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Spirit of Discovery departing Dover

from £5,548 per person 21 2
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £87 if not required
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Explore the engaging wilderness of Greenland...

Imagine watching beams of the midnight sun playing through jagged shards of glacial ice and wonder at how nature could have created so many variations of the colour blue.

Sailing is a way of life for Greenlanders and there is no better way to see this striking and engaging territory than on Saga’s first Greenland cruise for a decade. This is the type of cruise for which Spirit of Discovery was built. Every cabin has a private balcony so whether you are sitting with a coffee watching the stunning scenery glide by, or you’re on a shore excursion, walking through rocky fields with a small group of your fellow passengers, there’s something for everyone. This itinerary has been planned in close co-operation with the local pilots and takes you away from the tourist trail to see the real Greenland and its people. You can explore tiny picture-book towns and investigate its Viking heritage, all whilst enjoying seeing the natural wonders of the Arctic Circle and some breathtaking wildlife too. You will cruise along the picturesque passage of water known as the Prince Christian Sound where crystal clear waters reflect the rugged and imposing mountains looming above their shore. You can head off the tourist trail to experience the remote tranquility of the Eternity Fjord and contrast that to the hustle and bustle of ‘big city’ life with an overnight stay in the capital, Nuuk, home to more than 14,000 people.

Explore beneath the surface of Greenland

  • Expert talks from Dr Simon Boxall of the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
  • On-deck commentaries from experts explaining sights of interest during your cruise.
  • Traditional local entertainment
  • Expert speaker on Inuit culture and history
  • Ukulele workshops for beginners and improvers with Tony Clarke
  • Lectures from former journalist and television news reporter, Sam Hall

Overnight stays

  • Nuuk, Greenland

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Looking out for whales with ORCA
You'll be joined by wildlife experts from ORCA, the foremost European whale and dolphin conservation charity, who are devoted to studying marine wildlife and protecting it for future generations. Look forward to the chance to spot whales, dolphins and seabirds and an array of other wildlife out on deck throughout your voyage, the perfect vantage point to view and learn more about wildlife in their natural habitat.


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Dover, England

Dover, England

Embark Spirit of Discovery. Depart 1700.

At sea

Spend the day at sea.

At sea

Spend the day at sea.

At sea

Spend the day at sea.

Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland

Arrive 0800.Depart 1700. 

This morning you will arrive in one of the world’s smallest capital cities, Reykjavik, a stunning little city which is home to nearly half of Iceland’s population. Head to the old town where you can see brightly-painted houses with tin roofs huddling in the shadow of the imposing bell tower of Hallgrimskirkja Church.

Perhaps seek out the National Museum, the Museum of Art or Saga Museum – no, it’s nothing to do with us, it’s dedicated to the island’s Viking heritage – or if the weather is good then you might prefer to relax on the golden sands of the Nauthólsvík geothermal beach, created on a lagoon where cold sea and hot geothermal waters mix.

Further afield lie some more of the country’s geological marvels, including the famous Blue Lagoon, Gullfoss waterfall, lava fields and bubbling mud pools, as well as the Althing, the world’s oldest parliament.

At Sea

Spend the day at sea.

Prince Christian Sound

Prince Christian Sound scenic cruising

Cruise along the picturesque passage of mirror-like water which links the Labrador Sea with the Irminger Sea. The 60-mile stretch narrows to just 500 metres across in places and is surrounded by steep, rugged mountains which form glaciers shooting off in all directions. Keep an eye out too for Torssukatak's 1,760-metre high Thumbnail cliff.

Nuuk

Nuuk, Greenland

Arrive PM on June 23. Depart PM on June 24. 

This evening you will cruise into the capital of Greenland, where almost a third of the population live. The tiny city is very compact, yet there are enough shops and street art to satisfy the urban explorer's appetite. Imaneq Street is the go-to destination for traditionally-made goods. Among the sights to seek out are Hans Egede's House, built in 1721 by the Dano-Norwegian Missionary who settled the area. It is the oldest building in Greenland, standing in a historic neighbourhood close to the harbour, and is now used for government receptions. Also seek out the distinctively painted Nuuk Cathedral, built in 1849 with an imposing clock tower and steeple added in 1884.

Other landmarks include the Hans Egede Church and a statue of the man himself plus the Greenland National Museum boasting numerous artefacts and exhibits including the mummified remains, preserved in ice and stone, of four 500-year-old bodies which were discovered in Qilakitsoq in the 1970s.

Eternity Fjord scenic cruising

You’re in for a treat today as Spirit of Discovery heads towards uncharted waters to cruise the Evighedsfjord – Eternity Fjord. The remote fjord is considered the most beautiful on Greenland’s west coast and one which is rarely visited by cruise ships or local tourist boats. The attraction is not just its natural beauty – rows of majestic mountains, some more than 2,000 metres tall, skirted by dozens of glaciers glinting in every imaginable variation of the colour blue – but also the isolation and peace, only interrupted by the rush of melt waters and the occasional seabird.

Uummannaq

Uummannaq ⚓, Greenland

Arrive PM. Depart PM. 

