The ultimate once in a lifetime 24 day voyage from East to West Greenland on an expedition vessel with just 12 guests.

 

SALE: 20% discount on bookings made by March 31st 2020. Limited availability.

Highlights

  • Explore the rugged, seldom visited ice-filled fjords and untouched landscapes of the Tasiilaq area.
  • Cruise through the stunning Prins Christian Sound.
  • Visit local Greenlandic settlements and meet the people who live there in a small group.
  • Explore the fjords, mountains and villages of Greenland’s dramatic west coast.
  • Sail past huge icebergs on the approach to the UNESCO Ilulissat Ice Fjord.
  • Shore landings by Zodiac landing craft (weather permitting) to explore the wild beauty ashore.
  • Encounter wildlife which could include Arctic Foxes, Musk Oxen, Reindeer and Whales.
  • Visit secret anchorages which are inaccessible to larger ships.
  • Learn from your expert guide.
  • Comfortable, and intimate ice-strengthened expedition vessel.

Key Information

Departure Location Tasiilaq, Greenland
Arrival Location Ilulissat, Greenland
Trip Style Exploration
Physical Rating Easy
Maximum Group Size 12
Accommodation 3 x Twins and 1 x Double with en-suite, 1 x Twin and 2 x Singles with shared bathroom
Duration 24 Days - July & August 2020
Time of Year July, August
Included
Not Included

The Voyage

This voyage combines 3 of our expedition micro cruises (East Greenland, West Greenland and Disko Bay) into one long voyage to offer a once in a lifetime journey that will take you on the ultimate exploration of Greenland.

The voyage departs from the remote village of Tasiilaq, home to 2,000 people, on Greenland’s east coast. The plan is to explore the fjords in the surrounding area, home to some of Greenland’s largest glaciers, before sailing south along the rugged coastline.

We will cruise inland through Prins Christian Sound, a steep-sided fjord that separates East and West Greenland. With mountains either side that extend 1,200 metres (3,900 ft) high it is one of Greenland’s most beautiful, natural places to visit. After leaving Prins Christian Sound we will make our way up the west coast exploring the fjords and glaciers around the remote settlement of Narsarsuaq.

From here we will sail out and explore the scenic fjords in the surrounding area. We will then follow the coast north stopping off at villages and anchorages on the way which could include Færingehavn, and abandoned fishing village with a wreck, the capital Nuuk, Sisimiut and Maniitsoq.

We will cross the Arctic Circle and then as we approach Ilulissat we will start to encounter some of the huge icebergs the area is known for. A truly breathtaking sight.

The third leg of the voyage will explore Disko Bay and the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to some of the biggest icebergs on earth. From there we will explore Disko Island, enjoying the beautiful nature, glaciers, icebergs and coastline before returning to Ilulissat.

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Tasiilaq

Tasiilaq is home to a little over 2,000 people and is the most populated settlement on Greenland’s east coast which gives you an idea of how remote the region is.

Our first planned stop is the Sermilik fjord which means ‘place with glaciers’. It is one of the largest fjords in the southeastern coast of Greenland and full of breathtaking scenery, icebergs and glaciers.

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Prins Christian Sound

A highlight of this voyage is a cruise through Prins Christian Sound, a steep-sided fjord system that reaches up to 4,000ft high in places. Many glaciers reach the fjords, calving off huge icebergs that can be seen floating through the waters. The waterway offers a safe passage from the east to the west coast of Greenland avoiding the rough seas to the south and offers one of the most spectacular views in Greenland.

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Ilulissat

As we sail towards Ilulissat we will start to encounter huge icebergs. Now 250 km north of the Arctic Circle, we reach the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO world heritage site. Here is one of the few places where the Greenland icecap reaches the sea at the Sermeq Kujalleq glaciers. One of the fastest and most active glaciers in the world, it is quite likely you will see huge pieces of ice calving off the glacier face into the sea below. 

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Disko Bay

The largest open bay in West Greenland, Disko Bay is the perfect place to explore. From thousands of icebergs, to remote settlements and an abundance of wildlife this is one of our favourite places to cruise in West Greenland. The bay is home to a variety of whales including bowheads, humpbacks, narwhals, orcas and pilot whales which are frequently sighted in amongst the ice. There are numerous places to explore ashore and hike including remote settlements and beautiful landscapes. 

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Flexible Itinerary

The day to day plan is to visit remote anchorages and use the Zodiac landing craft to go ashore and explore. Our itinerary is kept flexible to allow the captain and expedition guide to make the most of the ice and weather conditions which can dictate what is possible. Unlike large cruise ships, this flexible approach helps us to see and experience more.

