Southern Greenland & Disko Bay
Southern Greenland & Disko Bay with Helicopter Flights 15 Days aboard Ultramarine
Discover Greenland’s stunning South and West coasts on this special in-depth voyage which takes you to not one, but two, UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Enjoying exciting Zodiac cruises, visits to traditional communities and picturesque villages, and sailing through the icy waters surrounded by spectacular landscapes on all sides, this fantastic Greenland cruise will give you an insight into all that makes this land so enchanting for intrepid explorers. Towering mountains, majestic glaciers and dramatic fjords will be your backdrop as you search for sightings of the iconic Greenlandic wildlife and get up close and personal with this remarkable island.
To make this expedition even more special, you will be sailing aboard a brand-new Polar expedition vessel that is equipped with two twin-engine helicopters that will take you for exhilarating flightseeing excursions above the fjords for an incredible birds-eye view of Greenland below.
Please note: This itinerary requires a transfer package including flight from Kangerlussuaq to Reykjavik and overnight accommodation before and after the voyage. This package is priced at £1000.
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 >
- Sail aboard a brand-new ultra-modern expedition vessel!
- Included helicopter flightseeing experiences which take you high above Greenland’s dramatic landscapes
- Discover the remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Ilulissat Icefjord and Kujataa farming communities
- Explore each day surrounded by majestic landscapes of glaciers, fjords and mountains
- Visit traditional Inuit settlements and Norse historical sites
- Chances to observe iconic Arctic wildlife like seals, whales and abundant birdlife
- Enjoy exciting Zodiac cruises and shore excursions
- Kayaking and paddling available (additional cost)
- Full board accommodation on board ship
- Helicopter flightseeing experiences
- Programme of expert lectures
- Guided Zodiac excursions and hikes
- Expedition parka
- Loan of rubber boots
Mandatory Transfer Package (£1000) Includes:
- One night hotel accommodation in Reykjavik pre-voyage
- One night hotel accommodation in Keflavik post-voyage
- Charter flight from Kangerlussuaq to Reykjavik
- Group transfers to and from ship, airport and hotel
ITINERARY14 Nights 15 Days
- Days 1 - 2 | Reykjavik
- Day 3 | At Sea
- Days 4 - 5 | East Greenland
- Days 6 - 7 | South Greenland
- Days 8 - 13 | West Greenland
- Days 14 - 15 | Kangerlussuaq to Reykjavik
Your Arctic expedition will begin in the Icelandic capital city of Reykjavik where after arriving independently you can make your way to your hotel for your included overnight stay. You may wish to arrive a couple of days early to allow more time to sample some of this vibrant city’s many delights.
On the morning of day 2 you will join the transfer to the port board your ship and settle in to your comfortable surroundings. As we set sail you will get fantastic views of Reykjavik’s surrounding landscapes. Your experienced expedition crew will brief you on what’s ahead as you embark on your Arctic adventure.
Today will be spent at sea sailing across the Denmark Strait towards Greenland. Take the time to relax and enjoy the comforts of your expedition ship, watch a movie, sip on a cocktail from the bar or simply take advantage of the chance to put your feet up before the adventures that lie ahead. You can join interesting presentations and talks about the wildlife, geology and history of the Arctic, whilst on deck the nature experts onboard can help you to identify the seabirds and whales that may be following the ship.
As we reach the shores of Eastern Greenland our adventures begin in earnest as we begin our exploration of this enchanting island where majestic scenery and rich cultural experiences will fill every day with something new. As with all Polar expeditions, the route taken throughout your time in Greenland will be flexible and dependent on weather and ice conditions, but there are numerous landing sites that we expect to visit to bring you up-close to Greenland’s treasures. Our first stop on the southeast coast is likely to bring us to the remote area of Skjoldungen where we hope to enjoy an exciting Zodiac cruise deep into the fjords to see beautiful glaciers surrounded by mountains before visiting the site of an abandoned Inuit settlement. There may also be chances for enjoyable hikes here and a walk through this Arctic “ghost town” where abandoned buildings and personal possessions create an eerie reminder of a time long ago.
We also hope to visit Lindenow Fjord for another Zodiac cruise to see more glaciers and search for sightings of the bearded seals that are often spotted here lounging on the surrounding ice floes.
Throughout your time in Greenland we hope for numerous opportunities to enjoy flightseeing excursions via helicopter...an unforgettable and unique experience!
We will now sail along the south coast seeking out the best places to stop for scenic, wildlife and cultural experiences. Nicknamed “Arctic Patagonia”, the verdant landscapes here provide fantastic scenic photo opportunities of icy waters set against a backdrop of soaring mountains, crystal-clear waterfalls and unbelievably lush, green valleys. The area is home to numerous small settlements that we hope to visit including Hvalsey where we will learn more about Greenland’s ancient culture and step back in time as we see some of the island’s largest and best-preserved Norse ruins.
Sailing through the complex maze of fjords and channels in beautiful Prins Christian Sund you will want to be on deck with camera in hand as we sail by jagged mountains, calving glaciers and sheer cliffs plunging dramatically into the surrounding waters. We will hope to enjoy some Zodiac cruises here as well as good hiking opportunities at some scenic landing sites in the area.
