Explore the arctic expanse of Greenland, an island where few travellers tread
Embark on an epic adventure to the extremes of Europe, setting sail from Iceland to the island that actually embodies that name. Greenland is a world of ice, home to endless glaciers and surrounded by glistening icebergs. Cruise around the southern tip of this vast island to take in its stunning sea and landscapes. Land at the abandoned settlement of Skoldungen, kayak silently between icebergs, and soak in the steaming hot springs of Uunartoq. Meet the locals as you call into small villages and the capital of Nuuk, delving into the history of areas that have been inhabited for more than 4,000 years. Board Zodiacs to explore between the towering walls of deep fjords, hike the colourful tundra, and witness massive shards of glacial ice crash into sea, all before taking flight back to Reykjavik. This trip is the best way to sample the rich history and diversity of this beautiful and dramatic country.
- Physical rating
- Min 8
- Group size
- Min 1, Max 132
Why we love this trip
Meet locals along the west coast of Greenland and explore traditional Inuit settlements
Soak in the geothermal hot springs at Uunartoq while icebergs float by
Visit the dramatic landscape of Tasermiut fjord, known as ‘arctic Patagonia’
Admire the fast moving glacier at Ilulissat, a UNESCO world heritage site
Hike the tundra with the towering mountains of Evighedsfjorden looming large
Is this trip right for you?
As you’d expect, temperatures in the Arctic are very cold. A warm parka will be provided along with waterproof boots and unlimited hot drinks, but you should also bring base layers and lots of warm clothing. Please see the trip notes for further important information about what to bring.
Weather depending, you will be making regular excursions in a Zodiac boat to explore the local area and look for wildlife. It can get very cold and wet on the Zodiac, so make sure you are dressed appropriately and that you keep your camera safe and dry. Sturdy sea legs are needed as you make wet and dry landings from the boat, and on steep terrain, snow and other uneven surfaces. Some ships have a lot of stairs, so please hold on to the handrails if seas are rough.
The weather plays a pivotal part in this adventure and although there’s an itinerary in place, there are no guarantees that you’ll be able to do everything that is planned for. A level of flexibility and openness to embracing the unexpected are important in expedition travel, especially to such a remote area.
Meals IncludedThere are no meals included on this day.
Special InformationPlease note, no arrival transfer is included. Please make your own way to the joining hotel. On arrival, you will receive a welcome letter outlining the departure information for the following day’s flight. An agent representing Quark Expeditions will be available in the lobby of the hotel this evening to answer any questions about the charter flight scheduled for the following morning.
- Breakfast (2)
- Lunch (2)
- Dinner (2)
- Breakfast (3)
- Lunch (3)
- Dinner (3)
The nearby town of Sisimiut is an interesting place to visit, as there are more sled dogs here than humans. Evighedsfjorden, which means “Fjord of Eternity,” is a favoured 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 west coast of Greenland provides many dramatic, mountainous landscapes where fjords open into the sea. You will explore the Ilulissat Icefjord, home to one of the world’s fastest-moving glaciers. Moving approximately 62 feet (19 meters) per day, the glacier provides you with a great opportunity to photograph ice crashing into the sea. Continuing along, the Amerloq Fjord offers a chance for you to stretch your legs by exploring abandoned villages and ancient Thule sites.
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- Lunch (6)
- Dinner (6)
Special InformationNo departure transfer is included. Please make your own way to the airport for your onward journey.
Meals14 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 12 dinners
TransportShip, Zodiac, plane
AccommodationExpedition Voyage, comfortable hotel
Arctic and Antarctic bookings have an increased deposit requirement of 20% of the full voyage cost (before any discount). The balance is due 120 days before departure.
If a booking is cancelled 120 days or more before departure - the cancellation fee is the full loss of the deposit paid.
If a booking is cancelled between 119 days and departure - the cancellation fee is 100% of the total price of the voyage.
Other fees may apply for air tickets and other arrangements booked in conjunction with a Polar voyage.
Kayaking is available to book on all Arctic voyages (except the North Pole). This must be booked prior to departure and incurs an additional cost. Spaces are limited so please enquire at time of booking. To participate in kayaking, previous, recent experience is essential. In addition, there are other included optional activities offered on some voyages such as snow shoeing and hiking. These activities do not need to be booked in advance and no additional cost applies.
Your voyage is operated by our sister company, Quark Expeditions. All accommodation and transfer arrangements as listed in the itinerary are also operated by Quark Expeditions or their local representatives.
Strict luggage limits apply. Please see Trip Notes (What to Take) for more information.