South Greenland Adventure: The Majestic Alpine Arctic

South Greenland Adventure: The Majestic Alpine Arctic

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South Greenland Adventure: The Majestic Alpine Arctic

13 Days Starting and ending in Toronto

Visiting: Toronto, Canada, Fly to Nuuk, Greenland, The Westlands, Greenland, South Greenland (Arctic Patagonia), The Wild East & Journey Back to Nuuk (northbound), Disembarkation Explore Nuuk Fly to Toronto Canada

Tour operator:

Intrepid Travel

Tour code:

BQMT

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

1 - 199

Physical rating:

Low, Low

Age range:

8-99 years

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Interests:

Polar, Wildlife Tours

Activities:

Whale Watching

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Tour Overview

Immerse yourself in Greenland’s otherworldly beauty and remote communities on this 13-day Artic voyage. Hop aboard the Ultramarine and sail south from Nuuk, Greenland’s capital, admiring the spectacular west coast. Stop into the Greenland Ice Sheet, explore its surroundings and take the chance to step foot on the impressive body of ice. Meet the locals of Aappilattoq, swapping stories and sharing a meal, then keep an eye out for humpback whales along the east coast. For a remote wilderness as vast as this, you won’t be short of places to explore.

Highlights

  • Meet locals in remote towns and see what it’s like to live in traditional Inuit settlements along the shores of Greenland.

  • Explore Igaliku – part of the newly established UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kujataa. Home to only 25 inhabitants, this is Greenland’s oldest sheep-farming settlement.

  • Cruise past epic Arctic scenery out in the wilderness, where few dare to venture. Aboard your Ultramarine ship and on daily Zodiac excursions, you’ll see huge icebergs, soaring glaciers, gorgeous fjords and a vast seascape.

  • Do your best to spot fascinating marine mammals like polar bears and humpback whales as you explore the depths of the fjord systems that are home to an abundance of wildlife.

  • Enjoy a Greenland Ice Sheet Experience and become one of the few people to set foot on this incredible body of ice as you explore the Ice Sheet, hike the foothills and cruise or paddle the surrounding waters.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Toronto, Canada

Location: Toronto, Canada

Accommodation: Hotel

Welcome to Canada! Your Arctic adventure begins in Toronto, where you may arrive at any time. You’ll have the day to explore this vibrant city – and there’s plenty on offer. You might sample the delicacies of the world-class dining scene, visit one of the many engaging museums or pop into your choice of boutique.

Day 2: Fly To Nuuk, Greenland

Location: Fly to Nuuk, Greenland

Accommodation: Expedition Cruise Ship

Meals Included: breaksfast, dinner

This morning, meet up with the rest of your group, transfer to the airport and board a charter flight to Nuuk – the capital of Greenland. This picturesque city of 17,000 is situated on a fjord with the Sermitsiaq mountain in the background. Hop aboard the Ultramarine – your ride through the Arctic. You’ll meet your leader and expedition team and go through some of what’s to be expected/

Day 3-5: The Westlands, Greenland

Location: The Westlands, Greenland

Accommodation: Expedition Cruise Ship

Head south along the spectacular west coast of Greenland on your way to the The Westlands. Following in the footsteps of the Greenlandic Norse into the Western fjords, it’s easy to appreciate why Erik the Red chose this land as his home and gave Greenland its name – every direction you look rewards visitors with vistas of blue, ice-strewn waters set against a breathtaking backdrop of lush valleys and pastures bursting with blooms.

Also in the west, you'll find the perfect access points to the Greenland Ice Sheet. Over these two days, explore the Ice Sheet – becoming one of the very few people to set foot on this incredible body of ice. You’ll hike the surrounding foothills, cruise or paddle through the ice-filled waters and engage with locals. Reaching the Ice Sheet by helicopter will give you incredible views of the largest mass of ice in the northern hemisphere.

You might also visit charming Qassiarsuk – a small sheep farming settlement across the fjord from Narsarsuaq, where you can experience true South Greenland hospitality and gain insight into the fascinating lives of sheep farmers living at the edge of the Ice Sheet. The Kujataa UNESCO World Heritage Site will also give a living history lesson in Viking farming, as will the remains and replicas of Brattahlio, Erik the Red’s estate, once the epicenter of the Greenland Norse Eastern Settlement.

Day 6-8: South Greenland (Arctic Patagonia)

Location: South Greenland (Arctic Patagonia)

Accommodation: Expedition Cruise Ship

Continue your voyage to the stunning maze of fjords, sounds, islets, inlets and skerries (rocky islands) in and around Cape Farewell (Nunap Isua), Greenland’s most southern tip, before reaching the 100-km-long Prins Christian Sund (Ikerasassuaq). Stunning views will be around every corner – expect dramatic mountains and seascapes with glaciers tumbling down to down to the sea.

In southern Greenland, you might visit the village of Aappilattoq. Listen to the locals’ stories, hear their music, taste their food, learn about their hunting traditions and perhaps even join a friendly game of soccer.

