This voyage includes the Greenland highlights of our popular Epic High Arctic voyage, and explores in more depth the Thule region, synonymous with ‘the true Greenland’ for its untouched icescapes and sparsely populated Inuit communities.
In addition to the rich cultural aspects of this large island, as we sail north through Disko Bay and Melville Bay en route to Thule (or Qaanaaq), you’ll experience magnificent nature and great chances of seeing seals, walruses, humpback whale and narwhal await us. If we can go as far as Nares Strait, we might observe the most outstanding animals of them all, the polar bear.
Imagine gliding along the surface of a bay in the presence of icebergs and glaciers! Our sea-kayaking adventures are the best way to feel at one with the sea.
Taken in small groups of 10-16 people, multiple times per voyage, sea-kayaking adventures are only done during calm weather conditions. We require you to have some prior sea-kayaking experience, including the capability to do a wet exit.
More information about your kayaking, including physical requirements and cost of each option is available by contacting Peregrine. This activity needs to be needs to be secured upon booking.
POSSIBLE LANDINGS AND WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS:
Meaning ‘Fjord of Eternity’, Evighedsfjorden (or Kangerlussuatsiaq in Inuit) is an especially dramatic
fjord, with towering cliffs and a deep canyon, home to seals and whales. The Fjord itself empties into the Davis Strait—an important area for feeding walrus and narwhals. Excellent for Zodiac cruising and photography, this is a mostly uninhabited area where icebergs outnumber people, a true piece of Greenland wilderness where Arctic fox may be spotted.
North of the Arctic Circle, this Icefjord is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Recognized as one of the fastest moving glaciers in the world, the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier located here moves at 19m per day. More glacial ice is calved into the Ocean here than anywhere else, except for Antarctica.
Kangerlussuaq and the Kangerlussuaq Fjord in Western Greenland present colorful buildings and potential for glimpses of Arctic wildlife such as musk ox and caribou. Lush, mountainous landscapes provide a great backdrop at this port of embarkation, while whales may be spotted at sea.
Home to 15,000 people, Nuuk is the capital of Greenland and is the largest settlement on the island. The Hans Egede Church and Hans Egede Statue near the waterfront are named after the missionary who founded the settlement, while the Katuaq Culture Centre and Nuuk Art Museum are also worth exploring.
A village town, the second largest in Greenland, Sisimiut
is a place the stretch the legs. Inhabited for more than 4,000 years the history here is a mix of Saqqaq, Dorset and Thule cultures. The colorful wooden houses here are typical of Greenlandic communities today. Nasaasaaq, an impressive mountain provides a scenic backdrop to this settlement
and the nearby Amerloq Fjord is another worthwhile
Nearing the most southern tip of Greenland, Herjolfsnes
is a historic stop with a Viking Church setting the scene
for a mysterious and interesting tale. Once the site of a church graveyard, sea levels in the early 1900’s began to
rise and expose clothing and remains from an ancient settlement here.
Cape Farewell is the southernmost point of Greenland, located on Egger Island.
Erik the Red was the founder of the settlements in Southern Greenland, often referred to as Arctic Patagonia. Kayaking and Zodiac excursions into the fjord allow for closer connection with the landscape that is considered to be Greenland’s most dramatic.