Iceland, Greenland & East Canada
- 21 Days
- Reykjavik, Iceland, Europe - St John's, Canada, North America
- Voyage code:
- Greg Mortimer
from AUD $22,800.00/pp
No single supplement fee for solo travellers!*
This rare, adventurous expedition traverses three enigmatic coastlines, offering a unique insight into the vibrant Inuit and Viking history of the North Atlantic, and the possibility of witnessing the northern lights. Zodiac-cruise the remote south coast of Iceland, home to the largest Atlantic puffin colony in the world, and keep watch for whales and seals in their summer feeding grounds. Enjoy a traditional kaffemik with friendly Inuit locals in southern Greenland and discover the magnificent Torngat Mountains National Park in Canada.
- Sail past Iceland’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Surtsey Island, one of the youngest islands on earth
- Enjoy thrilling Zodiac cruises to glacier fronts, keeping an eye out for whales, caribou, fox, and nesting bird colonies
- Discover the compelling history of UNESCO World Heritage Site L’Anse aux Meadows
- Experience breathtaking alpine landscapes and wildlife in Torngat Mountains National Park
*at an additional cost
Number of passengers (IAR001G): 126 passengers (including kayakers)
In true expedition style we encourage exploration and adventure, offering flexibility in challenging environments in a way that puts you among the action to see and do as much as possible. This itinerary is only a guide and subject to change due to ice and weather conditions.
Day 1 Arrive Reykjavik
In Reykjavik, make your own way to our group hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. In the evening, you may wish to have dinner at the hotel restaurant or explore Reykjavik’s many eateries.
Accommodation: Fosshotel Reyjkavik (or similar)
Day 2 Embark the Greg Mortimer
Icelandic Parliament was held for several centuries. It is also considered one of the geological wonders of the world, where you can see the effects of tectonic plate movements that have opened various cracks and fissures in the earth’s crust. It was also here that the Icelandic Parliament was founded in the 10th century. After enjoying a walk amongst the unique landscape of Thingvellir, we continue to Gullfoss, a magnificent waterfall, considered to be one of the most beautiful in Iceland. Board your vessel the Greg Mortimer in the late afternoon.
Day 3 Westman Islands
The Westman Islands are situated just off the south coast of Iceland. The main island, Heimaey, has a population of about 4,000. The islanders have made their living from the sea from the days of the first settlement and no port in Iceland registers bigger catches than here and the island has a wonderful buzzing atmosphere.
Heimay’s main attractions are accessible on foot and you have the option of a guided walking tour including a visit to Eldfell volcano; the other option is to discover the island in small groups by bus, introducing you to the main attractions of the island. We leave the perfectly-formed natural harbor area with its tall cliffs, which during Spring and Summer are inhabited by large numbers of puffins, fulmars and guillemot. We drive from the pier into the Herjólfsdalur valley, to see the ruins of old Viking houses dating back to 900 AD and visit a replica of the Viking house. You’ll continue along the western part of the island, where you’ll see outer islands, the youngest being Surtsey, born from a huge volcanic eruption starting in 1963.
Afterwards, visit “Stórhöfði” (Great Cape), one of Earth’s windiest places, offering magnificent views over the island and to the majestic glaciers of the mainland such as Eyjafjallajökull. Returning to the harbour, the drive takes us between two volcanoes, the 5,000-year-old volcano “Helgafell” and the younger volcano “Eldfell” (“Mt. Fire”). We drive into town, passing the ruins of a house buried in lava from the eruption of 1973. Lastly, visit the Eldheimar museum that features specific exhibitions dedicated to the volcanic eruption that created Surtsey Island, a UNESCO world-heritage site. We plan to see Surtsey island on a special ship cruise, sailing past the cliffs surrounding the harbour passing bird colonies and exploring caves that can only be visited by boat; landings are not allowed on Surtsey Island. Westman Islands features one of the largest varieties of sea bird species in Iceland including puffins, gannet, and guillemot as well as other nesting sea birds, and although it’s late in the season, we hope to still see some of these bird colonies, albeit in reduced numbers. We may be lucky and catch site of whales, dolphins and porpoises. We then sail into Klettshellir (Cliff Cave) where a musical instrument is played on board. The acoustics in the cave provide a wonderfully unique lcelandic experience. We then return to the harbour to drop off our Icelandic captain before departing Iceland to sail to South Greenland.
