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Hot Springs and Icebergs: Iceland to West Greenland

Go by land, sea, and air to experience Iceland and Greenland on a wide-ranging adventure in a compact timeframe. Over just eight days you’ll soak in the heat of Iceland’s thermal baths, feel the spray of its thunderous falls, and explore the cool urban capital of Reykjavík. See Greenland’s epic ice cap that covers 80% of the country by air, then sail along its ice edge with glaciers that can stretch over 100 miles and calve some of the largest icebergs on Earth. There are possibilities to see the Northern Lights activity in these two countries and, with a little luck, photograph their strange and beautiful dance. Venture into Greenland’s long fjords choked with massive bergs and call at small communities to meet the hardy inhabitants.

See epic ice—by air & sea
Greenland’s incredible ice cap is the second largest in the world, smaller only than Antarctica. Enjoy the opportunity to get a view of this incredible landscape while soaring over it on our charter flight—twice. And on the West Coast of Greenland we’ll sail Explorer into the deep fjords and Disko Bay to see a tongue of the ice cap and cruise among towering icebergs.

Fall under the spell of urban Reykjavík
Soak in the thermal baths of Reykjavík, take in its impressive architecture, and try your hand at cooking traditional fare in a fun, enlightening cooking class. Plus, by special arrangement, we’ll sail to Viðey Island for a private dinner hosted by a top regional chef and a fantastic performance by local musicians.

Exciting search for wildlife
Search for humpback, fin, and minke whales! We know the places these leviathans come to feed—undersea shelves where nutrient-rich upwellings are created. And our captain and expedition leaders have been consistently offering up close, respectful encounters with these sea creatures for decades. On land we’ll keep an eye out for the occasional Arctic fox as well as the myriad birdlife that occupies these lands.

Timed for Northern Lights
At the high latitudes we’ll explore, far from the bright lights of civilization, we often see the Aurora Borealis dance in staggering electric hues of green and blue. If conditions align correctly, our photo instructors will be on the bow to help you capture extraordinary images when our expedition leader makes the announcement over the PA, “The lights are out.”

Make your expedition as active as you choose
Get out and explore every day—bike, kayak, Zodiac cruise, hike and walk. You’ll have a choice of activities, plus your choice of naturalists to join—for a moveable feast of personalities, insights, and interests. Choice also includes opting to relax, too. Enjoy the view from behind Explorer’s panoramic glass windows. Or visit the fitness center with its generous views of the vistas, or ease into the sauna or a massage in the Wellness Center.

Travel in excellent company
Explore under the sure guidance of an expedition leader, an assistant expedition leader, eight veteran naturalists, a National Geographic photographer, plus a National Geographic certified photo instructor, a Global perspectives guest speaker, an undersea specialist, a wellness specialist and a video chronicler. Their knowledge and passion for the fascinating Arctic region is the key to your extraordinary experience.

Please Note: Flights are not included in your voyage rate.
06 September, 2018 to 13 September, 2018 Make a booking request for Hot Springs and Icebergs: Iceland to West Greenland, departing on 06 September, 2018

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Category 1 £ 4981 GBP pp
Main Deck with one or two Portholes #301-308
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Category 2 £ 5409 GBP pp
Main Deck with Window #317-320, 335-336
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Category 3 £ 5608 GBP pp
Main Deck with Window #313-316, 321-328, 337-340, 342, 344, 346, 348, 350 Triples: Main Deck with WIndow #341, 343
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Category 4 £ 6087 GBP pp
Upper and Veranda Decks with Window #103-104, 107-108, 201-202, 204-207, 210, 212, 217, 226, 228
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Category SA (solo) £ 6760 GBP pp
Solo A Main Deck with Window #309-312, 329-334
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Category SB (solo) £ 7011 GBP pp
Solo B Upper and Veranda Decks with Window #105-106, 203, 208
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Category 5 £ 7187 GBP pp
Upper Deck with Balcony #209, 211, 214, 216, 218, 220-222, 224
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Category 6 £ 8629 GBP pp
Veranda Deck–Suite #101-102; Upper Deck-Suite with Balcony #213 Triples: #101-102
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Category 7 £ 9940 GBP pp
Upper Deck–Suite with Balcony #215, 219, 230 All cabins are available as triples.
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10 September, 2018 to 17 September, 2018 Make a booking request for Hot Springs and Icebergs: Iceland to West Greenland, departing on 10 September, 2018

