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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 2ReykjavíkHallgrimskirkja Cathedral, Laugavegur Street, Street ArtReykjavik City Hotel
2 - 14Arctic CircleAwe-inspiring Land & Seascapes, Unique Wildlife, Pioneer Towns & Expedition Centers, Northern LightsOcean Adventurer by Quark Expeditions, The Arctic, Ultramarine by Quark Expeditions, Antarctica
14 - 15ReykjavíkHallgrimskirkja Cathedral, Laugavegur Street, Street ArtKeflavik Airport Hotel

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  • Adventure
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  • Wildlife

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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 2

International arrival

We will welcome you at the airport and take you to your hotel

Reykjavík

1 Night

Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, is a city surrounded by incredible landscapes and boasting world-class museums, colorful houses, and a dynamic nightlife! A great base for exploring Iceland’s natural wonders, the city has a vibrant cultural and design scene with many art galleries, restaurants, cafes, bars, and live music establishments.

Included Activities

Essential Greenland: Southern Coasts and Disko Bay (Day 1)
Arrive in Reykjavik: Iceland’s coastal capital, Reykjavik, is the world’s northernmost capital. Check into either the Grandi by Center Hotels or the Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina. These are centrally located accommodations near the Old Harbor. You can spend the rest of your day exploring this vibrant city at your own pace. Learn about Iceland’s Viking heritage at the National, Maritime and Saga museums, or unwind in any of the geothermal spa pool complexes dotted around town. Contemporary art and architecture highlight the cityscape, while vantage points such as Oskjuhlid Hill offer panoramic vistas of Reykjavik!

Hotel Options
RoomTwin Deluxe
MealsRoom Only
StyleBoutique
Day 2 - 14

You will be transferred from Reykjavik hotel to the port in a shared vehicle

Arctic Circle

12 Nights

Covering nearly 4% of the Earth’s surface, the Arctic Circle is brimming with glaciers, icebergs, and snow-white islands, with colorful indigenous settlements nestled by its palatial fjords, and unique and diverse wildlife and marine life thriving in its vast expanses.

Included Activities

Essential Greenland: Southern Coasts and Disko Bay Tour (Day 2)
Embarkation in Reykjavik: Wake up to an exciting day in Reykjavik as you begin your Arctic expedition. Enjoy a leisurely morning in Reykjavik’s waterfront neighborhoods. Later in the afternoon board your cruise, the Ultramarine. Get acquainted with this purpose-built polar expedition vessel and the friendly staff onboard.

Essential Greenland: Southern Coasts and Disko Bay (Day 3)
At Sea in Denmark Strait: Set sail and cruise across the Denmark Strait, also known as Greenland Strait. The Denmark Strait is home to the Earth’s largest waterfall under the ocean! Cold water from the Nordic Seas flows over the Denmark cataract and sinks to the sea floor about 11,500 feet below. Learn about the fascinating history of Vikings in the region, the founding stories of Greenland featuring Erik the Red, and the recent Battle of the Denmark Strait during World War II. Your expedition team shares information about the climate, geological wonders, and various ecosystems in Greenland. Interact with your naturalist guides onboard to learn about Arctic wildlife. From the panorama lounge or the outdoor decks, you might spot whales and seabirds across this vast expanse of water.

Essential Greenland: Southern Coasts and Disko Bay (Days 4 – 5)
Exploring East Greenland: This remote and least visited part of Greeland is characterized by a network of expansive glaciers and majestic fjords, surrounded by lofty mountains. Learn about the region’s unique culture, which has its roots in myths and legends. Your expedition team plans short trips across different destinations, all subject to weather conditions. Situated along the King Frederick VI coast, Skjoldungen is an uninhabited island near the namesake fjord. In addition to ice crevasses and seracs, find dwarf birch and willow forests dotted with Arctic wildflowers in this landscape. Using Zodiacs, you could drop by the archaeological site of an abandoned Inuit settlement. This Arctic ghost town is filled with Thule culture graves and dwellings with furniture. Guides will also help you understand the Paleo-Eskimo history of nomadic hunters that dates back 4000 years. Another attraction nearby, is the Lindenow Fjord or Kangerlussuatsiaq. The Igdlukulik archaeological site and the Tiningnertok peak are highlights. Many tributary fjords offer fantastic Zodiac cruising opportunities. On both days, head out for leisurely hikes through the Arctic tundra forests and soak up panoramic vistas of the breathtaking mountainous surroundings. If you’d like some more adventure, sign up for an optional paddling excursion (at additional cost) on kayaks. Admire icebergs and glaciers as you glide along pristine blue waters.

