Venture, Fjords of Greenland & Canadian Arctic ex Reykjavik to St Johns
Cruise Line Seabourn
Ship Seabourn Venture
Destination Arctic North Atlantic
Nights 28
Departure Date 04 Sep 2021
Description 28 Night Cruise sailing from Reykjavik to St Johns aboard Seabourn Venture.

Witness the birth of icebergs in Greenland’s glacial fjords. Visit isolated Inuit villages and long-lost outposts of the Northwest Passage and explore seldom-visited Nunavut.

Highlights of this cruise:

Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, is the northern-most national capital in the world. Its name translates as ‘smoky bay’, referencing the geothermal nature of the surrounding area. The city benefits from astonishing landscapes shaped by glaciers, earthquakes, and volcanic activity throughout the centuries. An amphitheater of mountains encircles the greater Reykjavik area, a coastline indented with coves, peninsulas and islands. Most of city’s growth came during the early 20th century, and the majority of its architecture is typical of that era. Colorful rooftops and the elegant spire of Hallgrímskirkja Church dominate Reykjaviks’s skyline. Known for its arts, Reykjavik hosts a number of internationally recognized festivals, most notably the Iceland Air music festival, Reykjavik Arts Festival and the Reykjavik International Film Festival.

Heimaey Island is the largest in the Westman Islands located four miles off the south-west coast of Iceland. One of the most visually impressive islands in Iceland, it is ringed by tall, vertical sea cliffs many hundreds of feet high. Heimaey is also the home to over eight million Atlantic puffins, more nesting puffins than anywhere else on earth. A local story tells that puffin chicks, taking their first flights at night, often become stranded in the village streets, where the local children rescue them and set them free the next day.

In January of 1973 the island received the nickname, ‘Pompeii of the North’ when a volcanic eruption and lava flow destroyed half the town. This caused a crisis when the town’s only harbor was nearly blocked by advancing lava. Nowadays it is a lively place with a vibrant culture and over four thousand residents. Archaeological excavations suggest that people lived on Heimaey as early as the 10th Century.

Sermilik Fjord
Sermilik Fjord in southeastern Greenland cuts from the Denmark Strait into King Christian IX Land between Kitak Island and Cape Tycho Brahe, near the town of Tasiilaq. Its name means ‘place with glaciers’ in Greenlandic, and it culminates in multiple glaciers including Helheim, Fenris and Midgard glaciers, which feed a steady flow of icebergs into the fjord. Surrounded by steep mountainous shoreline and filled with sculpted icebergs, it makes a spectacular setting.

Fridtjof Nansen hoped the fjord might offer a route to the icecap for his 1888 expedition to cross the island. But his attempt to enter the fjord was thwarted by the outflow of ice, which pushed his team hundreds of miles southward before they managed to land. Eventually they did cross from Umivik Bay to Godthab.

Qaqortoq is the largest city in Southern Greenland with 3,300 inhabitants. The town occupies steep rises above the natural small-boat harbor bounded by fish, shrimp and fur processing plants. It was founded in 1775 by the Dano-Norwegian trader Anders Olsen, working on behalf of the General Trading Company.

Qaqortoq is perhaps best known for its open-air art exhibition, The Stone & Man project, designed to transform the town into an outdoor gallery. The project enrolled the participation of 18 Nordic artist from Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Greenland. Initially 24 stone sculptures were created, utilizing existing rock faces and boulders in the town. Now, over 40 sculptures celebrate Greenlandic culture.

Other points of interest include Mindebrønden, the oldest fountain in Greenland, the Qaqortoq Museum and The Saviors Lutheran Church. Eighteen kilometers northwest of town are the famous remains of the Viking church of Hvalsey. It is the most prominent Norse archaeological site in Greenland and represents the last written record of the Greenlandic Norse, who attended a wedding here in 1408.

Greenland’s capital, Nuuk, is a city of vitality and Greenlandic culture. Here old traditions and modern influences combine to create a diverse population. Nuuk is the home of the University of Greenland, with 650 students, and the Greenland National Museum with extensive historical archives and cultural displays. Also of interest are the Nuuk Art Museum and the Kayak Museum. The Art Museum holds a collection of 300 paintings, primarily featuring the work of traveling European artists, while the Kayak Museum houses a very impressive collection of sealskin kayaks and traditional hunting artifacts. The modest wooden frame of the Nuuk Cathedral, built in 1849, is a recognizable landmark on Nuuk’s skyline.

The site of Nuuk was occupied as far back as 2200 BC by ancient pre-Inuit peoples from Canada. It was settled again in the 10th century by Viking explorers. The current city was founded in 1728 by the Danish missionary Hans Egede, whose statue stands adjacent to the cathedral.

Maniitsoq means ‘uneven place’ in Greenlandic, referring to the many rocky knolls and small mountains that shape the geography of the town. Greenlanders like to compare their small towns with world-famous cities. Maniitsoq, intersected by small natural canals, has been dubbed the ‘Venice of Greenland’ by the locals. Colorful houses reflected in the calm water, stunning mountain scenes, smiling and friendly people and the occasional Greenlandic sled-dog are just a few of the photographic opportunities in Maniitsoq. Nearby, awe-inspiring Eternity Fjord is considered by many to be the most scenic fjord in all of Greenland. Glaciers descending from the high peaks are heavily crevassed, resembling the cracked skin of a giant white elephant. The water is dotted with ice of all sizes, most having broken free from the glaciers and calved into the sea. This is a grand landscape, remote, secluded and a treasure for those fortunate enough to explore it.

