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Greenland Explorer: Sail and Soar the Alpine Arctic

Mixed Board Basis 10 nights from €7,649 per person


The Greenland Explorer voyage by Quark Expeditions invites travellers to discover the awe-inspiring fjords, glaciers, and mountains of South Greenland. This unique journey, enhanced by the modern Ultramarine ship and its twin-engine helicopters, provides exclusive, diverse excursions. Whether you prefer vigorous activities or more laid-back, immersive experiences, this trip caters to all preferences.

This innovative itinerary, co-created with local communities, marks a pioneering approach in expedition travel. It allows unparalleled exploration of South Greenland's stunning fjord landscapes. Ultramarine's helicopters enable access to remote areas for extraordinary off-ship adventures, including Exclusive Heli Landings and the Greenland Ice Sheet Experience, alongside hikes, community engagements, and Zodiac cruises, available to all guests.

Suitable for all fitness levels, the voyage offers a variety of experiences. Guests can enjoy tranquil mountain vistas, navigate among icebergs on Zodiac cruises, or engage in optional activities like heli-hiking or luxury camping beside Tasermiut Fjord with local hosts.(Q)


  • Experience the beautiful landscapes and sights of the Arctic
  • Cruise onboard the Ultramarine to enhance your journey
  • Zodiac excursions to explore the Alpine Arctic offboard 
  • Ultramarine helicopters to give a unique tour of the Arctic
Whats included?
  • Flights & taxes
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Checked baggage
  • CAR licensed & bonded
  • In resort assistance & 24 hour contact centre
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Day 1

Arrive in Reykjavik, Iceland

Arrive in Iceland and journey to you accommodation. You will be able to venture the city for the rest of the day before embarking on the Ultramarine the following day.

Day 2

Fly to Narsarsuaq, Greenland

We'll arrange your transfer to Keflavik Airport in the early afternoon for a private charter flight from Iceland's capital to Narsarsuaq, Greenland. Here, you'll embark on your journey aboard Ultramarine. Nestled in Tunulliarfik Fjord, Narsarsuaq serves as the entrance to South Greenland. This scenic locale was first set up in the 1940s as a U.S. military base. Today, its roughly 2,000-meter paved runway and modest terminal are operated by Mittarfeqarfiit, the Greenlandic Airport Authority.

Days 3 and 4

The Wild East

We venture into the remote fjords of East Greenland, including Lindenow Fjord (Kangerlussuatsiaq), once home to ancient Inuit communities. This region, now a backdrop of glaciers and mountains, witnessed significant migration during European exploration. Today, it's a habitat for marine mammals, with occasional polar bear sightings and frequent humpback whales. Our journey encompasses wildlife observation and exploration of this alpine terrain through helicopter landings, hikes, paddling, Zodiac cruises, and shore excursions.

Days 5 to 7

Arctic Patagonia

At Greenland's southernmost point, Cape Farewell (Nunap Isua), lies a captivating network of fjords, sounds, islets, and rocky islands. Cruising through the 100-km Prins Christian Sund (Ikerasassuaq) promises to be a memorable experience, with its dramatic mountains, glaciers, and stunning seascapes. This area is home to the Southern Greenlanders, a community deeply connected to their hunting and fishing traditions. We plan to visit Aappilattoq, allowing you to immerse in local culture, from storytelling and music to traditional foods and soccer games.

In the heart of "Arctic Patagonia," the Tasermiut Fjord offers iconic South Greenland peaks, overnight camping with local hosts, and spectacular views of glaciers, rivers of ice, and towering peaks like Nalumasortoq and Ulamertorsuaq. Whether hiking or exploring by helicopter, the region offers breathtaking scenery and a deep connection to Greenland's natural and cultural landscapes.

Days 8 to 10

The Westland

Tracing the path of Greenland's Norse settlers in the Western fjords, we're captivated by landscapes reminiscent of Erik the Red's time. Greenland's name reflects its lush valleys and ice-dotted waters. Unique microclimates foster an Arctic Garden of Eden, where South Greenlandic farmers continue ancient Viking agricultural traditions.

We'll also approach the vast Greenland Ice Sheet, a prominent feature of the northern hemisphere. Our itinerary includes the rare opportunity to walk on this ice expanse. Over two days, we'll explore the Ice Sheet, hike the nearby hills, cruise or kayak amidst icebergs, and connect deeply with local communities, a hallmark of Quark Expeditions.

Our journey includes a day near Narsarsuaq, exploring Kujataa UNESCO World Heritage Site, a testament to Viking farming. We'll visit Qassiarsuk, a charming sheep farming community, offering insights into life beside the Ice Sheet. Discovering Brattahlíð, Erik the Red's estate, and enjoying Narsarsuaq's museum and panoramic views from Signal Hill, we'll immerse in Greenland's rich history.

Our adventure concludes with a farewell dinner at Hotel Narsarsuaq, followed by a charter flight to Reykjavik and a hotel transfer in Keflavik, marking the end of an unforgettable expedition.

Day 11

Depart Reykjavik, Iceland

Today you will make your journey home or continue your independent adventure across Iceland.

  • Guided leadership by seasoned Expedition Leaders, inclusive of shore excursions and activities.
  • Daily Zodiac transfers and cruises according to the itinerary.
  • Planned daily shore landings.
  • Onboard accommodation with daily cleaning service.
  • Comprehensive onboard dining - all meals, snacks, soft drinks, and juices (Advance notice for dietary needs required, note: kosher meals not available).
  • Selected beers and wines during dinner; 24/7 availability of coffee, tea, and cocoa.
  • Scheduled educational and casual talks by the Expedition Team and guest speakers.
  • A photo journal of the expedition.
  • Loan of waterproof boots for landings and Zodiac cruises.
  • Complimentary Quark Expeditions® parka.
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes in each cabin.
  • All-inclusive service taxes and port fees.
  • Onboard luggage handling.
  • Emergency Evacuation insurance for all passengers, up to a benefit of $500,000 per person.
  • Greenland voyage passenger tax.

What's Not Included:

  • Onshore meals except as indicated.
  • Recommended travel insurance covering baggage, cancellation, interruption, and medical.
  • Charges for excess baggage on domestic and international flights.
  • Required waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising and any other unspecified gear.
  • Personal expenses like laundry, bar, etc., unless stated.
  • Charges for phone and internet use (availability varies by location).
  • Optional tips for shipboard staff and crew at voyage's end.
  • Extra overnight stays.
  • Adventure activities not included in the standard package.


Yvonne Knott
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