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Silver Cloud - 254 Guests

REYKJAVIK TO KANGERLUSSUAQ

This voyage sees you swap the green shores of Iceland for the icy shores of Greenland. Starting with what surely is one of the highlights of this voyage - a cruise of Prince Christian Sound - weave your way to encounter remote communities that have learnt to live among the harsh elements. This is a phenomenal voyage that combines the power of nature with the jaw dropping natural beauty of the region.

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    HIGHLIGHTS

    • Visit the Skjoldungen Fjord, located on Greenland's relatively rarely visited rugged east coast
    • Transit through Cruise Prince Christian Sound, which is one of this voyage's highlights
    • Explore Nanortalik which means "place of polar bears"
    • Visit Uunartoq Island, and find warm springs where the waters form a pool warm enough to bathe in
    • Visit Qaqortoq (Julianehåb), the largest town in southern Greenland
    • Explore Hvalsey, one of the five sites of the UNESCO World Heritage Arctic farming complex Kujataa
    • Explore Nuuk (Godthab), the bustling capital city of Greenland
    • Sail along Evighedsfjord (Eternity Fjord) which is a large fjord northeast of Kangaamiut in southwest Greenland
    • Visit the Evigheds Glacier, which is the second largest ice body in the world after the Antarctic ice sheet
    • Explore Kangaamiut (Qeqqata), backed by some of the country's most spectacular fjordlands
    • Visit Sisimiut or 'The People of the Fox Holes', which is Greenland's second city, the largest Arctic City in North America
    • Disembark in Kangerlussuaq which is Greenland's main air transport hub and the site of Greenland's largest commercial airport

    DATES / RATES

    Rates are listed per person
    Start DateEnd DateFrom EURFrom USD
    Jun 25, 2023Jul 05, 202312,900 13,384
    Rates are listed per person
    Start DateEnd DateFrom EURFrom USD
    Jun 25, 2023Jul 05, 202312,900 13,384


    ITINERARY

    Day 01: Reykjavik, Iceland
    The capital of Iceland's land of ice, fire and natural wonder, Reykjavik is a city like no other - blossoming among some of the world's most vibrant and violent scenery. Home to two-thirds of Iceland's population, Reykjavik is the island's only real city, and a welcoming and walkable place - full of bicycles gliding along boulevards or battling the wind when it rears up. Fresh licks of paint brighten the streets, and an artistic and creative atmosphere embraces studios and galleries - as well as the kitchens where an exciting culinary scene is burgeoning. Plot your adventures in the city's hip bars and cosy cafes, or waste no time in venturing out to Iceland's outdoor adventures. Reykjavik's buildings stand together in a low huddle - below the whip of winter's winds - but the magnificent Hallgrímskirkja church is a solid exception, with its bell tower rising resolutely over the city. Iceland's largest church's design echoes the lava flows that have shaped this remote land and boasts a clean and elegant interior. The Harpa Concert Hall's sheer glass facade helps it to assimilate into the landscape, mirroring back the city and harbour. Its LED lights shimmer in honour of Iceland's greatest illuminated performance – the northern lights. Walk in the crusts between continents, feel the spray from bursts of geysers and witness the enduring power of Iceland's massive waterfalls. Whether you want to sizzle away in the earth-heated geothermal pools, or hike to your heart's content, you can do it all from Reykjavik - the colourful capital of this astonishing outdoor country.

    Day 02: Day at sea (International Waters)
    Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you've been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

    Day 03: Skjoldungen, Greenland
    Located on Greenland's relatively rarely visited rugged east coast, Skoldungen Fjord has enchanting scenery with towering mountains tipped with snow, ice-scraped valley sides and sculptured icebergs in shades of white and blue. At the top of the fjord one can easily see the retreating state of the Thrym Glacier. The U-shaped fjord offers spectacular scenery and as an extra perk, it is not uncommon to see whales in the fjord.

