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Greenland and Iceland Shore Excursions

Dear Guests! Please read below about our wide range of shore excursions. Please note that only one shore excursion per port of call is bookable in advance. Appearing possibilities of excursion-combinations will be announced on board! Enjoy your trip! 

IlulIssat  Shore Excursions:

Il1 | CITY WALK ILULISSAT AND VISIT TO THE MUSEUM Tour highlights: An interesting cultural and historical walk to Ilulissats most famous sights. Originally founded by the Danes as a trading post in 1741, Ilulissat is today the third largest town in Greenland, with over 4,500 inhabitants. Accompanied by a local guide you learn more about life 200 miles above of the Arctic Circle. The tour takes you to the harbor and the 18th-century Zion Church, which was once the largest man-made object in Greenland. Before visiting the Ilulissat museum, a local drum dancer awaits us to give us an exclusive performance. Walking involved: Around 1 hour of walking involved, some uneven ground and steps Remarks: Entrance to the museum included Duration: 1,5 hours + individual visit to the museum Min/Max: 30/150 Reservation code: IL1 P rice: USD 75 I l2 | HIKE TO THE ICEBERGS OF SERMERMIUT Tour highlights: Learn more about the Inuit culture on this hike through the stunning arctic nature. This guided hiking tour to the Inuit ruins at Sermermiut overlooks the famous Ilulissat Ice Fjord with floating, massive icebergs raising more than 100 m above sea level. Discover the culture and lifestyle of the early Inuit, the first people to settle Sermermiut around the year 2000 BC. You can still see the relics, witnessing their presence. Hear the story about the Inuit people’s life and traditions before the Europeans came to Greenland. Walking involved: 3 miles of moderate hiking on mountain trails, parts of the path can be muddy when wet Remarks: Hiking boots and outdoor clothing recommended Duration: 3 hours including transfers Min/Max: 15/Reservation code: IL2 Price: USD 90 Il3 | ICE FJORD CRUISE Tour highlights: An unforgettable cruise around the plentiful icebergs in the Unesco World Heritage Ice Fjord. Ilulissat means “icebergs” in Greenlandic and the Ilulissat Ice Fjord is impressive whether viewed from the air or the sea. Experience an unforgettable cruise to the mouth of the Ilulissat Ice Fjord, where an underwater moraine catches many of the large icebergs. The only way to cross the moraine is via pressure from behind – therefore you always see a multitude of huge icebergs directly in front of Ilulissat. Walking involved: No walking involved Remarks: Warm clothing recommended Duration: 2 hours Min/Max: 12/Reservation code: IL3 Price: USD 125 Il4 | ICE FJORD ROUNDFLIGHT Tour highlights: Enjoy the stunning views on the UNESCO World Heritage Ice Fjord from above. The Ilulissat Ice Fjord is impressive whether viewed from the air or the sea. Experience an unforgettable flight over the ice fjord and the world’s most active glacier, Sermeq Kujalleq, which moves 72 feet per day (22 m). Your pilot will fly low over the fjord and circle around the majestic icebergs which can reach a height of 3000 ft and a few miles in length.  Walking involved: No longer stretches of walking involved Remarks: Window seat in the plane is guaranteed for the best photo opportunity; every passenger is provided with Active Noise Reduction Headset; please note that this flight is particularly weather dependent Duration: 30 minutes Min/Max: 4/25 Reservation code: IL4 Price: USD 455

Uummannaq  Shore Excursions:  

UUMMANNAQ MUSEUM Tour highlights: History of Uummannaq. Uummannaq Museum tells fantastic stories from the region. Particularly interesting is the museum’s exhibition of the extensive polar exploration that took place and Alfred Wegener’s expedition on a propeller-driven sled on the Ice Sheet. Wegener became world-famous due to his theory of continental drift. His aim was to build a scientific station in the middle of the Ice Sheet. The museum also houses copies of the famous Qilaktisog mummies, which were discovered in this area in 1972. Remarks: Entrance to the museum included Price: This excursion is included for all guests

Nuuk  Shore Excursions:

Nu1 | CITY TOUR AND NATIONAL MUSEUM Tour highlights: A wonderful introduction to Greenland´s capital city Nuuk. Nuuk is the capital of Greenland and its oldest town. Founded in 1728 by Danish- Norwegian missionary Hans Egede, Nuuk combines Arctic traditions and European urbanity. With around 16,000 inhabitants, Nuuk is considered as a bustling metropolis compared to the rest of Greenland’s cities and settlements. This guided bus tour includes a walk around the old city centre and a visit to the new suburban area of modern architecture. The tour ends at the National Museum of Greenland which exhibits 500 year old Inuit-mummies discovered in Qilakitsoq 40 years ago. Walking involved: All sites visited involve an element of walking Remarks: Entrance to the museum included in the price Duration: 1 hour + individual visit to the National museum Min/Max: 20/30 Reservation code: NU1 Price: USD 75  

Nu2 | HIKING AROUND LILLE MALENE Tour highlights: Hike through the beautiful arctic landscape around Nuuk. A short bus ride takes us to our starting point: the foot of the mountain Lille Malene. Soon you are out in the clean and untouched wilderness with magnificent views over the Nuuk fjord system, which is the second largest system that way in the world. The hike takes us along a trail with streams and small lakes. It provides many beautiful spots which are perfect for photo stops and lunchbreak. A local guide will accompany us and will answer any questions you may have on the local environment or life in Greenland. Walking involved: Demanding 6 mile hike in mountain terrain, good level of fitness required Remarks: Hiking shoes and outdoor clothing recommended, lunch boxes from OCEAN DIAMOND Duration: 5 hours including transfer Min/Max: 15/25 Reservation code: NU2 Price: USD 75

Nu3 | FOOD TASTING NUUK Tour highlights: Experience a taste of Greenland and hear more about Greenlandic hunting and food traditions. Meat from marine mammals, game, birds and fish has been the main ingredient in Greenlandic food for generations. The bus brings you to the outskirt of the city to the small Inuk Hostel. Here your local guide will invite you to a tasting of Greenlandic products while he gives you an overview on hunting traditions and how hunting still defines the life of many Greenlanders. The tasting will depend on what has been caught, like a variety of fish, maybe muskox, seal and other delicacies. Walking involved: No longer stretches of walking involved Remarks: Exclusive tasting of local specialties included, outdoor clothing recommended (when the weather is good the tasting will take place outside) Duration: 1,5 hours including transfer Min/Max: 15/20 Reservation code: NU3 Price: USD 80

Narsarsuaq Shore Excursions:

Na1 | BOAT TRIP QOROQ ICE FJORD Tour highlights: A fascinating cruise through the icebergs in the Qoroq Ice Fjord. The Greenland ice cap produces 250 million tons of icebergs each summer and their final journey begins when they break off from glaciers and plunge directly into crystal-clear fjords. Near Narsarsuaq we sail through the Qoroq Ice Fjord, weaving through hundreds of icebergs with a mesmerizing view of the Qoroq glacier off in the distance. The local boats will pick you up at shipside we reach the Qoroq Ice Fjord in 30 minutes by boat. We cruise in between the icebergs and sail into the fiord to see the glacier in the distant. Here the captain stops the engine and we enjoy the arctic scenery and the silence. Walking involved: No walking involved Duration: 1,5 – 2 hours Min/Max: 12/Reservation code: NA1 Price: USD 125 

Na2 | QASSIARSUK VIKING HERITAGE Tour highlights: Learn more about the Viking culture and visit Greenland’s first Christian church. Erik the Red who settled in Qassiarsuk after being outlawed from Iceland, named his new homeland with fjord landscapes and fertile valleys “green land”. On this walking tour you will visit the ruins of Greenland’s first Christian Church and a reconstructed Viking longhouse. Furthermore your guide will tell worth knowing facts about the Vikings life and history in Greenland.  Walking involved: About 1,5 hours of walking on gravel road Duration: 1,5 - 2 hours Min/Max: 10/Reservation code: NA2 Price: USD 35

Na3 | HIKE TO TASIUSAQ Tour highlights: Hike through the beautiful arctic landscape. In Qassiarsuk you will meet your guide for your hike through stunning Arctic landscapes to the remote community of Tasiusaq. It used to be the home of sheep farmers but nowadays it is abandoned. Enjoy the beautiful view of the fjord system and the arctic nature.  Walking involved: 8,5 miles long walk on unpaved road Remarks: Long hike with almost no altitudes, hiking shoes and outdoor clothing recommended; lunch boxes from OCEAN DIAMOND Duration: 5 hours Min/Max: 10/25 Reservation code: NA3 Price: USD 90 Na4 | HIKE AND KAYAK TASIUSAQ Tour highlights: Combine a hike through the beautiful arctic landscape with the unique experience of kayaking through ice filled waters. In Qassiarsuk you will meet your guide for your hike to through stunning Arctic landscapes to the remote community of Tasiussaq. It used to be the home of sheep farmers but nowadays it is abandoned. When you arrive to Tasiussaq, your local guide will give you a short introduction to the kayak equipment, before you start your extraordinary kayaking tour seeing glaciers and icebergs from a new and exciting perspective. Walking involved: 8,5 miles hike on unpaved road Remarks: Long hike with almost no altitudes, hiking shoes and outdoor clothing recommended, kayak equipment and clothing included (raincoat, -trousers, spray skirt, rubber boots and life vest), lunch boxes from board the OCEAN DIAMOND. Duration: XX including hike to Tasiussaq and back Min/Max: 5/12 Reservation code: NA4 Price: USD 395 Na5 | HELICOPTER TOUR TO EQALUIT GLACIER Tour highlights: helicopter tour Eqaluit Glacier. An aerial perspective gives a true sense of Greenland’s unbelievable size. During this “Flightseeing-Tour” by helicopter you see details that you would miss from an airplane. Flying low and slow, Greenland’s spectacular natural features like glacial moulins and icebergs seem to be right below your feet. The helicopter flies at low altitude over the coastal mountains before landing in front of the glacier. Use the pause of approx. 30 minutes to inspect and photograph the amazing glacier face before flying back.  Walking involved: No walking involved Remarks: Please note that helicopter flights are particularly weather dependent, cancellations are also frequent as the helicopter might be needed for rescue/emergency flights, if it is the only one available in this area Duration: 1 hour Min/Max: 8/8 Reservation code: NA4 Price: USD 495

NARSARSUAQ MUSEUM  Tour highlights: History of the American base “Blue West One”  The Narsarsuaq Museum will open their doors for exclusively all guests of the OCEAN DIAMOND. The museum was established in 1991 and houses a large collection of photos and artefacts from the American base “Blue West One”. The base was in operation from 1941 until 1958. The collection also has a section with focus on the Norse settlers and especially Erik the Red, who settled in Greenland more than 1,000 years ago.Remarks: Entrance to the museum included Price: This excursion is included for all guests

Vestnannaeyjar Shore Excursions:

V1 | BUS TOUR: POMPEII OF THE NORTH Tour Highlights: A geologically and historically interesting bus tour, visit of the Volcanic Museum. This guided bus tour around Heimaey Island includes the volcanic crater and houses half-buried from the volcanic eruption of 1973. It‘s a unique and fascinating landscape with diverse birdlife.The tour ends at the volcanic center. This unique museum tells the story of the Heimaey volcanic eruption in 1973, the Surtsey Island in 1963 and the geology of the Vestmannaeyjar Islands.  Walking involved: Easy walking Remarks: Entrance to the Volcanic Museum included Duration: Approx. 2 hours Min/Max: 10/45 Reservation Code: V1 Price: USD 80

V2 | GOLF IN THE VOLCANO Tour Highlights: Golf course inside the Volcano. Grab the chance to play a memorable round of golf (ca. 4,5 hour) on the famous Vestmannaeyjar islands golf course, which is located beside the sea in a sunken volcanic crater. You will be stunned by the panoramic views over the rugged coast and the volcanic landscape while playing 18 holes. The course is ranked by Golf Digest as one of the best 200 courses in Europe. Walking involved: Easy walking Remarks: Course fee and equipment included, golf balls not included (price approx. 5 USD a piece) Duration: 6 hours Min/Max: 4/20 Reservation Code: V2 Price: USD 151

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Greenland Cruises

ALL ABOUT GREENLAND

Poseidon Expeditions - your polar cruise operator

We’re fascinated by the wonders of Greenland and want to share our passion with real expeditioners from around the globe! Join us on an epic Greenland cruise. Discover the mesmerizing wilderness and iconic wildlife of the world’s largest island, with prime opportunities to see reindeer, musk oxen, polar bears, arctic foxes, arctic hares and whales. Explore as part of a real expedition and get a feel for the unique scenery and local culture.

Join our Greenland Cruises for Impressions That Last a Lifetime

It’s the biggest island on the planet, has huge icebergs, is home to many iconic wild animals and offers prime opportunities to see the northern lights – Greenland is a must on your travel bucket list! With over 2 million square kilometers (770,000 square miles) and only 56,000 inhabitants, it’s an untouched paradise for wildlife and nature, with most of the island located above the Arctic Circle.

Many of Greenland’s gems are inaccessible to everyday travelers and only a small expedition ship will get you there. Board one of our Zodiac tours or join the kayak club and paddle at your own speed. Whether you are a photographer, wildlife lover, adventurer or simply a connoisseur of remote nature, Greenland will create lasting memories!

What You Can See in Greenland

Greenland is not just ice and snow. There are countless gems to explore, and our Greenland cruises are scheduled for the summer months, when the midnight sun will give you plenty of time to sightsee. Colossal fjords in West and South Greenland, pristine glaciers, Northeast Greenland National park with its mesmerizing landscapes and wildlife, charming Inuit villages, contemporary cities and spectacular northern light sightings will give you bragging rights as a real polar explorer.

Why travel with Poseidon Expeditions?

M/V Sea Spirit – Tiny but Mighty

M/V Sea Spirit – Tiny but Mighty

With a maximum capacity of just 114 passengers, we usually operate with 100 guests off the ship. It maximizes our travelers' time ashore because there is no need for splitting passengers into groups for landing rotations as required on larger ships.

A real polar expedition

A real polar expedition

Experience active exploration of the polar regions through a variety of activities. Weather permitting, we schedule up to 3 excursions per day and offer optional kayaking and, in Antarctica, camping. Enrich your polar knowledge in an engaging and interactive way through Poseidon’s edutainment program.

25 years of polar cruising

25 years of polar cruising

Polar cruising is our passion and expertise and over the past 24 years, we’ve gained tremendous experience building a strong team of enthusiastic polar professionals who are all experts in their field. Each cruise is a thoughtfully crafted expedition voyage.

Nuuk

Greenland’s capital with its 15,000 inhabitants is the cultural and economic center of the island. Visit the national museum with its beautiful collection of artifacts, which tell 4,500 years of Greenland’s history. The art museum features local art and paintings, as well as work by Andy Warhol.

Visit Hans Egede’s House, the oldest building in Greenland, dating back to 1728 when it was a Dano-Norwegian missionary. Nowadays it functions as a governmental building.

Northeast Greenland National Park

Northeast Greenland National Park

The world’s largest national park is home to approximately 15,000 musk oxen, polar bears, walruses and many other iconic animals. Marine fauna include the ringed seal, narwhal and beluga whale. With a little bit of luck you can see them during our expedition cruises.

The park is part of the UNESCO heritage and one of the most spectacular places to see remote Arctic wilderness..

Ilulissat Icefjord

Ilulissat Icefjord

It’s a UNESCO world heritage site you can step on! The glacier is actively calving and moves around 19 meters a day. On our Greenland cruises you can admire this solid cold beauty and get a close-up view. We’ve seen the emotions of our expeditioners – nobody keeps cool around this amazing natural wonder. It’s a bucket-list item for many of our travelers with a guaranteed wow moment!

Svalbard & NE Greenland National Park

US$ 7 796

Sea Kayaking

US$ 8 581

East Greenland

US$ 5 321

Sea Kayaking

Greenland is a paradise for wildlife lovers! Expect to see iconic animals in their natural habitat such as reindeer, musk oxen, walruses, arctic foxes, arctic hares, humpback and bowhead whales, as well as majestic polar bears. While we always keep a safe distance from the animals, you’ll still get to see them up close. During the polar day, you will have a maximum amount of daylight to explore and view wildlife.

