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Greenland & The North West Passage

Greenland - North West Passage

An autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark, the huge island of Greenland lies to the Northeast of North America. In recent years this country has opened up to tourism with several companies offering Greenland cruises. Small communities of indigenous people can be found by the water's edge, whose prosperity has relied on fishing, hunting and small-scale farming, but with a tiny population of about 60,000 this is the least densely populated country in the world. Due to the vast size of Greenland and the infrastructure the best way to take a Greenland holiday is by cruise ship.

All towns and settlements of Greenland are situated along the ice-free coast, with the population being concentrated along the west coast.

Cruises tend to focus on Disko Bay and the south and southwest, and their focus is on the traditional Inuit communities, historic Viking settlements, and stunning mountain scenery, with breathtaking ice formations, and rugged fjords and mountains.

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Most Greenland cruises start in Kangerlussuaq, which is usually reached by a specially chartered flight. Expedition ships such as Silversea's Silver Explorer, a Hurtigruten vessel or Compagnie du Ponant's Boreal offer Greenland cruises in the summer months.

Sometimes expedition cruise lines will schedule a one-off Northwest Passage cruise from Greenland, aiming to find a route through the moving pack-ice to the Pacific Ocean and northern Alaska disembarking in Nome. This extraordinary journey (occasionally you will also see it scheduled in the opposite direction) is particularly exciting because you can never be completely sure the journey will be successful, although in recent years the ice has clearly receded.

Cruise ships monitor the ice closely, and can call upon ice-breakers to help them through the passage if necessary. This is one of the last true adventures, following in the footsteps of Amundsen, the first explorer to find a northern route from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

The North West Passage

Day 1 - Fly London to Vancouver. Overnight stay Vancouver
Day 2 - Fly Vancouver to Nome, Alaska. Board Hanseatic
Day 3 - Point Hope & Barrow. Visit the whaling settlement of Point Hope and whale watch in Barrow
Day 4 - At sea
Day 5-14 - Travelling the Northwest Passage from the Beaufort Sea into Lancaster Sound. Spot brown bears on Herschel Island, learn about the culture of the Inuit in Holman, see the spectacular coastline of Johansen Bay and Ross Point. Take a tour of the heritage of the Norwegian Arctic explorer Roald Amundsen in Cambridge Bay. Cruise the narrow passage of Peel Sound. All the time be on the lookout for polar bears!
Day 15 - Resolute & Beechey Island . See Resolute, ancient settlement of the Thule. Visit Beechey Island the resting place of the missing John Franklin Expedition
Day 16 - Dundas Harbor. This marks your successful journey through the Northwest Passage
Day 17 - At sea
Day 18 - Uummannaq, Greenland. Visit the quaint town of Uummannaq in the shadow of Uummannaq Mountain
Day 19 - Ilulissat (Jakobshavn), Greenland & cruising Disko Bay. Hike to the Ilulissat Icefjord. See drifting icebergs whilst cruising Disko Bay
Day 20 - Sisimiut. The chance to see whales and seals
Day 21 - Cruising in the Godthabfjord & Nuuk, Greenland. Cruise Godthabfjord one of the world's largest fjordlands. Visit Santa Claus post office near Nuuk
Day 22 - Qaqortoq & Hvalsey, Greenland. See Qaqortoq historic buildings and modern art and visit Viking ruins in Hvalsey
Day 23 - Cruising Prins Christian Sund
Day 24 - Cruising Skjoldungenfjord
Day 25 - At sea
Day 26 - Arrive Reykjavik. 1 night stay Reykjavik
Day 27 - Fly Reykjavik to London

Highlights:

  • Following in the footsteps of adventurers by cruising the Northwest Passage
  • The chance to see the polar bears and whales
  • Exploring the fjordlands of Greenland

Extend your trip:

  • Take the Rocky Mountaineer across the Canadian Rockies to Vancouver
  • Extend your stay in the beautiful city of Vancouver or take the ferry to Seattle
  • Take some time to explore northern Alaska and the Denali National Park
  • For a close-up experience of the Inside Passage of Alaska, small expedition ships are available

Iceberg

26 Nights
Prices from

£15,600pp

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Opportunity for Adventure...Greenland

Day 1 – Reykjavik
Day 2 – Grundarfjorður
Day 3 – Denmark Strait
Day 4 – Prins Christian Sund/Nunap Isua (Kap Farvel)
Day 5 – Qaqortoq and Hvalsøy
Day 6 – Narsaq and Qassiarsuk
Day 7 – Ivittuut
Day 8 – Nuuk
Day 9 – Sisimiut
Day 10 – Ilulissat
Day 11 – Qeqertarsuaq
Day 12 – Copenhagen / Kangerlussuaq
Day 13 – Copenhagen

Greenland Village

12 night cruise only
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£4,394pp

Departures: 2nd June 2015; 2nd July 2015

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This is not all we can offer. If you would like to discuss more ways to visit this destination give us a call. Contact us for more options.

