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Greenland Cruises

Have you ever considered exploring the untouched wilderness on a cruise to Greenland? Between North America and Iceland, Greenland is the largest island on the planet, home to just 56,0000 people and mostly untouched wild landscapes. It offers the traveller a breathtaking place to explore, filled with epic scenery, iceberg-filled fjords and remote Inuit settlements.

On our Expedition Micro Cruises, you can explore this place of natural beauty in comfort with just 12 guests. From exploring the most extensive fjord system on Earth to viewing the Northern Lights in hugely remote locations with zero light pollution and experiencing local culture, Greenland has much to offer every avid explorer.

With our expert guides, you will explore enjoyably and safely and learn much throughout the expedition. Take the opportunity to explore one of the Arctic's most pristine environments in a low impact journey with a small group of 12.

7 Reasons to Visit Greenland on a Small Ship Cruise

If you're looking for a unique and unforgettable adventure, consider taking a small ship cruise to Greenland. Here are seven reasons why:

#1 Fjord zodiac cruise between icebergs Greenland

Natural Landscapes

You'll get to witness some of the most breathtaking natural landscapes on Earth, including majestic fjords, towering icebergs, rugged mountains, and vast glaciers.

#2 Sailing in the Bear Islands Scoresby Sund Secret Atlas

Scoresby Sund

Explore Scoresby Sund, the longest natural fjord system in the world. Few have visited this remote area by ship, Zodiac, and hiking.

#3 Northern lights Aurora borealis in the sky with iceberg by Virgil Reglioni

Northern Lights

Witness the magic of the Northern Lights among remote landscapes hundreds of miles from civilization. The best time to see them is from September.

#4 Nuuk during sunset Greenland

Culture

Experience cultural immersion by interacting with local communities and seeing their way of life. Greenland has a rich indigenous culture that you won't want to miss.

#5 Humpback whale jumping out of water

Wildlife

Search for Arctic wildlife such as polar bears, whales, seals, reindeer, and bird species. While they may be harder to spot than in Svalbard, they're still a sight to behold.

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Small Ships

An Expedition Micro Cruise offers an intimate way to experience Greenland's nature and local cultures without the crowds that come with large cruise ships.

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Easy to Reach

Our East Greenland trips depart from Iceland, which is easy to reach from Europe and the USA.

Our Best Greenland Cruises

12 guests

East Greenland Explorer Fly & Cruise

10 days

Join a Fly & Cruise expedition to East Greenland with 12 guests & explore Scoresby Sund, the longest natural fjord in the world.

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Scoresby Sund Northern Lights and Remote Landscapes Photo Tour

10 days

Join Secret Atlas on an exciting Greenland Photo Tour to Scoresby Sund for Northern Lights and Remote Landscapes with Virgil Reglioni

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Highlights of a Greenland Cruise

Sense of Exploration

Cruising in Greenland gives you the feeling of venturing into a remote and untouched world. The isolation and pristine nature of the environment create a sense of adventure and exploration. Expect to do lots of shore landings by Zodiac in seldom-visited places with some of the most gorgeous views on the planet.

Northern lights Aurora borealis in snowy landsape in Greenland by Virgil Reglioni

Northern Lights

Greenland is one of the prime destinations for witnessing the mesmerizing natural phenomenon known as the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis. On our Scoresby Sund cruises, the Northern Lights are seen from September onwards and offer one of the most majestic backdrops to witness this phenomenon.

Local Ways Of Life

Greenland is home to a rich tapestry of local cultures, primarily influenced by the indigenous Inuit population. These cultures have evolved over centuries in response to the challenges and opportunities presented by the Arctic environment.

Iceberg Greenland Secret Atlas

Icebergs Galore

Greenland is famous for its impressive icebergs, which are large chunks of ice (some up to 500 meters tall) that have broken off from glaciers on the edges of the Greenland Ice Cap and float in the surrounding waters. These icebergs result from the continuous movement and calving of glaciers into the ocean.

Wildlife You Can See on a Greenland Cruise

Whilst the opportunities to encounter wildlife are higher in Svalbard, Greenland is home to stunning, if not infrequent, wildlife.

On our Greenland cruises we frequently encounter:

Polar Bears

While polar bears are more commonly associated with the Arctic regions of Canada and Svalbard, there is a chance of spotting these magnificent creatures in East Greenland. Polar bears are expert swimmers and can often be seen on ice floes or hunting near the coast.

