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Poseidon Expeditions - your polar cruise operator

Arctic / Greenland

We’re fascinated by the wonders of Greenland and want to share our passion with real expeditioners from around the globe! Join us on an epic Greenland cruise. Discover the mesmerizing wilderness and iconic wildlife of the world’s largest island, with prime opportunities to see reindeer, musk oxen, polar bears, arctic foxes, arctic hares and whales. Explore as part of a real expedition and get a feel for the unique scenery and local culture.

Join our Greenland Cruises for Impressions That Last a Lifetime

It’s the biggest island on the planet, has huge icebergs, is home to many iconic wild animals and offers prime opportunities to see the northern lights – Greenland is a must on your travel bucket list! With over 2 million square kilometers (770,000 square miles) and only 56,000 inhabitants, it’s an untouched paradise for wildlife and nature, with most of the island located above the Arctic Circle.

Many of Greenland’s gems are inaccessible to everyday travelers and only a small expedition ship will get you there. Board one of our Zodiac tours or join the kayak club and paddle at your own speed. Whether you are a photographer, wildlife lover, adventurer or simply a connoisseur of remote nature, Greenland will create lasting memories!

What You Can See in Greenland

Greenland is not just ice and snow. There are countless gems to explore, and our Greenland cruises are scheduled for the summer months, when the midnight sun will give you plenty of time to sightsee. Colossal fjords in West and South Greenland, pristine glaciers, Northeast Greenland National park with its mesmerizing landscapes and wildlife, charming Inuit villages, contemporary cities and spectacular northern light sightings will give you bragging rights as a real polar explorer.


Why travel with Poseidon Expeditions?

Poseidon Expeditions is one of the leading operators of polar expeditions in the cruise industry. Since 1999, we’ve offered voyages that combine the spirit of adventure with a generous measure of onboard comfort and well-being, along with educational enrichment.

Why travel with us?
M/V Sea Spirit – Tiny but Mighty

M/V Sea Spirit – Tiny but Mighty

With a maximum capacity of just 114 passengers, we usually operate with 100 guests off the ship. It maximizes our travelers' time ashore because there is no need for splitting passengers into groups for landing rotations as required on larger ships.

A real polar expedition

A real polar expedition

Experience active exploration of the polar regions through a variety of activities. Weather permitting, we schedule up to 3 excursions per day and offer optional kayaking and, in Antarctica, camping. Enrich your polar knowledge in an engaging and interactive way through Poseidon’s edutainment program.

24 years of polar cruising

24 years of polar cruising

Polar cruising is our passion and expertise and over the past 24 years, we’ve gained tremendous experience building a strong team of enthusiastic polar professionals who are all experts in their field. Each cruise is a thoughtfully crafted expedition voyage.

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Highlights

Nuuk

Nuuk

Greenland’s capital with its 15,000 inhabitants is the cultural and economic center of the island. Visit the national museum with its beautiful collection of artifacts, which tell 4,500 years of Greenland’s history. The art museum features local art and paintings, as well as work by Andy Warhol.

Visit Hans Egede’s House, the oldest building in Greenland, dating back to 1728 when it was a Dano-Norwegian missionary. Nowadays it functions as a governmental building.


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Northeast Greenland National Park

Northeast Greenland National Park

The world’s largest national park is home to approximately 15,000 musk oxen, polar bears, walruses and many other iconic animals. Marine fauna include the ringed seal, narwhal and beluga whale. With a little bit of luck you can see them during our expedition cruises.

The park is part of the UNESCO heritage and one of the most spectacular places to see remote Arctic wilderness..

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Ilulissat Icefjord

Ilulissat Icefjord

It’s a UNESCO world heritage site you can step on! The glacier is actively calving and moves around 19 meters a day. On our Greenland cruises you can admire this solid cold beauty and get a close-up view. We’ve seen the emotions of our expeditioners – nobody keeps cool around this amazing natural wonder. It’s a bucket-list item for many of our travelers with a guaranteed wow moment!

