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Greenland's Far North 2015

Greenland's Far North 2015

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  • 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.
     

    Adventure Options

    Sea Kayaking:

    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:

     

    EVIGHEDSFJORDEN
    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.

    ILULISSAT ICEFJORD
    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
    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.

     

    NUUK
    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.

    SISIMIUT
    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

     

    HERJOLFNAES
    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.

    KAP FARVEL
    Cape Farewell is the southernmost point of Greenland, located on Egger Island.

    TASERMIUT FJORD
    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.

     

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Copenhagen

    Enjoy an included night in Copenhagen and meet your fellow travellers.

    Day 2 - Embarkation Day in kangerlussuaq

    After landing in Kangerlussuaq, you’ll be transferred to the port and then take your first Zodiac ride out to the ship. In the afternoon, we will travel down one of the longest fjords in Greenland.

    Dinner

    Day 3 - 14 - West Greenland

    Ancient archaeological sites, massive fjords, Zodiac excursions and tundra hikes await you in Greenland. Sisimiut, our first planned stop, has the feel of a small fishing village with a great harbor for walking around and taking photos. You’ll get to watch a demonstration of traditional kayaking before venturing further north to Ilulissat.

     

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ilulissat (Greenlandic for “icebergs”) is home to the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier, one of the fastest and most active
    glaciers in the world. In addition to some spectacular Zodiac cruising, there is also a refreshing longer hike along a boardwalk to a beautiful lookout in
    Ilulissat.

     

    Heading further north into the Upernavik Archipelago, you may spot whales and seals. The most northern discovery of any Viking artefacts in the
    world are at Upernavik; while nearby Kullorsuaq is a small settlement that sustains itself on fishing, whaling and sealing.

     

    Your northern most stops in Greenland are Qaanaaq and Thule, where glaciers and archaeological sites are found. The fabled name Thule occurs in ancient Greek and Roman mythology as the name of a country or an island far north at the end of the world. The word Thule has allegedly also been used as a name of some foggy, inaccessible islands off the coast of Scotland. The Danish explorer, Knud Rasmussen, chose 100 years ago Thule as the name of his trade station by the settlements northwest of Cape York. Today, the name still clings to Greenland’s northwesterly corner, even though the main town is actually called Qaanaaq and the municipality is called Avernarsuaq, ‘The Great North’. In Qaanaaq, you’ll visit the local museum; a great way to gain a deeper appreciation for what it takes to live this far north.


    As we return south, we call in at some other communities and fjords that we missed on the race north.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 15 - 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 included hotel.
     

    Breakfast

    Day 16 - 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
    • All shore landings per the daily program
    • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader
    • 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
    • A waterproof expedition 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 the ship
    • On embarkation day, transfer from your hotel to the ship
    • On disembarkation day, group transfer from the ship to your hotel
    • Greenland voyages Cruise Passenger Tax
    • Pre- and post-expedition hotel nights in Copenhagen
    • Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person

    Not Included

    • Passport and any applicable visa expenses
    • Government arrival and departure taxes.
    • Any meals ashore.
    • 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.

    Safety Information

    Safety is paramount on a Peregrine voyage. Due to  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 Explorer

    Sea Explorer

    This Polar Adventure Ship was built in 1991 and was refurbished in 2004 in Norway.

    Her proud reputation is complimented by her well-appointed, elegance. Sea Explorer is the perfect expedition ship for people who enjoy soft adventures and creature comforts. All cabins have outside views and facilities en suite.

    Sea Explorer 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 Explorer

    • 03 Aug 2015 - 18 Aug 2015
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