Cruising Tour

12 Day Arctic Voyage from Iceland to Greenland | CA-AC1203

Follow in the footsteps of the Vikings and rediscover the western coasts of Iceland and Greenland

Overview

Embark upon this historical Viking voyage and sail along the western coast of Iceland and Greenland!

Tour Highlights

  • Reykjavik
  • Vestmannaeyjar Archipelago
  • Atlantic Ocean
  • East Coast of Greenland
  • Prince Christian Sound
  • Hvalsey and Qaqortoq
  • Brattahlid
  • Nuuk
  • Kangerlussuaq
  • Qeqqata Kommunia

If you’re looking to learn more about the history of the Vikings, and explore the wild and untouched nature of the North while aboard a cruise ship - then this is the perfect voyage for you! We’ll sail from Iceland towards the shores of Greenland, on waterways once sailed by Vikings. On the way there, soak in Viking history from lectures onboard, and marvel at remarkable fjords, ice caps, and polar wildlife.

  • Expert guides
  • No single supplement in select cabin categories
  • Lectures by Expedition Leaders
  • Family-owned and -operated ship
Available July
Duration 12 days
Departs From Reykjavik, IS
Difficulty Level Easy / Moderate
Minimum age No limit
Group maximum 198
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up No

From

4 995 USD

Per Adult

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  • Toll Free number in N. America: +1 888 285 1676
  • International number: +1 780 414 1676
  • Please note that you will be charged in USD for this tour

For further information about dates and prices:
Please see the price list at the section here below.

What's Included

Included

  • Educational program and pre-departure materials
  • All shore and zodiac excursions
  • Transfers between piers and applicable airports
  • Service charges
  • Embarkation taxes
  • Port fees

What to bring

  • Warm coat
  • Long sleeved shirts, sweaters, long pants
  • Wind jacket, wind pants
  • Rain gear, rubber boots
  • Hiking boots
  • Hat, gloves
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Daypack
  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottle

Not Included

  • Flights to and from Reykjavik
  • Personal expenses
  • Staff gratuities
  • Mandatory medical evacuation coverage
  • Charter flights from Kangerlussuaq to Toronto (can be added for additional cost)

Contact us for more Information about this tour

TOLL FREE NUMBER IN N. AMERICA: +1 888 285 1676
INTERNATIONAL NUMBER: +1 780 414 1676

You can also send an email to info@adventures.com, or use the contact form here below.

Itinerary

Find out more details about the tour and its highlights

Information

The adventure will start in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. We’ll board the Ocean Endeavour and sail towards the Westman Archipelago. Then, we’ll sail into the open ocean following the old sailing routes of the Vikings, explore the colorful villages and majestic fjords on the west coast of Greenland.

This Arctic cruise is perfect for anyone who loves nature, wildlife, or photography!

Reykjavik is the northernmost capital in the world and also the largest city in Iceland. With a population of around 120,000, this quirky town is the epicenter of Iceland’s culture, politics, and economy. Iceland is a geothermally active country and most of its energy comes from geothermal and hydropower plants. Because of these efforts, Reykjavik is said to be the greenest and most self-sufficient city in the world.

Despite its remoteness, Reykjavik is a cosmopolitan city with loads of activities and attractions. You can find everything from iconic architecture to exquisite cuisine and natural wonders within the city’s limits. During your time in Reykjavik, we recommend exploring the city in more depth, discovering the magnificent features and flavors of the city.

In the evening, we’ll meet aboard the grand Ocean Endeavour where our adventure to the West will begin.

The Vestmannaeyjar Archipelago or Westman Islands is a group of islands off the south coast of mainland Iceland. This collection of islets is comprised of 14 uninhabited islands, with the exception of Heimaey, the largest island.

The archipelago earned notoriety after a massive volcanic eruption in 1973, when the Eldfell Volcano erupted, spouting lava over one-fifth of the island, the entire island was forced to evacuate over a month. During the eruption, local authorities tamed the lava flow by pouring 1.8 billion gallons (6.8 billion liters) of seawater over it, which later resulted in the extension of the coastline.

Aside from the fascinating history of the island, it’s also known for hosting an abundance of wildlife and seabirds, the most famous of which are the adorable puffins. Thanks to its mild climate, Vestmannaeyjar is also home to gannets, guillemots, kittiwakes, and Icelandic gulls, making it a paradise for all birders.