    2 Included Shore Excursions
    Zodiac Cruise with Silversea Expedition team
    Activity Level: Moderate

    Kayaking with Silversea Expedition team
    Activity Level: Extensive

    Day 04: Cruise Prince Christian Sound, Greenland
    The transit through the Sound is one of this voyage's highlights. Connecting the Labrador Sea with the Irminger Seat, Prince Christian Sound or "Prins Christian Sund" in Danish is named after Prince (later King) Christian VII (1749-1808). 100 km (60 miles ), long and at times just 500 m (1500 ft) wide, this majestic and spectacular fiord throws you back into a Viking era – flanked by soaring snow-topped mountains, rock-strewn cliffs and rolling hills, it is as if time has stood still and one easily forgets that this is the 21st century. As you marvel at the sheer size of the mountains that surround you, with the Arctic waters lapping deceptively at the hull, revel in the silence enveloping you. Icebergs float serenely by, carrying with them the ages of time. Be sure to wear warm clothing as this is one spectacle that you do not want to miss.

    Day 04: Aappilattoq (Kujallec), Greenland
    If you're looking for remote and remarkable then you have found it. Cruise through Prince Christian Sound to the western end and you'll find Aapilattoq, a (very) small Greenlandic village of just 100 inhabitants. The name of the village means "sea anemone" in the local Greenlandic language, and the fact that the village has retained its Inuit name is a good indication of what you can expect; traditional village life much as it has been for the past 100 years. Hunting and fishing are the main occupations here, and it is not unusual when taking a stroll through Aappilattoq, past the small school (where 22 pupils from ages 3-16 are enrolled) and church, to come across a polar bear skin drying in the wind behind a local dwelling. The village is hidden behind a prominent red rock and towering mountains, which make the village virtually inaccessible by land. Naturally, the Aapilattoq and its surrounding area are phenomenally rich in Arctic wildlife: Arctic fox and Arctic hare live in the countryside around the village while marine mammals include ringed seal, harbour seal, hooded seal, bearded seal, harp seal, humpback whale (typically in summer), minke whale, fin whale, narwhal, and beluga.

    3 Included Shore Excursions
    Aappilattoq Hike, Village Walk and Church Choir Performance
    Activity Level: Moderate

    Hiking with Silversea Expedition team
    Activity Level: Extensive

    Kayaking with Silversea Expedition team
    Activity Level: Extensive

    Day 05: Nanortalik (Kujallek), Greenland
    There is a wonderful legend that the Vikings named Greenland Green and Iceland Ice in order to confuse potential attackers. Because it is quite the opposite; if Iceland is full of emerald forest, then expect ice in Greenland. Lots and lots of ice. Thus one shouldn't be too surprised to learn that the name Nanortalik means "place of polar bears". Although, as Nanortalik is Greenland's most southerly town, don't be too disappointed if you don't see any. In truth, Greenland's polar bears typically live much further north. What you will see however is Mother Nature at her finest. Vertical cliff walls, sheets of floating sea ice and a plethora of Arctic wildlife that amount to an adventurer's wonderland. As Nanortalik itself is located on a small island in the southern tip of Greenland, nature is never far away, wherever you find yourself. The optimistically named city centre is surrounded by the pristine waters of Tasermiut Fjord and dotted with the colourful houses you would expect this far north. Traditionally, artisans' houses were painted different colours to showcase what they did, i.e. commercial houses were red; hospitals were yellow; police stations were black; the telephone company was green and fish factories were blue. Today it is more a case of anything goes! Nanortalik locals are warm and welcoming, and are known to extent the art of Kaffe-Mik to its visitors. This old tradition is where a family invites guests into their home to drink coffee and taste their famous Greenlandic cake.

