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The Majestic North: Greenland and Iceland - 2022

Reykjavík • 14-night expedition cruise with Ísafjörður, Kulusuk, Isortoq, Prince Christian Sound, Uunartoq, Qassiarsuk, Igaliku, Hvalsey, Ivittuut, Nuuk, Kapisillit, Maniitsoq, and Kangerlussuaq • Reykjavík
  • CRUISE ON THE OCEAN EXPLORER, AN AGILE AND STATE-OF-THE-ART EXPEDITION VESSEL THAT CAN NAVIGATE TO PLACES LARGER SHIPS CAN’T
  • TAKE THE SCENERY FROM THE DECKS AND NOTICE THAT THE ICEBERGS HAVE A UNIQUELY BLUE COLOR IN THE PRINCE CHRISTIAN SOUND
  • VENTURE OUT ALONG THE GOLDEN CIRCLE TO DISCOVER SOME OF ICELAND'S MOST UNFORGETTABLE NATURAL ATTRACTIONS, INCLUDING UNESCO-LISTED THINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK
  • UUNARTOQ, WHICH IS FAMOUS FOR ITS FLOURISHING HOT SPRINGS, HAS A 1,000-YEAR-OLD TRADITION OF SOAKING IN THE NATURAL POOLS
  • LET THE COLORFUL COASTAL HOUSES GREET YOU AS YOU ARRIVE IN NUUK, THE CAPITAL CITY OF GREENLAND, TO VISIT ITS MUSEUMS AND SURROUNDING NATURAL WONDERS
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The wilds of Greenland and Iceland await you on this fantastic adventure of the northern seas. On The Majestic North: Greenland and Iceland, you'll have the chance to explore some of the more remote and beautiful destinations that make Greenland one of the wildest landscapes in the world. Sparsely populated and with few roads, you'll discover a simpler way of life that's relaxing and fascinating all at once. Soak in the natural hot pools of Uunartoq, sail past sparkling glaciers in Prince Christian Sound, and witness ancient ruins boasting centuries-old Norse tradition in Qassiarsuk. Along with a whole day in the colorful capital of Nuuk and a visit to the traditional mining town of Ivittuut, your adventure will be an immersion into Viking and modern Greenlandic culture.

Besides three nights in downtown Reykjavík in a first-class hotel, most of your adventure will take place on the 5-star Ocean Explorer, brimming with luxurious amenities. This intimidate vessel not only offers an infinity pool, gym facilities, and an onboard spa, but also boasts a small passenger-to-crew ratio to ensure premium service. Plus, a small ship experience allows you to reach the more remote locations where larger ships cannot reach.

Altogether, you'll experience 23 included features and Cultural Discoveries on this unforgettable adventure, plus two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Join Vantage in 2022 and discover the variety of Arctic wonders found throughout Greenland and Iceland!

Reykjavik to Kangerlussuaq

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DAY 1:

Fly overnight to Iceland

Today, you’ll board an overnight flight bound for Reykjavík, arriving on Day 2. Or, depart earlier for your pre-trip extension to Reykjavík!

DAY 2:

Welcome to Reykjavík, Iceland’s capital and cultural epicenter

Just landing in Iceland’s airport gives you an astonishing aerial preview of what you’ll soon discover while cruising this country’s otherworldly landscapes. If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, you’ll be met at the airport upon arrival and assisted with your hotel transfer. We’ve given you the afternoon free to rest or get a head start and join us for an orientation walk and free shuttle service into the Reykjavík city center. You’ll meet your fellow travelers tonight at a Welcome Reception and Dinner. Tomorrow holds a half day of Reykjavík discoveries.

Included Meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

Discover Iceland’s capital city

Look forward to a half-day Reykjavík city tour, kicking off after breakfast. Highlights include a visit to the Perlan viewpoint, an interactive natural history museum housed inside an immense glass dome that sits atop six hot water tanks, each carrying 4 million liters of geothermal hot water. Other highlights include the Hallgrímskirkja Church — Iceland’s tallest church — and the Reykjavík city center.

You’ll have the afternoon to utilize the free shuttle bus into town for shopping, dining, and more. Dinner is on your own.