Why A Small Expedition Vessel?

We believe a small expedition vessel is the best way to experience Greenland in a closeup and personal way. Travelling with just 12 guests in total and a guide feels more like travelling with a small group of friends than a typical cruise. Landing in remote settlements with a small group of people will give you the chance to encounter local Greenlandic people. There is no waiting to join a Zodiac as there is space for everyone onboard. Find out why we prefer small ships to larger ships here.

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Are you wondering if this Greenland cruise is a good fit for you?

Please get in touch and we will use our expertise to recommend the right voyage for you dependent on your experience and comfort levels.

Travelling to and from Greenland

Due to the remoteness and the impact that the weather can have on flights, we require you to arrive in Greenland a day before your scheduled departure.

To make the booking process straight forward for you we have teamed up with an expert Greenlandic travel partner who will assist you with you flight bookings, any accommodation you require before and after the cruise and any further land activities you may require.

Who This Trip Is Aimed At

This trip is aimed at anyone with an interest in exploring a remote, natural wilderness. It is ideal for photographers and people that want to experience the raw beauty of Greenland. The focus of this trip is on exploring the coastline, doing shore landings and looking for wildlife viewing opportunities.

What Experience Do I need?

This trip is open to everyone and no previous experience is required as you will be accompanied by 2 expert guides at all times. We will provide you with a clothing list prior to departure so you can ensure you are properly dressed for this expedition. A basic level of fitness and mobility is required. A passion for adventure is a must.

Is a Small Expedition Vessel Right For Me?

A small expedition vessel offers a comfortable and spacious platform to explore  Greenland. She is smaller than an expedition cruise ship with the huge benefit of offering a more intimate and personal experience with just 12 guests. Inside there is a communal saloon area to warm up in after a day in the cold.

This voyage takes place along a mixture of sheltered fjords and open coastline. The Captain will make decisions based on the weather to ensure the most comfortable and safe experience.

Video | The Expedition Micro Cruise Experience 

The Expedition Vessel

Step aboard M/V Togo a classic expedition vessel.

Togo is a 102ft /31m motor yacht, custom built in 1965 by legendary Dunston Shipyard and last refitted in 2018. Originally built as North Sea trawler she was converted into Lloyd’s safety vessel in 1980s, then into a Yacht with extensive refit 2012 and upgraded to expedition yacht in 2018.

Togo has a well-appointed galley and mess room, elegant and comfortable mahogany paneled salon with bar and kitchenette. Her deck areas are spacious with semi-enclosed sides. She is a sturdy vessel with elegant sheer, sails with abundant intimacy from the bygone era of tramp steamers.

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  • Accommodation in twin cabins and double cabins with private shower and w/c (mostly en-suite).

  • Small group size of 12 guests ensures an intimate experience

  • Hot Showers

  • Equipped with 2 x zodiacs for shore landings
  • Large deck space for photography

  • Large saloon with bar.

  • Ice-strengthened hull for travel in the polar regions

  • Full safety gear

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Dates & Availability

Select a date to start your journey

11th July - 4th August 2020
2021 | Dates Coming Soon

Pricing

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Double Cabin with en suite – Sleeps 2

20% Sale! | Book by March 31st 2020

Was 19,890 / $22,239 / £16,920 per person based on double occupancy

Now € 14,144 / $15,814 / £12,032 per person based on double occupancy

Last Places

Twin Cabin with en suite – Sleeps 2

20% Sale! | Book by March 31st 2020

Was 19,890 / $22,239 / £16,920 per person based on double occupancy

Now € 14,144 / $15,814 / £12,032 per person based on double occupancy

Last Places

Cabins 1, 2 and 3

Twin Cabin with shared facilities – Sleeps 2

20% Sale! | Book by March 31st 2020

Was € 18,810 / $21,060 / £16,200 per person based on double occupancy

Now € 13,376 / $14,976 / £11,520 per person based on double occupancy

Cabin 7

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Single Cabin with shared facilities – Sleeps 1

20% Sale! | Book by March 31st 2020

Was € 17,730 / $19,782/ £15,308 per person based on single occupancy

Now € 12,608 / $14,067 / £10,886 per person based on single occupancy

Cabin 5 and 6

Payment Options

 

  • Credit card
  • Payment by bank transfer
  • Monthly installments to spread the cost of payments

Booking Terms and Conditions

All Greenland Expedition Micro Cruises