The third and fourth day of the cruise will be spent in the North Atlantic Ocean, sailing west from Iceland.  We’ll be stepping in the same water routes as intrepid Norse explorers who ventured as far as America nearly 1000 years ago. You’re invited to our observation deck to look out for any wildlife we might encounter on our way to Greenland.

Along the way, our experienced and insightful guides will educate you in the rich history of the Vikings and also tell you about the different types of marine life and birds found in the ocean. We’ll also introduce you to the history, geology, archaeology, and culture of Greenland. When we reach the eastern coast of Greenland, we’ll look out for opportunities to roam the coast and have a closer look at the surroundings in our Zodiacs.

Prince Christian Sound is a waterway separating the islands of Cape Farewell Archipelago from mainland Greenland. Prince Christian Sound was named in honor of Danish crown prince Christian VIII.

The landscape of the area feels a bit apocalyptic, with towering steep fjords, ice-capped mountains and majestic glaciers visible from almost every point of the waterway. Strong tidal currents prevent the formation of ice in the sound and wash icebergs, calved from glaciers, into the ocean.

While the landscape might seem barren at first sight, don’t be fooled. Deep in the fjords, you’ll be able to spot the nesting sites of Glaucous gulls and black guillemots. Just off the nutrient-rich shores of the ocean, you might just spot seals, as well as fin, minke, and blue whales.

There is no other place on Earth like the South of Greenland. Here, in contrast to the infertile ice desert that covers the rest of Greenland, moss-covered hills meet azure waters that cradle calved icebergs in the sunshine. Most communities here thrive on agriculture, and to a lesser degree, on fishing and hunting.

However, the beauty of the surrounding fjords are what define this little gem of a region. South Greenland is yet to be discovered by travelers, and so is quite tranquil for most of the year.

Among the three little towns in the area, an abundance of activities and attractions await you. In Qaqortoq and Narsaq, there are a vast selection of hiking trails for you to explore, and if you’re looking for more extreme experiences, Nanortalik offers professional rock climbing and mountaineering activities. You can also take a soak in one of the many natural hot springs found in South Greenland.

Next on our agenda are the two most popular settlements in South Greenland. Hvalsey is a town next to Qaqortoq and is famed for its well-preserved Norse ruins dating back to 985 CE. The Eastern Settlement contains the first and largest ruins found in South Greenland. During the Viking Age, it was populated by about 4,000 Norsemen of Icelandic descent and their main commercial activities involved livestock, fishing, and farming.

One of the most popular sites in Hvalsey is the church. The church was built around the 14th-century on land claimed by Thorkell Farserk, cousin of Erik the Red. It remains one of the best-preserved Norse ruins.

Not too far from Hvalsey,  you’ll find Qaqortoq. With a little over 3,000 people, it’s the largest settlement in South Greenland. The first communities appeared around 4,000 years ago, and it’s been continuously inhabited ever since.

Erik the Red, founder of the first settlement in Greenland, built his estate in Brattahlid in the 10th century. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is located 59 mi (96 km) from the ocean, at the head of Tunulliarfik Fjord. The fjord has protected the settlement from the harsh winds and provided excellent conditions for husbandry, fishing, and agriculture.

The town was also the site of the first European church in Greenland, known as  Thjodhildarkirkja. Though the original was destroyed by fire in the 14th century, the reconstruction is built in turf and timber, showcasing main features of the original church.

“The heart of a nation. Greenland’s largest city and capital is fueled on fresh air, strong coffee, and diverse personalities.” None have summed up Nuuk quite like Visit Greenland. Life, culture, and history combine in the capital, and act as a bridge between the olden days and the modern world. Here you’ll experience exquisite local cuisine, explore the Northern Lights-inspired cultural center, and archaeological Viking findings. Nuuk is home to Greenland’s National Museum, so it might be great to start your exploration of this unique cityscape by marveling at the Greenlandic mummies from 1475 AD.

As a tiny Arctic capital, Nuuk is perfect for hikers. If you’re not sure what to explore first, take a stroll down to the picturesque Old Harbour.

On Day 11, we’ll cruise along Greenland’s West Coast and the municipality of Qeqqata Kommunia. More than 9,000 people live in the area, in small towns such as Sismiut, Kangerlussuaq, and Itilleq. Like most of Greenland, there are no roads between the settlements, so the only means of transportation are planes and one’s own two feet.

The west of the country is blanketed by fishing villages, scores of islands, and waterways, creating a unique, picture-worthy landscape. Because of its sub-Arctic location and the West Greenland Current, the seawater here is warm and hosts an abundance of wildlife and seabirds.

