Day 1 — Reykjavik, Iceland
Arrive in the capital city of Iceland and make your way to your
included hotel. You will have the day to explore the city on your own.
In the evening, join us at your hotel for a welcome reception and
Day 2 — Embarkation Day in Akureyri
After breakfast, you’ll board a charter flight to the northern
Icelandic town of Akureyri, where your arctic adventure begins. As our
ship sets sail, enjoy some time out on deck, taking in your new
surroundings. Have your binoculars and camera ready—you may spot
birdlife and whales at sea!
Day 3 — Hornvík, Iceland
Sailing into the peaceful bay of Hornvík, you’ll reach the
northernmost point of Iceland. This area is encircled by two of the
largest bird cliffs in Europe. You can hike an old path, once used by
fowlers, out to the majestic Hornbjarg cliffs, which are dominated by
millions of seabirds, such as Brünnich’s guillemots, kittiwakes and
puffins. Encounters with arctic fox are common here.
Day 4 — At Sea
While we cross the Denmark Strait, your Expedition Team will keep you
informed and entertained with educational presentations about the
wildlife, history and geography of Greenland, your next stop. Join
expedition staff on deck and on the bridge as they look out for whales
and seabirds, get to know your fellow guests or simply take in the
natural beauty that surrounds you.
Days 5 and 6 — East Greenland
Now we sail south, dipping beneath the Arctic Circle. We’ll attempt
our first Greenlandic shore landing, on the island of Ammassalik, one
of the most isolated inhabited regions on Earth. This is an ideal area
to explore by Zodiac, offering opportunities to take some stunning
photographs. As you venture deep into the spectacular Sermilik Fjord,
behold the breathtaking vistas of massive icebergs set against a
backdrop of soaring snow-clad mountains.
With a population of just over 2,000, Tasiilaq is the largest
community in East Greenland. Situated on the banks of the King Oscar
Harbour and surrounded by steep peaks, the town offers picturesque
views that make a visit here a must. Composed of five small
settlements, Ammassalik’s chief community is the perfect place to pick
up traditional crafts such as soapstone figures, wooden masks and
tupilaks (meaning “soul of the ancestor,” these carved figures are
believed to protect its owner against enemy attack). You’ll also want
to wander between the vibrant painted wooden houses that dot the lush
South of Ammassalik are many fjords, which are deep, steep-walled
valleys along coastlines flooded with seawater. You’ll cruise in a
Zodiac through the Bernstorffs Fjord in search of glaciers.
Bernstorffs Fjord means “ice fjord,” and there’s a good chance we’ll
encounter calving icebergs at the fjord head. You also may have an
opportunity to go ashore to hike.
Experience an authentic arctic ghost town, the abandoned Skjoldungen
settlement. In the early 1960s, as part of a nationwide program to
concentrate Greenland’s population in a few select sites, the
inhabitants were relocated to larger, more accessible communities.
After exploring the town’s remains, you’ll cruise the Skjoldungen
Fjord in a Zodiac and be amazed at the striking contrast between the
deep green sea, white icebergs and dark mountains.
Those who opt to kayak here may be able to take some up-close shots
in the country where kayaking was invented.
Days 7 to 10 — South Greenland
Ships rarely venture into Lindenow Fjord, the least-occupied fjord in
Greenland. With your Expedition Team in tow, you’ll cruise by Zodiac
in an arm of the fjord, as our staff use their years of arctic
experience to search for bearded seals lying on the pack ice. You may
also spot waterfalls along the sheer rock face.
Prins Christian Sund is made up of a spectacular series of massive
tidewater glaciers. A mountainous region laced with fjords, it’s an
attractive area to explore by Zodiac, if the ice allows us to navigate
Rounding the southern edge of Greenland, we’ll land at Narsaq
Kujalliq, also known as Narsarmijit. Founded by Herrnhut missionaries
in 1824, it’s the country’s southernmost settlement, 31 miles (50 km)
north of Cape Farewell. You’ll explore Herjolfsnes, the site of an
excavated Norse farm, and also have the chance to hike in the area or
soak in a natural hot spring while icebergs float by.
Welcome to the land of hot springs! A common natural phenomenon in
Greenland, heated springs have lured visitors for thousands of years.
On the uninhabited island of Uunartoq, three springs form a small
stone-dammed pool that’s warm enough to bathe in. Surrounded by
soaring mountain peaks, you can relax in this outdoor spa and
contemplate the surreal scenery around you as majestic icebergs drift
In the fertile region of South Greenland, you’ll visit the
well-preserved ruins of a Norse church in Hvalsey. Walk amongst the
towering stone walls, and you’ll feel the presence of the settlers who
used to gather here before the site was abandoned in the 15th century.
