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FJORDS, GLACIERS & POLAR BEARS OF THE ARCTIC

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Fares
  • Accommodation

A journey overview

  • Reykjavík
  • Skjoldungen Fjord
  • Qaqortoq
  • Qassiarsuk
  • Nuuk
  • Cape Dorset
  • Churchill
  • Winnipeg

19 Days Ocean Voyages
  • Departing:
  • 19 Jul 2020

We voyage across Arctic waters, to some of the planet’s most untrodden territories. Where polar bear footprints are as common as those of humans. Where wilderness is unfettered by human interference. Where extremes come clashing and mighty forces continually shape the Earth in a transfixing display of nature’s raw power.

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Meet at The Retreat at Blue Lagoon. The mineral-rich lagoon invites us into its depths with exclusive private access. It is onwards to the Golden Circle, where we are greeted by the wonders of Þingvellir National Park, Gulfoss waterfall and Geysir geyser. After working up an appetite, we stop in at Friðheimar Farm for lunch and a tomato schnapps, the farm’s specialty. At port, the Silver Cloud awaits.

Our ship sets a course for Greenland’s southeastern shores. We journey through Skjoldungen Fjord and Prince Christian Sound, where mountains are steep and icebergs are iridescent. Listen for the hiss of a spouting blowhole or the flash of a giant tail – it is not uncommon to spot whales in these waters. We step ashore and head inland to the village of Aappilattoq, home to 130 Greenlandic Inuits, a small church and a tiny school.

Qaqortoq has been inhabited since prehistoric times. Perched high over the fjords, we are rewarded with panoramas of the surrounding mountains and pastoral farmland. We advance to the Norse ruins of Hvalsey and see the well-preserved ancient church. Our voyage continues to Qassiarsuk, with sights set on foundation remains of the manor house of Erik the Red. We finish in the quaint, colourful village of Itilleq, surrounded by craggy mountains.

With just over 17,000 inhabitants, Nuuk is the country’s largest town by far. We step ashore and make the pilgrimage to the town’s sights, all within easy walking distance. The Greenlandic National Museum piques our interest, with collections of traditional Inuit dressware as well as the famous Qilakitsoq mummies. Our voyage extends to Iqaluit. Rich in traditional Inuit culture, we have time to visit the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit museum.

Our days are filled with rare wildlife encounters, as we don the persona of early explorers and comb landscapes in search of discoveries new and exciting. Skirt the smaller islands off the coast of Baffin Island, searching sea and sky for seals, Atlantic puffins and even the rare Sabine’s Gull. Turning our gaze towards land, groups of large-tusked walruses lounge on rocks and, if we are lucky, we glimpse at the white silhouette of a polar bear.

The beauty of Cape Dorset is found in its alpine terrain and Arctic wildlife. It’s onwards to Churchill, the polar bear capital of the world. Yet that’s not all we’re here for – aboard a Zodiac we zip across Churchill River in search for smiling beluga whales. We bid adieu to our ship and fly to Winnipeg, where a Farewell Dinner is held at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. We are granted exclusive access inside the gallery’s vault, where the world’s largest collection of contemporary Inuit Art is kept. Our journey comes to an end in Winnipeg and we say our goodbyes.

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