You’ll find the most iconic peaks of South Greenland at Tasermiut Fjord, in the heart of what’s called ‘Arctic Patagonia’. Here, you can sign up for overnight camping (with local hosts) along the 70 km fjord. Marvel at the impressive Sermeq glacier at its head, with rivers of ice tumbling almost down to sea level, and the imposing peaks of Nalumasortoq and Ulamertorsuaq dominating the skyline.

Day 9-11: The Wild East & Journey Back To Nuuk (Northbound)

Location: The Wild East & Journey Back to Nuuk (northbound)

Accommodation: Expedition Cruise Ship

Set out for the wild fjords of the uninhabited east coast. Marine mammals frequent these fjords – Humpback whales are often sighted entering as the shallowing seas bring an upwelling of nutrients to the surface. Sightings of polar bears are possible too, but rare. Along with spotting wildlife, there’ll be the chance to explore the magnificent alpine terrain by land, sea and air.

Day 12: Disembarkation, Explore Nuuk, Fly To Toronto, Canada

Location: Disembarkation, Explore Nuuk, Fly to Toronto, Canada

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: breaksfast

Today, you’ll say goodbye to your expedition crew and your ship and take one more Zodiac ride to shore in Nuuk. Then, have time to wander the streets of historic Old Nuuk, visit the Greenland National Museum & Archives or even see famous 500-year-old Greenlandic mummies. In the afternoon, a transfer will take you to the airport for a charter flight to Toronto. Tonight is free to explore Toronto’s nightlife or a great spot for dinner.

Day 13: Toronto, Canada

Location: Toronto, Canada

Meals Included: breaksfast

With no further activities planned, your trip comes to an end today. You can make your way home or spend some time exploring this artistic city – if you need extra accommodation to extend your stay in Toronto, just speak to your booking agent ahead of time.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

    No

  • Fully Guided

  • Meals

    As detailed in the itinerary

What's Not Included

  • Insurance

  • International Travel

Transport

  • Ship , Zodiac , plane

Accommodation

  • Expedition Ship (10 nights), comfortable hotel (2 nights)

Important Information

  • This trip is onboard the Ultramarine
  • This trip starts and finishes in Toronto, Canada
  • 1 nights pre expedition hotel is included in Toronto, Canada on day 1
  • Group Charter flights to Nuuk return are included in this trip.
  • 1 nights post expedition hotel accommodation is included in Toronto on day 12 of this trip. You are free to depart anytime after breakfast on the last day of this trip.
  • Your voyage is operated by our sister company, Quark Expeditions. All accommodation and transfer arrangements as listed in the itinerary are also operated by Quark Expeditions or their local representatives.
  • BOOKING CONDITIONS
  • To confirm your reservation, a deposit of 25% (unless indicated otherwise at time of booking) of the total invoice amount is required at time of booking. Balances are due 120 days prior to departure.
  • Please refer to our "Booking terms and conditions" page on our website for all Quark Expedition terms and conditions, http://www.intrepidtravel.com/booking-intrepid/booking-conditions
  • ADVENTURE OPTIONS
  • This trip comes with many included activities including, Heli-hiking, hiking and an Ice-sheet experience. You can also prebook a paddling excursion and a campinjg excursion. These activities are optional and incur an additional cost. Spaces are limited so please enquire at time of booking.

Check out our Q&As

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    LOW - Some easy physical activities included in your trip. No physical preparation is required to make the most of the journey.

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    No

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes

  • Is this trip right for you

    As you’d expect, temperatures in the Arctic are very cold. A warm parka will be provided along with waterproof boots and unlimited hot drinks, but you should also bring base layers and lots of warm clothing. Please see the Essential Trip Information for further important details about what to bring.

    Weather depending, you will be making regular excursions in a Zodiac boat to explore the local area and look for wildlife. It can get very cold and wet on the Zodiac, so make sure you are dressed appropriately and that you keep your camera safe and dry. Sturdy sea legs are needed as you make wet and dry landings from the boat, and on steep terrain, snow and other uneven surfaces. Some ships also have a lot of stairs.

    The weather plays a pivotal part in this adventure and although there’s an itinerary in place, there are no guarantees that you’ll be able to do everything that is planned for. A level of flexibility and openness to embracing the unexpected are important in expedition travel, especially to such a remote area.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes, 8 years old or above

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Intrepid Travel has been taking travellers around the world for over 30 years

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Since 2002, The Intrepid Foundation has supported over 130 organisations across the world. We’re creating positive impact through the joy of travel, community and connection.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Over 50% of traveller travel solo with Intrepid. You can choose to share a room with another solo travelle of the same sex for no additional charge, or choose to pay a single supplement if you’d like your own room. Please request this when booking, and we will secure you a single supplement wherever possible. Please note, if you are booking a last-minute trip, it may be harder for us to secure a single room

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