Under the Northern Lights: Exploring Iceland and East Greenland

Cruising along Iceland’s mountainous Vestfjords and Greenland’s remote northeast coast.


Iceland & Greenland
© Acacia Johnson

Duration: 14 days
Starts: Reykjavik, Iceland
Ends: Reykjavik, Iceland
Languaje: English Speaking Voyage


Included Activities
Optional Activities


Immersed in the untamed beauty of the Arctic, you’ll experience Inuit culture firsthand at Ittoqqortoormiit, visit ancient Thule sites steeped in history, and marvel at the majesty of massive icebergs and towering bird cliffs. If you’re lucky, you may also catch sight of the spectacular northern lights dancing across the sky.

Itinerary

© Acacia Johnson
© Samantha Crimmin
© Samantha Crimmin

DAY 1 | ARRIVE IN REYKJAVIK, ICELAND
Arrive in the Icelandic capital in the morning and make your way to your included hotel. You will have the day to explore the city on your own.

DAY 2 | EMBARKATION DAY IN REYKJAVIK
This afternoon, you’ll board your vessel and begin your expedition. Get ready for a great adventure ahead!

DAY 3 | EXPLORING THE VESTFJORDS
Each region of Iceland has its own appeal for nature, bird and history lovers, and the little-visited Vestfjords (Westfjords), where the land meets the sea in the most dramatic fashion, is no exception. Exploring this rugged peninsula at the country’s remote northwestern tip offers awe-inspiring vistas of mountains, fjords and towering cliffs. If we’re lucky and conditions allow, we might cruise along Látrabjarg, Europe’s largest bird cliff, teeming with puffins, razorbills, guillemots and more. Another possible destination is the quaint island of Flatey, where a replica of Iceland’s largest medieval manuscript, Flateyjarbók, can be viewed in the library. The church here features murals symbolizing life on the island, including one of Jesus wearing a classic Icelandic sweater.

DaY 4 | AT SEA
As we cruise north across the Denmark Strait, your Expedition Team will prepare you for the adventures that await. Learn about the storied history and politics of the Arctic, its fascinating wildlife, geology, ecology and climate, and the incredible sights you will soon explore. The team will also search for the seabirds soaring around your ship, as well as the whales that frequent the waters here.

DAYS 5 TO 12 | EXPLORING NORTHEAST GREENLAND
During your tour of Greenland’s remote northeast coast, you’ll enjoy Zodiac cruises and shore visits to several locations. We’ll also keep an eye out for grazing muskoxen, as 40 percent of the world’s muskoxen population lives in Northeast Greenland National Park. Sailing through spectacular Scoresbysund, the birthplace of many icebergs, you’ll immediately see why some say it’s the most beautiful fjord system on the planet. Sites such as Frederiksdal and Sydkap offer opportunities to explore the colorful tundra and the remains of ancient Thule settlements. At the entrance of the sound is East Greenland’s most northerly community, Ittoqqortoormiit, where you may spend time interacting with the Inuit people and learning about their way of life. You may also have a chance to see the northern lights here if the skies are clear. Deeper in the sound, Røde Øya offers a picturesque locale for admiring the beauty of sky-blue bergs set against striking red sandstone cliffs. Magnificent vistas also await at Kong Oscar Fjord, with possible landings at Ella Øya, renowned for its rugged cliffs and ice-choked waters, and flower-rich Botanikerbugt, on Ymer Øya.

DAY 13 | AT SEA
As your arctic adventure winds down, take in a presentation by our onboard experts, share your photos, sip an icy cocktail in the bar or watch a movie— there are many activities during your time at sea. Your Expedition Team will also be on hand to answer any questions and point out wildlife.

DAY 14 | DEPART REYKJAVIK, ICELAND
You’ll disembark in Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, at the end of your journey.
If you have booked post-expedition accommodation, we provide a transfer to a central downtown location.

