Large white iceberg with an arch in its center sits in purple light at dusk during the Wild Greenland Escape small ship voyage.
Tandem kayakers in a yellow sit-on-top boat look through an opening between icebergs on a sunny day during the Wild Greenland Escape.
Black Zodiac boat with Wild Greenland Escape travelers in colorful jackets cruises past a large iceberg with a circle cut out.
Colorful houses sit atop stilts over rocks beside calm sea with iceberg bits floating nearby, seen on the Wild Greenland Escape.
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Polar Regions Arctic Cruise

Wild Greenland Escape

Leave the fast-paced, modern world behind on this Wild Greenland Escape voyage aboard 126-guest National Geographic Resolution. Venture to the fjord-laced coast of western Greenland, where hardy Inuit communities perched at the edge of the Greenland ice cap carry on their timeless way of life. Explore archaeological sites and vibrant modern-day villages and glide into breathtaking fjords by Zodiac or kayak while exploring the ins and outs of this rugged coastline. Take an unforgettable cruise amid the massive icebergs of the Illulissat Icefjord and meet local people who live off the land and sea as their ancestors before them did for millennia.

Highlights of this west Greenland voyage are many. Explore the dramatic coastline of west Greenland by water and on foot, kayaking stunning fjords and hiking across the tundra while on the lookout for wildlife. Delve into Greenlandic culture and history at the outstanding museum of Sisimiut and meet with residents of Uummannaq Island to learn about everyday life. Hike the Sermermiut Valley to a promontory overlooking the mouth of the Ilulissat Icefjord and take in extraordinary views of the iceberg-choked bay. Visit the archaeological site at Qilakitsoq, where remarkably well-preserved 500-year-old mummies were found in 1972.

Explore aboard 148-guest National Geographic Explorer, or the 126-guest National Geographic Resolution, which offers a polar ice class 5 rating, state-of-the-art educational equipment and highly qualified naturalist guides, making her the ideal ship for this cruise. After daily explorations relax in the sauna, yoga room, library or bar. Watch her crush through ice from the bridge or deck and enjoy the highest technologies in ice-stable sailing. This small expedition ship is technologically advanced, fully stabilized and equipped with a well-rounded set of exploration tools including an ROV and enough kayaks and Zodiacs to send all guests out exploring at the same time.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Greenland small ship cruises, Arctic cruises and Arctic trips.



Itinerary

Wild Greenland Escape Itinerary

The Wild Greenland Escape operates round-trip from Boston, Massachusetts, with a focus on Inuit culture, archaeological sites and remarkable fjords.

Route map of Wild Greenland Escape cruise along the country's west coast, cruising round-trip from Kangerlussuaq & bookended by charter flights to start & end in Reykjavik, Iceland.
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Day 1
Arrive Boston, Massachusetts

Arrive in Boston, Massachusetts. Check into your hotel in the late afternoon. In the evening, join fellow travelers for a group dinner at the hotel.

Accommodations

Included Hotel TBA

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Day 2
Transfer to Providence, Rhode Island, Fly to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland & Embark

In the morning, transfer from Boston to Providence, Rhode Island for a charter flight to Kangerlussuaq on Greenland’s western coast. Settle into your cabin and enjoy a scenic sailing through the dramatic gorge of the Kangerlussuaq Fjord, 120 miles in length, with its hanging glaciers and striking basalt ribbons.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Greenland's West Coast & Sisimiut

Cruise the length of Kangerlussuaq Fjord en route to Sisimiut. Dozens of deep fjords carve into Greenland’s west coast, many with glaciers fed by the ice cap that covers 80% of the country. At Sisimiut, a former whaling port, enjoy your choice of guided walks through the sights and sounds of the village, including Dog Town or Sallinnguit, a small island with centuries of history from Inuit culture through colonization and current day industry. In your free time, enjoy a local food tasting, visit the open-air museum, or explore the local artisan workshops.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Ilulisssat & Disko Bay

