South greenalnd glacier

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Itinerary and Pricing

Small-Ship Expedition

Iceland to Greenland: In the Wake of the Vikings

Margaret atwood photo

Special Guest

Margaret Atwood

Author

July 13 to July 25, 2023

From $4,695 to $12,995 USD

Coming soon

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Margaret atwood

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Explore with Margaret Atwood

Since her childhood spent in the woods of Northern Ontario and Quebec, Margaret has been a passionate conservationist and a tireless advocate for birds. A deep believer in the power of getting people out into nature, Margaret has been travelling as a staff member with Adventure Canada for twenty years.

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
  • Day 1: Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Day 2: At Sea
  • Day 3-5: East Greenland
  • Day 6: Ikerasassuaq (Prince Christian Sound)
  • Day 7: South Greenland
  • Day 8: Hvalsey
  • Day 9: Brattahlíð
  • Day 10: Sermersooq
  • Day 11: Nuuk
  • Day 12: Kangerlussuatsiaq Fjord (Evighedsfjorden)
  • Day 13: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

Itinerary

  • Reykjavik icland north atlantic saga

    Day 1: Reykjavík, Iceland
    The Adventure Begins

    Iceland’s cosmopolitan capital, Reykjavík was established in the year 874 CE. Powered by geothermal energy, Reykjavík is widely considered one of the cleanest, greenest cities on Earth. Food, culture, and nightlife abound. The National Culture House preserves treasures like the Poetic Edda and the Norse Sagas in their original manuscripts. We depart Reykjavík in the evening aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

  • At Sea Greenland

    © Jessie Brinkman Evans

    Day 2: At Sea
    Set Sail like the Vikings

    Sailing west from Iceland, we are truly in the wake of the Vikings. We’ll be watching for whales and seabirds as we sail the Denmark Strait. Our onboard program will prepare you for the archaeology, history, culture, and wildlife that awaits us in Greenland!

  • East Greenland Glacier

    © Jessie Brinkman Evans

    Day 3-5: East Greenland
    Fjords, Icebergs, and Whales

    Our first view of Greenland’s east coast will reveal a coastline traced with innumerable fjords and potentially dotted with pack ice. Our spotters will be watching for iconic Arctic wildlife, such as bears, seals, and humpback whales. We’ll explore the remote reaches of glaciated fjords by Zodiac.

  • Ikerasassuaq Prince Christian Sound Fjord

    © Jessie Brinkman Evans

    Day 6: Ikerasassuaq (Prince Christian Sound)
    Mountains & Glaciers

    Joining the Irminger and Labrador Seas through the islands of the Cape Farewell Archipelago, Ikerasassuaq (Prince Christian Sound) is among the world’s most majestic waterways. Craggy mountain peaks tower over still waters fed by calving glaciers. We’ll make the most of our deck time, scouting for landing opportunities on the skirts of the mountains.

  • Gardar South Greenland

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    Day 7: South Greenland
    Kujataa UNESCO World Heritage Site

    South Greenland lives up to its namesake; the land is fertile and agriculture thrives. Farms and vegetable husbandry contrast with the barren ice that covers so much of the country. Jagged mountains rise from beyond green pastures, with sheep farms directly bordering ice fjords. Here we find the Kujataa UNESCO World Heritage Site, where Norse settlement history intersects with contemporary Greenland life.

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    Day 8: Hvalsey
    Viking Archaeology

    The settlement at Hvalsey was a major Norse centre in the early centuries of the last millenium. Hvalsey Church is the best-preserved Norse ruin in Greenland. The last known record from the original Norse colony is of a wedding held here in September 1408!

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    © Jessie Brinkman Evans

    Day 9: Brattahlíð
    UNESCO Reconstructed Norse Settlement

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Brattahlíð is in the most fertile part of Greenland and was the home of Viking explorer Erik the Red and his descendants until the 1400s. A reconstructed Norse church and Viking longhouse are featured here. Greenlandic Inuit now run the sheep farms originally worked by Norse settlers.

  • Sermersooq Greenland Zodiac

    © Jessie Brinkman Evans

    Day 10: Sermersooq
    Birdwatching & Zodiac Cruising

    The Sermersooq region of Greenland has a stunning myriad of mountain peaks, glaciers, and deep fjords. Our time will be spent on the western coast of the region, where records of human habitation stretch back over 1,500 years. We’ll explore by Zodiac or by foot, as landing conditions permit. We’ll keep a look out for nattoralik (white-tailed eagles), seabirds, and marine mammals, and enjoy the lush vegetation of southwest Greenland.

