Trip Type : Small Ship Cruise
Reykjavik, Iceland to Kangerlussuaq tour

Reykjavik, Iceland to Kangerlussuaq

Silversea
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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
9 days
From: $ 15,550 $ 1,728 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Cruise into deep fjords with active glaciers and spectacular icebergs.
  • Learn of Greenland’s native Inuit.
  • Soak in a natural hot spring.
  • Explore ancient Norse and Viking sites.
  • Discover the cultures of remote Greenlandic towns.
  • Identify seabirds and watch for whales.
  • Visit the world’s smallest capital and fastest moving glacier.
  • See the famous Qilakitsoq mummies.

Short Description

Greenland is an unsullied wilderness that also happens to be the largest island in the world. On this journey, take a look around this rarely visited wilderness: discover sites where ancient Vikings roamed, explore deep fjords, steaming hot springs and impressive icebergs. While here, chat with residents of remote Greenlandic towns and learn about the native Inuit.

Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Trip Type Small Ship Cruise
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Reykjavik
End City Kangerlussuaq

Trip Includes

  • Personalised service – the best crew-to-guest ratio in expedition cruising
  • Butler service in every suite and stateroom – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and room service – available 24 hours aboard Silver Explorer, and from 06:00 to 23:00 aboard Silver Galapagos and Silver Discoverer
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
  • Free WiFi throughout the ship; unlimited in select suite categories
  • Complimentary Haglöfs Parka

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Itinerary

 Day 1: Reykjavik, Iceland

Embark the Silver Explorer and depart on your exciting 9-day Silversea Expedition — “Expedition Greenland”. After settling into your suite and having attended a mandatory safety briefing Silver Explorer will be setting sail. Meet the members of your Expedition Team in The Theatre and attend the first of many memorable dinners in The Restaurant.

Day 2: At Sea Crossing the Denmark Strait

Spend the day crossing the Denmark Strait, which connects the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans. Meet some of your fellow explorers, attend a Zodiac briefing, and become acquainted with the luxurious amenities found on board Silver Explorer. Tonight, we invite you to attend a special Welcome Aboard cocktail party where at the Captain will introduce his senior officers and various members of the crew.

Day 3: Skoldungen Fjord (Thrym Glacier)

Cruising along Greenland’s rugged eastern coast, the Silver Explorer explores the Skoldungen Fjord. We will spend much of the day out on deck to take in the enchanting scenery: towering mountains tipped with snow, ice-scraped valley sides and sculptured icebergs in shades of white and blue. Upon arriving at the top of the fjord where we can easily see the retreating state of the Thrym Glacier Here we will have our first Zodiac-cruise of the journey, allowing us to explore this picturesque setting from a unique, up-close perspective. On our return journey, exiting this U-shaped fjord, join your Expedition Team out on deck to marvel at the spectacular scenery.

Day 4: Cruise & Explore Prince Christian Sound, Greenland

Our plan for today is to explore one of South Greenland’s most dramatic natural features: Prince Christian Sound. The water is placid and the crisp scent of ice fills the air. On either side of us, waterfalls stream down sharp, wrinkled mountainsides as we navigate the sound through a sea of icebergs that glitter in the sun. Born of compacted ancient snows that calve into the sound at the glacier’s edge, each iceberg is different from the next. Time and weather conditions permitting, we plan to set out via the Zodiacs to explore even more. In the afternoon we will arrive to the first settlement (and one of the southernmost) of Greenland —Aappilattoq. This small village of 130 inhabitants, hidden behind a prominent rock, offers a good insight into the life of Greenlandic Inuit. There is a small school and a church, where the local choir has performed heart-rending Greenlandic songs. A stroll through the village will most probably reveal some Polar Bear skin drying in the wind, while a strenuous hike up the mountain-slope to the west will permit spectacular views of the area and Prince Christian Sound. While the sun sets we will be exiting the channels to make our way up the west coast of Greenland.

Day 5: Nanortalik, Greenland

Nanortalik lies in a scenic area surrounded by steep mountainsides and is Greenland’s most southerly town. The town’s name means the “place of Polar Bears”, which refers to the Polar Bears that used to be seen floating offshore on summer’s ice floes. Nanortalik has an excellent open-air museum that gives a broad picture of the region from Inuit times to today. At the summer hunting camp, Inuit in traditional clothing will describe aspects of their ancestor’s customs and lifestyle including an impressive kayak demonstration. Time permitting, we will enjoy the tradition of kaffe-mik (coffee and cake) and a folk dancing presentation at the Cultural Centre. In the afternoon, Silver Explorer will drop anchor at Uunartoq. Since the days of the Norse, the hot springs here have been renown for their healing effects. Take this opportunity to relax and unwind in steaming waters, watching iceberg floating by. Remember to pack swimwear! If conditions permit, we will have a Zodiac-cruise around the icebergs stranded found near Uunartoq Island.

