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Greenland Cruises 2026

Embark on a Small Ship Cruise to Greenland in 2026.

Have you ever considered exploring Greenland on a Small Ship cruise? This vast expanse of untouched wilderness is the largest island on the planet, home to a mere 56,000 people. Greenland, overall, mostly consists of untouched wild landscapes. It offers travellers the ultimate adventure, combining nature, epic scenery and compelling cultural experience visiting some of the world's most remote settlements.

During our Expedition Micro Cruises, you can explore this place of natural beauty within comfort and in the most authentic way possible, with just 12 guests.

From exploring the most extensive fjord system on Earth to viewing the Northern Lights in locations with zero light pollution and experiencing local culture, Greenland has much to offer the avid explorer.

No matter the expedition, people play a major part in the experience, and we pride ourselves on working with the best expedition guides, who share the same irrefutable ethos and passion for nature and exploration.

Take the opportunity to explore one of the Arctic's most pristine environments alongside a small group of 12 individuals, embracing a conscientious approach that minimises our environmental impact.

Greenland Cruises in 2026

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 Greenland Cruise 2026

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Sense of Exploration

Cruising in Greenland gives you the feeling of entering another world, far from civilisation. The isolation and pristine nature of the environment create a sense of adventure and exploration. You can expect to explore the shores and coastlines by Zodiac in seldom-visited places with some of the most gorgeous views on the planet.

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Marine Life

The ocean’s depths teem with fascinating creatures. Narwhals, with their long pointed unicorn tooth (sometimes more than a metre long), white, sleek belugas whales with their melon shaped heads used for echolocation and beluga whales grace with Greenlandic coast. Alongside them, a parade of cetaceans as well, from Blue Whales, Fin Whales, Right Whales, Humpbacks and Killer Whales. Perhaps the most unusual of all is the Greenland Shark, among the largest carnivorous shark species, but what really sets them apart is their mysterious long life span. Some individuals are believed to live for over 400 years, making them one of the longest-lived vertebrates on Earth.

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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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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.

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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 presented by the Arctic environment. To share a different culture and perspective of our own is a truly thought proving experience.

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Icebergs Galore

Greenland is famous for its impressive icebergs, some of which are up to 500 metres tall! These icebergs result from the continuous movement and calving of glaciers. Ice breaks off the Greenland Ice Cap and is left floating in the surrounding waters.

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The Greenland Ice Cap

The Greenland Ice Cap, also known simply as the Greenland Ice Sheet, is one of the two largest ice sheets in the world, the other being the Antarctic Ice Sheet. Covering approximately 80% of Greenland's surface, it is a vast expanse of ice, reaching thicknesses of up to 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) in some areas. This ice sheet plays a crucial role in regulating global climate patterns and sea levels, holding about 10% of the world's freshwater reserves.

Greenland Cruises 2026 FAQs

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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