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West Greenland and Disko Bay: Sea Spirit

This voyage centers on Disko Bay, a region on the west coast of Greenland famous for its icebergs, whales, and friendly Inuit villages. Attractions include volcanic landscapes, museums, iconic churches in numerous settlements, Greenlandic sled dogs, and stunning scenery everywhere. A wealth of natural wonders include the famous Ilulissat Icefjord, the beautiful Eqip Sermia glacier, the heart-shaped Uummannaq mountain, and breathtaking fjords, such as Nuuk fjord, reaching deep into the mountainous wilderness of Greenland.

Early Booking Offer 2018

Save between 10% (Triple, Main & Classic Suites) and 15% (all other categories) for 2018 departures. Use the Promocodes SPX10 or SPX15 during the booking process.

  • The spectacular Ilulissat Icefjord is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Cultural traditions are blended with modern living in contemporary Inuit villages
  • Volcanic landscapes with hot springs, red basalt mountains, lush greenery, and amazing rock formations
  • Inuit Settlements such as Itilleq, Sisimiut, Aasiaat, Ilulissat, Qeqertarsuaq, and Uummannaq
  • breathtaking fjords, such as Nuuk fjord

SPECIAL GUESTS

KARI HERBERT

Kari HerbertAuthor, public speaker, daughter of Sir Wally Herbert (the first man fully recognized for walking to the North Pole).
Kari is an author, publisher, and public speaker. She started travelling at the age of ten months with her father. Kari’s father Sir Wally Herbert was the first man to walk to the North Pole, crossing from Alaska to Spitsbergen in 1969. Her writings have been published in magazines and newspapers all over the world. She has regularly taken part in many radio programmes including BBC Radio 4, Radio 3 and BBC World Service. She is a popular public speaker, lecturing at venues such as the Royal Geographical Society, the Explorers Club in New York, the National Maritime Museum and the British Library.

TUPERNA KLEIST

Tuperna KleistGreenlandic, local
Born in a small Greenlandic settlement Nanortalik, Tuperna started sailing at the very young age of 5. Being so close to the sea since her childhood has awakened in her a great respect and attraction for the natural environment. Tuperna therefore decided to study Tourism Management. Tuperna looks forward to sharing her knowledge about South Greenland and tell of her experiences sailing her father`s boat as they explored the fjords each summer.

DR. HUW LEWIS-JONES

Huw Lewis Jones

Historian, author, ex-director Scott Polar Research Institute
Huw is a historian with a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He is the author of award-winning books, that have been published in 14 languages. Huw was Curator at the Scott Polar Research Institute and the National Maritime Museum in London. He regularly appears on television and radio as a historian and cultural commentator, in the BBC documentaries Wilderness Explored, Of Ice and Men, Antarctica’s Forgotten Hero, Battle for the Himalayas, and most recently the PBS Nova special Franklin’s Lost Ships. As an experienced polar guide Huw has wandered on both sides of Antarctica and in the Arctic.

Day 1. Air flight from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland to Nuuk, Greenland; embarkation. Your individual arrival to Kangerlussuaq is followed by flight to Nuuk (Kangerlussuaq – Nuuk flight is included in the price of the voyage). Our voyage starts in the capital of Greenland – city of Nuuk. It has a population of over 16,000, making it one of the smallest capital cities in the world by population. It is also the world’s northernmost capital, located only a few kilometers further north than Reykjavík. Today we welcome you aboard the luxury expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come. Savor the anticipation of your Arctic dreams coming true as we slip our moorings and sail along the picturesque fjord. Day 2-8: Exploration of West Greenland Though settlements abound in this part of Greenland, unpredictable weather and dearth of docking facilities nevertheless make this a real expedition. As such, our route and exploration opportunities along this coast are heavily dependent on the weather and ice conditions we encounter. Our experienced captain and expedition leader decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities warrant. You can be sure that the best possible advantage will be taken of the circumstances presented to us by Nature in this wild and remote region. Possible sites of exploration include: Nuuk fjord – Just outside of Nuuk lies the second largest fjord system in the world. The fjord is embraced by snow-capped mountains, towering waterfalls, and gleaming icebergs. Sisimiut – The second-largest town in Greenland boasts a youthful, urban vibe. The Sisimiut Museum offers insight into the local culture and a history of human habitation dating back 4,500 years. Qeqertarsuaq – Located on volcanic Disko Island, the small town of Qeqertarsuaq enjoys views of basaltic mountains and the huge icebergs of Disko Bay. Founded in 1773 as a whaling station, Qeqertarsuaq is one of the oldest towns in Greenland. Cultural attractions include a distinctive octagonal church called the “Lord’s Ink Pot”. Hiking option in the beautiful surrounding is available in the area. Uummannaq – Founded in 1763 on the island of the same name, the town of Uummannaq is a hunting and fishing base with a canning factory and a marble quarry. Rising above town is the distinctive 1,170-meter Uummannaq Mountain. Danish and Greenlandic children believe that Santa Claus lives on the island. Eqip Sermia – This active tidewater glacier is situated in a wild and scenic fjord. In the period after the Second World War, this area functioned as a starting point for expeditions onto the ice cap conducted by the French explorer Paul Emile Victor, whose hut still stands today. Ilulissat – Formerly called Jakobshavn, the town of Ilulissat is best known for unbelievable quantities of icebergs issuing from the nearby Ilulissat Icefjord, into which one of the world’s fastest moving and most active glaciers calves 46 cubic kilometers of ice annually. The breathtaking ice formations are best appreciated from a boat (a boat trip along the fjord is included in the price of the voyage). Attractions in town include the Inuit Art Museum, which contains a large collection of paintings by Greenlandic, Faroese, and Danish artists. Itilleq – Located just north of the Arctic Circle, Itilleq (also known as Itivdleq) is a settlement on a small island with about 100 inhabitants. The main trade here is fishing and hunting. The island has no freshwater, so Itilleq has a facility that makes freshwater from seawater. Day 9: Disembarkation in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. After breakfast we say farewell in Kangerlussuaq, the site of Greenland's largest commercial airport. After disembarkation we transfer to the airport for your homeward-bound air flight. Itinerary, landings and all other activities during the cruise depend strongly on ice and weather conditions and are subject to the decisions of the Expedition Leader and the Captain of the vessel. Encounters with any mentioned wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