Sail into Qeqertarsuup Tunua, also known as Disko Bay, and be welcomed by floating icebergs calved off the world’s most active glacier, Sermeq Kujalleq. Enjoy an extraordinary cruise aboard local boats among towering icebergs of the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Ilulissat Icefjord. Visit the town of Ilulissat and hike into the Sermermiut Valley, once an Inuit settlement and now the home to a peaceful boardwalk overlooking the Icefjord. As you make your way north through Disko Bay, if ice conditions permit, follow the inside passage of Disko Island and trace the shores of the Nuussuaq Peninsula while keeping watch for a glimpse of the Greenlandic Ice Sheet.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Uummannaq & Qilakitsoq

The village of Uummannaq sits on a tiny island in the Uummannaq Fjord that is dominated by a massive peak that rises dramatically at its center. Visit the town’s excellent community museum to see traditional clothing and tools along with scenes of everyday life on these islands. Cross the fjord to the site of the village of Qilakitsoq, where a collection of eight mummies dating back to 1475 was discovered in 1972. These eight individuals, all extraordinarily well-preserved women and children, were Thule people, the ancestors of the modern Inuit. Learn about the historic find, which was featured on the cover of the February 1985 issue of National Geographic magazine. Adventurous hikers may make their own respectful journey up to the final resting place of these ancestors.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Exploring Greenland's Fjords

Sail south to explore Greenland’s fjords and look for arctic foxes, whales and a plethora of bird life. Paddle a kayak along the steep sides of the fjord, or ride a Zodiac to see the glacially carved landscape up close, as you cross back over the Arctic Circle.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Resolution

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Disembark Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, Fly to Providence, Rhode Island, Transfer to Boston, Massachusetts & Depart

Disembark in Kangerlussuaq and take a charter flight back to Providence, Rhode Island, for your flights home. A transfer will be provided from Providence back to Boston Logan Airport.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast, lunch

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Expedition parka to keep; accommodations; meals indicated; beer, wine & full bar; excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes; basic WiFi (enhanced and premium packages available for purchase). Gratuities for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

Exclusions

Immigration fees; air transportation; extensions; meals not indicated; reserve wines & premium spirits; gratuities for all departures of Delfin II, Endeavour II, Islander II, Venture, Quest, Sea Bird and Sea Lion; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 15% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special payment terms apply for groups of 8 or more; inquire for details. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days – 100% of deposit**
119 to 90 days – 50% of total trip cost
89 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost
**Advance payments will be credited in the form of a Lindblad Expeditions Travel Certificate, valid for 12 months from the date of cancellation, and which may only be applied towards final payment on any future booking. 

(For expeditions booked prior to May 1, 2023: Please refer to your invoice for your payment and cancellation terms.) 

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Wild Greenland Escape cruise begins and ends in Reykjavik, Iceland (KEF), with embarkation in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. Plan flights to arrive to Reykjavik’s Keflavik International Airport (KEF) anytime on Day 1, but we highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Disembarkation is on Day 7 in Kangerlussuaq, followed by a charter flight to Reykjavik. Your Adventure Specialist can provide recommended departure times for departing Reykjavik. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Round-trip charter flights between Reykjavik and Kangerlussuaq are not included in the cruise price, but are arranged for you by AdventureSmith Explorations through your ship. Your Adventure Specialist will book these flights for you on the scheduled charter flight for your particular departure. Airfares vary by departure; your Adventure Specialist will detail these for you in their proposal and on your invoice. There is a strict luggage limit of 50 lbs checked luggage and 12 lbs cabin baggage on the flights between Reykjavik and Kangerlussuaq.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, kayaking, Zodiac excursions, photography, morning yoga and stretching, glacier viewing and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditions, wildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Arctic expedition.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

Rates are variable per remaining availability and are subject to change.

Note: August 4, 2025 departure ends August 10; August 10, 2025 departure ends August 16. Both departures follow the 7-day itinerary.

Jul 12 - Jul 18, 2024
National Geographic Resolution • 7 days
From $9352USD
Per Person
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Jul 17 - Jul 23, 2024
National Geographic Resolution • 7 days
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National Geographic Resolution

The 126-guest National Geographic Resolution is one of the newest additions to the National Geographic fleet. This expedition ship is specifically designed for stability, efficiency, scholarship and long-range exploration in the polar regions.

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