Arctic cruise to Greenland and Iceland

Description of Arctic cruise to Greenland and Iceland

During this unforgettable thirteen night holiday, you will enjoy the long days of the Arctic summer whilst also making the most of the captivating and wild beauty of Greenland and the magnificent natural wonders of Iceland. You will also have time to explore Reykjavik, one of the smallest capitals in the world.

Boarding the boat in Greenland, you will explore the rugged and remote west coast, a region that reflects and promotes the traditional way of life which is widely embraced on the island. The landscape throughout is dominated by steep fjords, floating icebergs and immense glaciers and there is some staggering scenery to enjoy.

In Iceland, you will visit the Westman Islands and witness the power of the natural world as you see the destruction and beauty which has been caused by volcanic eruptions over thousands of years.

Throughout the cruise, you can add in shore excursions to further explore or simply enjoy the views and the presentations from the expedition team on board. The MS Ocean Diamond is a delightful cruise ship; large enough to offer guests great facilities and comfort but, with a maximum of 224 passengers, the vessel is small enough to ensure the best possible experiences for all on board.

The expert team on board will make your stay as comfortable as possible and your meals are included from the night you board until the morning you disembark; so you really can relax and focus on your holiday.

This is an unforgettable adventure which takes in two wild countries and a vast number of natural wonders.

ACCOMMODATION
Skuggi hotel is located in Reykjavik’s city centre, close to Laugavegur, the main shopping street, and an array of restaurants. ‘Skuggi’ is the Icelandic word for ‘shade’, and the hotel has a fitting interior design of cool greys and calming white. The Skuggi Hotel has one hundred rooms, designed with inspiration from the sublime black-and-white nature photography of Icelander Ragnar Axelsson.

MS Ocean Diamond is a wonderful and modern vessel that has been specially equipped for Arctic voyages with ice-strengthened hull and stabilisers that help to reduce roll. She is an ideal expedition vessel but that does not mean that there is any need to compromise on comfort as the facilities on board are excellent. The experienced and expert crew works with the expedition team to ensure that guests have the best possible experience whilst on board.

She is compact and carries a maximum of 224 passengers, meaning that she can explore further than larger ships. This means that her passengers can take in highlights which may elude larger vessels.

Her average cruising speed is around 15.5 knots.

Onboard facilities
The ship has some fantastic facilities that make it both welcoming and comfortable. Passengers can browse the books and DVDs in the well-stocked Polar library, sit back in the panorama salon or take advantage of the wellness programmes that are on offer such as yoga classes, massage therapy and aromatherapy treatments.

There will be a range of presentations from local experts on Iceland and Arctic life and there is also internet access for guest use.

Room types

There are many types of cabin to choose from during your stay. Our holidays are based on Category P but we can arrange for guests to upgrade or downgrade to any of the other options subject to availability. Simply contact our Travel Experts for a quotation.

Cabin Type P - Outside Cabin with porthole: These cabins are 19m² and contain double/twin beds, en-suite shower room, TV with DVD, safe, wardrobe, refrigerator, individual temperature control, satellite telephone access, hairdryer and two portholes. Please note that some views can be restricted by lifeboats, etc on deck.


INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
* Flights: Charter flight from Keflavik to Kangerlussuaq.
* Transfers: all transfers in Iceland and transfer from the airport to the ship in Greenland
* Accommodation: 2 nights in a hotel in Reykjavik and 11 nights en-suite cabins in cabin category P (outside cabin with porthole). Upgrades are available
* Meals: 2 breakfasts in Reykjavik; 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners and midnight snack each evening on board
* Cruise itinerary as per agenda (subject to change): Reykjavik, Kangerlussuaq, Sisimiut, Ilulissat, Uummannaq, Qeqertarsuaq, Nuuk, Narsasuaq, Quassiarsuk and Vestmannaeyjar
* Juice, water, tea and coffee are all included
* Wind jacket
* Onboard entertainment programme including lectures on Icelandic culture, history and wildlife from local experts
* Zodiac excursions (weather dependent)
* Use of gym facilities on board the ship
* Fully qualified wilderness guides and instructors during activities
* A note on flights: flights to and from Iceland are not included in the holiday price so that the best available fares and most appropriate schedules can be found for you at the time of booking. This route is served by both low cost and scheduled airlines and our travel experts will happily provide you with a quote and arrange flights on your behalf.

Image credits: Iceland Pro Travel, Fotografie.Opzolder.Co, Visit Greenland AS and André Schoenherr and Karsten Bidstrup, Víctor Romera de la Fuente, Thomas Leth-Olsen

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2020: 17 Aug
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Responsible tourism

Arctic cruise to Greenland and Iceland

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

Cruising through some of our planet’s most environmentally vulnerable parts of the world might not seem to be particularly responsible. Imagine how much waste and fuel those huge cruise ships must pour back into our environment. This is one of the reasons we have never sold cruises but, there is no denying that they play a vitally important role in many local economies.

What we really like about the MS Ocean Diamond is that it is a comparatively small ship and carries between 150 and 220 passengers. This leaves her well and truly dwarfed by larger cruise ships, basically, she is an absolute minnow and this has considerable advantages:

• Ms Ocean Diamond is the first ever Polar passenger ship to be carbon neutral.

• Her size allows her to explore the region far more closely than the larger ships. This not only provides a far more interesting insight into the Polar region but also means the ship can moor in places that larger vessels can’t reach. This brings huge economic benefits to smaller communities which would not normally be visited by tourists but it also ensures that these places are not suddenly swarmed by hordes of visitors and that tourism development can be carefully managed and its benefits maximised for the good of the local community and environment.

• The MS Ocean Diamond’s small size means that its crew can be employed locally rather than relying on workers from far and wide. Indeed, the proud boast is that she is crewed entirely by Icelanders which again means that the economic benefits are maximised locally rather than in some corporate headquarters thousands of miles away.

Community

This trip aims to show passengers the remarkable scenery, geological features, wildlife and traditional ways of life that exist in this part of the world. Having a crew of locals adds considerably to the experience by virtue of the wealth of knowledge they bring to the adventure. It is not just the onboard lectures that educate the passengers but also the enthusiastic and knowledgeable crew who make the whole experience that little bit more genuine by virtue of their enthusiasm to share their thoughts on life so far north.

This is the philosophy that underpins our business as a holiday company. Many of us here in our UK office have studied and researched Responsible and Environmental travel issues either at college or at university. The lesson we have learned is that tourism can be an immensely positive force but only if it is managed in a sustainable manner and benefits the local community, economy and environment. All our holidays are designed in conjunction with local tourism partners and aim to not only show, but also educate our mutual clients about life in any given destination. We focus on tradition, history and the modern way of life but are always considering what impact our actions will have in the future. For us, this is absolutely crucial because it’s not just us who should benefit from the holiday experience, it’s our clients, our suppliers and the locality in which they live their lives.

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