CLASSIC GREENLAND COASTAL VOYAGE
One of the world’s most interesting sea voyages, the Arctic Umiaq Line sails along the west coast of Greenland. It offers its passengers an unparalleled opportunity to witness Greenlandic village life during its en route stops, and savour the magnificent scenery of this rugged coastline.
- Golden Circle, Iceland – ancient Viking Parliament area, Gullfoss and geysirs
- Be awestruck by the enormous icebergs floating in Disko Bay
- Explore the beautiful, small town of Ilulissat
- Take a walking tour of Sisimiut, one of the many communities located on Greenland’s west coast
- Visit the National Museum of Greenland in Nuuk, featuring the Qilakitsoq mummies
AT A GLANCE
DAY 1: WELCOME TO ICELAND
Arrive to Iceland
Arrive at Keflavik International Airport and transfer to your central Reykjavik hotel for a two-night stay. The balance of the day is free to explore the city, take a city tour in the afternoon, or one of the many available activity tours such as whale watching, cycling, or horseback riding.
|Transportation: Transfer from the Airport|
DAY 2: EXPLORE THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
Golden Circle Tour
A full day Golden Circle tour, visiting some of Iceland’s iconic sights; the ancient parliament site of Thingvellir, the waterfall at Gullfoss and the dramatic hot springs at Geysir. Time in the evening to find one of Reykjavik’s wonderful restaurants, and enjoy the late summer-evening light as you explore the city.
|Tour: Golden Circle Tour|
DAY 3: JOURNEY TO GREENLAND
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Reserve
Transfer on your own to the Reykjavik airport in the morning for the direct flight to Ilulissat, where you will stay for three nights at Hotel Arctic in the beautiful town of Ilulissat. You will be met at the airport on arrival by a local guide and transferred to the hotel for check-in and an orientation meeting. The hotel is a short walk from the town centre and also runs a shuttle service into and out of town. During a guided walking tour through the town, the guide will tell you about the history of Ilulissat. You will visit the old part of town and see buildings from the start of the Danish trading station, the busy fishing harbour, the old church, and the museum, with entry included. Tour will take about 1.5 hours, including the transfer from the hotel.
|Tour: Guided Tour of Illulissat|
Transportation: Fly from Reykjavik to Ilulissat
Accommodations: Hotel Arctic
The town of Ilulissat is known for the giant icebergs floating in the bay and is home to the UNESCO designated Ilulissat Ice Fjord. This is the third-largest town in Greenland and a place where modern life meets traditional lifestyle, 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.
DAYS 4 – 5: CHOOSE YOUR OWN ILULISSAT ADVENTURE
Optional Choice for Ilulissat Adventure
In Illulissat with free time to take one of the many optional excursions available, including the dramatic boat tour to the face of the Eqi Glacier or simply hiking to one of the local Greenlandic settlements. There are ample opportunities to enjoy Greenlandic life while you are staying in Ilulissat, and we are sure that you will love your time there.
|Tour: Optional Choice for Ilulissat Adventure|
Optional excursions during stay in Ilulissat (pre-booking recommended to ensure the tours of your choice, as most tours sell out):
Ilulissat City Walk (3 hours)
Hike to Sermermiut (3 hours)
Hunter’s Settlement, Ilimanaq (6 hours)
Hunter’s Settlement, Rodebay (6 hours)
Midnight Cruise to the Ice Fjord (3 hours)
Home Visit (2 hours)
Calving Glacier Eqi and Ataa (6-7 hours)
Fishing Tour (6 hours)
Feed the Huskies (1 hour)
Whale Safari (5 hours)
Deluxe Flight over the Ice Fjord (1 hour)
Ice Fjord Photo Sightseeing (35 minutes)
Northern Glacier Photo Sightseeing (45 minutes)
Hike on the Cecily Trail (8 hours)
DAY 6: BOARD THE SARFAQ ITTUK FOR YOUR JOURNEY TO NUUK
Sail to Aasiaat
One of the world’s most interesting sea voyages, the Arctic Umiaq Line, sails along the west coast of Greenland, and offers its passengers an unparalleled opportunity to witness Greenlandic village life during its en route stops, and savour the magnificent scenery of this rugged coastline.
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.
|Tour: Sail to Aasiaat|
Transfer provided from your hotel to the pier to board the Sarfaq Ittuk this afternoon for the sailing south to Nuuk. This ship, a vital link for the Greenlandic coast, and the primary inter-community vessel will take you south for the next 36 hours. You will have a comfortable outside, twin cabin. While not extravagant, the on-board restaurant and lounge offer good food for purchase (not included in your tour price) and the chance to mix with both local travellers and others touring this remote and gorgeous destination. There will be a short stop in Aasiaat.
The Sea Voyage: Meet the local population travelling 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 harbour 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. Meal plans are available for pre-purchase for the duration of your coastal voyage, saving you vs. purchasing them a la carte and paying locally. Please ask us for meal plan options.
DAY 7: EXPLORE SISIMIUT, KANGAAMIUT AND MANITSOQ
Sisimiut – Kangaamiut – Manitsoq
The ship will stop today at Sisimiut, Kangaamiut and Manitsoq, offering you the chance to disembark and explore these communities, each quite different from the other. Catch a glimpse into the daily life of Greenlanders in their remote and picturesque communities.
|Tour: Sisimiut – Kangaamiut – Manitsoq|
DAY 8: ARRIVE TO THE CAPITAL OF GREENLAND
City Tour of Nuuk
Arrive in Nuuk, the Greenlandic capital, in the early morning and transfer to the Hotel Hans Egede for a one-night stay.
Enjoy a city tour of Nuuk including a visit to the museum. You will go to the Colonial Harbour and visit the National Museum, which features the famous Qilakitsoq mummies, national costumes and the qajaq. You will also visit Our Saviour’s Church, built in 1849, the Parliament and the Atlantic harbour. The tour ends at Katuaq, the cultural centre of the town. The tour takes about 2 hours.
|Tour: City Tour of Nuuk|
You will have the balance of the day to explore the city. This fascinating town of contrasts, will offer you a glimpse of old Greenlandic culture and at the same time show you a modern capital with shopping possibilities, good restaurants and the beautiful Arctic nature just outside town.
DAY 9: ENJOY THE MORNING IN NUUK BEFORE RETURNING TO REYKJAVIK
Morning in Nuuk
Today is free time until the transfer departs from the hotel to the airport to catch the flight to Reykjavik. Make your own way by taxi or bus to your central Reykjavik hotel for your overnight.
|Tour: Morning in Nuuk|
Transportation: Fly to Reykjavik
DAY 10: SAY GOODBYE TO ICELAND AND GREENLAND
Depart from Iceland
After breakfast check out of your hotel and take the included transfer bus to Keflavik airport to catch your flight home. Direct and private transfers are also available – please ask for customized pricing.
Optional tour in Reykjavik (pre-booking is required due to limited, timed entry): Blue Lagoon Spa including transportation from Reykjavik, entrance to the spa and transfer to the airport – various packages available.
|Tour: Depart from Iceland|
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