatures in mid-season are between 25 and 35 Fahrenheit or -4 and +2 Celsius; however wind conditions can make it seem colder.
Be sure your base layers and mid layers are made from breathable fabrics and your outer layers are waterproof (not water resistant) and don't forget to pack a hat, neck warmer and sunscreen & sunglasses.
Visit the Quark online Gear Shop to help prepare for your expedition.
Presentations by Quark’s Expedition Team are included as part of your voyage. Through formal illustrated presentations, as well as informal briefings, the Quark Expeditions Team will cover a range of topics including ornithology, marine biology, glaciology, geography, geology, history and the environment.
Say Hello to the Captain and Crew
During your voyage you may be invited to visit the Bridge, where you can observe how the Captain and officers sail and navigate the ship. A map of your expedition path will be available, so you can see exactly where you have been.