Days 4-5 Crossing Greenland Sea
As we cross the Greenland Sea, our series of informative onboard lectures continues. Enjoy presentations about volcanology and geothermal activity, Greenland’s massive ice sheet, as well as sea ice. Or simply get to know your expedition team and fellow travellers, enjoy a book you’ve been looking forward to reading, photograph soaring sea birds accompanying us, or treat yourself to a massage in the wellness centre.
Autumn brings shorter days and when the sun goes down, look up. Chances are, you’ll see something to take your breath away – bright green ribbons of light dancing and swirling across the night sky. You’re in the zone of the Aurora Borealis – a natural phenomenon that occurs when electrically charged particles from solar flares enter the magnetic northern atmosphere. There is simply no grander or more spectacular light show on earth.
Day 6 Prince Christian Sound
We enter magnificent Prince Christian Sound - a famous channel in southern Greenland that enables a safe passage for the largest ships between the East Coast and South Coast. It separates the mainland from the southern archipelago and saves marine traffic from being exposed to the dangerous storms around Cape Farewell. The sound is named in honour of Prince Christian, later King Christian VIII of Denmark.
Prince Christian Sound connects the Labrador Sea with the Irminger Sea. It is around 100 km (60 miles) long and can be as narrow as only 500 metres (1,600 ft) wide. The fjord is surrounded by steep mountains, reaching over 2,200 metres (7,200 ft) high. Many glaciers go straight into its waters where they calve icebergs. There is only one settlement along this sound, Aappilattoq, at the extreme western end.
This waterway is one of the most historically rich sources of exploration history. It is almost certain that Erik the Red discovered this shortcut to the west coast, avoiding the usually dangerous passage around Egger Island, and that his colonising fleet passed through here in 986. It follows that all the voyages between Iceland and Greenland during the 500 years of settlement would most likely have taken this route.
Arriving early morning, we enjoy a slow cruise through the sound enjoying the splendid scenery. There may be some icebergs at the entrance and in the sound – great for photography. If the ship can fit we might squeeze into Kangerdluk Fjord, a small offshoot to Prince Christian Sound, and to look at the glacier there. After lunch, we reach the most northern fjord, Kangersuneq Qinngorleq, a beautiful fjord that has a glacier front at the end, perfect for zodiac cruising and kayaking, weather-permitting. On our way through the southern part of the sound, we pass the tiny settlement of Appilatoq, meaning red in Greenlandic, after the red mountain rising above it. The village is famed for the extraordinary sharp mountain peaks that surround it, a delight for photographers.
Day 7 Tasermiut Fiord, Nanortalik
Tasermiut fjord is known as one of the most beautiful fjords in Greenland for its majestic mountains and lush valleys. Arriving in the early morning at Klosterdal (Monastery Valley), we find ourselves amongst the three giant mountains of the area: Napasorsuaq, Ketil, and Nalumasortoq, which is approximately 2,051 metres high (6,729 ft.). We go ashore for a walk to see if we can find the Norse ruin, hike into the valley, or explore the area by kayak.
We continue sailing through the fjord towards Nanortalik, the southernmost town in Greenland, located on an island of the same name. Its name derives from the West Greenlandic word ‘Nanoq’ meaning ‘The Place Where Bears Pass Through’. In the old days bears would drift past on sea ice washed around by the current from East Greenland. The area is somewhat unique in Greenland, with a landscape unlike other areas in the country. The route in amongst the islands is suitable for medium-sized vessels. There are deep fjords and, small woodlands and grasslands, and rugged mountainside cliffs. One is a 1,000 metre (3,280 ft.) cliff rising from the waters of the fjord and is popular with international climbers.