Included Feature:

  • Half-day Reykjavík city tour

Included Meals:

Breakfast

DAY 4:

Get a true taste of Iceland, from Bloody Marys to hot springs, and embark the Ocean Explorer

Venture out along the Golden Circle to discover some of Iceland’s most unforgettable natural attractions today. First, we’ll pay a visit to a tomato farm and greenhouse where you’ll see how Iceland’s geothermal activity helps produce some of the juiciest and most flavorful tomatoes in the world. Taste for yourself when you’re poured a fresh Bloody Mary — but this is no Sunday standard. This version has been called the “best Bloody Mary in the world” by The Guardian! After an included lunch at a local restaurant, our explorations continue in UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park, which is renowned for its extraordinary landscapes and boasts a rich history that stretches back to the first settlers in Iceland. We’ll also stop to admire the spectacular Gullfoss Waterfall and the hot springs of the Geysir geothermal field during our Golden Circle discoveries.

Tonight, you’ll embark the Ocean Explorer — welcome aboard! Get settled in, familiarize yourself with the amenities, and enjoy your first dinner onboard as the ship departs.

Included Feature:

  • Full-day Golden Circle tour

Cultural Discovery:

  • Greenhouse visit and Bloody Mary tasting

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 5:

View the unforgettable vistas of Ísafjörður, and a village visit to Thingeyri

Today's destination is Ísafjörður, an idyllic town in the Westfjords region. Connected to the Icelandic mainland by only a narrow strip of land, the landscape of this secluded peninsula includes jaw-dropping views of dramatic fjords carved by ancient glaciers, sheer table mountains that plunge into the sea, and pristine North Atlantic vegetation. As our Expedition Team leads us through the mountains, we’ll stop to explore the historic village of Thingeyri. With a population of about 260 inhabitants, Thingeyri is both the area’s first trading post and one of the oldest settlements. Along the way, enjoy lunch at a local community house with a performance by a local band.

We’ll also stop at the thunderous Dynjandi, the highest and most impressive waterfall in the Westfjords region, before returning to the ship this evening. Be on the lookout for the uninhabited Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. During northerly winter storms, ships once sought shelter below the mountains here. You’ll also pass Hornbjarg, the most magnificent bird cliff in Iceland.

Included Feature:

  • Visit Thingeyri and Dynjandi waterfall

Cultural Discovery:

  • Lunch at a local community house with a Viking band performance

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 6:

Enjoy a day at sea on the Ocean Explorer

Today is your day to fully relax on board your 5-star ship. Throughout the day, your Expedition Team will be conducting different presentations on topics relevant to your destinations, and you’ll also have a moment to take advantage of your ship’s other amenities to refresh and restore yourself, perhaps visiting the sauna or enjoying a soothing massage in the spa.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 7:

Exploring Greenland's remote Kulusuk island

If you are an early bird, you might wander up on deck as your ship cruises into the harbor of Kulusuk, ringed by brightly painted houses set against green hills and dark mountains that rise above the iceberg-flecked blue water. Only about 250 permanent residents call Kulusuk home. The island was originally settled by the Paleo-Eskimo cultures. Next came the Thule people who are descendants of today’s Inuits. Some Danes ran aground here in 1909, built a church, and stayed. As a result, today Kulusuk blends European and Inuit cultures. Most people earn their livings hunting and fishing, and some are skilled tupilaq carvers. Tupilaq means “soul of the ancestor,” and these carved figurines are said to offer protection against evil. Perhaps you’ll pick one up as you explore the town.

Your Expedition Team will determine where and how our activities will take shape based on the weather and local conditions, and you will have options for how active you want to be. You might hike from the shore of Kulusuk to the top of the 984-foot-high hill known as Isikajia Mountain for jaw-dropping views of the village, the icebergs, and the stunning fjords that chisel the coast. As you explore, keep your eye out for sea birds. You might also be lucky enough to spot ravens, white-tailed eagles, or even the occasional rare gyrfalcon.

Included Feature:

  • Expedition to Kulusuk (dependent on weather conditions)

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 8:

Visit one of the most remote places on Earth: Isortoq, Greenland

Isortoq means “Foggy Sea,” and it sits less than 3 miles from the edge of the polar ice cap. Today you will set foot on pristine land that may just well be the most remote place you’ve ever been in your life (so far!).

Experience Inuit traditions in Greenland’s smallest village, where fewer than 100 or so residents eke out a life by hunting and fishing. In summertime, they are also sustained by boat shipments of fresh produce and other supplies, but for most of the rest of year, Isortoq is largely inaccessible — surrounded by pack ice and battered by the powerful polar winds called piteraqs. Based on local conditions, your Expedition Team will coordinate a visit to the settlement, where you can see observe the native Inuit lifestyle firsthand.

As you leave Isortoq today, you'll be rewarded with awesome views of Greenland's coastline.

Included Feature:

  • Expedition to the Inuit village of Isortoq

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 9:

Enjoy a day of activities led by your Expedition Team

Today's experience will be led and coordinated by our Expedition Team, dependent on weather and sea conditions. You will have the chance to hop aboard our Zodiac boats to reach rugged and beautiful shores in Greenland.

