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Reykjavik to Kangerlusuaq Expedition Cruise

25 Jun – 5 Jul 2023

11 Days / 10 Nights

This journey will take you from the green shores of Iceland to the icy shores of Greenland. Beginning with one of the voyage's highlights, a cruise in Prince Christian Sound, weave your way through rural towns that have learned to live among the harsh elements. This is an incredible journey that mixes the power of nature with the region's breathtaking natural splendor.

Itinerary in a Nutshell

14

Ports

2

Countries

Silver Cloud

Expedition Cruise

Routes
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Iceland: Reykjavik

Greenland: Skjoldungen - Cruise Prince Christian Sound - Aappilattoq (Kujallec) - Nanortalik (Kujallek) - Uunartoq Island - Qaqortoq (Julianehåb) - Hvalsey - Nuuk (Godthab) - Evighedsfjord - Evigheds Glacier - Kangaamiut (Qeqqata) - Sisimiut - Kangerlussuaq

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Day 01  |  Reykjavik

Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland, which is a land of ice, fire, and natural wonders. It is a city like no other, growing in some of the most beautiful and dangerous scenery in the world. Two-thirds of Iceland's people live in Reykjavik, which is the only real city on the island. It is a friendly, walkable place where bicycles glide along boulevards or fight the wind when it gets strong. The streets have been painted, and there is an artistic and creative vibe in the studios and galleries, as well as in the kitchens, where a new and exciting food scene is growing.

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Day 02  |  Day at Sea

​The time spent at sea is ideal for unwinding and relaxing. These blue sea days are the perfect counterpoint to active days spent exploring the ships

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Day 03  |  Skjoldungen

Skoldungen Fjord, found on Greenland's mountainous east coast, is home to breathtaking scenery, including snow-capped mountains, ice-scraped valley sides, and sculpted icebergs in a variety of colors. If you go to the head of the fjord, you can observe that the Thrym Glacier is melting away. The U-shaped fjord is not only a beautiful sight, but also a great place to spot whales.

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Day 04  |  Cruise Prince Christian Sound

One of the most exciting parts of this trip will be passing through the Sound. Danish speakers may recognize the name "Prins Christian Sund" for the body of water that separates the Labrador Sea from the island of Irminger. The sound is called after Prince (later King) Christian VII (1749-1808). This magnificent and breathtaking fiord is 100 km (60 miles) long and, at its narrowest, only 500 m (1500 ft) wide. Surrounded by towering snow-capped mountains, rock-strewn cliffs, and rolling hills, it is easy to forget that you are in the 21st century.

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Day 04  |  Aappilattoq (Kujallec)

Here you have it, far away and wonderful. Towards the western end of Prince Christian Sound is the Greenlandic settlement of Aapilattoq, home to less than a hundred people. The fact that the village has kept its Inuit name is a fair indicator of what you may expect to find there: traditional village life much as it has been for the previous century. A trip around Aappilattoq, past the small school (where 22 students aged 3-16 are enrolled) and church, is likely to reveal a polar bear hide drying in the wind behind a local residence, as hunting and fishing are the primary means of subsistence. Due to its location behind a large red rock and high mountains, this community is unreachable by road.

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Day 05  |  Nanortalik (Kujallek) - Uunartoq Island

The Vikings termed Greenland Green and Iceland Ice to confound enemies, according to mythology. Greenland has ice if Iceland has green forests. So much ice. As Nanortalik sits on a small island in southern Greenland, nature is never far away. The city center is encircled by Tasermiut Fjord and filled with colourful homes. Traditionally, artisans' houses were different colors to represent what they did: business houses were red, hospitals were yellow, police stations were black, the phone company was green, and fish factories were blue In Kalaallisut, Uunartoq means 'hot'. Uunartoq Island is the only place in Greenland with a warm spring pool. Uunartoq's scenery rivals that of Iceland's famous springs. Steaming pools surrounded by Greenland's greatest landscape. Icebergs larger than city blocks float across Southern Greenland's labyrinth of fjords. There is no better way to experience South Greenland's stunning wildness than from the Uunartoq hot spring. Southern Greenland's crystalline rock is 2 billion years old. A rock fault allows water to sink into the ground, where Earth's heat heats it and causes it to rise.

