Greenland Explorer 15 daysAboard: Ocean Adventurer
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 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 optional kayaking adventures
Please note: a mandatory transfer package of £1000 applies to this itinerary
- Spectacular and varied Arctic scenery
- Marine and avian wildlife
- Kayaking option
- Historic associations
- Inuit culture
- Overnight hotel in Reykjavik pre and post trip
- Flights as shown in itinerary
- Group transfers to and from airports
- Full board accommodation on board ship
- Programme of expert lectures
- Guided Zodiac and shore excursions
- Expedition parka
- Loan of rubber boots
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After breakfast, tarnsfer to airport for charter flight to Akueryi. Board ship and set sail in the afternoon into the Denmark Strait.
We start our Greenland journey with a visit to Tasiilaq and the Ammassalik Fjord. It is the largest community in East Greenland, where the inhabitants may put on a cultural show for us and you'll also have time to take a scenic hike to the Valley of Flowers. Time and weather permitting, we plan to go on a search for whales in Ammassalik Fjord. 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. The narrow part of Skoldungenfjord is a great place to explore by Zodiac and kayak.
This part of Greenland is one of the most dramatic - climbers and mountaineers around the world know Tasermiut Fjord as one of the world's most prolific big wall playgrounds. We also learn about the historic settlements of the area, founded by Erik the Red. As we round Cape Farewell, the southernmost point in 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.
Heading north, we'll stop in at some of the quaint Greenlandic villages that dot the islands and fjords of Greenland's western side. We'll find friendly faces, local artisans and colourful houses on the wildflower-covered tundra, and visit Nuuk, the capital of Greenland yet home to fewer than 16,000 people. Wander the streets and see the Hans Egede Church and statue near the waterfront, named after the missionary who founded the settlement. 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 dog sleds here than humans. Evighedsfjorden, meaning Fjord of Eternity, is great for Zodiac excursions - 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 walking among the towering mountains, and you'll have plenty of chances to photograph the colourful tundra and dramatic landscapes.The coast of Greenland provides many dramatic, mountainous landscapes where fjords open into the sea. We will explore Ilulissat Icefjord, home to one of the world's fastest moving glaciers. Moving approximately 19m per day, the glacier here provides you with a great opportunity to capture ice crashing into the sea. Continuing along, the Amerdloq Fjord provides you with a chance to stretch your legs by exploring abandoned villages and ancient Thule sites.
Your Greenland adventure comes to an end at Kangerlussuaq. There is no pier here so be prepared to disembark by Zodiac. Transfer to airport for flight to Reykjavik and overnight
After breakfast, continue onwards or to home
A view from Above
Ocean Adventurer (previously known as Sea Adventurer) is a purpose built expedition ship with ice-strengthened hull and first class accommodation and facilities. All 61 cabins have outside views and private facilities, including some with exterior access and outside seating. Public areas include dining room, lounge and presentation room, library, 2 bars, gift shop, clinic and exercise room. Other facilities are satellite communication and massage therapist. There is a forward observation deck and other open deck areas.
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