Greenland

Explore the meeting-place of two worlds, where Inuit and European cultures mesh in a harsh but beautiful landscape of ice, rock, and the sea.

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Cruises to Greenland

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Spitsbergen - Northeast Greenland
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Spitsbergen - Northeast Greenland

RVR25-17

The Spitsbergen and Northeast Greenland cruise sails waters filled with breath-taking scenery. The expedition passes through areas that are home to seals, seabirds, whales, and polar bears.

Cruise date:

7 Aug - 24 Aug, 2017

Price:

$6280

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Scoresby Sund
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Scoresby Sund

RVR26-17

The Scoresby Sund cruise travels into the largest fjord system in the world. The expedition visits historic Inuit sites, sails through sensational scenery and tops it all off with a night-time sky filled with the Northern Lights.

Cruise date:

24 Aug - 3 Sep, 2017

Price:

$5240

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Spitsbergen - Northeast Greenland, Aurora Borealis
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Spitsbergen - Northeast Greenland, Aurora Borealis

PLA15-17

The Spitsbergen and Northeast Greenland cruise sails waters filled with breath-taking scenery. The expedition passes through areas that are home to seals, seabirds, whales, and polar bears, topped off with nighttime viewing of the Northern Lights.

Cruise date:

29 Aug - 11 Sep, 2017

Price:

$5950

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Scoresby Sund - Aurora Borealis
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Scoresby Sund - Aurora Borealis

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The East Greenland – Scoresby Sund cruise crosses the Arctic Circle into the home waters of multiple species of whale. The expedition will spot huge icebergs as it journeys into the largest and deepest fjord system in the world. Along the way the Northern Lights is guiding our way.

Cruise date:

11 Sep - 18 Sep, 2017

Price:

$3900

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Scoresby Sund - Aurora Borealis
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Scoresby Sund - Aurora Borealis

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The East Greenland – Scoresby Sund cruise crosses the Arctic Circle into the home waters of multiple species of whale. The expedition will spot huge icebergs as it journeys into the largest and deepest fjord system in the world. Along the way the Northern Lights is guiding our way.

Cruise date:

18 Sep - 25 Sep, 2017

Price:

$3900

Greenland cruise video

Greenland story

"Major Tom, I wish you’d known..."

Grey sky. I wake up with a cotton-padded head: all noises and thoughts come muffled up, both from the outside and the inside. Alas, today’s plan...

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Greenland blog

Lifestyles of the Inuit

The Inuit are a people who speak the languages of the Eskaleutian family who reside in the four countries that surround the North Pole: Greenland,...

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Greenland experiences

Greenland wildlife

See the impressive array of wildlife you may encounter::

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Map of Greenland

Greenland cruise reviews

Overall rating based on 12 votes

frank policky
East Greenland
by frank policky on Arctic

above all expectations!!! an unforgetable experience.

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Jan Clark

Everything about this Spitsbergen , N.E. Greenland to Iceland adventure was perfect . The expedition staff were so impressive - knowledgable , friendly , immensely capable -just wonderful people working as a...

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Michaela Soost
Westgrönland
by Michaela Soost on Arctic

Eine super schöne Reise mit der Rembrandt van Rijn vor Westgrönland. Tolles Team - insbesondere Christian Engelke und Tobias Brehm - mit fundiertem Wissen, fach- und sachkundig in allen relevanten Themen,...

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wim van passel
best time of my life
by wim van passel on Antarctica

The past 20 years I have experienced the prevelage of being guest on board for 20 times or more. Both the arctic and Antarctic regions not only are the most impresive regions of this planet, but they also offer...

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Gerhard Binder
Thule
by Gerhard Binder on Arctic

From the first minute to the last, it was a very great adventure. For me the different icehills were the best!

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Günther Ziernhöld
ski mountaineering
by Günther Ziernhöld on Arctic

excellent-journey

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Greenland FAQ

Where is Greenland?

Greenland is the world’s biggest island stretching approximately 2800 kilometres (1750 miles) from north to south. 85% of Greenland is covered in ice and is therefore white on the map. 

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What is the temperature and weather like in Greenland?

