Greenland Explorer – Valleys and Fjords (15 Days)

Cruise Line: Quark Expeditions
Reykjavík, Iceland to Reykjavík, Iceland
Tour Segment  Cruise Segment
Reykjavík, Iceland

Arrive in the Icelandic capital this morning and make your way to your included hotel. You will have the day to explore the city on your own. In the evening, join us at your hotel for a welcome briefing.

Reykjavík, Iceland
Air travel
Akureyri, Iceland

You'll fly from Reykjavík to Akureyri to board your vessel and begin your expedition. Get ready for a great adventure ahead!

Skjoldungen Island, Greenland

Experience a true Arctic ghost town when we visit the abandoned settlement of Skjoldungen, where inhabitants were forced to move to larger, more accessible towns in 1961. The narrow part of Skjoldungen Fjord is an ideal place to explore by Zodiac. Those who opt for our kayaking program may have an opportunity to get out on the water to glide past icebergs and capture some great photographs.

Captain's Choice
Cape Farvel, Greenland
Tasermiut Fjord, Denmark, Greenland
Unartoq, Greenland

Climbers and mountaineers around the world know Tasermiut Fjord, one of the world's most prolific big-wall playgrounds. This part of Greenland is particularly dramatic, being nicknamed the Arctic Patagonia. A bit of a history lesson will be provided here as you learn about the settlements of the area, founded by Erik the Red. As we round Cape Farewell, the southernmost point of Greenland, we will call in at the natural hot springs found in the Uunartoq area, soak in the geothermal waters and watch the icebergs pass by.

Nuuk, Greenland
Evighedsfjord, Greenland
DAY 10
Sisimiut, Greenland
DAY 11
Ilulissat Isfjord, Greenland
DAY 12
Amerloq Fjord, Greenland

Heading north, you'll stop at some of the quaint villages that dot the islands and fjords of Greenland's western side. You'll find friendly faces, local artisans, and colorful houses on the wildflower-covered tundra. You'll visit Nuuk, the capital of Greenland and home to fewer than 16,000 people. You'll have time to wander the streets and see the Hans Egede Church and Hans Egede statue near the waterfront, both named after the missionary who founded the settlement. You'll also visit the museum to see the famous Greenlandic mummies. The nearby town of Sisimiut is an interesting place to visit, as there are more dogsleds here than humans. Evighedsfjorden, which means "Fjord of Eternity", is a favored place for us to put the Zodiacs in the water for some more in-depth exploration. This long deep fjord has very few settlements, so you'll come to appreciate nature in its rawest form. There will be an opportunity for hiking among the towering mountains, and you'll have plenty of chances to photograph the colorful tundra and dramatic landscapes. The west coast of Greenland provides many dramatic mountainous landscapes where fjords open into the sea. You will explore the Ilulissat Icefjord, home to one of the world's fastest-moving glaciers. Moving approximately 62 feet (19 meters) per day, the glacier provides you with a great opportunity to photograph ice crashing into the sea. Continuing along the Amerloq Fjord offers a chance for you to stretch your legs by exploring abandoned villages and ancient Thule sites.

DAY 13
Captain's Choice
DAY 14
Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
Air travel
Reykjavík, Iceland

Today, you'll board your direct charter flight back to Reykjavík, Iceland. Upon arrival in Reykjavík, we will transfer you to your hotel.

DAY 15
Reykjavík, Iceland

After breakfast, you can make your way home at your leisure or spend some more time in Reykjavík.

Greenland Explorer – Valleys and Fjords map

About the Ship

Antarctica Peninsula
Ocean Adventurer

This newly renovated vessel, formerly the Sea Adventurer, offers guests a new look and feel throughout, a forward lounge and observation deck to enjoy mesmerizing views, and technical enhancements – including two new engines – to improve fuel efficiency and minimize carbon footprint.

What's Included



    • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping

    • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage (Please inform us of any dietary requirements as far in advance as possible. Unfortunately, the ships’ galleys cannot prepare kosher meals.)

    • All shore landings per the daily program

    • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leaders, including shore landings and other activities

    • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program

    • Snowshoes available on loan for shore excursions on designated voyages

    • Formal and informal presentations by our expedition team and guest speakers as scheduled

    • Photographic Journal on DVD, documenting the voyage

    • A pair of waterproof expedition (Muck) boots on loan for shore landings

    • An official Quark Expeditions parka to keep

    • Life jackets and immersion suits

    • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock

    • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin

    • Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative reader

    • A group transfer upon disembarkation from the ship to the local airport

    • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program

    • All luggage handling aboard the ship

    • Emergency evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person

Not Included


    • For some specified departures, the purchase of a transfer package including charter or domestic flights, and hotels where specified, in conjunction with the expedition is mandatory. The applicable per-person cost is indicated on the Dates and Rates summary

    • Passport and any applicable visa expenses

    • Government arrival and departure taxes

    • Any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel before embarkation, when applicable

    • Baggage, cancellation, interruption, and medical travel insurance

    • Excess baggage charges

    • Laundry and other personal charges

    • Telecommunications charges

    • The voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew

    • On 50 Years of Victory, any private helicopter flying time that may be available for optional flights can be purchased at an hourly rate to be announced on board

    • Adventure options that are not included in the cost of the voyage

About Us

Quark Expeditions is uncompromisingly polar, specializing in expeditions to Antarctica and the Arctic and has been the leading provider of polar adventure travel for over 25 years. With a diverse fleet of specially-equipped small expedition vessels, icebreakers, and unique land-based adventures, we offer travelers unparalleled access to the most remote places on earth. The spirit of exploration runs deep in our polar pedigree and we are passionate about creating transformational experiences for fellow adventurers visiting these regions.

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