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Svalbard & NE Greenland National Park
Svalbard & NE Greenland National Park Svalbard & NE Greenland National Park map route

US$ 10 796

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Sea Kayak Club Photography

Svalbard, Greenland & Iceland
Svalbard, Greenland & Iceland Svalbard, Greenland & Iceland map route

US$ 10 095

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Sea Kayak Club Photography

East Greenland East Greenland map route

US$ 7 095

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Sea Kayak Club Photography

Departures

Itinerary Dates Days Activities Special Offer Rates from
Svalbard & NE Greenland National Park
Icebergs, Fjords, Polar bears and Arctic wildlife
08 Aug - 21 Aug 2024 14 Sea Kayak Club Photography Black Friday 25% off* FLIGHTS LONGYEARBYEN ↔ OSLO INCLUDED
US$ 10 395
US$ 10 796
per person
Svalbard, Greenland & Iceland
Arctic Odyssey
20 Aug - 02 Sep 2024 14 Sea Kayak Club Photography
SOLD OUT
East Greenland
Arctic Sights and Northern Lights
01 Sep - 11 Sep 2024 11 Sea Kayak Club Photography
US$ 7 095
per person
East Greenland
Arctic Sights and Northern Lights
10 Sep - 20 Sep 2024 11 Sea Kayak Club Photography Black Friday 25% off*
US$ 7 095
US$ 7 421
per person
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Wildlife

Greenland is a paradise for wildlife lovers! Expect to see iconic animals in their natural habitat such as reindeer, musk oxen, walruses, arctic foxes, arctic hares, humpback and bowhead whales, as well as majestic polar bears. While we always keep a safe distance from the animals, you’ll still get to see them up close. During the polar day, you will have a maximum amount of daylight to explore and view wildlife.

Get the best photo ops from the deck of our small expedition ship and during Zodiac cruises, hikes ashore and while kayaking. Our professional photographers will help you get that perfect shot so you can bring home the best pictures to remember the adventure.

Birders will be excited to spot great northern divers, barnacle geese, pink-footed geese, common eiders, king eiders, gyrfalcons, snowy owls, sanderlings, ptarmigan and ravens. Ask our expedition team and onboard specialists everything you ever wanted to know about your favorite animals and learn about their unique life in the Arctic.

About Greenland

Breathtaking wilderness, charming towns and contemporary Inuit culture – Greenland is a unique place with its very own charm. It’s the prime destination for any Arctic explorer. History buffs will love the Viking heritage of the region, nature lovers will appreciate the untouched and rough beauty of the island and wildlife lovers will appreciate its rich fauna. Did you know that Greenland is the best place to see the Aurora Borealis? On our late summer cruises, we hit the best spots around the coast to see this majestic spectacle.

Short History

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The first inhabitants of Greenland were the Inuit, who settled from around 2500 BC until about 900 BC on the island. After a period during which Greenland was abandoned, the Dorset people arrived around 500 BC, and from the 10th century AD the Thule people came and settled. It’s believed that Viking Erik the Red gave Greenland its contradictory name to attract more Viking settlers, thinking that it would make this northern land sound more fertile, attractive (and greener) for newcomers.

Greenland at that time was not quite as cold as it is now because the Earth’s climate cooled in the 14th century and the Vikings eventually disappeared from the island.

Since 1721, Denmark held colonies in Greenland and in 1953 the island became part of Denmark. Since 2009, Greenland has been an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark. The official language is Greenlandic, but people also speak Danish and English.

Climate

The world’s lowest temperature record (in the northern hemisphere) of -69.6 °C (-93.3 °F) was recorded in Greenland in 1991. The average temperature in the capital Nuuk varies from around -5 C to +10 °C (23 to 50 °F). During the summer months, it can warm up to +21°C (70 °F), but only in the coastal regions. In the center of Greenland, the temperature hardly ever exceeds 0°C (32 °F).

The eastern part of Greenland is considered colder due to fierce winds. During the winter months, the weather can be harsh. That’s why expedition cruises are usually scheduled during the warmer and more moderate summer months. The south and west coastal regions are generally warmer.

The precipitation quantity in the south is around 1,080 mm (43 inches) per year. In north Greenland, it may be as little as 100-200 mm (4-8 inches).

Geography

With a total area of 2,166,086 km2 (836,000 square miles), Greenland is the biggest island in the world. Only 410,449 km2 (158, 475 square miles) of it are not covered in ice. The highest point in Greenland is Gunnbjørn Fjeld at 3,700m (12,119 ft), situated in the Watkins Range in the east. Most of the mountains are covered by Greenland’s ice sheet. Coastlines are predominantly rocky with numerous fjords.

How People Live in Greenland

greenland-seoblock-5.jpgThe island’s main industry is fishing. Greenland is also rich in minerals, such as zinc, lead, iron ore, copper and oil. Its tourism industry is growing, and beautiful Arctic nature, cultural heritage and wildlife attract more and more travelers from all over the world. In 2017 a new deposit of rubies was discovered with promising global export potential for the precious stones.

While primary and secondary schools cover the basic educational needs of locals, many choose to continue their studies abroad. While Nuuk has its own university featuring a few classes in the native Greenlandic language, most classes are taught in Danish and English. In 2021 there were less than 300 students registered at the local university.