Itinerary

DAY 1 | ARRIVE IN REYKJAVIK, ICELAND
Arrive in the Icelandic capital in the morning and make your way to your included hotel. You will have the day to explore the city on your own.

DAY 2 | EMBARKATION DAY IN REYKJAVIK
This afternoon, you’ll board your vessel and begin your expedition. Get ready for a great adventure ahead!

DAY 3 | EXPLORING THE VESTFJORDS
Each region of Iceland has its own appeal for nature, bird and history lovers, and the little-visited Vestfjords (Westfjords), where the land meets the sea in the most dramatic fashion, is no exception. Exploring this rugged peninsula at the country’s remote northwestern tip offers awe-inspiring vistas of mountains, fjords and towering cliffs. If we’re lucky and conditions allow, we might cruise along Látrabjarg, Europe’s largest bird cliff, teeming with puffins, razorbills, guillemots and more. Another possible destination is the quaint island of Flatey, where a replica of Iceland’s largest medieval manuscript, Flateyjarbók, can be viewed in the library. The church here features murals symbolizing life on the island, including one of Jesus wearing a classic Icelandic sweater.

DaY 4 | AT SEA
As we cruise north across the Denmark Strait, your Expedition Team will prepare you for the adventures that await. Learn about the storied history and politics of the Arctic, its fascinating wildlife, geology, ecology and climate, and the incredible sights you will soon explore. The team will also search for the seabirds soaring around your ship, as well as the whales that frequent the waters here.

DAYS 5 TO 12 | EXPLORING NORTHEAST GREENLAND
During your tour of Greenland’s remote northeast coast, you’ll enjoy Zodiac cruises and shore visits to several locations. We’ll also keep an eye out for grazing muskoxen, as 40 percent of the world’s muskoxen population lives in Northeast Greenland National Park. Sailing through spectacular Scoresbysund, the birthplace of many icebergs, you’ll immediately see why some say it’s the most beautiful fjord system on the planet. Sites such as Frederiksdal and Sydkap offer opportunities to explore the colorful tundra and the remains of ancient Thule settlements. At the entrance of the sound is East Greenland’s most northerly community, Ittoqqortoormiit, where you may spend time interacting with the Inuit people and learning about their way of life. You may also have a chance to see the northern lights here if the skies are clear. Deeper in the sound, Røde Øya offers a picturesque locale for admiring the beauty of sky-blue bergs set against striking red sandstone cliffs. Magnificent vistas also await at Kong Oscar Fjord, with possible landings at Ella Øya, renowned for its rugged cliffs and ice-choked waters, and flower-rich Botanikerbugt, on Ymer Øya.

DAY 13 | AT SEA
As your arctic adventure winds down, take in a presentation by our onboard experts, share your photos, sip an icy cocktail in the bar or watch a movie— there are many activities during your time at sea. Your Expedition Team will also be on hand to answer any questions and point out wildlife.

DAY 14 | DEPART REYKJAVIK, ICELAND
You’ll disembark in Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, at the end of your journey.
If you have booked post-expedition accommodation, we provide a transfer to a central downtown location.


© Acacia Johnson
© Samantha Crimmin
© Samantha Crimmin


INCLUSIONS

Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board
Beer and house wine during dinner
All shore landings per the daily program
Leadership throughout the voyage by our experi-enced Expedition Leader
All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and special guests as scheduled
Photographic journal documenting the expedition
Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
Official Expeditions parka
Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
Complimentary reusable water bottle
Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin
Comprehensive onboard 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
Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$500,000 per person
Greenland voyages cruise passenger tax
One night’s pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Reykjavik
Group transfer from the Reykjavik hotel to the ship on Day 2
Group transfer from the ship to downtown Reykjavik on disembarkation day

EXCLUSIONS

International airfare
Arrival and departure transfers
Passport and visa expenses
Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance—strongly recommended
Excess-baggage fees on international flights
Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified
Phone and Internet charges
Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew
Additional overnight accommodation
Any Adventure Options


* The prices are per person expressed in US Dollars.
NOTE: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy—and excitement—of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.




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