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Along The Viking Trail: From Iceland to Greenland

  • 12 Days
  • NG Explorer
  • 148 Guests
  • Expeditions in: Jul
  • From $10,580 to $19,550

Day-by-Day

Our itinerary & experience make the most of your time & curiosity

Flexibility is a hallmark of our expeditions, and often the day-by-day itinerary will change as we take advantage of rare wildlife sightings or photographers linger ashore through the golden hour of light. Extraordinary adventure is a guarantee.  

DAY 1: U.S./Fly Overnight To Reykjavik, Iceland

DAY 2: Reykjavik/Embark

Arrive in Reykjavik, which lies only a fraction below the Arctic Circle and receives just four hours of sunlight in winter and 22 in summer. Have a guided overview of the Old Town, including Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral with its 210-foot tower, and shed some light on Nordic culture at the National Museum, with its Viking treasures and artifacts. Embark National Geographic Explorer. (L,D)

DAY 3: Explore the West Coast of Iceland

National Geographic Explorer navigates Iceland’s wild western frontier, sailing past the immense Latrabjarg cliffs, the westernmost point of Iceland and home to a huge population of razorbills. The cliffs are an area once famous for egg collecting; the men were tied to ropes and lowered like spiders down onto the ledges. Continue to Flatey Island, a trading post for many centuries, for walks around the charming little hamlet that grew here. (B,L,D)

DAY 4: Crossing the Denmark Strait

Follow the wake of Eric the Red and Brendan the Navigator as we cross to Greenland. Watch for whales. (B,L,D)

DAY 5: Exploring East Greenland

The Greenland Ice Sheet, roughly 80% of the surface of Greenland, is the second largest ice body in the world, after the Antarctic Ice Sheet. The high arctic-like climate is dominated by ice floes. Among the options for exploration are landings at Skjoldungen fjord or Napasorsuaq fjord. We’ll use our tools for exploration to the fullest, taking Zodiac or kayak forays among the icebergs and deploying our Remotely Operated Vehicle. (B,L,D)

DAY 6: Prins Christian Sund & Nanortalik

Prins Christian Sund is a major fjord on the southern coast of Greenland. Surrounded by mountain pinnacles and glaciers, the decks are perfect for viewing this landscape. Anchor off Nanortalik, Greenland’s most southerly town. Go ashore to the picturesque little town by the water’s edge. (B,L,D)

DAY 7: Hvalsey Ruins (Qaqortukulooq) & Qaqortoq

Today you’ll explore a remarkable site on the Viking Trail. Qaqortukulooq was settled by one of Erik the Red’s cousins in 986 AD. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it is the most extensive Norse site in Greenland. The ship then continues to Qaqortoq. Inhabited since Norse times, the Scandinavian influence is still apparent in the colorful wooden buildings and town museum, displaying Greenlandic kayaks, hunting equipment, art, and crafts. (B,L,D)

DAY 8: Brattahlid/Eriksfjord

Eriksfjord is the area that Erik the Red chose for his farm when he settled here in 982 AD. You’ll explore Brattahlid, site of the first Christian church in the western hemisphere, built by Erik’s wife, Tjodhilde. This region is also the starting point of the first voyages to North America by his son, Leif Eriksson, 500 years before Columbus. (B,L,D)

DAY 9: Nuuk

Nuuk is the world’s smallest capital city with 15,000 inhabitants. Visit the National Museum with its famous 15th-century Qilakitsoq mummies, found near Uummannaq, and the subject of a NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC cover story. (B,L,D)

DAY 10: Exploring Greenland’s West Coast

Today is left open for exploration of this rugged coastline. We may take a Zodiac cruise, kayak, or hike across the tundra. Our Undersea Specialist may launch the Remotely Operated Vehicle to see the marine life inhabiting the fjord floor. (B,L,D)

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Please note: All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.

 

Iceland's Wonders Pre-Voyage Extension
Iceland's Wonders Pre-Voyage Extension
PRE-TRIP / 3 DAYS / FROM $2,950

Iceland: the land of fire and ice. See more of this volcanic isle near the Arctic Circle with this optional extension. Explore the home of Europe's oldest body of representative government, the Althing, established in 930 by the Vikings. And see for yo

Reykjavik’s Golden Circle & Blue Lagoon Pre-Voyage Extension
Reykjavik’s Golden Circle & Blue Lagoon Pre-Voyage Extension
PRE-TRIP / 1 DAYS / FROM $890

Extend your stay in Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital. Enjoy the surreal Blue Lagoon, and have a guided in-depth experience along the famed Golden Circle.

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