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Discover the sub-Arctic’s dramatic geography and unique human heritage with this expedition sailing, featuring a full complement of included excursions

» Price from: £10,890 incl. flights

Sailing from Reykjavik, via Greenland, to Canada’s remote east coast, this small-ship expedition cruise brings you among icebergs, volcanoes and twisting fjords to showcase a unique natural and human history. The Inuits, Vikings and European settlers have all left their mark, something brought to life in a full spread of included excursions, ranging from hikes and locally guided walks to kayaking and Zodiac launches. Then, back on board your flawlessly modern ship, you’ll be treated to a curated lecture series and indulgent, full-board dining with beers and wines with dinner . And, after spotting the Northern Lights, polar bears and whales, why not relax with a spa treatment. It’s all bookended by included flights and stays in Reykjavik and St. John’s – two cities with a shared love of fine food and colourful heritage.

Day by day itinerary

  • Day 1 » 23 September 2020: UK/Reykjavik, Iceland

    On arrival in Reykjavik, you’ll make your way to your central hotel. With a first day at leisure, you’ll have some time to explore the Icelandic capital at your pace, contrasting its rich heritage with its cutting-edge design scene. Think chic design studios rubbing shoulders with colourfully historic houses. Don’t also miss out on the superb collection of museums; there’s everything from Viking longhouses to maritime exhibitions. Cap it all off with Reykjavik’s restaurant highlights, invariably focused on fresh, locally sourced produce. 

    Stay: Reykjavik hotel

  • Day 2 » Golden Circle tour

    You’ll begin your series of included excursions today, driving out of Reykjavik to Thingvellir National Park – your first stop on the Golden Circle route. Here, you’ll be treated to both natural splendour and unique history, with the ruins of a thousand-year-old, world-first parliament found among its great rift valley. Then, following a stop at one of Iceland’s most impressive waterfalls, Gullfoss, it’s time to board the Greg Mortimer. You’ll quickly settle into your sleek, generously sized cabin – of which 80% feature balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows. It’s then time for the first of your full-board dining experiences. Each dinner, you can expect indulgent, multi-course menus, washed down with complimentary house wine, beers and soft drinks.

    Stay: Aurora Expeditions’ Greg Mortimer

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 3 » The Westman Islands

    Your first ports of call are the Westman Islands where you’ll have a choice of excursions, as always entirely complimentary. Perhaps enjoy a guided hike out to the burnished red of the Edfell Volcano or, alternatively, take in the main island’s sights by road. After a tour of its pretty town, you’ll head out to the Herjólfsdalur Valley to take in the Viking house ruins and the Helgafell and Idfell volcanoes. End with a visit to Eldheimar Museum’s exhibitions on the volcanic eruption that created Surtsey Island – a UNESCO World Heritage site. 

    Stay: Aurora Expeditions’ Greg Mortimer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Days 4-5 » At sea

    With two days at sea, you’ll have plenty of time to acquaint yourself with the ship’s superb facilities. Prime among them is the lecture theatre, where you’ll be treated to expert presentations on everything from volcanology and geothermal activity to glaciers and Greenland’s giant ice shelf. Then, finish your studies with the library’s reference books and maps, or head to the Wellness Centre to make use of the gym equipment, sauna or spa, complete with range of treatments. In between it all, there’s plenty of time to meet friends new and old alike, not least while enjoying the fantastic, full-board dining.

    Stay: Aurora Expeditions’ Greg Mortimer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 6 » Prince Christian Sound, Greenland

    You’ll make your introductions to Greenland with Prince Christian Sound – the famous channel that links the Labrador Sea with the Irminger Sea. It’s a scenic sail along its 100km length, watched over by giant, two-kilometre-high mountains. Many of their deep-blue glaciers fall right into the sound, resulting in icebergs and sailable widths of just 500m. You’ll get a closer look at Kangersuneq Qinngorleq Fjord, where – weather permitting – you’ll head out in kayaks and Zodiacs to its monumental glacier. At the channel’s southern point, you’ll then sail past Appilatoq – a photographer’s dream of sharp mountain peaks and tiny settlements. 