Get the best photo ops from the deck of our small expedition ship and during Zodiac cruises, hikes ashore and while kayaking. Our professional photographers will help you get that perfect shot so you can bring home the best pictures to remember the adventure.

Birders will be excited to spot great northern divers, barnacle geese, pink-footed geese, common eiders, king eiders, gyrfalcons, snowy owls, sanderlings, ptarmigan and ravens. Ask our expedition team and onboard specialists everything you ever wanted to know about your favorite animals and learn about their unique life in the Arctic.

About Greenland

Breathtaking wilderness, charming towns and contemporary Inuit culture – Greenland is a unique place with its very own charm. It’s the prime destination for any Arctic explorer. History buffs will love the Viking heritage of the region, nature lovers will appreciate the untouched and rough beauty of the island and wildlife lovers will appreciate its rich fauna. Did you know that Greenland is the best place to see the Aurora Borealis? On our late summer cruises, we hit the best spots around the coast to see this majestic spectacle.

Short History

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The first inhabitants of Greenland were the Inuit, who settled from around 2500 BC until about 900 BC on the island. After a period during which Greenland was abandoned, the Dorset people arrived around 500 BC, and from the 10th century AD the Thule people came and settled. It’s believed that Viking Erik the Red gave Greenland its contradictory name to attract more Viking settlers, thinking that it would make this northern land sound more fertile, attractive (and greener) for newcomers.

Greenland at that time was not quite as cold as it is now because the Earth’s climate cooled in the 14th century and the Vikings eventually disappeared from the island.

Since 1721, Denmark held colonies in Greenland and in 1953 the island became part of Denmark. Since 2009, Greenland has been an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark. The official language is Greenlandic, but people also speak Danish and English.

The world’s lowest temperature record (in the northern hemisphere) of -69.6 °C (-93.3 °F) was recorded in Greenland in 1991. The average temperature in the capital Nuuk varies from around -5 C to +10 °C (23 to 50 °F). During the summer months, it can warm up to +21°C (70 °F), but only in the coastal regions. In the center of Greenland, the temperature hardly ever exceeds 0°C (32 °F).

The eastern part of Greenland is considered colder due to fierce winds. During the winter months, the weather can be harsh. That’s why expedition cruises are usually scheduled during the warmer and more moderate summer months. The south and west coastal regions are generally warmer.

The precipitation quantity in the south is around 1,080 mm (43 inches) per year. In north Greenland, it may be as little as 100-200 mm (4-8 inches).

With a total area of 2,166,086 km2 (836,000 square miles), Greenland is the biggest island in the world. Only 410,449 km2 (158, 475 square miles) of it are not covered in ice. The highest point in Greenland is Gunnbjørn Fjeld at 3,700m (12,119 ft), situated in the Watkins Range in the east. Most of the mountains are covered by Greenland’s ice sheet. Coastlines are predominantly rocky with numerous fjords.

How People Live in Greenland

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While primary and secondary schools cover the basic educational needs of locals, many choose to continue their studies abroad. While Nuuk has its own university featuring a few classes in the native Greenlandic language, most classes are taught in Danish and English. In 2021 there were less than 300 students registered at the local university.

Plan Your Greenland Tour

Great expeditions need proper planning. Consider what your Arctic adventure should look like. Do you want to see incredible fjords and the biggest icebergs? Then consider a cruise to Northeastern Greenland. Northern lights are on your bucket list? Then a cruise to East Greenland in late summer is perfect for you. And if you are looking for the perfect Arctic odyssey, then choose a combined expedition covering Iceland, Greenland and Svalbard.

How to Get to Greenland

Book a flight to one of the departure ports ahead of time. Depending on which cruise you choose, you may embark/disembark in Longyearbyen (Svalbard) or Reykjavik (Iceland). After you board our expedition, you’ll cruise in comfort and style on the Sea Spirit toward Greenland. Contact us for assistance with booking and choosing the right cruise for your adventurous spirit!

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Greenland Ships

Most of the remote and tucked-away gems of Greenland are only reachable via small expedition ship. Aboard the Sea Spirit, perfectly suited for small expedition cruising with a maximum of only 114 passengers, we take you on the adventure of a lifetime. You can choose from various cabin categories to make your expedition comfortable and memorable. The ship also features a gourmet restaurant, large open deck, bistro, bar, lecture hall, gym and lounge with a 24/7 coffee and tea station. Feel like a real explorer, but with all the modern comforts!

When to Visit Greenland

The best time to visit Greenland on an expedition cruise are the summer months. June to September are warmer and the midnight sun gives you a maximum amount of daylight to explore, spot wildlife and see the beautiful landscape. Average temperatures in summer are around 0 °C (32 °F), with occasional highs around +10°C (50 °F). Be prepared for all contingencies and bring warm clothes. There are cases of snow even in the summer months!

If you’re after prime opportunities to view the northern lights, be sure to book a cruise in late summer/early fall. At the beginning of September, the chances of seeing them are very high and we have a special cruise scheduled right around this time (one of our travelers’ all-time favorite)!

Facts About Greenland

Ready to visit Greenland? Need a few more facts to be prepared for your expedition? Check out our top 5 favorite facts about this region:

A whopping 81% of the island is covered by Greenland’s ice sheet!

Golfing amid icebergs and snowfields? Every March golfers flock to the Ice Gold World Championships in Uummannaq.

Krone is king – Greenland’s currency is the Danish Krone.

Greenland was actually green, about 2.5 million years ago.

You’re speaking some Greenlandic already! Kayak and igloo are in fact Greenlandic words that have been adopted by other languages.

How can I fight seasickness?

If you’re lucky, you may not get seasick at all. Many avid expeditioners swear it all depends on attitude. While the open sea may be rough, the coastal waters are much calmer. Many people are unnecessarily worried ahead of their cruise. Consult your physician before your trip and pack motion sickness medication, just in case. There are many remedies that can ease seasickness and it’s better to come prepared. We also have an onboard physician who can assist you if needed.

Do I need travel insurance?

Travel health insurance is a must on expeditions cruises to the remote Arctic. We also recommend travel cancellation and luggage insurance. Contact us and we’ll be glad to consult you in detail on this subject.

Is there internet, email, or a telephone on board?

Yes, Wi-Fi aboard the Sea Spirit is available free of charge.

What’s not included in the tour?

Airfare to and from the departure ports is generally not covered by your cruise package, as well as additional nights ashore before and after the designated cruise duration. Also excluded are passport and visa fees, drinks (apart from welcome and farewell cocktails), additional telecommunication charges, insurance and gratuities.

What time is it in Greenland?

The regular time zone is UTC-3. Ittoqqortoormiit in East Greenland is on UTC-1. Danmarkshavn (a weather station in Northeastern Greenland is on UTC+0 and the Thule Air Base at Pituffik in Western Greenland is at UTC-4. (Source: visitgreenland.com)

What Money Do I Take and How Much?

This depends on you. While accommodation, meals and the 24/7 hour coffee and tea station are included in the cruise package, you may want to purchase additional drinks or souvenirs. We also accept credit cards. And for landings ashore: Greenland’s currency is the Danish Krone.

What clothes should you take with you?

Weather can be unpredictable. We recommend dressing in layers. Warm base layers, pullovers, trousers and water and windproof top layers. Don’t forget a hat, gloves, scarf and warm socks, as well as comfortable footwear for onboard activities. Opt for synthetics, polar fleece and wool (no cotton fabrics). You’ll get rental boots for the duration of the cruise for landings, and our warm and versatile signature expedition parka for you to keep as a souvenir.

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  • Aurora Borealis: Known also as "the Northern Lights," you'll have a front row seat to this natural marvel, as the neon rainbow dances across the Arctic sky.
  • Whale watching : The majestic humpback and Greenland whales can be seen breaching here in these icy waters.
  • Sailing past icebergs bigger than houses along the Coast of South Greenland.
  • Trekking across glaciers that have helped form the country or exploring the Polar seas by Zodiacs  around the world's biggest fjord system in Scoresbysund .
  • A visit to some of the most secluded parts of the northern hemisphere and expeditions to traditional fishing villages .
  • Discovery of the seafaring ways of the Vikings, and the cultures of the Inuit peoples who have made this land their home.

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  • Quark Expeditions  -  has been a leader in polar adventure, forever driven to forge new paths in polar explorations. On the   Ultramarine , visit indigenous communities in Greenland's West and Southern Coasts for a richer and more intimate glimpse of what life in the Arctic is really like. 
  • Aurora Expeditions  -  offers customizable itineraries. If weather or sea ice prevents travel, Plan B, C, and D are available. They are constantly on the hunt for new locations to explore and are not hesitant to adjust their schedules to take advantage of unexpected wildlife displays. On the  Greg Mortimer , encounter summer in Greenland when 24-hours of sunlight can still be experienced above the Arctic Circle where migratory birds arrive at nest and whale numbers are at their greatest.
  • Adventure Canada  -  is   a leader in expedition cruising with a deep commitment to safety. Their staff is rigorously trained and certified for their roles, and crews have lifetimes of experience. Enjoy the stunning mountain scenery of Kangerlussuaq Fjord (Søndre Strømfjord) as you sail south from Kangerlussuaq to the Baffin Bay aboard the  Ocean Endeavour .
  • Oceanwide Expeditions   - aim   to take you off the ship and into action as often as possible. Its sea routes are short and direct, allowing for maximum shore time, and activities are designed to accommodate a wide range of experience and fitness levels. Join the MV Hondius on a cruise to Greenland to meet a world where European culture combines with the Inuit in a beautiful landscape of ice, tundra, and the sea. 
  • ​ Silversea Cruises  -  is a luxury cruise line owned by Royal Caribbean Group and headquartered in Monaco, pioneer of all-inclusive luxury cruising. Tour Greenland’s most coveted destinations from Kangerlussuaq. Explore the uniquely Greenlandic character of the country’s capital, Nuuk, to the still waters and eerie silence of the Uumanaq Fjord, on a voyage aboard the  Silver Wind . 
  • Ponant  - has purposefully designed ships to welcome a limited number of guests with 32 to 132 staterooms. Its nine ships offer comfort comparable to the finest luxury hotels. Discover the extreme northeast of Greenland on the liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueled icebreaker,  Le Commandant Charcot , the first hybrid electric polar exploration vessel.
  • Lindblad Expeditions  -  has   ships that feature comfortable cabins, a lounge, a library, and wellness services so that you can unwind after an active day. Chefs on board create delicious meals that reflect the cuisine of the regions we visit using fresh, local, and sustainable ingredients wherever possible. Embark the  National Geographic Resolution  for a true polar exploration to discover the Northeast Greenland National Park, West Greenland, and the towering icebergs of UNESCO World Heritage Ilulissat Icefjord.
  • Iceland Pro Cruises  -  is part of the   Iceland ProTravel Group, the leading tour operator in Europe, specializing in Iceland. The  MS Seaventure  has been assigned the highest ice class for passenger ships. A greater density of steel plates in the hull and a massive stem are just two elements that allow the expedition ship to glide safely through the waters.
  • Poseidon Expeditions  -  is a leading provider of polar expeditions in the cruise business, founded in 1999. The   Sea Spirit  offers 114 guests large cabins and the friendliness of small ships. An ice-hardened hull, Zodiacs, and retractable fin stabilizers make this ship a breeze to sail.
  • Hurtigruten  -  goes beyond the usual highlights and iconic cities, going further to remote communities, hidden vistas, and rare wildlife few get to see. Hurtigruten voyages allow you to experience places few others ever visit, whether that’s the silent vastness of Northeast Greenland National Park, on an island beach in remote Disko Bay, or deep within a mist-shrouded fjord. 

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The buses in Greenland are operated in extreme weather conditions and are very heavy- giving them a different look. Dust that enters the buses while driving on gravel tracks can’t be avoided. Toilets are not available on the buses. There are no typical buses in Greenland, therefore school buses, city buses or off-road buses are used for our excursions. You can leave your backpacks or extra clothing on the bus during tours – they are locked at every stop.

All shore excursions organized by Iceland ProCruises take place in English. However, there might be a bilingual excursion (in German and English). All our guides are experienced and very knowledgeable about the country and people.

Strong winds, snow or even rain can affect our excursions. Although we always try to stick to the published itinerary, the route and stops can change depending on the weather and road conditions. Sometimes parts of a road or even an entire road are blocked. We reserve the right to make changes.

In some ports, the SEAVENTURE will not be at the pier but on anchorage. In those cases you will be shuttled ashore with our own zodiacs.

The weather in Greenland is very unpredictable. Please note that flights and boats are particularly weather dependent on wind, ice and sea conditions. Cancellations are also frequent, as the helicopter/plane/boat is needed for other transportation reasons or for rescue and emergency, if those are the only ones available in this area. There is a risk that we have to move around the timetable or cancel all the planned tours if there are changes. Please note that during the excursions, there won’t be detailed explanations as the captains and pilots are not guides. For flight bookings please identify your weight in the shore excursion booking form as the weight limit is 265 lbs per person. If you weigh more than 265 lbs and want to participate, you need to buy two seats.

Due to weather and sea conditions, the number of participants, or cancellation by local service providers, Iceland ProCruises GmbH reserves the right to change the prices, duration and content of the excursions or even cancel them. Please note that the order of sights may vary from the following descriptions due to high traffic volumes or other organizational reasons.

The minimum and maximum number of participants for each excursion is stated below. If minimum numbers are not reached, we may cancel the excursion on short notice.

1 - no requirements; solid closed boots; easy walking on paved paths 2 - sure-footedness; hiking boots; moderate walking on partly unpaved paths 3 - good sure-footedness; hiking boots; good fitness level; hike on uneven terrain; maybe with a little climb 4 - very good sure-footedness; good hiking boots; very good fitness level; challenging hike over varying terrains 5 - expert knowledge and years of experience as well as familiarity with very difficult and challenging hikes

Ammassalik-Island

Tour Highlights: Untouched wilderness with beautiful flora and a small waterfall Difficulty level 3: Hike on gravel roads with uphill walking Remarks: Outdoor clothing recommended Duration: Approx. 2.5 hours Min/Max: 10/25 per group Reservation code: A1 Price: USD 30.- Join this out-of-town-adventure into the wilderness of Ammassalik (Tasiilaq). You pass the East Greenlandic sled dog packs and the cemetery of Tasiilaq town. From there, you get to untouched and beautiful nature. As the name indicates, the flower valley is full of mesmerizing flowers like for example the Greenlandic Bell Flower or the dwarf fireweed. You hike between crystal blue lakes and arctic herbs in all colors towards a small waterfall. Enjoy the stunning views you get on this trip.

Tour Highlights: Climb and walk on a glacier, explore an ice cave and participate in a stunning boat ride Difficulty level 3: This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility; moderate hiking on rocks and uneven ground Remarks: This tour includes transportation and glacier equipment; warm outdoor clothing recommended; please note there might be no toilets on this tour Duration: Approx. 4.5 hours including 1.5 hours of sailing Min/Max: 4/10 per rotation Reservation code: A2 Price: USD 495.- Join us for an Arctic adventure that starts with a boat ride between Ammassalik (Tasiilaq) and Kulusuk Island, during which we pass icebergs and maybe some wildlife. After this unforgettable boat ride, you explore an ice cave and admire the front of a glacier as it might calves giant chunks of ice into the ocean. The view on the glacier is spectacular and during the easy up to 30-minute walk it takes to reach the ice cave, you will have plenty of time to explore its amazing features like moulins and crevasses. Lose yourself in this surreal world of blue and take in all of its incredible details while having your once in a lifetime experience.

Tour Highlights: Dog Feeding Event, Choir Singing and various shops and attractions are open for visitors Difficulty Level 2: Some uphill walking on gravel roads Remarks: Dress according to local weather; entrance to museum included Price: This excursion is included for all guests Experience life in one of the most remote areas in the world. Watch the locals feed their dogs or listen to the incredible choir singing. However, don’t forget to pay a visit to the local museum, church, post office or Stunk – the local art workshop and many more as they all have their doors open to you.

All excursions are subject to local weather/ice conditions as well as minimum/maximum numbers of participants. If an excursion is cancelled due to weather conditions or an insufficient number of participants, we reserve the right to provide notification of this at any point prior to the time of departure of the tour in question. The payment of the shore excursions will be at the end of the cruise in U.S. Dollars.