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Category 1 £ 4981 GBP pp
Main Deck with one or two Portholes #301-308
view cabin photo
Category 2 £ 5409 GBP pp
Main Deck with Window #317-320, 335-336
view cabin photo
Category 3 £ 5608 GBP pp
Main Deck with Window #313-316, 321-328, 337-340, 342, 344, 346, 348, 350 Triples: Main Deck with WIndow #341, 343
view cabin photo
Category 4 £ 6087 GBP pp
Upper and Veranda Decks with Window #103-104, 107-108, 201-202, 204-207, 210, 212, 217, 226, 228
view cabin photo
Category SA (solo) £ 6760 GBP pp
Solo A Main Deck with Window #309-312, 329-334
view cabin photo
Category SB (solo) £ 7011 GBP pp
Solo B Upper and Veranda Decks with Window #105-106, 203, 208
view cabin photo
Category 5 £ 7187 GBP pp
Upper Deck with Balcony #209, 211, 214, 216, 218, 220-222, 224
view cabin photo
Category 6 £ 8629 GBP pp
Veranda Deck–Suite #101-102; Upper Deck-Suite with Balcony #213 Triples: #101-102
view cabin photo
Category 7 £ 9940 GBP pp
Upper Deck–Suite with Balcony #215, 219, 230 All cabins are available as triples.
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Hot Springs and Icebergs: Iceland to West Greenland itinerary:

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DAY 1: Reykjavík, Iceland
Arrive in Reykjavík, the world’s northernmost capital. Fly overnight to Reykjavík, the world’s northernmost capital. Choose an excursion to swim in the termal baths of the Blue Lagoon or learn about the hot springs and volcanic activity at the Geothermal Power Plant experience an Icelandic horse show at the Eldhestar Farm and Riding Centre. Check in to our hotel in Reykjavík for two nights. (L)
DAY 2: Reykjavík
Today you may choose from several active options. options. Go hiking across the rolling scrublands just outside the city, ride an Icelandic horse through the Hafnarfjörður lava field, or join a cooking class at the Salt Kitchen. Tonight, a special treat: ride a ferry to scenic Viðey Island, where an exclusive dinner and musical performance awaits. (B,L,D)
DAY 3: Reykjavík/Kangerlussuaq, Greenland/Embark
Choose a walking or biking tour of Reykjavík in the morning followed by a chartered flight to Greenland and take in stunning views over the Greenland icecap. Embark National Geographic Explorer. (B,L,D)
DAY 4: Greenland’s West Coast & Sisimiut
Dozens of deep fjords carve into Greenland’s west coast, many with glaciers fed by the ice cap that covers 80% of the country. Trace this ragged coastline, and search for humpback and minke whales. At Sisimiut, a former whaling port, visit the museum, wander amid a jumble of wooden 18th-century buildings, and learn from locals the tradition of creating Greenlandic national clothing.(B,L,D)
DAY 5: Disko Bay & Ilulissat
Sail into Disko Bay and set out to explore a tongue of the Greenland ice cap. Take an extraordinary cruise among towering icebergs. Explore the archaeological site at Sermermiut, and view the Jakobshavn Icefjord and its immense, calving glacier. (B,L,D)
DAY 6: Exploring Greenland’s West Coast
Our final day in the scenic fjords to Zodiac cruise, kayak, and hike across the tundra. (B,L,D)
DAY 7: Kangerlussuaq/Disembark/ Reykjavík, Iceland
Disembark in Kangerlussuaq, fly by charter for the second time over the Greenland icecap to Reykjavík and check-in to your hotel. (B,L,D)
DAY 8: Reykjavík
Have a guided tour of Reykjanes Peninsula, learn first-hand about the country’s innovative approach to geothermal energy, or if you haven’t yet experienced the Blue Lagoon, now’s your chance! Transfer to the airport for flights home. (B,L)
Please Note:
Flexibility is a hallmark of our expeditions, and often the day-by-day itinerary will change as we take advantage of rare wildlife sightings or photographers linger ashore through the golden hour of light. Extraordinary adventure is a guarantee.

