Cruise to Greenland on an expedition vessel and explore the remote west coast with just 12 guests.

 

SALE: 20% discount on bookings made by March 31st 2020. Limited availability.

Highlights

  • Explore the fjords, mountains and villages of Greenland’s dramatic west coast.
  • Sail past huge icebergs on the approach to the UNESCO Ilulissat Ice Fjord.
  • Encounter an abundance of wildlife including hump back whales, walruses and seals.
  • Visit local Greenlandic villages and meet the people who live there in a small group.
  • Shore landings by Zodiac landing craft (weather permitting) to hike and explore the coast.
  • Visit remote fjords which are inaccessible to larger ships.
  • Learn from your expert guide.
  • Comfortable, and intimate ice-strengthened expedition vessel.

Key Information

Departure Location Narsarsuaq, Greenland
Arrival Location Ilulissat, Greenland
Trip StyleExploration
Physical RatingEasy
Maximum Group Size-7
Accommodation3 x Twins and 1 x Double with en-suite, 1 x Twin and 2 x Singles with shared bathroom
Duration10 Days - July 2020
Time of YearJuly
Included
Not Included

The Voyage

The voyage departs from the remote settlement of Narsarsuaq, home to just 145 people, on Greenland’s west coast. The plan is to sail out and explore the scenic fjords in the surrounding area. We will then follow the coast north exploring villages and anchorages on the way.

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The plan is to take advantage of the weather and ice conditions as we sail north and visit settlements which could include Færingehavn, and abandoned fishing village with a wreck, the capital Nuuk, Sisimiut and Maniitsoq.

We will keep a lookout for marine wildlife that frequents this area, including large populations of whales and explore inside passages. As we approach Ilulissat we will start to encounter some of the biggest icebergs on earth. A truly breathtaking site.

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Narsarsuaq

On our departure, we will cruise through the fjords and scenery that surround Narsarsuaq. We will then head out into the open ocean and sail north along the beautiful west coast of Greenland.

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Nuuk

Home to just under 18,000 inhabitants, Nuuk is the capital of Greenland and one of the smallest capital cities in the world. Situated in an area of outstanding beauty, Nuuk is situated on a large fjord known for its beautiful scenery including waterfalls and icebergs. Nuuk is made up of brightly coloured houses against the backdrop of stunning Sermitsiaq mountain.

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Sisimiut

On the passage north from Nuuk we cross the Arctic Circle as we head towards Sisimuit, the 2nd largest town in Greenland which has been inhabited for the last 4,500 years. It is situated at the end of a peninsula that extends in between two fjords, Kangerluarsuk Tulleq fjord to the north and Amerloq Fjord to the south. The town has Greenland’s furthest north year-round ice free port. As we depart we will encounter more and more icebergs as we sail north.

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Ilulissat

As we sail towards Ilulissat we will start to encounter huge icebergs. Now 250 km north of the Arctic Circle, we reach the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO world heritage site. Here is one of the few places where the Greenland icecap reaches the sea at the Sermeq Kujalleq glaciers. One of the fastest and most active glaciers in the world, it is quite likely you will see huge pieces of ice calving off the glacier face into the sea below. 

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Flexible Itinerary

On this 10 day expedition we will be conducting some longer overnight passages to cover the distance. During the day our plan is to use the Zodiac landing craft to go ashore, hike and explore. Our itinerary is kept flexible to allow the captain and expedition guide to make the most of the ice and weather conditions which can dictate what is possible. Unlike large cruise ships, this flexible approach helps us to see and experience more.

Why A Small Expedition Vessel?

We believe a small expedition vessel is the best way to experience Greenland in a closeup and personal way. Travelling with just 12 guests in total and a guide feels more like travelling with a small group of friends than a typical cruise. Landing in remote settlements with a small group of people will give you the chance to encounter local Greenlandic people. There is no waiting to join a Zodiac as there is space for everyone onboard. Find out why we prefer small ships to larger ships here.