Located 24 miles (40 km) north of the Arctic Circle, Sisimiut is “rough, real and remote.” These three words cut to the core of Sisimiut’s reputation as an outdoor adventure-travel hub. It’s the second-largest city in Greenland with 5,600 inhabitants and was founded in 1756 under the leadership of the Danish missionary, Hans Egede. The name is Greenlandic meaning ‘place of fox dens.’ The area has been inhabited for 4,500 years, first by the Inuit peoples of the Saqqaq culture, Dorset culture, and then the Thule people, whose descendants comprise the majority of the current population.

One of the most picturesque towns in Greenland, Sisimiut is set in a tranquil fjord perched on bare outcrops of rock. Mount Nasaasaaq, 2,572’ (784 m) tall, is the backdrop for the town, where colorful houses of bright red, yellow, green and blue stand out in stark contrast to a landscape of gray and white. The Sisimiut Museum hosts a traditional Greenlandic peat house and the remains of an 18th century kayak.

Eqi Glacier
One of Greenland’s largest and most active glaciers, Eqi is on the island’s west coast about 80 km/50 miles north of Ilulissat. Its fjord and the area of Disko Bay nearby is littered with huge icebergs, sometimes towering hundreds of feet tall. The glacier face is up to 200m/626 ft. high, and over two miles/4km wide. In summer, it calves huge icebergs an average of every 15 – 30 minutes, making any close approach unsafe. But the calving events are dramatic and the sight and sound of an apartment-block-sized slab crashing into the sea is one you will never forget. The downdraft of cold air from the glacier and the ice field recommends a warm jacket, hat and gloves as you watch this display of nature’s extravagance from the deck.

Beechey Island
Beechey Island, located in the Wellington Channel just off the larger Devon Island in the Canadian Arctic was first discovered by Capt. William Edward Parry in 1819. It was named for the artist William Beechey by his son, a member of the expedition. Its protected harbor was used by Sir John Franklin as the first wintering camp for his ill-fated 1845 expedition in search of a Northwest Passage. When search parties reached the island in 1852, they discovered the graves of three members of the Franklin expedition who had perished while encamped there. Ironically, a member of that rescue expedition also died at Beechey and is also buried there. Their gravesites, along with a monument to Franklin, comprise a Canadian National Historic Site. Further along the shore stand the wooden ruins of Northumberland House, a refuge constructed by a search party from the timbers of wrecked whaling ships, on the slim chance that any of Franklin’s party might be able to return to Beechey after eight years. In 1903, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen visited the site to honor Franklin on the way to his successful transit of the Northwest Passage.

St Johns, Newfoundland
Saint John's is the most easterly point in North America and closest point of land to Europe. Due to it strategic location, Saint John's has been vitally important for centuries to explorers, adventurers, merchants, soldiers, pirates, and all manner of seafarers, who provided the foundation for this thriving modern day city. Explore this, one of the oldest cities in North America, and a city unlike any other. This "City of Legends" is cradled in a harbor carved from granite, and surrounded by hills running down to the ocean. Quaint side streets of a thousand colors are home to friendly faces that wait to greet you.
Sailing Dates
  • 04 Sep 2021
Category Twin Per Person Single Per Person
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V3 - Veranda Suite AU $50,999 Request Price
V4 - Veranda Suite AU $55,999 Request Price
VS - Veranda Spa Suite AU $65,999 Request Price
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Cruise Itinerary

1 04/09 Reykjavik, Iceland 05:00 PM
2 05/09 Heimaey, Iceland 08:00 AM 05:00 PM
3 06/09 At sea    
4 07/09 Sermilik Fjord, Greenland 08:00 AM 06:00 PM
5 08/09 At sea    
6 09/09 Skjoldungen Fjord, Greenland 07:00 AM 03:00 PM
7 10/09 Prins Christian Sund, Greenland Cruising
7 10/09 Aapilattoq, Greenland 12:00 PM 05:00 PM
8 11/09 Qaqortoq, Greenland 06:00 AM 12:00 PM
8 11/09 Hvalsey, Greenland 02:00 PM 06:00 PM
9 12/09 At sea    
10 13/09 Qassiarsuk, Greenland 07:00 AM 12:00 PM
11 14/09 Paamiut, (Frederikshaab) Greenland 07:00 AM 06:00 PM
12 15/09 Nuuk, Greenland 07:00 AM 07:00 PM
13 16/09 Maniitsoq, Greenland 07:00 AM 06:00 PM
14 17/09 Sisimiut, Greenland 07:00 AM 05:00 PM
15 18/09 Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
16 19/09 Sisimiut, Greenland 07:00 AM 05:00 PM
17 20/09 Ilulissat, Greenland 10:00 AM 10:00 PM
18 21/09 Eqip Sermia, Greenland 07:00 AM 04:00 PM
19 22/09 At sea    
20 23/09 At sea    
21 24/09 At sea    
22 25/09 Dundas Harbor, Canada 07:00 AM 12:00 PM
22 25/09 Devon Island, Canada 02:00 PM 07:00 PM
23 26/09 Beechey Island, Arctic Canada 07:00 AM 12:00 PM
24 27/09 At sea    
25 28/09 At sea    
26 29/09 Lady Franklin Island, Nunavut 06:00 AM 11:00 AM
26 29/09 Monumental Island, Canada 12:00 PM 03:00 PM
27 30/09 At sea    
28 01/10 At sea    
29 02/10 St Johns, New Foundland, Canada 07:00 AM
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