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Greenland Explorer: Valleys and Fjords

Duration 15 days
Departing from
  • Reykjavik, Iceland
Starting from $6,995
Adventure Options Sea KayakingPaddling Excursion

Overview

Greenland is Europe’s final frontier: its grandeur is unquestionable and yet unknown to most travelers. Sailing along Greenland’s coast is the best way to sample the rich history and diversity of this beautiful and dramatic country and to encounter an ancient culture surviving in a modern world.

Greenland Destination Guide

Greenland Destination Guide

Our Greenland destination guide is your best resource for learning everything there is to know about one of the last unspoiled wilderness areas on Earth, home to iceberg-choked fjords, towering mountains of rock and snow, valleys rich in iconic wildlife, and the world’s most colorful sky.

The guide features details about what you can experience on our expeditions, useful travel tips and even a packing checklist.

 

Highlights

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

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Itineraries

Day 1 — Arrival in Reykjavik

Arrive in the Icelandic capital this morning and make your way to your included hotel. You will have the day to explore the city on your own. In the evening, join us at your hotel for a welcome briefing.

Day 2 — Embarkation Day in Akureyri

You’ll fly from Reykjavik to Akureyri to board your vessel and begin your expedition. Get ready for a great adventure ahead!

Days 3 and 4 — East Greenland

Experience a true arctic ghost town when we visit the abandoned settlement of Skjoldungen, where inhabitants were forced to move to larger, more accessible towns in 1961. The narrow part of Skjoldungen Fjord is an ideal place to explore by Zodiac. Those who opt for our kayaking program may have an opportunity to get out on the water to glide past icebergs and capture some great photographs.

Days 5 to 7 — South Greenland

Climbers and mountaineers around the world know Tasermiut Fjord, one of the world’s most prolific big-wall playgrounds. This part of Greenland is particularly dramatic, being nicknamed the Arctic Patagonia. A bit of a history lesson will be provided here as you learn about the settlements of the area, founded by Erik the Red. As we round Cape Farewell, the southernmost point of Greenland, we will call in at the natural hot springs found in the Uunartoq area, soak in the geothermal waters and watch the icebergs pass by.

Days 8 to 13 — Greenland’s West Coast

Heading north, you’ll stop at some of the quaint villages that dot the islands and fjords of Greenland’s western side. You’ll find friendly faces, local artisans and colorful houses on the wildflower- covered tundra. You’ll visit Nuuk, the capital of Greenland and home to fewer than 16,000 people. You’ll have time to wander the streets and see the Hans Egede Church and Hans Egede statue near the waterfront, both named after the missionary who founded the settlement. You’ll also visit the museum to see the famous Greenlandic mummies.

The nearby town of Sisimiut is an interesting place to visit, as there are more dogsleds here than humans. Evighedsfjorden, which means “Fjord of Eternity,” is a favored place for us to put the Zodiacs in the water for some more in-depth exploration. This long, deep fjord has very few settlements, so you’ll come to appreciate nature in its rawest form. There will be an opportunity for hiking among the towering mountains, and you’ll have plenty of chances to photograph the colorful tundra and dramatic landscapes.

The west coast of Greenland provides many dramatic, mountainous landscapes where fjords open into the sea. You will explore the Ilulissat Icefjord, home to one of the world’s fastest-moving glaciers. Moving approximately 62 feet (19 meters) per day, the glacier provides you with a great opportunity to photograph ice crashing into the sea. Continuing along, the Amerloq Fjord offers a chance for you to stretch your legs by exploring abandoned villages and ancient Thule sites.

Day 14 — Disembarkation in Kangerlussuaq

Today, you’ll board your direct charter flight back to Reykjavik, Iceland. Upon arrival in Reykjavik, we will transfer you to your hotel.

Day 15 — Depart Reykjavik

After breakfast, you can make your way home at your leisure or spend some more time in Reykjavik.

2018 MANDATORY TRANSFER PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • One night’s hotel accommodation in Reykjavik with breakfast
  • Transfer to the Reykjavik airport on Day 2
  • Charter flight from Reykjavik to Akureyri
  • Transfers to and from the ship
  • Charter flight from Kangerlussuaq to Reykjavik
  • Group transfer from Reykjavik airport to hotel
  • One night’s post-expedition hotel accommodation in Reykjavik with breakfast

2018 Package Cost: $1,295

 

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy—and excitement—of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

Dates and Rates

Departure
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Aug 15 – Aug 29, 2019
15
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Reviews

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Amazing Trip in Beautiful Greenland

5

Quark knows how to travel in these areas - amazing experiences (whales, fjords, culture, ice). Not quite as jaw-dropping as the trip to Antarctica, but still well worth a visit/learn!

Quark Greenland 2018

5

After 4 previous to Antarctica with Quark I was never surprised by the absolute perfection with which everything was done. The expedition team,ship,food and planning were outstanding, as always. Everything. The restaurant staff and the bartenders friendly and helpful as also the hotel staff.
Greenland is unique and wonderful, however I hope one day to return again with Quark to the Southern regions.

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