On arrival, you’ll receive a very special warm welcome from the community who have opened up their town for you to explore. Visit Nanortalik Church, a wooden, Danish Lutheran church built in 1916 and is currently the only church serving the Nanortalik congregation. The church is located in the old colonial quarter of the town. It is deemed culturally significant and has enjoyed protected status since 2004. Located next to the church is a landmark boulder called the Knud Rasmussen Stone. It is named after Greenland’s most famous citizen Dr Knud Rasmussen, an explorer and ethnologist who created the field of Eskimology. He led several long and difficult ethnographic expeditions across the Arctic and was the first person to traverse the Northwest Passage, sledging through winter. The Nanortalik Museum’s exhibits are spread across several different buildings and feature summer tents, kayaks and a rarity, the oldest umiaq or cargo boat, ever discovered. The boat dates back to 1440 and was found in 1948 by Danish polar explorer, Eigil Knuth.
Day 8 Narsarsuaq and Uunartoq
Narsarsuaq offers easy walks, which include Norse ruins, Inuit graves, old farm houses, and maybe even some berry-picking. It’s also an excellent opportunity for kayakers to circle the little peninsular of Narsarsuaq Uunatoq, offering accessible beach landings on both sides of the peninsula.
Uunartoq island is located in the Kujalleq municipality in southern Greenland, lying halfway between Qaqortoq and Nanortalik. Hot springs are abundant in South and West Greenland, but Uunartoq island is home to the only hot springs in the country that are warm enough to bathe in. People have appreciated Uunartoq's remedial springs for more than 1,000 years. During the Viking era, the Norse settlers constructed bath tubs with boulders around the springs creating a medieval spa. The Benedictine nuns living on a neighbouring island in a convent dedicated to Olaf the Holy helped the sick benefit from the health-giving powers and pain-relieving effects of Uunartoq's warm water.
Legends dating back to this period tell how the island’s warm waters cured the sick, relieved their suffering and helped them regain their health. When the Norse settlers disappeared, the Thule Inuit, ancestors of present-day Greenlanders, took over. Qerrortuut Inuit ruins dating back to the late 18th and early 19th century can still be found on the island. The uniqueness of the location has attracted scientists for centuries.
Scattered around the island are a number of pools fed by hot water springs bubbling up from the ground below that keep the water temperature a balmy 34-38 degrees even during the freezing winter. What’s unique about Uunartoq is that the hot springs are in a completely natural environment in the middle of a grassy field. The only structures fashioned by the hand of man are a gangway and two modest sheds in which to change. The ruins of a nunnery stand nearby. Pieces of icebergs drift offshore, and many whales frequent these waters.
Aside from soaking in the thermal springs, there are plenty of opportunities to explore the remnants of 500 years of different building styles and communal graves in the area. Several sites and graves date back to the 16th century. There are also ruins of a nunnery built near the hot springs after Greenland was Christianised in the early 11th century.
Day 9 Hvalsey Church Ruin and Qaqortok
Hvalsey Church is the best-preserved Norse ruin in Greenland. ‘Hvalsey’ is old Norse for Whale Island. Christianity arrived in Greenland around 1000 and gradually churches began to be built. Late medieval documents indicate there were up to 14 parish churches in the Eastern Settlement. Hvalsey itself was built in the early 14th century, but it was not the first church built on this site.
The overall Hvalsey site comprises farm and church buildings. According to the Icelandic Book of Settlements (Landnámabók), the farmstead was established by Erik the Red's uncle, Þorkell (Thorkell) Farserkur in the late 10th century. The farmstead was a major centre in South Greenland comprising two stone great halls, with an additional 14 houses close to a church house. The church might have been built by Scots-Norse stonemasons, as similar structures are found in Norway and Orkney. The window openings are wider on the inside; a detail not found in Icelandic churches, but well known in early churches in Britain. The overall site is today part of a sheep farm.
After exploring Hvalsey ruins, we continue to Qaqortoq, where our Zodiacs take us ashore. Qaqortoq is the capital of South Greenland with a history dating back to 1775. The town offers many cultural activities and just walking around, you will experience the “Man and Stone” art project, which is stone carvings made by different artists throughout the city. Qaqortoq is Greenland’s southernmost town and is the administrative centre of the whole Southern Greenland Kujalleq municipality. The area around Qaqortoq has been inhabited since prehistoric times. The earliest signs of Saqqaq presence date from roughly 4,300 years ago. More recently, the Dorset people arrived in the Qaqortoq area around 2,800 years ago. Several rectangular peat dwelling structures, characteristic of the early Dorset culture, can be found around the wider Qaqortoq area.