Qaqortoq

Tour Highlights: Hike through the beautiful Arctic landscape Difficulty Level 3: Moderate 4 to 6-mile hike on unpaved, partly rocky ground; partly uphill Remarks: Outdoor clothing recommended Duration: Approx. 3.5 hours Min/Max: 10/25 per group Reservation code: QA1 Price: USD 40.- This town is very picturesque with colorful houses painted along the cliffside, hugging the harbor. In the town center are colonial buildings. In addition, you will find Greenland’s first fountain, with whales spouting water from their blowholes. The maritime influence is all around with boats throughout the harbor and parked on land. Uniquely, the town is clustered with an art project called Stone & Man, consisting of 31 pieces of art. Look out and you might spot one or the other around town.

Tour Highlights: Exciting approx. 50-minute helicopter flight plus 30-minute ground stop at the Qalerallit Glacier Difficulty Level 1: Approx. 15-minute walk to the heliport per way Remarks: Dress according to local weather; weight limit per person: 265 lbs; if a guest weighs more than 265 lbs two seats needs to be bought Duration: Approx. 2 hours Min/Max: 5/5 per rotation Reservation code: QA2 Price: USD 735.- An aerial perspective gives a true sense of Greenland’s unbelievable size. During this “Flightseeing-Tour” by helicopter, you might see details that you would miss from an airplane. Flying low and slow, Greenland’s spectacular natural features like glacial moulins and icebergs seem to be right below your feet. The helicopter flies at low altitude over the coastal mountains for about 25 minutes (each way) before landing on top of the glacier. Use the break of approx. 30 minutes to inspect the amazing glacier before flying back.

Tour Highlights: Get an insight into Greenlandic traditions by visiting the only tannery in Greenland Difficulty Level 1: Easy Walking Remarks: Dress according to local weather; entrance to the tannery included Duration: Approx. 1.5 hours Min/Max: 4/12 per rotation Reservation code: QA3 Price: USD 30.- The tannery of Qaqortoq is the only tannery in Greenland and was established in 1977. The government now subsidizes it. They use different kind of skins for their clothing. You can find seal, muskox, reindeer or even polar bear. All skins produced by the tannery originate from wild animals that have lived naturally in the Greenlandic nature. It only allows production of skins, from animals that have been caught in accordance with the Greenlandic Inuit traditions and by Greenlandic Inuit hunters. Visit the beautiful show room to get some inspiration. During the tour, your guide will teach you about the Greenlandic culture and its traditions.

Qeqertarsuasiat

Tour Highlights: Impressive views by zodiac and on land Difficulty Level 2: Some uphill walking on gravel roads Remarks: Warm, waterproof and outdoor clothing recommended including gloves, hat and scarf Price: This excursion is included for all guests On the way up the West Coast of Greenland, we enter the beautiful fjord system with the small island of Qaqertarsuasiat and its impressive scenery. Our program today depends on the sea and weather conditions. Look forward to stunning scenery and amazing views. You can collect lasting memories either on land, during a zodiac cruise or onboard our ship, while we do a “scenic drive” through the area.

All excursions are subject to local weather/ice conditions as well as minimum/maximum numbers of participants. If an excursion is cancelled due to weather conditions or an insufficient number of participants, we reserve the right to provide notification of this at any point prior to the time of departure of the tour in question.

Nuuk

Tour Highlights: Hike through the beautiful Arctic landscape around Nuuk Difficulty Level 4: ATTENTION! This hike covers mountain terrain in all variations and is only suitable for passengers with a very good level of fitness! Very demanding 6-mile and approx. 4.5 hour hike Remarks: Outdoor clothing recommended; return transfer included Duration: Approx. 5 hours including transfer Min/Max: 10/25 per group Reservation code: NU1 Price: USD 80.- A short approx. 10-minute bus ride takes you to the starting point: The foot of the mountain Lille Malene. Soon you are out in the clean and untouched wilderness with magnificent views over the Nuuk fjord system, which is the second largest system in the world. The hike takes you along a trail with streams and small lakes. It provides many beautiful spots, which are perfect for photo stops.

Tour Highlights: Exciting half-hour helicopter flight plus 30-minute ground stop in the mountains Difficulty Level 1: No walking involved Remarks: Dress according to local weather; weight limit per person: 265 lbs; if a guest weighs more than 265 lbs two seats needs to be bought Duration: Approx. 1.5 hours including transfer Min/Max: 5/5 per rotation Reservation code: NU2 Price: USD 695.- People consider Greenland’s nature the most beautiful in the world. This is your chance to see it from above. During the ground stop, you will have a splendid vista over impressive mountains and the wide fjord system around Nuuk. Do not miss this unique chance to experience astonishing views and take home memories for life.

Tour Highlights: Getting a special look at Greenlandic life, traditions and culture, while enjoying the company of Greenlanders over coffee and cake Difficulty Level 1: Approx. 1 mile of walking, partly uphill Remarks: Dress according to local weather; coffee, tea and cake included Duration: Approx. 1.5 hours including transfer Min/Max: 10/15 per group Reservation code: NU3 Price: USD 60.- You want to know how life as a Greenlander is? Then this is your best chance to get to know the locals in an authentic way and get some first-hand information. Get a feeling of what it’s like by visiting a Greenlandic Kaffemik. Kaffemik is an old tradition, where a family invites many guests into their home to celebrate special events of all kinds – births and birthdays, first days at school and confirmations – but the real enjoyment comes from being in a room filled with people who like to share their stories with you, while enjoying coffee / tea and homemade cake.

Sisimiut

Tour Highlights: Amazing scenery, Tele-Island and Inuit culture Difficulty Level: Approx. 2 hours of hiking on uneven terrain Remarks: Outdoor clothing recommended Duration: Approx. 2 hours Min/Max: 10/25 Reservation code: SI1 Price: USD 30.- Do you want to know more about Greenlandic culture? Join this guided hike to the place where it all started 4,000 years ago. Different Inuit cultures used Tele-Island as a hunting ground over the years. Learn about the way they lived. From the Tele-Island you also have beautiful views towards town with Nasaasaq mountain in the background.

Tour Highlights: 4x4 ATV tour in the backcountry; driving an ATV yourself Difficulty Level 2: the ATV tour requires generally good physical fitness Remarks: Dress according to local weather; safety helmet provided; driver’s license for the driver of the ATV required and must be shown; minimum age for the passenger: 10 years Duration: Approx. 2 hours Min/Max: 2/10 per rotation Reservation code: SI2 Price: USD 225.- (single use, 1 person per ATV) USD 190.- (double use, 2 persons per ATV) Explore the Sisimiut backcountry on an ATV. Sisimiut is one of the only towns in Greenland that has a gravel road, which leads out of the town and approximately 6.3 miles into the backcountry. On this 1.5 hour guided ATV tour, participants ride through stunning scenery during a real off-road adventure. While driving around you get great views of the surrounding areas. Along the way, you might become lucky to pet some Greenlandic Sled Dog puppies. This is a unique and adventurous opportunity to experience Greenland’s backcountry.

Tour Highlights: History and culture of Greenland Difficulty Level 2: Approx. 0.6 miles of walking uphill to the museum Remarks: Dress according to local weather; entrance to museum included Price: This excursion is included for all guests The Sisimiut Museum opens their doors exclusively for all guests of the SEAVENTURE. It is one of the best-preserved museums in Greenland and focuses on Greenlandic culture, Greenlandic trade and industry history as well as the important shipping industry. The old buildings originate from Danish colonial time and the original colors are still preserved.

Tour Highlights: Taste of local Greenlandic specialties Difficulty Level 2: Approx. 0.6 miles of walking uphill to the museum Remarks: Dress according to local weather Price: This excursion is included for all guests Food is always a big part of a country’s culture; Greenland has the purest and most organic ingredients. The food comes from the icy polar sea and the mountain landscapes. You can try local specialties. The tasting depends on what has been caught and is available at that time, like a variety of fish, maybe musk ox, seal or other delicacies. However, it will definitely be an exclusive tasting of local specialties you will probably never experience again.

Ilulissat

Tour Highlights: An unforgettable cruise among the icebergs of the UNESCO World Heritage Ice Fjord Difficulty Level 1: No walking involved Remarks: Warm clothing recommended; excursion boat with mostly outdoor space and limited seating; daily ice conditions determine how far the boat can go into the fjord Duration: Approx. 2 hours Min/Max: 12/12 per boat Reservation code: IL1 Price: USD 125.- Ilulissat means “icebergs” in Greenlandic and the Ilulissat Ice Fjord is impressive whether viewed from the air or the sea. Experience an unforgettable cruise to the mouth of the Ilulissat Ice Fjord, where an underwater moraine catches many of the large icebergs. The only way to cross the moraine is via pressure from behind – therefore you always see a multitude of huge icebergs directly in front of Ilulissat.

Tour Highlights: Enjoy the stunning views of the UNESCO World Heritage Ice Fjord from above on this approx. 60-minute flight Difficulty Level 1: No walking involved Remarks: Dress according to local weather; window seat in the plane is guaranteed for the best photo opportunity; every passenger is provided with an “Active Noise Reduction Headset”; weight limit per person: 265 lbs; if a guest weighs more than 265 lbs, two seats needs to be bought Duration: Approx. 1.5-2 hours including transfer Min/Max: 5/5 per rotation Reservation code: IL2 Price: USD 565.- The Ilulissat Ice Fjord is impressive whether viewed from the air or the sea. Experience an unforgettable flight over the Ice Fjord and the world’s most active glacier, Sermeq Kujalleq, which moves 72 feet per day. Your pilot will fly low over the fjord and circle around the majestic icebergs, which can reach a height of 3,000 feet and a few miles in length.

Tour Highlights: Enjoy the stunning views of the UNESCO World Heritage Ice Fjord from a kayak Difficulty Level 2: Good physical fitness required Remarks: Dress according to local weather; not suitable for children under 12 years of age; dry suits, gloves and boots will be provided Duration: Approx. 2 hours Min/Max: 2/5 per rotation Reservation code: IL3 Price: USD 315.- Ilulissat Ice Fjord, famous for its unimaginably large icebergs, is the first place in Greenland to earn a status as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. The iceberg calve from Sermeq Kujalleq, which is one of the fastest and most active glaciers in the world. Kayaking in the area is a truly unique experience, where you paddle among the icebergs (depending on the local ice conditions), while gaining further insight into the history and the purpose of kayaks in the area. Enjoy the stunning views on this 1.5-hour kayak adventure.

Qeqertarsuaq

Tour Highlights: Stunning landscapes, Blaesedalen “Valley of the Winds” and waterfalls Difficulty Level 3: Moderate 3-mile hike in mountainous, uneven terrain Remarks: Outdoor clothing recommended Duration: Approx. 2.5 hours Min/Max: 10/25 per group Reservation code: QE1 Price: USD 30.- The Blaesedalen “Valley of the Winds” is located right outside of Qeqertarsuaq. Sometimes, a heavy wind blows through this valley from the nearby Arctic plateau, which is how Blaesedalen received its name. But the valley also impresses with its waterfalls, scenic variety and diversified flora. Learn more about tundra vegetation and the adaptions of plants to the Arctic climate on this botanic hike. Towards the end of the hike watch out for the black sand beach with its iceberg laying in the sand.

Kangerlussuaq

Tour Highlights: Experience one of Greenland’s biggest attractions - the Ice Sheet and enjoy a BBQ with local specialties Difficulty Level 2: transport by a 4x4 bus on rocky and changeable terrain and gravel roads Remarks: Dress according to local weather Duration: 5-6 hours Min/Max: 10/45 per bus Reservation code: KA1 Price: USD 175.- Known as the Greenland Ice Sheet, it is UNESCO World Heritage and covers 80 % of the island’s surface and is second in size to the world’s only other Ice Sheet in Antarctica. You drive through a wide variety of the most beautiful natural scenery from Arctic desert to tundra with low growing shrubs and through hilly terrain with a grand view of the edge of the Ice Sheet. The final goal is a stop with the most magnificent view on the Reindeer Glacier. Here you will have some time to enjoy the unspoiled tundra vegetation and silence. Before heading to the airport you stop at a beautiful spot in the middle of nowhere for a BBQ with local Greenlandic specialties.

Tour Highlights: Explore Greenland’s backcountry, keep an eye open for musk oxen and enjoy a BBQ with local specialties Difficulty Level 2: transport by a 4x4 bus on rocky and changeable terrain and gravel roads Remarks: Dress according to local weather Duration: Approx. 3.5 hours Min/Max: 10/45 per bus Reservation code: KA2 Price: USD 100.- Kangerlussuaq’s location is a paradise for both reindeer and musk oxen, who thrive in this environment due to the relatively mild, stable and dry climate and the abundance of food. With a bit of luck, you observe musk oxen roaming freely in their natural habitat. You follow a route through beautiful tundra landscape to the top of the Black Ridge Mountain, which offers fantastic panoramic views of the valleys, rivers, Kangerlussuaq and even parts of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Before heading to the airport you stop at a beautiful spot in the middle of nowhere for a BBQ with local Greenlandic specialties.

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Stretching approximately 2,800 kilometres (1,750 miles) from north to south and approximately 1,000 kilometres (625 miles) from east to west, Greenland is the world’s biggest island. Some do claim that Australia is a bigger island, but according to international definitions, Australia is regarded as a continent. East Greenland is just a short flight from Iceland, but its culture and landscapes are a world away. In a land dominated by the Ice Cap and impossibly steep mountain ranges, 3,500 people have made it their home. Their culture is born from myths and legends, often expressed in bone and rock carvings, but at the same time it is a globally connected culture with strong hunting roots and an everyday spirit of adventure. Discover Scoresbysund where you can paddle and Zodiac cruise along one of the world’s longest, largest and deepest fjord systems. At Ittoqqortoormiit, visit Greenland’s most remote settlement, home to approximately 450 mostly Inuit, people.South Greenland lives up to its name as it is truly a ‘green land’. It is a land of jagged mountains and green pastures where sheep farms directly border ice fjords, and Norse settlement history intertwines with modern fishing and hunting communities. Natural hot springs on a remote island, big wall climbing, and fjord kayaking abound in South Greenland.

Greenland’s capital, Nuuk, located in West Greenland is an arctic metropolis with a small-town feel, shaped by nature and known for its cultural diversity. While Nuuk is the colourful heart of this nation, the smaller communities of Paamiut south of the capital and Kapisillit in the Nuuk Fjord, are places to kick back and spend time in the outdoors. From the Disko Bay area in central West Greenland to the polar extremes of the far north, the scale of North Greenland is hard to fathom. Along a coastline stretching thousands of miles lie small communities based on hunting and fishing, in a land ruled by the Polar Night in winter and the summer’s Midnight Sun. From the strange volcanic rocks along the hiking trails on Qeqertarsuaq, the constant flow of massive icebergs from one of the world’s fastest flowing glaciers in Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Listed site, the diverse landscapes and superb whale and bird-watching opportunities in Disko Bay, makes West Greenland an ideal place to experience an expedition cruise.

At Aurora Expeditions, we have many Greenland cruises for you to explore Greenland in-depth, including West Greenland Explorer as voted by you! Explore the real world.

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Embark on a cruise adventure to the remote coastal regions of Greenland, where you will experience a pristine natural environment that is uniquely Arctic . Situated between the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, east of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago and a part of the Arctic Circle, Greenland is an exciting destination for adventurous travellers.

Aurora Expeditions’ cruises are made for rugged explorers who are excited to experience the magic of the Greenland wilderness. Our Expedition Team provides Greenland tours for those with a keen sense of adventure and a desire to immerse themselves in the natural environment.

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Wild Landscapes of West Greenland

USD $ 18,876.00

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Southern Greenland: On the Trail of the Vikings

USD $ 14,956.00

Zodiac Cruising at Tay Bay, Canada, Richard I'Anson

Traversing the Northwest Passage

USD $ 35,005.50

Aurora borealis, Northern Lights, Lofoten islands, Norway

Northern Lights Explorer

USD $ 17,815.50

Zodiac cruising to observe sea ice at Croker Bay in Canada's Northwest Passage

Northwest Passage

USD $ 20,396.00

Ittoqqortoormiit

Greenland Odyssey

USD $ 16,825.75

Arctic Zodiac cruise

Jewels of the Arctic

USD $ 14,190.75

A lone musk ox in Greenland in the Arctic, a region it is native to

Arctic Complete – Svalbard, Greenland & Iceland

USD $ 22,435.75

Why Join a Greenland Expedition Cruise?

