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Greenland

Expedition cruises to hidden treasures of the High Arctic

View of Nuuk

Greenland, the world's largest island, and its surrounding waters are home to an impressive array of wildlife, along with utterly spectacular scenery. 2012 saw the first season of our programme in Greenland (in association with Oceanwide Expeditions) taking in the West coast as well as continuing to offer our East Greenland expedition cruises.

The Rembrandt van Rijn

The island has been much in the news with the rapid melting of its ice-cap which until recently took up 90% of the landmass. But there's still a lot of ice giving amazing opportunities to wonder at the surreal colours in the glaciers, the icebergs and the glacial waters meeting the sea. And the scenery is spectacular with big pointy mountains, glaciers calving into the sea, dramatic icebergs and the backdrop of the polar ice-cap (maybe a bit smaller but most definitely still there!). On sunny days the sheltered waters of the fjords reflect the mountains and at night, as summer turns to autumn, the moonlight gives a different and hauntingly beautiful perspective. And in the latter part of the season we'll be looking out for the northern lights as well, whereas high summer gives us 24 hour daylight to enjoy the plethora of wildlife - eight species of whale, two million seals, walruses, polar bears, reindeer, musk oxen, arctic wolves and, of course, a good variety of birds.

Scoresby Sund in zodiacs

And we don't ignore the fascinating heritage of the people of this harsh but beautiful land. Although inhabited by less than 100,000 people, Greenland has its own story to tell of a population of human beings who have over the years adapted to the challenges and changes of this extraordinary land.

2016 Greenland Expedition Cruises on s/v Rembrandt van Rijn

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West Greenland (Disko Bay) – ‘Bowhead Whales’
RVR1624 MayAasiaat – Aasiaat07 £1,660* West Greenland ‘Bowhead Whales’ 2016 Route Map
West Greenland – ‘Hike / Photo & Sail’
RVR1914 JuneAasiaat – Nuuk09 £1,955* West Greenland ‘Hike / Photo & Sail’ 2016 Route Map
South-West Greenland
RVR2023 JuneNuuk – Narsarsuaq09 £1,955* South-West Greenland 2016 Route Map
South Greenland – ‘Viking Trails’
RVR2102 JulyNarsarsuaq – Narsarsuaq07 £1,660* South Greenland ‘Viking Trails’ 2016 Route Map
RVR2316 JulyNarsarsuaq – Narsarsuaq07
RVR2530 JulyNarsarsuaq – Narsarsuaq07
RVR2606 AugustNarsarsuaq – Narsarsuaq07
East Greenland
RVR2823 AugustKulusuk – Kulusuk07 £1,660* East Greenland 2016 Route Map
RVR2930 AugustKulusuk – Kulusuk07
East Greenland – Scoresby Sund (Aurora Borealis)
RVR3006 SeptemberKulusuk – Nerlerit Inaat10 £2,115* East Greenland – Scoresby Sund 2016 Route Map
Scoresby Sund (Aurora Borealis)
RVR3116 SeptemberNerlerit Inaat – Nerlerit Inaat07 £1,660* Scoresby Sund 2016 Route Map
RVR3223 SeptemberNerlerit Inaat – Nerlerit Inaat07
Scoresby Sund – Iceland (Aurora Borealis)
RVR3407 OctoberNerlerit Inaat – Akureyri07 £1,180* Scoresby Sund – Iceland 2016 Route Map

2016 Greenland Expedition Cruises on m/v Plancius and m/v Ortelius

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Spitsbergen – NE Greenland – Iceland (Aurora Borealis)
PLA1606 SeptemberLongyearbyen – Akureyri12 £3,660* Spitsbergen – NE Greenland – Iceland 2016 Route Map
Iceland – Scoresby Sund – Iceland (Aurora Borealis)
OTL1614 SeptemberAkureyri – Akureyri07 £1,660*Iceland – Scoresby Sund – Iceland 2016 Route Map
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A group walking across autumn tundra in Scoresby Sund

2017 Greenland Expedition Cruises on s/v Rembrandt van Rijn

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Spitsbergen – NE Greenland
RVR2507 AugustLongyearbyen – Constable Pynt17 £4,125* Spitsbergen – NE Greenland 2017 (Longyearbyen – Constable Pynt) Route Map
Scoresby Sund (Aurora Borealis)
RVR2624 AugustConstable Pynt – Constable Pynt10 £2,800* Scoresby Sund 2017 Route Map

2017 Greenland Expedition Cruises on m/v Plancius

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Spitsbergen – NE Greenland – Iceland (Aurora Borealis)
PLA1529 AugustLongyearbyen – Akureyri13 £4,135* Spitsbergen – NE Greenland – Iceland 2017 Route Map
Iceland – Scoresby Sund – Iceland (Aurora Borealis)
PLA1611 SeptemberAkureyri – Akureyri07 £2,535*Iceland – Scoresby Sund – Iceland 2017 Route Map
PLA1718 SeptemberAkureyri – Akureyri07
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* Please note that the prices quoted are for cruise only and do not include flights or hotel accommodation. We will arrange your flights and any accommodation but as fares and rates are subject to change, prices are quoted on request. See below for full details of what the price covers.

Included in the price

  • Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary.
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
  • Free use of rubber boots and snow shoes on Plancius and Ortelius, and of snow shoes on Rembrandt.
  • On Spitsbergen voyages: Transfers and baggage handling between the airport, hotels and ship only for those passengers on the group flights to and from Longyearbyen.
  • On Northeast Greenland voyages with Ortelius & Plancius: Transfer and baggage handling between ship in Akureyri and hotels in Reykjavik and v.v. by coach (6 hours).
  • On Rembrandt voyages: Transfers and baggage handling between airport and ship in Greenland harbours on the chartered group flights.
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme.
  • AECO fees and governmental taxes.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.

Not included in the price

  • Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights.
  • Pre- and post- land arrangements.
  • Transfers to / from the vessel outside Spitsbergen.
  • Passport and visa expenses.
  • Government arrival and departure taxes.
  • Meals ashore.
  • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is mandatory).
  • Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges.
  • Customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).