Trade between the Norse and the Thule people was scarce. Apart from a few novel and exotic items found at Thule sites in the area, evidence suggests cultural exchange was initially sporadic. Later, the south Greenland Norse adopted trade with the southern Inuit and were for a time the major supplier of ivory to northern Europe. The Norse era lasted for almost five hundred years, ending in the mid-15th century. The last written record of the Norse presence is of a wedding in the Hvalseyjarfjord church in 1408.
The building that now houses the Qaqortoq museum was originally the town's blacksmith's shop. The house was built in yellow stone and dates back to 1804. The oldest standing building at the historical colonial harbor is a black-tarred log building from 1797. It was designed by royal Danish architect Kirkerup, pre-assembled in Denmark, shipped in pieces to Qaqortoq, and then reassembled. Qaqortoq’s landmark building is the Church of Our Saviour (Danish Vor Freslers Kirke), also called St Saviour. This large wooden Lutheran church, known as The Red Church, it is part of the old colonial harbour district of the town.
From 1993 to 1994, Qaqortoq artist Aka Høegh and other 18 Nordic artists created the Stone & Man project, designed to transform the town into an open-air art gallery. Eighteen artists initially carved 24 sculptures into the rock faces and boulders around the township. Today there are over 40 sculptures in the town, all part of the Stone & Man exhibit.
Things to do in Qaqortoq:
• City walk with local students as guides
• Kayak performance
• Open museum
• Walking around the lake
Days 10-11 Crossing Davis Strait
Attend informative and entertaining lectures ahead of our arrival into Canada’s spectacular and remote East Coast. Our team of experts may present on the incredible geology or the rich wildlife found in the Torngat Mountains National Park.
Day 12 George River (Kangiqsualujjuaq)
Kangiqsualujjuaq (pronounced Kangsualujak), also known simply as ‘George River’, is the easternmost village of Nunavik region in Quebec province. Located 25 kilometres (15.5 miles) from Ungava Bay on the George River, Kangiqsualujjuaq did not really develop as a village before the early 1960s. For adventure and nature lovers, the surroundings of Kangiqsualujjuaq are full of natural attractions and common wildlife found in the area include Caribou, black bear, fox and wolf.
About 100 km (62 miles) to the east of Kangiqsualujjuaq are the Torngat Mountains. This range stretches for 300 km (186 miles) along the Quebec-Labrador border, between Ungava Bay and the Labrador Sea. Its eternal snow, glacial troughs, fjords and the majestic mountains dominated by Mount D'Iberville make it an exceptional destination to visit.
We are privileged to visit Kangiqsualujjuaq community, where you will meet with friendly locals who are proud to show you their home. Let the cheerful and friendly Inuit welcome you to their corner of the world and introduce you to the distinctive characteristics of their cultural and linguistic heritage, art and stories. First-time visitors to Nunavik are often amazed by the beauty and unworldly splendour of sunsets in the North. Nunavik stands in a fabulous place at the edge of the world where an expansive sky endlessly meets a bare horizon.
Discover the splendid Autumn tundra on a short hike. Nature in Nunavik is truly wild, unspoiled and dominated by seemingly boundless expanses. The flora, with its many varieties of lichen and tiny, brilliantly coloured flowers, reveals itself during the short but intensive summer. Terrestrial wildlife in the region is just as diverse. The world's largest caribou herds, totalling almost one million head, roam freely in Nunavik! Not to mention musk-ox; a truly rare species. You might be lucky and observe and even photograph these animals, assisted by Inuit guides who possess a thorough knowledge of their habits.