As one of the best known Arctic islands, Greenland is a remarkable destination that leaves its imprint in ways not entirely explainable. Whether you’re exploring the East, West or South, our Greenland Expeditions reveal the beauty of the world’s largest island.

Many people still have misconceptions about this alluring Arctic nation. For one, despite being almost completely covered by the Greenland Ice Sheet, there is more to Greenland than glaciers and ice. It is a nation with layers of culture and history that will unfold before you. Greenland has one of the world’s smallest populations, with approximately 56,500 inhabitants. Today, 88% of Greenland’s population is Inuit (predominantly Kalaallit) or a mix of Danish and Inuit. The remaining 12% are of European descent, mainly Danish.

A trip to Greenland takes you to one of the planet’s last great wildernesses, a remote land of ice and snow. Offering remarkable landscapes, exceptional wildlife, iceberg-filled fjords, majestic peaks, vast tundra, Viking history and contemporary Inuit culture, Greenland is truly unlike anywhere else in the world. The fjords and mountains of Greenland are where life is concentrated. Summer is the best time to visit Greenland – when wildflowers are in full bloom, birds start breeding and wildlife sightings are most common. If you’re lucky you can observe bands of caribou, musk oxen, Arctic foxes and polar bears. Seals, walruses and many species of whales including humpbacks, orcas and white belugas also gather near its shores.

In Greenland, tiny, isolated communities are scattered among the fjords, accessible only by small plane (or helicopter when there is no room for a runway), boat, kayak, afoot or by dogsled in winter. Discover this fascinating country’s hidden secrets as you traverse its waters and embark on unforgettable adventures.

Greenland Wildlife Encounters

Greenland is a biodiversity hotspot, and wildlife encounters are expected throughout the cruise. The rugged terrain and sea ice you’ll enjoy panoramic views of throughout our Greenland Arctic expedition provide a unique habitat for the wildlife that lives here. Our Expedition Team includes onboard naturalists that will educate and guide you through your wildlife encounters both on land and at sea.

A largely remote wilderness, Greenland’s unique natural habitats provide a home for a plethora of captivating wildlife. Some highlights for lucky travellers include polar bears, Arctic foxes, reindeer, Arctic hares, humpback whales, blue whales, fin whales, narwhals, ringed seals, countless Arctic bird species and one of the largest populations of muskoxen.

Visit Greenland on an Aurora Expeditions cruise for whale watching, opportunities to see the majestic polar bear and much more.

Unique Greenland Experiences

Being polar expeditions, our Greenland tours include truly once-in-a-lifetime experiences. A cruise in the Arctic Circle around Greenland provides a rare opportunity to take a polar plunge, embark on Zodiac cruises through the ice sheet, and observe unique geological formations and breathtaking scenery on trips ashore.

Our Greenland expedition experts can also take you on optional excursions via our comprehensive activity program . You might want to try an unforgettable journey on our sea kayaks, rock climbing the rugged cliffs of one of the national parks or scuba diving in the polar regions of the Arctic. If you would like to learn more about the included or optional activities, please contact us , we’re here to help!

Greenland Tour Regions

Greenland zodiac cruise

East Greenland

East Greenland is one of the most isolated areas in Greenland and offers fantastic possibilities for big adventures. In East Greenland jagged mountains rise from the sea and giant white and blue icebergs float in deep fjords. Only 120 years ago, there was no connection between West and East Greenland. Therefore, culture and traditions are different to the ones in the west and it is also why East Greenlanders speak a different language. Discover the fascinating geology of the Skaergaard Intrusion, enjoy Zodiac cruises among icebergs and hike through one-of-a-kind tundra.

Prince Christian Sound, Greenland

South Greenland

South Greenland travel also provides opportunities for adventure. Temperatures in southern Greenland are higher than in the rest of the country, sometimes even reaching up to 20° Celsius during summer. The landscapes are greener and the ground more fertile, with many farms along its coast. The area is full of contrasts between the green shades of the landscape and the myriad of blues that paint the ice. The region is popular for those keen on an adventure. Experience hiking tours or go kayaking to see whales and other wildlife. It is easy to take individual trips because the settlements are close to each other with great boat connections. See for yourself when you cruise Prince Christian Sound (Prins Christian Sund), flanked by imposing mountains, where the Viking ruins of Erik the Red still stand from the Middle Ages.

Nuuk, Greenland's capital

West Greenland

West Greenland is the most populated region of the country, containing the nation’s capital, Nuuk, the starting point for most travellers’ on their Greenland adventures. Here, you can visit the largest ice cap in the northern hemisphere, Ilulissat Icefjord. This UNESCO-listed 55km-long natural sculpture park boasts countless jaw-dropping icebergs. Explore untamed nature on foot or from water level in a kayak or Zodiac. Stop at remote villages along the West Greenland coastline to learn about the traditional lifestyle. Historically West Greenland was known for its fishing and hunting industries, which are still an integral part of the local way of life.

West Greenland is also home to Disko Bay, a large and significant bay on the west coast, steeped in history. Its nutrient-rich waters have made it the perfect home for a wide range of species. Disko Bay is a great place for whale watching and kayaking, with a number of different species of whales visiting the bay during the springtime. Disko Bay also attracts migratory seals that use the teaming waters of the bay to feed.

Passenger marvelling at the Northern Lights from the deck of the Greg Mortimer ship in Greenland

North Greenland

North Greenland is home to the harsh realities of the Arctic Islands. It’s the land of the polar nights in the winter and of the midnight sun in the summer. The midnight sun is a natural phenomenon in the Arctic Circle where the sun remains visible throughout the night and day. During the winter months however, North Greenland is one of the best places to see the Northern Lights because of the long nights, with the dark skies making the perfect backdrop to showcase the lights in all their colours. The area is also known for its dog sledding which is common amongst the locals and a fun experience for tourists.

Greenland Expedition Cruise Activities

Visit Greenland with Aurora Expeditions and our Expedition Team will take you on excursions unique to the High Arctic, fully included in the cost of your expedition. For those interested in a little extra excitement, there are optional activities* designed to get you closer to the action.  Our Greenland expeditions provide a mix of comfort and adventure; for those willing to explore this incredible Arctic destination the memories will last a lifetime.

Bird Watching

Photography

Polar plunge

Trips ashore

Whale and mammal spotting

Zodiac cruises

Lecture on wildlife, our environment, history and destinations

Add-on Activities

Sea kayaking in the Arctic

Sea Kayaking

Sea Kayaking is one of the most exhilarating ways to experience Antarctica, the Arctic and beyond. Sea kayaking holidays in the humbling…

*Optional add-on activities are available on select voyages. They are listed on each itinerary page and additional fees apply. 

Greenland Cruises FAQs

The cost of a cruise to Greenland with Aurora Expeditions varies based on factors such as the duration of the expedition, the type of cabin chosen and the specific itinerary. Prices generally start from US $17,595 per person – please check our expeditions listed above for more pricing information. Each expedition includes various inclusions like meals, excursions and expert guides, adding value to the overall experience. Plan and explore our expeditions to find a cruise that suits your preferences and budget.

The duration of a cruise to Greenland with Aurora Expeditions varies depending on the specific itinerary chosen. Expeditions to Greenland typically range from 13 to 17 days, allowing travellers to immerse themselves in the breathtaking landscapes and diverse wildlife of the region. Our itineraries are carefully crafted to include highlights such as fjords, glaciers and cultural sites, ensuring a comprehensive exploration of this enchanting Arctic destination. For precise information on the duration of a specific cruise, we recommend that you refer to our detailed itineraries on our official website or contact our friendly team directly.

For a Greenland cruise with Aurora Expeditions, packing essentials include layered clothing for varying temperatures, waterproof outerwear, sturdy and comfortable walking shoes, gloves and a hat. Remember essentials like sunglasses, sunscreen and a camera for capturing the stunning Arctic landscapes. Packing formal wear for onboard events and considering bringing binoculars for wildlife observation is advisable. Check our guide here on what to pack for a trip to the polar regions. Aurora Expeditions also provides a detailed packing list for each specific voyage, so it’s recommended to check their guidelines. Additionally, packing adaptable clothing for the dynamic weather conditions ensures a comfortable and enjoyable experience while exploring Greenland’s unique and remote environments.

A Greenland cruise with Aurora Expeditions features Arctic landscapes, colossal glaciers and vibrant wildlife that offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience. These expeditions provide opportunities for close encounters with polar bears, whales and other unique species. Aurora Expeditions ensures expert guides, immersive cultural experiences and comfortable accommodations on ice-strengthened vessels. The carefully crafted itineraries showcase Greenland’s awe-inspiring beauty, including fjords and historical sites. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, adventure seeker, or cultural explorer, a Greenland cruise promises an unforgettable journey, making it a truly worthwhile and enriching expedition into one of the world’s most pristine and captivating destinations.

Depending on your chosen voyage, there are several starting points for our Greenland expeditions, including Norway, Iceland and Canada. Be sure to check each specific expedition for more information.

The optimal time for a Greenland cruise or expedition is during the Arctic summer, generally from June to August. This period offers milder temperatures, wildlife activity and optimal conditions for exploring Greenland’s stunning landscapes. The midnight sun ensures extended daylight hours, enhancing the overall experience. While each month has its unique charm, early summer may provide access to more ice-covered areas, while late summer showcases vibrant flora. Aurora Expeditions carefully plans its itineraries to align with the best seasonal conditions, offering an unforgettable adventure during the warmer months when Greenland’s beauty is in full bloom.

Travellers visiting Greenland should consider several health factors . Consult with a healthcare professional before the expedition to ensure vaccinations are up-to-date. Cold temperatures and potential exposure require appropriate clothing and gear. Travel insurance covering medical evacuation is advisable. Aurora Expeditions prioritises passenger safety and their experienced team guides health and safety measures. It’s crucial to disclose any medical conditions to the expedition staff for proper assistance. Ultimately, thorough preparation and adherence to recommended health guidelines contribute to a safe and enjoyable journey to Greenland.

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Dramatic glaciers, deep blue fjords and untouched wilderness.

16-Day Expedition Cruise from Iceland to Greenland taking in Disko Bay

Explore the pristine west coast of Greenland as far as Disko Bay

State-of-the-art expedition ship takes you right to the heart of nature

16-day Expedition Cruise from Iceland to Greenland, taking in Disko Bay

Spectacular western Greenland

Sailing from Reykjavík, our state-of-the-art ship brings you to remote places few get to see. Join a traditional kaffemik with the Qaqortoq people, discover ancient traditions at Sisimiut, and take in breathtaking fjords, glaciers and wildlife as we reach a UNESCO wonder.

Beguiling Disko Bay

Experience the tranquil beauty of Evighedsfjord before we sail to Nuuk, Greenland’s photogenic capital. The stunning panoramas of Prince Christian Sound will stay with you forever. Look out for wildlife, such as musk oxen, white-tailed eagles and auks.

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Cosmopolitan Reykjavík

Reykjavík is full of art, culture, and delightful history. It is definitely worth discovering, either before or after your cruise to Greenland.

Stroll along Laugavegur, filled with boutiques and outdoor shops, or head to the architecturally striking Hallgrímskirkja

church or the fascinating Reykjavík Art Museum. Why not book a Pre-Program with us? That way, you can discover the nearby waterfalls, hot springs, geysers, and national parks.

At Reykjavík Harbor, MS Fridtjof Nansen awaits you. After collecting your complimentary expedition jacket, take time to settle into your cabin. Your adventure has begun.

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Crossing the Denmark Strait

We sail to Greenland across the Denmark Strait, the route taken by Erik the Red, supposedly the first European to have settled there. Relax and explore the stylish onboard facilities of our hybrid electric–powered ship.

Your Expedition Team will explain the protocols of respectfully visiting wildlife habitats and indigenous Arctic communities. In the Science Center, learn more about Greenland’s geology, or join one of our Citizen Science projects. Then hit the gym, swim in the infinity pool, book a treatment in the wellness area, or enjoy a delicious meal in one of our three onboard restaurants.

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Culture and history in Qaqortoq

Our expedition cruise of Greenland begins in earnest in a town has been settled since prehistoric times. The colorful houses and lush scenery of Qaqortoq provide a beautiful backdrop for its rich culture.

Explore the local museum, which includes rare Inuit artifacts, or enjoy lush scenery on a walk to a nearby lake. Join an optional excursion to meet friendly locals and hear their stories at a traditional kaffemik social gathering.

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Explore Kvanefjord

Experience the sublime fjords of Greenland’s west coast as we reach Kvanefjord in Sermersooq, meaning 'Place of Much Ice'.

Have your camera ready for glistening icebergs and semi-submerged glacial ice, which is pure white with undertones of crystalline blue. These sculpted ice blocks are some of Arctic nature’s finest creations.

Few people venture into this remote fjord, making it even more special to spend the day exploring here. The Expedition Team will select places to venture ashore, where you will enjoy beautiful scenery on a nature walk. You could also head out in boats to scout for wildlife.

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Fascinating Maniitsoq

Today our expedition cruise reaches Maniitsoq. Nicknamed the 'Venice of Greenland' for its natural canals, the surrounding mountains deliver awe-inspiring views. You might even spot pods of humpback whales from shore.

Once a regional hub for trading reindeer hides, people have lived here for 4,000 years. Discover figurines carved from walrus ivory, traditional Greenlandic costumes, and many works of art in the local museum.

Maniitsoq has many hiking options with different viewpoints to discover. And don’t miss the chance to chat to the town's welcoming locals.

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Spectacular Sisimiut

We reach spectacularly situated Sisimiut, just 25 miles north of the Arctic Circle, where you'll experience the Midnight Sun at the height of summer.

Old traditions are alive and well here, and you can learn more about the ancient Saqqaq artifacts in the local museum. If you're looking for a special souvenir, pick up a scarf, hat or mittens made of qiviut, the inner wool of a musk ox, said to be 10 times warmer than sheep wool.

One of the best things you'll experience on your expedition cruise to Greenland with us is meeting the local communities in the places we explore—authentic interactions that make for fantastic memories.

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UNESCO-listed Ilulissat Icefjord

Our expedition cruise reaches Disko Bay, a haven for whales and seals. The Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, regularly tops the list of things to see and do in Greenland. Today, you'll find out why. Enjoy breathtaking scenery as you walk to the ice fjord and the old Inuit settlement of Sermermiut.

Marvel at giant icebergs floating past in the deep blue waters, as they take on different hues of white, grey, and blue. Even amateur photographers will return to the ship with enviable images. Back in pretty Ilulissat, enjoy a hot drink by the colorful houses along the water.

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Go wild in Vaigat Sound

The rugged Vaigat Sound is our northernmost point. You may feel like the first person to explore it. We are at the hands of Mother Nature today and the Expedition Team will identify the best landing sites to explore.

If possible, we’ll take small boats (RIB) out for a shore landing or take an optional kayaking trip between icebergs. You may visit Camp Frieda, trek across the tundra, and get up close to a glacier and learn how it moves.

Have your binoculars and camera ready as wildlife sightings in Disko Bay can include orcas and bowhead whales, as well as harp, hooded, bearded, and ringed seals.

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Beguiling Evighedsfjord

Our expedition cruise now heads back south. Enjoy a day of exploration in the magical and imposing Evighedsfjord, near Kangerlussuaq. Until that day, we won’t have determined the exciting adventures that lie in store for you.

The 'Fjord of Eternity' is fed by an ice cap that calves huge icebergs into its waters, 2,300 ft deep. It is surrounded by misty mountains with beautiful white ridges, punctuated by crystal-blue ice caves.

Nature reigns here. The only settlements in this region are tiny fishing villages clinging to the shores. Like always, we'll be on the lookout for Arctic flora and wildlife, including whales and seabirds.

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Nuuk, Greenland’s capital

After several days exploring remote, idyllic icescapes, you’ll cruise into Nuuk, Greenland’s colorful capital. It has a population of 18,000 people and a striking mix of old and new buildings.

Compare the old buildings like the Hans Egede House and Nuuk Cathedral with the ultra-modern architecture of Greenland’s parliament building.

Visit the national museum and gain fascinating insight into life here 500 years ago. See the six Qilakitsoq mummies, or join a long nature walk through Paradise Valley and around Mt. Lille Malene as part of an optional excursion.

