Along the Viking Trail: From Iceland to Greenland
Reykjavik (Iceland) to Kangerlussuaq (Greenland) - 10 nights aboard the National Geographic
July 19 - 29, 2013
Centuries ago, Erik the Red became the first European to visit Greenland—and in 1972, Lars-Eric Lindblad
pioneered expeditions to the icy country. Follow in the wake of Erik the Red and his son Leif Erikson, seeing
remarkable Viking sites settled 500 years before Columbus. The region’s history is enriched through guided walks
amid Viking ruins and colorful Scandinavian villages inhabited since Norse times. The Greenland Ice Sheet covers
roughly 80% of Greenland, and the high arctic-like landscape is dominated by ice floes and mountain pinnacles. Our
expedition team will provide a rich understanding of the dramatic landscape and wildlife, and we’ll use our tools
for exploration to the fullest, taking Zodiac or kayak forays among the icebergs and deploying our ROV
- Explore Nordic culture in Reykjavik’s Old Town.
- Hike the lava-sculpted landscapes of Iceland’s Westman Islands.
- Explore Qaqortukulooq, the most extensive Viking site in Greenland and a World Heritage Site.
- View the famous 15th-century Qilakitsoq mummies, the subject of a National Geographic cover story.
- Zodiac and kayak amid the icebergs of east Greenland, calved from the Greenland Icecap.
- Meet the friendly Greenlanders who maintain their traditional lifestyle.
|Day 1 - Reykjavik/Embark
Arrive in Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital,
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 2 - Explore the West Coast of
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 3 - Crossing the Denmark Strait
Follow the wake of Eric the Red and Brendan
the Navigator as we cross to Greenland. Watch for blue whales. (B,L,D)
|Day 4 - 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 ROV.
|Day 5 -Day 5 - 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 6 - Qaqortukulooq (Hvalsey Ruins)/Qassiarsuk &
Explore two remarkable sites on the Viking Trail. Qaqortukulooq was settled by
one of Erik the Red’s cousins in 986 AD. A World Heritage Site, it is the most extensive Norse site
in Greenland. Our ship continues to Eriksfjord, the area Erik the Red chose for his farm when he
settled here in 982 AD. 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)
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)
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)
- Exploring Greenland’s West
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 ROV
to see the marine life inhabiting the fjord floor. (B,L,D)
- Kangerlussuaq/Disembark/Fly to Ottawa
Kangerlussuaq and fly to Ottawa via privately chartered aircraft. Overnight at the Fairmont Chateau
Laurier, or similar. (B)
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