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    Day 11: Nuuk
    Museums, Shopping, and Cafés

    Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, bridges old and new. The old harbour region of town includes many buildings dating from the Danish colonial days, while contemporary Nuuk is known for art, shopping, pubs, and cafes.

    The Greenland National Museum is one of Nuuk’s many outstanding features; the world-famous Qilakitsoq mummies rest here.

  • Kangerlussuatsiaq fjord

    © Jessie Brinkman Evans

    Day 12: Kangerlussuatsiaq Fjord (Evighedsfjorden)
    Zodiac Cruise

    Defined by jagged mountain peaks, sheer bird cliffs, cascading streams, and calving glaciers, Kangerlussuatsiaq lives up to its Danish name, Erighedsfjorden which means “the fjord of eternity.” Whether by ship, Zodiac cruise, or kayak, a visit to the face of the glacier is truly a sublime experience.

  • Kangerlussuaq 01

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    Day 13: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
    A Fond Farewell

    Kangerlussuaq Fjord (Søndre Strømfjord) offers 190 kilometres of superb scenery as we cross the Arctic Circle. Kangerlussuaq, the settlement at the head of the fjord, is a former U.S. Air Force base and Greenland’s main flight hub. Here we will disembark the Ocean Endeavour and transfer to the airport for our charter flight to Toronto, ON.

Pricing and Cabins

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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Details

  • Small-Ship Expedition

    Iceland to Greenland: In the Wake of the Vikings

    Margaret atwood photo

    Special Guest

    Margaret Atwood

    Author

    July 13 to July 25, 2023

    From $4,695 to $12,995 USD

    Coming soon

  • Single Supplement: No single supplement on a limited quantity of cabins in categories 3 to 7!

    Once these cabins are sold, the single supplement fee is 1.5 times the berth cost.

  • Starts: Reykjavík, Iceland

    Ends: Toronto, ON, Canada

  • Flights

    • Southbound Charter Flight:: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, to Toronto, ON, Canada. Evening arrival.

      Price: $1,455 USD

Inclusions and Exclusions

Included:

  • Passage aboard the Ocean Endeavour
  • Applicable taxes and credit card fees
  • Complimentary expedition jacket
  • Contribution to Adventure Canada’s Discovery Fund
  • Special access permits, entry, and park fees
  • Expert expedition team
  • Guided activities
  • Sightseeing and community visits
  • All Zodiac excursions
  • Port fees
  • Pre-departure materials
  • Educational program
  • Nikon Camera Trial Program
  • Interactive workshops
  • Evening entertainment
  • All shipboard meals

Not Included:

  • Commercial and charter flights
  • Program enhancements/optional excursions
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Mandatory medical evacuation insurance
  • Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes
  • Possible fuel surcharges and administrative fees
  • Pre- and post-trip hotel accommodation

Incentives

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    Free Single Supplement

    For those who prefer not to share, we have a limited quantity of cabins in category 3 through to category 7 with no single supplement! Once these cabins are sold, the single supplement fee is 1.5 times the berth cost. Single occupancy in categories 8–10 is available at full double-occupancy rates. Can be combined with the Multi-Trip Promotion, League of Adventurers Loyalty Rewards Program, and 2023 Early Booking Bonus. Subject to cabin availability.

  • Multi Trip Promotion Icon

    Multi-Trip Promotion

    Receive 10% off the berth cost when you book more than one 2023 Ocean Endeavour expedition (excluding Antarctica). Can be combined with the Early Booking Bonus, Free Single Supplement, and League of Adventurers Loyalty Rewards Program.

  • Family Friendly Icon

    Family Friendly

    Children four years old and younger pay only for charter airfare—and children two years and younger travel free! Children must be accompanied by a full-fare adult. Can be combined with the League of Adventurers Loyalty Rewards Program.

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    Price Guarantee

    If Adventure Canada reduces the price of the berth portion of the fare of any expedition more than 120 days prior to departure, previously booked clients may claim the lower rate. For more information, please visit adventurecanada.com/guarantee.

  • Save 30 Under 30 Icon

    Save 30% under 30

    Save 30% on the berth cost for travellers under thirty years of age. Can be combined with the Free Single Supplement and League of Adventurers Loyalty Rewards Program.

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