Included feature:

  • Activities led and coordinated by the Expedition Team (weather dependent)

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 10:

Cruising the Prince Christian Sound along the coast of Greenland

Enjoy another relaxing day at sea while passing through the 60-mile-long Prince Christian Sound. This narrow passageway lined by glaciers and icebergs offers a remote landscape with few settlements. Keep an eye out for plenty of marine life, including several breeds of whales and seals. While you admire the views, perhaps indulge in a spa treatment, enjoy cocktails in the lounge, and attend onboard workshops presented by your expedition crew. As you take in the scenery from the decks, you might notice that the icebergs have a uniquely blue color. That is because the icebergs in southern Greenland are older and denser, with less air.

Included Feature:

  • Cruise through Prince Christian Sound

Cultural Discovery:

  • Onboard lecture

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 11:

Soak in the natural hot springs of Uunartoq

Welcome to the island of Uunartoq, which is famous for its flourishing hot springs that are ready for you to take a dip! After breakfast, feel free to opt in for a morning hike on the island. Then, you'll venture to the nearby hot spring pools from the ship, which are usually at about 100°F. Join in on the 1,000-year-old tradition of soaking in the natural pools, which was originally discovered by Norsemen. Get ready to revel in crystal-clear waters!

Included Features:

  • Morning hike in Uunartoq
  • Visit to hot spring pools

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 12:

Go back in time at Qassiarsuk

Today you will experience Qassiarsuk, the most important of all the Norsemen landmarks in South Greenland because the ruins are still very much part of the present-day landscape. In the morning, you'll have a choice of two tours: a walking tour of the Qassiarsuk village including a visit to the Brattahlid open-air museum. This interesting place has replicas of Tjodhildes Church and a Norse longhouse, which you'll learn more about from expert guides who also sport traditional Norse-style garb. Or, enjoy a natural hike through the rolling landscape with your Expedition Team leading the way.

After lunch onboard, you'll have the rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure to luxuriate in the amenities of the ship, including the onboard swimming pool, boutique shop, and observation lounge.

Included Feature:

  • Choice of Tour of Qassiarsuk

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 13:

Hike through Igaliku and Hvalsey

Revel in the modern landscape of Greenland and tap into its ancient past with another excursion to the mainland. In the morning, you'll enjoy hiking on “Kings Road” to one of the most beautiful sheep farming villages of Greenland, called Igaliku, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The village is right in the opposite side of the iconic Illerfissalik mountain and is surrounded by mountains. On the hike, you’ll find special Norse ruins, where Norse bishop resided and one of the biggest farms in the country.

After lunch onboard, you'll enjoy a short hike the Hvalsey church ruin, which is the most well-preserved Norse church in Greenland, set in a beautiful, natural landscape. Hvalsey is called Qaqortukulooq in Greenlandic, which means “the big white” or “the very white one,” because the church was painted white when it was in use.

Included Features:
  • Morning hike on "Kings Road"
  • Visit the Hvalsey church ruin

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 14:

Visit the Ivittuut mining town

This morning, near the southern tip of Greenland, you'll experience an old mining town called Ivittuut, where you'll take a walking tour around town with your Expedition Team. Ivittuut was once the world’s largest source of cryolite, an extremely rare mineral that was historically used in the extraction of aluminum from bauxite ore. Although cryolite has been found at other places on Earth, Ivittuut was the only place where this mineral was extracted commercially. This afternoon, you'll be regaled with an interesting lecture on board, followed by lunch. The rest of the day can be spent relaxing on the ship to indulge in the amenities and the spectacular views from the observation decks.

Included Features:

  • Tour Ivittuut

Cultural Discovery:

  • Lecture onboard in the afternoon

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 15:

Enjoy Nuuk, Greenland's capital city

Let the colorful costal houses greet you as you arrive in Nuuk, the capital city of Greenland. This morning, you'll take a panoramic tour through town, complete with a visit to National Museum to learn more about local history, industry, and tradition.

After lunch on board, you'll have the afternoon to explore Nuuk on your own. Some highlights you'll want to explore are the Nuuk Art Museum and the Kayak Museum. The Art Museum holds a body of 300 paintings primarily featuring the work of traveling European artists, while the Kayak Museum houses a very impressive collection of sealskin kayaks and traditional hunting artifacts. Keep an eye out for the modest wooden frame of the Nuuk Cathedral, built in 1849, and a recognizable landmark on Nuuk’s skyline.

