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Iceland and the Natural Wonders of Greenland Cruise: Reykjavik to Reykjavik

Duration
12 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,551

Cruise along the North Atlantic, exploring the Arctic landscapes of western Iceland and Greenland to discover Viking history and floating icebergs. From the cosmopolitan capital of Reykjavik, board the Ocean Diamond to cross the Denmark Strait to Greenland where you’ll follow in the footsteps of Erik the Red and survey the glaciers, fjords, and Inuit settlements that define this ancient island.


This 12-day tour takes you across the North Atlantic, from the Nordic landscape of Iceland to the glacial reaches of Greenland.

Your Icelandic tour begins in the capital of Reykjavik, a small city that boasts big culture. Take in the National Museum to learn about the nation’s founding or relax in the smoky hot springs that surround the town or sample its vibrant nightlife before taking to the sea aboard the Ocean Diamond. The Ocean Diamond is a modern super-yacht capable of carrying 189 passengers in maximum comfort across the ice-clogged seas of the North Atlantic. Relax in the charming common spaces, from the club lounge to the spacious restaurants, or spend your time on deck watching for dolphins or whales as you head towards Greenland.

Pass through the imposing Vestmannaeyjar or Westman Islands, jagged black rocks jutting out of the ocean. Land on inhabited Heimaey to spot the volcanoes, Eldfell and Helgafell, and witness half-buried houses from an eruption in the seventies. Cross the Denmark Strait that connects Iceland to Greenland, charting the course laid out by Vikings over 900 years ago. If you chance upon mild weather, pass through the Prins Christian Sound to cruise through a sea of icebergs. Reach land at the town of Narsarsuaq, very close to the settlement of Qassiarsuk, founded by Erik the Red. The green and verdant landscape around here inspired the name “Greenland,” even though the island as a whole is mostly snow-covered and desolate. Head up to the capital city of Nuuk to discover a cosmopolitan town set amongst a backdrop of snow-capped mountains and icy fjords. Visit the National Museum then pass onto Sisimut, where the island’s fishing industry thrives.

In Ilulissat, the nations’ most popular tourist destination, you’ll see the historical home of polar explorer, Knud Rasmussen, as well as the lovely rainbow houses that dot the hillside. From this Inuit settlement pass 80 kilometres north to the Egip Sermia or Egip Glacier, a stunning glacier with a 90-metre-high bank rising straight out of the ocean. Watch ice calve from the wall and fall into the sea before moving onto Uummannaq, a gorgeous town 483 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle. Pass by Qeqertarsuaq in Disko Bay where the whaling industry was born in 1773 before passing the Kangerlussuaq Fjord on your farewell cruise along Greenland’s coast.


 

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Duration
12 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,551

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Day 1

Reykjavik

Use your leisure time in Reykjavik to uncover the unique charm of the world's northernmost capital or book one of the many pre-programs for a unique Iceland experience. The Ocean Diamond docks in Old Reykjavík Harbor in the heart of the city, a five minute stroll to the main squares, shopping and dining. The ship departs in the evening.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration11 Nights
Accommodation

Ocean Diamond

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  • Ocean Diamond



    The Ocean Diamond is a modern, stable super-yacht, and one of the largest of our small expedition ships. Carrying a maximum of 189 passengers, and with two stabilizers and an ice-strengthened hull, this outstanding vessel is ideal for polar expeditions. As one of the newest, ...

    The Ocean Diamond is a modern, stable super-yacht, and one of the largest of our small expedition ships. Carrying a maximum of 189 passengers, and with two stabilizers and an ice-strengthened hull, this outstanding vessel is ideal for polar expeditions.

    As one of the newest, fastest, and most eco-friendly ships in Antarctica, it is also one of the most comfortable. There are 101 elegantly designed cabins and suites, all with exterior views, and expansive common spaces, a club lounge, and a spacious restaurant. The ship offers numerous adventure options, plus on-board features such as interactions with photography instructors. After a full day of exploration, passengers can relax, browse books or DVDs in the well-stocked polar library.