Essential Greenland: Southern Coasts and Disko Bay (Days 6 – 7)
South Greenland: Over the next couple of days, continue through the fertile southern coast of Greenland, aptly nicknamed ‘Arctic Patagonia’. Apart from the stunning scenery, this region is known for its significance in Greenland’s founding heritage. As you explore the lush valleys and tranquil fjords, surrounded by sparkling waterfalls and towering mountains, learn about the history of Erik the Red, and related Viking stories. Next, the narrow Prince Christian Sound mesmerizes for 60 miles, at the southern edge of the Greenland ice sheet. Pass the Ikerassasuaq weather station and continue on to spot drifting icebergs that attract seabirds and seals. Zodiac cruises and shore landings offer opportunities for various levels of hiking. Visit the quaint settlement of Aappilattoq, dotted with colorful Nordic-style homes. Make your way to Hvalsey, also known as Whale Island. This is the largest and best-preserved site of Norse ruins in Greenland. The highlight here is the remains of the 14th century Hvalsey Church, which is one of the first Christian churches built in North America. Later, visit Igaliku, a picturesque sheep-farming settlement, with the Gardar archaeological complex of Norse ruins as its famous attraction. See the 12th century Episcopal residence, a centuries-old irrigation system, a Bishop’s farm, and the red sandstone Saint Nicholas Cathedral. Take a stroll around the village to soak up the beautiful vistas, while flocks of sheep graze on meadows nearby.

Essential Greenland: Southern Coasts and Disko Bay (Days 8 – 13)
West Greenland: Discover the vibrant west coast of Greenland and its awesome Arctic scenery. From glacier-filled bays, quaint villages, small islands and long fjords, there’s plenty to explore. Visit local coastal attractions on daily Zodiac excursions. Immerse yourself in the cultural lifestyle of Greenland’s capital city, Nuuk. The colonial buildings in the historic center and the colorful houses of Myggedalen make for great photo ops. While the Hans Egede House and the many museums showcase Greenland’s history, the arctic wilderness around is great for outdoor adventures. Venture out to Sisimiut, North America’s largest Arctic city, with an urban vibe. Its historic neighborhood features 18th century colonial buildings highlighted by Greenland’s oldest surviving church. Enjoy a traditional kayaking demonstration. Learn about its significance for Inuit people, who have been using kayaks as essential hunting and transportation tools for 4000 years. Head to the Ilulissat Icefjord, a 35-mile long natural heritage site that features a collection of icebergs calved from the Jakobshavn glacier. Marvel at these glistening skyscraper sculptures making their way across Disko Bay, especially beautiful under the midnight sun. Keep an eye out for humpback whales that visit these waters. Along the shore, brightly colored houses are perched on rocky cliffs that overlook Disko Bay. For a different vantage of the icebergs from the land, take a Zodiac to Ilulissat town that is known for its sled dogs. Visit the tiny fishing community of Itilleq, situated about a mile above the Arctic Circle. Its traditional wood houses wear a rainbow of colors that complement the seas and the mountains around. Interact with the cheerful locals, and join in for a customary soccer match on the central pitch that doubles as a seasonal helipad.

Essential Greenland: Southern Coasts and Disko Bay (Day 14)
Disembark in Kangerlussuaq and fly to Reykjavik: Disembark from your ship and hop on a Zodiac for a final ride to the Kangerlussuaq shore. Make your way to the airport and catch your charter flight back to Reykjavik, Iceland. Check into either the Grandi by Center Hotels or the Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina, your centrally located accommodations near the Old Harbor. Rest and relax, or immerse yourselves in the cultural scene and nightlife of Reykjavik.

Hotel Options
RoomMain Deck Twin Window
MealsFull Board and Activities
StyleCruise
RoomBalcony Suite
MealsFull Board and Activities
StyleCruise
Day 14 - 15

You will be transferred from Kangerlussuaq Port to the Kangerlussuaq Airport in a shared vehicle

Board your flight from Kangerlussuaq to Reykjavik

You will be transferred from Reykjavik airport to your hotel in a shared vehicle

Reykjavík

1 Night

Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, is a city surrounded by incredible landscapes and boasting world-class museums, colorful houses, and a dynamic nightlife! A great base for exploring Iceland’s natural wonders, the city has a vibrant cultural and design scene with many art galleries, restaurants, cafes, bars, and live music establishments.

Included Activities

Essential Greenland: Southern Coasts and Disko Bay (Day 15)
Departure from Reykjavik: Before returning home or continuing your onward journey, enjoy a day out exploring Iceland’s countryside around Reykjavik at your own pace. The Reykjanes region is dotted with various landmark attractions including the Blue Lagoon, the Giantess Cave – Skessuhellir, and the historic Rockville Air Station. You can also hop between museums dedicated to Icelandic Rock ‘n’ Roll, Viking history, contemporary art, and folk culture among others.

Hotel Options
RoomDouble Room
MealsRoom Only
StyleBoutique

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 9,490 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 9,490 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.

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  • Tips & personal expenses
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Essential Greenland: Southern Coasts and Disko Bay

15 days $ 9,490 / person

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