15 days

Greenland Valleys & Fjords 2015

Greenland Valleys & Fjords 2015

Fjords, icebergs and Inuit, East Coast of Greenland

Greenland Sea

Arctic Exploration

Musk Ox

Splash out in Reykjavik’s pools

Walk Reykjavik’s Laugavegur day or night

Iceland’s only native land mammal, the Arctic Fox

Eat fermented shark, Reykjavik

Trip rating
  • 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.

     

     

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Reykjavik

    Arrive in the Icelandic capital this morning and transfer to our included hotel. You will have the day on your own to explore the city. Join us at the hotel in the evening for a welcome reception and orientation.

    Day 2 - Embarkation day in Reykjavik

    Bid farewell to Iceland, as your expedition heads east towards Greenland.

    Dinner

    Day 3-4 - East Greenland

    Your Greenland journey begins 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 may 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. Those who opt for our kayaking program may have an opportunity to get out on the water to glide past icebergs and get some great photographs.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 5-7 - South Greenland

    Climbers and mountaineers around the world know Tasermiut Fjord, known 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. 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.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 8-13 - West Greenland

    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 colorful houses on the wildflower-covered tundra. We’ll visit Nuuk, the capital of Greenland yet 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 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 a favored place for us to put the Zodiacs in the water for some more in-depth exploration. 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 hiking among the towering mountains, and you’ll have plenty of chances to photograph the colorful 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.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 14 - Disembarkation in Kangerlussuaq

    Today you’ll board your direct charter flight back to Copenhagen, Denmark. Upon arrival in Copenhagen, we will transfer you to your hotel.

    Breakfast

    Day 15 - Copenhagen

    Today you can make you way home at your leisure or spend some more time in Copenhagen.

  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • • 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.
      • 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 included hotel. 
      • 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 and 1 post night in Copenhagen. (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.
       

    Not Included

    • • Government arrival and departure taxes. • All airfares • Any additional pre and post voyage accommodation • Visa and passport fees, airport departure taxes • Laundry, postage, telephone calls, drinks, medical expenses • Travel insurance, emergency evacuation charges • 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. • 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. • The voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew.

    Safety Information

    Safety is paramount on a Peregrine voyage
    Due to new International Security Regulations, you will not be able to approach the ship on your own. You will have to arrive with the rest of the group, accompanied by a Peregrine representative. Full details of embarkation/disembarkation procedures will be supplied with your final documentation. On board you will be asked to participate in the obligatory lifeboat drill. We will also conduct important briefings on landing procedures, Zodiac operations, polar bear management and firearm safety (there is a good chance that we will see some of these magnificent animals during this trip, but extreme care must be taken if we ever encounter them whilst we are ashore!).

  • Map Itinerary

  • Our Ships

    Sea Adventurer (formerly the Clipper Adventurer)

    Sea Adventurer (formerly the Clipper Adventurer)

    This Polar Adventure Ship was built in 1975. Sea Adventurer (formerly know as the Clipper Adventurer) underwent a $13 million conversion in 1998. Her proud reputation is complimented by her well-appointed, elegance. Sea Adventurer is the perfect expedition ship for people who enjoy soft adventures and creature comforts. All cabins have outside views and facilities en suite.

    Sea Adventurer is equipped with Zodiacs for shore landings and ocean level cruising, yet offers fine dining, and cabins with exterior views and facilities en suite.

    Departure Dates for the Sea Adventurer (formerly the Clipper Adventurer)

    • 06 Aug 2015 - 20 Aug 2015
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Start City: Reykjavik
End City: Copenhagen

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