    Passengers traveling to one of the world's most remote destinations will also do so in a "greener" fashion; the Ocean Diamond is the first ship in Antarctica, and in polar to offer certified Carbon Neutral voyages.

    Facilities

    • Doctor on Call
    • Internet Access
    • Library
    • Massage Treatments
    • Theater

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Day 2

Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands)

Located off Iceland's south coast, the Westman Islands were formed by submarine volcanic eruptions around 10,000 years ago. Surtsey Island emerged from the sea in 1963 and is one the youngest land masses on earth. You will go ashore on Heimaey, the only inhabited island, where half-buried houses remain from a violent 1973 eruption.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Day at Sea/Denmark Strait

Today we sail across the Denmark Strait towards Greenland, following the same maritime route used by Norse settlers more than 900 years ago. En-route you can attend fascinating presentations by the Expedition Team members to prepare for your visit to Greenland. Or of course, you can choose to just relax and watch whales, dolphins and seabirds from the deck of your cabin.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Day at Sea/Prins Christian Sound

When conditions are favorable we travel along the 70 mile (112 km) long Prins Christian Sound which connects the Labrador and Irminger Seas. In this narrow, often ice-choked channel, we come so close to icebergs you can almost reach out and touch one. The force of Greenland's massive, inland ice cap pushes glaciers towards the sea, where large hunks of ice break off and become floating icebergs.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Narsarsuaq

Very close to the town of Narsarsuaq lies the small settlement of Qassiarsuk, founded by the legendary Viking rebel and leader Erik the Red. He named this area "green land" because the landscape around Qassiarsuk is characterized by inviting fjords and green, fertile valleys. During this stop you have the opportunity to learn more about the lives of the early Norse settlers and visit the reconstructions of a Viking longhouse and a small turf church.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Ikka Fjord

Today we visit Ikka Fjord. The underwater world is like no other, it contains a forest of remarkable mineral columns growing on the seabed. The columns formed over 10,000 years ago of the extremely rare mineral Ikait.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Nuuk

With 16,000 inhabitants Nuuk is both capital and biggest city of Greenland. It combines Arctic traditions with European urbanity. Visit the city sights on a walking tour that ends at the National Museum, which exhibits the famous mummies of Qilakitsoq.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Sisimiut

With approx. 5,600 inhabitants, Sisimiut is the second largest town in Greenland. It is a modern settlement that maintains ancient traditions. The fishing industry still plays an important role. The natural harbor remains ice-free throughout the year which made it an attractive location for European whalers in former times.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9

Ilulissat/Eqip Glacier

In the morning we reach Ilulissat village in fabled Disko Bay. Ilulissat is located beside the Ilulissat Icefjord. Delight in the thunderous spectacle when icebergs break off from Sermeq Kujalleq glacier and plunge into the fjord. Sermeq Kujalleq is one of the most productive glaciers in the northern hemisphere. We spend the evening at the beautiful Eqip Glacier.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 10

Uummannaq

Uummannaq is considered one of the most beautiful towns in Greenland. Located on a small island about 300 miles (483 km) north of the Arctic Circle, this tiny, picturesque village lies at the foot of a heart-shaped mountain.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 11

Disko Bay/Qeqertarsuaq

The small settlement of Qeqertarsuaq is located on the south coast off Disko Island. In 1773 the first whaling base was founded. Whaling has been of great importance to the town over the past two centuries. Hunting and fishing are still the primary occupations for the island's inhabitants.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 12

Kangerlussuaq

In the morning we reach the 120-mile (190 km) Kangerlussuaq Fjord and the town of the same name. It's time to say goodbye to the Ocean Diamond.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Sep 2

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation in booked cabin category
  • All meals on board
  • Coffee, tea and water
  • All Zodiac excursions (weather dependent)
  • Icelandic/English speaking guide
  • All presentations from cruise staff and guest speakers
  • Onboard entertainment program
  • Charter flight Kangerlussuaq - Keflavik
  • Transfer in Kangerlussuaq
  • Windjacket

PRICE EXLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Airport transfers & transfers to and from dock
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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