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Greenland and Iceland Expedition

A fascinating expedition cruise to the dramatic landscapes of Iceland, Norway and Greenland, with highlights including rarely-visited Jan Mayen Island and Scoresby Sund

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15 nights

Luxury Expedition Holiday
  • Polar Bears
  • Siglufjordur
  • Husavik
  • Ittoqqortoormiit
  • Greenland

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Discover majestic icebergs, glacier-filled bays and an abundance of wildlife on this luxury expedition to Iceland and Greenland.

Join your expedition ship in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik and cruise to the typical fishing village of Sudureyri in the Westfjords region, and on to Bolungarvik, home to a replica of an old fishing station. Continue to Siglufjordur, protected by a wall of mountain peaks, and renowned for its herring fishing.

Pretty Husavik is the European capital of whale watching and framed by the majestic Húsavíkurfjall mountain. It is a stunning backdrop for the town's tiny wooden warehouses, cherry red houses and undulating fishing ships. Enjoy a call at the rarely-visited island of Jan Mayen with its towering ebony peaks and broad black lava beaches.

Spend three days exploring the remote, harsh and breathtakingly beautiful region of Northeast Greenland. Discover fascinating archaeological sites and an abundance of wildlife, before cruising Scoresby Sund, the longest fjord system in the world. The area is incredibly rich in Arctic wildlife, hosting musk oxen, arctic foxes and a wealth of marine life including whales, belugas, narwhals, walrus and seals, as well as several species of sea birds. The final port of call is the remote settlement of Ittoqqortoormiit on the southern tip of Liverpool Land.

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Greenland and Iceland Expedition Itinerary

Day 1 - Reykjavik (Iceland)

Embark your ship in Reykjavik.

Day 2 - Sudureyri - Bolungarvik

Sudureyri is a typical small fishing village in Iceland’s Westfjords at the entrance of Sugandafjord. Unlike most other fishing villages that date back hundreds of years, Sudureyri was only started in the early 20th century and has some 270 inhabitants. As the Sugandafjord is surrounded by high mountains, the only way to safely reach Sudureyri used to be by boat. Since the village has been connected to the outside world by tunnel (opened only in 1996) it has been visited by those interested in angling and fishing for cod and halibut in the fjord and open water. Just east of the village is the Lagoon, an area that has been dammed off. Cod has been released into the lagoon and visitors are encouraged to feed the fish -this actually is considered the village’s main attraction. The cod can easily return to open waters via a pipe place under the dyke’s road, but many seem to like being fed. Continue to Bolungarvik. Despite its relative isolation, Bolungarvik has been settled for hundreds of years and is already mentioned in the settlement period of Iceland. Located next to rich fishing grounds and the cove of the same name, Bolungarvik has always been a place for fishermen and one of the town’s attractions is a replica of an old fishing station.

Day 3 - Siglufjordur

A tiny town in the scenic north of Iceland, cosseted away by a jagged wall of mountain peaks, Siglufjordur is an isolated gem. With just over a thousand residents, Siglufjordur takes its name from the glassy fjord that stretches out nearby. Iceland's northernmost town, only a single-lane road tunnel, bored through the snow-capped mountains, provides a land link with the rest of the country. This evocative remoteness appealed to dark Nordic Noir writers - and the town has found recent fame as the star of the TV show Trapped. A much warmer welcome awaits you in real life than in fiction - fortunately. Siglufjordur is a historic Atlantic capital of herring fishing, and you can learn of the industry that gave the town its raison d'etre, and powered Iceland's economy at the award-winning Herring Era Museum.

Day 4 - Husavik

There's simply nowhere better than Husavilk - the European capital of whale watching - for getting up close and personal with the majestic giants of the ocean. Feel the awe as whales breach the waves around you, before gulping in air and plunging away with almighty tale flicks. Pretty Husavik is framed by the majestic Húsavíkurfjall mountain, which swells up behind, creating a stunning backdrop for the town's tiny wooden warehouses, cherry red houses and undulating fishing ships. The little wooden church has been a beacon of light, guiding tired fishermen back to the shores of Iceland's oldest settlement, since 1907. Let the wind rip through your hair and the sea speckle your face, as you ride waves out among the region's almighty marine creatures, who throw their weight around so spectacularly. Sail among gentle giants in Shaky Bay, spotting humpbacks, minke whales and the world's biggest – blue whales.

Day 5 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 6 - Jan Mayen Island (Norway)

Humpback and minke whales cavort and feed in the waters around the impressive volcanic island of Jan Mayen with its towering ebony peaks and broad black lava beaches. The primordial landscape is dominated to the north by the 7,500 feet high (2,300 meters) Mt Beerenberg, an active volcano covered in glacial ice that last erupted in 1985. With permission from the Norwegian authorities, a landing is possible at this rarely visited outpost. Visitors may walk to the research and weather station, or beyond, for birds-eye views of the meteorological station and the long black sandy eastern shore of the island. Birds to be seen here may include Atlantic Puffins, Northern Fulmars, and Snow Buntings.

Days 7-9 - Northeast Greenland (Greenland)

Remote, harsh, and breathtakingly beautiful, Northeast Greenland tales the breath way like nowhere else. Administratively, the area is split between Sermersooq and Avanaatta Municipalities and the vast Northeast Greenland National Park, the northernmost and largest national park in the world. So large is this protected wilderness that it is larger than all but the largest twenty nine countries on Earth, and only marine reserves are larger, in terms of protected areas. In the past, the area saw migration by waves of paleo-Eskimo cultures, all taking advantages of the rich hunting in the area, many migrating over the north of Greenland, and down the East Coast. Northeast Greenland is rich in archaeological sites as people followed the prey with the seasons.

Days 10-13 - Scoresby Sund

Scoresby Sund is the largest and longest fjord system in the world, and exhibits all the natural wonders Greenland has to offer. This labyrinth of islands, fjords and ice boggles the mind at every turn. Named in honour of William Scoresby, the English explorer who mapped the area in 1822, Scoresby Sund today hosts only the small town of Ittoqqortoormiit, although it has been inhabited by many Paleo-Eskimo cultures in the past. The area is incredibly rich in Arctic wildlife, hosting musk oxen, arctic foxes and a wealth of marine life including whales, belugas, narwhals, walrus and seals, as well as several species of sea birds, including King Eiders, Atlantic Puffins and several species of geese which migrate to the area during the fleeting Arctic Summer.

Day 14 - Ittoqqortoormiit

Less than 10 kilometers from the entrance to the Scoresbysund system, Ittoqqortoormiit (“Big House Dwellers”) lies on the southern tip of Liverpool Land, a low and rounded area compared to the steeper mountains further south or into the fjord system. Some 460 inhabitants call Ittoqqortoormiit, one of Greenland’s most isolated settlements, their home. Not counting the military and civilian researchers at Daneborg, Northeast Greenland, their closest neighbors actually live in Iceland.

Day 15 - At Sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 16 - Reykjavik (Iceland)

Disembark your ship in Reykjavik.

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, wildlife activity and ice conditions.

Price Includes

  • 15-night all-inclusive cruise
  • 1-night pre-cruise hotel stay
  • Day use of hotel facilities post-cruise
  • Zodiac landings and activities accompanied by the Expedition Team
  • Onboard lectures by the Expedition Team
  • Complimentary fine wines, champagnes, spirits, bottled water and soft drinks served throughout the ship
  • Butler service for all guests
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary parka
  • Onboard gratuities
Map for Greenland and Iceland Expedition