Or, you're welcome to join our optional tour at the Katuaq Cultural Centre. Katuaq means drumstick in Greenlandic but it is also the name of the cultural house of Greenland placed in the centre of Nuuk. Since 1997 the house has supplied both local Greenlanders and foreign guests with experiences of immeasurable artistic quality. You will have a chance to meet some locals and learn about everyday life of Nuuk, raise your questions, and get more familiar with their culture. Also, you'll indulge in a tasting in the Cafétuaq, where Greenlandic tapas are served. The plate contains tastings of different kinds of dried fish and meat, along with shrimp, scallops, and other local quality food products.

Included Feature:

  • Panoramic tour of Nuuk

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Optional Tour: Greenlandic Tapas at Café in Katuaq Cultural Centre and home hosted visit

Greenlandic Tapas at Café in Katuaq Cultural Centre and home hosted visit

  • Approximate Cost: $119 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 2.5 hours
  • Location: Nuuk, Greenland
  • When: Afternoon tour

'Katuaq' means drumstick in Greenlandic, but it is also the name of the cultural house of Greenland placed in the centre of Nuuk..

The beautiful house opened in 1997 and its characteristic structure is much inspired by the arctic northern lights. Since 1997, the house has supplied both local Greenlanders and foreign guests with experiences of immeasurable artistic quality.

Katuaq holds two gathering halls and a café shaped respectively as a semicircle, a square, and a triangle. Katuaq is also a popular show room for artists from all over the world, especially from the Nordic and Greenland. Every year about a dozen exhibitions are displayed on the walls of the foyer and the café. Most of them are art exhibitions, but some also have informational content and purpose.

If one should be interested in what's new in Greenland's art scene, it's ideal to visit Katuaq and see the changing exhibitions. In the summertime, the house holds a yearly art exhibition. It is reserved for Greenlandic artists and offers a close-up concept of what the artists are working on.

The café feature in Katuaq is an oasis of culture universe. Cafétuaq is a meeting point for many, ranging from local families to tourists, artists, and musicians who perform or exhibit in Katuaq.

You will have a chance to meet some locals and learn about everyday life of Nuuk, raise your questions and learn more about their culture. Also, you cannot miss a tasting in Cafétuaq, where Greenlandic tapas are served. The plate contains bites of different kinds of dried fish and meat, along with shrimp, scallops and other local quality food products.

Note: Depends on group size the locals may meet you at Katuaq or at their homes.


DAY 16:

See the Kapisillit settlement up close

The early morning will bring a scenic sailing opportunity through the Nuuk fjord. You'll have the possibility to see whales, seals and icebergs as you glide past the impressive mountains that separate the different channels of the fjord.

After the sailing we'll arrive in Kapisillit, a settlement in the Nuuk Fjord. The name means "the place with salmon," as the Kapisillit River is the only known place in Greenland with a spawning salmon population. In fact, scientific studies have shown that the Kapisillit salmon are unique, having been completely isolated from other North Atlantic salmon populations. Today, Kapisillit has a population of fewer than 60 people who subsist mostly on hunting, fishing and tourism. During our visit, you'll have the chance to catch a glimpse of a more traditional way of life in Greenland, and the surrounding plains are a great place to search for Arctic hare, birds, and local herbs.

Included Feature:

  • Visit Kapisillit settlement

Cultural Discovery:

  • Onboard lecture

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 17:

See Maniitsoq, the "Venice of Greenland"

We'll land in Maniitsoq today and you'll explore the picturesque area with your Expedition Team. This town is situated in an archipelago, intersected by small natural canals, giving it the nickname the “Venice of Greenland” by the locals. You will have the chance to visit the exhibitions at Maniitsoq Museum, which provide a good introduction to the local culture and history.

Included Feature:

  • Visit Maniitsoq

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 18:

Disembark the Ocean Explorer and fly back to Reykjavík

You'll bid farewell to Greenland as we arrive to Kangerlussuaq in the morning and disembark the Ocean Explorer. You'll fly from Kangerlussuaq back to Reykjavík and check in to your hotel. Have some time to explore or relax before attending a Farewell Reception and Dinner to say goodbye to your fellow travelers.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 19:

Depart Reykjavík and fly back to the U.S.

We bid you farewell as you depart back home on an overnight flight to the U.S.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Please note: Ocean cruising is not the same experience as river cruising; as such, you may experience fluctuating tides and weather patterns that may involve some rocking of your vessel. Itineraries will include all activities as planned except in extreme cases that can’t be controlled by your shipboard crew.

Important: Day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Cruise Director or regional expert.

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