Explore Iceland, Greenland & East Canada
Start your Arctic adventure in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík before boarding for sea spend time on land exploring the waterfalls and mountains of Thingvellir National Park. Sail across to southern Greenland where you will see dramatic fjord scenery and and the vast glaciers in Prince Christian Sound. See turquoise waters and towering icebergs before crossing the sea to Canada’s East Coast.
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As you charter down the coast you will spend your day excursions on shore visiting Inuit communities and learning about their cultures and customs. You will sail the deep fjords of Torngat National Park before heading to Nain, the largest and northernmost community in Nunatsiavut. Finish your expedition along the Canadian Maritimes, disembark in St John’s, the quaint and colourful capital of Newfoundland.
Days 1 - 21 : Arctic
Stay at Greg Mortimer - Arctic Cruise for 20 nights
Start your Arctic adventure in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík.
Arriving into Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, check into your hotel for tonight and then spend the day exploring this cosmopolitan city.
Spend your first day in Iceland exploring Reykjavik, the country’s capital city. Visit the wealth of cultural sights including museums, galleries, and the Hallgrímskirkja church, or explore the city’s picturesque parks and thermal baths, before spending your first night at your hotel.
Leave civilisation behind and drive to the spectacular terrain of the Thingvellir National Park for walk amongst the valleys, waterfalls and undulating rivers. This area of natural beauty was the seat of the world’s first parliament, established by the Viking inhabitants in the 10th century. From Thingvellir, you’ll drive to the thundering cascade of the Gullfoss waterfall, Iceland’s largest and most impressive. Tumbling over two tiers and dropping 32 metres, Gullfoss is a magnificent sight. Late afternoon, you’ll transfer to the pier in time to board the vessel.
Days spent at sea are the perfect way to relax before to the busy days ahead filled with exploration and adventure. As the ship crosses the Greenland Sea, curl up with a good book or wildlife guide, look out for whales, enjoy lectures and presentations about the geography and volcanology of the area or simply relax and get to know your fellow travellers and crew.
Discover the secrets of the remote Westman Islands as you spend the day exploring the largest island, Heimaey, with its population of approximately 4,000. Easily explored on foot, a day on Heimay might include a visit to the Eldfell volcano or a city tour to include the Viking ruins of the Herjólfsdalur valley. Further afield, your guide can drive you to the Helgafell and ldfell volcanoes, including a visit to the Eldheimar museum where you can learn about the birth of Surtsey Island, a UNESCO world-heritage site formed by an eruption in 1963.
Cruise into the narrow channel of Prince Christian Sound, a calm body of water surrounded by craggy mountain peaks and vast glaciers that regularly calve icebergs into the inky waters of the sound. In places, the sound narrows to just 500 metres, offering outstanding opportunities for photography of the spectacular scenery. At Kangersuneq Qinngorleq fjord, weather and sea conditions permitting, the expedition team may launch the Zodiacs for a cruise around the fjord or a kayak at the base of the glacier. Cruising through the southern end of the sound, look out for the tiny settlement of Appilatoq, its traditional wooden houses and little island church surrounded by sharp mountain peaks.
Cruise through the picturesque waters of Tasermiut Fjord, celebrated as one of the most beautiful fjords in Greenland. Surrounded by lofty mountains that descend into valleys strewn with flowers and vegetation, this remote body of water is a photographer’s dream. At Klosterdal, you’ll be surrounded by the three peaks of Napasorsuaq, Ketil, and Nalumasortoq, some of the highest mountains in southern Greenland. Join the expedition team for a hike in the valley or kayak around the water’s edge. Continue sailing through the fjord towards the remote village of Nanortalik, tucked away amongst arctic farmland, rolling hills and woodlands and protected from the open sea by sheets of sea ice. The locals will welcome you with open arms, proudly showing visitors around their isolated outpost with its century-old Danish Lutheran church and small museum.
Narsarsuaq is an outdoor paradise of green valleys and turquoise waters dotted with icebergs, and was place where Norse Vikings originally settled and called the country Greenland. Take easy walks amongst the breath-taking scenery, past Norse ruins and crumbling farm houses. Take to the water and explore the beautiful waters of Tunulliarfik Fjord by kayak, before setting sail once more bound for Uunartoq island. Set at the heart of this uninhabited island, surrounded by grassy plains, are bubbling hot springs that have been used for remedial bathing for over 1,000 years. Soak in the supposedly healing waters and marvel at the spectacular surroundings of mountain peaks and drifting icebergs.
Discover the rich history of the early Norse settlers in Greenland with a visit to the ruins of Hvalsey Church, dating back to the 14th century. Old Norse for ‘Whale Island’, Hvalsey is the best preserved example of early Christian churches in Greenland and the site is made up of the church ruins and a few farm buildings on a picturesque hillside. From here you’ll set sail for Qaqortoq, where you’ll board the Zodiacs for a dry landing. The capital of South Greenland, this coastal city has a population of over 3,000 people. Walk around and discover the “Man and Stone” art project, take a guided tour by local students, sample Greenlandic food or watch a kayak performance.
Enjoy a laid-back day at sea as the vessel cruises into the remote waters of Canada’s east coast. Listen to fascinating presentations by the expedition team on the flora and fauna of the Torngat Mountains National Park, share wildlife and adventure stories with your fellow passengers or simply watch the stunning scenery pass you by.
Sail through the deep fjords and narrow channels of the Torngat Mountains National Park, named for the Inuktitut word ‘Tongait’, meaning place of spirits. Seemingly unchanged for millions of years, this spectacular landscape is home to polar bears and caribou and the Inuit tribes who hunt them using the same techniques as their ancestors have for centuries. Your expedition team will launch the Zodiacs and take you deep into the channels and estuaries of the Torngats in search of Arctic wildlife and ancient archaeological sites, perhaps passing through the Eclipse Channel or Nachvak Fjord, stretching 20 kilometres through soaring rocky walls that soar almost 900 metres from the deep waters of the fjord below.
Depending on weather and tide conditions, you might explore the landscape on foot, in search of herds of Caribou and other wildlife, or perhaps sail to admire some of the ancient rock formations that date back 3.92 billion years! In the southern reaches of the Torngats in areas such as Saglek Fjord, scan the shore for polar bears hunting their prey on the edges of the shore and watch the water for beluga whales and other cetaceans. As the days draw to a close, look to the skies in search of the dancing green streaks of light swirling through the atmosphere, for this is the domain of the magnificent Aurora Borealis or ‘Northern Lights’. This phenomenal display by mother nature is the ultimate way to end a day amongst the breath-taking beauty of the Torngats.
When to go
Cruises depart for Svalbard, Greenland, Iceland and the Russian High Arctic during the northern hemisphere's summer, when explorers enjoy 24 hour days and favourable conditions. Travel in June and July and you'll admire spectacular frozen sculptures and seas of pack ice. From late July to August, the wildlife is most active and whale watching trips to the west coast of Greenland begin. In late August and September, sail through magnificent fjord scenery and catch the aurora borealis as the nights descend. Whether you travel early on in mid June or in September as the season draws to a close, you have good chances of spotting wildlife.
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Things to do
Visit the Westman Islands, Iceland
A volcanic archipelago of fifteen rocky islands, the Westman Islands lie off Iceland’s south coast. Spend the day exploring the main island of Heimaey with its volcanoes, restaurants and Viking ruins.
From $12949 per person
Prices are per person, based on two people sharing an entry level cabin.
Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.