The size of Greenland creates a diverse range of temperature and climate conditions. For example, the populated sections of Greenland are all found on the coast because this area is free of ice. Meanwhile, the central region of Greenland is covered by...

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What will I see along the coastline of Greenland?

The surface of Greenland is dramatic and spectacular. Heavily indented with numerous fjords, the coast is formed by spectacular high mountains, 2000 meters (6500 feet) high cliffs and innumerable glaciers. The large glaciers produce the huge cathedral-like...

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What wildlife can I expect in Greenland?

A Greenland cruise may enable you to see a large variety of birds. The number of land mammal species is relatively small, but it is still possible to see polar bears, Arctic hares, Reindeer, Muskoxen, and Arctic foxes. Marine mammals such as Fin whale,...

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What does the surface of Greenland look like?

Huge outlet glaciers slowly slide down the mountains towards the sea where the ice breaks of and creates the huge cathedral like icebergs that are so abundant in the Greenlandic waters.

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What is the time in Greenland?

Greenland uses Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), with a range of UTC +0 to -4. This means that if it is 18:00 UTC (6 p.m.) in Nuuk when you travel to Greenland, it would be 16:00 (4 p.m.) in New York City, USA, 21:00 (9 p.m.) in London, U.K. and 09:00...

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About Greenland

Greenland: the land

Greenland – the world’s largest island that is not considered a continent unto itself. 

Although huge in size it is inhabited by less than a 100.000 people. The majority of the Greenlandic population is formed by Inuit, the indigenous people of the Arctic. In terms of location Greenland is considered part of the continent of North America (it’s found off the northeast coast of Canada), but in terms of world politics it has always been associated with Europe – particularly Denmark and Norway, with a touch of Iceland thrown in for good measure.



Despite the restricted access to land due to the ice sheet Greenland sports a diverse array of wildlife. Many land mammals enjoy the northern and eastern shores of the island where human populations are few and far between. The waters around Greenland are alive with belugas, blues, fins, Greenland whales (a.k.a. bowhead whales), minkes, narwhals, and sperm whales.

Three quarters of the island are covered by an ice sheet – the only ice sheet of such a size found outside Antarctica. About 10% of the Earth’s surface is covered in such sheets – and 96% of that 10% is found in the combination of Antarctica and Greenland. This leaves very little room for human habitation; all of Greenland’s centres of human population are found dotted around the coast. This includes its capital city, Nuuk. 

All told because of the ice sheet that dominates the centre of Greenland’s geography there are no roads that connect the coasts – travel around the island is only by air or sea. On average Greenland’s warmest temperatures don’t go much higher than 10°C during the summer months. 

Facts About Greenland

  • Greenland is officially a part of the Kingdom of Denmark, but has a large amount of self-rule.
  • Almost 80% of Greenland is covered by ice (only Antarctica has a bigger ice sheet). The remaining 20% of ice-free land is still almost as big as Sweden.
  • Greenland is the biggest island on Earth.
  • An estimated 2,000,000 seals live in the waters around Greenland.
  • Greenland’s ice sheet is estimated to be between 400,000 and 800,000 years old.
  • Some words that originated in Greenland like “igloo” and “kayak” have become part of the language of the world.

Travel to Greenland

Belonging to the Kingdom of Denmark but run independently, those who travel to Greenland meet a world where European culture meshes with that of the Inuit in a harsh but beautiful landscape of ice, rock, and the sea. Greenland or “Kalaallit Nunaat” (“Land of the People") in the Greenlandic language is a place of extremes.

From wildlife to the Northern Lights, our Greenland cruises offer you a fantastic array of holiday experiences. Our ice strengthened cruise ships m/v Plancius and m/v Ortelius provide a home base as you get the most out of your Greenland trip. If sailing is more your speed then join us for a Greenland tour on board the s/v Rembrandt van Rijn.

Greenland expeditions allow you to step foot on trails followed by Vikings hundreds of years ago.  Or maybe you’d prefer whale watching. You’ll meet the Inuit and get a chance to learn about their ancestors - The Thule culture. . Bird watching, polar diving, kayaking and hiking – they’re all available when you travel to Greenland. You can investigate the wide variety of cruises to Greenland on the dedicated Greenland cruise page.