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Forgotten town

As you wander around the abandoned ruins of this ghost town, it’s hard to believe that Ivittuut, a former mining outpost, once played a pivotal role in the course of history.

During World War II, the US secretly stationed troops here to prevent rare cryolite, used to make aluminum alloys, from falling into enemy hands. Supplies were instead shipped to the UK to manufacture aircraft that fought in the Battle of Britain.

Here, you can walk among the area's deserted buildings. In what was once the last Viking settlement in Greenland, the only inhabitants you’re likely to see nowadays are musk oxen.

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Prince Christian Sund

We aim to explore the incredible waters of Prince Christian Sound, stretching 60 miles long. Sharp-peaked granite mountains provide a stunning contrast to the bright white glaciers. Look out for calving icebergs and colorful houses in the village of Aappilattoq.

Nature is abundant here. Keep an eye out for ringed and bearded seals resting on the ice and glaucous gulls and black guillemots soaring above. You may even spot minke and humpback whales.

If sea ice prevents us from entering the sound, we'll head to the jagged Cape Farewell, the southernmost point of Greenland.

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Reflections of Greenland

After exploring the ethereal beauty of western Greenland, we set our course back to Iceland. Enjoy two days at sea recapping highlights with the Expedition Team, learning about the delicate ecology of Greenland in the Science Center, and relaxing.

Out on deck, you might spot seabirds or whales that like to follow our ship. Our onboard photographer will share tips to capture them in action. You can even count the whales you see for our Happywhale Citizen Science project.

This might be the time to enjoy the panoramic sauna, the hot tubs on deck, or the heated pool. Why not book a treatment in our wellness area? You can also enjoy the company of fellow explorers over drinks in the Explorer Lounge &Bar.

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Return to Reykjavík

Your expedition cruise to Greenland will come full circle when you arrive back in Iceland's stylish capital in the early morning.

If you want to discover more, join our optional Post-Program to the south of Iceland before you head home. Or simply extend your stay to enjoy more of Reykjavík and its surrounding geothermal attractions.

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What's included

Expedition Cruise

  • Stay in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including beverages* in the Aune and Fredheim restaurants
  • Fine-dining À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm is included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and guide activities, both on board and ashore
  • Range of included activities

Onboard activities

  • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team
  • Full use of our Science Center, extensive library, and advanced biological and geological equipment
  • The Citizen Science Program allows guests to contribute to ongoing scientific research projects.
  • Our onboard professional photographer will give photography tips and teach techniques for capturing landscape and wildlife photos.
  • The ship has hot tubs, an infinity pool, a sauna, an outdoor and indoor gym, and a running track
  • Join informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings.

Landing activities

  • Escorted landings with small boats (RIBs)
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment needed for the activities
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition photographers will be on hand to assist you.
  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please ensure you can meet all entry and boarding requirements.
  • No gratuities are expected

What's not included

International flights

Travel protection

Baggage handling

Optional shore excursions with our local partners

Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team

Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area

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Included Programs

It's a mixture of adventure activities for individuals of all ages

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Onboard Science Program

Our Science Program has one goal: to increase your curiosity, knowledge and interest of the areas you are sailing to.

Our expedition ships serve as the perfect platform for scientific research; with access to remote regions of the world and onboard experts, we can provide invaluable data to the scientific community—with help from our guests!

We invite our guests to participate in science activities, developing a greater understanding of the region in which they travel, becoming true ambassadors, and returning home to champion the protection of our planet's most fragile ecosystems.

The core of the Citizen Science programs

Delivery of our own lecture program.

Interacting with guests in our Science Centers to reinforce the lecture program with practical hands-on guest experiences.

Citizen science program involving guests in programs for third-party organizations.

Carrying scientific equipment for sample collection on behalf of research institutes.

Hosting scientific personnel on board to conduct collaborative science programs.

Examples of Scientific Research Onboard

Seabird Distribution with the Antarctic Site Inventory  — Surveys throughout the Antarctic Peninsula help scientists understand how seabirds are using different habitats and provide valuable information about their life cycles.

Cloud Observations with the Globe Program  — By observing and recording cloud cover timed to NASA satellite fly-overs, guests can help scientists understand how surface and air temperature are affected by cloud cover, and how clouds will respond to a changing climate.

Happywhale  — We assist in tracking individual whales throughout our world’s oceans by harnessing the power of whale watching enthusiasts - our guests - expanding our scientific knowledge of their behavior and distribution. 

Sea Leopard Project  — A non-profit study aimed at a better understanding of the behavior, ecology, and population dynamics of leopard seals on the Antarctic Peninsula to promote their conservation and safe human-seal interactions.

Fjord Phyto  — Study phytoplankton to better understand how they respond to water temperature changes in the polar regions, providing a key to help mitigate future environmental impacts. 

Science Center

Join the Expedition Team here for a range of lectures, photography workshops, and Citizen Science Projects. The area also features scientific and educational equipment, such as microscopes and interactive maps.

Lecture Hall

In-depth talks on history, climate change, sustainability, wildlife, Earth science, culture, and other topics specific to the destination you are visiting are held here. Learning more about each subject is certain to enhance your expedition experience.

Webinar: Science Program

Our Science Program has one goal: To increase your curiosity, knowledge and interest of the areas to which you are sailing. 

In this webinar you can learn more about:

What the Science Program is about 

Learning from the experts on board

Facilities, equipment and activities

Citizen Science research projects- and how you can contribute

Speaker: Verena Meraldi

Excursions & Activities

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Kvanefjord Exploration Day

Experience a day of pioneer-style exploration, and discover the beautiful scenery and wildlife.

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Maniitsoq Community Visit

Enjoy a visit to this small remote town and learn about its peoples’ traditions and culture.

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Sisimiut Community Visit

Enjoy a visit to this beautiful town in Greenland where traditions are kept alive.

Pre-post programs

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Reykjavik and Golden Circle Tour (Pre)

Discover glaciers, waterfalls, volcanoes, and hot springs on Iceland’s famed Golden Circle tour.

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Discover Iceland’s South Coast (Post)

Explore the black sand beaches, mountains, and waterfalls along the south coast of Iceland.

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Icelandic Highlands for Nature Lovers: Kerlingarfjöll and Reykjavík (Pre)

Hike among the beauty and drama of Iceland’s famous volcanic highlands in Kerlingarfjöll on this four-day tour.

Penguins perched on the ice of Cuverville Island, Antarctica. Credit: Espen Mills / HX Hurtigruten Expeditions

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Qaqortoq, Greenland

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If you're a seasoned traveler with a taste for destinations untrammeled by modern tourism, Qaqortoq is the ultimate port of call. Qaqortoq means "White Palace" in Greenlandic, and this small town of about 3,400 is the cultural and commercial center of Southern Greenland. Inuit and then Europeans were drawn to the site over 200 years ago, they were lured by the wealth of marine mammals that thrive in the offshore waters during summer. The climate is, at best, highly unpredictable. Summer temperatures normally compare to summer temperatures in Northern Europe, but weather is variable even in summer. In winter, Qaqortoq is frequently isolated by winter sea ice and accessible only by airplane or helicopter. The harsh landscape and harsher climate have helped preserve traditional Greenlandic culture - the centuries-old Inuit skills of hunting, kayaking, and fishing are still revered in this unique place. Organized shore excursions for Qaqortoq may not available on select voyages, but the town is easy to explore on your own. The ship's launches drop you off at the pier, providing you with the opportunity to stroll the streets, visit the small local museum, talk to the local residents, buy a souvenir stamp at the Post Office and perhaps purchase an Inuit handicraft as a remembrance of your visit to one of the unique communities on the planet. Note: Your ship anchors at Qaqortoq and passengers are transferred to shore via ship's launches, weather conditions permitting.

Points of Interest

  • Vor Frelser Kirke
  • Stone & Man in Qaqortoq
  • Hvalsey Church
  • Great Greenland (factory)
  • Qalerallit Glacier

More about Qaqortoq, Greenland Points of Interest

Visit the lovely Church of Our Savior, built in 1832. It is the official cathedral of Greenland. In 1995, Greenland native Sofie Petersen became bishop, the second female bishop in Denmark.

Discover 30 different motifs, chiseled into rocks and stones, created by local and Scandinavian artists.

Explore the ruins of the stone church dating back to the Viking period. Nearby lies a farm estate; a wedding celebrated here in 1408 is the last written record of the Viking settlers in Greenland.

Known for the production of fine quality animal skins and beautiful coats, tour the factory, learn the intricate assembly process and stroke the soft skins delivered by native Greenlandic hunters.

One of the best ways to get to know Qaqortoq is through its culture and food.

Flying over and walking on the Qalerallit Glacier is a bucket list experience you will never forget.

5 Excursions

Uunartoq hot springs, a walk through qaqortoq, hiking along the great lake, qaqortoq iceberg speedboat tour, hvalsey church ruins by boat.

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Tours for Cruise Guests

Tours for Cruise Guests

Greenland is a unique destination with very limited availability so just a small part of tours is available on cruise ship days.

Bellow, please find tours that are available on cruise calls in different ports in Greenland. If you are bigger than a group of 4 please contact us before booking.

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Closed boat fjord safari | Nuuk

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Midnight Cruise To Ilulissat Icefjord | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

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Evening Kayaking Among Icebergs | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

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Morning Kayak among Icebergs | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

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Iceberg Safari | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

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Private guided tour by car in the capital of Greenland | Nuuk

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Fishing Tour | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

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UNESCO Icefjord Flightseeing | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

The colourful houses of Qoornoq on a boat tour up the Nuuk Fjord with Guide to Greenland

Private Qoornoq Island Adventure | Nuuk

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Private Glacier Cruise | Narsap Sermia Glacier | Nuuk

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Northern Glacier & Icefjord Flightseeing | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

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Town Walk – Sculptures and Myths | Nuuk

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Ghost Village Boat Cruise | Sisimiut | West Greenland

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Photo tour | Nuuk

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Sea Safari | Sisimiut | North Greenland

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Private Deep Sea Fishing Tour | Nuuk

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Sightseeing By Bus | Sisimiut | West Greenland

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Private Catch'n'Eat | Qooqqut Nuan | Nuuk

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Master Exploring Ilulissat Icefjord From Above | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

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Best of South Greenland by Helicopter | Qaqortoq | South Greenland

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History walk | Qeqertarsuaq | Disko Bay

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UNESCO Classic Cruise | Sisimiut

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Inuit Hike | Sisimiut | West Greenland

Hiking tour around Quassussuaq | Nuuk- Guide to Greenland

Hiking tour around Quassussuaq | Nuuk

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The ultimate steakhouse at sea, with an exceptional menu of Prime steaks, seafood and wine.

Pinnacle Grill is the ultimate steakhouse at sea, where an exceptional menu and impeccable service make for one of finest meals you’ll ever have. The refined menu features a selection of 28-day wet-aged USDA Prime steaks — meticulously chosen to guarantee the finest quality — as well as classic steakhouse dishes and innovative recipes from James Beard Award-winning chef and Culinary Council® member, David Burke. Every dish is exquisitely prepared, beautifully plated and complemented by a vast collection of award-winning wines. Here, your meal is an event unto itself, a celebration of fine dining and a triumph of flavor.

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Rudi's Sel De Mer

Rudi's Sel De Mer offers a modern twist on classic French dishes and seafood.

Rudi’s Sel de Mer is an intimate brasserie featuring classic French dishes reimagined with contemporary flair. Menu selections include whole Dover sole meunière with shaved pink Himalayan sea salt, oysters on the half shell, fruits de mer, and salt-crust baked branzino, as well as favorites such as steak frites, duck cassoulet and coq au vin. Conclude your dinner with a classic dessert and fine French cheeses.  

Meals at Sel de Mer are half price for kids 12 years old or under, or free when they order from the kids’ menu.

Rudi’s Sel de Mer restaurant is available on  Rotterdam ,  Koningsdam  and  Nieuw Statendam , but on other ships, the Rudi’s Sel de Mer menu is available on select evenings in Pinnacle Grill.

Grand Dutch Cafe

Enjoy a savory snack, a pint of lager or a traditional Dutch coffee in a space that exudes Dutch heritage from the moment you walk in.

Looking for a refreshing pick-me-up on an adventure-filled day? The Grand Dutch Cafe is for you. Located just off the atrium area, it’s the perfect spot to connect with friends over a cold beer, coffee or other Dutch specialty beverages, such as Genever and Advoccaat, and a snack. Choose from among 16 Belgian and Dutch beers (four on tap) and a variety of spirits or enjoy your favorite coffee beverage with complimentary Dutch snacks. For heartier appetites, there are made-to-order Dutch specialties from open-faced herring sandwiches to apple and bacon pancakes. Just place your order at the counter; anything we prepare will be brought to your table.

Lido Market

A casual, modern marketplace, Lido Market offers the widest range of food options on board for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a late-night snack.

Explore a world of intriguing culinary possibilities in the Lido Market. Steps from the Lido pool, this modern marketplace includes a curated selection of delicious options that you can grab on the go or have made to order: Breadboard, with freshly baked breads and pastries; Wild Harvest, offering a bountiful selection of hearty salads; Homestead, serving up comfort classics; Distant Lands, featuring global cuisine; Sweet Spot, for ice cream creations and desserts; Roasting Pan, hand-carved meats, fish and other hearty entrees; Perk, freshly brewed beverages and chilled juices; Quench, premium coffee, beer, wine, and soda available for purchase; Rise, savory quiches, croissants and sandwiches, and more.

This casual poolside grill serves up the best burgers at sea, Nathan’s Famous gourmet hot dogs, golden French fries and more.

Dive-In offers a variety of casual culinary classics, using the highest quality ingredients. Enjoy a burger, grilled to perfection and served on a toasted brioche with our own trade-marked secret sauce. Savor a succulent Nathan’s Famous gourmet hot dog with golden French fries. Or choose a grilled chicken breast sandwich or juicy portabella mushroom stack. Dive-In is the perfect spot to dine poolside on the best burgers at sea.

New York Pizza

Our poolside pizzeria has fresh Italian salads and authentic thin-crust personal pizzas with savory toppings.

At New York Pizza, choose from a variety of scrumptious, 9-inch, thin-crust pies. Named for New York’s famed five boroughs, our signature pizzas are made to order and topped with only the finest ingredients. Enjoy your pizza by day while overlooking the Lido pool, and into the night. This venue is New York Deli & Pizza on  Koningsdam ,  Rotterdam  and  Nieuw Statendam , offering made-to-order deli sandwiches in addition to pizza.

24-Hour Room Service

Enjoy breakfast in bed or an early dinner on your verandah — entrées and more are available whenever you wish.

Sleep in and have breakfast delivered. Enjoy an early dinner on your verandah before an evening excursion. Order a salad, sandwich or entrée any time. Room Service is only a phone call away. All selections are included in your cruise fare unless otherwise noted on the in-room menu.

Dine on delectable sushi and sip Asian-inspired spirits at Nami Sushi, a sushi bar within Tamarind offering stunning ocean views.

Nami Sushi offers a tempting array of the sushi rolls he’s created. Choose from such delectable selections as Tempura Lobster Roll with soft shell crab tempura; Dragon Roll with tempura shrimp, unagi sauce and avocado; Tsutsumi Roll with snapper, green olive, caper and avocado; Futomoki Roll with crab, yamagobo, avocado and cucumber; Volcano Roll with sesame-marinated salmon and Thai chilis; Nigiri sushi with tuna, salmon and ebi shrimp; and more. The word “nami,” Japanese in origin, means “wave” and is an homage to the ocean views you’ll enjoy as you dine on the freshest, tastiest and most inventive sushi at sea.

With many flavors to choose from and ingredients like Sicilian pistachios and amarena cherries, each frozen spoonful transports you to Italy.

At “G” Gelato, you can indulge your sweet tooth with a classic European gelato (ice cream), made fresh on board each day by chefs trained at the Carpigiani Gelato University. Choose from among 12 delightful flavors, two of which are rotated daily. Smooth, creamy and refreshing, this tasty treat is served in a variety of ways, including gelato popsicles and the flavors of G, composed shots with layers of caramel, nuts and gelato. Love pistachio?  Select ingredients like Sicilian pistachios make our pistachio gelato out of this world!

