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+44 1756 706500

Viking Heritage Expedition

Explore mythical Iceland with its diverse landscapes and the small communities in Southern Greenland on this 14-night cruise. Includes overnight flight from Kangerlussuaq to Copenhagen.

Cruise Only
15 nights

Expedition Holiday
  • Puffins in Iceland
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Nuuk, Greenland
  • Greenland
  • Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Prince Christian Sound

Call us on 01756 706500 (+44 1756 706500) to discuss this holiday


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This fascinating 16-day expedition cruises from Iceland through the heart of Greenland visiting historical sites of the Viking era before flying to the vibrant city of Copenhagen. The spectacular scenery, fantastic fjords and the Midnight Sun provide a stunning backdrop to this expedition.

Embrace the natural beauty of Iceland including geysers, mountains and glaciers in Reykjavik before admiring the colourful puffins in Heimaey. Sail the spectacular Denmark Strait which was used by the Vikings to migrate to Greenland over 1000 years ago.

Bathe in the natural hot springs in Uunartoq, learn about the intriguing history of Viking Eric the Red in Qassiarsuk and explore numerous villages which were once Viking settlements. Visit Nuuk, the bustling capital of Greenland and enjoy breath-taking views at the Greenland Ice Sheet before flying to Copenhagen.

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Viking Heritage

Day 1 - Reykjavik (Iceland)

Embark Roald Amundsen in Reykjavik.

Day 2 - Heimaey

Also known as the 'Home Island', Heimaey is home to eight million colourful Puffins during the summer months as they return to this fascinating island to breed. Cruise through the narrow entrance which was caused by a volcanic eruption in 1973 before taking time out to spot the Puffins in their burrows.

Day 3 - At Sea

Cruise the remarkable Denmark Strait which was once used by the Vikings to migrate from Iceland to South Greenland over 1000 years ago. The Denmark Strait was also a WWII battleground, with the Royal Navy and German Kriegsmarine battling on the 24th of May 1941.

Day 4 - Umivik (Southeast Greenland)

Umivik Bay features breathtaking icescapes including extraordinary glaciers and icebergs. Today will be a very special day as the landing here takes place 131 years (almost to the day) after explorer Nansen stepped ashore in this bay to begin his pioneering crossing of the Greenland icecap.

Day 5 - Skjoldungen

Admire the awe-inspiring views of deep fjords and steep rock cliffs as we cruise to Skjoldungen Island; a currently uninhabited island which has been carved from Greenland by mighty glaciers.

Day 6 - Exploration Day

Today, the Captain and Expedition Leader will allow the weather to dictate the activity programme and will be on the lookout for exciting opportunities. It might be possible to land at Igdlukulik in Lindenow fjord or take a cruise among the icebergs.

Day 7 - Prince Christian Sound

Separating mainland Greenland from Sangmissoq and other islands of the Cape Farewell Archipelago, the Prince Christian Sound is 100 km long and very narrow; sometimes only 500 metres wide. Admire the spectacular scenery as you cruise through this long fjord system which features dramatic mountains and amazing glaciers. If the channel is blocked with ice, we will sail around Nunap Isua (Cape Farewell).

Day 8 - Uunartoq

Arrive on the small and uninhabited island of Uunartoq which boasts exceptional natural hot springs warm enough to bathe in. These remarkable natural pools are constantly fed by hot springs bubbling up from the ground below meaning they remain warm enough to bathe in, usually at 34-38 degrees, even in the harsh winter months.

Day 9 - Qassiarsuk

With green fields, thriving vegetation and bustling farmsteads, the region of Qassiarsuk is a welcoming contrast to the icy scenery of the arctic. Enjoy a guided walk through this intriguing settlement and learn about the fascinating history of Viking Erik the Red. Viking Erik the Red built his Brattahlid estate in 982 A.D. after being banished from Iceland. Erik settled in Qassiarsuk because the area was considered the most fertile place in Greenland when he arrived. Perhaps try optional activities such as kayaking, hiking, or exploring the town on foot.

Day 10 - Igaliku - Hvalsey

Explore the tranquillity and peace of the historic settlement of Igaliku which happens to be of the most beautiful villages in Greenland. Admire the landscape, take in the stunning views of the Igaliku fjord and perhaps visit the ruins of the Bishop's Palace and Cathedral which constitute an attractive relic of Viking period. The 27 inhabitants in Igaliku are very proud of their community and are happy to guide you through the village. Next, head to Hvalsey and explore some of the best-preserved ruins from the Norse period. The remarkable church of Hvalsey is thought to have been built in the 14th century. We use our PolarCirkel boats to come ashore to give you the chance to see the area for yourself.

Day 11 - Ivittuut

Today visit the abandoned mining town of Ivittuut which is a stronghold for musk oxen and was built on top of the so-called Norse Middle settlement. The Vikings settled into the area more than a thousand years ago however, written records of its residents have never been found which leads archaeologists to believe that this Norse settlement was the last one to be established and the first one to be abandoned.

Day 12 - Nuuk

Situated at the mouth of one of the largest and most spectacular fjord systems in the world, the capital city of Nuuk entwines old and new traditions. Perhaps enjoy a guided walking tour, visit the Greenland National Museum or admire the picturesque historic buildings as you stroll through the old town.

Day 13 - Kapisillit

Kapisillit is a small settlement of just under 100 people at the head of the Nuuk fjord. However, the real attraction of the visit to Kapisillit is the journey to and from the settlement. If the weather conditions are calm, the reflections of the mountains in the still fjord waters are simply breathtaking.

Day 14 - Maniitsoq

Explore the tiny yet extraordinary town of Maniitsoq which has been dubbed the 'Venice of Greenland' by locals as it is intersected by small natural canals. The town name means 'The uneven place' and refers to the many rocky knolls and small mountains shaping the structural layout of the town. Small roads and wooden stairs connect the colourful houses. Perhaps visit the Maniitsoq Museum for an intriguing introduction into the local history and culture or explore the impressive surrounding landscape. The area is perfect for kayaking and the humpback whales in the nearby ocean waters are particularly playful and love to show off with aerial acrobatics and tail whips.

Day 15 - Kangerlussuaq

Disembark the MS Roald Amundsen before joining a final excursion towards the Greenland Ice Sheet which stretches 1,500 miles north, reaches heights of up to 3,200 metres above sea level and boasts fantastic natural scenery. This evening, enjoy a BBQ meal before transferring to the airport for your late evening flight to Copenhagen.

Day 16 - Copenhagen (Denmark)

Arrive in the Danish capital this morning. Perhaps explore the vibrant city before you head home.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 14-night full-board voyage in cabin grade of your choice on the MS Roald Amundsen
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Wind and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings with Polarcirkel boats
  • Activities on board and ashore
  • Lectures with the Expedition Team

Price Does Not Include

  • International flights - we can arrange these for you, please contact us for a quote
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional excursions
  • Gratuities
Map for Viking Heritage Expedition