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Are you wondering if this Greenland cruise is a good fit for you?

Please get in touch and we will use our expertise to recommend the right voyage for you dependent on your experience and comfort levels.

Travelling to and from Greenland

Due to the remoteness and the impact that the weather can have on flights, we require you to arrive in Greenland a day before your scheduled departure.

To make the booking process straight forward for you we have teamed up with an expert Greenlandic travel partner who will assist you with your flight bookings, any accommodation you require before and after the cruise and any further land activities you may require.

Who This Trip Is Aimed At

This trip is aimed at anyone with an interest in exploring a remote, natural wilderness. It is ideal for photographers and people that want to experience the raw beauty of Greenland. The focus of this trip is on exploring the coastline, doing shore landings and looking for wildlife viewing opportunities.

What Experience Do I need?

This trip is open to everyone and no previous experience is required as you will be accompanied by 2 expert guides at all times. We will provide you with a clothing list prior to departure so you can ensure you are properly dressed for this expedition. A basic level of fitness and mobility is required. A passion for adventure is a must.

Is a Small Expedition Vessel Right For Me?

A small expedition vessel offers a comfortable and spacious platform to explore Greenland. She is smaller than an expedition cruise ship with the huge benefit of offering a more intimate and personal experience with just 12 guests. Inside there is a communal saloon area to warm up in after a day in the cold.

This voyage takes place along a mixture of sheltered fjords and open coastline. The Captain will make decisions based on the weather to ensure the most comfortable and safe experience.

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The Expedition Vessel

Step aboard M/V Togo a classic expedition vessel.

Togo is a 102ft /31m motor yacht, custom built in 1965 by legendary Dunston Shipyard and last refitted in 2018. Originally built as North Sea trawler she was converted into Lloyd’s safety vessel in 1980s, then into a Yacht with extensive refit 2012 and upgraded to expedition yacht in 2018.

Togo has a well-appointed galley and mess room, elegant and comfortable mahogany paneled salon with bar and kitchenette. Her deck areas are spacious with semi-enclosed sides. She is a sturdy vessel with elegant sheer, sails with abundant intimacy from the bygone era of tramp steamers.

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  • Accommodation in twin cabins and double cabins with private shower and w/c (mostly en-suite).

  • Small group size of 12 guests ensures an intimate experience

  • Hot Showers

  • Equipped with 2 x zodiacs for shore landings
  • Large deck space for photography

  • Large saloon with bar.

  • Ice-strengthened hull for travel in the polar regions

  • Full safety gear

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Dates & Availability

Select a date to start your journey

18th July - 27th July 2020
2021 | Dates Coming Soon

Pricing

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Double Cabin with en suite – Sleeps 2

20% Sale! | Book by March 31st 2020

Was 8,300 / $9,250 / £7,100 per person based on double occupancy

Now €6,640/ £5,680 / $7,400 per person based on double occupancy

Last Place

Twin Cabin with en suite – Sleeps 2

20% Sale! | Book by March 31st 2020

Was 8,300 / $9,250 / £7,100 per person based on double occupancy

Now €6,640/ £5,680 / $7,400 per person based on double occupancy

Last Cabin

Twin Cabin with shared facilities – Sleeps 2

20% Sale! | Book by March 31st 2020

Was € 7,900 / $8,800 / £6,800 per person based on double occupancy

Now €6,320/ £5,440 / $7,040 per person based on double occupancy

Last Cabin

Cabin 7

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Single Cabin with shared facilities – Sleeps 1

20% Sale! | Book by March 31st 2020

Was 7,500 / $8,350/ £6,450 per person based on single occupancy

Now €6,000/ £5,160 / $6,680 per person based on double occupancy

Last Cabin

Cabin 5 and 6

Payment Options

 

  • Credit card
  • Payment by bank transfer
  • Monthly instalments to spread the cost of payments

Booking Terms and Conditions

All Greenland Expedition Micro Cruises