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.
Reykjavik | Iceland’s Modern Cultural Hub
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.
The Westman Islands & Westfjords | Icelandic Volcanoes & Fjords
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.
At Sea | Crossing the Denmark Strait
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.
Lindenow Fjord, Greenland | Wild Wonderland
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.
South Greenland | The Viking Trail
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.
Nuuk | Capital of Greenland
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 voyage.
West Greenland | Crossing the Arctic Circle
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.
Kangerlussuaq & Reykjavik | Summer in the City
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 Icelandic city.
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your return flight home.