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Day 06  |  Qaqortoq (Julianehab) - Hvalsey

Since prehistoric times, people have lived in Qaqortoq, which is the largest town in southern Greenland. When you get to this beautiful spot in southern Greenland, it's easy to see why. Qaqortoq rises quite steeply above the fjord system around the city, giving breath-taking views of the surrounding mountains, the deep blue sea, Lake Tasersuag, icebergs in the bay, and the peaceful backcountry. Hvalsey is 18 kilometers northeast of Qaqortoq. It is part of Qaqortukulooq, which is one of the five parts of Kujataa, a farming complex in the Arctic that is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Einarsfjord splits into the Hvalseyfjord in the middle, between Eriksfjord to the north and Einarsfjord to the south. Even though Hvalsey is better known for the well-preserved ruins of one of the sixteen churches in the Norse's Eastern Settlement, the church was in a farmstead called Thjodhild's Stead.

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Day 07  |  Day at Sea

​The time spent at sea is ideal for unwinding and relaxing. These blue sea days are the perfect counterpoint to active days spent exploring the ships

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Day 08  |  Nuuk (Godthab)

Nuuk is Greenland's economic and social center, and more than a third of the country's people live there. It has the feel of a world capital, but if you scratch the surface, you'll find a Greenlandic personality. Nuuk Cathedral looks out over the beautiful old Colonial Harbour district and the Greenland National Museum, where the famous Qilakitsoq mummies are buried. These mummies are the highlight of the museum's archaeological collection. Overlooking the Colonial Harbour, downtown Nuuk is made up of rows of Scandi-style apartments, a busy shopping district, the Greenlandic Parliament, Nuuk City Hall (where visitors can look at the artwork), and even outdoor cafes that sell food and beer made in the area.

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Day 09  |  Evighedsfjord - Evigheds Glacier - Kangaamiut

Evighedsfjord is a greenland fjord northeast of Kangaamiut. The 75-kilometer-long fjord has various forks with many glaciers coming from the northern Maniitsoq Ice Cap. The Evighedsfjord contains multiple bends, so when the ship reaches the terminus, it continues in another direction. The southeastern extremity of Qingua Kujatdleq Glacier Evigheds Glacier flows west from the Greenland Ice Sheet, the world's second largest after Antarctica. This valley glacier moves slowly through the coastal mountains to the ocean. As glacial ice hits water, it floats and fractures into icebergs that float down the fjord. Ice floes have limitless blues and carved shapes. Kangaamiut (the People of the Fjords) is a community backed by some of Greenland's most magnificent fjordlands. The nearby pinnacle-shaped mountains earned the Danish-Norwegian colonial colony its original name, Sukkertoppen (Sugarloaf). This is true small-town Greenlandic culture. The village is spread across a tiny hill, making it impossible to capture a terrible photo. Staircases and boardwalks lead to the top of the hill, where helicopters land and offer breathtaking views of the surrounding nature

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Day 10  |  Sisimiut

Greenland's second city, Sisimiut ('The People of the Fox Holes'), is the largest Arctic City in North America and a hub between the South and North. Sisimiut is one of Greenland's fastest-growing cities due to its young, vibrant population. The Danish Colonial Era witnessed the city's quick expansion into a commerce center, and the old structures and artifacts may be seen at Sisimiut Museum, a collection of magnificently preserved buildings showing ancient turf huts and modern Inuit art. Local artists are some of the best in Greenland and sell their creations from a cooperative workshop near the port, where they barter with hunters for raw materials.

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Day 11  |  Kangerlussuaq

Located near the mouth of Kangerlussuaq Fjord (Danish: Sndre Strmfjord), the town of Kangerlussuaq is a part of the Qeqqata municipality in western Greenland. The largest commercial airport in Greenland is located there, making it a key transportation center. Bluie West-8 and later Sondrestrom Air Base, where the airport presently stands, were American settlements during and after World War II. The Kangerlussuaq region is home to some of Greenland's most unique species of terrestrial animals and birds, including gyrfalcons, caribou, and muskoxen.

The Fleet

For more routes and detailed journey programs, please contact TRUVI team.

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