Next up we hope to visit the small village of Igaliku which is part of the newly formed Kujataa farming communities UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here we will go ashore to see the sheep and horses grazing on the picturesque rolling fields surrounded by snow-capped mountains and visit the remarkable red sandstone ruins of the Gardar cathedral which offers an interesting insight into the Viking period.
We will now make our way up Greenland’s west coast with the goal of reaching the incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ilulissat Icefjord, stopping at numerous quaint villages and settlements along the way to sample the Greenlandic culture and learn more about life in this remote part of the world. We will make a stop at Greenland’s capital of Nuuk to wander the streets and see the Hans Egede Church and statue as well as the famous Greenlandic mummies in the great museum here, before visiting nearby Sisimiut, a historic town which is home to Greenland’s oldest surviving church and more sled dogs than humans!
Next up it’s time for one of the highlights of your whole voyage as we reach the Ilulissat Icefjord and Disko Bay area to witness a world of ice where the scenic town lies amongst the spectacular backdrop of one of the world’s fastest-moving glaciers. Photo opportunities here are endless and your day exploring here will certainly be one to remember.
Kangerlussuaq to Reykjavik
Having sailed through the scenic Kangerlussuaq fjord overnight, arrival into Kangerlussuaq port will sadly signal the end of our voyage. After disembarkation and a fond farewell to the crew you will join your transfer to the airport for your charter flight back to Reykjavik. Upon arrival in Reykjavik you will be transferred to a nearby hotel for an overnight stay and in the morning you can choose to either head to the airport for your homeward flights or spend some further time in this vibrant capital city.
Please note, the flight from Kangerlussuaq to Reykjavik and overnight hotel stays are not included as part of your cruise price. The package for flights and hotel stays is priced at £1000 and should be booked at the time of booking your cruise.
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We have just returned from our Spitsbergen trip with Wildfoot and had to tell you what an amazing time we had! We saw 6 polar bears including a mother with 2 cubs as well as whales, walruses and lots of birds. The ship (Expedition) was really comfortable and the guides were so helpful and friendly. Thank you so much for making it all so easy.
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We had always wanted to see the Arctic and travelling all the way from Australia needed lots of information. After getting nowhere, we came across Wildfoot and found people who knew what they were talking about! Sara and John were so helpful and made the process easy, suggesting Iceland Greenland and Spitsbergen. This was perfect for us – amazing scenery and lots of wildlife, especially the polar bears in Spitsbergen. Thanks for everything. Ps, the ship was great too!
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The Sea Spirit expedition was excellent and the team organising it all were extremely good. 10 out of 10. Everything went very smoothly. The Iceland extension worked perfectly, all the organisation, connections etc. were excellent
The cruise was beyond my expectations. Got to see everything the captain wanted, even a polar bear mother with three cubs. Coal Miners Cabins were smashing. I did loads of birding and exploring over three days. All the people were great from the expedition leaders down to the passengers. So glad to have achieved my ambition of some 50 years standing and got amongst the ice of the Arctic, walked amongst it’s islands and witnessed the antics of its wonderful wildlife. What’s next??? I’ll need to speak with Sara again.
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Writing back to tell you that the trip to the Arctic was all that it promised and more. It was a great wild-life sightseeing opportunity and the staff were really good.I had an excellent trip and have thousands of photos to go through.
I had an absolutely fabulous time won the Sergey Vavilov, it is an excellent ship. Sara was indeed right in her recommendation that they would be the most likely to push north into the ice to find the polar bears. We even circumnavigated Spitsbergen which was awesome and not o n the itinerary.It is such a wonderful way to take a trip when you are on your own – so if any of your potential single clients are unsure, definitely recommend it – I didn’t feel alone from the moment I stepped on board. I will be at the Birdfair next weekend and so will catch up with whoever is there – regarding this trip, and potentially my next!
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
We had a wonderful time, even though we didn't do all the places we were supposed to but we all felt were we went instead couldn't beaten. Saw animals I wanted to see. Bit worried what the food was like as some of the ships cooking leaves something to be desired, but food was very good. We thought all the guides were brilliant and informative, friendly and knowledgeable It was far better than we expected and even my husband thoroughly enjoyed it!
I wanted to let you know that I had a wonderful cruise in the Russian Far East. The landscape and destination were inspiring, we had some excellent wildlife sightings (sea otter, grey whale, Steller's sea eagle, snowy owl and Arctic fox were all firsts for me), and the Heritage team were superb. Rough seas forced a few changes to the itinerary but we also had some fabulous weather. All in all, a thrilling travel experience.Thanks once again for all your efforts
I thought you might like to know that this was an excellent holiday. Our guide, Brad, was absolutely wonderful, his enthusiasm and knowledge made the holiday even better. All in all the whole trip was excellent and we saw lots of bears, 24 on the first day. Fewer on the second and third days but still plenty, as well as arctic foxes,silver foxes and snowy owls. Even on the last day near the town we saw a bear on rocks by the beach.
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