Natural Wonders of Iceland and Greenland
On this cruise, we follow the routes of the ancient settlers of Northern Europe to Iceland and Greenland, to learn of the early and modern-day inhabitants and their cultures that have developed around these wondrous lands of ice and fire. Twinning magnificent Arctic lands and seas - where the whale and walrus thrive and glaciers calve into the ocean - with Iceland‘s Golden Circle of sights, means many opportunities to experience the extraordinary power of nature.
13 nights from £4699pp
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Iceland and Natural Wonders of Greenland Itinerary
Titan‘s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Reykjavik. On arrival, you are met and transfer to embark MS Ocean Diamond (3T), with time to settle in before dinner tonight, as our journey begins.
Located off Iceland‘s south coast, the Westman Islands were formed by submarine volcanic eruptions around 10,000 years ago. Surtsey Island emerged from the sea in 1963 and is one the youngest land masses on earth. We‘ll go ashore on Heimaey, the only inhabited island, where half-buried houses remain from a violent 1973 eruption.
Today we sail across the Denmark Strait towards Greenland, following the same maritime route used by Norse settlers more than 900 years ago. Fascinating presentations by the Expedition Team members will be available, to prepare for your visit to Greenland. Or choose to just relax and watch for whales, dolphins and seabirds from the deck.
If conditions allow, we‘ll travel along the 70-mile-long Prins Christian Sound which connects the Labrador and Irminger Seas. In this narrow, often ice-choked channel, you may come so close to icebergs you can almost reach out and touch one. The force of Greenland‘s massive, inland ice cap pushes glaciers towards the sea, calving large icebergs.
Very close to the town of Narsarsuaq lies the small settlement of Qassiarsuk, founded by the legendary Viking rebel and leader Erik the Red. He named this area ‘green land‘ because the landscape around Qassiarsuk is characterised by inviting fjords and green, fertile valleys. During this stop you have the opportunity to learn more about the lives of the early Norse settlers and visit the reconstruction of a Viking longhouse and a small turf church.
Today we visit Ikka Fjord, an underwater world like no other, with a forest of remarkable mineral columns growing on the seabed. The columns formed over 10,000 years ago from the extremely rare mineral Ikait.
With 16,000 inhabitants Nuuk is both the capital and biggest city of Greenland. It combines Arctic traditions with European urbanity. Visit the city sights on a walking tour that ends at the National Museum, which exhibits the famous mummies of Qilakitsoq.
With around 5,600 inhabitants, Sisimiut is the second-largest town in Greenland. It is a modern settlement that maintains ancient traditions. The fishing industry still plays an important role here and the natural harbour remains ice-free throughout the year.
In the morning we reach Ilulissat village in fabled Disko Bay, beside the Ilulissat Icefjord. Delight in the thunderous spectacle when icebergs break off from Sermeq Kujalleq glacier and plunge into the fjord. Sermeq Kujalleq is one of the most productive glaciers in the northern hemisphere. We spend the evening at the beautiful Eqip Glacier.
Uummannaq is considered one of the most beautiful towns in Greenland. Located on a small island about 300 miles north of the Arctic Circle, this tiny, picturesque village lies at the foot of a heart-shaped mountain.
The small settlement of Qeqertarsuaq is located on the south coast of Disko Island. In 1773 the first whaling base was founded. Whaling has been of great importance to the town over the past two centuries and hunting and fishing are still the primary occupations for the island‘s inhabitants.
In the morning we reach the 120-mile Kangerlussuaq Fjord and the town of the same name. We‘ll disembark and transfer to the airport for a flight to Reykjavik and onward transfer to the Grand Hotel Reykjavik (4T). The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Today we enjoy a tour of the ‘Golden Circle‘ of Iceland, visiting some of the country‘s most iconic landmarks and places of natural, historic and scenic qualities. The thermal area of Great Geysir dazzles, especially its spouting hot spring, the Strokkur, which erupts every 5 to 10 minutes, sending up a column of boiling water to a height of 30 metres. Then at Gullfoss, we visit Iceland‘s best known and most beautiful waterfall, the two-tiered Golden Falls. This natural wonder is simply breathtaking. Another highlight is Thingvellir, home of the world‘s first parliament and now a national park. We return to Reykjavik later in the afternoon.
We transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
- International and internal flights (when applicable)
- VIP door-to-door travel service
- Selected meals
- Excursions as noted
- Services of a Titan tour manager
- Airport/port taxes