Our voyage in the footsteps of the Vikings will end here and based on your independent travel plans you can continue to explore the city or depart to Canada from Kangerlussuaq Airport.

Kangerlussuaq is located at the head of one of the longest fjords in the country - Kangerlussuaq  Fjord. It is also the nation’s primary aviation hub and planes regularly depart the city to the rest of the world. Depending on your independent travel plans, you can explore the city at your own leisure or have some rest before your flight.

Our vessel for this voyage is the Ocean Endeavour. A 1B ice-class sailing boat that holds a maximum of 198-passengers and is outfitted with 20 Zodiac boats, making it perfect for expedition cruises. Facilities include a top deck observation room, swimming pool, outdoor dining area, sauna/spa, library, and top-class navigation equipment.

Our three onboard lounges are excellent public spaces for our educational seminars, workshops, and entertainment. Launched in 1982, she’s been upgraded many times, most recently in 2010 and 2014. At 137-m (450-ft) length and 21-m (69-ft) breadth, the Ocean Endeavour is the pride of our cruises in Canada and beyond.

More about the Ocean Endeavour.

No Single Supplement in select cabins! Solo Adventurers are welcome. Most cabin categories on the ship are available as a private cabin to single travelers at no additional cost.

Temperatures run around 8-15° Celsius (46-60° Fahrenheit) on average. That said, guests have been known to enjoy a day of shorts and t-shirts in the Canadian Arctic! Do note that temperatures can fall below zero (especially at night) and snowfall could happen at any time.

Please Note

This program features activities such as walking, wildlife viewing, and Zodiac cruising, all at a relatively easy to moderate level of exertion. The majority of shore landings are undertaken using Zodiacs. Zodiac embarkations involve descending gangway stairs with double handrails and stepping into the Zodiac from a small platform at water level (assistance is

provided).

Prices and Availability

Availability (2019):

  • Jul 14 - Jul 25

Category 1. Quad occupancy. Quad cabin. Deck four. Interior Cabin, four lower berths, private bath.
Price: $4995.00 per person / USD.

Category 2. Triple occupancy. Triple cabin. Deck four. Interior Cabin, three lower berths, private bath.
Price: $5995.00 per person / USD.

Category 3. Double occupancy. Interior twin cabin. Deck five. Interior Cabin, two lower berths, private bath.
Price: $7395.00 per person / USD.

Category 4. Double occupancy. Exterior twin cabin. Deck four. Porthole window, two lower berths, private bath.
Price: $8695.00 per person / USD.

Category 5. Double occupancy. Main twin cabin. Deck five. Picture window, two lower berths, private bath.
Price: $9995.00 per person / USD.

Category 6. Double occupancy. Comfort twin cabin. Deck seven. Picture windows (partial obstruction), two lower berths, private bath, refrigerator.
Price: $11295.00 per person / USD.

Category 7. Double occupancy. Top deck twin cabin. Deck eight. Large picture windows (partial obstruction), matrimonial bed, private bath, refrigerator.
Price: $12595.00 per person / USD.

Category 8. Double occupancy. Superior twin cabin. Deck five & seven. Picture windows, twin or matrimonial bed, private bath, refrigerator.
Price: $13895.00 per person / USD.

Category 9. Double occupancy. Junior suite. Deck five & seven. Picture windows, separate sitting area, sofa, desk, refrigerator, matrimonial bed, private bath.
Price: $15195.00 per person / USD.

Category 10. Double occupancy. Suite. Deck seven. Picture windows overlooking the bow, separate sitting area, sofa, desk, refrigerator, matrimonial bed, private bath with full tub.
Price: $16495.00 per person / USD.

Payment Details

Deposit, Taxes and Discounts

  • A $1000.00 USD deposit is required to hold your reservation.
  • Balance of payment is due 120 days before trip commencement.
  • Travellers under 30 receive a 30% discount.
  • No single supplement charge on most of the cabin categories.

CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS

  • All requests for cancellations must be received in writing.
  • Cancellations received at least 120 days prior to departure are fully refunded less an administration fee of $500 US dollars per passenger.
  • If cancellation is made between 91 and 120 days, the cancellation charge is 65% of the cruise cost.
  • Please note that within the 90-day limit, all deposits and tariffs are forfeited.
  • Trip cancellation insurance is not included, but highly recommended.