Iceland and Greenland cruise
Description of Iceland and Greenland cruise
This two-week Greenland and Iceland cruise explores two of the last unspoilt wildernesses on the planet, beginning with Iceland’s mountainous Westfjords. Remote, under-populated and starkly beautiful, this region is far, far beyond the beaten tourist track in Iceland, and very difficult to get around without a boat.
You’ll then sail to Greenland’s less-known northeast coast, home to the largest fjord system in the world and among the best parts of the country to see Arctic wildlife as there are so few people living in the area.
You’ll experience Inuit culture in the community of Ittoqqortoormiit, where you might learn the art of dog sledding. Cultural visits such as this, and purchasing locally made handicrafts, enable traditional ways of life to survive in places that have few employment prospects beyond tourism, fishing and subsistence hunting.
With a guided tour of Thule you’ll learn about Viking settlement in this region. And always, there are opportunities to catch sight of Greenland’s wondrous wildlife. Polar bears plod along shorelines in search of seals, musk oxen graze pastures, whales breach the surface of the waves. All easily and regularly visible from your small ship’s observation deck.
Small ship expedition cruises are without doubt the best way to travel Greenland, a country cautiously opening itself to tourism. Facilities onboard are very comfortable, and you’ll be accompanied by an expert crew who lead discussions on subjects such as Arctic wildlife, history and geology. Arctic travellers regularly return home as ambassadors for protecting the region’s wildlife and landscapes – it’s hard not to be inspired.
Every day on a cruise of Iceland and Greenland brings new sightings, new excursions, new wonders. And, travelling later in the season, this tour also gives you the chance to admire one of nature’s greatest spectacles: the Northern Lights, shimmering beautifully over lands of snow and ice.
*Note: flights from the UK can be included in the package on request
PlanetPlaces - How this trip helps protect and conserve local landscapes and nature:
Our Arctic expeditions are designed to operate in line with The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) which has guidelines in place to protect the fragile environment of this Polar region.
We emphasise that the protection of this pristine yet fragile environment and its wildlife is at the forefront of what we do. This is driven by our ‘leave no trace’ policy, which includes being vigilant with litter disposal and avoiding approaching animals any closer than 5 metres.
We strictly adhere to all international policies regarding disposal of waste at sea and only use recycled and acid free paper on board. Clients are also encouraged to recycle and reduce waste throughout and are provided with a re-usable water bottle for the trip. Cabins are fitted with eco-friendly amenities and the laundry is done with green detergents.
Planet - How we seek to keep the carbon footprint of this trip low:
We do our best to take advantage of local products as a means of boosting the local economy and reducing our carbon footprint as a whole. This is evident in the meals provided, which are created with sustainability in mind. Seafood, for example, will always be fresh and purchased based on the responsible management of the fishery for each particular species and will observe guidelines similar to the MSC and Audubon Society.
We make a collective effort to minimise excess waste on board and offer a carbon offsetting option for clients.
Our small Zodiac landing crafts are lightweight and nimble and they are powered by low-emission engines.
Activities include sea kayaking and guided photography which have a minimal impact on the environment.
Our eco-conscious approach means we travel to remote and pristine destinations differently than others in the industry. Most of our vessels burn Marine Gas Oil (MGO) – a clean burning fuel with a low emission factor- and despite being far more expensive, it is the only fuel we consider using. We also reduce consumption and emissions by tailoring our itinerary to operate at a more leisurely pace.
PeoplePeople - How this trip helps improve life for local communities.:
We are extremely conscious of our presence in the Polar regions. Often seeing whales, Polar bears, seals and seabirds can be a very moving experience and clients either donate to related charities or develop a lifelong interest in conservation of these species. There is not much contact with local communities on these remote voyages, although we do encourage clients to explore and use local business before embarkation. There are some small businesses which benefit greatly from tourism commerce and plenty of locals to engage with. By supporting locally owned shops and using various other services and facilities, money goes towards an increase of employment opportunities and growth of the local economy.
We have developed a comprehensive staff training and accreditation program which ensures that our staff is fully aware of responsible tourism issues and that they are kept updated with refresher courses. From safety to environmental sustainability, our team of lecturers, specialists and crew are able to pass vital information on to clients in briefings.
We also send extensive preparatory packs out to every group including guidelines from the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) of which our operator is a full member.
Our on board gift shop only sells items which have been thoroughly researched as to where an item has come from, whether it has been produced fairly, what it is made of and distance it has had to travel.
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