Iceland & Greenland – Arctic Expedition Cruise under the Midnight Sun

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24 days

Cruise Overview

The land of ice and fire … and elves 

Embark on an epic 24-day discovery of show-stopping scenery, fascinating cultures and Arctic wildlife as we circumnavigate Iceland before heading to pristine west-coast Greenland.

Starting your expedition in Iceland’s culture-rich capital Reykjavik, you’ll journey north to commence your circumnavigation of the country. You’ll call at breathtaking Stykkishólmur, the tranquil fishing village of Patreksfjördur and Iceland’s second city Akureyri.  

Heading onto Grimsey, you’ll cross the Arctic Circle before continuing to Bakkagerði, where elves are said to dwell. With soaring rhyolite peaks and the majestic Dyrfjöll mountain, it’s a stunning location. Finally, you’ll explore Iceland’s Pompeii, Heimaey, before arriving back in Reykjavik. 

Spectacular west Greenland 

From there, you’ll cross the Denmark Strait just as the Vikings did, arriving at colourful Qaqortoq. Here, you’ll meet the friendly locals, visit your first Greenlandic fjord, the Kvanefjord, and set out on a wildlife exploration day. Heading onto Maniitsoq, the ‘Venice of Greenland, and ancient Sisimiut, you’ll arrive at the jaw-dropping Ilulissat Ice Fjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  

Real expedition awaits in the vast Disko Bay as we explore the untouched wilderness and Arctic nature of the Vaigat Sound and the enchanting Evighed Fjord, the “Fjord of Eternity”. Continuing on to Nuuk, Greenland’s photogenic capital, you’ll also stop at eerie Ivittut and beautiful Prince Christian Sound, before completing your adventure where it all began, in Reykjavik.


We'll help you plan where to go, when to visit and how long to stay

The start of the expedition

Day 1

Welcome to Sagaland

Day 2

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The fjord of St Patrick

Day 3

Northwest Iceland

Day 4

Capital of the north

Day 5

Step across the Arctic Circle

Day 6

The land of the elves

Day 7

Iceland`s Pompeii

Day 8

Pause - beginning the next leg of the journey

Day 9

Crossing the Denmark Strait

Day 10-11

Picture-perfect Greenlandic town

Day 12

Exploration day Kvanefjord

Day 13

The ‘Venice of Greenland’

Day 14

Fur, fox holes and outdoor fun

Day 15

Icefjord - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Day 16

Probing the Vaigat Sound

Day 17

Exploration day at ‘Eternity Fjord’

Day 18

The photogenic capital of Greenland

Day 19

Muskoxen and a Norse settlement

Day 20

A river of melted ice

Day 21

Heading back to Iceland

Day 22-23

The end of this saga – until the next one

Day 24

What's included

Take a look at what you can look forward to on this 23-day expedition cruise.

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune and Fredheim 
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests 
  • Complimentary tea and coffee 
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported. 
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board 
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore 
  • Range of included excursions 

Onboard Activities

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics 
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes 
  • Citizen Science program allows guests to assist with live scientific research 
  •  Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos 
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and outdoor running track  
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come 

Landing Activities

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats  
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities 
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket 
  • Expedition Photographers help with your camera settings  

What's not included

  • International flights  

  • Travel insurance 

  • Luggage handling 

  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners 

  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team   

  • Optional treatments in the wellness and spa area

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