    3 Included Shore Excursions
    Explore Nanortalik, Greenland
    Activity Level: Moderate

    Kayaking with Silversea Expedition team
    Activity Level: Extensive

    Expedition activities with Silversea Expedition team
    Activity Level: Moderate

    Day 05: Uunartoq Island, Greenland
    In the local Kalaallisut language, Uunartoq means 'hot', and there is no mystery why. Several warm springs exist in Greenland, but Uunartoq Island is the only site where the waters form a pool warm enough to bathe in. Although not as well known as the famous springs of Iceland, nowhere can challenge Uunartoq for scenery. The picturesque series of steaming pools are backed by some of the best scenery Greenland has to offer. Icebergs larger than city blocks drift through the labyrinth of fjords which make up Southern Greenland, passing as they drift towards the ocean. Mountains pierce the clouds, and the tundra blooms in the long summer days; and there is no better way to appreciate the spectacular wilderness of South Greenland than from the perfectly warmed natural comfort of the Uunartoq hot spring. The ancient crystalline rock of Southern Greenland is nearly two billion years old. A fault in the rock allows water to sink down into the ground, where Earth's internal heat warms it, causing it to rise again. Uunartoq Island is the site where this water escapes, forming a sandy pool heated constantly from below. Basic changing facilities and a grass walkway to the stone-lined pool allow visitors comfort, while reconnecting with nature. It is believed that the Norse settlers in Greenland knew of and made use of the pool, but the island has never been inhabited, excluding a few summerhouses belonging to local residents.

    1 Included Shore Excursion
    Hiking with Silversea Expedition team
    Activity Level: Extensive

    Day 06: Qaqortoq (Julianehåb), Greenland
    The largest town in southern Greenland, Qaqortoq has been inhabited since prehistoric times. Upon arrival in this charming southern Greenland enclave, it's easy to see why. Qaqortoq rises quite steeply over the fjord system around the city, offering breath-taking panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains, deep, blue sea, Lake Tasersuag, icebergs in the bay, and pastoral backcountry. Although the earliest signs of ancient civilization in Qaqortoq date back 4,300 years, Qaqortoq is known to have been inhabited by Norse and Inuit settlers in the 10th and 12th centuries, and the present-day town was founded in 1774. In the years since, Qaqortoq has evolved into a seaport and trading hub for fish and shrimp processing, tanning, fur production, and ship maintenance and repair.

    4 Included Shore Excursions
    Qaqortoq Town Walk
    Activity Level: Moderate

    Hiking with Silversea Expedition team
    Activity Level: Extensive

    Kayaking with Silversea Expedition team
    Activity Level: Extensive

    Expedition activities with Silversea Expedition team
    Activity Level: Moderate

    Day 06: Hvalsey, Greenland
    18 kilometers northeast of Qaqortoq, Hvalsey is part of Qaqortukulooq, one of the five sites of the UNESCO World Heritage Arctic farming complex Kujataa. Between Eriksfjord to the north and Einarsfjord to the south, the Hvalseyfjord branches off from Einarsfjord. Although Hvalsey is better known for the well-preserved ruins of one of the sixteen churches in the Norse’s Eastern Settlement, the church was in a farmstead known as Thjodhild’s Stead. This farmstead at the northeastern end of the fjord included a large building with living quarters, a hall and livestock pens, as well as other livestock pens, a storage building and a warehouse –the ruins of which can still be seen. The Norse farming laid the foundation for the Inuit farming in later centuries, leading to the UNESCO World Heritage status in 2017. In the 14th century account “Descriptions of Greenland” the abundant fish, a reindeer farm on Reindeer Island and Hvalsey’s name “Whale Island” clearly indicate that the Norse had ample food sources at that time. The church was built in the Anglo-Norwegian style of the 13th century, but is known to have been built over an older graveyard. The farmstead is mentioned in the Icelandic “Book of Settlements” as property of the Kings of Norway, and the last documented event of the Norse in Greenland is a wedding which took place in the church in September 1408. After almost 600 years of abandonment, conservation work had to be done to prevent the seaward wall from collapsing.

