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JGT’s “Bucket List” intensive expedition cruise to the most remote parts of Greenland
Departs Dublin 13 July 2023
11 nights From €8,965pp – Save €1,535pp
& reduced Single Supplement
Remote, harsh, and starkly beautiful, Greenland amazes at every turn. An independent island under the sovereignty of Denmark, Greenland is considered one of the hardest to reach places on the planet. Wind, waves and ice have carved this landscape, and continue to govern all aspects of life here, for locals and visitors alike. Join us as we sail the south western tip of the island, from the craggy coasts of Narsarsuaq to the jaw dropping scenery of Kangerlussuaq.
Save thousands of Euros off Silversea’s own price with our JGT “Bucket List” Expedition group. Enjoy the company of fellow Irish people on this ultra-inclusive, ultra-luxury expedition. Explore some of the wildest and most remote parts of the planet.
Thursday 13 July: Dublin – Stanstead
Travel to Stanstead from Dublin, Cork, Shannon or Knock at a time that suits you. Neither JGT nor Silversea book Ryanair, so you can book this yourself and avail of a non-air discount of a further €400pp off the prices mentioned below. You’ll get Ryanair flights for a lot cheaper than that!
Overnight at Radisson Blu Hotel Stanstead (included)
Friday 14 July: Stanstead to Kangerlussuaq
|Depart Stanstead on private charter at 0900. Arrive in Kangerlussuaq at 1050 and transfer to “Silver Cloud”. Kangerlussuaq is a settlement in western Greenland in the Qeqqata municipality located at the head of the fjord of the same name. It is Greenland’s main air transport hub and the site of Greenland’s largest commercial airport. The Kangerlussuaq area is also home to Greenland’s most diverse terrestrial fauna and wildlife, including muskoxen, caribou, and gyrfalcons.|
Saturday 15 July: Sermilinnguaq 07:00 – 11:00
|Some 60 kilometers southeast of the entrance to Kangerlussuaq Fjord and halfway between Maniitsoq and Kangaamiut is Sermilinnguaq, one of the smaller fjords leading to the Greenland Icecap’s westernmost valley glaciers in South Greenland. Northeast of Maniitsoq’s rugged scenery with peaks rising hundreds of meters into the sky, the narrow fjord with its steep mountainsides is one of the preferred halibut fishing areas for the local fishermen from Maniitsoq and Kangaamiut. Razorbills, Brünnich’s Guillemots (Thick-billed Murres), Common Guillemots, and Black Guillemots, Glaucous Gulls, and Black-legged Kittiwakes –all attracted by the rich fishing grounds- have formed eight bird colonies in Sermilinnguaq.
Maniitsoq 13:30 – 19:00
Maniitsoq is Greenland’s sixth-largest town, and home to less than 2700 inhabitants. The main attractions are the small museum and old cemetery at the northern end of town. At the community hall local artist and artisans usually exhibit some of their carvings and beadwork. The beadwork pieces are not created just as souvenirs for visitors — the national dress of the West-Greenlandic women uses an elaborately beaded collar. Fishing trips and even heli-skiing on nearby mountains are considered Maniitsoq’s other assets.
|Sunday 16 July: Paamiut 12:00 – 17:00|
Monday 17 July:
|Tassermiut Fjord 07:30 – 13:00
Considered one of the Ten Wonders of the Arctic, Tassermiut Fjord is a 70-kilometre incision into the pristine wilderness of south-western Greenland. The fjord is entered near the settlement of Nanortalik (population 1200) and winds its way through scenery that is reminiscent of the dramatic mountain landscape of Patagonia. Cruising up the fjord by ship reveals a spectacular panorama of jagged peaks perched atop steep-sided mountains, interspersed with u-shaped side valleys and moraines – all clear indications of glacial action. The lower slopes are green with lush vegetation but quickly rise to barren walls of rock. Inuit made hunting camps around the fjord mouth to target the ringed, harp and bearded seals that are abundant when the pack ice drifts in. The Norse too, settled the area in the 10th century.
|Nanortalik (Kujallek) 14:30 – 20:00
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.
|Tuesday 18 July: 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, attending wildlife lectures, 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.
|Wednesday 19 July: Nuuk 06:30 – 18:00
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 and even outdoor cafes selling locally produced food and beer. 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.
|Thursday 20 July Evighedsfjord 05:00 – 05:00
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.
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.
|Friday 21 July: Ilulissat 08:30 – 17:00
Known as the birthplace of icebergs, the Ilulissat Icefjord produces nearly 20 million tons of ice each day. In fact, the word Ilulissat means “icebergs” in the Kalaallisut language. The town of Ilulissat is known for its long periods of calm and settled weather, but the climate tends to be cold due to its proximity to the fjord. Approximately 4,500 people live in Ilulissat, the third-largest town in Greenland after Nuuk and Sisimiut. Some people here estimate that there are nearly as many sled dogs as human beings living in the town that also boasts a local history museum located in the former home of Greenlandic folk hero and famed polar explorer Knud Rasmussen.
|Saturday 22 July: Sisimiut 08:30 – 17:00
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. Today, modern industry is focussed on processing sea food and shipping. 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.
|Sunday 23 July Kangerlussuaq to Stanstead
Return to Kangerlussuaq and disembark. Transfer to the airport (former US base) and depart on private charter at 1230, arriving back in Stanstead at 2020.
|Monday 24 July Stanstead to Ireland
Make your own way home from here on your Ryanair flights at a time of your choosing. Ryanair flights not included when air credit is applied. If you prefer to include flights and forego the €400pp credit, you will travel to/from Heathrow with land transfers to Stanstead.
PRICES – Book by 31 March!
Silversea Price JGT Price
Silversea Price JGT Price
|Deluxe Veranda Suite|
* With €400pp air credit applied. Limos available from home to airport in Ireland @ €85pp extra. Bookings must be made by 31 March 2023 to avail of this JGT “Bucket List” Expedition offer.
“Silver Cloud Expedition” by Silversea
After extensive refurbishment, Silver Cloud is the most spacious and comfortable ice class vessel in expedition cruising. Her large suites, her destination itineraries and her unparalleled service make her truly special. Her five dining options will tantalise your taste buds and as 80% of her suites include a veranda, watching a breaching whale or a few cavorting penguins has never been so personal. Broad sweeping decks with multiple open spaces and a swimming pool complete what is surely the most distinctive expedition ship sailing today.
A limited number of guests, particularly with just 200 in polar waters, mean that Silver Cloud has the highest space to guest and crew to guest ratios in expedition cruising. With her 18 zodiacs, possibilities are almost limitless with ship-wide simultaneous explorations. Finally, a team of 19 passionate and dedicated experts are always at hand to ensure your voyage is enhanced every step of the way.
Baggage allowance on Stanstead – Kangerlussuaq charter & return is 23kgs with 8kg carry-on. Aircraft is Airbus A321.
Call us on (01) 207 6555 to book your place to Greenland, or e-mail email@example.com
All Bookings subject to Consumer Protection Levy €10pp.