Club Orange Program Benefits

Club Orange offers an added level of luxury on Holland America with expanded dining menus, special events and priority access. Learn more about Club Orange.

See the  full Club Orange benefits  (PDF)

Join Club Orange to experience a new level of luxury, from priority check-in and disembarkation to premium dining amenities. Club Orange benefits include a complimentary stateroom upgrade, a special event chosen by the captain and priority check-in and disembarkation. Read on for a full list of Club Orange benefits.

Please  contact us  for Club Orange pricing and availability or to enroll.

Morimoto By Sea (Pop-Up)

Masaharu Morimoto, our Fresh Fish Ambassador brings his innovative style to Morimoto by Sea, a specialty restaurant on board Nieuw Amsterdam and a pop-up dining experience on the rest of the fleet.

Chef Masaharu Morimoto, our Global Fresh Fish Ambassador brings his innovative style to Morimoto by Sea, a pop-up dining experience that will take over Tamarind or Pinnacle Grill at least once per cruise. The pop-up’s menu features artfully presented dishes, exclusive alcoholic beverages, and tantalizing desserts. Nieuw Amsterdam offers our full Morimoto by Sea restaurant.

The Dining Room

Our flagship dining experience is a welcoming and sophisticated setting for an exquisite breakfast, lunch or superb multicourse dinner.

For an elegant breakfast, leisurely lunch or unforgettable multi-course dinner, The Dining Room is your destination. For dinner, choose from classics such as Boneless Lamb Loin en Croute, Rosemary Roasted Chicken, as well as regionally inspired cuisine and artfully prepared vegetarian dishes. 

Crow's Nest

BARS AND LOUNGES

Enjoy cocktails and sunsets in this lounge, featuring panoramic views.

Holland America Line offers you a wide selection of lounges onboard. The panoramic view takes center stage in The Crow's Nest at the top of the ship, where you can relax just about any time of day and enjoy your favorite drink.

Enjoy cocktails and ocean views while listening to live music.

Holland America Line offers you a wide selection of lounges. This popular bar is at the top of the atrium and is the perfect locale for cocktails and dancing.

Tamarind Bar

Partake in exotic cocktails and sakétinis amid wraparound ocean views.

Which is more delightful: the apple-pear saketini in your chilled glass or views of the sun going down in a crimson blaze? Enjoy both in this stylish hideaway – your destination for panoramic views and exotic cocktails, and just one of the wide selection of lounges and gathering places on board.

Sea View Bar

Enjoy your favorite poolside drink while soaking up the sun and taking in panoramic views from the comfort of our deck lounge chairs. 

Panorama Bar

Overlooking the Lido Pool, the Panorama Bar is the perfect place to grab a drink to go with your pizza, sandwich or poolside movie.

Billboard Onboard

ENTERTAINMENT

Sing along, test your music trivia knowledge, or sit back and enjoy as chart-topping hits fill the room each night.

2 pianos - 60 Years of Chart Toppers - 100s Of Songs.  Sing along, test your music trivia skills or just sit back and enjoy as the hits fill the room each night.

World Stage

World Stage features innovative cruise ship shows and a two-story LED screen that creates a vivid wraparound display.

World Stage, the largest theater on board is home to a variety of performances day and night. Our exclusive EXC® Talk lecture series features captivating regional stories told by local experts and narrated by your Cruise & Travel Director. In the evenings, Step One Dance Company, vocal sensation Cantaré, BBC Earth in Concert and more take the stage.  Koningsdam, Nieuw Statendam  and  Rotterdam  bring the World Stage experience to the next level by surrounding you in spectacular sight and sound with a two-story, panoramic LED screen.

Onboard Shopping

Enjoy a wide variety of duty-free shopping onboard.

Enjoy a wide variety of duty-free shopping in such signature shops as The Vault, Diamonds and Gemstones by Merabella, which offers the best diamonds at sea, brought to you by Effy.

Fitness Center

Take a class in our professionally staffed Fitness Center.

Stop by the professionally staffed Fitness Center equipped with the latest cardio and weight machines. Try one of our classes on indoor cycling, Pilates and more or work out at your own pace. You can also head out for fresh air and exercise on deck, where you'll find basketball and volleyball courts, and two refreshing pools (available on select ships). Some classes may have a nominal fee.

Holland America Line Navigator

Personalize your cruise experience with our free mobile-friendly tool.

Personalize your cruise experience once you’re on the ship with our free mobile-friendly tool. Plan your daily activities, browse and purchase shore excursions, view restaurant menus, make dining reservations, check your account balance and more. 

Casino Action

The Casino offers games for all levels.

Your Holland America Line ship’s Casino offers a wide array of gaming options. Whether you prefer slot machines or want to try your hand at blackjack or poker, our dealers and staff are available to provide complimentary instruction — and we offer many engaging tournament options. The Casino is only open at sea.

Movies On Board

Enjoy recent-release films in the movie theater on select ships or in the comfort of your stateroom.

Screening nightly in the movie theatre (on select ships) are recent-release films and perennially popular classics. You can also watch movies any time in your stateroom or suite. And aboard  Koningsdam, Nieuw Statendam  and  Rotterdam , watch your favorite stars light up the night on a giant outdoor LED movie screen by the Lido Pool.

Pickleball at Sea

Enjoy complimentary lessons, tournaments, and courts with amazing top-deck views.

Play the fastest-growing sport in the U.S. with Holland America Line, the exclusive cruise line partner of the Professional Pickleball Association. All our cruise ships feature pickleball courts with amazing top-deck views. The equipment and courts are available for a match anytime, so long as the weather allows. Frequent pickler? Join a pickleball tournament at sea and put your dink shot to the test. Hesitant amateur? Learn the basics at complimentary beginner’s lessons, starting in spring 2023. Commemorative starter kits will soon be available in our retail shops — purchase as gifts for avid players or as souvenirs, so that you can always look back on your pickleball cruise memories.

Kids ages 3 to 17 can enjoy an array of activities. Registration required for children under 13.

Holland America Line's youth activities program, Kids Club, offers an array of entertaining events for kids and teens ages 3-17, supervised by a full-time, professionally trained staff. They'll have an opportunity to join other kids their age for arts and crafts, sports, video game competitions, scavenger hunts, challenging team games and themed parties. Note: Kids Club is not offered on cruises of 25-days or longer, including all Legendary and Grand Voyages. We will offer a selection of children’s activities throughout these longer voyages for any children who may be onboard.

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11 Around-The-World Cruises For An Epic Getaway

"Sailing around the world" sounds so romantic, doesn't it? You're sailing to remote islands with like-minded people while chasing sunsets on a distant horizon. Sure, you can just board a plane to, say, New Zealand, but there's something so pure and patient about maritime journeys. Cruises are like floating resorts, which ease their way over the waves. It's the definition of "slow travel." 

Amazingly, in the modern world of jet-setting travel, round-the-world cruises do exist. Voyagers visit dozens of ports over the course of their odyssey, each with its own landscape, climate, and personality. There are lots of ways travelers can experience "the trip of a lifetime," but this kind of circumnavigation outmatches just about all of them -- and in style. However, there are a few things to consider before investigating such cruises. First, what does it actually mean to sail "around the world?"

Many companies use this phrase — and sail thousands of nautical miles — but only around a single ocean or hemisphere. Even when ships do sail a distance equivalent to the equator (or more), they rarely return to their precise port of origin. Also, these epic  cruise vacations can be pricey ; the kind of dream that merits cashing in a 401K, and the time commitment is also substantial, meaning months on the water. But for diehard cruisers, crisscrossing the planet could easily be worth the time and money, and if this sounds like you, these 11 cruise lines are scheduled to sail around the world.

Read more: The Prettiest Waters Around The World

Viking: World Cruise

For 138 days, passengers frog-hop through the Caribbean, pass through the Panama Canal, make their way to the islands of Polynesia, and skirt Australia, Asia, and Europe before finally dropping their anchor in London. On Viking's World Cruise, you can step ashore in 28 different nations and pick from 57 guided tours. Viking has been a prolific, respected cruise line since its founding in 1997, and this three-quarter circumnavigation sets sail in December 2024, so there's still time to book.

Ships are equipped with spas, luxury dining options, and cabin beds that can be separated or combined, among many other touches. Long before stepping aboard, the Viking website has a virtual 360-degree tour, acquainting future travelers with the ship's staterooms. Viking has thoughtfully put together a reading list to help travelers get a deeper understanding of the countries they will visit, which is especially helpful in little-understood destinations like Moorea and Indonesia. The ship also has a sizable library onboard for further research. This, plus its sophisticated tours and dining options that reflect the culture of each port, may explain Viking's moniker, "the thinking person's cruise." Quality does come at a price, with full passage starting at $59,995.

Ambassador: Grand Round The World Cruise

The Ambiance sets off from London, crosses the Atlantic, passes through Panama, and hits Australia, Southeast Asia, Africa, and South America before pinging back to the United Kingdom. Not only do you cross all the major oceans, but you actually cross the Atlantic three times. Most of these destinations are warm-weather ports, including Sydney at the height of summer. Sunscreen and wide-brimmed hats are recommended on this largely equatorial route.

Ambassador is new to the cruise scene, having been established in the United Kingdom in 2021, and Ambiance is its flagship vessel. Passengers will spend their 120-night voyage in extreme comfort, traveling to 24 countries and 34 ports of call, with top-notch dining, live entertainment, and about 35,000 nautical miles in between. If you can live without a porthole, opting for an  inside cabin on the cruise , then passage starts at the budget-friendly price of $8,500 per person, making this Ambassador cruise one of the most economical on this list. You can also add on drink packages and arrange tours in advance or onboard through an agent or the Ambassador app. You can also explore the ship before you travel, thanks to a 360-degree virtual tour. The 2024 voyage sets sail on June 6.

Regent: World Cruise

The 2026 Regent World Cruise starts in Miami and ends in Miami, which makes it convenient to coordinate, especially if you're already based in the United States. Regent Seven Seas Cruises was founded in 1992 and is a respected brand in the industry.

The ship, the Seven Seas Mariner, also lives up to its name with a formidable 154-night itinerary: the Panama Canal, points along Central America, a dozen Pacific islands, Australia, South Asia, East Africa, and two Atlantic islands before returning to Florida. The Mariner arrives in many well-trod ports like Cape Town and Acapulco, but the route also includes locations that most travelers would have trouble pinpointing on a map: Lautoka, Abidjan, and Male are all names cruisers will become familiar with. To really explore these places, Regent organizes a whopping 431 free shore excursions across six continents, 77 ports, and 47 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Sailing nearly 40,000 nautical miles with world-class spas, dining, and entertainment aboard doesn't come cheap. While you'll need to contact Regent to request specific prices, passengers can expect to pay nearly $100,000 for passage. Regent's World Cruise is considered a luxury-level experience with first-class airfare, gratuities, and 24-hour room service included. If this is your tax bracket, just wait until you see the suites.

Royal Caribbean: Ultimate World Cruise

Royal Caribbean has been taking tourists to far-flung destinations since the late 1960s, and it's now one of the most recognizable cruise companies in the world, so naturally Royal Caribbean would host a round-the-world voyage. But even for seasoned travelers, the Ultimate World Cruise is pretty, well, ultimate. Royal Caribbean's world cruise lasts 274 nights and arrives in no fewer than 60 countries. In other words, you'll spend nine months at sea and personally visit more than a quarter of the sovereign nations on Earth. The saga starts and ends in Miami, where the Royal Caribbean is headquartered, which should make arrangements easy.

The biggest bragging right of all: This cruise touches on every single continent, including Elephant Island and Paradise Bay in Antarctica. You'll find yourself in both Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Australia, plus ports you've never even heard of. That said, unless your soul is fueled by pure wanderlust, this itinerary may sound like a lot of cruising, which may explain why Royal Caribbean has divided the journey into four segments. Cruisers don't have to commit to the entire itinerary; they can easily pick from the quarter that most interests them. 

By the time you read this, a segment may be the only option left, as the next Ultimate World Cruise departs in December of 2023. The segments are significantly more affordable as well. An interior stateroom for the full cruise costs at least $60,000 per person, while a segment starts at $12,500.

Cunard: Full World Voyage

When the Queen Mary 2 departs from New York City on January 3, 2024, it won't return to this same harbor for 123 nights. The itinerary isn't exactly "around the world," but rather a crossing of the Eastern Hemisphere — twice. Passengers traverse the Atlantic to the United Kingdom, then ease their way down the eastern coast of Africa before beelining for Australia. The ship boomerangs back, with many stops in Asia, a shortcut through the Suez Canal, and a tour of the Mediterranean before heading back to the U.S.

The voyage comes at the heels of Cunard's 100th anniversary, making it the second-oldest company on the list. The Queen Mary 2 has been Cunard's flagship vessel since 2004, and the company has mastered hospitality over the past century, with exceptional dining, luxury suites, and Broadway-quality performances by the Royal Court Theatre. Cunard also takes pride in its children's facilities, encouraging families to travel together, as well as the great English tradition of afternoon tea. Most of the budget cabins on the Queen Mary 2 were already booked at the time of this writing, but cabins with balconies are still available, starting at the not-ludicrous price of $16,899 per person. 

Oceania: Around The World In 180 Days

When Junes Verne wrote his novel "Around the World in Eighty Days," his Victorian goal was to travel as quickly as possible. Oceania is now advertising the opposite: This journey takes passengers the long way from Los Angeles to New York City, across the Pacific, around Australia, along the coasts of East Asia, and then up through the Middle East, Mediterranean, Northern Europe, and even Greenland. The itinerary doesn't spend much time in the "global south," so you'll have to visit Africa and South America another time.

The Miami-based Oceania was founded in 2002 and specializes in long-haul cruises, so they know their system well. This cruise may be especially appealing to foodies. The company takes particular pride in its onboard meals as well as in-country Culinary Discovery Tours. Passengers can also take advantage of The Aquamar Spa & Vitality Center, which can orchestrate a special dietary regimen.

Oceania exudes "small-ship luxury" and caps its total number of passengers at 1,250. Everything about the ship is more intimate than found on its larger cousins, from the live entertainment to the duty-free boutiques. If you like a small-town feel, 180 days should be just enough time to meet all your shipmates. If you can't summon the time or (at least) $47,599 by January 2024, the next ship departs in January 2025.

Princess: 111-Day World Cruise

This Princess cruise is another true circumnavigation, starting in Los Angeles and bearing west until the ship arrives back at its original dock. The 111-day cruise starts on January 18, 2024, and includes all three major oceans, both the Suez and Panama Canals, plus 47 ports along the way. The itinerary is light on Asian and African ports and skips South America altogether, but you can still enjoy visits to Australia, the Middle East, and numerous destinations around Europe.

Princess is a hallowed name in the cruise industry. Not only have its ships been sailing the world since the 1960s, but Princess is still one of the most profitable cruise companies in the world. Passengers can expect onboard enrichment programs, award-winning live performances, and rejuvenating treatments at the Lotus Spa. Each port will also bring its own offerings of special excursions, from river rafting to art tours. 

With its dependable quality of service and nearly four-month itinerary, it's remarkable that base bookings start at only $15,498. Better yet, if you want to circle the globe with the whole family, this Princess itinerary is a family-friendly cruise and offers youth programming, which is not always the case. If you miss this one, no worries. Three more, of varying lengths, are slated for January 2025.

Holland America Line: Grand World Voyage

Fort Lauderdale is the beginning and end point for the Zuiderdam, which spends 128 days making a complete circle around the globe. Holland America's Grand World Voyage is true to its name. Passengers travel across the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans, making port on five continents. Most of its destinations are clustered around Asia and the Mediterranean, and it skips over Australia. But the Voyage is a rare opportunity to sail up the Amazon River, with visits to inland Brazilian cities most travelers would never think to visit.

Holland America began as a shipping and passenger line in the mid-19th Century, and its history of cruising is nearly as old as the concept. The flagship Zuiderdam is a luxury vessel with a swimming pool and sizable theater. It also boasts several diverse dining areas, including the Pinnacle Grill steakhouse, the Italian-themed Canaletto, and the à la carte Lido Market. There's Billboard Onboard, a special room for trivia nights and karaoke, as well as World Stage, a presentation space with a wraparound LED screen. Bookings start at the more expensive rate of $22,499 for an inside cabin, and the 2024 voyage will set sail on January 3, 2024, but you can expect additional Grand World Voyages to be slated in the coming years.

