How heroic were the earlier transatlantic voyages by Columbus’ predecessors: the Viking explorers? We follow in the wake of these fearless explorers and colonists to discover the dramatic landscapes and rich traditions of Greenland and Iceland––in particular, Iceland’s untrammeled western coast––and visit Greenland's fascinating Viking sites and settlements, each set against edenic backdrops.
The history of Greenland is the history of life under extreme arctic conditions: an ice cap currently covers about 80 percent of the island, largely restricting human activity to the coasts. And, the fact that there is a human history makes this polar region extra-fascinating from an expedition perspective. And then, of course, there is the extraordinary beauty of the landscape. This itinerary enables you to:
- Follow in the wake of the 10th-century Viking explorers; see important Viking sites
- Meet Greenlanders who thrive in extreme ice conditions & maintain their traditions
- Actively explore Iceland’s Westfjord region, plus the seldom-seen east coast fjords & icebergs of Greenland
- Enjoy superlative photos ops & on-board photo assistance
- Travel in the company of Arctic experts
Human history against the dramatic grandeur of the ice
Who are the people that thrive in the extreme conditions of the Arctic? Descended from Eric the Red and the Vikings who settled the southwestern coast, and the original Inuit who descended into Greenland from the northwest, modern Greenland’s culture is a mix of Scandinavian influences and ancestral traditions. We’ll visit remarkable sites on the Viking trail, meet the friendly and welcoming people of the north, and experience the spectacular beauty of the ice.
The incredible northern icescape & its creatures
We’ll see seals, which have played such a key role in the life of the Inuit. And we might spot arctic foxes, and white-tailed eagles, among the 60 species of birds that breed in Greenland. Based on our past expedition experience in the region, we search for humpback whales, plus fulmars, kittiwakes, and terns.
Every day is active and engaging
You’ll get out on adventures every day––to Zodiac cruise, hike and walk, or kayak in spectacular fjords. You’ll have a choice of activities, plus your choice of naturalists to join––for a moveable feast of personalities, insights, and interests. Choice also includes opting to relax too. Enjoy the view from behind Explorer’s panoramic glass windows. Or visit the fitness center with its generous views of the ice vistas, or ease into the sauna or a massage in the wellness center.
Travel in excellent company
Explore under the sure guidance of an expedition leader, an assistant expedition leader, eight veteran naturalists, a National Geographic photographer, plus a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, an undersea specialist, Global Perspectives guest speaker, a wellness specialist and a video chronicler. Their knowledge and passion for this fascinating region is the key to your extraordinary experience.