Small-Ship Expedition

Iceland to Greenland: In the Wake of the Vikings

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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.


Greenland’s east coast still beckons explorers from Iceland. Breathtaking fjords define this seldom-seen region. Whales and seabirds are abundant here. Photographers, birders, and hikers will be in awe.

Bask in the geothermal springs. Explore the ruins of a settlement founded by Erik the Red! Visit a quaint fishing village and Greenland’s bustling capital, Nuuk. Sail mighty Sondre Stromfjord to Kangerlussuaq—gateway to the ice cap.

Sail west, like the Vikings: spectacular, surprising Greenland awaits!

Iceland to Greenland Map 2021


  • Skjoldungen Sound

    Follow the Norse explorers

    Iceland became a Viking kingdom as more and more Norse ventured Northwest from the British Isles and the Faroes. The boldest adventurers went on to Greenland—and so will we!

    • Cross the Denmark Strait from Iceland to Greenland, following the Vikings of old
    • See the sparsely populated, seldom visited east coast of Greenland
  • Southeast Greenland

    Glaciers and icebergs

    Greenland’s vast ice cap pushes huge rivers of ice—glaciers—down to the sea via a myriad of stunning fjords.

    As the glaciers meet the ocean, tide and temperature combine to break off icebergs, revealing unearthly colours in crystalline shapes. A photographer’s paradise!

  • Eric The Reds Church Reconstruction Brattahlid

    Vikings lived here!

    The Norse ruins at Hvalsey hint at the story of the Viking settlements of Greenland. 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.

    Another Norse site, Brattahlid, was Erik the Red’s former estate. Today, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Qeqqata Kommunia Kangaamuit Streetview03

    Experience Greenland’s unique blend of cultures

    The mix of Danish and Inuit influences is very evident in Greenland. Charming villages of colourful wooden homes reveal a distinctly Scandinavian sensibility.

    Yet these same villages are often surrounded by suburbs of barking sled dogs, and racks of kayaks stand by the shore. Hunters and fishers come and go with fresh seal, reindeer, or locally caught cod. It’s the authentic Greenland experience.


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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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