Plan Your Greenland Tour

Great expeditions need proper planning. Consider what your Arctic adventure should look like. Do you want to see incredible fjords and the biggest icebergs? Then consider a cruise to Northeastern Greenland. Northern lights are on your bucket list? Then a cruise to East Greenland in late summer is perfect for you. And if you are looking for the perfect Arctic odyssey, then choose a combined expedition covering Iceland, Greenland and Svalbard.

How to Get to Greenland

Book a flight to one of the departure ports ahead of time. Depending on which cruise you choose, you may embark/disembark in Longyearbyen (Svalbard) or Reykjavik (Iceland). After you board our expedition, you’ll cruise in comfort and style on the Sea Spirit toward Greenland. Contact us for assistance with booking and choosing the right cruise for your adventurous spirit!

Visas

greenland-seoblock-2.jpgDepending on your departure/arrival port, you may need to get a visa. Please contact your local consulates ahead of time and reach out to us if you need assistance. We will be glad to help collect the necessary documents to apply for the required visas.

Greenland Ships

Most of the remote and tucked-away gems of Greenland are only reachable via small expedition ship. Aboard the Sea Spirit, perfectly suited for small expedition cruising with a maximum of only 114 passengers, we take you on the adventure of a lifetime. You can choose from various cabin categories to make your expedition comfortable and memorable. The ship also features a gourmet restaurant, large open deck, bistro, bar, lecture hall, gym and lounge with a 24/7 coffee and tea station. Feel like a real explorer, but with all the modern comforts!

When to Visit Greenland

The best time to visit Greenland on an expedition cruise are the summer months. June to September are warmer and the midnight sun gives you a maximum amount of daylight to explore, spot wildlife and see the beautiful landscape. Average temperatures in summer are around 0 °C (32 °F), with occasional highs around +10°C (50 °F). Be prepared for all contingencies and bring warm clothes. There are cases of snow even in the summer months!

If you’re after prime opportunities to view the northern lights, be sure to book a cruise in late summer/early fall. At the beginning of September, the chances of seeing them are very high and we have a special cruise scheduled right around this time (one of our travelers’ all-time favorite)!

Facts About Greenland

Ready to visit Greenland? Need a few more facts to be prepared for your expedition? Check out our top 5 favorite facts about this region:

  • A whopping 81% of the island is covered by Greenland’s ice sheet!

  • Golfing amid icebergs and snowfields? Every March golfers flock to the Ice Gold World Championships in Uummannaq.

  • Krone is king – Greenland’s currency is the Danish Krone.

  • Greenland was actually green, about 2.5 million years ago.

  • You’re speaking some Greenlandic already! Kayak and igloo are in fact Greenlandic words that have been adopted by other languages.

FAQ

If you’re lucky, you may not get seasick at all. Many avid expeditioners swear it all depends on attitude. While the open sea may be rough, the coastal waters are much calmer. Many people are unnecessarily worried ahead of their cruise. Consult your physician before your trip and pack motion sickness medication, just in case. There are many remedies that can ease seasickness and it’s better to come prepared. We also have an onboard physician who can assist you if needed.

Travel health insurance is a must on expeditions cruises to the remote Arctic. We also recommend travel cancellation and luggage insurance. Contact us and we’ll be glad to consult you in detail on this subject.

Yes, Wi-Fi aboard the Sea Spirit is available free of charge.

Airfare to and from the departure ports is generally not covered by your cruise package, as well as additional nights ashore before and after the designated cruise duration. Also excluded are passport and visa fees, drinks (apart from welcome and farewell cocktails), additional telecommunication charges, insurance and gratuities.

The regular time zone is UTC-3. Ittoqqortoormiit in East Greenland is on UTC-1. Danmarkshavn (a weather station in Northeastern Greenland is on UTC+0 and the Thule Air Base at Pituffik in Western Greenland is at UTC-4. (Source: visitgreenland.com)

This depends on you. While accommodation, meals and the 24/7 hour coffee and tea station are included in the cruise package, you may want to purchase additional drinks or souvenirs. We also accept credit cards. And for landings ashore: Greenland’s currency is the Danish Krone.

Weather can be unpredictable. We recommend dressing in layers. Warm base layers, pullovers, trousers and water and windproof top layers. Don’t forget a hat, gloves, scarf and warm socks, as well as comfortable footwear for onboard activities. Opt for synthetics, polar fleece and wool (no cotton fabrics). You’ll get rental boots for the duration of the cruise for landings, and our warm and versatile signature expedition parka for you to keep as a souvenir.

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