Explore Greenland and discover the whales and icebergs of the Arctic
Explore the real land of ice – Greenland. Take a flight from Iceland across to the world’s largest (non-continent) island and cruise around fascinating Disko Bay. Learn how to say hello at the small Inuit communities that call this arctic island home, cruise into the depths of the Itilleq Fjord, and do some hiking with a difference on the arctic tundra. Hear the roar of ice shards crashing into the sea from Ilulissat Icefjord, zip along the front of the spectacular Eqip Sermia glacier in a Zodiac, and then see a different side of the landscape with the colourful houses of Uummannaq. Hike around the volcanic rock formations of Qeqertarsuaq, kayak on perfect polar water, and look out for the whales that navigate between icebergs. For landscapes, culture and unforgettable wildlife, this is an Arctic trip not to miss.
Learn about Inuit culture in the traditional communities of Greenland’s western coast
Watch the birth of icebergs as huge glacial shards break off at the World Heritage-listed Ilulissat Icefjord
Get up close to the Arctic’s impressive wildlife, including whales, birds, seals and caribou
Climb aboard Zodiacs and kayaks to cruise – and paddle – up to glaciers, fjords and icebergs
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 trip notes for further important information 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 have a lot of stairs, so please hold on to the handrails if seas are rough.
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.
Arctic and Antarctic bookings have an increased deposit requirement of 20% of the full voyage cost (before any discount). The balance is due 120 days before departure.
If a booking is cancelled 120 days or more before departure - the cancellation fee is the full loss of the deposit paid.
If a booking is cancelled between 119 days and departure - the cancellation fee is 100% of the total price of the voyage.
Other fees may apply for air tickets and other arrangements booked in conjunction with a Polar voyage.
Kayaking is available to book on all Arctic voyages (except the North Pole). This must be booked prior to departure and incurs an additional cost. Spaces are limited so please enquire at time of booking. To participate in kayaking, previous, recent experience is essential. In addition, there are other included optional activities offered on some voyages such as snow shoeing and hiking. These activities do not need to be booked in advance and no additional cost applies.
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.
Strict luggage limits apply. Please see Trip Notes (What to Take) for more information.