Compagnie du Ponant Greenland's West Coast

Day 1 – Reykjavik – Hafnarfjordur, Iceland
Day 2 – Reykjavik – Hafnarfjordur, Iceland
Day 3 – At Sea
Day 4 – Passing Cape Farwell, Greenland
Day 5 – Narsaq
Day 6 – Nuuk
Day 7 – Sailing along the Western Coast of Greenland
Day 8 – Ilulissat
Day 9 – Sailing the Fjords
Day 10 – Kangerlussuaq

Greenland Iceberg

9 Nights cruise only
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Departures: 12th August 2015

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Compagnie du Ponant The Unexplored Greenland

Day 1 – Reykjavik – Hafnarfjordur
Day 2 – Reykjavik – Hafnarfjordur
Day 3 – Crossing the Denmark Strait
Day 4 – Knut Rasmussen Fjord, Greenland
Day 5 – Ammassalik
Day 6 – Sermilik
Day 7 – Sailing along the Eastern Coast of Greenland Observation of Fjords and Glaciers
Day 8 – Sailing along the Eastern Coast of Greenland observation of Fjords and Glaciers
Day 9 – Passing Cape Farwell
Day 10 – Sailing along the Coast of Greenland
Day 11 – Nuuk
Day 12 – Ilulissat – Disko Bay
Day 13 – Ilulissat – Disko Bay
Day 14 – Sailing the Fjords
Day 15 - Kangerlussuaq

Greenland

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Departures: 28th July 2015

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Lindblad Exploring Greenland and the Canadian High Arctic

Day 1 – Ottawa, Canada
Day 2 – Ottawa / Fly to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
Day 3 – Greenland’s West Coast & Sisimiut
Day 4 – Disko Bay & Ilulissat
Day 5 – At Sea in Baffin Bay
Day 6-8 – Exploring the Canadian High Arctic
Day 9-11 – Padloping & Hall Peninsula
Day 12 – Disembark Iqaluit, Nunavut / Fly to Ottawa, Canada
Day 13 - Ottawa

Greenland Ponant

10 Nights cruise only
Prices from

£12,990pp

Departures: 28th July 2015; 07th, 17th, 27th August 2015

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Arctic Wilderness Adventure

Day 1 – Copenhagen
Day 2 – Copenhagen / Kangerlussuaq
Day 3-11 – Exploring the Nort-West Greenland
Day 12 – Kangerlussuaq / Copenhagen

Hurtigruten Ship Arctic

11 Nights cruise only
Prices from

£4,728pp

Departures: 12th, 22th June 2015

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Disko Bay and the Southern Fjords

Day 1 – Copenhagen
Day 2 – Copenhagen / Kangerlussuaq
Day 3 – Qeqertarsuaq
Day 4 – Ilulissat
Day 5 – Sisimiut
Day 6 – Nuuk
Day 7 – Ivittuut
Day 8 – Narsaq and Qassiarsuk
Day 9 – Hvalsey and Qaqortoq
Day 10 – Prins Christian Sund / Nunap Isua (Kap Farvel)
Day 11 – Denmark Strait
Day 12 – Grundarfjördur, Iceland
Day 13 - Reykjavik

Hurtigruten Midnight Sun

12 Nights cruise only
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£4,622pp

Departures: 12th July2015

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Hapag Lloyd Greenland Discovery

Day 1 – Flight to Keflavik / Journey to Reykjavik
Day 2 – Grundarfjoerdur
Day 3 – Isafjoerdur
Day 4 – Akureyri
Day 5 – Siglufjoerdur / Grimsey
Day 6 – Relaxation at Sea
Day 7 – Cruise along the eastern coast of Greenland
Day 8 – Passage through Prins Christian Sund
Day 9-15 – Western coast of Greenland
Day 16 – Kangerlussuaq / Flight back home

Hapag Lloyd Arctic Icebear

15 Nights cruise only
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£7,020pp

Departures: 30th June 2015

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Lindblad The Northwest Passage: Newfoundland & Labrador

Day 1 – Reykjavik
Day 2 – Explore the West Coast of Iceland
Day 3 – Crossing the Denmark Strait
Day 4 – Prins Christian Sund & Nanortalik, Greenland
Day 5 – At Sea
Day 6 – Nuuk
Day 7 – Greenland's West Coast & Sisimiut
Day 8 – Disko Bay & Ilulissat
Day 9 – At Sea
Day 10 - 12 – Exploring East Baffin Island
Day 13 - 22 – Exploring the Northwest Passage
Day 23 - 24 – Kugluktuk / Edmonton

Lindblad Seal National Geographic

23 Nights cruise only
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£13,820pp

Departures: 22nd June 2015

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National Park Expedition

Day 1-2 – Longyearbyen and Barentsburg
Day 3 – Kongsfjorden and North West Spitsbergen National Park
Day 4 – At Sea
Day 5-11 – North East Greenland National Park, Greenland
Day 12 – Ittoqqortoomiit (Scoresbysund), Greenland
Day 13 – Isafjördur, Iceland
Day 14 – Flateyri
Day 15 – Grundarfjördur
Day 16 - Reykjavik

