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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 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 — 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.

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.

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.

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.
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Adventure Options

Every Quark Arctic voyage includes great daily outdoor activities including Zodiac cruises, hiking and some also offer snowshoeing. We also offer kayaking on most of our voyages; a great way to experience the beauty of the Arctic in a more personal way. Contact a Quark Polar Travel Adviser to learn more about adventure options, including physical requirements.

Hiking is a great way to appreciate the immense windswept landscapes of the Arctic.

The tundra comes alive during the brief Arctic summer, with bursts of color from shrubs and plants that eke out a living in this Polar environment.

You’ll find each hike is different — exploring communities, shorelines or glaciated landscapes, often on the lookout for wildlife. Hiking participation is optional and your Expedition Team will advise you of what you can expect prior to each excursion.

Complimentary

  • Optional on most Arctic voyages
  • All guides and instructions are provided by Quark
  • No experience is required; optional lengths and levels of hiking offered

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.