    Stay: Aurora Expeditions’ Greg Mortimer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 7 » Tasermiut, Klostertal & Nanortalik

    Tasermiut is often lauded as Greenland’s most beautiful fjord, famous for its majestic mountains and lush valleys. And, docking at Klostertal – a pretty village surrounded by impossibly green fields – you’ll have the chance to hike into the valley or kayak out on the waters. You’ll then sail on to Nanortalik. This is a region rugged with deep fjords and mountainside cliffs, which preside over small woodlands and grasslands. And, it’s not just the scenery that greets you, with the local community opening up their town for you to explore. Highlights include its Lutheran church – a beautiful wooden structure built in 1916 – and a museum exhibit on historic kayaks and the oldest cargo boat ever discovered.

    Stay: Aurora Expeditions’ Greg Mortimer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 8 » Narsarsuaq & Uunartoq

    Tiny Narsarsuaq offers the chance to explore on foot, taking in the likes of Norse ruins, Inuit graves and historic farm houses. Your next pause is Uunartoq, a tiny fjord island home to the only hot springs in Iceland that are warm enough to bathe in. What’s more, there’s a thousand-year-old belief in their remedial qualities, perhaps because of their beautiful position in the middle of a grassy field. Lastly, there’s the chance to explore 500 years of differing building styles and communal graves found in the area. 

    Stay: Aurora Expeditions’ Greg Mortimer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 9 » Hvalsey & Qaqortoq

    Today’s first stop, Hvalsey, is Greenland’s best-preserved Norse ruin. It’s a 14th-century church and collection of accompanying farm buildings, thought to be built by Scots-Norse stonemasons due to its similarity to examples in Norway and Orkney. You’ll then continue on to Qaqortoq, arriving at what is the capital of South Greenland by Zodiac. Once on land, there are plenty of cultural activities to keep you busy, including kayak performances, tasting sessions of local delicacies and guided walks led by the town’s students. The “Man and Stone” project is a special highlight, aimed to transform Qaqortoq into an open-air gallery. Or, simply enjoy a stroll around the picturesque lake.

    Stay: Aurora Expeditions’ Greg Mortimer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Days 10-11 » At sea

    As you travel, be sure to take some time out in the bar to enjoy the view from the floor-to-ceiling windows. Think 180-degree lounges and an observation deck with unobstructed, full-circle views. You’ll even be able to take advantage of the open-bridge policy, learning the latest in mapping and navigational techniques from the captain himself. By now, you’ll also want to take a look at your photos, so head to the Multimedia Room on the fifth deck. 

    Stay: Aurora Expeditions’ Greg Mortimer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 12 » George River, Canada

    Kangiqsualujjuaq, to give it George River its Inuktiut name, is the easternmost village in Nunavik – Quebec’s remote northern region. For those looking for adventure, its surroundings are full of wildlife, including black bear, fox and wolf, spottable on a short hike on the autumnal tundra. The region even hosts the world’s largest herds of caribou. You’ll also enjoy a privileged insight into local Inuit life, with a special invite into the homes of the Kangiqsualujjuaq community. Here, you’ll learn about their art, share stories and gain an appreciation of their cultural and linguistic heritage.

    Stay: Aurora Expeditions’ Greg Mortimer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Days 13-14 » Torngat Mountains National Park

    Taking its name from the Inuktitut for “spirits”, it’s no surprise that Torngat National Park is perfectly reminiscent of a prehistoric earth. It’s nearly 10,000 square kilometres of wilderness, where billion-year-old rock formations look down on polar-bear-dotted glaciers. This is the home of the Inuit peoples, where they’ve hunted, fished and lived for thousands of years. Over the next two days, you’ll explore its deep fjords by ship, stopping off for Zodiac cruises, short hikes and visits to archaeological sites. Just remember to keep your eyes out for the local wildlife. Your exact itinerary will be based on the weather, but the chance of spotting the Northern Lights and the hunting polar bears of its rocky islands are special favourites.