Days 13-14 Torngat Mountains National Park
Torngat Mountains National Park is a mysteriously beautiful landscape reminiscent of Earth a million years ago. It takes its name from the Inuktitut word ‘Tongait’, meaning place of spirits. The Torngat Mountains National Park is located at the northern tip of Nunatsiavut Autonomous Region and was created in 2005 with the signature of the Labrador Inuit Land Claim Agreement. It is 9,700 square kilometres (3,745 square miles) of spectacular wilderness stretching from Saglek Fjord in the southern end of the park to the northern tip of Labrador, and westward from the Atlantic sea coast to the Québec border. It's a land of mountains and polar bears, small glaciers, and caribou, where the Inuit hunt, fish, and travel, as their predecessors did for thousands of years.
The Torngat Mountains are a very spiritual place for Inuit residents of Nunatsiavut region. Before the presence of Moravian missionaries in the 18th century, the Torngat Mountains were a place where Inuit shamans would travel to communicate with spirit helpers. Shamans would invoke the spirits to assist with initiations or to acquire a certain power that was needed. The mountains represented a very strong connection to the Inuit spirit world.
The Torngat Mountains are also home to some rock formations that are almost 4 billion years old, making them the second oldest in the world! To this day, the Torngat Mountains remain a place of energy and power. Community members from Nunatsiavut and visitors from throughout the world have all expressed a newfound sense of self when they leave the Torngat Mountains.
Over the next two days, we will explore the deep fjords and channels by ship, Zodiac cruising through some of the most spectacular and dramatic landscapes found anywhere in the world, and getting out for hikes, searching for wildlife, and perhaps visiting archaeological sites. Weather conditions and tides will determine our itinerary and landings during our time exploring Torngat Mountains National Park. We plan to sail through Eclipse Channel and
Nachvak Fjord, and Saglek Fjord around the southern part of the national park, where we’ll look for polar bears roaming the rocky shores of the outlying islands of the park. You’ll meet friendly local residents along the way and perhaps be lucky to catch a glimpse of wolves scavenging along the banks of the rich fishing grounds or perhaps even black bears fishing. In the evening, when surrounded by complete darkness, try spotting the Northern Lights, the crowning glory to the dramatically beautiful Torngats.
Day 15 At Sea
As we sail south to Nain, our onboard lecture series continues and you’ll learn about the history of Moravian missionaries. Spend your free time catching up on editing photos and relaxing in the various public areas, stay active in the fitness centre or unwind in the wellness centre.
Day 16 Nain
Nain is the northernmost and largest community in Nunatsiavut. Nain was an important outpost for the missionizing efforts of the Moravians. Beautiful artefacts and buildings built by the Moravians remain in the community to this day. You may remember from the lecture that Moravian missions were established by the Moravian United Brotherhood and operated between 1733 and 1900. The Moravians, originally from Bohemia, were Roman Catholic missionaries operating in a country that had been Lutheran since King Christian III formally decreed the change in 1536.
These missions are historically and culturally significant, firstly because they tried to convert people using a belief system that conflicted with the official religion of Denmark and divided Inuit into two opposed religions. The missions funded their operations from trade of local products in ways that exploited local hunters and maintained a European hierarchical structure that was biased against the local Inuit. The Moravian Church's missions in Greenland were created by Count Zinzendorf, and after a settling-in period, were very successful. In 1747 the United Brotherhood delivered the timber and erected the first Moravian church.
In smaller groups accompanied by local guides, you will be taken on a walking tour visiting the town’s key sites including the Moravian church; Torngat Arts and Crafts Gift Shop; Illusuak Cultural Centre and perhaps see a demonstration of stone carving by a local carver. Time-permitting, there may be an option for a hike to Mount Sophie, up to two hours roundtrip. A local Inuit bear guard will accompany the walk as you are leaving town limits and bears frequent the area.
Day 17 Hopedale
Located in the heart of Nunatsiavut, Hopedale is the legislative capital of the Nunatsiavut Government. Originally known by its Inuktitut name Arvertok, which translates to "the place of whales", the community was renamed to Hopedale by Moravian Missionaries arriving from Germany in 1782. Hopedale has always played an important role in the history of the Labrador Inuit and continues to play an important role by being at the centre of decisions that affect the future of Nunatsiavut.
