South & West Greenland – Home of the Viking
aboard M/S Sea Spirit
Ex: Reykjavik – Iceland 20 May 2016
Ex: Kangerlussuaq – Greenland 6 June 2016
- 11 Days 20 May – 30 May, 2016
- 11 Days 06 June – 16 June, 2016
Day 1. Reykjavik (Iceland), embarkation.
Welcome to Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland and starting point of our expedition. In spite of the fact that Iceland lies below the Arctic Circle Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital of a sovereign state. However it is not the only feature that makes this city special. Not far from Reykjavík one can find geysers and waterfalls, mountains and glaciers. You may also visit a vast selection of restaurants, museums and shops.
Embark the Sea Spirit in the afternoon and keep an eye open for our first whales (humpback and Minke whales are most common) as we sail out of the picturesque bay.
Day 2 & 3 – At Sea
Day 3 & 4 – South Greenland
The Sea Spirit rounds Cape Farewell, the southernmost point in Greenland, and calls in at Greenland’s most southerly town Nanortalik. The town lies at the mouth of beautiful Tasermiut Fjord surrounded by steep mountains that flank an intricate fjord system. The name of the town translated as “the place with polar bears” says that these arctic animals could be often seen hunting on the sea ice outside of the settlement. The local open-air museum demonstrates the fascinating history from Viking and Inuit times to the present days.
The Uunartoq area is famous for its natural hot springs, where we can soak in the geothermal waters watching the icebergs pass by.
Day 6 – 10 – West Greenland
During the next five days we go north visiting some of the enchanting Greenlandic tiny settlements and exploring fascinating fjords of Greenland’s western side.
Visiting of Qaqortoq town gives us cultural, Viking history and nature experience. Placed in a beautiful hillside the settlement boasts charming colourful houses and excellent museum.
At Hvalsey we will visit the church built in the 14th century that is the best preserved of the churches in Greenland from that period. Here 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.
We go on traveling in the wake of the Vikings as our Sea Spirit is navigating through the picturesque Eriksfjord to the settlement of Qassiarsuk. The town was founded back in the 10th century, by Eric the Red following his exile from Iceland for murder. We will see the foundation remains of his manor house and visit the site of the first Christian church ever built in North America.
The town of Paamiut inhabited by the incredibly welcoming locals is justifiably proud of the church that is like a work of art. It is also an especially good place to spot white-tailed eagles.
In the capital of Greenland Nuuk we will have a chance to see the famous Qilakitsoq mummies at the Greenlandic National Museum and learn about urban arctic living.
Meet incredibly welcoming people at a cozy and quaint Greenlandic village of Itteliq.
Sisimiut is located 40 km north of the Arctic Circle and it is the southernmost settlement where there exists enough snow for dog sledding in winter and spring. You will find more dog sleds than humans in the town.
Day 11 – Disembarkation in Kangerlussuaq (Greenland); Air flight to Copenhagen (Denmark).
Our adventures finish at the port of Kangerlussuaq. We disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for our air flight to Copenhagen and further flight home.
Please note: flight from Kangerlussuaq to Copenhagen (departure 11:40, arrival 20:00) is not included. See flight details in a list of NOT INCLUDED services.
Dates and Cost
- 11 Days Ex: Reykjavik 20 May – 30 May, 2016
- 11 Days Ex: Kangerlussuaq 6 June – 16 June, 2016
|Triple Clasic||Main Deck Suite||Classic Suite||Superior Suite||Deluxe Suite|
|Premium Suite||Owner’s Suite|
THE ABOVE RATES
Plus FREE FLIGHT from Kangerlussuaq to Copenhagen on May 30, 2016 OR from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq on June 6, 2016
- Group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation;
- Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation;
- Shipboard accommodation;
- All scheduled landings/excursions (other than optional);
- Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team;
- All meals on board throughout the voyage;
- Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily;
- A pair of rubber boots on loan for shore landings;
- Welcome and Farewell cocktails;
- All port fees;
- Pre-departure materials;
- Digital Voyage Log;
- Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a maximum benefit of US 100,000 per person.
What’s Not included
- Airfare for flight to Reykjavik (Iceland);
- Airfare for flight from Kangerlussuaq (Greenland) to Copenhagen (Denmark). Flight SFJ-CHP; departure 11:40, arrival 20:00 – USD 457 per person;
- Visa and passport fees (if applicable);
- Luggage and trip cancellation insurance;
- Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations;
- Personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunication charges;
- Staff gratuities.
- In case fuel price increases significantly fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings.
How to book
To initiate your reservation, please contact us as soon as possible to place an option on the voyage and cabin grade of your choice. The Booking Form is to be signed, completed and returned to Adventure Associates along with your deposit. Reservations are established only when you receive written confirmation and acceptance of the deposit payment and Booking Form.
MS Sea Spirit
Sail aboard the luxurious Sea Spirit and you’ll experience the polar regions in grand style. Carrying a maximum of 114 passengers, this outstanding vessel, approved for polar waters, is equipped with rubber inflatable boats – called RIBs – for shore transfers and cruising, two lounges and a dining room, library/game room, gym and hot tub, satellite phone access in every cabin, email and internet. You have a choice of one King Size bed or two twin beds, in the most spacious cabins in our fleet. All have facilities en suite and exterior views. Deluxe cabins, suites and the Owner’s Suite have private balconies for viewing the extraordinary polar icescape.
- Triple – Classic: Picture window right in the hull, two wardrobes, two twins or a king-size bed, a pull out sofa bed (23 sq m average).
- Main Deck: Minimum of two portholes, two twins or a kingsize bed (20 sq m).
- Classic: Picture window right in the hull, two wardrobes, two twins or a king-size bed (23 sq m average).
- Superior: Walk-in closet and a large picture window opening onto an outside walkway, two twins or a king-size bed (22 sq m average).
- Deluxe: Sliding glass door leading to a private balcony and a walk-in closet, two twins or a kingsize bed (26 sq m average).
- Suite: Sliding glass door leading to a private balcony, a spacious wardrobe, a large picture window, two twins or a king-size bed (33 sq m average).
- Owners Suite: Spacious living room with game and meeting area, large bathroom with jetted tub, walk-in closet, one king bed, refrigerator, high-definition plasma TV/video player, BOSE stereo system, large sliding glass doors leading to a private sun deck at the bow of the ship.