Days
10
Price from
$8,100AUD

Focus on icebergs and whales on a exploration of arctic Greenland

Take flight from Iceland and explore the real land of ice – Greenland. Set sail around Disko Bay along the west coast of this extreme outpost of Europe, exploring the small Inuit communities that call this arctic island home. Cruise between the towering walls of Itilleq Fjord, explore the surprisingly colourful tundra, and watch and feel the glacial ice of the Ilulissat Icefjord calve into the bay. Board Zodiacs to trace the spectacular, gleaming-blue front of the Eqip Sermia glacier and explore the town of Uummannaq, dotted with coloured houses and looked over by heart-shaped mountains. Hike among the volcanic rock formations of Qeqertarsuaq, kayak on the pristine water, and look out for the whales that navigate between icebergs. For unspoilt landscapes, ancient culture, and incredible wildlife sightings, this is the Artic trip not to miss.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Reykjavik, Iceland
Finish
Reykjavik, Iceland
Countries
Greenland, Iceland
Style
Peregrine
Code
PPDB
Physical rating
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 1, Max 132

Why we love this trip

  • See how ancient Inuit culture continues in the traditional communities of Greenland’s western coast

  • Feel nature’s power while watching the creation of icebergs at the World Heritage Ilulissat Icefjord

  • Enjoy encounters with the Arctic’s impressive wildlife, including whales, birds, seals and caribou

  • Take the chance to board both Zodiacs and kayaks to cruise and paddle up close to glaciers, fjords and icebergs

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.

Itinerary

Your journey begins in Reykjavik, where you can explore the Icelandic capital on your own before spending the night at your included hotel.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Please 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.
After breakfast, board your charter flight to Kangerlussuaq. You’ll have some time to wander this small seaside town, situated in one of Greenland’s longest fjords, before being transferred by Zodiac from shore to ship.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Today, you’ll visit a typical Greenlandic village, the picturesque Itilleq. Delightfully situated in a hollow (which is the meaning of “Itilleq” in Greenlandic), it’s surrounded by sea, mountains and fjords, on an island with no freshwater source. The small fishing and hunting community will welcome us and show us their way of life. Nearby, Itilleq Fjord is the perfect place to explore, as the colorful tundra bursting with wildflowers offers a vibrant contrast to the stark, soaring cliffs.
Itinerary
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Adventure awaits you in Ilulissat (meaning “iceberg” in Greenlandic), a gateway to another world. Just south of this town is the beautiful Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home of one of the most actively calving glaciers in the world, Sermeq Kujalleq. We’ll cruise in a Zodiac at the mouth of the fjord, and if you’re lucky, you may witness the spectacle of calving ice. These young bergs float down the fjord to enter Baffin Bay and, years later, end up farther south, off the coast of Newfoundland. The town itself, founded in 1741, is so traditional that sled dogs outnumber the people and still have the right of way. Hiking trails offer stunning vistas of the bergs as they approach the bay.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Sailing toward the glacier Eqip Sermia rewards with breathtaking views one of the most photographed places in Greenland. We hope to Zodiac cruise from a safe distance, tracing the spectacular jagged, gleaming-blue glacier front. We may also stop nearby for a shore landing.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Have your camera ready and be out on deck as the ship approaches Uummannaq (which means “heartlike”), named for the heart-shaped mountain that towers over the town. It’s a breathtaking vista you won’t want to miss. Founded as a Danish colony in 1758 on the mainland, the settlement was moved five years later to this nearby island, where seal hunting was more plentiful. Marvel at the traditional colorful houses perched atop the rugged terrain as you wander through the town.
Nearby Qilaqitsoq (also known as Qilakitsoq) is the where the remains of eight fully dressed mummies were discovered in 1972 under a rock outcrop by two brothers out hunting for grouse. The ruins of several buildings can be found not far from the graves. The world-famous mummies, which date back to 1475 AD, can now be viewed at the Greenland National Museum in Nuuk.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
The town of Qeqertarsuaq (also the name of the island it’s on) is one of Greenland’s oldest, founded in 1773 as a whaling station. Today, although whaling still occurs, sealing and fishing are more predominant. Particularly rich with marine life, the waters around the island play host to humpback, fin, and minke whales. Coupled with the abundance of icebergs the area boasts, whale watching here is especially awe inspiring. Just as mesmerizing is the varied volcanic landscape, a combination of lush hilltops, red-tinged basalt mountains, hot springs and incredible rock figures.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today, you’ll have time to explore the 18th-century colonial buildings of Sisimiut and also watch a demonstration of traditional kayaking. Be sure to wander the historic area, where you can pass under the large arch formed by a pair of bowhead whale bones. There will also be an opportunity to hike amongst the soaring mountains that surround the town.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
After bidding goodbye to your Expedition Team, you’ll take a direct charter flight back to Reykjavik, Iceland, where we will transfer you to your included hotel.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
You can make your way home at your leisure or spend some more time exploring Reykjavik.
cruise
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Please note, no departure transfer is included.

Meals

9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Transport

Ship, Zodiac, plane

Accommodation

Expedition Voyage, comfortable hotel

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Important notes

BOOKING CONDITIONS
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.

ADVENTURE OPTIONS
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.

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