    1 Included Shore Excursion
    Hiking with Silversea Expedition team    
    Activity Level: Extensive

    Day 07: Day at sea

    Day 08: Nuuk (Godthab), Greenland
    In the bustling capital city of Greenland, you could be forgiven for forgetting you are in such a vast and isolated country. Nuuk is Greenland's economic and social hub, home to more than a third of Greenland's population, and although it feels like a world capital, scratch the surface, and a uniquely Greenlandic character can be found underneath. Nuuk Cathedral overlooks the gorgeous old Colonial Harbour district and the Greenland National Museum, resting place of the legendary Qilakitsoq mummies, the true highlight of the museum's archaeological collection. Above the Colonial Harbour sits downtown Nuuk, with lines of Scandistyle apartments, a bustling shopping district, the Greenlandic Parliament, Nuuk City Hall (which welcomes visitors to see its artwork) and even outdoor cafes selling locally produced food and beer. These nods to modernity compete for space with local artisan boutiques, the meat market selling the catch from Nuuk's vast fjord-lands, and the stunning Katuaq Cultural Centre, where blockbuster movies, as well as local and foreign performers entertain the people of Nuuk. Although Nuuk has long been a melting pot of Danish and Greenlandic ideas, this is a city where Greenland displays its sophistication, with the Country's only traffic lights, roundabouts and University. Most of all, expect to find a multitude of friendly people who are proud of who they are, and equally proud of the city they call home.

    3 Included Shore Excursions
    Nuuk Cultural Historical Walk
    Activity Level: Moderate

    Hiking with Silversea Expedition team
    Activity Level: Extensive

    Expedition activities with Silversea Expedition team
    Activity Level: Moderate

    Day 09: Evighedsfjord, Greenland
    Evighedsfjord (Eternity Fjord) is a large fjord northeast of Kangaamiut in southwest Greenland. The fjord has a length of 75 kilometers and several branches with numerous glaciers coming down from the Maniitsoq Ice Cap to the north can be seen. The Evighedsfjord has several bends and whenever the ship reaches the supposed end the fjord continues in another direction and seems to go on forever. Qingua Kujatdleq Glacier is at its southeastern end. At the northwestern end a U-shaped valley has seven glaciers coming down from the mountains but not reaching the water. The glaciers had their maximum extent around the year 1870 and have gone through several cycles of advance and retreat. The mountains on either side of the fjord can reach in excess of 2,000 meters and the fjord has a depth of up to 700 meters. Evighedsfjord's snowline is at 1,100 meters and the Evighedsfjord region is famous as one of Greenland's best heli-skiing areas.

    2 Included Shore Excursions
    Zodiac Cruise with Silversea Expedition team
    Activity Level: Moderate

    Kayaking with Silversea Expedition team
    Activity Level: Extensive

    Day 09: Evigheds Glacier, Greenland
    The Evigheds Glacier flows from the Greenland Ice Sheet, the second largest ice body in the world after the Antarctic ice sheet, to the west. It is a slow-moving tidewater glacier, meaning this valley glacier winds down through the coastal mountains to the ocean at a snail's pace. As the glacial ice enters the water it begins to float and the eventually breaks apart into icebergs that float away down the fjord. The shades of blue and carved shapes of these ice floes are infinite.

    3 Included Shore Excursions
    Zodiac Cruise with Silversea Expedition team
    Activity Level: Moderate

    Hiking with Silversea Expedition team
    Activity Level: Extensive

    Kayaking with Silversea Expedition team
    Activity Level: Extensive

    Day 09: Kangaamiut (Qeqqata), Greenland
    Kangaamiut (the People of the Fjords) is a settlement which clings to the shoreline of Greenland's Arctic Circle region, backed by some of the country's most spectacular fjordlands. The nearby pinnacle-shaped mountains gave the Danish-Norwegian colonial settlement its original name of Sukkertoppen (Sugarloaf) and the town recently celebrated its 250th anniversary. Here, one can experience small-town Greenlandic culture at its most authentic. The town is scattered across a small hill, displaying all the colourful buildings of the town at once; it is impossible to take a bad photo here. A system of staircases and boardwalks leads to the top of the hill, an area used to helicopter transport which offers jaw-dropping vistas of the wilderness around the settlement. The locals are proud of their Inuit history and culture, and the people of Kangaamiut are friendly and welcoming to vistors. Depending on the day, one could see local men selling fresh fish or reindeer meat from the surrounding fjords or flensing their catch on the rocks of the harbour, local women selling intricate homemade beaded necklaces and carvings, or even be invited into a local home to share a pot of coffee with some of the friendly residents, who are always happy to have visitors. Although the scenery is world-class, as in many towns in Greenland, wonderful memories of the welcoming residents are the most treasured.