Luxury Expedition Ship M/S Sea Spirit

Luxury Expedition Ship M/S Sea Spirit

Sail aboard the remarkably comfortable Sea Spirit and experience the polar regions in grand style with spacious suites. Carrying a maximum of 112 passengers this outstanding vessel, approved for polar waters, is equipped with rubber inflatable boats - called Zodiacs- for shore transfers and cruising. Kayaking and camping options are available on select departures. All suites have facilities en suite and exterior views. Deluxe Suites, Premium Suites and the Owner's Suite have private balconies for viewing the breathtaking landscapes of the Arctic, Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands. Cruise with all the comfort of home - king-size beds (twin beds for those who prefer them), an open bar, balconies and a hot tub. Plus enjoy the amenities of a fine hotel, while a resident photographer helps you take brag-worthy photos.

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Date Selected: 22nd May 2018


Adult (1) US$4195
Sub total US$4195

Expedition Options

Name Description Price
Kayaking (Sea Spirit) The polar regions are a paddlers’ paradise. Whether in the Arctic or Antarctic you can experience some of the world’s most impressive landscapes and incredible marine wildlife from an unique perspective! Sea Kayak Club members will have the opportunity to paddle through tranquil waters filled with glittering icebergs and marine animals while surrounded by magnificent glaciers and mountains. US$595

Essential Information

Deposits - Reservations require a deposit of 20% per person at the time you receive a booking confirmation from Expeditions Online. A payment link will be sent to you and this may be paid by major credit card. Bookings within 90 days of departure require full payment. Voyage rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and are based on passengers sharing a cabin. Rates are based on anticipated fuel costs at the time of departure multiplied by a maximum daily usage. There will be no fuel surcharge for voyages if the price of applicable fuel, delivered locally, does not exceed US$1150 per metric ton. Should the price go above this a surcharge, to cover only the increase in fuel costs, may apply. In this case agents will be notified immediately and passengers will have the right to cancel their reservations within 14 days of notice of increase without penalty. Share Travel and Single Suplements - If you are travelling alone and wish to share this is available only in the following categories: Triple Classic, Main Deck and Classic Suites. If you prefer, single occupancy of a twin cabin is available at 1.7 times the twin rate and available only in Main Deck and Classic Suites; single occupancy of a twin cabin is available at 2 times the twin rate in the Superior, Deluxe, Premium and Owner Suites. Final Payments - Balances are due 90 days prior to departure. Balance payments may be paid by bank transfer, or on request by credit card (subject to a 2% surcharge). Cancellations - All requests for cancellation must be received in writing to Expeditions Online. Cancellations received 120 days or more prior to departure, are refunded less a fee of $750 per person. Cancellations received from 120 to 91 days prior to departure, are subject to 20% per person cancellation fee. If cancellation occurs less than 90 days prior to departure, all payments are forfeited. If full payment has not yet been received, the full penalty will still apply and any unpaid balance is due immediately. We strongly recommend that you obtain adequate trip cancellation insurance. Booking Terms - Please read carefully the General Booking Conditions for Expeditions Online. This voyage is operated by Poseidon Expeditions and you additionally travel under their terms and conditions as the operator as well as of the Shipping Company/transport carrier. Details will be forwarded to you at the time of booking.

Included

  • Air flight from Kangerlussuaq to Nuuk;
  • Group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation;
  • Shipboard accommodation;
  • All meals on board throughout the voyage;
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily;
  • All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions);
  • Museum entrance fee;
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team;
  • Expedition parka;
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise;
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktails;
  • All port fees;
  • Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation;
  • Pre-departure materials;
  • Digital Voyage Log;
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a maximum benefit of US 150,000 per person.

Excluded

  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable);
  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance;
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations;
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunication charges;
  • Staff gratuities.