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Iceland and Natural Wonders of Greenland

Voyage from Iceland to Greenland as the first Viking settlers did in this spectacular sea adventure. The first couple of days are spent exploring Reykjavík and the Westman Islands, before setting sail to Greenland, where you will experience the many incredible and unique sights along the coast. You will travel from the beautiful and fertile south with its fascinating Viking history to the modern capital of Nuuk in a traditional Inuit society and to the town of Ilulissat with its floating icebergs and UNESCO World Heritage site.

Duration: 11 Nights

Price: from $3,195 per person for triple room

  Early Bird Discount until Feb 28

Highlights

  • Experience the volcanic Westman Islands
  • Sail the Norse settlement route aboard the Ocean Diamond
  • Experience the natural beauty of Greenland's coast, with icebergs, fjords, mountains, and more
  • Learn about the lives of Greenlanders, and how they mix traditional and modern culture

Included:

Accommodation
All meals, coffee, tea, water
All Zodiac tours (weather dependent)
English speaking guide
Presentations from cruise staff, guest speakers
Entertainment on board
Flight from Kangerlussuaq to Keflavík (or Keflavík to Kangerlussuaq if starting in Greenland)
Windproof jacket

Not Included:

Flights to and from Iceland
Travel Insurance

Information about the ship:

Thanks to two stabilizers that significantly reduce roll and an ice-strengthened hull, the OCEAN DIAMOND is the ideal ship for exploring the waters around Iceland and Greenland.
Due to its compact size, the OCEAN DIAMOND can enter fjords and bays too shallow for larger vessels. The ship features a range of modern onboard amenities and is staffed with outstanding officers and crew, as well as bilingual expedition leaders and guides.
The ship's Zodiacs are available for shore excursions. After a busy day of exploration, passengers can savor a health or beauty treatment in the onboard Spa, or enjoy views of the spectacular Arctic scenery from the Panorama Salon.

Included on board:

Exterior views
Facilities en suite
Flat-screen TVs and DVD players
Chef-prepared meals (all meals and daily snack included)
Bar staffed by a professional bartender
Presentations by local experts
Massage and wellness programs
Library with a large collection of books and DVDs
Internet access (limited)
Theater-style auditorium

For cruise departing August 20th 2020 the itinerary is in reverse order to the below information (i.e. starting in Kangerlussuaq and ending in Reykjavík)

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Day 1 - Reykjavík

Welcome to Iceland! The first day is free for you to spend at your leisure, with options including tours, shopping, or exploring some of the local restaurants. The ship departs from Reykjavík Harbour in the evening, just a couple of minutes walk from the stunning Harpa Concert Hall, and a few minutes away from the charming city center.

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Day 2 - The Westman Islands

The stunning volcanic islands, situated just south of the Icelandic coastline, are nicknamed the "Pompeii of the North" after the 1973 eruption on the main island, Heimaey. The islands are called Vestmannaeyjar in Icelandic, and were named after the settlers from the west who resided there, some of whom were kept as slaves by the Vikings. There is a chance that you will see some puffins on Heimaey, as this is home to one of the largest puffin colonies in Iceland, so keep an eye out for the small seabirds as you wander around the island.

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Day 3 - Day at Sea - Denmark Strait

Today you depart Iceland, sailing along the original Norse settlement route that has been used for over 900 years. You can choose to enjoy the open sea, spotting whales, seabirds, and dolphins, or you have the option of attending informative and fascinating presentations by the cruise team, readying you for the visit to Greenland.

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Day 4 - Day at Sea - Prins Christian Sound

If weather conditions are favorable, the ship will sail along a 70 mile channel, Prins Christian Sound, which connects the Labrador and Irminger Seas. The channel is filled with icebergs, often floating so close you can almost touch them. These icebergs have broken off the huge glaciers that are pushed out from the land and fall into the sea.

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Day 5 - Narsarsuaq

This area is famed for the small settlement of Qassiarsuk, where Erik the Red, a Viking explorer, first settled on the land he named 'green land', for the beautiful fjords and the fertile, green valleys. Here you will have the opportunity to learn about the early Norse settlers, and immerse yourself in their lives as you explore a reconstructed Viking longhouse and turf church.

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Day 6 - Ikka Fjord

Today you will visit the Ikka fjord, characterized by the large underwater ikaite (a calcium carbonate mineral) columns, formed over 10,000 years ago. This is one of the few places where this mineral is found, and the spectacular towers of it are a rare sight. It can only form in these near-freezing waters, as once it is out of the water it quickly decomposes.

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Day 7 - Nuuk

Welcome to the capital of Greenland! This city is the biggest in Greenland, with 16,000 inhabitants. Many residents of this city combine their traditional heritage with more modern ways of life, making the culture of this city very unique. The guides will take you on a walking tour of the city, ending with the famous Qilakitsoq mummies at the National Museum.

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Day 8 - Sisimiut

Following Nuuk, you explore Sisimiut, the second largest settlement in Greenland, with 5,600 inhabitants. This fishing town is home to another one of those unique twists of modern and traditional living. The town has a long history of whaling and fishing, as this ice-free harbor is what attracted the European settlers here in the early exploration years.

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Day 9 - Ilulissat - Eqip Glacier

In the morning you will enter Disko Bay, where the village Ilulissat is situated next to the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The spectacular sight and sound of icebergs breaking off from the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier will amaze you, as they crash into the icy fjord waters. The evening is then spent at the Eqip Glacier, a beautiful sight.

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Day 10 - Uummannaq

Considered one of the most beautiful towns in Greenland, Uummannaq is situated at the foot of a heart-shaped mountain of the same name. This small island is a beautiful example of the Greenlandic northern coast.

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Day 11 - Disko Bay - Qeqertarsuaq

The small village of Qeqertarsuaq is found just south of Disko Island. The whaling history of this settlement began in 1773, and hunting and fishing are still important parts of the economy here on the island.

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Day 12 - Kangerlussuaq

In the morning you will arrive at the 120 mile long fjord of Kangerlussuaq, where you will say goodbye to the Ocean Diamond. A flight will take you from the nearby airport to Keflavík.

Dates

08/09/2020 - 08/20/2020 - Iceland to Greenland Cruise

08/20/2020 - 08/31/2020 - Greenland to Iceland Cruise

Prices

Early bird prices: these only apply if booked and confirmed before February 28th 2020:

Triple occupancy: from $3,195 per person
Double occupancy: from $4,795 per person
Single occupancy: from $8,390 per person

If booked after February 28th 2020:

Triple occupancy: from $3,995 per person
Double occupancy: from $5,990 per person
Single occupancy: from $10,485 per person

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Views from Iceland and Natural Wonders of Greenland

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Highlights

  • Experience the volcanic Westman Islands
  • Sail the Norse settlement route aboard the Ocean Diamond
  • Experience the natural beauty of Greenland's coast, with icebergs, fjords, mountains, and more
  • Learn about the lives of Greenlanders, and how they mix traditional and modern culture

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