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West Greenland Gems: Fjords, Icebergs, and Culture


One of the most remote and pristine areas in the world, Greenland is one of those bucket list destinations. On this 12-day trip, you’ll get a chance to explore regions of the incredible coastline that aren’t easily accessible by road, from the comfort of your ship (your floating home away from home). You’ll get opportunities to step right into the action with hiking, kayaking and Zodiac excursions that take you closer to nature. Plus, you’ll explore fjord systems and glaciers that few humans have ever laid eyes on and marvel at the sheer enormity of this arctic wilderness. Learn about the culture, geology and wildlife of this pristine place on a trip that takes you further. Pull on your adventure boots, this is one to tick off the bucket list.

12 days, from

$12,390

per person

GROUP SIZE

199 people max

ACTIVITY LEVEL

 
2
Trip code: BQMWG
Style: Comfort
Theme: Polar

Details

Countries Visited:  Greenland Iceland
Accommodation: Expedition Ship (9 nights), comfortable hotel (2 nights)
Transportation: Ship , Zodiac , plane
Included Meals:

  • 11 breakfasts
  • 9 lunches
  • 9 dinners

Group size: Minimum 1, Max 199

  • Learn from in-depth presentations run by your expert crew that reveal the fascinating history of Greenland and teach you more about the geology, climate and wildlife of this region.

  • Be one of the few people to explore the Uummannaq Fjord, the second-largest fjord in Greenland, and traverse the winding valleys and channels that intertwine within the depths of the awe-inspiring fjord system.

  • Cruise the waters surrounding Disko Bay and keep your eyes peeled for the marine life that might like to join you (whales are often spotted here), then get closer to the action with opportunities to hike, paddle and cruise on Zodiacs to remote areas like Sermeq Kujalleq (Jakobshavn Glacier) or Torsukatak Fjords.

  • Get to know the locals and the local wildlife while exploring the region of Qeqqata in the middle of Greenland’s western coast. You might visit Sisimiut, where you can check out the open-air museum, participate in local tastings or join a hiking group to venture beyond the town limits.

  • Our fully equipped ship will act as your home away from home; giving you somewhere to relax, unwind and warm up plus, providing access to some of the most remote parts of the rugged Greenland coastline.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrive in Reykjavik, Iceland

Arrive in the Icelandic capital and make your way to your included hotel. You will have the rest of the day to explore this fascinating and incredibly walkable city on your own.

Day 2: Fly to Kangerlussuaq and Embark

This morning you’ll catch your charter flight to Kangerlussuaq, where you’ll board your vessel and begin your expedition. Get ready for a great adventure ahead! Expect a welcome and safety briefing from your Expedition Leader.

Day 3: At Sea

As we sail north along the west coast to our first area of exploration, your Expedition Team will prepare you for the adventures that lie ahead. Once activity and excursion briefings are completed, our education team will schedule presentations on the wildlife and fascinating history of Greenland, its geology, ecology and climate, and the incredible sights you will soon explore.

Day 4-6: Uummanaq Fjord

Uummannaq Fjord is the second-largest fjord system in Greenland surpassed only by Scoresbysund in east Greenland. On these itinerary days you will have the opportunity to become one of few people ever to explore this area in depth and travel beyond the predictable tourist destinations. The fjord is full of cultural and natural wonders. Potential excursions include visits to the town of Uummanaq, venturing into Qilakitsoq (the site where the famous Greenland Mummies were discovered) and excursions focused around Store Glacier and its immense discharge zone. You’ll embrace the expeditionary spirit as we pioneer new destinations within the labyrinth of valleys and channels in the depths of the fjord.

Quark Expeditions’ core belief in working closely with our local partners will enhance every experience as we explore alongside local experts. We’ll draw on our team’s collective knowledge and expertise to deliver incredible experiences.

Day 7-8: Disko Bay

Disko Bay Is a wide, southeastern inlet of Baffin Bay and is the largest open bay in western Greenland. Try to get out on deck as we navigate into this iconic bay where whales are often spotted. Disko Bay is full of exciting destinations for us to explore. We will almost certainly visit the community of Illulissat, which is situated at the head of outlet fjord for Sermeq Kujalleq (Jakobshavn Glacier) , known for discharging 35 billion tons of ice each year. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004, the fjord is immensely beautiful and we will encourage you to explore it via one of the many marked hiking trails.

Another area we will consider for this itinerary is the wild beauty of Equip Sermia or Torsukatak Fjords, located in the northeast corner of Disko Bay. Both of these remote areas offer fantastic vistas of large active glacial faces and provide plenty of opportunities for hiking, paddling, and Zodiac cruising. This is also an area where, if conditions allow, we will consider utilizing our twin- engine helicopters to get you in the air to appreciate the immensity of this region.

Day 9-10: Qeqqata

Qeqqata (meaning centre) municipality is Greenland’s second smallest administrative region. Situated in the middle of the country’s western coast, Qeqqata is home to almost 20% of Greenland’s populace, most of whom reside in Sisimiut and Manitsoq.

During these two days your expedition team will work with our local partners to curate a balance of community and wilderness-focused activities. We are likely to visit Sisimiut, where you can wonder through the open air museum, participate in local tastings or join a hiking group to venture beyond the town limits along one of many incredible hiking trails on Sisimiut’s doorstep. This is where we will also offer the (paid) mountain biking activity.

Further south, the areas surrounding Manitsoq are equally stunning. One of our favorite destinations in the area is the picturesque alpine lake of Innussuit Tasersuat, which we can hike and share a picnic with friends from Manitsoq. The fjord systems behind Manitsoq are deep and seldom visited. Our team will seek to take you beyond the ordinary and into these fjords for magical one-of-a-kind experiences, one of which is Eternity Fjord, which is home to the tallest mountains in all of West Greenland.

Day 11: Kangerlussuaq

Today, we disembark in Kangerlussuaq and transfer you to your charter flight to Reykjavik, where you’ll spend the night in your included hotel.

Day 12: Reykjavik, Iceland

Today, make your way to the airport to catch your homeward flights, or spend more time exploring this fascinating Icelandic city.