Day 6: Qaqortoq, Greenland

This morning we arrive at the picturesque harbour town of Qaqortoq (pronounced ka-kor-tok). The town’s name translates to ‘white place’, but today, instead of snow, we will admire the hillsides of colourful houses painted in bright primary shades. Our local guide will take us to the charming town square, home to Greenland’s oldest fountain built in 1928. Surrounding it are two churches, one old and one new, an open-air fish and meat market, and the Qaqortoq Museum. This modest museum houses a superb collection of historical artefacts associated with Inuit hunting and fishing, a whaler’s gun and a collection of contemporary artwork. Qaqortoq is also famous for its street art: the Stone and Man open air gallery has more than 40 sculptures and designs carved into or out of local rock. During the town walk you will see quite a number of these objects. In the afternoon Silver Explorer anchors off Hvalsey. Once ashore, we will learn how Christianity spread its influence throughout Europe and eventually reached remote Greenland, where it established itself in the country in 1000 AD. Hvalsey Church was built in the 14th century and is the best preserved of the churches in Greenland from that period. Together we will visit these historical ruins from the time of the Vikings.

Days 7: At Sea

Gather in The Theatre to hear fascinating tales of adventure or to learn about the region’s endemic wildlife and remarkable nature. Our knowledgeable Lecture Staff members are experts in a variety of scientific fields and their informative topics will prepare you for the many adventures that lie ahead. Binoculars and camera in hand, head out on deck to watch for marine mammals and to identify the seabirds that will follow our passage.

Day 8: Nuuk, Greenland

This morning we arrive in Greenland’s first town (1728) and current capital, Nuuk, which means “the heartland”. Our leisurely walk through this picturesque harbour town allows us to take in Nuuk’s natural beauty, and also to see Inuit ruins, Hans Egede’s home, parliament, and the Church of our Saviour. At the Greenlandic National Museum we have the fantastic opportunity to see the famous Qilakitsoq mummies.

Day 9: Maniitsoq, Greenland

Greenland’s sixth-largest town (of less than 2700 inhabitants) is our morning’s destination. Its local name (meaning ‘place of rugged terrain’) contrasts somewhat with the name given by the Danish in 1782 (‘New Sugarloaf’). During our walk we will reach the small museum and old cemetery at the northern end of town and at the community hall will have an opportunity to see some of the local beadwork — souvenirs that take a lot of patience while they are being produced. But beadwork is not just for souvenirs and visitors — the national dress of the West-Greenlandic women uses a collar made of beadwork. Before we leave a demonstration of how to use a kayak might take place in the small harbour. During the afternoon we will head north for Kangerlussuaq (formerly known as Sondresstrom). The Kangerlussuaq fjord has a length of 190 kilometres and at its end is the major airport of Greenland, which dates back to WWII and the American Air Force’s presence. While we cruise up the coast and enter the fjord, our on-board videographer will present his voyage-DVD letting you re-live the special moments and different adventures you will have had during this voyage.

Day 10: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

After breakfast, disembark Silver Explorer via Zodiac. Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather and wildlife activity. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.

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Ship Name

Silver Explorer

Ship Stats

Key Facts

Lloyd’s register

Ice-class rating: 1A

Crew: 117

Officers: International

Guests: 132

Tonnage: 6,072

Length: 354 Feet/107.9 Metres

Width: 52 Feet/15.8 Metres

Speed: 14 Knots

Passenger Decks: 5

Refurbished: 2008

Registry: Bahamas

Ship Description

Silver Explorer

Silversea’s purpose-built luxury Silver Explorer expedition cruise ship has been designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including both of earth’s polar regions.  A strengthened hull with a Lloyd’s Register ice-class notation (1A) for passenger vessels enables the Silver Explorer Expedition Cruise Ship to safely push through ice floes with ease. A fleet of Zodiac boats allows Silversea Expedition guests to visit even the most off-the-beaten path locations and an expert Expedition Team provides insight and understanding to each unforgettable Silver Explorer luxury cruise adventure.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group

Accomodations

Ship: Silver Explorer

Cancellation Policy:

If you find it necessary to cancel your reservation or any component thereof, you or your travel professional are required to contact the Silversea Reservations Department by telephone as well as submit your cancellation in writing. If your cancellation request is received more than 120 days prior to your initial sailing date, a AUD$250/USD$200 non-refundable administrative fee will be charged per booking. This administrative fee may be converted to a future cruise credit valid for travel within 12 months from the date of the cancelled voyage. Cruise cancellation requests received within 120 days of the initial sailing date will be subject to the following charges, regardless of suite resale:

  • 120 – 91 days prior to the initial sailing date: 15% of the total cruise fare per person;
  • 90 – 61 days prior to the initial sailing date: 50% of the total cruise fare per person;
  • 60 – 31 days prior to the initial sailing date: 75% of the total cruise fare per person;
  • 30 – 0 days prior to the initial sailing date or nonappearance at the time of sailing: 100% of the total cruise fare per person.

Guests who downgrade suite categories within 120 days of the initial sailing date will incur cancellation penalties on the difference in cruise fare between the two suites.

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Trip Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Passport and Visa Charges
  • Personal Expenses

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