Mighty glaciers crumble, Viking settlements lie in ruins, and Inuit culture flourishes on Greenland’s west coast.
This exceptional voyage departs from Reykjavík, Iceland and finishes in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland (or goes the other way around). Our explorations span the countless fjords of Greenland’s west coast from Cape Farewell, at the southern tip of the country, to Disko Bay, deep inside the Arctic Circle.
Inside Greenland’s southern fjords we discover well-preserved Viking ruins and the country’s most fertile landscapes. Along Greenland’s west coast we find colorful Inuit villages, as well as the capital city of Nuuk. In Disko Bay we find spectacular natural wonders including the famous Ilulissat Icefjord.
Vikings started to arrive in southwestern Greenland in A.D. 986. They established numerous settlements on the coast between Cape Farewell and present-day Nuuk, where they engaged in farming and animal husbandry. By A.D. 1500 there were only artefacts, ruins, and the still-unsolved mystery of their disappearance.At Hvalsey, the site of a farmstead established the late 10th century by Erik the Red’s uncle, we find the large and impressive ruins of an exceptionally well-built stone church. Other archeological sites, including some of Greenland’s oldest, are located near the village of Narsaq, also on our route.
Indigenous people, including modern Inuit and their ancestors and predecessors, have been living a subsistence, semi-nomadic lifestyle on the west coast of Greenland for thousands of years. Today, a contemporary lifestyle is blended with rich cultural traditions in settlements all along the coast. Brightly colored houses are a modern reflection of the pride and felicity of these robust people and their ancient lineage.
Communities on our route, each with their own unique histories and characters, include Qaqortoq, Narsaq, Paamiut, Nuuk, Itilleq, Sisimiut, Ilulissat, and Qeqertarsuaq.
Disko Bay is where we find the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for the endless parade of icebergs issuing from Sermeq Kujalleq, one of the fastest and most active glaciers in the world. Here we also have the chance to hike at Eqip Sermia, a calving tidewater glacier located in a wild and scenic fjord.The bountiful waters of Disko Bay are home to a variety of whale species including humpback, minke, fin, and bowhead (also known as the Greenland right whale). A ubiquity of icebergs makes whale watching in Disko Bay a particularly special experience.
On Greenland’s south and west coasts, your inner photographer will be filled with inspiration from a wide range of sources. Our free photography program gives you the chance to learn and practice your skills alongside an experienced expert.
Photogenic attractions on this voyage include serpentine fjords, towering mountains, cathedral-like icebergs, tidewater glaciers, and whales, in addition to colorful houses and charismatic sled dogs in villages throughout the area.
Our expert photographer will be available to help you make the most of this bounty in your viewfinder. Be sure to clear your calendar after the voyage, as you will have a lot of photos to post and ‘likes’ to receive.
Greenland has been rewarding kayakers ever since this versatile craft was invented here thousands of years ago. The west coast of Greenland invites you to paddle through its fjords, around its skerries, and amidst its enormous icebergs.
Join us for an unscripted, genuine small-group adventure as we discover calving glaciers, enormous icebergs, rugged coastlines, and uninhabited islands while paddling through waters inhabited by whales.
Sea Kayak Club is a fun and exciting way to experience the extraordinary beauty of Greenland. If you enjoy sea kayaking, then do not miss your chance to participate in this optional adventure activity.