Iceland and Natural Wonders of Greenland

Iceland and Natural Wonders of Greenland

On this voyage from Iceland to Greenland discover the immense scenic and cultural variety of the world's largest island from the beautiful and fertile south with fascinating Viking history and the modern capital of Nuuk in a traditional Inuit society to the town of Ilulissay with its floating icebergs and UNESCO World Heritage sit, Ilulissat Ice Fjord.  All these spectacles and more await your unforgettable journey aboard the Ocean Diamond.

 

Starting from EUR 3,745 per person (triple occupancy) / EUR 4,895 (double occupancy)

Included in the price

  • accommodation in booked cabin category
  • all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • coffee, tea, and water
  • all Zodiac excursions
  • Charterflight Kangerlussuaq - Keflavik including transfer in Kangerlussuaq
  • all lectures from cruise staff and guest speakers
  • onboard entertainment program
  • usage of gym facilities

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Use your leisure time in Reykjavík to uncover the unique charm of the world’s northernmost capital or book one of our pre-programmes for a unique Iceland experience. The OCEAN DIAMOND docks in Old Reykjavík Harbor in the heart of the city, a five-minute stroll to the main squares, shopping and dining. The ship departs Reykjavík harbor at 6 p.m.     

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We begin our exploration of Snaefellsnes Peninsula from the cheerful town of Stykkisholmur in West Iceland. The peninsula is dominated by Snaefellsnes National Park which represents nearly every type of nature seen in Iceland. Adventurous spirits may opt to join an expedition to Snaefellsjökull glacier which sits atop a 700,000 year old dormant volcano and served as the mystical entrance to earth’s interior in Jules Verne’s novel, ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’.     

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Today we sail across the Denmark Strait towards Greenland, following the same maritime route used by Norse settlers more than 900 years ago. En-route you can attend fascinating presentations by our Expedition Team members to prepare for your visit to Greenland. Or of course, you can choose to just relax and watch whales, dolphins and seabirds from the deck of your cabin.     

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When conditions are favorable we travel along the 70 mile (112 km) long Prins Christian Sound which connects the Labrador and Irminger Seas. In this narrow, often ice-choked channel, we come so close to icebergs you can almost reach out and touch one. The force of Greenland’s massive, inland ice cap pushes glaciers towards the sea, where large hunks of ice break off and become floating icebergs.     

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Very close to the town of Narsarsuaq lies the small settlement of Qassiarsuk, founded by the legendary Viking rebel and leader Erik the Red. He named this area “green land” because the landscape around Qassiarsuk is characterized by inviting fjords and green, fertile valleys. During this stop you have the opportunity to learn more about the lives of the early Norse settlers and visit the reconstructions of a Viking longhouse and small turf church.      

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Learn more about the country and its peoples at the interesting presentations given by our knowledgeable and experienced expedition team. Enjoy the breathtaking nature in the Arsuk Fjord.      

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Nuuk is the capital of Greenland and its oldest town. Founded in 1728 by Danish-Norwegian missionary Hans Egede, Nuuk combines Arctic traditions and European urbanity. With around 16,000 inhabitants, Nuuk is considered a modern, bustling metropolis compared to the rest of Greenland. Visit the city sights on a walking tour that ends at the National Museum which exhibits the famous mummies of Qilakitsoq.      

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Keep a sharp lookout for seals, walruses, whales and other local marine life as we sail the Greenland Sea along the island’s scenic West Coast.      

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In the morning we visit Eqip Glacier and with a little luck witness icebergs calving into the fjord.      

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Uummannaq is considered one of the most beautiful towns in Greenland. Located on a small island about 300 miles (483 km) north of the Arctic Circle, this tiny, picturesque village lies at the foot of a heart-shaped mountain.      

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In the morning the OCEAN DIAMOND arrives in Ilulissat which means “iceberg” in Greenlandic, and with good reason as the town is located at the mouth of iceberg-filled Ilulissat Ice Fjord. The fjord has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004. Delight in the thunderous spectacle when icebergs break off from Sermeq Kujalleq glacier and plunge into the fjord. Sermeq Kujalleq is one of the most productive glaciers in the northern hemisphere and calves over 13 square miles (35 sq km) of ice every year.      

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Early morning we arrive at the 120 mile (193 km) long Kangerlussuaq Fjord and city of the same name. It’s time to bid farewell to the OCEAN DIAMOND