Glacier hikers on the icecap near Kangerlussuaq, with a helicopter in the sky, during the Greenland Adventure cruise by land, sea and air.
The Qingua valley and the river running into the almost fjord-like Tasersuaq Lake near Nanortalik, seen during the Greenland Adventure cruise by land, sea and air.
A woman paddler in a tandem sit-in-top, inflatable kayak, looks back and smiles on a sunny day, during the Greenland Adventure cruise by land, sea and air.
A Zodiac pauses in the distance, framed by a hole in an iceberg, on an overcast day, during the Greenland Adventure cruise by land, sea and air.
A line of hikers walk over rocky, grassy knolls, on a sunny day, during the Greenland Adventure cruise by land, sea and air.
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Polar Regions Arctic Cruise

Greenland Adventure Cruise

Immerse in “Arctic Patagonia” on this one-of-a-kind voyage in the majestic landscape of the world’s second-largest ice mass. Based in and around Southeast Greenland’s spectacular fjords, take advantage of the ship’s twin-engine helicopters to reach areas that are inaccessible to others. Ascend cascading coastal glaciers and step onto the vast polar plateau of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Travel by helicopter to paddle glacial lakes high in the upper alpine zones, camp overnight on a fjord, mountain bike isolated alpine trails, or roam the tundra with a resident chef and enjoy an unforgettable meal made from local ingredients on one of the added-cost adventure options. Enjoy a plethora of daily activity options. Join this Greenland Adventure, and return home with lifelong memories of one of Earth’s most fascinating destinations.

Experience this 9-day adventure by sea, land and air from the comforts of the 200-guest Ultramarine, a modern, purpose-built polar expedition vessel. Her twin helicopters access unique terrain; her innovative, internal hangar launches Zodiacs in a modern way; and her specialized, cutting-edge safety features provide added security in remote environments like Greenland.

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Itinerary

Greenland Adventure: Explore by Sea, Land & Air Itinerary

The Greenland Adventure expedition operates via round-trip charter flights between Reykjavik, Iceland, and Narsarsuaq, Greenland. Cruise an unplanned route among the fjords of southeast Greenland, including Tasermiut Fjord, Lindenow Fjord and the Greenland Ice Sheet.

Route map of the Greenland Adventure expedition, operating round-trip from Reykjavik, Iceland, with embarkation and disembarkation in Narsarsuaq, Greenland, and visits to Tasermiut Fjord, Lindenow Fjord and the Greenland Ice Sheet.
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Day 1
Fly Reykjavik, Iceland to Narsarsuaq, Greenland & Embark

The Arctic expedition begins in Reykjavik, Iceland. Meet at the airport to take a private charter flight from the Icelandic capital to Narsarsuaq, Greenland, where you’ll embark the ship. A scenic village deep in the Tunulliarfik Fjord, Narsarsuaq is the gateway to south Greenland, surrounded by several Norse sites and hiking trails. Get ready for a great adventure ahead!

Accommodations

Ultramarine

Meals

n/a

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Days 2 - 7
Southern Greenland

Nicknamed “Arctic Patagonia,” south Greenland is a region as rich in spectacular scenery as it is in history. Here, it’s easy to see why Erik the Red gave Greenland its name: Every look rewards with vistas of icy blue waters set against a breathtaking backdrop of dramatic peaks; winding coastline; crystal-clear waterfalls; and lush, verdant valleys and pastures bursting with blooms. Boasting the greatest variety of landscapes in the country, coupled with the most serene, sheltered waterways surrounded by soaring, snow-capped mountains, Greenland’s southern tip is an adventure seeker’s paradise for travelers of all activity levels.

This expedition has been developed sustainably in collaboration with municipal, regional and national partners to offer an extensive array of adventure activities. Check off bucket-list activities like paddle excursions, mountain bike adventures, alpine camping, shore landings and Zodiac cruising in such spectacular surroundings. With the onboard helicopters, conditions permitting, make a heli-landing on the Greenland ice sheet and go heli-hiking (flying to places we could not otherwise access for hikes suitable for all skill levels).

This voyage has no fixed itinerary. Each day, explore the southern fjord systems with the expertise of local partners who showcase lesser-visited areas. Throughout the journey, head out in small, intimate groups with similar interests, multiple times a day, to some of the most remote, isolated areas of South Greenland. Explore by sea, land or air with unrivaled access to the unbelievably breathtaking beauty that is south Greenland.

Accommodations

Ultramarine

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Disembark Narsarsuaq, Greenland & Fly to Reykjavik, Iceland

Before departing on the charter flight back to Reykjavik in the early evening, aim to spend the day visiting the sites surrounding Narsarsuaq. Possible destinations include the villages of Igaliku, featuring the ruins of the Gardar cathedral, the largest church in Greenland in the Middle Ages. Possibly stop at Brattahlíð to explore the remains of Erik the Red’s estate. Upon landing back at Reykjavik’s international airport, be transferred to a hotel in nearby Keflavik.

