Set sail on a thrilling expedition aboard stylish ‘Le Boreal’ to awe-inspiring Iceland and Greenland, discovering spectacular landscapes, fascinating communities, and a treasure trove of Viking culture, alongside the most captivating Expedition Team at sea.
Day 1 - Arrive Reykjavik, Iceland
Arrive in modern Reykjavik and transfer to your hotel.
Set off on walking tours of the city center before gathering
tonight for a welcome reception.
Day 2 - Reykjavik
Despite its small size, the northerly capital of Reykjavik is a
vibrant city packed with eye-popping art, buzzy restaurants
and historic treasures. Enjoy a morning at leisure to explore
the city. After lunch, board ‘Le Boreal,’ your luxury megayacht
for the next 12 nights.
Day 5 - The Westman Islands & Westfjords
For the next three days, explore Iceland’s iconic southern
volcanoes and western fjords. Arrive in the volcanic
archipelago of the Westman Islands. Visit Heimaey Island
and its local village and farmhouse ruins dating back to
the year 650. Conditions permitting, board your Zodiac for an up-close view of Surtsey Island, Iceland’s southernmost
point and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue along
Iceland’s western fjords, exploring the rugged, remote
coastlines of its stunning Westfjords from the comfort of
luxury ‘Le Boreal.’ Breidafjordur and Isafjordur are among
the areas we plan to explore, with possible highlights to
include Dynjandi waterfall, Flatey Island and the immense
cliffs of Latrabjarg.
Day 6 - At Sea
Relish a day at sea, watching for wildlife while cruising
the relatively narrow Denmark Strait, which connects the
Arctic Sea with the Atlantic Ocean. Watch for seabirds
and whales from the deck in between thought-provoking
lectures presented by A&K’s Expedition Team. This evening,
gather for the Captain’s welcome reception and gala dinner.
Day 7 - Lindenow Fjord, Greenland
Arrive the next day on Greenland’s Lindenow Fjord
complex. Take in the views from the ship as your onboard
geologist explains how the fjord was formed. Embark on a
Zodiac excursion amid towering mountains and spectacular
glacial scenery. Enjoy a nature walk observing the
fascinating plant succession between different moraines.
Day 11 - South Greenland
Explore Greenland’s southern coast, inland waterways
and remote villages for the next few days, retracing the
early colonization trail of Erik the Red, who founded the
first European settlement on Greenland. You also trace
Greenland’s history of explorations, which ultimately led
to the discovery of North America. Based on conditions,
your Captain and Expedition Team determine the day’s
best excursions, which may bring you to:Prince Christian Sound: Connecting the North Atlantic
with the Labrador Sea, this stunning 60-mile-long fjord
features sheer cliffs that reach as high as 3,200 feet.
Conditions permitting, visit Unnartoq hot springs.Qaqortoq: It’s surrounding area has been inhabited for
more than 4,300 years. Today, Qaqortoq village is still
supported by a traditional subsistence economy. Visit its
museum, which was formerly the village blacksmith shop;
the beautiful village fountain, Mindebrønden, which depicts
whales spouting water; and the Stone & Man project, an
open-air art gallery.
Hvalsey Ruin: This UNESCO World Heritage Site in the
eastern settlement region (Eystribyggð) was settled by
Erik the Red’s uncle. Also known as Qaqortukulooq, it is
considered southern Greenland’s best preserved Norse site.Narsaq: Dating back to the year 1000, this colorful fishing
village was originally a trading post due to its deep-water
port. Present-day Narsaq is still supported primarily by its
fishing industry and sheep farming. The local population
climbs just over 1,500, giving the town its status as
Greenland’s ninth largest community.Eriksfjord: Erik the Red chose to settle his home on this
beautiful fjord. Visit his Brattahlid homestead and the first
Christian church in the western hemisphere. Brattahlid also
served as an ever-important launching point for the first
voyages to North America.Each cruise day begins with breakfast followed by morning
and afternoon Zodiac excursions, which are always piloted
by expert A&K naturalist driver-guides and accompanied
by no more than 10 guests. You may also enjoy a guided
kayaking excursion along iceberg-studded shores. After full
days of exploring, unwind aboard luxury ‘Le Boreal,’ perhaps
enjoying tea and well-crafted cocktails along with time
on deck to take in your destination. Enjoy dinner at your
choice of restaurants, and the chance to recap the day’s most
inspiring moments with your Expedition team and fellow
guests, and look forward to the next day’s adventures.
Day 12 - Nuuk
Nuuk has the dual distinction of being both the World’s
northernmost and smallest capital city. Today, explore quaint yet surprising Nuuk, visiting its prominent Nuuk
Cathedral and the Nuuk Katuaq (cultural center). You also
venture to the art museum, and the National Museum,
which features the famous 15th-century Qilakitsoq
mummies, found in an icy tomb dated to 1475. Back on
board your expedition cruiser, gather with your fellow
travellers and A&K’s Expedition Team for a special farewell
reception and dinner to commemorate an unforgettable
Day 13 - West Greenland
Today, explore the spectacular fjords of West Greenland.
Cruise through towering icebergs on a Zodiac excursion
before landing for a walk across high Arctic tundra,
alive with wildflowers and migrating seabirds. Another
momentous event awaits as you cross the Arctic Circle and
enjoy the celebrating that follows.
Day 14 - Kangerlussuaq & Reykjavik
After breakfast on board this morning, disembark
‘Le Boreal’ in Kangerlussuaq, and then board your charter
flight for your return to Reykjavik. Transfer to your hotel. Time permitting, you may wish to take advantage of
the unending summertime light to explore more of the
Day 15 - Depart Reykjavik
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your
return flight home.