Greenlands Far North Ultimate Thule
The beauty of the fjords of West Greenland. Traditional Greenlandic communities. A chance to explore the far north, as far at Smith Sound. Ulissat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Unique Arctic wildlife. Tundra hiking for all fitness levels. Zodiac cruising. Kayaking adventure option on selected voyages.
This voyage includes the Greenland highlights of our popular Epic High Arctic voyage, and explores in more depth the Thule region, synonymous with 'the true Greenland' for its untouched ice-scapes and sparsely populated Inuit communities.
In addition to the rich cultural aspects of this large island, as we sail north through Disko Bay and Melville Bay en route to Thule (or Qaanaaq), you'll experience magnificent nature and great chances of seeing seals, walruses, humpback whale and narwhal await us. If we can go as far as Nares Strait, we might observe the most outstanding animal of them all, the polar bear.
Our Ship: Sea Explorer The 111-passenger Sea Explorer is the sister ship to Quark's Sea Spirit. This ice - strengthened, small luxury expedition ship offers optional kayaking adventures. Several suites include private balconies accessed via sliding glass doors.
Cabin •53 outside cabins with exterior views and private facilities •Outside cabins featuring en-suite facilities •In-room flat screen TV and DVD player
Aboard •24 hour beverage station •Dining room with unreserved seating •Clinic with licensed doctor •Polar Library •Lounge/Presentation room •Exercise room •Wraparound sun deck •Onboard Polar Boutique •Ship-to-shore satellite communications with email and wireless internet access •Internet access
Activities •Zodiac Cruising (included) •Hiking & snowshoeing (included) •Optional kayaking
Day 1: Copenhagen, Denmark Enjoy an included night in Copenhagen nd meet your fellow travelers.
Day 2: Embarkation Day in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland After landing in Kangerlussuaq, you'll be transferred to the port and then take your first Zodiac ride out to the ship. In the afternoon, we will travel down one of the longest fjords in Greenland.
Day 3-14: West Greenland Ancient archaeological sites, massive fjords, Zodiac excursions and tundra hikes await you in Greenland. Sisimiut, our first planned stop, has the feel of a small fishing village with a great harbor for walking around and taking photos. You'll get to watch a demonstration of traditional kayaking before venturing further north to Ilulissat.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ilulissat (Greenlandic for "icebergs") is home to the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier, one of the fastest and most active glaciers in the world. In addition to some spectacular Zodiac cruising, there is also a refreshing longer hike along a boardwalk to a beautiful lookout in Ilulissat.
Heading further north into the Upernavik Archipelago, you may spot whales and seals. The most northern discovery of any Viking artefacts in the world are at Upernavik; while nearby Kullorsuaq is a small settlement that sustains itself on fishing, whaling and sealing.
Your northern most stops in Greenland are Qaanaaq and Thule, where glaciers and archaeological sites are found. The fabled name Thule occurs in ancient Greek and Roman mythology as the name of a country or an island far north at the end of the world. The word Thule has allegedly also been used as a name of some foggy, inaccessible islands off the coast of Scotland. The Danish explorer, Knud Rasmussen, chose 100 years ago Thule as the name of his trade station by the settlements northwest of Cape York. Today, the name still clings to Greenland's northwesterly corner, even though the main town is actually called Qaanaaq and the municipality is called Avernarsuaq, 'The Great North'. In Qaanaaq, you'll visit the local museum; a great way to gain a deeper preciation for what it takes to live this far north. As we return south, we call in at some other communities and fjords that we missed on the race north.
Day 15: Disembarkation in Kangerlussuaq Today you'll board your direct charter flight back to Copenhagen, Denmark. Upon arrival in Copenhage, we will transfer you to your included hotel.
Day 16: Copenhagen, Denmark Today you can make your way home at your leisure or spend some more time in Copenhagen.
Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy - and excitement - of expedition travel. When travelling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. The above is a tentative outline of what you'll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.
• Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping • All breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks on board throughout your voyage • All shore landings per the daily programme • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader • A daily program of lectures by noted naturalists, historians and scientists • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily programme • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and Special Guests as scheduled • Photographic Journal on DVD, documenting the voyage • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings • An official Quark Expeditions parka to keep • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock • Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin • Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Arctic Reader • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme • All luggage handling aboard ship • Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person • Greenland voyages Cruise Passenger Tax • Mandatory Transfer Package (Pre and post expedition hotel nights at Copenhagen airport hotel and breakfast. Return flights from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq. Transfers to and from the ship).
Pricing (per person) $USD
Departs 2015 Departure
2015 Departure 03Aug'15-18Aug'15
Booking conditions A copy of passport is required at time of booking.
A copy of passport is required at time of booking.
Not included • International airfare
• Passport and any applicable visa expenses
• Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
• Any meals ashore
• Baggage, cancellation, interruption, and medical travel insurance
• Excess baggage charges
• Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified
• Telecommunications charges
• The voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew
• Any overnight accommodation required due to flight connections
• Optional kayaking activities and Ilulissat Icefjord Glacier helicopter excursion
• International airfare • Passport and any applicable visa expenses • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above • Any meals ashore • Baggage, cancellation, interruption, and medical travel insurance • Excess baggage charges • Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified • Telecommunications charges • The voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew • Any overnight accommodation required due to flight connections • Optional kayaking activities and Ilulissat Icefjord Glacier helicopter excursion