|Ottawa, Ontario, Canada||Reykjavik|
Picture yourself in Greenland, home to the world’s great fjords and most active glaciers. You’ll be dwarfed by the sheer size and scale of nature in Greenland, where wildlife and the forces of nature still reign supreme. Places like the Fjord of Eternity and Cape Farewell hint at the grandeur that lies ahead. From herds of musk oxen to towns that use dogsleds for transportation, a voyage to Greenland is unlike any other.
This voyage also runs in the reverse direction. View Greenland's Vallys and Fjords voyage starting in Ottawa here.
Arrive at any time in Iceland’s capital city Reykjavik. They day is yours to explore the city. There will be a briefing at the hotel at 6pm which is recommended but not mandatory.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Today you’ll board the Sea Spirit and begin your Arctic adventure.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Heading towards Greenland the polar experts on board will keep everyone entertained with informal presentations. You may just enjoy taking in the spectacular scenery.
Meals included: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Get a feel of what an Arctic ghost town is like, as you’ll visit the abandoned Skoldungen settlement, where inhabitants were forced to move to larger, more accessible towns in 1961. The narrow part of Skoldungen fjord is a great place to explore by Zodiac and kayak, allowing you to glide past icebergs and get some great photographs. As your Greenland journey begins, we’ll aim to visit 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 may go on a search for whales in Ammassalik Fjord.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Climbers and mountaineers around the world know this area well, as Tasermiut Fjord is famous as one of the world’s most prolific big wall playgrounds. This part of Greenland is one of the most dramatic, being nicknamed the Arctic Patagonia. A bit of a history lesson will be provided here, as you learn about the settlements of the area, founded by Erik the Red.
Meals included: 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
Passing Cape Farewell on the way we will also visit Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, home to fewer than 16,000 people. You’ll have time to wander the streets and see the Hans Egede Church and Hans Egede Statue near the waterfront, named after the missionary who founded the settlement. You’ll also visit the museum to see the famous Greenland Mummies. Evighedsfjorden, meaning Fjord of Eternity is a favoured place for us to take you out on some Zodiac cruises. This long, deep fjord has very few settlements, helping you to appreciate nature in its rawest form. Hiking among the towering mountains, you’ll have plenty of chances to photograph the vegetation and dramatic landscapes of Greenland. Continuing along, the Amerdloq Fjord provides you with a chance to stretch your legs, by exploring abandoned villages and ancient Thule sites. The nearby town of Sisimiut is an interesting place to visit as there are more dog sleds here than humans. The coast of Greenland provides many dramatic, mountainous landscapes where fjords open up into the sea. Your first fjord to explore is Ilulissat Icefjord, home to one of the world’s fastest moving glaciers. Moving approximately 19 metres per day, the glacier here provides you with a great opportunity to capture ice crashing into the sea, as it calves more than 35 cubic km of ice each year.
Meals included: 1 breakfast
Your Greenland adventure comes to an end as you enter port in Kangerlussuaq. Here you will be transferred the airport for the charter flight to Ottawa.
Your Greenland adventure comes to an end after breakfast in Ottawa. Please note: the reverse departure on 29 August does not include a post-night in Reykjavik.
• Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping.
• All breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks on board throughout your voyage. (Please inform us of any dietary requirements as far in advance as possible. Unfortunately, the ships’ galleys cannot prepare kosher meals.)
• All shore landings per the daily program.
• Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities.
• A daily program of lectures by noted naturalists
• All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program.
• Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and Special Guests as scheduled.
• Photographic Journal on DVD, documenting the voyage.
• A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings.
• An official Quark Expeditions parka to keep.
• Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock.
• A selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages.
• Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin.
• Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Arctic Reader.
• All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
• All luggage handling aboard ship.
• On disembarkation day, group transfer from the ship to the airport or other local designated drop-off location.
• Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $100,000 per person
• 1 complimentary night pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Reykjavik with breakfast, as indicated in the itinerary. (The number of guests per room is the same as cabin occupancy on the ship. Due to limited availability, travelers who reserve a suite on board are accommodated in standard rooms at the hotel.)
• On embarkation day, group transfer from the host hotel to ship, if included in the itinerary.
• 1 complimentary night pre and 1 complementary night post expedition hotel accommodation with breakfast in Ottawa as indicated in the itinerary. (The number of guests per room is the same as cabin occupancy on the ship. Due to limited availability, travelers who reserve a suite on board are accommodated in standard rooms at the hotel.)
• On disembarkation day, group transfer from the ship to the host hotel, if included in the itinerary.
• Government arrival and departure taxes.
• All airfares
• Pre and post voyage accommodation
• Visa and passport fees, airport departure taxes
• Any pre-voyage or post-voyage hotel accommodation
• Laundry, postage, telephone calls, drinks, medical expenses
• Travel insurance, emergency evacuation charges
• Gratuities to staff and crew
• For some specified departures, the purchase of arrival transfer packages and charter or domestic flights in conjunction with the expedition is mandatory.
• The applicable per-person cost is indicated on the Dates and Rates summary.
• Passport and any applicable visa expenses.
• Any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel before embarkation, when applicable.
• Baggage, cancellation, interruption, and medical travel insurance.
• Excess baggage charges.
• Laundry and other personal charges.
• Telecommunications charges.
• The voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew.
• On icebreakers, any private helicopter flying time that may be available for optional flights can be purchased at an hourly rate to be announced on board.
Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.Visas and Permits
It is your responsibility to ensure you have all required visas for your trip. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.
Visa not required for stays up to 90 days, need onward flight ticket and sufficient funds during stay. This applies to Australians, New Zealanders, Brits, Canadians and Americans.
You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.Responsible Travel
Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.
Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in.
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.
Lonely Planet – Scandinavian Europe
Independent People - Halldór Laxness´s – The Harvell Press, London 1999
The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!
17 May 2013