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Greenland Explorer Valleys and Fjords

15 days

Picture yourself in Greenland, home to the world’s great fjords and some of the most active glaciers outside of Antarctica. You’ll be dwarfed by the sheer size and scale of nature in Greenland, where the forces of nature still reign supreme. Join this expedition and brush up on Viking history and immerse yourself in present day Greenlandic Inuit culture. Tundra hiking for all levels is available throughout the voyage. For thrill seekers, try an optional glacier helicopter excursion over Ilulissat icefjord, the fastest moving glacier in the world. For those who like to get up close and personal and feel the elements, there will be plenty of Zodiac cruising among the glaciers and of course, optional kayaking adventures.

Day-by-Day Expedition in Brief

  • Meet locals on the western coast of Greenland and explore traditional Inuit settlements
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage site Ilulissat Icefjord
  • Historic places from Norse and Viking eras
  • Arctic wildlife such as whales, birds and seals

Day 1 Embarkation Day in Reykjavik — Embarkation Day in Reykjavik

Day 2 — At Sea

Bid farewell to Iceland, as your expedition heads east towards Greenland.

Day 3-4 — East Greenland

Experience a true Arctic ghost town when we visit the abandoned Skoldungen settlement, where inhabitants were forced to move to larger, more accessible towns in 1961.

Day 5-7 — South Greenland

Climbers and mountaineers around the world know Tasermiut Fjord, known as one of the world’s most prolific big wall playgrounds. This part of Greenland is one of the most dramatic, being nicknamed the “Arctic Patagonia.”

Days 8-13 — Greenland’s West Coast

Heading north, we’ll stop in at some of the quaint Greenlandic villages that dot the islands and fjords of Greenland’s western side.

Day 14 — 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 15 — Copenhagen (Departure)

Today you can make you way home at your leisure or spend some more time in Copenhagen.
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Expedition Facts

Bridge Visits

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.

Onboard Lectures

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.

Polar Boutique

Gifts and souvenirs are a great to bring home as mementos of your polar expedition. In addition to small souvenirs, our Polar Boutique offers a selection of expedition gear, including base layer clothing and refillable water bottles. All items may be charged to your shipboard account.

All your purchases made aboard the ship through your shipboard account are backed by Quark Expeditions’ satisfaction guarantee.