Coastal Greenland

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Availability : Wednesdays, June - August

Coastal Greenland

Highlights Include:

  • Sailing the Greenland coast
  • Idyllic Greenlandic villages with colorful houses
  • Encounters with locals and their culture
  • Leisure time in Iceland

Photo: Mads Phil/Visit Greenland

Tour Details

From: $8,563 per person | Single supplement from $2,270

12 days

2018 Departures:  Wednesdays, June–August

This package, with hotel stays in Ilulissat and Narsaq and a cruise along the West coast of Greenland, offers unique experiences of the arctic nature and insight into the Inuit culture. Sailing along the coast of Greenland is a splendid way to meet the locals. On board accommodations are in modern outside cabins with private facilities. As you journey from Ilulissat in the west to Narsaq in the south, there will be ample time to unwind and enjoy the beautiful and diverse nature of Greenland.

This is a sample semi-independent itinerary. Travel will be independent with guided tours and activities along the way. Our Specialists will work with you to create an itinerary to meet your preferences.

Day 1Departure from US

Day 2Arrive Reykjavík, Iceland

Transfer from the airport to the city center. Borton Overseas can arrange an optional tour to help you discover Reykjavík or the wonders of Iceland. Overnight in Reykjavík

Day 3Reykjavík - Ilulissat, Greenland | Meals: B D

You’ll have some free time this morning before your afternoon flight from Reykjavík to Ilulissat. You will be met by local guide and transferred to your accommodation. An informational meeting will be given, followed by a guided city walk, then time in afternoon for optional excursions (please see list below). A welcome dinner is included tonight. Overnight in Ilulissat

Day 4Exploring Ilulissat | Meals: B D

Day at leisure for optional excursions in Ilulissat. You may wish to meet with locals on a home visit or see the Ilulissat Icefjord. Overnight in Ilulissat

Day 5Ilulissat - At Sea | Meals: B

More optional excursions are available this morning. In the afternoon, transfer to the pier for your cruise departure. Overnight on board in outside cabin

Day 6Greenland Coastal Steamer Cruise

Sail south along the Greenlandic West Coast. A morning call at Sisimiut for approximately two hours includes a special guided city tour. The ship will make a short stop in Maniitsoq in the late evening. Overnight on board in outside cabin

Day 7Greenland's West Coast

Continue the scenic sailing southward down the coast. Make an early call at the capital city of Nuuk, where you’ll spend several hours, including guided city walk. Overnight on board in outside cabin

Day 8Cruise into South Greenland

Sail into the South Greenland Archipelago. In the afternoon, enjoy a visit to Qaqortoq. Late in the evening the ship will arrive in Narsaq. You will be met by a local guide and transferred to hotel. Overnight in Narsaq

Days 9 Narsaq | Meals: B

The next two days are spent in Narsaq. You will have a guided city tour to get to know your surroundings, and then you have time available for optional excursions. Perhaps you would like to take a leisurely hike to Viking ruins or travel by boat through the fjords to see the Twin Glaciers at the Inland Icecap. Overnight in Narsaq

Day 10Another Day in Narsaq | Meals: B D

You have one more day for optional excursions, or just to relax and enjoy the scenery. Your last night in Greenland will include a farewell dinner. Overnight in Narsaq

Day 11Narsaq, Greenland - Iceland | Meals: B

After breakfast, enjoy a “goodbye” coffee with your guide. Your transfer to Narsarsuaq to catch your Iceland bound flight will be by helicopter. At a low altitude, you will fly over the majestic Arctic landscape; an unforgettable memory of Greenland! (On certain days, if there is no helicopter service, the transfer will be by boat.) Subject to the time of your arrival in Narsarsuaq, you may be able to join a brief tour to the Qoroq Glacier or to see the original farm of Eric the Red. This evening, fly from Greenland to Iceland’s Keflavík Airport. Transfer independently to your hotel. Overnight near the airport

Day 12Depart Reykjavík, Iceland | Meals: B

Depending on your flight time, you may want to make an optional stop at the Blue Lagoon. Independently transfer to the airport for your return flight to the US – or extend your stay in Scandinavia!

  • Transatlantic air from New York including government taxes & fuel surcharges
    (please inquire for pricing from your US departure city)
  • Flight Reykjavík–Ilulissat including government taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Flight Narsarsuaq-Reykjavík including government taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Six nights’ accommodation
  • Four day/three night cruise in outside cabin, Ilulissat-Narsaq 
  • Round-trip airport-hotel transfer in Reykjavík
  • Meals as indicated (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
  • Informational meeting by local guide on arrival in Ilulissat
  • Transfers in Greenland as per itinerary
  • Destination guides in Ilulissat & Narsaq
  • Guided city walks in Ilulissat, Sisimiut, Nuuk and Narsaq 
Not Included
  • Airline fees including meals, seat reservations, luggage costs
  • Travel insurance, highly recommended
  • Fees for passports
  • Park Fees
  • Transfers, sightseeing, activities, meals, and beverages not specified
  • Luggage handling at airports
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, spa services, internet, phone, etc.
Optional Excursions
At additional cost, subject to availability
  • Visit our Reykjavík Day Tour blog to learn about the many options available from Iceland’s capital
  • Cruises – sunset on the Ice Fjord, an evening Iceberg Safari, to the Inland Ice Cap, to Eqi Glacier, or to spot whales in Disko Bay
  • Deluxe Flight over the Ilulissat Ice Fjord – Small aircraft flight with extraordinary views
  • Fishing tour – through the Ilulissat Ice Fjord to the spot of the day for angling in exquisite surroundings
  • Hiking – a three-hour trip to the Ilulissat Ice Fjord and Sermermiut , an eight-hour day hike on the Cecily Trail, an easy, three-hour hike on the Dyrnæs Peninsula, or a five to six-hour trek to the mineral area of Kvanefjeldet
  • Home Visit – meet the locals and learn about Greenlandic life
  • Hunters’ Settlements – visits to the small settlements of Rodebay or Ilimanaq
  • Ice Fjord Photo Sightseeing – of the Ice Fjord or Northern Glacier
  • Kayaking – a six-hour Rodebay Master Class or a three-hour Ilulissat Kayak Evening
  • Visit the Greenlandic Dogs – time to meet and learn about these fixtures of life in Greenland
  • Option to begin and end tour in Copenhagen instead of Reykjavík, which can also include a shorter version of the itinerary
  • Upgraded rooms in Reykjavík or Ilulissat and/or extra nights can be added for a supplemental cost, please inquire
  • Low season departures available on request
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