Rating in Iceland
$ 4995

In the Wake of the Vikings July 14-25, 2019

Cruising
Cruising
min $ 4995
Per person
Tour details
Destinations: Reykjavík, Nuuk, Kangerlussuaq
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 4995
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  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Dates & Prices
  • Details
  • Highlights

Overview

Like the Vikings of old, we sail west from Reykjavík. There lies a region of mountains, glaciers, fjords, and icebergs. The icy realm of Greenland awaits.
 
Greenland’s east coast is just a short voyage from Reykjavík. Breathtaking fjords define this seldom-seen region. Aboard the Ocean Endeavour, we’ll explore in comfort—and Zodiacs will be standing by for scenic excursion opportunities. 
 
Whales and seabirds are abundant here. Photographers, birders, and hikers will be in awe. 
 
Villages around Greenland’s southern tip offer glimpses of Greenlandic culture. Bask in the Unartoq geothermal springs. Explore the ruins of Brattelid—a settlement founded by Erik the Red!
 
Kangaamiut is a quaint fishing village. Greenland’s capital, Nuuk, offers shopping and dining. We’ll sail mighty Sondre Stromfjord to our destination, Kangerlussuaq—gateway to Greenland’s ice cap. 

Itinerary

day 1
Reykjavík
day 2
Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands)
day 3
At Sea
day 4
East Greenland
day 5
Ikerasassuaq (Prince Christian Sound)
day 6–7
South Greenland
day 8
Hvalsey and Oaqortoq
day 9
Brattahlid
day 10
Nuuk
day 11
Qeqqata Kommunia
day 12
Kangerlussuaq

Iceland’s cosmopolitan capital, Reykjavík (“steamy bay”) was established in 874 AD. Powered by geothermal energy, Reykjavík is widely considered one of the cleanest, greenest cities on Earth.

Despite centuries of relative isolation, today Reykjavík is a contemporary city with plenty to see and do. The National Culture House preserves treasures like the Poetic Edda, and the Norse Sagas in their original manuscripts. We depart Reykjavík in the evening aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

Vestmannaeyjar lies off the south coast of Iceland and comprises fourteen islands, numerous rocks and skerries. Only the largest island, Heimaey, is inhabited.

Numerous species of seabirds, including the famous puffins, nest in the steep rock faces along the ocean cliffs. The volcanically active area has seen two major eruptions in recent times: the formation of the island of Surtsey in 1963, and the Eldfell eruption ten years later that destroyed much of Heimaey and nearly blocked its harbour.

Sailing west from Iceland, we are in the wake of the Vikings. Norse explorers set out from Iceland a millennium ago in open longboats. Their destination: Greenland. Later they would also reach Baffin Island, Labrador, and Newfoundland.

We’ll be watching for marine mammals and bird life as we sail in these rich northern waters. Along the way, our expedition team will enrich your understanding of the archeology, history, culture, and wildlife that await us in Greenland!

An expedition day on Greenland’s east coast means that we’ll be cruising in the ice, looking for opportunities for Zodiac exploration. As ever, our expedition team will be on deck looking for bears, seals, and humpback whales as we navigate a coastline traced with innumerable fjords and dotted with pack ice.

We’ll be scouting for wildlife and vistas as we approach Ikerasassuaq through ice. This remote and stunning body of water joins the Irminger and Labrador seas. We are among the islands of the Cape Farewell Archipelago, near Greenland’s southernmost tip.

Craggy mountain peaks tower over narrow fjords. Glacial tongues plunge toward the water. Conditions are favourable for calving icebergs, while strong tidal currents limit the formation of sea ice.

South Greenland lives up to its namesake; here, the land is fertile and agriculture thrives. Farms and vegetable husbandry contrast with the barren ice that covers so much of the country. Jagged mountains rise from beyond green pastures, with sheep farms directly bordering icefjords. Here, Norse settlement history intersects with contemporary Greenland life.

Hvalsey Church is the best-preserved Norse ruin in Greenland. The last known official record from the original Norse colony is of a wedding held here in September 1408! Nearby Qaaqortoq is the largest town in South Greenland. The area has been inhabited for over 4,000 years, beginning with the Saqqaq culture.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Brattahlid—meaning “steep slope,”—lies at the head of Tunulliarfik Fjord. In this location, the famous Viking explorer Erik the Red had his estate. His descendants made their homes here until the mid-1400s. This area features the best farming conditions in Greenland.