Hot Springs and Icebergs: Iceland to West Greenland reverse itinerary:

show main itinerary
Please Note: *
Flexibility is a hallmark of our expeditions, and often the day-by-day itinerary will change as we take advantage of rare wildlife sightings or photographers linger ashore through the golden hour of light. Extraordinary adventure is a guarantee.
DAY 8: Reykjavík *
Have a guided tour of Reykjanes Peninsula, learn first-hand about the country’s innovative approach to geothermal energy, or if you haven’t yet experienced the Blue Lagoon, now’s your chance! Transfer to the airport for flights home. (B,L)
DAY 7: Kangerlussuaq/Disembark/ Reykjavík, Iceland *
Disembark in Kangerlussuaq, fly by charter for the second time over the Greenland icecap to Reykjavík and check-in to your hotel. (B,L,D)
DAY 6: Exploring Greenland’s West Coast *
Our final day in the scenic fjords to Zodiac cruise, kayak, and hike across the tundra. (B,L,D)
DAY 5: Disko Bay & Ilulissat *
Sail into Disko Bay and set out to explore a tongue of the Greenland ice cap. Take an extraordinary cruise among towering icebergs. Explore the archaeological site at Sermermiut, and view the Jakobshavn Icefjord and its immense, calving glacier. (B,L,D)
DAY 4: Greenland’s West Coast & Sisimiut *
Dozens of deep fjords carve into Greenland’s west coast, many with glaciers fed by the ice cap that covers 80% of the country. Trace this ragged coastline, and search for humpback and minke whales. At Sisimiut, a former whaling port, visit the museum, wander amid a jumble of wooden 18th-century buildings, and learn from locals the tradition of creating Greenlandic national clothing.(B,L,D)
DAY 3: Reykjavík/Kangerlussuaq, Greenland/Embark *
Choose a walking or biking tour of Reykjavík in the morning followed by a chartered flight to Greenland and take in stunning views over the Greenland icecap. Embark National Geographic Explorer. (B,L,D)
DAY 2: Reykjavík *
Today you may choose from several active options. options. Go hiking across the rolling scrublands just outside the city, ride an Icelandic horse through the Hafnarfjörður lava field, or join a cooking class at the Salt Kitchen. Tonight, a special treat: ride a ferry to scenic Viðey Island, where an exclusive dinner and musical performance awaits. (B,L,D)
DAY 1: Reykjavík, Iceland *
Arrive in Reykjavík, the world’s northernmost capital. Fly overnight to Reykjavík, the world’s northernmost capital. Choose an excursion to swim in the termal baths of the Blue Lagoon or learn about the hot springs and volcanic activity at the Geothermal Power Plant experience an Icelandic horse show at the Eldhestar Farm and Riding Centre. Check in to our hotel in Reykjavík for two nights. (L)
* = Indicative
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National Geographic Explorer, the ship servicing Hot Springs and Icebergs: Iceland to West Greenland

National Geographic Explorer

Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition

Length: 108 meters

Passenger Capacity: 148 (single & twin cabins)

Built / Refurbished: 1982 / 2008

 

National Geographic Explorer is a state-of-the-art expedition ship. It is a fully stabilized, ice-class vessel, enabling it to navigate polar passages while providing exceptional comfort. It carries kayaks and a fleet of Zodiac landing craft. An Undersea Specialist operates a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and sophisticated video equipment, extending access to the underwater world.

 

Public areas: Bistro Bar; Chart Room; Restaurant; Global Gallery; Library, Lounge with full service bar and state-of-the-art facilities for films, slideshows and presentations; Mud Room with lockers for expedition gear, and Observation Lounge. Our “Open Bridge” provides guests an opportunity to meet our Officers and Captain and learn about navigation.

Meals: Served in single seatings with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. Menu is international with local flair.

Cabins: All cabins face outside with windows or portholes, private facilities and climate controls.

Expedition Equipment: Zodiac landing craft, kayaks, Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), hydrophone, SplashCam, underwater video camera, Crow’s Nest remote controlled camera, video microscope, snorkeling gear.

Special Features: A full-time doctor, Undersea Specialist, LEX Photo Specialist and Video Chronicler, Internet Cafe and laundry.

Wellness: The vessel is staffed by two Wellness Specialists and features a glass enclosed Fitness Center, outdoor stretching area, two LEXspa treatment rooms and Sauna.

  

 

 

 

Cabin layout for National Geographic Explorer
• Feel the extreme contrasts of fire and ice from the warmth of Reykjavík’s outdoor thermal baths to kayaking amid shimmering glacial ice

• Take in opportunities to view the Northern Lights in both Iceland and Greenland

• See the towering ice edge of Greenland up close and and sail among massive icebergs

• Actively explore: hike, kayak, swim, horseback ride, and Zodiac cruise

• Enjoy an exclusive, private dinner on Viðey Island accompanied by acclaimed local musicians

• Meet Greenlanders and learn about their traditions and way of life
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