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Greenland from the Sea

Sailing along the West Coast of Greenland gives you the perfect opportunity to meet the locals whilst experiencing the breathtaking Arctic summer. Accommodation is in modern outside cabins with private facilities. Along the way from the rugged, iceberg filled Disko Bay to fertile South Greenland you will have plenty of time to enjoy Greenland's unique nature. This tour is combined with 4 stars hotel accommodation in Ilulissat in the North West and Qaqortoq in the South.

Duration: 6 or 9 days, Summer 2017

Price: from $4,813

Highlights

  • Cruise along the West Coast of Greenland
  • The World Heritage Site of Ilulissat Ice Fjord
  • The Amazing Fjord Systems of South Greenland

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Included:

Return flights from Reykjavik incl. all taxes (return flights arrives into Keflavik)
Transfers
Accommodation with private facilities
Breakfast at hotels (Meals can be bought during the cruise in the ship's cafeteria)
2 dinners at Hotel Arctic
2 dinners at Hotel Qaqortoq
Cruise onboard M/V Sarfak Ittuk
Debriefing with our guide before departure from Qaqortoq
Our destination guide in Ilulissat and Qaqortoq
City walk/tour in Ilulissat, Sisimiut, Nuuk and Qaqortoq


Not included:
    Flights from US to Iceland and return
    Obligatory Travel Insurance
    Destination guide during cruise (a dedicated informtion meeting will be held in Ilulissat the night before embarking on the cruise)
    Meals during the cruise (can be bought in the ship's cafeteria)

We can help you book optional excursions in Qaqortoq and Ilulissat, and additional days and excursions in Iceland.
These tours are subject to availability, and cannot be guaranteed until confirmed by Nordika Travel.

9 day Greenland by the Sea Tour (on the shorter tour, there is a shorter stay in Qaqortoq and in Ilulissat (6 day tour).

Sailing plays a very important role in the Greenlandic infrastructure and a cruise along the West coast of Greenland is a fabulous way of experiencing this beautiful and varied country. Accommodation is in outside cabins with private facilities.
Ilulissat

Town of the giant icebergs and home to the UNESCO designated Ilulissat Ice Fjord. This is the third largest town in Greenland and a place where modern life meets traditional life style, all surrounded by amazing nature. Here, ice is the main theme; get close to the icebergs covered in the rays of the midnight sun on an amazing Ice Fjord cruise, join a full-day boat excursion to the calving glacier Eqip Sermia. You can also visit some of the remote settlements where fishing and hunting still is the only way to survive.

The Sea Voyage

Meet the local population traveling from town to town to visit relatives and friends along the coast. Enjoy the beautiful and varied landscape as we leave the rugged Arctic nature in the Disko Bay and reach green and fertile South Greenland. We sail in open waters and narrow straits, so close that you can almost touch the mountains. Along the way the ship calls at the major towns and small settlements. Everywhere, the arrival of the ship makes people rush to the harbor to welcome friends and relatives. Life on board is relaxing; Enjoy the view and make sure to keep your eyes open, as humpback whales are sometimes seen.

Qaqortoq

Qaqortoq is the biggest town in South Greenland with approx. 3200 inhabitants and is the ideal base for exploring everything Greenland has to offer; the town itself has a thriving cultural scene, first made popular by the local artist Aka Hoegh who in the 1990s led the Stone & Man project, designed to transform the town into an open air art gallery.

Qaqortoq offers a choice of daily excursions to points of interest in the local area including Viking ruins such as Hvalsey Church ruin, which is mentioned in the Icelandic Sagas. Explore the natural wonder that is the hot springs of Unartoq not to mention the amazing icebergs and glaciers found nearby.

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Day 1

Friday

Air Iceland afternoon flight from Reykjavik Domestic Airport to Ilulissat.
Meet and greet by our Destination guide.
Transfer to the hotel for check-in, information meeting and guided city walk.
Optional excursions during stay in Ilulissat.
Included meals: Welcome dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Arctic

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Day 2

Saturday

Breakfast at the hotel. Day at leisure in Ilulissat. Being situated almost 400 km north of the Polar Circle you have a fantastic opportunity to discover more about daily life in the Arctic. Your guides can help organise home visits, gentle walks to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ilulissat Icefjord or maybe you just wish to sit on the hotel balcony and watch the gigantic icebergs float by!
Included meals: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Arctic

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Day 3

Sunday

Breakfast at the hotel.
Day at leisure in Ilulissat for optional excursions until afternoon transfer to the pier for embarking MV Sarfaq Ittuk. Departure at 16:30 for our southbound cruise along the Greenlandic West coast. 21.00-22.00 Short stop in Aasiaat.
Included meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Outside cabin on board

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Day 4

Monday

Sailing south along the Greenlandic West coast.
09.00-11.00 Call at Sisimiut incl. city tour of Sisimiut.
21.15-22.30 Short stop in Maniitsoq.

Included meals: None
Accommodation: Outside cabin on board

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Day 5

Tuesday

Sailing south along the Greenlandic West coast.
07.30-13.00 Call at Nuuk incl. special city tour of Nuuk.

Included meals: None
Accommodation: Outside cabin on board

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Day 6

Wednesday

Sailing in the South Greenland Archipelago.
06:00-06:30 Short stop in Paamiut.
Midnight: Arrival to Qaqortoq.

Meet and greet by our guide. Transfer to the hotel for check-in.

Included meals: None
Accommodation: Hotel Qaqortoq

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Day 7 and 8

Thursday and Friday

Breakfast at the hotel. Days at leisure in Qaqortoq. Your local guide will offer you a complimentary guided city tour of Qaqortoq so you can get your bearings. Optional excursions in Qaqortoq.

Included meals: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Qaqortoq

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Day 9

Saturday

Breakfast at the hotel followed by goodbye coffee with your local guide(s).

Tonight you will fly back to Keflavik, Iceland - but first you will travel to Narsarsuaq Airport by helicopter! Flying in low altitude over the magnificent Arctic landscape, this is a memorable way to end your trip!

Depending on the time of your helicopter transfer - there may be time to join a short excursion from Narsarsuaq to the Qoroq Glacier or the remains of Eric the Red's Farm. Please check with your local guide if this is possible.

Included meals: Breakfast

Departures from Reykjavik Friday or Saturday from July 1 to August 26, 2017.

 

Tour Length

Period

Price per person,

double occupancy

Single SupplementDeposit*
6 days Saturdays, July 1 to August 26, 2017 $4,813 $1,142

$3,173

9 days Fridays, July 1 to August 25, 2017 $5,331 $1,460 $3,173

 *Non-refundable flight deposit.

Low season departures available on request.

Airfare mentioned is with all known airport- and passenger taxes included in the price (as of October 15, 2016)!

 

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Views from Greenland from the Sea

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Highlights

  • Cruise along the West Coast of Greenland
  • The World Heritage Site of Ilulissat Ice Fjord
  • The Amazing Fjord Systems of South Greenland

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