Home of Vikings Greenland & Iceland Adventure Cruise with Wildlife Viewing, Optional Kayaking and Photography Instruction

   
 

Home of Vikings Greenland & Iceland Adventure Cruise with Wildlife Viewing, Optional Kayaking and Photography Instruction

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8 months ago

DURATION

12 Days

SEASON

May, June & September

RATES

USD 5,795.00 per person

EXPIRES

Sep 10, 2018
Home of Vikings Greenland & Iceland Adventure Cruise with Wildlife Viewing, Optional Kayaking and Photography Instruction
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Arctic culture and landscapes come alive on this 12-day Home of Vikings & Icebergs cruise. Search for whales and Arctic wildlife while cruising from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, through breathtaking fjords flanked by steep mountains along western and southern Greenland, ending in Reykjavík, Iceland. Visit the enchanting and tiny West Greenlandic settlements of Hvalsey, Qassiarsuk, Paamiut, Nuuk, Itteliq and Sisimiut to discover Viking history and witness urban arctic living among the colorful homes.

Kayaking is available at an added cost for those who wish to experience this paddler's paradise. The islands and fjords of the High Arctic closely guard some of the world’s most unique and magical sea kayaking opportunities. Experience cathedral-like icebergs in Greenland, labyrinthine expanses of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean and rugged coastlines in remote waters that very few people have ever paddled. Photographic instructions, lectures and opportunites from expert photographers and guides are included in every departure.

If icebergs, Viking history and Arctic culture are your polar interests, this Home of the Vikings & Icebergs itinerary is the trip for you!

ADDITION RATE INFORMATION

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Rates vary by cabin, starting at $5795 per person. Please see website for full details on rates.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Embark Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
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The town of Kangerlussuaq is more or less only the airport. Though the Greenland ice cap is knocking at the town's door, the colorful houses make it a warm and special place. In the afternoon be welcomed aboard the luxury expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come. Savor the anticipation of your Arctic dreams coming true as the crew slips the moorings and sails out of the picturesque fjord.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Sea Spirit

MEALS: dinner

Days 2-9: Exploration Of Disco Bay & West Greenland
Ilulissat, Greenland
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Though settlements abound in this part of Greenland, unpredictable weather and a dearth of docking facilities nevertheless make this a real expedition. As such, your route and exploration opportunities along this coast are heavily dependent on the weather and ice conditions you may encounter. Your experienced captain and expedition leader will decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities warrant. Be sure that the best possible advantages will be taken of the circumstances presented by nature in this wild and remote region. Possible sites of exploration include:

Qeqertarsuaq: Located on volcanic Disko Island, the small town of Qeqertarsuaq enjoys views of basaltic mountains and the huge icebergs of Disko Bay. Founded in 1773 as a whaling station, Qeqertarsuaq is one of the oldest towns in Greenland. Cultural attractions include a distinctive octagonal church called the “Lord’s Ink Pot.”

Ilulissat: Formerly called Jakobshavn, the town of Ilulissat is best known for unbelievable quantities of icebergs issuing from the nearby Ilulissat Icefjord, into which one of the world’s fastest moving and most active glaciers calves 46 cubic kilometers of ice annually. Attractions in town include the Inuit Art Museum, which contains a large collection of paintings by Greenlandic, Faroese, and Danish artists.

Sisimiut: Located north of the Arctic Circle, the second-largest town in Greenland boasts a youthful, urban vibe and is also is known for adventure sports, especially dog sledding. The Sisimiut Museum offers insight into the local culture and a history of human habitation dating back 4,500 years.

Nuuk: Also known as Godthab, Nuuk is the capital and largest city of Greenland. It has a population of over 16,000, making it one of the smallest capital cities in the world by population. It is also the world’s northernmost capital, located only a few kilometers further north than Reykjavík. The famous Qilakitsoq mummies can be seen at the Greenlandic National Museum.

Paamiut: The picturesque town of Paamuit has one of Greenland’s finest churches, built in 1909 from wood in the Norwegian style. The area is also known for an abundance of white-tailed eagles.

Narsaq: The colonial sealing and trading port of Narsaq was built in an area formerly inhabited by Vikings. Some of Greenland’s oldest Norse ruins are located nearby. Today the town’s inhabitants farm sheep in the surrounding fertile plains. Narsaq is also home to the Greenland Brewhouse.

Qaqortoq: Formerly called Julianehab, the town of Qaqortoq is the most populous town in southern Greenland. Colorful historical buildings, such as the former blacksmith shop that now houses the Qaqortoq Museum, reflect the town’s Danish colonial past. Greenland’s oldest fountain and numerous stone sculptures can be found around town.

Hvalsey: The island of Hvalsey is the site of Greenland’s largest and best-preserved Norse ruins. According to the Icelandic Book of Settlements, the farmstead was established in the late 10th century by Erik the Red’s uncle, Thorkell Farserkur. Most impressive among the remains are the walls of an exceptionally well-built stone church.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Sea Spirit

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 10-11: At Sea
Reykjavik, Iceland
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After an amazing time in West Greenland, head toward Iceland. Presentations and workshops by expert staff as well as a range of onboard recreation facilities ensure that these days at sea are not idly spent. Seabird viewing and whale sightings can be enjoyed from panoramic open decks as well as exterior stateroom windows and balconies.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Sea Spirit

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 12: Disembark Reykjavík, Iceland
Reykjavik, Iceland
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After breakfast, say farewell in Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland and ending point of your expedition. Be transferred to the international airport, or to the city center if you wish to spend another day or more in Iceland before flying home. From Reykjavík the entire country is accessible through day tours or longer journeys by rental car.

ACCOMMODATIONS: n/a

MEALS: breakfast

WHAT'S INCLUDED

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  • Group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation
  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions)
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by experienced expedition leader & expedition team
  • All meals on board throughout the voyage
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily
  • Branded Poseidon Expeditions parka; rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktails
  • All port fees
  • Pre-departure materials
  • Digital voyage log
  • Museum entrance fee
  • Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a maximum benefit of USD 150,000 per person
  • Air flight to/from Kangerlussuaq and Nuuk is included on Welcome to Birthplace of Icebergs alternative itinerary
  • 1 pre-voyage hotel night is included on Arctic Sights and Northern Lights alternative itinerary

NOTES

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Itinerary Notes: Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain's discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

The main Home of Vikings & Icebergs voyage spends 12 days cruising from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, to Reykjavík, Iceland. There are also early season 8- or 9-day alternative Welcome to Birthplace of Icebergs itineraries that cruise roundtrip from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, focusing exclusively on the West Greenland and Disko Bay and do not visit Iceland. A late season alternative itinerary, Arctic Sights and Northern Lights, spends 12 days cruising roundtrip from Reykjavík, Iceland, with a focus on exploring Scoresby Sund in East Greenland. The luxury expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit, which comfortably accommodates 114 guests, operates all three itineraries.


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