Here we will find a reconstruction of the first Norse church in Greenland, as well as a Viking longhouse. There are substantial archeological remnants here, preserving the legends of the Norse.

Greenland’s capital bridges old and new. The old harbour region of town includes many buildings dating from the Danish colonial days. The modern downtown core includes shopping, cafes and restaurants, and public institutions with a European flair.

The Greenland National Museum is one of Nuuk’s outstanding features; the world-famous Greenland mummies are housed here. The museum’s exhibits also offer in-depth information about colonial, Norse, and Inuit presence in Greenland—a must-see.

The west Greenland coastline is a rich mixture of fishing communities, many islands and complex coastal waterways. The waters are relatively warm here, due to the West Greenland Current and the sub-Arctic location—making for more lush vegetation. We will be making an expedition stop here to explore the landscape of wild Greenland.

Sondre Stromfjord is one of the longest fjords in the world and boasts 168 kilometres of superb scenery. We end our adventure by sailing up this dramatic fjord as the sun rises to greet us. Kangerlussuaq, the town at its eastern head, is a former US Air Force base and Greenland’s primary flight hub. Here we will disembark the Ocean Endeavour and transfer to the airport for our return charter flight.

Dates & Prices

July 14, 2019 - July 25, 2019 - Click on cabin category for ship deckplan

All prices are per person, in US Dollars (USD) unless specified otherwise.

  • 1

    $4995.00   Deck four. A SHARED cabin for 4 passengers. It is an interior cabin with 4 lower berths and a bathroom that is split in 2 rooms, with a shower in one room and sink and toilet in the other. This cabin is generally used by single travellers looking to share and is booked by gender. 

  • 2

    $5995.00   Deck four. A SHARED cabin for 3 passengers. It is an interior cabin with 3 lower berths and 2 full bathrooms. This cabin is generally used by single travellers looking to share and is booked by gender.

  • 3

    $7395.00   Deck five. Interior cabin, two lower berths, private bath

  • 4

    $8695.00   Deck four, porthole window, two lower berths, private bath

  • 5

    $9995.00   Deck five, picture window, two lower berths, private bath

  • 6

    $11295.00   Decks four, seven and eight, picture windows (obstructed view), two lower berth OR matrimonial bed, private bath, refrigerator

  • 7

    $12595.00   Decks five and eight, large picture window (partial obstruction), two lower berth OR matrimonial bed, private bath, refrigerator

  • 8

    $13895.00   Deck five and seven, picture window, two lower berths, private bath, refrigerator

  • 9

    $15195.00   Deck five and seven, picture window, two lower berths, private bath

  • 10

    $16495.00   Deck seven, picture window, two lower berths, private bath, refrigerator


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Details

What's Included

ABOARD
  • Pre-departure materials
  • The expertise and company of our expedition staff
  • Onboard educational programming
  • Interactive workshops
  • Evening entertainment
  • All shipboard meals, including on deck barbecues & afternoon tea, 24-hour coffee, tea and snacks
  • Hors d’ouevres & snacks during evening recaps
  • 24-hour documentary and film programming
  • Fully stocked library
  • Nikon Camera Trial Program
  • $250 USD Discovery Fund Fee

    ASHORE
  • Introductions to local people and customs
  • Sightseeing
  • Museum entries, park accesses, port taxes
  • Access to pristine wilderness areas
  • Zodiac tours and cruises
  • On-site archaeology workshops
  • Community programming: local performances, presentations, and demonstrations


    What's Not Included

  • Commercial and charter flight costs
  • Gratuities (suggested at $15 USD per person per day)
  • Bicycle rentals
  • Personal expenses
  • Mandatory medical evacuation insurance
  • Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes
  • Possible fuel surcharges
  • Pre- and post-trip hotel accommodation
  • Program enhancements
  • Highlights

    • Wander the streets of Nuuk, Greenland’s dynamic capital
    • Visit Erik the Red’s former estate at Brattahlid, UNESCO World Heritage Site
    • Visit the Norse ruins at Hvalsey, abandoned in the 1400s
    • Experience village life in tiny Greenlandic fishing hamlets
    • Get close to glaciers, calving mighty icebergs
    • Experience east Greenland’s pristine, stunning fjords
    • Follow the Viking route across Denmark Strait to Greenland
    All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Adventure Canada
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