Expedition cruises to hidden treasures of the High Arctic
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 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.
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.
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