Today, there remains an incredible legacy of structures and artefacts from the Moravians in Hopedale. Some of the oldest wooden-framed buildings in Canada still stand in Hopedale. Graveyards have tombstones dating back to the 1800s, and the view when arriving at the dock is much the same as it was 200 years ago. Take a walk through the Nunatsiavut Assembly Building and learn about the local labradorite and seal skin materials found throughout. Browse through the Moravian Mission Museum Interpretation Centre to view three storeys of artefacts and written materials collected since the late 1700s.
Day 18 Battle Harbour
Battle Harbour is a restored, 19th century fishing village on a small island in the Labrador Sea. Regarded by generations as the unofficial capital of Labrador, it was once the salt fish capital of the world and also a government centre bringing medicine and supplies to Indigenous communities to the north. Spend a few hours in Battle Harbour exploring the buildings and walking the trails on this island with local, knowledgeable hosts. Hiking the island reveals its Arctic vegetation and rock formations. In this sub-Arctic region, the dark Autumn night sky is full of bright, gigantic stars occasionally joined by the northern lights.
Day 19 L'Anse aux Meadows / St Anthony's
Depart the pier for the short drive to L’Anse aux Meadows aboard a local school to visit the Norse site discovered in 1960 by Norwegian explorer Helge Ingstad. L’Anse aux Meadows was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978 and is the first authenticated Norse settlement in North America. Norse sagas had spoken of their discovery for centuries, but it wasn’t until the discovery of a small cloak pin in 1968, by archaeologists Helge and Anne Stine Ingstad confirmed that Leif Erickson and crews of Norse explorers settled here in Newfoundland and Labrador (or Vinland as they called it). Wander the new world home of Leif Ericson and learn about the sagas and technologies of the Norse that explored North America over 10 centuries ago.
Visit the Parks Canada interpretive centre (exhibits and site videos/overview) and then follow the site trails to the archaeological dig sites before visiting the recreated longhouse to discover what life was like at this Norse trading post in 1000 AD. A short drive from the Parks Canada/UNESCO site brings you to Norstead, a recreated Norse Village. See the replica of the Viking Knarr “Snorri”, a boat that sailed here from Greenland, and named for the first European child born in North America.
Today’s other shore excursion reveals the fascinating story of Dr. Wilfred Grenfell, a young English doctor and pioneer who in 1892 visited Newfoundland and founded the Grenfell Mission. He was renowned for bringing medicine and education to the Inuit and poor European settlers along the harsh Labrador Coast. His adventures were required reading in Eastern Canada, and taught school children how to survive while adrift on an ice pan. The Grenfell Interpretation Centre interprets the life and times of Dr. Grenfell. Among the displays you will see the old instruments used for surgery a century ago and artefacts gathered from a life of arctic adventure and global philanthropy. From battling influenza plagues to socializing with kings and presidents, to avoiding marauding polar bears, the life of Dr. Grenfell touched the world in many ways.
Day 20 Twillingate
Twillingate is affectionately known as the “Iceberg Capital of The World” because of the many icebergs that flow past its shores in early spring and summer. Located on Newfoundland’s Northeast Coast, it was known as “Toulinquet”, after the French because its appearance was like that of a group of islands near Brest. In the early 1700s, Toulinquet soon became “Twillingate” to the English Settlers who could not speak or read the French language. This area was the heart of the Newfoundland seal and cod fisheries into the late 20th century. The town has a population of approximately 2,600 and became linked to the mainland of Newfoundland by a causeway in 1973. Twillingate offers many features and attractions that Newfoundland and Labrador outports are famous for: stunning coastline, and historical and picturesque streets.
Today’s excursions will use local guides and school buses to travel between the region’s most popular attractions: Auk Island Winery, the Prime Berth, the Long Point Lighthouse and the Twillingate Museum.
Long Point Hike
Twillingate has spectacular walking trails along its coastline, across the cliffs with spectacular ocean views. After the Long Point Hike which will likely take 80 or 90 minutes, visit the Prime Berth Fishing Museum and Interpretation Centre and possibly a short visit to the Auk Island Winery. There will be an easy and a more difficult option available to fit various fitness levels.