Accommodations

Airport Hotel TBA

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Depart Reykjavik, Iceland

Today, head home at your leisure or continue adventuring with independent explorations of Iceland.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping; all meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board; beer and house wine during dinner; coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock; leadership throughout the voyage by experienced expedition leaders, including shore landings and other activities; all Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program; formal and informal presentations by the expedition team and special guests as scheduled; photographic journal documenting the expedition; a pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for landings and Zodiac cruising excursions; official Quark Expeditions® parka to keep; hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin; all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; all luggage handling aboard the ship; emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US $500,000 per person; Greenland voyages cruise passenger tax.

Exclusions

Mandatory Transfer Package (approximate package price is $1,495 and includes charter flights between Reykjavik and Narsarsuaq, group transfers between the Narsarsuaq airport and the ship, group transfer from the Reykjavik airport to the hotel on disembarkation day, one night’s post-expedition airport hotel accommodation in Keflavik, and shuttle transfer to Keflavik airport on last day of itinerary); international airfare; arrival and departure transfers, except where listed in the Mandatory Transfer Package; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above; meals ashore unless otherwise specified; baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance (strongly recommended), or insurance of any kind; excess baggage fees on international flights; mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, and any gear not mentioned; laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified; phone and internet charges; voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew; additional overnight accommodation; any adventure options or excursions.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 120 days with 100% payment received – 100% of total trip cost retained, applied as a Future Travel Refund Credit for 120% of total trip cost
Up to 120 days with partial payment received – 100% of deposit + any additional partial payment retained, applied as a Future Travel Refund Credit
119 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Greenland Adventure cruise begins and ends in Reykjavik, Canada (KEF). Plan flights to arrive to the Reykjavik-Keflavik airport by 3:00pm on day 1 of the itinerary, and make your way to the check in desk for Air Iceland, where a representative will help check you in to the private charter flight to Narsarsuaq, Greenland. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues.

On day 8 of the itinerary, the ship is scheduled to arrive at the pier between 7:00am and 8:00am local time. The aim is to explore the area around Narsarsuaq, returning to the ship for lunch. Disembarkation is later in the day, with a transfer to the airport for the return charter flight to Reykjavik. Plan flights to depart Reykjavik anytime on day 9. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Group charter flights between Toronto and Resolute are required on this trip’s itinerary; see the Mandatory Transfer Package information listed above under Exclusions. The flight to Resolute is expected to depart early on day 2 of the itinerary. There is a luggage limit of 50 lbs (23 kg) checked luggage and 11 lbs (5 kg) cabin baggage on the flights between Reykjavik and Narsarsuaq. There is no option to leave or pay for additional luggage. On day 8 of the itinerary, the ship is scheduled to arrive at the pier between 7:00 and 8:00am local time, with an exploration of the Narsarsuaq area and lunch on board before a later disembarkation, with a transfer to the airport for the return charter flight to Reykjavik.

Activities

Various optional activities may be available on your Greenland Adventure cruise. The alpine kayaking program, mountain biking and Greenland camp experience must be reserved in advance. One-time paddling excursions are included (one per guest, per voyage); no experience is necessary. Also included are optional hiking, Zodiac cruising, daily presentations, photography guides, the polar plunge and the two following weather-dependent helicopter-assisted excursions: heli-hiking and a transfer to explore the Greenland Ice Sheet. Please contact AdventureSmith to reserve activity space with your booking. For the 2021 season alpine kayaking is $595, mountain biking is $595 and the Greenland camp experience is $795.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Single cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. Solo travelers willing to share can reserve a triple or twin-shared cabin, where you will be matched with a person of the same gender. If the other cabin berth goes unsold, you will be guaranteed the double rate. Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at 1.7x (2x for Premium cabins) the per-person listed rate in select cabins based upon availability. Premium Cabins are as follows:
Ultramarine: Balcony Suite, Deluxe Balcony Suite, Terrace Suite, Penthouse Suite, Owner’s Suite & Ultra Suite

Families & Children

At date of embarkation, a minimum age restriction of 8 years and minimum height and weight requirements (weight of 64lbs or 29kg and 48 in. or 1.2 m. tall) must be met. Children under 16 years of age must be supervised by a parent/guardian at all times, and may not participate in adventure options.

Travel Insurance

Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of up to $500,000 USD per paying traveler provides coverage between the first and last day of ship-based travel and is included in the cost of this trip. For ship- and land-based trips, additional days of travel pre- and post-expedition are not covered. Travelers are responsible for having adequate international medical coverage prior to embarkation, with a minimum benefit of $50,000 USD. In addition, we highly recommend our travelers also protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditions, wildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Arctic expedition.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

Jul 10 - Jul 18, 2021
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