West Greenland Explorer 11 Days aboard Greg Mortimer
This special West Greenland adventure will take you deep into a world of icebergs, glaciers, spectacular scenery and rich history. Discovering some of the world’s remotest and harshest environments, your days will be filled with thrilling Zodiac cruises along gleaming ice-filled fjords, meeting friendly Inuit locals to learn all about their way of life this far north, searching for sightings of the various species of whales that are found here and visiting enchanting landing sites including the awe-inspiring UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ilulissat Icefjord. For even more adventure, there are also fantastic optional sea kayaking excursions available.
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Wildlife Guide & PhotographerAndy is a 6th generation Falkland Islander, with a passion for wildlife, plants and photography. Raised in the Falkland Islands, Andy developed a close affinity with the Islands natural environment at a young age. School holidays where spent in the ‘camp’ or countryside with friends and family. For more than 10 years, Andy had the privilege of spending a time on Sea Lion Island, visiting his mother who managed one of the Islands premier tourist destinations. Read more >
Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awardsA fascination with natural light and a passion with nature, landscape and travel underpin Chris Coe's photography. His images often have a striking simplicity and graphic quality. More recent work has introduced a subtlety with experimentation with both movement and light.Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
Special Guest LecturerExclusive to this voyage, Doug Allan, a multi award winning polar photographer and cameraman, will be your special guest lecturer. Doug has been on over 20 expeditions to Svalbard to film its wildlife, and knows the wonders of this area more than most. Read more >
- Spectacular scenery at every turn in the “the ice-factory of the north”
- Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ilulissat Icefjord, home of one of the most active glaciers in the world
- Fantastic whale watching opportunities
- Learn about Inuit culture, meet the locals and discover Nuuk, Greenland’s culture-rich capital city
- Enjoy thrilling Zodiac cruises and tundra hikes
- Optional kayaking and helicopter excursions
- Resident photography guide
- Full board accommodation on board ship with daily breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
- Wines, beers and soft drinks with dinner
- One night hotel accommodation in Nuuk pre-voyage
- Half-day tour in Nuuk pre-voyage
- Group transfers to and from ship from/to hotel or airport
- Captain's Welcome and Farewell drinks including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
- Zodiac landings and excursions
- Programme of expert lectures
- Loan of rubber boots
- Complimentary 3-in-1 polar jacket
- Printed photo book with images from your expedition
ITINERARY10 Nights 11 Days
- Days 1 - 2 | Nuuk
- Days 3 - 10 | Greenland's West Coast
- Day 11 | Nuuk
Having arrived independently to Nuuk, Greenland’s culture-rich capital city, you will transfer to a downtown hotel for your included overnight stay. The rest of day 1 is at your leisure and you can choose to spend some time exploring this northernmost capital in the world or simply relax in your hotel in preparation for the adventures that lie ahead.
On the morning of day 2 your included half-day tour of the city will begin, taking you to discover Nuuk’s contrasting architecture from beautiful old buildings to its trademark brightly coloured houses. Home to more than 17,000 inhabitants, Nuuk lies at the mouth of its own fjord system and is a delight to explore. On your tour you are likely to visit the award-winning culture centre Katuaq, the City Hall, the 170-year old cathedral, and the National Museum to see its unique ethnographical collection and the famous mummies and costumes from Qilakitsoq.
In the afternoon you will transfer to the port to embark your ship, and as you settle into your comfortable cabin and get your bearings, we will begin our sail out of the fjord and northwards along the spectacular western coast.
Greenland's West Coast
Over the next 8 days we will immerse ourselves in the extraordinary scenery of the awe-inspiring landscapes of western Greenland. In this world of beautiful ice-filled fjords, glaciers, icebergs and enchanting villages and settlements, each day will bring a new adventure, with thrilling Zodiac cruises, shore walks and hikes taking you up close to all that makes this part of the world so remarkable. As with all polar expeditions, our course here will be flexible, with your experienced captain and crew deciding on the best route for unrivalled scenic, wildlife and cultural experiences. There will also be ample opportunities throughout for optional kayaking excursions. Please note, kayaking excursions incur an additional cost and should be booked in advance of departure.
Stunning areas you can expect to visit during your time here include Eternity Fjord, just north of Maniitsoq town, where you can enjoy a zodiac cruise around the bergs and mountainous landscapes of this beautiful fjord.
In Sisimiut, Greenland’s second largest town, we can go ashore to see its famous blue church and visit the museum to experience local history as well as some cultural historical treats. There will also be fantastic hiking opportunities here, with excursions high into the mountains rewarding in incredible views.
One of the major features of your voyage will be “ice” …and plenty of it! We will visit Eqip Sermia to see the Eqi glacier, one of the most active glaciers in Greenland, to enjoy a wonderful Zodiac cruise to watch the icebergs calving into the water, and Uummannaq where endless icebergs and surrounding steep islands offer fantastic opportunities for kayaking, hiking and more Zodiac cruising. Out of everywhere we visit though, the highlight is likely to be the incredible Ilulissat area, home to the mind-blowing UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ilulissat Icefjord, and one of the most actively calving glaciers in the world, Sermeq Kujalleq. Zodiac cruising and kayaking at the mouth of the fjord will be a simply unforgettable experience, whilst energetic hikes will reward in incredible photography opportunities. An optional helicopter flight over the fjord will also be available.
Other areas we hope to visit include the volcanic island of Disko (Qeqertarsuaq) where mountains, hot springs, excellent hiking trails and surrounding waters teeming with various species of whale combine to create a truly memorable experience. Here you can expect to see minke, fin, bowhead and humpback whales.
Arrival back into the port in Nuuk will sadly signal the end of our western Greenland adventure. After disembarkation a transfer will be provided either to a downtown location or to the airport for your onward or homeward flights.
We will be happy to offer advice on getting to and from Nuuk, so please feel free to ask us if you need any help to organise this.
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