Large white iceberg with an arch in its center sits in purple light at dusk during the Wild Greenland Escape small ship voyage.
Whale fluke slips back into the water in front of a large white iceberg, seen during a sunny day on the Wild Greenland Escape 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.
Tiny iceberg floats in glassy reflective waters of a fjord with rocky gray peaks beside, seen on the Wild Greenland Escape voyage.
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Polar Regions Arctic Cruise

Wild Greenland Escape

Leave the fast-paced, modern world behind on this 6-day 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 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 Arctic 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 Arctic cruises and Arctic trips.


Wild Greenland Escape Itinerary

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

Route map of Wild Greenland Escape small ship cruise, operating round-trip from Kangerlussuaq, West Greenland.
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Day 1
Fly to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland & Embark

Fly by chartered aircraft to Kangerlussuaq on Greenland’s western coast. Settle into your cabin and prepare for an incredible voyage.


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Day 2
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, visit the museum and wander amid a jumble of 18thcentury wooden buildings. There are several walking options to explore in and around town.


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Day 3
Ilulisssat & Disko Bay

Sail into Disko Bay and set out to explore a tongue of the Greenland ice cap. Take an extraordinary cruise among towering icebergs of the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Ilulissat Icefjord. Visit the town of Ilulissat and take a hike to an archaeological site in the Sermermiut Valley. As the ship makes her way north through Disko Bay, if ice conditions permit, follow the inside passage of Disko Island and continue to Nuussuaq Peninsula.


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Day 4
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.


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Day 5
Ataneq Fjord

Today explore the beautiful Ataneq Fjord in true expeditionary style, stopping to hike, kayak, ride Zodiacs and observe wildlife when the opportunity arises. Hike across the spongy tundra  that covers metamorphic rocks at Tunúngassoq while searching for arctic fox or perhaps caribou. Kayak along the steep sides of the fjord or enjoy a Zodiac cruise to get up close to the glacially carved landscape. Cap off the day with a farewell dinner.


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Day 6
Disembark Kangerlussuaq, Greenland & Fly to the U.S.

The ship returns to Kangerlussuaq by morning. Transfer to the airport for the charter flight back to the U.S. and connect to flights home.




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Inclusions, Terms & Notes


Expedition parka to keep; accommodations; meals indicated; excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes.


Immigration fees; air transportation; extensions; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind. Gratuities and alcoholic beverages excluded, except for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1,000 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
180 or more days – $750 of deposit retained (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
179-120 days – 100% of deposit
119-90 days – 25% of total trip cost
89-60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59-0 days – 100% of total trip cost

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.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all guests 5 years and older must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The Wild Greenland Escape voyage begins and ends in New York City, New York (JFK), with embarkation in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. Disembarkation is after breakfast on Day 6 in Kangerlussuaq, followed by a charter flight to New York City, New York (JFK). Your Adventure Specialist can provide recommended arrival and departure times for connecting through New York City.

Internal Flights

Round-trip charter flights between New York City 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 New York City and Kangerlussuaq.


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. Please contact AdventureSmith for the most up-to-date pricing.

Departures available regularly in July. Contact us for current rates and availability.


Learn About the Small Ship on Your Itinerary

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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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