The Nearby fells and fjord have not changed over the centuries.
Day 11 — West Greenland
As you sail toward Paamiut, you’ll be struck by the beauty of the
surrounding dark blue mountains. Known for its mysterious fog and
pleasing blend of old and new culture, the town has its own guardian:
the white-tailed eagle. Inhabitants feel a strong connection with the
king of the birds, and legend has it that good luck will come to those
who spot it (easy to do, as they’re seen in large numbers here).
Simply smile at locals, and they’ll enthusiastically share their
fondness for their town, and fishermen will happily talk about their
trade. You’ll have the opportunity to hike a nature trail that’s a
thousand years old. You also may be able to spot fin, humpback, minke
or killer whales from shore.
History and culture buffs will find plenty to do in the bustling
Greenlandic capital of Nuuk. Wander along to the waterfront to see the
Hans Egede Church and Hans Egede statue, both named after the
missionary who founded the settlement in 1728. At the Greenland
National Historic Museum, you can view the 500-year-old remains of
fully dressed mummies, found in 1972 after two brothers out grouse
hunting discovered their graves under a rock outcrop. Also worth
exploring are the Katuaq Culture Centre and Nuuk Art Museum.
Day 12 — At Sea
Today, we sail across the Davis Strait, a major summer feeding ground
for walrus and narwhals. Our informative presentations will prepare
you for your Baffin Island adventures. During this time at sea, it’s
easy to stay entertained: learn to identify seabirds on the wing,
share photos and swap stories with shipmates, lounge with a book in
our Polar Library, savor a glass of wine in the bar or get active in
the exercise room. Or simply stay up on deck, enjoying the impressive
Day 13 — Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada
We’ll trace the southeastern coast of Baffin Island, the largest
island in Canada and the fifth largest in the world. In this land of
glacial lakes, an abundance of vibrant wildflowers such as yellow
arctic poppies and purple saxifrage are scattered across the fertile
landscape. Your time here will be spent going on wildlife excursions
by Zodiac, hiking the tundra and visiting fishing villages and
traditional Inuit settlements, learning about the local history and
Day 14 — Pangnirtung and Kekerten Island
Dubbed the Switzerland of the Arctic, the Inuit hamlet of Pangnirtung
is nestled beneath the jagged, frosty peaks of Mount Duval, at the
mouth of the picturesque Pangnirtung Fjord, which merges with the
Cumberland Sound. Artists in Pang, as locals call it, are renowned for
their traditional Inuit arts and crafts, especially intricate woven
tapestries and lithographs. Here, you can visit the internationally
acclaimed Uqqurmiut Centre for Arts & Crafts to watch craftspeople
in action in the tapestry studio, purchase a limited- edition litho at
the print shop, and even pick up a colorful Pang hat (with matching
scarf and mittens) to keep you warm during the rest of your arctic
Nearby, you’ll explore the historic remains of a whaling station on
the small uninhabited island of Kekerten, and imagine what life was
like long ago. Settled in 1840 by Captain William Penny, a Scottish
whaler, the area is now a National Historic Site of Canada. During the
height of bowhead whaling in the late 1800s, the station was the most
important one in the Cumberland Sound area (the slopes along the
harbor were ideal for scouting whale activity). The site represents
the impact that the industry had on the culture and economy of the
Inuit in the sound, as locals adapted to the rhythm of the whaler’s
Day 15 — Monumental Island
Expect more wildlife sightings at Monumental Island, located off the
southern coast of Baffin Island. Though uninhabited by people, the
island is a well-known habitat of some of the Arctic’s most
magnificent animals. As you cruise in a Zodiac along the rocky shores,
keep your eyes peeled for hauled-out walrus and prowling polar bears.
Day 16 — Lower Savage Islands
Cruising in a Zodiac through the narrow channels separating the three
rocky islands of this uninhabited archipelago, there’s a possibility
of seeing polar bears meandering the rugged coast.
Day 17 — Iqaluit
Before disembarking in Iqaluit, you’ll have a chance to bid farewell
to your Expedition Team and shipmates. After, board your direct
charter flight to Ottawa, where you’ll spend the night at your
Day 18 — Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Today, you can make your way to the Ottawa airport to connect with
your homeward flight, or spend more time exploring Canada’s capital if
you have booked additional accommodation.
Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the
legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. When traveling in
extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea,
the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This
itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this
voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be