Azamara: World Voyage

Formerly part of the Royal Caribbean fleet, Azamara is now an independent company taking its own journeys. The 2025 World Voyage begins in San Diego and sails westward, across the Pacific, to Australia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean, before passengers disembark in Barcelona. The World Voyage doesn't quite girdle the globe, stopping just short of the Atlantic Ocean, and the only stop in Africa is Giza. But this 155-night expedition should satisfy almost any traveler, especially with its 40 countries and 22 overnights.

Unlike many world cruises, Azamara has divided its full itinerary into segments with clear geographic themes, such as "South Pacific Jewels" and "Mediterranean Icons." These titles can help turn experiences into coherent narratives. For example, "Ancient Pathways" draws a historic and economic line between Mumbai and Athens, along with all ports in between. These themes are coupled with thoughtful excursions, which are often scheduled around local holidays and festivals. The World Voyage for 2024 appears to be sold out, but the 2025 edition sets sail on January 5. Passage starts at a princely $39,999.

Freighter Cruises

Some of us want to keep it simple. No need for late-night show-stoppers, cocktail parties with hundreds of strangers, or daring bets at the roulette wheel. "Freighter cruises" have gone by many names over the years, such as "banana boats" and "cargo cruises," but passengers have hitched rides on commercial ships since the dawn of seafaring. These accommodations come in many forms, and you do have to share your vessel with stacks of massive shipping containers; still, you can expect a comfortable cabin and regular meals, along with friendly and respectful crewmembers from around the world. For travelers with a Jack London streak, the freighter cruise feels raw and adventurous.

The Freighter Travel Club was founded in 1958, and companies like Maris Freighter Cruises and Voyage en Cargo have booked passengers on commercial vessels for years. Maris has arranged round-the-world itineraries in the past, and multi-week journeys are common, as enormous loads are floated from one nation to the next. The pandemic took its toll on this niche industry, and most of these journeys do not precisely travel around the world. But when they're in operation, freighter cruises usually cost a little over $100 per day, and savvy travelers have flexibility in their bookings.

Miray Cruises: Life At Sea

Sure, cruising is fun, but what if you want to turn your ship into a semi-permanent address? Life at Sea Cruises promises three years of luxury seafaring, with stops in 140 countries across all seven continents. By the time you're done with these 382 ports, you'll have more photos to sort through and stories to share than most people will amass in a lifetime.

That sounds life-changing, but we'll have to see whether it's too good to be true. Life at Sea is a brand-new enterprise from Miray Cruises, and the maiden voyage has been fraught with delays. However, at the time of this writing, Life at Sea should get underway by the end of 2023, and most full-voyage passengers should already be sailing by 2024. If all goes well, there are four scheduled embarkation options for travelers who want to hop aboard later on, and more will likely be scheduled.

One of the problems has been the ship itself. For a while, the purchase of the ship was in limbo, pushing back the original sail date. However, the MV Lara now seems ready to sail. The medium-sized vessel has space for 1,266 passengers, with a range of cozy cabins, a wellness center, and a pool deck, among many other amenities. Travelers committed to living at sea for three years should get a lot out of their floating home. Life at Sea is a dreamy concept, so let's hope for calm waters once it finally sets sail. 

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Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Waterfront Home

16 Night Iceland & Greenland Cruise

Your ship jewel of the seas.

Jewel of the Seas, Exterior View, Caribbean and European Cruise Destinations

DECKED OUT FOR ADVENTURE

Girl Climbing the Rock Wall During the Day

Rock Climbing Wall

Boy Playing on the Mini Golf

Adventure Ocean ®

Couple with their Kids in the Pool

DIG INTO DARING

Izumi Sushi Specialty Roll

Chops Grille℠

Antipasti Appetizer Giovannis Table

Giovanni's Table

Lobster and Crab Dish at Chef's Table

Chef's Table

Not the same old song & dance.

Under the Big Top Cruise Show, Performers in Medieval Style Stage, Independence of  the Seas

City of Dreams

Schooner Bar with Piano

Schooner Bar

Tango Buenos Aires Cruise Show, Performers on  stage dancing, Jewel of the Seas

Tango Buenos Aires

Solarium Bar

Solarium Bar

Day 1: amsterdam, netherlands.

Amsterdam, Netherlands Dancing Houses

CRUISING FOR A PERUSING

Amsterdam, Netherlands Van Gogh Museum

GOGH FOR THE ART

Amsterdam, Netherlands Flowers And Bicycles

JOURNAL TO THE PAST

Amsterdam, Netherlands Aerial View

LOCAL CUISINE

Amsterdam, Netherlands Tulip Field

Day 2 - 3: Cruising

Girls Diving in the Pool

Sports Court

Family Celebrating a Hole in One

Spa & Fitness Center

Day 4: akureyri, iceland.

Akureyri, Iceland Scenic Landscape

popular Shore Excursions

Amazing experiences coming soon..

Akureyri, Iceland Flowers at Botanical Garden

Stop and Smell the Flowers

Akureyri, Iceland Laufas Rectory Farm Museum

Local Cuisine

Akureyri, Iceland Church of Akureyri

Day 5: Isafjordur, Iceland

The skyline of Isafjordur Iceland

High-Flown Hikes

Town of Isafjordur in the Westfjords of Iceland

Storied Streets

Water reflections at Isafjordur, west fjords, Iceland

Village Life

Bruarfoss the unique waterfall with turquoise water in South Iceland

Day 6: Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland, Aerial View

Reach for the Sky

Reykjavik, Iceland, The Perlan

Worldwide Wonder

Reykjavik, Iceland, Blue Lagoon

Day 7: Cruising

Crusted scallops - Giovanni's Table

Main Dining Room

Chops Grille Rosemary Steak Juicy

Café Latte-tudes

Room Service Bottle Glass

Room Service

Day 8: prins christian sund, greenland.

Prins Christian Sund, Greenland, Glacier in distance

Where Animals Rule

Prins Christian Sund, Greenland, Coastal Settlement

Colorful Nordic Homes

Prins Christian Sund, Greenland, Coastal Hiking Trail

Adventurous Views

Day 9: qaqortoq, greenland.

Qaqortoq, Greenland, Aerial View

Take Your Bath Outside

Qaqortoq, Greenland, Norse Ruins

Norse Knowledge

Qaqortoq, Greenland, Face carved in stone

Art, On The Rocks

Qaqortoq, Greenland, Moored boat at a marina

Day 10: Cruising

Solarium Bar Cocktail with Sunset in the Background

West End to Broadway

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12 Best Cenotes in the Riviera Maya

By Kieran Meeke

Last updated: June 26th, 2024

Casa Tortuga, one of the best cenotes near Cancun

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With some 6,000 or more cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula, about 150 are open to visitors, swimmers, and divers. So there’s plenty of choice when you’re looking to cool off in the best cenotes in the Riviera Maya.

The word cenote comes from the Yucatec Maya word “ts’onot”, meaning abyss or sinkhole. Cenotes exist because Yucatan is mainly formed from limestone. There are no rivers here, as any rain just disappears into its porous limestone. These underground flows form caverns and where they collapse, you have a cenote.

Cenotes are magical places where you can swim in cool, fresh water on the hottest of days. The Maya regarded them as sacred and precious items have been found by archaeologists in many cenotes, thrown in as offerings to the gods.

Today, as well as their spiritual significance, cenotes are wonderful places to swim, snorkel, dive, and simply enjoy the cave systems and lush greenery.

Casa Tortuga Cenote

Casa Tortuga, one of the best cenotes near Cancun

This beautiful cenote, 45 minutes from Playa del Carmen, is within an eco-adventure park on the Caribbean coast. It’s one of the most accessible in Yucatan, a classic large pool surrounded by jungle.

There are actually four cenotes at Casa Tortuga, two open water and two caves. The main open pool, Tres Zapotes, is about 200 feet in diameter and up to 60 feet deep but with plenty of shallower areas for novice swimmers.

Casa Tortuga, one of the best cenotes near Cancun

Wooden platforms and stairs allow you to access the water easily, but do bring water shoes to move around in. As with most cenotes, the temperature of the water is a refreshing 75°F year-round.

Being semi-open, this cenote is a lovely space to enjoy splashing around in. Sunlight filters through the greenery to make a wonderful tropical picture.

You can snorkel or swim surrounded by colorful fish. As the “Tortuga” name implies, there are also turtles here, which you may spot.

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Cenote Dos Ojos

Cenote Dos Ojos, one of the best cenotes near Cancun

Cenote Dos Ojos, or “Two Eyes” in Spanish takes its name from its two main cenotes, both open to the air. They are connected by a large underwater cave system, making for a mini adventure to explore.

One of the most famous cenotes on the Yucatan Peninsula, Dos Ojos is a 90-minute drive from Playa del Carmen. It’s well-signposted and easy to reach from the main highway.

Surrounded by lush green tropical jungle, the scenic setting is a photographer’s dream. Underwater photographers will also enjoy the crystal clear water, home to many fish and even turtles.

Person scuba diving in Cenote Dos Ojos

The cenote has both shallow and deeper sections, making it perfect for novice and experienced snorkelers. You’ll find that the light filtering through the water and the strange rock formations make for an extraordinary experience.

Certified divers come from all around the world to explore the intricate cave network. One section inhabited by bats—naturally dubbed “The Bat Cave”—is an extra thrill for divers.

Gran Cenote

Gran Cenote, one of the best cenotes near Cancun

Gran Cenote, one of the best cenotes near Cancun, is about two hours from Tulum. A striking prominent feature is a wooden deck from which you can easily reach the water.

Before going in, you have to take a shower to remove any sunscreen. This is a common practice for cenotes, designed to help protect the delicate ecological balance of the water.

Swimming in a cenote is one of the best things to do in Mexico , and here, you’ll be among fish and turtles in open water that is perfectly clear. If you are brave enough, there is also a darker cave passage you can go through to reach a second pool.

Gran Cenote, one of the best cenotes near Cancun

Gran Cenote is part of a much larger cave system with both open and roofed sections. Go deeper into the caves and you’ll see stalactites and stalagmites.

While you can rent both diving and snorkeling gear here, you might want to bring your own goggles or mask to any cenote. That always ensures a more comfortable fit, making for a more enjoyable experience.

Cenote Jardín del Edén

Bird's eye view of Cenote Jardín del Edén

Cenote Jardin del Eden, or the “Garden of Eden”, is near Puerto Aventuras, off Highway 307 some 15 miles south of Playa del Carmen. Its name perfectly captures the idyllic beauty of this pool of crystal-clear water, one of the loveliest cenotes in the Riviera Maya.

The large pool is from 10 to 50 feet deep, making it popular for diving as well as swimming. There are a number of spots on the rocks suitable for cliff jumping.

The rock formations continue underwater, giving snorkelers a view of some dramatic shapes. These changes in depth bring different colors to the water, while dappled sunlight filtering in adds to the spectacle.

Visibility is normally very good and you’ll see plenty of tiny fish. The limestone rock acts as a natural filter for any groundwater that finds its way into the cenote.

Afterward, relax with a picnic in the shade of some trees. The greenery overhangs the pool’s edges, making up an image that perfectly illustrates where its “Garden of Eden”  name comes from.

Cenote Cristalino

Aerial view of Cenote Cristalino

Cenote Cristalino is also outside Puerto Aventuras, very close to Cenote Jardín del Edén. Its name reflects its clear blue-green water, colored by invisible limestone particles.

This semi-open cenote is in a striking setting, surrounded by jungle. As with Cenote Jardín del Edén, you can swim, snorkel, or cliff jump.

Diving board in Cenote Cristalino

Depending on the time of day, parts of the pool are in shade, others in sunshine. There are also plenty of overhangs and underwater caves to add interest.

The shallower areas, where depths range from three feet to 20 feet, are perfect for novice swimmers or snorkelers. There are lockers, restrooms, and a small snack bar.

With any cenote, it’s a good idea to bring along a waterproof camera, as well as a dry bag for your belongings. Any dry bag is also a good place for storing your wet swimming costume and any towels afterward.

Cenote Chaak Tun

View inside Cenote Chaak Tun

Cenote Chaak Tun, one of the very best cenotes in the Riviera Maya, is near the ancient Mayan ruins of Cobá. Its name means “Stone of the Rain God”, after the Maya rain god, Chaac.

This cenote is almost perfectly round, and nearly 200 feet across. At 75 feet deep, it was an important ceremonial center for the Maya, as is revealed by ancient stone steps.

Artifacts found here include ceramic pots with food remains, elaborately carved incense burners, and precious jade beads. This evidence points to it being a sacred site associated with the nearby city at Cobá.

The cenote was formed by the collapse of a large underground cave, and you can still see stalactites and stalagmites. The surrounding jungle envelopes the fallen edges, making for a picturesque view.

You can swim or snorkel in the cool, transparent water, or dive down to explore the underwater cave systems. The clear blue water here has given the cenote the nickname of “The Blue Hole”.

Cenote Aktun Chen

View inside of Cenote Aktun Chen

Another significant cenote near the Maya ruins of Cobá, Aktun Chen means “Ceramic Pot”. Pots, incense burners, and previous jade objects were found thrown into the cenote as ancient offerings.

The jade found here included beads, earrings, masks, and daggers. There were also pendants in the shape of humans and jaguars.

The Maya prized jade for its beauty and green jade was associated with water, life, and fertility. The amount found here suggests this was a very important spiritual site.

The sinkhole is around 197 feet in diameter, with depths of up to 100 feet. Shallower areas are served by a wooden platform, and lifejackets are mandated for all visitors.

Like most cenotes, the limestone walls have many centuries of deposits that make up interesting shapes. There are also some strange acoustics within the cavern that no doubt added to its otherworldliness for the Maya.

Cenote Taak Bi Ha

Cenote Taak Bi Ha, one of the best cenotes near Cancun

Very close to Cenote Dos Ojos, Cenote Tak Bi Ha is easy to visit on the same tour. It’s a massive sinkhole, notable for its sheer walls and abundance of stalactites.

The name Tak Bi Ha means “Water of the Carved Step”, a reference to the stone steps allowing access. There are also some Maya buildings, many ceremonial, around the rim.

This is one of the best places to snorkel in Mexico as much of the pool is shallow, making the water appear even clearer. Its pretty blue color is perfect for some lovely photographic memories.

Clear waters inside Cenote Taak Bi Ha

Archaeologists found many sacrificial objects here, ranging from precious jade pieces to musical ocarinas. These small ceramic wind instruments were often found in the shape of a frog, possibly being used in rituals to call for rain.

The Maya saw cenotes as portals to the underworld, the home of their deities, and a place to commune with the afterlife. As a source of water and hence life, these sinkholes were central to their physical and spiritual lives.

Cenote Chikin Ha

View inside Cenote Chikin Ha

Chikin Ha—“Water of the West”—lies west of Cobá, and is made up of three cenotes. The main sinkhole is some 165 feet in diameter, with stone steps leading you down to the surface 80 feet below.

This cenote is split into two by a roofed passage that is great fun to swim through. You may come across divers who are allowed access to some deeper passageways.

A smaller, shallower cenote is perfect for children or less confident swimmers. No one could blame you for feeling chills in these cenotes, with their ancient sacrificial history.

A third cenote is not open to swimmers but makes an interesting sight. A guide will explain its ritual significance, and you might spot some bats or mot-mot birds.

Cenote Nicte-Ha

Person diving inside Cenote Nicte-Ha

The many lilies floating on the surface of Cenote Nicte-Ha give it its name. Nicte-Ha translates as “Water of the Flower Bud” in the Mayan language.

It’s another large open-air pool some 130 feet in diameter, perfect for swimming. There are stone steps that take you down 65 feet to the water.

The steps are an indication this cenote was of ritual significance in centuries past. Archaeologists have found ceramics, jade, and incense burners, among other artifacts.

The lilies and the exposed tree roots hanging down its walls, make this cenote one of the most picturesque in Yucatan. It’s protected within the Coba ecological park so you can help the ecosystem here by wearing a rash-vest rather than sunscreen.

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Cenote Tajma Ha

Person diving in Cenote Tajma Ha

Standing about 20 miles south of Playa del Carmen, Tajma Ha’s name was inspired by India’s majestic Taj Mahal. Called that by early European explorers, an inspired punster gave it the name of Tajma Ha, meaning “Hidden Water”.

