Natural Wonders of Greenland and Iceland

Natural Wonders of Greenland and Iceland

The natural wonders of Greenland are the focus and heart of this voyage. Majestic icebergs in deep blue water will leave you speechless. The unique Inuit culture and Greenlandic wildlife are omnipresent and stars of this voyage. Whales and seals accompany the OCEAN DIAMOND while musk ox graze ashore. After crossing the Denmark Strait we are welcomed by Iceland’s West Coast and final destination Reykjavík.

 

Starting from EUR 3,495 per person (triple occupancy) / EUR 4,595 (double occupancy)

Included in the price

  • accommodation in booked cabin category
  • all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • coffee, tea, and water
  • all Zodiac excursions
  • Iceland ProCruises wind jacket
  • 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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Welcome to Greenland! Kangerlussuaq airport looks back on an eventful history: in the late 1940s this airport was a hub on flight routes between the U.S. and Berlin during „Berlin-Blockade“. Ocean Diamond anchors off Kanglerlussuaq and embarkation is conducted via our Zodiac-boats. The OCEAN DIAMOND will depart Kangerlussuaq at 8 p.m.     

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Learn more about the country and its people at interesting presentations provided by our knowledgeable and experienced Expedition Team. Enjoy the breathtaking nature in the Evighedsfjord.     

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

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Keep a lookout for seals, walruses, whales and coastal scenery as we sail Greenland’s waters.      

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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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In the evening we reach the small settlement of Qassiarsuk to anchor for the night. Qassiarsuk was founded by notorious Viking Erik the Red who named this area “green land” because of the inviting green valleys around Qassiarsuk. During our stop here you can learn about the lives of the island’s early Norse settlers and visit a reconstructed Viking longhouse and small turf church.      

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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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Today we sail across the Denmark Strait towards Iceland. This Strait was used by Norse settlers reaching Greenland 900 years ago. En-route you may opt to attend fascinating presentations by our Expedition Team.      

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Located off the coast of South Iceland, the island group Vestmannaeyjar was formed by submarine volcanic eruptions 10,000 years ago. Surtsey Island emerged from the sea in 1963 and is the youngest place on earth. We go ashore on Heimaey, the only inhabited island of the archipelago. Here the evidence of Iceland’s volcanic fury is on full display with half-buried houses in ash from a violent eruption in 1973 when the entire island had to be evacuated. An epic experience here is to play a round of golf in a sunken volcanic crater.      

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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      

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