Expedition Greenland
Reykjavik to Kangerlussuaq
August 22, 2017

Overview:

Depart Iceland’s coastal capital and set sail on this Greenlandic adventure. Days at sea give plenty of time for identifying seabirds and whale-spotting, while Zodiac cruises allow you to experience the massive glaciers and ice floes first hand. Dramatic rugged landscapes are perfectly balanced with picturesque villages during your 9-day journey. Aboard 132-passenger Silver Explorer.

Brief Itinerary:
Day 1: Reykjavik, Iceland
Day 2: At Sea Crossing the Denmark Strait
Day 3: Skoldungen Fjord (Thrym Glacier)
Day 4: Cruise & Explore Prince Christian Sound, Greenland
Day 5: Nanortalik, Greenland / Uunartoq Island, Greenland
Day 6: Qaqortoq, Greenland / Hvalsey, Greenland
Day 7: At Sea
Day 8: Nuuk, Greenland
Day 9: Maniitsoq, Greenland
Day 10: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

Interested in more information? Please contact Expedition Easy by telephone at 1-800-617-2319 or e-mail info@expeditioneasy.com.

Expedition Greenland
Reykjavik to Kangerlussuaq
August 22, 2017

Day-By-Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Reykjavik, Iceland
Embark the Silver Explorer and depart on your exciting 9-day expedition — “Expedition Greenland”. After settling into your suite and having attended a mandatory safety briefing Silver Explorer will be setting sail. Meet the members of your Expedition Team in The Theatre and attend the first of many memorable dinners in The Restaurant.

Day 2: At Sea Crossing the Denmark Strait
Spend the day crossing the Denmark Strait, which connects the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans. Meet some of your fellow explorers, attend a Zodiac briefing, and become acquainted with the luxurious amenities found on board Silver Explorer. Tonight, we invite you to attend a special Welcome Aboard cocktail party where at the Captain will introduce his senior officers and various members of the crew.

Day 3: Skoldungen Fjord (Thrym Glacier)
Cruising along Greenland’s rugged eastern coast, the Silver Explorer explores the Skoldungen Fjord. We will spend much of the day out on deck to take in the enchanting scenery: towering mountains tipped with snow, ice-scraped valley sides and sculptured icebergs in shades of white and blue. Upon arriving at the top of the fjord where we can easily see the retreating state of the Thrym Glacier Here we will have our first Zodiac-cruise of the journey, allowing us to explore this picturesque setting from a unique, up-close perspective. On our return journey, exiting this U-shaped fjord, join your Expedition Team out on deck to marvel at the spectacular scenery.

Day 4: Cruise & Explore Prince Christian Sound, Greenland
Our plan for today is to explore one of South Greenland’s most dramatic natural features: Prince Christian Sound. The water is placid and the crisp scent of ice fills the air. On either side of us, waterfalls stream down sharp, wrinkled mountainsides as we navigate the sound through a sea of icebergs that glitter in the sun. Born of compacted ancient snows that calve into the sound at the glacier’s edge, each iceberg is different from the next. Time and weather conditions permitting, we plan to set out via the Zodiacs to explore even more.

Day 5: Nanortalik, Greenland / Uunartoq Island, Greenland
Nanortalik lies in a scenic area surrounded by steep mountainsides and is Greenland’s most southerly town. The town’s name means the “place of Polar Bears”, which refers to the Polar Bears that used to be seen floating offshore on summer’s ice floes. Nanortalik has an excellent open-air museum that gives a broad picture of the region from Inuit times to today. At the summer hunting camp, Inuit in traditional clothing will describe aspects of their ancestor’s customs and lifestyle including an impressive kayak demonstration. Time permitting, we will enjoy the tradition of kaffe-mik (coffee and cake) and a folk dancing presentation at the Cultural Centre.

In the afternoon, Silver Explorer will drop anchor at Uunartoq. Since the days of the Norse, the hot springs here have been renowned for their healing effects. Take this opportunity to relax and unwind in steaming waters, watching iceberg floating by. Remember to pack swimwear! If conditions permit, we will have a Zodiac-cruise around the icebergs stranded found near Uunartoq Island.

