Natural Wonders of Iceland and Greenland

009445 - W20

On these voyages from Iceland to Greenland or in reverse from Greenland to Iceland, you will discover the immense scenic and cultural variety of the world’s largest island and experience the differences in culture and geography of these two neighbouring North Atlantic countries.

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Itinerary
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Highlights
  • Watch whales, dolphins and seabirds from the deck of your ship
  • The Ilulissat Ice Fjord: a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • The National Museum in Nuuk, which exhibits the famous mummies of Qilakitsoq
  • Tour a settlement founded by Erik the Red
  • Golf in a sunken volcano crater
Details

2018 Dates:
Season C: 22 July – 02 August (Reykjavik to Kangerlussuaq)
Season C: 23 August – 03 September (Kangerlussuaq to Reykjavik)

As availability on travel programs changes frequently, please contact us for the most up to date availability on the trip you are interested in.

2018 Prices:
Season C
Cat. T, Deck 3, Triple Cabin with porthole – US$3,995  US$2,995
Cat. P, Deck 3, Double Cabin with porthole – US$5,595  US$4,595
Cat. O, Deck 5 & 6, Double Cabin with obstructed view – US$7,270  US$5,815
Cat. D, Deck 4, 5 & 6, Double Cabin with panorama window – US$8,995  US$7,185
Cat. B, Deck 4, Double Cabin with panorama window – US$12,400  US$9,920
Cat. A, Deck 7, Double Balcony Cabin – US$15,390  US$12,315

Early Booking Prices reflected are valid for all new bookings made and paid by the 28 February, 2018, subject to cabin availability. Prices will revert to the regular pricing structure as of the 01 March, 2018.

Prices are shown in US$ per person based on the cabin type and category shown. Triple Cabin requires three people sharing, double cabin is for two people sharing. A double cabin may also be booked for single use at 1.75X the per person, double share price.

Tour Code:
009445 - W20

Itinerary
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Day 1 – Reykjavik

Use you leisure time in Reykjavik to uncover the unique charm of the world’s northernmost capital or take one of the many interesting day trips offered from Reykjavik. The ship dock in the Old Reykjavik Harbour, in the heart of the city and a short 5 minute stroll to the main squares, shopping and dining.

The ship departs Reykjavik harbour at 6:00pm.

Day 2 – Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands)

Located off the coast of South Iceland, the island group Vestmannaeyjar was formed by submarine volcanic eruptions 10,000 years ago. Surtsey Island emerged from the sea in 1963 and is the youngest place on earth. We go ashore on Heimaey, the only inhabited island of the archipelago. Here the evidence of Iceland’s volcanic fury is on full display with half-buried houses in ash from a violent eruption in 1973 when the entire island had to be evacuated. An epic experience here is to play a round of golf in a sunken volcanic crater.

Day 3 – At Sea Crossing the Denmark Strait

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.

Day 4 – At Sea in Prins Christian Sound

When conditions are favourable 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.

Day 5 – Qassiarsuk – Narsarssuaq

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 small turf church.

Day 6 – At Sea in Ikka Fjord

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.

Day 7 – Nuuk

Nuuk is the capital of Greenland and its oldest town. Founded in 1728 by Danish-Norwegian missionary Hans Egede, Nuuk combines Arctic traditions and European urbanity. With around 16,000 inhabitants, Nuuk is considered a modern, bustling metropolis compared to the rest of Greenland. Visit the city sights on a walking tour that ends at the National Museum which exhibits the famous mummies of Qilakitsoq.

Day 8 – Sisimuit

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 harbour remains ice-free throughout the year which made it an attractive location for European whalers in former times.

Day 9 – Ilulissat – Eqip Glacier

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.

Day 10 – Uummannaq

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.

Day 11 – Disko Bay – Qeqertarsuaq

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.

Day 12 – Kangerlussuaq

Early morning we arrive at the 120 mile (193 km) long Kangerlussuaq Fjord and city of the same name. It’s time to bid farewell to the Ocean Diamond and your newfound expedition cruise friends.

