Explore two of the last unspoiled wilderness areas on the planet with the Under the Northern Lights: Exploring Iceland & East Greenland itinerary.
Cruising along Iceland's mountainous Vestfjords and Greenland's remote northeast coast, home to the largest fjord system in the world, you'll discover diverse and dramatically rugged landscapes rich in iconic arctic wildlife. Immersed in the untamed beauty of the Arctic, you'll experience Inuit culture firsthand lttoqqortoormiit, visit ancient Thule sites in history, and marvel at the majesty of massive icebergs and towering bird cliffs. If you're lucky, you may also catch sight of the spectacular northern lights dancing across the sky.
The Arctic has been inspiring explorers for centuries and our expeditions offer the chance for you to discover why. We're excited to host you on our unforgettable adventure! Feel free to reach out to our travel professionals, who can answer your questions and provide assistance
Day 1 Arrive Reykjavik, Iceland
Arrive in the Icelandic capital in the morning and make your way to your included hotel. You will have the day to explore the city on your own.
Day 2 Embarkation Day
This afternoon, you'll board your vessel and begin your expedition. Get ready for a great adventure ahead!
Day 3 Exploring the Vestfjords
Each region of Iceland has its own appeal for nature, bird and history lovers and the little-visited Vestfjords (Westfjords), where the land meets the sea in the most dramatic fashion is no exception. Exploring this rugged peninsula at the country's remote northwestern tip offers awe-inspiring vistas of mountains, fjords and towering cliffs. If we're lucky and conditions allow, we might cruise along Latrabjarg, known as Europe's largest bird cliff. In summer, these cliffs teem with puffins, razorbills, guillemots and more, but towards the end of the season when we visit, sightings will be more rare. Another possible destination is the quaint island of Flatey, where a replica of Iceland's largest medieval manuscript, Flateyjarbok, can be viewed in the library. The church here features murals symbolizing life on the island, including one of Jesus wearing a classic Icelandic sweater.
Day 4 At Sea
As we cruise north across the Denmark Straight, your Expedition Team will prepare you for the adventures that await. Learn about the storied history and politics of the Arctic, it's fascinating wildlife, geology, ecology and climate, and the incredible sights you will soon explore. The team will also search for the seabirds soaring around your ship, as well as the whales that frequent the waters here.
Day 5 to 12 Exploring Northeast Greenland
During your tour of Greenland's remote northeast coast, you'll enjoy Zodiac cruises and shore visits to several locations. Sail through the spectacular Scoresbysund, the birthplace of many icebergs, you'll immediately see why some say it's the most beautiful fjord system on the planet. Sites such as Frederiksdal and Sydkap offer opportunities to explore the colourful tundra and the remains of ancient Thule settlements. At the entrance of the sound is East Greenland's most northernly community, lttoqqortoomiit, where you may spend time interacting with the Inuit people and learning about their way of life. You may also have a chance to see the northern lights here if the skies are clear. Deeper in the sound, Rode Oya offers a picturesque locale for admiring the beauty of sky-blue bergs set against striking red sandstone cliffs. Magnificent vistas also await at Kong Oscar Fjord, with possible landings at Ella Oya, renowned for its rugged cliffs and ice-choked waters, and flower-rich Botanikerbugt, on Ymer Oya.
Day 13 At Sea
As your arctic adventure winds down, take in a presentation by our onboard experts, share photos, sip an icy cocktail in the bar or watch a movie - there are many activities during your time at sea. Your Expedition Team will also be on hand to answer any questions and point out wildlife.
Day 14 Depart Reykjavik, Iceland
You'll disembark in Reykjavik, Iceland's capital, at the end of your journey. If you have booked post-expedition accommodation, we provide a transfer to a central downtown location.
Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy—and excitement—of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.
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Under the Northern Lights: Exploring Iceland & East Greenland
September 8 - 21, 2022 | 14 Days
September 20 - 30, 2023 | 14 Days
Starting from Reykjavik, Iceland
Ship: Ocean Adventurer
From $9,455 USD per person
Leadership throughout your voyage by our experienced Expedition Leaders, including shore landings and other activities
All Zodiac transfers and cruising as per the daily program
All shore landings as per the daily program
Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board throughout your voyage
Select beer and wine during dinner, and coffee and tea and cocoa available around the clock
Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled
A photographic journal documenting the expedition
A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for the landings and Zodiac cruising excursions
Rates do not include:
Arrival and departure transfers
Passport and visa expenses
Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
Meals ashore unless otherwise noted
Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance strongly recommended
Excess-baggage fees on international flights
Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising or any other gear not mentioned
Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified
Phone and internet charges (connectivity may vary by location)
Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew
Additional overnight accommodation
Terms and conditions per Quark Expeditions.
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