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  • Greenland under the Midnight Sun
  • Bruarfoss, Iceland
  • Reykjavik, Iceland

Iceland and Greenland Explorer on Silversea

15-day stay & cruise from £8,500 pp incl. flights

Exclusive offer: Exclusive tailor-made fly, stay and cruise holiday

Summary

In Brief

  • 4 Nights Reykjavík
  • 1 Night At Sea
  • 1 Night Skjoldungen
  • 1 Night Prins Christian Sund
  • 1 Night Nanortalik
  • 1 Night Qaqortoq
  • 1 Night Qassiarsuk
  • 1 Night Igaliku
  • 1 Night At Sea
  • 1 Night Nuuk
  • 1 Night Reykjavík

About

Recommended for:
All-inclusive | Exploration cruise | Natural world | Wildlife

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
London to Reykjavik

Fly from London to Reykjavik where you will be met and transferred to the 4-star Borg hotel for a 3-night stay including breakfast.

Dignified and imposing, Hotel Borg overlooks the beautiful square of Austurvöllur, in the heart of Reykjavík, across from Althingi, the Icelandic parliament and the cathedral. The Borg, which has become one of Reykjavik’s landmarks, is conveniently located within walking distance of variety of restaurants, businesses, souvenir shops, art galleries and specialty shops. The hotel's 99 rooms and suites, with Art Deco style throughout, are elegantly appointed yet offer an extensive array of modern amenities.

Afternoon at leisure.

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), with its ever-changing hues, Reykjavík presents a colorful sight, its concrete houses painted in light colors 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.

Meals: B

Day 2
Reykjavik

Reykjanes Peninsula & Blue Lagoon Safari Full-Day Jeep Tour.

Includes visits to:

  • Lake Kleifarvatn
  • Krísuvík
  • Geothermal area
  • Hot springs
  • Mud pots
  • Lava fields
  • Bird cliffs
  • The Bridge beetween the Tectonic plates
  • Reykjanesviti Lighthouse
  • Gunnuhver hotspring area
  • Blue Lagoon

Meals: B

Day 3
Reykjavik

Golden Circle & Langjokull Glacier Full-Day Jeep Tour

Includes visits to:

  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Walk between continents
  • Viking parliament
  • Geysir
  • Strokkur geyser
  • Gullfoss
  • Faxi
  • Off-road drive to Langjökull glacier

Meals: B

Day 4
Reykjavik

Transfer to the port and embark the ship.


Meals: B D

Day 5
At Sea

While we're at sea, enjoy wine tastings, designer boutiques, language and dance classes. Take in a matinee movie, check the market or your e-mail in the Internet Point, slip away with a novel from the library to a sunny chaise or with a movie to your suite. Or just take in the sun pool side. The choice is yours.

Meals: B L D

Day 6
Skjoldungen

Located on Greenland’s relatively rarely visited rugged east coast, Skoldungen Fjord has enchanting scenery with towering mountains tipped with snow, ice-scraped valley sides and sculptured icebergs in shades of white and blue. At the top of the fjord one can easily see the retreating state of the Thrym Glacier. The U-shaped fjord offers spectacular scenery and as an extra perk, it is not uncommon to see whales in the fjord.

Meals: B L D

Day 7
Prins Christian Sund/Aapilattoq

Connecting the Denmark Strait with Davis Strait, Prins Christian Sund offers a protected course from southeastern to southwestern Greenland, and is one of South Greenland’s most dramatic natural features. The water is generally placid and the crisp scent of ice fills the air. On either side of the Sund, waterfalls stream down sharp, wrinkled mountainsides. Depending on weather conditions, icebergs that glitter in the sun may be constant companions during the passage. Born of compacted ancient snows that formed glaciers and now calve into the sound at the glacier’s edge, each iceberg is different from the next.

Aapilattoq is a small settlement near the western end of Prins Christian Sund in southwestern Greenland. In the local Greenlandic language the name means, "sea anemone". This small village of 130 inhabitants, hidden behind a prominent rock, offers a good insight into the life of Greenlandic Inuit. A stroll through the village will reveal a small school and a church, along with the likely possibility of seeing a polar bear skin drying in the wind behind a local dwelling. People have lived off the land in the area around Aapilattoq since the 19th century. The tradition continues today as most people here hunt and fish to make a living.

Meals: B L D

Day 8
Nanortalik/Uunartoq

Nanortalik lies in a scenic area surrounded by steep mountainsides and is Greenland’s tenth-largest and most southerly town with less than 1500 inhabitants. The town’s name means the “place of polar bears”, which refers to the polar bears that used to be seen floating offshore on summer’s ice floes. Nanortalik has an excellent open-air museum that gives a broad picture of the region from Inuit times to today. Part of the exhibition is a summer hunting camp, where Inuit in traditional clothing describe aspects of their ancestor’s customs and lifestyle.

