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On this voyage from Iceland to Greenland 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.
Duration: 12 Days
Welcome to Reykjavik! Feel free to use your leisure time and discover the world's northernmost capital! After, make your way to embark the Ocean Diamond. The ship will be docked in Old Rekjavik Harbour, in the heart of the city and will depart in the evening.
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 the youngest land masses on earth. We 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.Enjoy the scenery as the ship cruises through the fantastic Evighedsfjord. Learn more about the country and its people at interesting presentations provided by our knowledgeable and experienced Expedition Team.
Today we sail across the Denmark Strait towards Greenland, 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 Greenland. Or of course, you can choose to just relax and watch whales, dolphins and seabirds from the deck of your cabin.
When conditions are favorable we travel along the 70 mile (112 km) long Prins Christian Sound which connects the Labrador and Irminger Seas. In this narrow, often ice-choked channel, we 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.
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.
Today we 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.
With 16,000 inhabitants Nuuk is both capital and 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.
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.
In the morning we reach Ilulissat village in 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. We spend the evening at the beautiful Eqip Glacier.
Uummannaq is considered one of the most beautiful towns in Greenland. Located on a small island about 300 miles (483 km) north of the Arctic Circle, this tiny, picturesque village lies at the foot of a heart-shaped mountain.
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.
In the morning we reach the 120-mile (190 km) Kangerlussuaq Fjord and the town of the same name. It’s time to say goodbye to the Ocean Diamond.
|09 Aug 2020 - 20 Aug 2020||$3995 USD pp|
|Triple Cabin (T)||USD $3995pp||Contact us|
|Outside Porthole Cabin (P)||USD $5990pp||Contact us|
|Outside Cabin - Obstructed View (O)||USD $8415pp||Contact us|
|Outside Window Cabin (D)||USD $11410pp||Contact us|
|Balcony Suite (A)||USD $17355pp||Contact us|
Deck 3, approx. 205sqft/19sqm, double bed or two twin beds, additional sofa bed, private bathroom with shower, television, wardrobe, refrigerator, individual temperature controls, hairdryer, satellite phone access and two porthole windows.
Deck 3, approx. 205sqft/19sqm, double bed or two twin beds, private bathroom with shower, television, wardrobe, refrigerator, individual temperature controls, hairdryer, satellite phone access and a porthole window.
Deck 5 & 6, approx. 205sqft/19sqm, double bed or two twin beds, private bathroom with shower, television, wardrobe, refrigerator, individual temperature controls, hairdryer, satellite phone access and a picture window with obstructed view.
Deck 4, 5 & 6, approx. 205sqft/19sqm, double bed or two twin beds, private bathroom with shower, television, wardrobe, refrigerator, individual temperature controls, hairdryer, satellite phone access and a picture window.
Deck 4, approx. 398sqft/37sqm, double or twin beds, two convertible sofa beds, private bathrooms with shower, sitting area, television, wardrobe, refrigerator, individual temperature controls, hairdryer, satellite telephone access and large picture windows.
Deck 7, approx. 323sqft/30sqm, double or twin beds, private bathroom with shower, sitting area with TV, wardrobe, refrigerator, individual temperature controls, hairdryer, satellite telephone access, floor-to-ceiling window and sliding glass door to private balcony.
*Please note the ship deck plan slightly differs for Antarctic and the Arctic. For more information on the Arctic ship deck plan, please contact us.
*Contact us for list and prices of all optional shore excursions