Experience an unforgettable 12-day journey to Greenland onboard the Seaventure with Iceland ProCruises. Discover the immense scenic and cultural variety of the world’s largest island, from the impressive mountain range in the East to the beautiful and fertile South with its fascinating Viking history up to the town of Ilulissat with its floating icebergs.
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Please note - 23 August departure is in the reverse direction from the itinerary stated above
Use your leisure time in Reykjavik to discover the unique charm of the world’s northernmost capital. The Seaventure departs in the evening.
Today you will sail across the Denmark Strait towards Greenland, your ship following the same maritime route used by Norse settlers more than 900 years ago. During the journey, you can attend fascinating presentations by your 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 or from your cabin.
The island is characterized by several glaciers, jagged peaks, rivers, lakes and waterfalls. There are vast green valleys and deep fjords with newly calved icebergs dropping off the ice cap into the sea. Tasiilaq, the largest town in East Greenland, is located on Ammassalik Island. With a population of approximately 2,000 people, the town is the gateway to exploring East Greenland.
The Skjoldungen Fjord is bordered by towering mountains tipped with snow, ice-scraped valley sides with serpentine rivers of ice plunging into the sea. It is highly likely that the fjord was inhabited by Paleo-Eskimo (Inuit) nomadic people as early as 4,000 years ago. Surrounded by wild and pristine nature, it is quite common to see whales, bearded seals and various kinds of birds in the area.
When conditions are favourable, your ship will travel along the 70 mile long Prince Christian Sound which connects the Labrador and Irminger Seas. In this narrow, often ice-choked channel, you will 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 chunks of ice break off and become floating icebergs.
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.
With 16,000 inhabitants Nuuk is both the capital and the 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.
With approx. 5,600 inhabitants, Sisimiut is the second largest town in Greenland. It is a modern settlement that maintains ancient traditions, and the fishing industry still plays an important role here.
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 the glacier and plunge into the fjord.
Uummannaq is considered one of the most beautiful towns in Greenland. Located on a small island about 300 miles north of the Arctic Circle, this tiny, picturesque village lies at the foot of a heart-shaped mountain.
The small settlement of Qeqertarsuaq is located on the South Coast of Disko Island. In 1773 the first whaling base was founded there. 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.
In the morning you will reach the 120-mile Kangerlussuaq Fjord and the town of the same name. It’s time to say goodbye to the Seaventure. You will board a charter flight back to Keflavik.
Please speak to our Polar Specialists regarding flight details for the Charter flight from Kangerlussuaq to Keflavik in line with your international flights. Charter flight is included in cruise fare.
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