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West Greenland Gems: Fjords, Icebergs, and Culture

12 Days | Be one of the few to explore the ice-coated fjords, glaciers and mountainscapes of this artic wonderland.

Polar
Wildlife
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CAD $15,150
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One of the most remote and pristine areas in the world, Greenland is one of those bucket list destinations. On this 12-day trip, you’ll get a chance to explore regions of the incredible coastline that aren’t easily accessible by road, from the comfort of your ship (your floating home away from home). You’ll get opportunities to step right into the action with hiking, kayaking and Zodiac excursions that take you closer to nature. Plus, you’ll explore fjord systems and glaciers that few humans have ever laid eyes on and marvel at the sheer enormity of this arctic wilderness. Learn about the culture, geology and wildlife of this pristine place on a trip that takes you further. Pull on your adventure boots, this is one to tick off the bucket list.

Trip overview

Map of West Greenland Gems: Fjords, Icebergs, And Culture including Canada and Greenland
Start
Toronto, Canada
Finish
Toronto, Canada
Theme
Polar, Wildlife
Destinations
Canada, Greenland
Physical rating
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Style
Comfort
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 1 - Max 199
Trip code
BQMWG
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Learn from in-depth presentations run by your expert crew that reveal the fascinating history of Greenland and teach you more about the geology, climate and wildlife of this region.
  • Be one of the few people to explore the Uummannaq Fjord, the second-largest fjord in Greenland, and traverse the winding valleys and channels that intertwine within the depths of the awe-inspiring fjord system.
  • Cruise the waters surrounding Disko Bay and keep your eyes peeled for the marine life that might like to join you (whales are often spotted here), then get closer to the action with opportunities to hike, paddle and cruise on Zodiacs to remote areas like Sermeq Kujalleq (Jakobshavn Glacier) or Torsukatak Fjords.
  • Get to know the locals and the local wildlife while exploring the region of Qeqqata in the middle of Greenland’s western coast. You might visit Sisimiut, where you can check out the open-air museum, participate in local tastings or join a hiking group to venture beyond the town limits.
  • Our fully equipped ship will act as your home away from home; giving you somewhere to relax, unwind and warm up plus, providing access to some of the most remote parts of the rugged Greenland coastline.

Is this trip right for you?
  • As you’d expect, temperatures in the Arctic are very cold. A warm parka will be provided along with waterproof boots and unlimited hot drinks, but you should also bring base layers and lots of warm clothing. Please see the Essential Trip Information for further important details about what to bring.
  • Weather depending, you will be making regular excursions in a Zodiac boat to explore the local area and look for wildlife. It can get very cold and wet on the Zodiac, so make sure you are dressed appropriately and that you keep your camera safe and dry. Sturdy sea legs are needed as you make wet and dry landings from the boat, and on steep terrain, snow and other uneven surfaces. Some ships also have a lot of stairs.
  • The weather plays a pivotal part in this adventure and although there’s an itinerary in place, there are no guarantees that you’ll be able to do everything that is planned for. A level of flexibility and openness to embracing the unexpected are important in expedition travel, especially to such a remote area.
  • This trip takes places during the time of year that Spitsbergen enjoys 24-hour daylight. Just one of the benefits of this is that incredible wildlife can be seen at any time of the day – be prepared to be woken at any time so as to not miss out on exciting animal sightings.
  • Polar bears are one of the most incredible and appealing animals on the planet, but they are also powerful predators with little fear of humans. Therefore, it’s necessary to be aware of the guidelines surrounding any contact with Polar bears. Follow your leader’s instructions and do not stray from your group.

Boats

Ultramarine
Ultramarine
BOAT TYPE: Expedition PASSENGERS: 199
If you’re looking to take your polar adventure to the next level, Ultramarine is designed to help you discover amazing new places.
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Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 17 August 2025 to 29 August 2025.

View the itinerary for departures between 07 July 2024 - 10 August 2024

Map of West Greenland Gems: Fjords, Icebergs, And Culture including Canada and Greenland

Inclusions

Meals

11 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners

Transport

Ship, Zodiac, plane

Accommodation

Expedition Ship (9 nights), comfortable hotel (2 nights)

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Important notes

In 2025 this trip will start and finish from Toronto, Canada.

Your voyage is operated by our sister company, Quark Expeditions. All accommodation and transfer arrangements as listed in the itinerary are also operated by Quark Expeditions or their local representatives.

BOOKING CONDITIONS
To confirm your reservation, a deposit of 25% (unless indicated otherwise at time of booking) of the total invoice amount is required at time of booking. Balances are due 120 days prior to departure.
Please refer to our "Booking terms and conditions" page on our website for all Quark Expedition terms and conditions. http://www.intrepidtravel.com/booking-intrepid/booking-conditions
 
ADVENTURE OPTIONS 
Kayaking is available to book on all Arctic voyages except on Icebreakers. Kayaking must be booked prior to departure and incurs an additional cost. Spaces are limited so please enquire at time of booking. Some previous, recent experience is essential. Hiking is also offered on some itineraries at no additional cost and does not need to be pre-booked. See the itinerary for Adventure options available on this voyage.

Essential Trip Information

Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Essential Trip Information provides a detailed itinerary, visa info, how to get to your hotel, what's included - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more.

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West Greenland Gems: Fjords, Icebergs, and Culture
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CAD $15,150