NATURAL WONDERS OF GREENLAND AND ICELAND

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12 DAYS

Discover the immense scenic and cultural variety of the world’s largest island from the beautiful and fertile south with its fascinating Viking history and the modern capital of Nuuk in a traditional Inuit society, to the town of Ilulissat with its floating icebergs and UNESCO World Heritage site, Ilulissat Ice Fjord.

ITINERARY SUMMARY
DayPlaceHighlights
1Kangerluusuaq, GreenlandExplore Kangerlussuaq, embark Ocean Diamond
2SisimiutWander the streets of this busy town or hike to Tele Island for picturesque views of downtown
3IlulissatVisit the UNESCO world heritage listed fjord to see Greenland's most intoxicating natural spectacle
4UummannaqExplore the colourful town named after the heart shaped mountain that towers above
5QeqertarsuaqVisit this picturesque, colonial village, spot some whales
6NuukExplore the capitol of Greenland
7Ikka FjordZodiac cruise around this remarkable underwater world
8NarsarsuaqStunning Fjords and green fertile valleys
9Prins Christian SundCruise Prins Christian Sund see impressive glaciers and iceburgs
10At SeaRelax , unwind and enjoy the many facilities on board
11Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands)Explore the ruins at Heimaey, Bird watching, spot some whales
12Reykjavik, IcelandAfter breakfast disembark the Ocean Diamond for your onward journey
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SHIP OFFERING THIS ITINERARY

Ocean Diamond
Greenland Ocean Diamond Iceland Pro cruises only

The Ocean Diamond is a modern and stable expedition ship. She carries a 210 passengers in Iceland and Greenland, and with two stabilizers and an ice-strengthened hull, this outstanding vessel is ideal for Polar expeditions. The Ocean Diamond has 101 elegantly designed cabins and suites, all with exterior views, and expansive common spaces, a club lounge, and a spacious restaurant. The ship offers numerous adventure options, e.g. Camping, Kayaking & Paddle-boarding. After a full day of exploration, a seat in the panoramic observation lounge offers the chance to reflect on the day’s experiences.

Day 1 KANGERLUSSUAQ, GREENLAND

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Kangerlussuaq is a settlement in western Greenland in the Qeqqata municipality located at the head of the fjord of the same name (Danish: Søndre Strømfjord). It is Greenland’s main air transport hub and the site of Greenland’s largest commercial airport. The airport dates from American settlement during and after World War II, when the site was known as Bluie West-8 and Sondrestrom Air Base. The Kangerlussuaq area is also home to Greenland’s most diverse terrestrial fauna, including muskoxen, caribou, and gyrfalcons. The settlement’s economy and population of 512 is almost entirely reliant on the airport and tourist industry. Board the Ocean Diamond

Day 2 SISIMIUT

Iceland Pro Cruises - Sisimiut

With approx. 5,600 inhabitants, Sisimiut is the second largest town in Greenland. It is a modern settlement that maintains ancient traditions. The fishing industry still plays an important role. The natural harbor remains ice-free throughout the year which made it an attractive location for European whalers in former times.

Day 3 ILULISSAT

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This morning you will visit Ilulissat village in the fabled Disko Bay. Ilulissat is located beside the Ilulissat Icefjord. Delight in the thunderous spectacle when icebergs break off from Sermeq Kujalleq glacier and plunge into the fjord. Sermeq Kujalleq is one of the most productive glaciers in the northern hemisphere. You will spend the evening at the beautiful Eqip Glacier.

Day 4 UUMMANNAQ

Iceland Pro Cruises - Uummannaq

Uummannaq is considered one of the most beautiful towns in Greenland. Located on a small island about 483 km north of the Arctic Circle, this tiny, picturesque village lies at the foot of a heart-shaped mountain.

Day 5 QEQERTARSUAQ

Iceland Pro Cruises - Ilulissat

The small settlement of Qeqertarsuaq is located on the South Coast off Disko Island. In 1773 the first whaling base was founded. Whaling has been of great importance to the town over the past two centuries. Hunting and fishing are still the primary occupations for the island’s inhabitants.

Day 6 Nuuk

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With 16,000 inhabitants Nuuk is both the capital and the biggest city of Greenland. It combines Arctic traditions with European urbanity. Visit the city sights on a walking tour that ends at the National Museum, which exhibits the famous mummies of Qilakitsoq.

Day 7 IKKA FJORD

Iceland Pro Cruises - Ikka Fjord

Today you will visit Ikka Fjord. The underwater world is like no other, it contains a forest of remarkable mineral columns growing on the seabed. The columns formed over 10,000 years ago of the extremely rare mineral Ikait.

Day 8 NARSARSUAQ

Iceland Pro Cruises - Narsarsuaq

Very close to the town of Narsarsuaq lies the small settlement of Qassiarsuk, founded by the legendary Viking rebel and leader Erik the Red. He named this area “green land” because the landscape around Qassiarsuk is characterized by inviting fjords and green, fertile valleys. During this stop you have the opportunity to learn more about the lives of the early Norse settlers and visit the reconstructions of a Viking longhouse and a small turf church.

Day 9 PRINS CHRISTIAN SUND

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When conditions are favourable the ship will travel along the 112 km long Prins Christian Sound which connects the Labrador and Irminger Seas. In this narrow, often ice-choked channel, you come so close to icebergs you can almost reach out and touch one. The force of Greenland’s massive, inland ice cap pushes glaciers towards the sea, where large hunks of ice break off and become floating icebergs.

Day 10 At Sea, Denmark Strait

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Today the Ocean Diamond will sail across the Denmark Strait towards Iceland, following the same maritime route used by Norse settlers more than 900 years ago. En-route you can attend fascinating presentations by our Expedition Team members to prepare for your visit to Iceland. Or of course, you can choose to just relax and watch whales, dolphins and seabirds from the deck of your cabin.

Day 11 VESTMANNAEYJAR (WESTMAN ISLANDS)

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Located off Iceland’s South Coast, the Westman Islands were formed by submarine volcanic eruptions around 10,000 years ago. Surtsey Island emerged from the sea in 1963 and is one of the youngest land masses on earth. You will go ashore on Heimaey, the only inhabited island, where half-buried houses remain from a violent 1973 eruption. During the shore landing there is time for bird watching and you might even spot whales.

Day 12 Reykjavik, Iceland

Blue Lagoon Iceland Reykjavik

Sprawling Reykjavík, the nation’s nerve center and government seat, is home to half the island’s population. On a bay overlooked by proud Mt. Esja (pronounced eh-shyuh) Reykjavík presents a colourful sight-its concrete houses painted in light colours and topped by vibrant red, blue, and green roofs. In contrast to the almost treeless countryside, Reykjavík has many tall, native birches, rowans, and willows, as well as imported aspen, pines, and spruces. Reykjavík’s name comes from the Icelandic words for smoke, reykur, and bay, vík. After breakfast disembark the Ocean Diamond for your onward journey.

To book this cruise contact us on 1300 323 194 or email: contact@arctictravelcentre.com.au

We will tailor the perfect holiday to suit your needs.