Day 6: Qaqortoq, Greenland / Hvalsey, Greenland
This morning we arrive at the picturesque harbor town of Qaqortoq (pronounced ka-kor-tok). The town’s name translates to ‘white place’, but today, instead of snow, we will admire the hillsides of colorful houses painted in bright primary shades. Our local guide will take us to the charming town square, home to Greenland’s oldest fountain built in 1928. Surrounding it are two churches, one old and one new, an open-air fish and meat market, and the Qaqortoq Museum. This modest museum houses a superb collection of historical artefacts associated with Inuit hunting and fishing, a whaler’s gun and a collection of contemporary artwork. Qaqortoq is also famous for its street art: the Stone and Man open air gallery has more than 40 sculptures and designs carved into or out of local rock. During the town walk you will see quite a number of these objects.

In the afternoon Silver Explorer anchors off Hvalsey. Once ashore, we will learn how Christianity spread its influence throughout Europe and eventually reached remote Greenland, where it established itself in the country in 1000 AD. Hvalsey Church was built in the 14th century and is the best preserved of the churches in Greenland from that period. Together we will visit these historical ruins from the time of the Vikings.

Day 7: At Sea
Gather in The Theatre to hear fascinating tales of adventure or to learn about the region’s endemic wildlife and remarkable nature. Our knowledgeable Lecture Staff members are experts in a variety of scientific fields and their informative topics will prepare you for the many adventures that lie ahead. Binoculars and camera in hand, head out on deck to watch for marine mammals and to identify the seabirds that will follow our passage.

Day 8: Nuuk, Greenland
This morning we arrive in Greenland’s first town (1728) and current capital, Nuuk, which means “the heartland”. Our leisurely walk through this picturesque harbor town allows us to take in Nuuk’s natural beauty, and also to see Inuit ruins, Hans Egede’s home, parliament, and the Church of our Savior. At the Greenlandic National Museum we have the fantastic opportunity to see the famous Qilakitsoq mummies.

Day 9: Maniitsoq, Greenland
Greenland’s sixth-largest town (of less than 2700 inhabitants) is our morning’s destination. Its local name (meaning ‘place of rugged terrain’) contrasts somewhat with the name given by the Danish in 1782 (‘New Sugarloaf’). During our walk we will reach the small museum and old cemetery at the northern end of town and at the community hall will have an opportunity to see some of the local beadwork — souvenirs that take a lot of patience while they are being produced. But beadwork is not just for souvenirs and visitors — the national dress of the West-Greenlandic women uses a collar made of beadwork. Before we leave a demonstration of how to use a kayak might take place in the small harbor.

During the afternoon we will head north for Kangerlussuaq (formerly known as Sondresstrom). The Kangerlussuaq fjord has a length of 190 kilometers and at its end is the major airport of Greenland, which dates back to WWII and the American Air Force’s presence. While we cruise up the coast and enter the fjord, our on-board videographer will present his voyage-DVD letting you re-live the special moments and different adventures you will have had during this voyage.

Day 10: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
After breakfast, disembark Silver Explorer via Zodiac.

*Please note: This itinerary is subject to change. 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.

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Expedition Greenland
Reykjavik to Kangerlussuaq
August 22, 2017

Rates:

Contact Expedition Easy for Expedition Greenland rates

Rates are approximate until the time of booking. Please note rates are subject to change without prior notice due to circumstances beyond our control; i.e. fuel increases, currency fluctuations, etc.

Included:

– Onboard gratuities; Complimentary beverages served throughout the ship, including fine wines, champagnes, spirits, beer, bottled water, specialty coffees and soft drinks; in-room bar and refrigerator stocked with your preferred beverage selections; complimentary 24-hour room service and in-suite dining served course-by-course from The Restaurant; complimentary shoreside events on select voyages; complimentary guided excursions ashore aboard Silver Explorer; complimentary transportation into town in most ports of call; aboard the Silver Explorer expedition ship: select suites have verandas or French balconies; production shows and in-suite dining are not offered.

Not Included:

– Airfare; optional hotel accommodation; transfers and luggage handling; fuel surcharges; optional shore excursions; meals ashore; accommodation while ashore; security surcharges; items of a personal nature such as laundry, spa treatments or purchases from the ship boutiques. Some champagne, premium wine and spirit selections, caviar, cigarettes and cigars are not included in your fare.

Deposit & Payments

This itinerary is subject to the availability of all services at the time of making a reservation. No space is being held at this time. Please contact Expedition Easy for the full terms and conditions that apply. We are happy to answer questions and discuss your trip.

Reservations

To reserve space on a trip on the Expedition Easy website, please contact Expedition Easy by telephone at 1-800-617-2319 or e-mail info@expeditioneasy.com.

August 22, 2017