Small-Ship Expedition

Iceland to Greenland: In the Wake of the Vikings

©Dennis Minty

In the Wake of the Vikings

The Norse originally set sail from Iceland in search of plentiful farmland, and their search was rewarded in the beautiful and fertile fjords of Greenland. Follow Erik the Red’s original route to explore this seldom-seen coastline, visiting important archaeological sites and modern Greenlandic communities along the way.

Map

Iceland to greenland in the wake of the vikings 2023 map

Highlights

  • Zodiac Cruise at the Foot of a Glacier

    © Jessie Brinkman Evans

    Witness spectacular icebergs, glaciers, fjords, and mountains

    Get up close to Greenland’s vast ice cap, which pushes huge rivers of glacial ice down to the sea through a myriad of stunning fjords.

    Watch as the glaciers meet the ocean and the tide and temperature combine to break off icebergs, revealing unearthly colours in crystalline shapes.

    This is a photographer’s paradise!

  • Hvalsey 02

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    Visit ancient Viking ruins and UNESCO World Heritage Sites

    Walk amongst the ruins of captivating history!

    Learn about the archaeology at Hvalsey that hints to the story of the Viking settlements of Greenland.

    Wander through Brattahlíð, said to have been Erik the Red’s former personal estate.

    For four centuries, Norse wayfarers managed to make a living as sheep farmers in this rugged land, building farmhouses, churches, and other trappings of European life.

  • Kangamuit Greenland

    © Dennis Minty

    Immerse yourself in Greenland's Inuit and Scandinavian cultures

    Enjoy the sights, tastes, and sounds of Greenland’s welcoming communities.

    Notice the mix of Danish and Inuit cultural influences that is very evident in the country’s architecture, foods, languages, and more.

    Stroll through charming villages of colourful wooden homes, often surrounded by suburbs of barking sled dogs and racks of kayaks standing by the shore.

    Watch hunters and fishers coming and going with fresh seal, reindeer, or locally caught cod.

  • A whale with a zodiac and iceberg in the backdrop

    © Dennis Minty

    Spot whales and seabirds in pristine Arctic environments

    Get your binoculars ready!

    Search for teeming wildlife in Greenland’s rich Arctic waters.

    Fin, humpback, and minke whales are all regularly spotted in the region and there are many more bird species to add to your life list.

  • Adventure Canada guest watch for whales and seabirds from the bow of Ocean Endeavour

    © Jessie Brinkman Evans

    Follow the route of brave Norse explorers

    Cross the Denmark Strait to see the sparsely populated, seldom-visited east coast of Greenland.

    Iceland became a Viking kingdom as more and more Norse ventured northwest from the Faroes and British Isles, but the boldest adventurers went on to Greenland—and so will you!

Ship

Ocean Endeavour Labrador

Ocean Endeavour

Our spacious, ice-strengthened vessel features twenty Zodiacs, advanced navigation equipment, and stabilizers. A doctor, paramedic, medical clinic, and enhanced health regime offer peace of mind. Roomy facilities offer comfortable travel with plenty of breathing room for all.

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