    4 Included Shore Excursions
    Kangaamiut Open Settlement
    Activity Level: Moderate

    Hiking with Silversea Expedition team
    Activity Level: Extensive

    Kayaking with Silversea Expedition team
    Activity Level: Extensive

    Expedition Activities with Silversea Expedition team
    Activity Level: Moderate

    Day 10: Sisimiut, Greenland
    Sisimiut ('The People of the Fox Holes') is Greenland's second city, the largest Arctic City in North America, and a hub between the warmer South and the frozen North of the country. With a young, dynamic population, including students from all over the country, Sisimiut is one of the fastest growing cities in Greenland. Inhabited for more than four and a half thousand years, the Danish Colonial Era saw the rapid development of the city into a trade centre, and the old buildings and artefacts can be seen at Sisimiut Museum, a collection of beautifully restored buildings displaying everything from ancient turf houses to modern Inuit art. The local artisans are considered some of the best in Greenland, and often sell their wares direct from their communal workshop in the harbour, where they barter with hunters for raw materials. Today, modern industry focussed on processing sea food and shipping; KNI, the state-run chain of general stores operating in even the most remote settlements is based in Sisimiut. Most residents still live in the colourful wooden houses Greenland is so well known for. Sisimiut's vast back country offers excellent opportunities for hiking and fishing, and the locals often use sled dogs or snowmobiles to get around their vast mountainous playground during the long winters. In the summer, one can walk as far as Kangerlussuaq International Airport, a trail also used for the gruelling Polar Circle Marathon, one of the toughest endurance events in the world.

    2 Included Shore Excursions
    Hiking with Silversea Expedition team
    Activity Level: Extensive

    Kayaking with Silversea Expedition team
    Activity Level: Extensive

    1 Selected Shore Excursion
    Flightseeing Sisimiut
    Activity Level: Moderate

    Day 11: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
    Kangerlussuaq is a settlement in western Greenland in the Qeqqata municipality located at the head of the fjord of the same name (Danish: Søndre Strømfjord). It is Greenland's main air transport hub and the site of Greenland's largest commercial airport. The airport dates from American settlement during and after World War II, when the site was known as Bluie West-8 and Sondrestrom Air Base. The Kangerlussuaq area is also home to Greenland's most diverse terrestrial fauna, including muskoxen, caribou, and gyrfalcons. The settlement's economy and population of 512 is almost entirely reliant on the airport and tourist industry.

    Silver Cloud (Luxury Expedition, 254-guests)

    As the inaugural ship for Silversea Cruises, Silver Cloud epitomises everything that is Silversea. Designed to provide the most intimate of sailing experiences, a Silver Cloud cruise provides 254 privileged guests with the luxury of space and the ability to slip into exotic ports off the beaten path. Our shining luxury cruise ship is often described by returning guests as their own private yacht, their home away from home.

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    WHAT'S INCLUDED

    • Butler service in every suite
    • Unlimited Free Wifi
    • Personalised service – nearly one crew member for every guest
    • Choice of restaurants, diverse cuisine, open-seating dining
    • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship, including champagne, select wines and spirits
    • In-suite dining and room service
    • Onboard entertainment
    • Onboard gratuities

    ADVENTURE OPTIONS
    • Zodiac Cruise with Silversea Expedition team
    • Kayaking with Silversea Expedition team
    • Aappilattoq Hike, Village Walk and Church Choir Performance
    • Hiking with Silversea Expedition team
    • Explore Nanortalik, Greenland
    • Expedition activities with Silversea Expedition team
    • Qaqortoq Town Walk
    • Nuuk Cultural Historical Walk
    • Kangaamiut Open Settlement
    • Flightseeing Sisimiut 

     
    
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