Twillingate Region Tour
You learn the story of Twillingate and enjoy a hands-on introduction to the Newfoundland fishery at the Prime Berth Fishing Museum and Interpretation Centre to hear about the glory “salt fish days” before the cod fishery moratorium in 1992 let the busy settlement shrink. Afterwards, visit several historic buildings packed with artefacts near the shoreline. Afterwards, head to the Twillingate Museum, the former house of an Anglican priest, situated right next to the church, one of the oldest wooden churches in Newfoundland. Almost all the objects on display at the museum are from 1900 to the early 1920s. Wonderful views over the Notre Dame Bay and the outer isles at Long Point Lighthouse await afterwards.
Day 21 St. John’s
After a leisurely breakfast, bid your fellow travellers, new friends and expedition team a fond farewell before disembarking in St. John’s. Since 1497, explorers, adventurers, pirates and all manner of seafarers have found their way into the spectacular harbour of St John’s. A legendary seaport on the edge of the continent with a rich 500-year seafaring history, St. John's is North America's oldest European-settled city and is the capital of Newfoundland. It is Canada's youngest province and Britain's oldest overseas colony and a place well worth spending a few days at the end of your voyage. Wander the colourful Victorian streets with plenty of heritage shops, boutiques, art galleries, fine restaurants, bistros, and pubs – just steps from dockside.
NOTE: At the conclusion of the voyage, we do not recommend booking flights departing prior to 12.00 pm on the day of disembarkation in case there are delays.
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One of the most exhilarating ways to experience Antarctica, the Arctic or any of our global voyages. The experience of …
One of the most exhilarating ways to experience Antarctica, the Arctic or any of our global voyages.
The experience of sea kayaking in the humbling wilderness of Antarctica or the European Arctic is guaranteed to stir your soul. Paddle between brash ice and icebergs of all shapes and sizes, skim past penguin rookeries or under soaring bird cliffs, or drift quietly as you watch wildlife unobtrusively, absorbing the majestic scenery.
Led by experienced guides, paddling in small groups allows us the opportunity to paddle between ice floes, brash ice and icebergs of all shapes and sizes as well as allowing easy and intimate access to beautiful coastlines.
Rather than travelling large distances, our aim is to see as much as possible. We paddle anywhere between 5 to 15 kilometres (2 to 4 hours) per outing, sometimes taking a snack and a flask of hot chocolate to enjoy on our excursion.
Each group of 4 to 10 kayakers will have their own intimate exploration of the small hidden bays and coasts that may be inaccessible to the Zodiacs and will also make time for their own shore excursions and wildlife encounters.
When we visit the poles, the elements play an important role. It is important that you have an adventurous attitude and understand that our kayaking time will be affected by the weather that we experience.
Even if your experience is limited, we’d encourage you to call us to discuss your suitability. There is often ample time to gain the required experience before you depart. Kayakers should be aged 14 years or over.
- Kayak & Paddle
- Neoprene boots
- Safety gear
- A 15-litre dry bag
- Life jackets
- Dry suits
- Pogies (insulated mittens that attach to your paddle)
Our guides have years of kayaking experience in our destinations. The sea kayaking guide will lead the group on each excursion, explaining facts about the wildlife and other highlights we paddle across. You can view our sea kayaking guides’ profiles here or see below.
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*Terms & Conditions apply. Valid on select ship voyages only and select cabin categories. Offer is valid on new bookings only aboard the Greg Mortimer which must be booked and deposited by March 31st 2020, or until sold out, whichever comes first. Promotion is subject to availability at the time of booking and capacity controlled. The promotion is not available in conjunction with any other offer, can be withdrawn at any time and is not redeemable for cash. Prices and offers correct at time of printing and subject to change. Normal booking terms and conditions apply. To confirm your booking, a completed booking form and non-refundable deposit of $2,500 pp in the booking currency is required within 7 days of reserved berth/s. Additional terms and conditions may apply. Please visit www.auroraexpeditions.com.au/terms-and-conditions for full terms and conditions.