Included
  • Accommodation in booked cabin category
  • All meals on-board ship (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Coffee, tea and water
  • All zodiac excursions
  • Wind jacket
  • Charter flight from Kangerlussuaq to Keflavik or vice versa
  • Transfer in Kangerlussuaq
  • Presentations from cruise staff and guest speakers
  • On-board entertainment program
  • Use of gym facilities on-board
Not Included
  • Flights to/from Iceland
  • Passport and visa fees, if required
  • Gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional shore excursions
Tour Notes

Greenland with beguile, from the beautiful and fertile south with its fascinating Viking history, the modern capital of Nuuk in a traditional Inuit society, to the town of Ilulissat with its floating icebergs. The Ilulissat Ice Fjord is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is a stunning sight to see. All these spectacles and more await you on your unforgettable journey from Iceland to Greenland aboard the Ocean Diamond.

Natural Wonders of Greenland and Iceland (reverse journey starting in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland)

Day 1 – Kangerlussuaq
Welcome to Greenland! Kangerlussuaq airport looks back on an eventful history: in the late 1940s this airport was a hub on flight routes between the U.S. and Berlin during “Berlin-Blockade”. Ocean Diamond anchors off Kanglerlussuaq and embarkation is conducted via our Zodiac-boats. The OCEAN DIAMOND will depart Kangerlussuaq at 8 p.m.

Day 2 – At Seat in Evigheds Fjord
Learn more about the country and its people at interesting presentations provided by our knowledgeable and experienced Expedition Team. Enjoy the breathtaking nature in the Evighedsfjord.

Day 3 – Uummannaq
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.

Day 4 – Eqip Glacier – Ilulissat
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 and calves over 13 square miles (35 sq km) of ice every year. Today we visit Eqip Glacier and with a little luck, witness icebergs calving into the fjord.

Day 5 – Ilulissat
Enjoy the morning in Ilulissat and discover the town on one of our optional shore excursions. Ilulissat was originally founded by the Danes as a trading post in 1741. The optional city tour takes you to the harbor and the 18th-century Zion Church, which was once the largest man-made object in Greenland.

Day 6 – Nuuk
Nuuk is the capital of Greenland and its oldest town. Founded in 1728 by Danish-Norwegian missionary Hans Egede, Nuuk combines Arctic traditions and European urbanity. With around 16,000 inhabitants, Nuuk is considered a modern, bustling metropolis compared to the rest of Greenland. Visit the city sights on a walking tour that ends at the National Museum which exhibits the famous mummies of Qilakitsoq.

Day 7 – Ikka Fjord
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.

Day 8 – Qassiarsuk/Narsarsuaq
In the evening we reach the small settlement of Qassiarsuk to anchor for the night. Qassiarsuk was founded by notorious Viking Erik the Red who named this area “green land” because of the inviting green valleys around Qassiarsuk. During our stop here you can learn about the lives of the island’s early Norse settlers and visit a reconstructed Viking longhouse and small turf church.

Day 9 – At Sea/Prins Christian Sound
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.

Day 10 – At Sea 
Today we sail across the Denmark Strait towards Iceland. This Strait was used by Norse settlers reaching Greenland 900 years ago. En-route you may opt to attend fascinating presentations by our Expedition Team.

Day 11 – Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands)
Located off the coast of South Iceland, the island group Vestmannaeyjar was formed by submarine volcanic eruptions 10,000 years ago. Surtsey Island emerged from the sea in 1963 and is the youngest place on earth. We go ashore on Heimaey, the only inhabited island of the archipelago. Here the evidence of Iceland’s volcanic fury is on full display with half-buried houses in ash from a violent eruption in 1973 when the entire island had to be evacuated. An epic experience here is to play a round of golf in a sunken volcanic crater.

Day 12 – Reykjavík
In the morning we return to the port of Reykjavík. After breakfast it’s time to bid farewell to the OCEAN DIAMOND. Extend your stay in Iceland and book one of our post programs or explore Reykjavík and the surrounding area on your own. This chic capital of friendly citizens is the perfect city for those who want to refresh the spirit and combine invigorating activity, good food, nature appreciation and world-class cultural entertainment.

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