This is a cenote for divers with some experience, as there are some narrow passages and good buoyancy control is important. Non-diving companions can enjoy watching out for “mot-mots”, the colorful tropical birds the Maya consider guardians of the cenotes.

Dive into its dark depths and you can understand why the Maya thought cenotes were the gateway to the underworld. Looking back up, you see multiple beams of sunlight dappling the surface.

A halocline of salt water meeting fresh water can create a startling mirror effect under certain conditions. What’s more, projections in the rock underwater look like moving faces or other creatures of the imagination in the changing light.

Cenote Chempita

Lush landscape of Cenote Chempita

Cenote Chempita Photo by JillRG on Wikimedia Commons, licensed under CC BY 4.0

Cenote Chempita translates to “Jade Cavern”, and you’ll understand why when you see it. Its vibrant emerald color comes from suspended limestone particles catching the sunlight.

Visiting here is one of the best things to do in Cozumel , where you can swim in the clear water and enjoy a 20 foot jump off the cliff. Remnants of the roof overhang parts of the central pool, offering shade and stalactites.

Historic site of El Cedral

El Cedral, Cozumel

The cenote is near El Cedral in the center of Cozumel . It’s reached by an adventurous 30-minute journey by 4×4 or ATV on dirt tracks amid thick jungle.

The cave was once used by the Maya for ceremonial rituals and its history is well worth hearing from one of the local guides. This is also a chance, here in the heart of the tropical forest, to hear about the local flora and fauna.

This cenote also has bats which, while fascinating, can give it a sulfurous air if it hasn’t rained for a while. Time your visit for the wet season to avoid this.

Beautiful shoreline of Cozumel

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Kieran Meeke

Kieran is a freelance travel writer who has lived and worked in 12 different countries, on every continent except Antarctica. He now spends his time between Kerry, Ireland, and Granada, Spain, while writing for newspapers and websites worldwide.

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Cruising to Alaska on a small luxury ship affords a very different experience than sailing through The Great Land on a larger vessel. On a smaller luxury ship, you'll enjoy the expected perks like fewer passengers and more personalized service – but you'll also physically get closer to the boundless wilderness, abundant wildlife, icy blue glaciers and majestic snow-capped mountains that you've waited a lifetime to see.

While the fares to sail on such vessels are quite a bit higher than those of larger cruise providers, the all-inclusive (or mostly all-inclusive) prices typically include all-suite accommodations with balconies, all meals, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, 24-hour room service, Wi-Fi access, gratuities, welcome bottles of sparkling wine, pillow selection, some shore excursions and butler service. Best of all, you won't feel like you're being nickel-and-dimed while on board. As a special touch, the attentive crew members may even learn your name and memorize your preferred pre-dinner cocktail.

Unlike many mainstream lines, most luxury Alaska cruises do not offer pre- and post-cruise tours to extend your adventure. However, you can plan these experiences on your own through third-party providers.

Alaska Tour & Travel has pre-cruise packages that include visits to Denali National Park & Preserve and the small, quirky Alaska towns of Homer and Talkeetna. You can also see a different side of Alaska via a train ride on the Alaska Railroad, take a national parks tour that includes Kenai Fjords National Park or head northbound to Fairbanks , one of the best places in the world to see the northern lights (if you visit during aurora season, from late August to late April). In addition, the company can plan a self-drive tour from Anchorage to Seward, which includes a stay at a wilderness lodge, helicopter flightseeing over Knik Glacier and guided tours in the parks.

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Silversea Cruises

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Silversea Cruises' small luxury ships are designed for adventurers interested in visiting a mix of Alaska's top ports and more rugged, off-the-beaten-track locales. Extended itineraries offer stops in less-visited destinations like the towns of Haines and Wrangell. On board, guests can expect a personalized experience that includes luxurious ocean-view suites with butler service, multiple gourmet dining options, complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, and attentive service with one of the highest crew-to-guest ratios in the industry.

Base fares for Silversea's 2024 and 2025 Alaska itineraries start at $3,250 per person. If you upgrade to Silversea 's door-to-door fare (which starts at $5,200 per person), you'll receive private chauffeur service from your home to the airport (and back home upon your return) and round-trip flights, with business class upgrades in some destinations.

Silversea also offers immersive pre- and post-cruise land experiences, departing from Seward, Alaska. Highlights include sightseeing flights over Denali National Park & Preserve or into bear country to see Alaska's magnificent grizzly bears. In Vancouver, travelers can take a flightseeing transfer to Victoria to tour the 55-acre Butchart Gardens or board the Rocky Mountaineer for a two-day train ride through the Canadian Rockies.

Silversea's Alaska itineraries extend from May to September, with voyages ranging between seven and 16 days. The line's newest and largest vessel, the 728-passenger Silver Nova , sails its inaugural Alaska season in 2024 along with two smaller ships, Silver Muse (596 guests) and Silver Shadow (392 guests). There are 35 Alaska voyages available in 2024. In 2025, luxury cruisers can hop aboard one of 45 scheduled voyages on either Silver Nova or the 596-guest Silver Moon .

For a seven-day itinerary, consider a sailing from Seward, Alaska, to Vancouver, British Columbia. This voyage cruises the Hubbard Glacier and the Inside Passage and stops in the Alaska towns of Juneau, Skagway, Sitka and Ketchikan. Complimentary excursions in Ketchikan include a tour of Saxman Native Village; a visit to Bonfire Bay Oyster Farm, featuring a sea-to-table oyster tasting; the Alaskan Cultural, Culinary & Lumberjack show; the Alaskan Lodge Adventure & Seafeast and a day as a fisherman aboard the Aleutian Ballard, as seen on Discovery Channel's "The Deadliest Catch." You can also opt for a Selected Shore Excursion (for an additional cost), such as mountain biking or a private fishing trip.

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises' elegant Seven Seas Explorer sails the line's Alaska itineraries in 2024 and 2025. The lavish 746-guest ship was coined "The Most Luxurious Ship Ever Built" when it debuted in 2016; among its impressive features are the 3,875-square-foot Regent Suite and a high-end collection of art displayed throughout the ship, including works by Pablo Picasso.

Alaska voyages with Regent in 2024 and 2025 start at $4,799 per person. Upgraded 2-for-1 all-inclusive fares (starting at $5,499 per person) cover elegant all-balcony suite accommodations; round-trip airfare (business class on international flights); a one-night pre-cruise hotel package; free two- or three-night land programs; free unlimited shore excursions; free unlimited beverages (alcoholic and nonalcoholic); complimentary specialty dining; and prepaid gratuities. You'll also receive complimentary airport transfers, unlimited Wi-Fi access and valet laundry service.

Every suite style includes a private balcony, roomy closets and upscale finishes. Concierge Suites (and above) add cozy in-room amenities like cashmere blankets, perfect to bundle up in while you take in the scenery. Meanwhile, Penthouse Suites (and higher) include a private butler who can book excursions, make dinner and spa reservations, unpack your luggage, arrange for a private cocktail soiree in your suite and indulge any other special requests.

Between May and September 2024, Regent sails 22 Alaska voyages. There are 16 Alaska sailings scheduled for the same period in 2025. Itineraries range from seven to 14 nights. For plenty of scenic cruising days, consider a round-trip itinerary from Vancouver departing May 28, 2025. The cruise includes five relaxing days at sea, where you'll enjoy scenic cruising through the Inside Passage (twice), Hubbard Glacier (twice) and Endicott Arm Fjord. Ports of call in Alaska include Wrangell, Juneau , Skagway, Sitka, Seward, Icy Strait (Hoonah) and Ketchikan. You'll also have a full day in Victoria, British Columbia, before returning to Vancouver.

While in Wrangell, consider the Tongass Botanical Forest Walk excursion. Tongass National Forest is the largest national forest in the U.S., with towering old-growth trees and unique flora, fauna and ecosystems. While in the temperate rainforest with your naturalist guide, look for local wildlife like Sitka black-tailed deer, porcupines and birds of prey. Other complimentary excursions at this stop include a round of golf at Muskeg Meadows Golf Course; a canoe trip through Wrangell harbor and nearby islands, and a heritage tour about Tlingit culture and the history of the town.

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Recently relaunched Crystal offers just seven voyages in Alaska aboard Crystal Serenity in July and August 2024. The 740-guest luxury vessel was refurbished in 2023 and features the line's signature top-notch service, elegant interiors and suites, and personal butler service in every room category.

Other perks and amenities include plush bathrobes and Sicily's Ortigia bath products; an impressive passenger-to-crew ratio; prepaid gratuities; complimentary beverages; and outstanding cuisine, including Umi Uma (an exclusive Nobu restaurant at sea, available only on Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony ). Guests can also feast on Italian cuisine at Osteria d'Ovidio; book an exclusive dining experience at The Vintage Room; indulge in Parisian cafe-style fare at The Bistro; opt for American cuisine at Waterside Restaurant or take their pick of several other casual indoor and alfresco options.

Cruisers also have their selection of unique shore experiences curated by Crystal's parent company A&K Travel Group, such as a ride on the world's largest zip line in Hoonah (Icy Strait Point); dog sledding and glacier flightseeing in Skagway; fishing and wilderness dining in Ketchikan and the Wildlife Quest and Fin Island Lodge experience in Sitka, boasting a feast of Alaska king crab and wild salmon.

Crystal offers seven- and eight-night round-trip voyages from Vancouver , as well as one-way cruises from Vancouver or Seward, Alaska. Select itineraries – like the July 30, 2024, voyage from Vancouver to Seward – offer a scenic cruising day in the Seymour Narrows in British Columbia. On this sailing, you'll also enjoy a day at sea cruising Hubbard Glacier, as well as stops in Ketchikan, Sitka, Hoonah (Icy Strait), Skagway and Sitka in Alaska. Or, opt for the July 2, 2024, round-trip sailing from Vancouver for three scenic cruising days in the Inside Passage, Endicott Arm and the Seymour Narrows.

The line's Aug. 13, 2024, round-trip sailing from Vancouver features a special guest: Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio, the executive chairman of A&K Travel Group. As such, the cruise will include an exclusive gala dinner and other unique experiences. Other special voyages welcome marine biologist and National Geographic photographer Flip Nicklin, who will share personal stories from his extensive career and expert insights about humpback whale habitats and behaviors.

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Viking Ocean Cruises' 11-day Alaska & the Inside Passage cruise is available on 11 dates during the 2024 season. It sails from Vancouver to Seward (or the reverse) on the 930-passenger Viking Orion . In 2025, the line offers the same itinerary on 22 dates between May and September, split between Viking Orion and its sister ship, the 930-passenger Viking Sea .

Viking's destination-focused itineraries are curated for travelers who are interested in history, science, culture and cuisine, as they feature onboard enrichment like lectures by Viking's resident historians. You'll also find regionally inspired dishes in The Restaurant and special access to unique tours and excursions ashore.

The line's mostly all-inclusive fares cover accommodations in spacious all-veranda staterooms and suites; beer, wine and soft drinks at lunch and dinner; meals at all the dining venues; one shore excursion in every port; free Wi-Fi access; 24-hour specialty teas, coffees and bottled water; complimentary access to The Nordic Spa & Fitness Center; and other upscale amenities.

Voyages traveling northbound from Vancouver include one day of scenic cruising through the Inside Passage before stopping in Ketchikan, Sitka, Juneau, Skagway and Icy Strait Point in Alaska. The eighth day of the cruise sails through picturesque Yakutat Bay, which includes the Hubbard Glacier. The ship then calls on Valdez, Alaska, before the trip ends with two days in Seward.

While in Valdez, take an optional tour to explore the incredible scenery surrounding the small fishing town. Viking offers a kayaking trip to see the Valdez Glacier; a scenic cruise through picturesque Prince William Sound to view the Columbia Glacier; a wildlife cruise where you can look for humpback whales, orcas, porpoises, sea otters and bald eagles; a helicopter ride over the area's rugged, icy wilderness; or a UTV adventure through the Chugach Mountains to Mineral Creek Canyon.

Seabourn Cruise Line

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Between May and August 2024, Seabourn Cruise Line will host 20 Alaska voyages aboard the Seabourn Odyssey , before the ship leaves the cruise line in the fall. In 2025, the line offers 27 Alaska sailings on Seabourn Quest. Both yacht-inspired ships accommodate up to 458 guests and feature Seabourn's signature all-inclusive amenities, including luxurious oceanfront suites with verandas; personalized service; complimentary fine wines and premium spirits; complimentary dining; and caviar served throughout the sailing. You'll also have a complimentary W-Fi package and an in-suite minibar stocked with your favorite beverages. Ashore, sign up for exclusive programs like shopping for fresh salmon, halibut and Alaska king crab alongside a Seabourn chef.

Guests booking Seabourn Quest for 2025 will be able to sample the line's new dining concept, Solis. Inspired by destinations in the Mediterranean, the menu features a fresh, modern take on traditional dishes and whimsical cocktails. The restaurant is a collaboration with master chef and culinary partner Anton Egger and senior corporate chef Franck Salein. In addition to dishes like salt-encrusted whole branzino and Tuscan-style steak, guests will also find a wide selection of vegan and vegetarian dishes.

The seven-day Alaska Fjords & Canadian Inside Passage itinerary on May 31, 2024, aboard Seabourn Odyssey, sails from Juneau to Vancouver and includes a day in either Tracy Arm or Endicott Arm, depending on the ice conditions. From there, you can take one of the optional guided excursions: Ventures by Seabourn. These tours are an additional cost but offer opportunities for up-close Zodiac, kayaking or catamaran experiences in the wilderness to see glaciers calving and view local wildlife, such as black bears, mountain goats, seals, wolves and seabirds.

You'll also enjoy many days of scenic cruising on this voyage, and have the opportunity for more optional adventures in Rudyerd Bay (Misty Fjords). The ship makes additional stops in Wrangell, Alaska, and Prince Rupert, British Columbia, before disembarking in Vancouver.

If you want to see stunning Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve, then consider booking the seven-day Alaska Inside Passage & Glacier Bay sailing on May 10, 2024, from Vancouver to Juneau. This itinerary also includes the Seymour Narrows and Snow Pass, cruising Queen Island Sound and the Lynn Canal. There's a stop for Ventures by Seabourn activities like kayaking and Zodiac rides in the Inian Islands. The Alaska ports of call on this voyage are Ketchikan, Sitka, Icy Strait Point and Haines. You'll disembark in Juneau.

Bed in cabin on PONANT Le Soléal.

Francois Lefebvre | Courtesy of PONANT

French luxury expedition line PONANT offers 10 Alaska cruises in 2024; itineraries span between seven and 11 nights. Aboard the 264-guest yacht-style Le Soléal, you'll meet up to 10 naturalist experts and guides specializing in geology, history, ornithology or marine or land mammals. Guests can attend onboard lectures and embark on Zodiac landings with the guides.

The ship features elegant staterooms and suites, a library, a spa, a hair salon and a gym. Guests will be treated to movies in the theater, wine tastings and cooking demonstrations throughout the expedition. All fine dining meals, 24-hour room service, an open bar (including an in-room minibar) and complimentary and unlimited Wi-Fi access are covered in the pricing.

Two of PONTANT's eight-night voyages from Vancouver to Sitka are in partnership with Smithsonian Journeys and are curated for English-speaking travelers. Fares for these expeditions include transfers to and from the ship and a shore excursion in each port. On board, you can attend talks and discussions hosted by two Smithsonian Journeys experts: geologist Scott Burns and natural history filmmaker John Grabowska.

On these voyages, there is a sea day after departing Vancouver. You'll cruise through the Johnstone Strait, where you'll have an excellent chance of seeing humpback whales and orcas. After a day spent in the Inside Passage, the ship will call on the village of Metlakatla, Alaska, on the western coast of Annette Island, which is home to the Tsimshians from British Columbia. Other unique Alaska ports of call in this itinerary include the commercial fishing town of Petersburg, the Tlingit village of Kake and the small fishing community of Alfin Cove.

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Gwen Pratesi is a U.S. News & World Report contributor and an avid travel adventurer who fell in love with Alaska on her first visit to the state many years ago. She's returned several times both by land and sea to explore the state's vast wilderness and abundant wildlife, and to chase the northern lights in one of the best places on the planet to view them. Pratesi used her extensive knowledge of Alaska and the cruise industry to write this article.

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