Pay a visit to the tiny Inuit settlement of Uummannaq on the island which shares its name in north-west Greenland.

You are ensured a warm welcome, as you will be serenaded by an ensemble of young musicians as you come ashore. This symphony of voices, often joined by sled dogs, is sure to be a once in a lifetime experience.

You can enjoy a visit to Uummannaq Polar Institute, the world's northernmost platform on ice.

The town was founded in 1763 and has long been a hub of fishing and hunting. The island is dominated by an imposing mountain which rises to more than 1,100 metres high but is best known – across Greenland and Denmark at least – as the home of Father Christmas. A turf hut was built in Spraglebugten Bay to act as ‘Santa’s Castle’ for a Danish television programme and it is now identified as his home in the popular imagination of generations of children.

Oqaatsut

Oqaatsut ⚓, Greenland

Arrive AM. Depart PM. 

Pay a visit to the small fishing community of just a few dozen people which is surrounded by rolling hills and craggy coastline. The village – once known as Rodebay – was a trading post for Dutch whalers in the 18th century and the original blubber house is still in use. Embark a boat in search of whales to watch them frolic in their natural environment.

Disko Bay

Disko Bay scenic cruising

Look forward to cruising through Disko Bay, which is teeming with wildlife. The nutrient rich waters attract a variety of fish, which in turn makes it a happy hunting ground for a range of seals. In spring the bay is home to bowhead, humpback, pilot and killer whales as well as narwhal. On the shore you may be able to spot birdlife including gulls, terns, guillemots, cormorants and fulmars, while arctic foxes and hares can also be seen around the bay.

Kangilinnguit ⚓, Greenland

Arrive AM. Depart PM.

The small settlement of Kangilinnguit was founded by the US Navy during World War II to protect an important mineral quarry at nearby Ivittuut. The Americans handed the base – which they named Green Valley – over to the Danish Navy in August 1951 but during the Cold War it was used by NATO to track Soviet submarines in the north Atlantic. The 2.8 mile tarmac road between Kangilinnguit and Ivittuut makes them the only towns in Greenland connected by road.

Narsarsuaq Greenland

Arrive AM. Depart PM. 

The tiny settlement of Narsarsuaq has under 200 residents yet features an airport, which was originally built during World War II by the Americans under the name Bluie West One. Thousands of planes stopped to refuel on their way from the US to Europe while a 600-bed hospital was built to handle casualties from the Normandy landings. It remained a hospital site during the Korean War, when it was expanded to 1,000 beds, however it was eventually deemed surplus to requirements and closed. The hospital was destroyed by a fire in 1972, although the ruins remain. Near the airport is the unique Greenlandic Arboretum – a botanical garden of the Arctic which is home to more than 100 species and 50,000 trees. It is a favourite jumping off point for exploring the incredible natural beauty surrounding Tunulliarfik Fjord as well as the sagas of Erik the Red and the Viking settlers as the surrounding hills are scattered with 10th to 15th-century Norse ruins, which you will see on an included excursion.

At sea

Spend the day at sea.

At sea

Spend the day at sea.

At sea

Spend the day at sea.

At sea

Spend the day at sea.

Dublin, Ireland

Dublin, Ireland

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700. 

Where better to enjoy a party to herald the end of your memorable cruise than Dublin. You’ll have plenty of time to hit the big name shops of Grafton Street, O’Connell Street and Henry Street or browse through the George’s Street Arcade – a much-loved Victorian market. With more than 1,000 pubs you can take your pick from Victorian watering holes, live music or craft beer.

There are also a number of niche museums in Dublin to enjoy, from the unique Irish Whiskey Museum to the obscure Irish Museum of Modern Art and the classics at the National Gallery of Ireland.

At sea

Spend the day at sea.

Dover, England

Dover England

Arrive 0800.

Disembark Spirit of Discovery after breakfast.

Joining you on board...

Enjoy on-board lectures from Sam Hall

A little bit about Sam…

Sam Hall is a former journalist and television news reporter, author, filmmaker and expert on Scandinavia and the Vikings. He was Chief Scandinavian Correspondent for Reuters News Agency, an on-screen reporter for Britain’s prestigious News at Ten and has won several international awards for television documentaries about Norway and the Arctic.

Sam Hall

Explore Ashore

From here to Eternity...

Visit the Eternity Fjord, which is off the beaten track for most North Atlantic cruises and offers unrivalled peace, isolation and tranquility for those who venture away from the tourist trail.

Songs of the sea

While waves of icy water lap around you, allow waves of warm sound to wash over you, as you are serenaded ashore in Uummannaq by a choir of Inuit children and their trusty sled dogs.

Norse legends

Delve into the myths and legends of the Viking settlers as you venture into the grassy hills and rocky outcrops near the tiny settlement of Narsarsuaq in search of ancient burial sites and discover the story of Erik the Red.

Please note

Land by launch or tender.

All excursions mentioned are optional, at an additional cost, and are subject to availability and change. Some of the highlights detailed may only be seen on optional excursions or by exploring independently.


Greenland Explorer

Spirit of Discovery departing Dover

from £5,548 per person 21 2
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £87 if not required
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