EXPEDITION CRUISE | CRUISETOUR

West Greenland – Disko Bay (10 Days)

Cruise Line: Quark Expeditions
Reykjavík, Iceland to Reykjavík, Iceland
Dates: 19 Aug 2018 - 28 Aug 2018

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DAY 1
19 Aug 2018
Reykjavík, Iceland

Your journey begins in Reykjavík, where you can explore the Icelandic capital on your own before spending the night at your included hotel.

DAY 2
20 Aug 2018
Reykjavík, Iceland
Air travel
Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

After breakfast, board your charter flight to Kangerlussuaq. You'll have some time to wander this small seaside town, situated in one of Greenland's longest fjords, before being transferred by Zodiac from shore to ship.

DAY 3
21 Aug 2018
Itilleq, Greenland

Today, you'll visit a typical Greenlandic village, the picturesque Itilleq. Delightfully situated in a hollow (which is the meaning of "Itilleq" in Greenlandic), it's surrounded by sea, mountains, and fjords on an island with no freshwater source. The small fishing and hunting community will welcome us and show us their way of life. Nearby, Itilleq Fjord is the perfect place to explore, as the colorful tundra bursting with wildflowers offers a vibrant contrast to the stark soaring cliffs.

DAY 4
22 Aug 2018
Ilulissat, Greenland

Adventure awaits you in Ilulissat (meaning "iceberg" in Greenlandic), a gateway to another world. Just south of this town is the beautiful Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home of one of the most actively calving glaciers in the world, Sermeq Kujalleq. We'll cruise in a Zodiac at the mouth of the fjord, and if you're lucky, you may witness the spectacle of calving ice. These young bergs float down the fjord to enter Baffin Bay and, years later, end up farther south, off the coast of Newfoundland. The town itself, founded in 1741, is so traditional that sled dogs outnumber the people and still have the right of way. Hiking trails offer stunning vistas of the bergs as they approach the bay.

DAY 5
23 Aug 2018
Eqip Sermia Glacier (Cruising), Greenland

Sailing toward the glacier Eqip Sermia rewards with breathtaking views of one of the most photographed places in Greenland. We hope to Zodiac cruise from a safe distance, tracing the spectacular jagged gleaming-blue glacier front. We may also stop nearby for a shore landing.

DAY 6
24 Aug 2018
Uummannaq, Greenland
Qilakitsoq, Greenland

Have your camera ready and be out on deck as the ship approaches Uummannaq (which means "heart-like"), named for the heart-shaped mountain that towers over the town. It's a breathtaking vista you won't want to miss. Founded as a Danish colony in 1758 on the mainland, the settlement was moved five years later to this nearby island, where seal hunting was more plentiful. Marvel at the traditional colorful houses perched atop the rugged terrain as you wander through the town. Nearby Qilakitsoq is the where the remains of eight fully dressed mummies were discovered in 1972 under a rock outcrop by two brothers out hunting for grouse. The ruins of several buildings can be found not far from the graves. The world-famous mummies, which date back to 1475 AD, can now be viewed at the Greenland National Museum in Nuuk.

DAY 7
25 Aug 2018
Qeqertarsuaq, Greenland

The town of Qeqertarsuaq (also the name of the island it's on) is one of Greenland's oldest, founded in 1773 as a whaling station. Today, although whaling still occurs, sealing and fishing are more predominant. Particularly rich with marine life, the waters around the island play host to humpback, fin, and minke whales. Coupled with the abundance of icebergs the area boasts, whale watching here is especially awe inspiring. Just as mesmerizing is the varied volcanic landscape, a combination of lush hilltops, red-tinged basalt mountains, hot springs, and incredible rock figures.

DAY 8
26 Aug 2018
Sisimiut, Greenland

Today, you'll have time to explore the 18th-century colonial buildings of Sisimiut and also watch a demonstration of traditional kayaking. Be sure to wander the historic area, where you can pass under the large arch formed by a pair of bowhead whale bones. There will also be an opportunity to hike amongst the soaring mountains that surround the town.

DAY 9
27 Aug 2018
Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
Air travel
Reykjavík, Iceland

After bidding goodbye to your Expedition Team, you'll take a direct charter flight back to Reykjavík, Iceland, where we will transfer you to your included hotel.

DAY 10
28 Aug 2018
Reykjavík, Iceland

You can make your way home at your leisure or spend some more time exploring Reykjavík.

West Greenland – Disko Bay 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

Included

  • ON ALL SHIPS, RATES INCLUDE:

    • 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

  • RATES SPECIFICALLY DO NOT INCLUDE:

    • 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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