    Stay: Aurora Expeditions’ Greg Mortimer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 15 » At sea

    Today’s lecture series focuses on the history of the Moravians. It’s the perfect preamble to your next port of call, Nain, which was a crucial centre for their missionary endeavours. Then, in between your full-board dining, be sure to take some time to relax, perhaps with a good book in one of the lounges.

    Stay: Aurora Expeditions’ Greg Mortimer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 16 » Nain

    As you will have already learnt, Nain was an important outpost of the Moravian Church, something evidenced today by a selection of beautiful artefacts and buildings. It’s all brought to life by small-group tours led by local guides. Expect to visit everything from the famous church to cultural centres and artisan shops. Time permitting, you might also be able to take a hike to Mt. Sophie, escorted by Inuit guards; bears sightings are common. 

    Stay: Aurora Expeditions’ Greg Mortimer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 17 » Hopedale

    Although a fifth of Hopedale’s population still speak Inuktitut and 80% identify as Inuit, the town was another landing point, in 1782, for the Moravian Church. In fact, some of the oldest wooden buildings in Canada are to be found right here, alongside museums dedicated to the church’s artefacts and written materials. Don’t also miss out on the Nunatsiavut Assembly Building to learn about the local use of labradorite and seal skin.

    Stay: Aurora Expeditions’ Greg Mortimer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 18 » Battle Harbour

    The wonderfully named Battle Harbour is a restored 19th-century fishing village, located on a small island in the Labrador Sea. It was once the saltfish capital of the world and an important governmental staging post for supplies and medicine on their way north to the remote indigenous communities. Today, this is still a place without power lines, mobile reception or roads, let alone cars. So, the best way to explore is on the many interlinking walking trails as your local hosts explain the history between the buildings and Arctic vegetation. Come the evening, you’ll also be at a perfect altitude for an appearance of the Northern Lights. Keep those fingers crossed.

    Stay: Aurora Expeditions’ Greg Mortimer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 19 » L’Anse aux Meadows

    This UNESCO-listed jewel perfectly preserves the excavated remains of a complete 11th-century Viking settlement. It’s the earliest evidence of Europeans in North America and proof that Norse Explorers settled here in Newfoundland and Labrador. You’ll be able to learn about Leif Ericson’s New-World home along with the sagas and near-ancient technologies that brought him here over 1,000 years ago. Your other shore excursion today will see you educated on the fascinating life of Dr Wilfred Grenfell. He was a young English doctor that brought medicine and education to the Inuit and poor European settlers along the harsh Labrador coast.

    Stay: Aurora Expeditions’ Greg Mortimer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 20 » Twillingate

    From Battle Harbour’s saltfish to perhaps the more impressive pack ice of Twillingate, this is the “Iceberg Capital of the World”. And, once you’ve finished watching these frozen behemoths, you’ll find that there’s plenty more to this historic outport. Among its dramatic coastline and postcard-perfect streets, you’ll find everything from wineries and lighthouses to excellent museums and interpretative fishing centres. You’ll explore it all alongside local guides, with the use of a school bus. There’s also the option of a hike to Long Point. Whatever you choose, you’ll end in style with cocktails and a four-course dinner back on board.

    Stay: Aurora Expeditions’ Greg Mortimer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 21 » St. John’s

    After a final breakfast on the Greg Mortimer, an included transfer will see you to your downtown hotel. Here, you can expect rooms-with-a-view and fireplace-heated lounges. Set just back from the harbour, it’s also ideal for exploring what is North America’s oldest European-settled city. You’ll quickly find yourself among Victorian streets lined with historic boutiques and art galleries, themselves housed in colourful weatherboard terraces. Often compared to a San Francisco in miniature, its restaurant and live music scene are especially good.

    Stay: Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland 

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Days 22-23 » 13–14 October: Depart for UK

    Following some further time to explore St. John’s, make your way to the airport for your overnight flight home.

To book call us on:

020 7590 0726

Make an enquiry

At a glance…

Discover the sub-Arctic’s dramatic geography and unique human heritage with this expedition sailing, featuring a full complement of included excursions

» Price from: £10,890 incl. flights

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