Along The Viking Trail
- Follow in the wake of the 10th-century Viking explorers
- 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
At a glance
Duration: 12 Days, 11 Nights
Coverage: Reykjavik Iceland to Kangerlussuaq Greenland
Activities: Cultural, Hiking, History, Kayaking, Wildlife, Zodiacs
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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.
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)
- Day 11-12 - Kangerlussuaq/Disembark/Fly to Ottawa/Home
Disembark in Kangerlussuaq and fly to Ottawa via privately chartered aircraft. Overnight at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, or similar, and fly home from Ottawa. (B)
Dates & Rates
|Jul 11, 2017||National Geographic Explorer||$15,390||$16,430||$17,120||$18,120||$21,370||$24,900||$28,480||$20,540||$21,400|
Included in Cruise Fare
- Ship accommodations
- Meals indicated
- Services of Lindblad Expeditions’ expedition staff and expert guides
- Use of kayaks
- All port charges and service taxes
Not Included in Cruise Fare
- Air transportation
- Visa/immigration fees
- Personal items such as alcoholic beverages, emails, laundry, etc.
- Discretionary tips to ship’s crew
National Geographic Explorer
National Geographic Explorer is a state-of-the-art expedition ship, and the latest addition to the Lindblad fleet. It is a fully stabilized, ice-class vessel, enabling it to navigate polar passages while providing exceptional comfort. It carries kayaks and a fleet of Zodiac landing craft. An Undersea Specialist operates a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and sophisticated video equipment, extending access to the underwater world. View ship details...