Greenland Explorer: Valleys and Fjords

Arctic Journey Aboard the Sea Adventurer

Greenland Explorer: Valleys and Fjords route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $6995  
Length: 15 days
Arrive: Reykjavik, Iceland
Depart: Copenhagen, Denmark
Lodging: 13 nights aboard a deluxe 110-guest vessel, plus 2 nights hotel
Meals: All breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks on board
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Small Ship Cruising, Sea Kayaking
Trip Level: 14-day cruise, cultural explorations and walking tours


  • Meet locals on the western coast of Greenland and explore traditional Inuit settlements
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage site Ilulissat Icefjjord
  • Historic places from Norse and Viking era
  • Arctic wildlife from whales and seals to birds
  • Hiking and sea kayaking options

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

Pre-Departure Information

Once you have signed up on the trip, we send a complete packing list, relevant health information, and required travel documents.

Greenland is Europe’s final frontier; its grandeur is unquestionable and yet is unknown to most travelers. Sailing Greenland’s coast is the best way to sample the rich history and diversity of this beautiful and dramatic country and to encounter an ancient culture surviving in a modern world. Along the way, visit the World Heritage Site of Ilulissat Icefjord, explore historic Norse and Viking settlements, and watch for Arctic wildlife from whales and seals to rich birdlife.


Day 1
Embarkation Day in Reykjavik

Arrive in the Icelandic capital this morning and transfer to our included hotel. You will have the day on your own to explore the city. Join us at the hotel in the evening for a welcome reception and orientation.

Day 2
At Sea

Bid farewell to Iceland, as your expedition heads east towards Greenland.

Days 3-4
East Greenland

Experience a true Arctic ghost town when we visit the abandoned Skoldungen settlement, where inhabitants were forced to move to larger, more accessible towns in 1961. The narrow part of Skoldungenfjord is a great 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 get some great photographs.

Days 5-7
South Greenland

Climbers and mountaineers around the world know Tasermiut Fjord, known as ne of the world’s most prolific big wall playgrounds. This part of Greenland is one of the most 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 in 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.

Days 8-13
Greenland’s West Coast

Heading north, we’ll stop in at some of the quaint Greenlandic villages that dot the islands and fjords of Greenland’s western side. We’ll find friendly faces, local artisans and colorful houses on the wildflower-covered tundra. We’ll visit Nuuk, the capital of Greenland yet 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, 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 dog sleds here than humans.  Evighedsfjorden, meaning 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 coast of Greenland provides many dramatic, mountainous landscapes where fjords open into the sea. We will explore Ilulissat Icefjord, home to one of the world’s fastest moving glaciers. Moving approximately 19m per day, the glacier here provides you with a great opportunity to capture ice crashing into the sea. Continuing along abandoned villages and ancient Thule sites.

Day 14
Disembarkation in Kangerlussuaq

Today you’ll board your direct charter flight back to Copenhagen, Denmark. Upon arrival in Copenhagen, we will transfer you to your hotel.

Note: This cruise is not exclusive to, nor operated by, Wilderness Travel, who acts solely as agent in booking your reservation with the ship operator. The itinerary, lecturers, and all other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the cruise line.

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What the Trip is Like

This trip is level 1, Easy. For most activities, a relatively moderate level of exertion is required. You will need to climb into and out of Zodiacs for excursions ashore and walk one to three miles over sometimes rough terrain such as cobblestones and uneven, rocky beaches. We have designed shore excursions to accommodate both those who wish moderate strolls and those who prefer more active hikes. Flexibility is a must, as itineraries are subject to change, and landings may be tidal or weather dependent.

Explanation of Trip Levels



Aug 6-20, 2015  Sea Adventurer

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2015

Cruise Rates by Cabin Category
Per person, double occupancy

CategoriesCruise Price
Triple $6,995
Lower Deck Twin $7,795
Main Deck Porthole Twin $8,695
Main Deck Window Twin $10,495
Superior Twin $11,495
Deluxe Twin $12,495
Suite Twin $13,495
Kayaking (limited availability): $595
Mandatory Transfer Package: $1450

Trip Payment Schedule*

At time of reservation: 20% of trip cost
130 days prior to departure: Balance

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule*

Minimum fee: $1000 per person
179-120 days prior to departure: 20% of trip cost
119 days or less: 100% of trip cost

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Deck Plan


Trip Cost Includes:

  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks on board
  • All shore landings per the daily program
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by experienced Expedition Leader
  • Daily program of lectures by noted naturalists, historians and scientists
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
  • Formal and informal presentations by Expedition Team and Special Guests as scheduled
  • Photographic Journal on DVD, documenting the voyage
  • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
  • An official Quark Expeditions® parka to keep
  • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
  • Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin
  • Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Arctic Reader
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All luggage handling aboard ship
  • On embarkation day, transfer from your hotel to the ship
  • On disembarkation day, group transfer from the ship to the included hotel
  • Pre-expedition hotel night Reykjavik
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person
  • Greenland voyages Cruise Passenger Tax

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

  • Charter flight from Kangerlussuaq to Copenhagen
  • International airfare
  • Passport and any applicable visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
  • Any meals ashore
  • 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
  • Any overnight accommodation required due to flight connections
  • Optional kayaking activities and Ilulissat Icefjord Glacier helicopter excursion

Arrival & Departure Information

Arrival & Meeting Place
Reykjavik, Iceland
Date: August 6, 2015
Flight arrival: Anytime

Suggested arrival airport
Reykjavik, Iceland (KEF)

Arrive Reykjavik anytime on Day 1 of the trip (August 6, 2015).  Transfer on your own to the Grand Hotel Reykjavik and overnight.  The overnight is included in the cruise price.  Embarkation will take place on Day 2.

Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
Date: August 19, 2015
Disembarkation: 9:00am
Charter flight to Copenhagen (flight time to be announced)

Suggested departure airport
Copenhagen, Denmark (CPH)
Date: August 20, 2015
Flight departure: Anytime

Passengers disembark on Day 14 (August 19, 2015) in Kangerlussuaq and fly to Copenhagen on a charter flight.  Overnight at the Hilton Airport Hotel is included in cruise price.  You may book your departing flights home anytime on Day 15 (August 20, 2015).

Expedition Details

A valid passport is required for traveling on this trip.  Be sure to check the expiration date.  Your passport must be valid for six months after the conclusion of your trip.  It is a good idea to carry photocopies of your passport photo page in case your passport is lost or as an additional piece of identification, as well as two extra passport photos.

No visa is required for US Citizens traveling to Iceland or Greenland.

We recommend checking the Center for Disease Control at should you have any international health concerns.

No vaccines are required for this trip.

Sea Adventurer

The 117-guest Sea Adventurer is an expedition ship equipped with stabilizers and an ice-strengthened hull that allow her to navigate easily in the most rugged environments. Each cabin has an ocean view, individually controlled heat/air conditioner, an in-room music system, and en suite bathroom facilities. Public spaces on board include a window-lined dining room that seats all guests at leisurely single seatings, a spacious lounge, polar library, gift shop, laundry, and small gym. A fleet of Zodiacs permits landing anywhere nature or curiosity dictates.