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Experience Nature Like a Viking

Voyage from Iceland to Greenland with BirdLife International, Margaret Atwood and Ian Davidson

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Spot unique bird species in pristine natural environments

Expert guides put you where you are most likely to see wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for plentiful birds—including rare and endemic species—such as gyrfalcons, Atlantic puffins, dovekies, snow buntings, thick-billed murres, Arctic terns and maybe even an ivory gull or white-tailed eagle!

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Enrich your knowledge of Arctic conservation

Connect with BirdLife International Regional Director, Ian Davidson, and past Co-President of the Rare Bird Club, Margaret Atwood, during educational presentations and special events for BLI members. Learn, too, from Adventure Canada’s friendly team of approachable experts—ornithologists, archaeologists, geologists, cultural educators, artists and more!

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Support the next generation of conservation leaders

Part of every booking fee will go directly back to BirdLife International's conservation efforts, including our new Graeme Gibson Fellowship Programme. These fellowships will support and inspire the next generation of conservation leaders who will undertake the responsibility of securing the future of our increasingly fragile environment.

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BirdLife International members can save 15% off your berth costs when you book your place on Iceland to Greenland: In the Wake of the Vikings before January 28, 2021.

Up to $2,000 USD of each booking fee will be donated back to BirdLife International

How to Register

To reserve your place, contact Sheryl Saint at Adventure Canada at +1 905-271-4000 ext. 224 or by email at [email protected]


Iceland to Greenland Map 2021
  • Day 1: Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Day 2: At Sea
  • Day 3–4: East Greenland
  • Day 5: Ikerasassuaq (Prince Christian Sound)
  • Day 6: South Greenland
  • Day 7: Hvalsey
  • Day 8: Brattahlid
  • Day 9: Sermersooq
  • Day 10: Nuuk
  • Day 11: Kangerlussuatsiaq Fjord (Evighedsfjorden)
  • Day 12: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

Margaret Atwood’s Invitation Letter

As Special Guest on Adventure Canada’s 2021 journey Iceland to Greenland: In the Wake of the Vikings, I am delighted to invite you to join me as we explore this remarkable environment that is threatened so acutely by the climate crisis. Together, we will experience volcanic and glacial landscapes, and witness wildlife that is now—without the crucial interventions of organisations like BirdLife International—perilously close to disappearing forever.

Graeme Gibson and Margaret Atwood

The late Graeme Gibson, storyteller and poet Svanur Thorkelsson, and author Margaret Atwood, all Adventure Canada staff experts on our Iceland Circumnavigation, 2018.

This trip is particularly special for me as it will see the launch of a programme of Fellowships at BirdLife International, aimed at fostering the next generation of conservation leaders. My late partner Graeme Gibson and I were for many years Co-Presidents of BirdLife’s Rare Bird Club, and I am honoured that these Fellowships are being established in his memory.

Birds, Graeme once wrote, “are imagination and longing and spirit”. Throughout centuries, they have symbolised hope and enchantment. For Graeme and I, paying attention to birds impressed upon us the urgency of safeguarding their wonder and beauty for future generations. It also alerted us to the precarious balance between birds, their natural habitat, and the human world.

I hope that, by accompanying me on this journey, you too will have the opportunity to be moved by the extraordinary life of birds.

Margaret Atwood

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Breathtaking fjords define this seldom-seen region. Whales and seabirds are abundant here. Explore the ruins of a settlement founded by Erik the Red!


In Partnership with Adventure Canada:

Aboard Iceland to Greenland: In the Wake of the Vikings, BirdLife International and Margaret Atwood will be launching our new Graeme Gibson Fellowship Programme, in honour of the late writer and conservationist, and past Rare Bird Club Co-President, Graeme Gibson. The programme will focus on cultivating a range of critical leadership, communication and change management skills, to inspire the next generation of conservation leaders.

In support, Adventure Canada will donate part of every booking fee from BirdLife International members who travel on this expedition back to us, as much as $2,000 per traveller. This creative partnership will support the ongoing conservation efforts of BirdLife International, while connecting you to the beauty and wonder of nature that inspires us all.

Adventure Canada's Commitment to Safe Travel

In consultation with best practice recommendations from the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators and the World Health Organization, Adventure Canada has developed a set of guiding principles in preparation for the upcoming 2021 and 2022 seasons.

Learn more about Adventure Canada's Commitment to Safe Travel.