Join us for a journey that follows the route of the Norse in their explorations of Greenland. Heading first to East Greenland, we will experience the beauty of deep fjords and crystal clear glaciers. In South and West Greenland, we will see the remains of Norse settlements and will visit small towns and villages to encounter a fascinating mix of local and Danish culture. Heading over to Nunavut we will be looking for polar bears and walrus during Zodiac cruises. We will see outstanding local art in Iqaluit and Cape Dorset and will look for beluga whales in Churchill. Throughout the voyage, learn about the history, geology, wildlife and botany of this spectacular area from lecture presentations offered by your knowledgeable onboard Expedition Team.
Skjoldungen Fjord, Greenland –
Skjoldungen, a large uninhabited island off of Greenland’s east coast, offers a spectacular ship’s cruise and (weather permitting) a Zodiac cruise to approach Thrym Glacier. Keep an eye out for whales, which are often spotted at the entrance to Skjoldungen Fjord. The island was named after Sjoldr, one of the first legendary Danish kings mentioned in the Old English poem Beowulf.
Prince Christian Sound, Greenland –
Silver Cloud will cruise through the Prince Christian Sound, the waterway connecting the east and west coasts of Greenland. This is one of Greenland’s most dramatic natural features, with its steep mountains, waterfalls and glaciers.
Qaqortoq, Greenland –
The colorful houses of Qaqortoq are cheerfully painted in bright primary shades. The modest Qaqortoq Museum houses a unique collection of contemporary artwork, and a superb collection of Inuit artefacts associated with hunting and fishing. The town is also famous for “Stone and Man,” an open air sculpture gallery consisting of rock carvings and etchings.
Qassiarsuk, Greenland –
Brattahlid is the ancient home of Erik the Red and the community houses replicas of a Norse manor house and chapel as well as a statue honouring Erik’s son that stands on a hilltop above the village.
Nuuk, Greenland –
Nuuk is Greenland’s capital. A walking tour will permit to take in Nuuk’s natural beauty and to see Hans Egede’s home and the Church of our Saviour. Nuuk gives visitors a chance to view the famous Qilakitsoq mummies and traditional clothing and artefacts at the Greenlandic National Museum.
Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada –
The Nunavut Legislative Assembly Building has a remarkable collection of Inuit art. The local museum (the only in the territory) has two galleries with a permanent exhibition of old and contemporary artefacts and art. In town very interesting street art and local carvings are exhibited along the main roads.
Lower Savage Islands, Nunavut, Canada –
At the Lower Savage Islands Zodiac cruises (weather depending) will cover the channel between the islands in search of seals and polar bears.
Cape Dorset, Nunavut, Canada –
Cape Dorset (Kinngait in Inuktitut, the local language) has been an important site for the Thule culture, but today is best known for the drawings, prints and carvings of its inhabitants. It considers itself to be the “Capital of Inuit Art” and we intend to visit the Kinngait Studios to hear more about the local artists and their output.
Churchill, Manitoba, Canada –
Churchill is not only known for its winter attraction of polar bears and the polar bear jail, but also as an important site for beluga whales that congregate in the Churchill River in June and July. Conditions permitting a Zodiac cruise will be done looking for the whales.
Weather permitting, the Silver Cloud offers the opportunity to kayak in a small group under the guidance of certified kayak instructors. These special expeditionary excursions allow you to experience the wilds of Greenland and Nunavut in a peaceful silence.
- Retrace the route taken by the Norse and see the remains of Norse manors, chapels and churches.
- Visit a small village in Southwest Greenland to see how the Inuit live in current day.
- A visit to the Greenlandic National Museum in Nuuk will provide an excellent overview of the different cultures that have lived in Greenland.
- See the outstanding artwork produced by Inuit in Nunavut.
Wildlife Watch List:
- Humpback whales, minke whales, beluga whales and orcas
- Seabirds of note: Glaucous Gull, Iceland Gull, Common Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Arctic Tern, Black-legged Kittiwakes
- Land birds: Ravens, White Wagtail, Common Redpoll, Lapland Bunting, Lapland Longspur, Northern Wheatear, Red-throated Diver, Purple Sandpiper
Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather, wildlife activity and ice conditions. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.
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