Uunartoq is a small island in South Greenland a short distance east of what once was considered the largest settlement in Greenland. The island has hot springs that were renowned as far back as the days of the Norse for their healing effects. Three naturally heated streams have been channeled to flow into a knee-deep and stone-lined pool. While one unwinds by soaking in the steaming waters, one can watch icebergs that either clog the fjord to the north or come floating by.

Meals: B L D

Day 9
Qaqortoq/Hvalsey

The largest town in southern Greenland, Qaqortoq has been inhabited since prehistoric times. Upon arrival in this charming southern Greenland enclave, it's easy to see why. Qaqortoq rises quite steeply over the fjord system around the city, offering breath-taking panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains, deep, blue sea, Lake Tasersuag, icebergs in the bay, and pastoral backcountry. Although the earliest signs of ancient civilization in Qaqortoq date back 4,300 years, Qaqortoq is known to have been inhabited by Norse and Inuit settlers in the 10th and 12th centuries, and the present-day town was founded in 1774.

Northeast of Qaqortoq and at the end of a fjord, Hvalsey is one of the best examples of South Greenland’s many scattered ruins from the Norse period. Today the area is used for sheep-grazing, but until the 15th century the settlement at Hvalsey, and specifically Hvalsey’s church, played an important part. Christianity had spread its influence throughout Europe and eventually had reached remote Greenland, where it established itself in the country in 1000 AD. Hvalsey Church was built in the 14th century and is the best preserved of the churches in Greenland from that period. Apart from the church walls, historical ruins from the time of the Norse are just a few meters away.

Meals: B L D

Day 10
Qassiarsuk

Qassiarsuk is the newer, Greenlandic name for this small village. Brattahlid is the older, Norse name. Here we tour the foundation remains of the manor house of Erik the Red, who found Greenland after being banished from Iceland and Norway for murder. We will also visit the site of the first Christian church ever built in North America (physiographically speaking), see a recently unearthed Norse graveyard that contains remains of 144 Norse colonists, and have a chance to admire Hans Lynge’s remarkable bronze sculpture of Erik the Red.

Meals: B L D

Day 11
Ittileq

Aboard the Silver Cloud, enjoy lunch as the ship cruises to Ittileq. From our landing site, we will walk the 4 kilometres (2.5 miles) to Igaliku where we will meet up with the 30 inhabitants, who are very proud of their beautiful village. With our local guides we will visit the ruins of Garðar, which was once the religious heart of 12th-century Norse Greenland.

Meals: B L D

Day 12
At Sea

While we're at sea, enjoy wine tastings, designer boutiques, language and dance classes. Take in a matinee movie, check the market or your e-mail in the Internet Point, slip away with a novel from the library to a sunny chaise or with a movie to your suite. Or just take in the sun pool side. The choice is yours.


Meals: B L D

Day 13
Nuuk

Nuuk, meaning “the cape”, was Greenland’s first town (1728). Started as a fort and later mission and trading post some 240 kilometers south of the Arctic Circle, it is the current capital. Almost 30% of Greenland’s population lives in the town. Not only does Nuuk have great natural beauty in its vicinity, but there are Inuit ruins, Hans Egede’s home, the parliament, and the Church of our Saviour as well. The Greenlandic National Museum has an outstanding collection of Greenlandic traditional dresses, as well as the famous Qilakitsoq mummies. The Katuaq Cultural Center’s building was inspired by the undulating Northern Lights and can house 10% of Nuuk’s inhabitants.

Meals: B L D

Day 14
Kangerlussuaq

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.

Debark and make your way to the airport for your flight to Reykjavik, where you will be met and transferred to the Borg hotel for an overnight stay.

Meals: B

Day 15
Reykjavik

Check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight to UK, arriving the same day.

Meals: B

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Pricing

Any element of this cruise can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Prices

15-day stay & cruise on board Silver Cloud (Silversea Expeditions) from £8,500 incl. flights

Departure: 5 August 2018

Vista Suite (VI): £8,500
Veranda Suite (VR): £10,300
Midship Veranda Suite (DV): £10,700

Exclusive tailor-made fly, stay and cruise holiday

Includes pre-cruise:

  • International flights
  • Overseas transfers
  • 3-night hotel stay including breakfast
  • Tours of Iceland as outlined in the itinerary

Includes on board:

  • Highly qualified expedition team with experts in their field (marine biologists, ornithologists, historians and more)
  • Excursions and activities, including explorations by Zodiac®
  • Complimentary expedition gear: backpack and water bottle on every voyage
  • Haglöfs parka for polar expeditions
  • Personalised service with a butler for all suites and the highest crew to guest ratio in the industry
  • Fine dining even in the most remote places of the planet
  • Comfortable amenities with the largest expedition suites at sea
  • Inclusive room-service, select wines, spirits and soft drinks throughout the ship
  • One hour free WiFi per day for all guests, and unlimited free WiFi for guests sailing in select suite categories
  • Onboard Gratuities
  • Exclusive partnership with The Royal Geographical Society

Includes post cruise:

  • International flights
  • Hotel accommodation for 1-night in Iceland
  • Transfers in Iceland

Other dates in 2018/2019 are available - contact us for details

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