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Cruises to Greenland

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Spitsbergen - Northeast Greenland

A classic three island voyage : Ice , Inuit and Remoteness

RVR27-20. 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.

s/v Rembrandt Van Rijn

s/v Rembrandt Van Rijn

Cruise date:

28 Jul - 15 Aug, 2020

Price:

on request

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Spitsbergen - Northeast Greenland

A classic three island voyage : Ice , Inuit and Remoteness

PLA15-20. 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.

m/v Plancius

m/v Plancius

Cruise date:

31 Aug - 13 Sep, 2020

Price:

6600 USD

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Spitsbergen - Northeast Greenland, Aurora Borealis

A classic three island voyage : Ice , Inuit and Remoteness

OTL15-20. 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.

m/v Ortelius

m/v Ortelius

Cruise date:

4 Sep - 18 Sep, 2020

Price:

6850 USD

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Scoresbysund, Aurora Borealis

Witness the Northern Lights at Scoresby Sund

PLA16-20. 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.

m/v Plancius

m/v Plancius

Cruise date:

13 Sep - 20 Sep, 2020

Price:

4100 USD

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Scoresbysund, Aurora Borealis

Witness the Northern Lights at Scoresby Sund

HDS15-20. 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.

m/v Hondius

m/v Hondius

Cruise date:

14 Sep - 21 Sep, 2020

Price:

4100 USD

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Scoresby Sund, Aurora Borealis

Witness the Northern Lights at Scoresby Sund

OTL16-20. 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.

m/v Ortelius

m/v Ortelius

Cruise date:

18 Sep - 25 Sep, 2020

Price:

4100 USD

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Greenland story

Greenland: Land of Superlatives

On September 16th, I flew to Iceland and spent an evening in Reykjavik, then crossed the island for the town of Akureyri the next day.

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Greenland blog

Eight Facts About the Rowdy, Resilient Musk Ox

Given how violent their lives can be, it may come as some surprise that musk oxen live as long as they do. Twenty years, after all, is a long...

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Greenland wildlife

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Map of Greenland

Greenland cruise reviews

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Overall rating based on 31 votes

Hiemi Haines

Fabulous trip Will use Oceanwide again

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Lorena Maria Pautasso
Trip of my husband's 60th birthday
by Lorena Maria Pautasso on Arctic

I like everything specially the crew and the entusiasm of the guides.of corse, the place was wonderful. I hope to come again on bord in the future

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Godelieve Vandormael
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by Godelieve Vandormael on Arctic

It was amazing The icebergs, the scenery, the ship, the food, the staff and the people were amazing

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Ursula Grundinger
Spitsbergen, Nordgrönland, Island
by Ursula Grundinger on Arctic

Die Reise war ein Erlebnis. Die Crew und die Expeditionsmannschaft haben hervorragende Arbeit geleistet. Man kann die Gesellschaft und das Reiseprogramm für Arktik Liebhaber nur empfehlen.

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Julian Paren

Scenery is one thing. And for me the chief reason to visit Svalbard and Greenland. Others may focus more on wildlife. On this cruise the unexpected highlight was the great interaction between the passengers and...

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Silvia Dietschi

Die Reise war rundum grossartig. Wir sind begeistert. Schiffsbesatzung, Crew und Guides waren alle perfekt. Die Landgänge und Vorträge waren toll. Wir haben nichts zu beastanden. Das Essen war vorzüglich...

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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. There are about 52 bird species on the island. The number of land mammal species is relatively small, but it is still possible to see polar bears, Arctic hares, reindeer, musk oxen and...

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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 and People

Fewer than 100,000 people call Greenland home, the majority of them Inuit – the indigenous people of the Arctic. Positioned northeast of Canada, Greenland is considered part of North America, though politically it has always been associated with Scandinavia.

Despite the mile-thick ice sheet that covers most of the island, Greenland is home to a variety of wildlife. Numerous land mammals reside along the northern and eastern shores, where human populations are scarce. The waters around Greenland are similarly rich with belugas, blues, fins, Greenland whales (bowheads), minkes, narwhals, and sperm whales.


Greenland’s ice sheet is the only one of its size outside Antarctica. About a tenth of the Earth’s surface is covered in similar sheets, nearly all of which are concentrated in Greenland and the Antarctic Continent. As such, human centers of activity―even the capital of Nuuk―are chiefly located along the shore. It almost goes without saying, then, that there are no roads connecting the Greenland coasts. Travel there is done only by air and sea.

Facts About Greenland

  • Greenland is officially part of Denmark, though it retains a great degree of self-rule
  • Almost 80% of Greenland is frozen in ice – only Antarctica has a larger ice sheet
  • The remaining 20% of Greenland’s ice-free land is nearly the size of Sweden
  • Greenland is the largest island (and least densely populated landmass) on Earth
  • An estimated two million seals live in the waters around Greenland
  • Greenland’s ice sheet is estimated to be between 400,000 and 800,000 years old
  • Words like “igloo” and “kayak” – and more than a few synonyms for snow – originated from the Inuit of Greenland
  • Greenland’s warmest temperatures don’t average much higher than 10°C even during the summer

Travel to Greenland

Those who join one of our cruises to Greenland, or Kalaallit Nunaat (Land of the People) as it is called in Greenlandic, encounter a country in which European and Inuit cultures intersect to create a world wholly its own. It is a severe but stunningly picturesque landscape of sprawling ice, towering rock, and limitless sky-blue sea. 



From the midnight sun to the northern lights, the great polar bear to the colossal blue whale, the full range of this mythic environment’s awe-inspiring attractions are possible on our many Greenland cruises. Our ice-strengthened cruise ships, Plancius and Ortelius, will provide you a comfortable home base from which to embark on daily expeditions, allowing you to dig deep into the Greenland experience. And if traditional sailing is more your speed, join us aboard our three-masted schooner, Rembrandt van Rijn.

Our Greenland expeditions afford you experiences that are truly once-in-a-lifetime: hiking the same trails as the Vikings hundreds of years ago, watching the many species of whale that visit the spirited Greenland coast, meeting the Inuit people and learning firsthand about their vibrant Thule ancestry―not to mention bird watching, polar diving, and kayaking opportunities also available when you explore this otherworldly Arctic island with us.

You can see the wide array of Greenland cruises we offer on our dedicated Greenland Cruise Page.