Musk Ox in Greenland

Musk Oxen

Musk oxen can be found in the tundra deep inside Scoresby Sund. These large, shaggy animals are known for their distinctive appearance and are a symbol of the Arctic wilderness.

Narwhal with tusk

Narwhal

These unique and elusive creatures are often called the "unicorns of the sea" due to the long, spiral tusks that can extend up to several meters from the upper jaw of males. Narwhals primarily inhabit Arctic waters, including those around Greenland. They are known for their distinctive vocalisations and for forming social pods.

Seal Antarctica Jean Paul de la Harpe

Seal

Several species of seals can be found in Greenland's waters, including harp seals, ringed seals, and bearded seals. They often haul out on icebergs, ice floes, or rocky shores.

White-tailed eagle in Greenland

Arctic Birds

The Arctic skies are home to a variety of bird species, including puffins, guillemots, kittiwakes, and various species of gulls. These birds often nest on cliffs and rocky ledges along the coast.

Plan Your Cruise to Greenland

Disko Bay Ilulissat Secret Atlas

How To Get To Greenland

Greenland offers travellers the chance to experience one of the last great wildernesses on Earth. Whilst Greenland is a remote island (the largest on Earth) getting there is relatively straightforward and today Greenland has multiple travel connections.

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MV Kinfish guests on bow in Svalbard

A Guide to Choosing The Perfect Expedition Micro Cruise For You

We are frequently asked about the differences between our voyages. This article provides tips on how to choose the perfect Expedition for you.

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Greenland Cruises FAQ

When is the best time of year to take a cruise to Greenland?

The cruising season in Greenland starts in June and finishes in late September. Earlier in the season the east coast of Greenland is blocked by ice and our trips visiting this area operate during August and September when sea ice is at its lowest level.

If you would like to visit Scoresby Sund on the east coast we offer a unique expedition during late August called Scoresby Sund & East Greenland Explorer.

On the west coast of Greenland the weather in Disko Bay is usually very stable during the summer months between June and August. If you would like to experience 24- hours of sunlight with some amazing photography oppurtunities please see our Disko Bay Photo Cruise page.

Where do your cruises to Greenland depart from?

All our expedition cruises in Greenland depart from different ports depending on the cruise.

Our Scoresby Sund and East Greenland cruise departs from Akureyri in Iceland which offers great international connections and saves travellers the expense of a flight to Greenland.

Our Disko Bay Photo tour departs from Ilulissat in north-west Greenland which is served by direct flights to Iceland or other destinations in Greenland.

What is an Expedition Micro Cruise?

Expedition micro cruise is a term we use to describe an expedition cruise with no more than 12 guests in total. Our cruises take place on custom built expedition vessels built for safe travel in the polar regions. All our vessels offer good comfort levels, private cabins and great food with the huge added bonus that you will be experiencing Greenland with just a handful of guests.

The focus on our trips is exploring and we will aim to make daily landings by Zodiac landing craft to explore the shore. You will be accompanied by a knowledgeable expert guide who will tell you about the areas you visit. When you have been apart of a small group experience we guarantee you will never want to go back to cruising on larger vessels.

Why is an Expedition Micro Cruise or Small Ship Cruise the best way to explore Greenland?

Unlike larger vessels with higher passenger capacities, our voyages are personal and unique in their approach. Travelling with a small group of guests means more time and flexibility exploring and less time waiting to go ashore.

Our small expedition vessels will get you closer to nature and landscapes that you came than larger ships can due to their smaller size, offering you a great deal more intimacy.

Our Expedition Micro Cruises and Small Ship Adventures give you the opportunity to experience the polar regions first hand on a real adventure without the crowds of people on larger ships. Our goal is to make you part of the adventure.

How does a small ship experience in Greenland compare to other cruises?

Non-expedition cruises on regular cruise ships don’t offer shore landings and often only visit a couple of Greenlandic towns which means they miss out on lots of the adventure. The average size of a cruise ship doing non-expedition cruises takes 2000 passengers.

A number of companies offer expedition cruises in Greenland with landings on larger vessels. The average number of passengers these ships take is over 200. In our opinion that is too many people to be landing at sensitive places in the Arctic.

Many companies advertise small ship cruises to Greenland but their definition of a ‘small ship’ varies and can range from anything from 250 guests down to 12 guests. The experience between travelling with 250 guests and 48 or 12 guests is huge. Our Expedition Micro Cruises and Small Ship Cruises to Greenland are the way they should be, intimate and low impact.

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