Hurtigruten Glacier

12 Nights cruise only
Prices from

£5,710pp

Departures: 4th September 2014; 26th August 2015; 10th September 2015

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Compagnie du Ponant The Northwest Passage

Day 1 – Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
Day 2 – Sisimiut
Day 3 – Ilulissat – Disko Bay
Day 4 – Upernavik Fjord
Day 5 – Melville Bay
Day 6 – Savissivik
Day 7 – Pond Inlet, Nunavut, Canada
Day 8 – Beechey
Day 9 – Fort Ross
Day 10 – Gjoa Haven
Day 11 – Sailing Queen Maud Gulf
Day 12 – Navigation Inside Coronation Gulf and Duke of York
Archipelago
Day 13 – Holman, NWT, Canada
Day 14 – Jesse Harbour
Day 15 – Franklin Bay
Day 16 – Sailing Beaufort Sea
Day 17 – Herschel Island, Tyukon, Canada
Day 18 – Sailing the Arctic Ocean, Alaska, USA
Day 19 – Crossing the Bering Strait
Day 20-21 – Little Diomede
Day 22 – At Sea – Data Line Change
Day 23 – Anadyr, Russia

Greenland - North West Passage

22 Nights cruise only
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Departures: 26th August 2014; 24th August 2015

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Compagnie du Ponant Baffin Sea

Day 1 – Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
Day 2 – Ilulissat – Disko Bay
Day 3 – Ilulissat – Disko Bay
Day 4 – Eqi Glacier / Paul Emile Victor Base
Day 5 – Upernavik Fjord
Day 6 – Melville Bay
Day 7 – Savissivik
Day 8 – Thule
Day 9 – Pond Inlet, Nunavut, Canada
Day 10 – North Arm Fjord
Day 11 – Clyde River
Day 12 – Isabella Bay
Day 13 – At Sea
Day 14 – Kangerlussuaq

Compagnie du Ponant - Kangerlussuaq - Kangerlussuaq

13 Nights cruise only
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Departures: 13th August 2014; 11th August 2015

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Compagnie du Ponant Unexplored Greenland

Day 1 – Reykjavik - Hafnarfjordur
Day 2 – Reykjavik - Hafnarfjordur
Day 3 – Crossing the Denmark Strait
Day 4 – Knut Rasmussen Fjord, Greenland
Day 5 – Ammassalik
Day 6 – Sermilik
Day 7 – Sailing along the Eastern Coast of Greenland Observation of Fjords and Glaciers
Day 8 – Sailing along the Eastern Coast of Greenland Observation of Fjords and Glaciers
Day 9 – Passing Cape Farwell
Day 10 – Sailing along the Coast of Greenland
Day 11 – Nuuk
Day 12 – Ilulissat - Disko Bay
Day 13 – Ilulissat - Disko Bay
Day 14 – Sailing the Fjords
Day 15 - Kangerlussuaq

Greenland

14 Nights cruise only
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Departures: 28th July 2015

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Lindblad Along the Viking Trail

Day 1 – Reykjavik, Iceland
Day 2 – Reykjavik, Iceland
Day 3 – Explore the West Coast of Iceland
Day 4 – Isafjoerdur
Day 5 – Exploring the Northwestern Iceland
Day 6 – Prins Christian Sund & Nanortalik
Day 7 – Hvalsey Ruins (Qaqortukulooq) & Qaqortoq
Day 8 – Brattahild & Eriksfjord
Day 9 – Nuuk
Day 10 – Exploring Greenland's West Coast
Day 12 – Kangerlussuaq

Greenland - North West Passage

10 Nights cruise only
Prices from

£10,580pp

Departures: 19th July 2015

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Hapag Lloyd Kangerlussuaq Round-Trip

Day 1 – Flight to Kangerlussuaq
Day 2-4 – Western Greenland
Day 5-17 – Disko Bay
Day 18-22 – Kangaatsiaq, Sisimiut, Nuuk, Qaqortoq, Hvalsey, Unartoq
Day 23 – Relaxation at Sea
Day 24 – Kangerlussuaq / Flight back home

Hapag Lloyd Ms Bremen Arctic

23 Nights cruise only
Prices from

£6,800pp

Departures: 15th, 28th July 2015; 12th, 27th August 2015

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When to go:

The only time to go is during the summer time when the ice has thawed!

What to pack: 

The temperatures will be low even in the height of summer and we recommend thermal layers, good quality sunglasses and high protection sunblock. The area will be particularly appealing to wildlife enthusiasts and photographers – bring binoculars, and ensure you have plenty of supplies of whatever photographic equipment you need, as you may not be able to find replacements locally.