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Adventures in Greenland

09/12/2016

We’re delighted to announce that in July 2018, Oriana will be making a unique trip to Greenland, taking in highlight ports in Iceland, the Faroe Islands and the Outer Hebrides along the way

Colourful wooden houses in Greenland

Colourful wooden houses in Greenland

We’re excited to announce that Oriana will be taking guests on a unique and fascinating 19-night Discovery cruise on 23 July 2018, calling at two of Greenland’s must-see destinations as well as fascinating ports in Scotland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands along the way. And with prices starting from £1,899 per person with a Select Price benefit of £65* of on-board spending money, this cruise, which went on sale 15 December, is sure to book up fast.

 

Discovering Greenland

Very few places in the world make you feel so aware of the power of nature or allow you to witness such raw, breathtaking scenery as Greenland. With vast mountain ranges, huge glaciers and spectacular fjords, colourful clusters of buildings and opportunities for outdoor adventures such as fishing, sea kayaking, dog sledding and rock climbing, it’s impossible not to be in awe of such a land.

 

Greenland may be the world’s largest non-continental island – it’s actually an autonomous Danish dependent territory – but it has the world’s sparsest population. More than 80 per cent of the country is covered by an ice cap, and its history and natural environment have created a unique and rich cultural mix of Inuit and Danish heritage.

 

Oriana will be taking guests to visit both Qaqortoq and Nuuk in Greenland to get a taster of this fascinating country. Qaqortoq is the largest town in South Greenland and, as you sail into the pretty harbour, you’ll be greeted by the sight of colourful wooden houses dotted along the spectacular mountainside. The town was founded in 1775 and visitors can enjoy a snapshot of Greenland’s history and fascinating Inuit culture in the Town Museum, Qaqortoq’s oldest building. Or, if you can tear your eyes away from the breathtaking scenery, take time to enjoy the artistic side of this remote town. During the mid-1990s, the Greenlandic artist Aka Høegh embarked on a sculpture project known as Stone & Man, which compromises 40 sculptures carved all around the city, many of them in the rock face surrounding the town.

 

Nuuk is Greenland’s capital as well as an outdoor-lover’s paradise. It is surrounded by awe-inspiring mountains, a vast arctic landscape, hot springs and Norse ruins, not to mention Nuuk Fjord, the second largest in the world, where visitors will find dramatic inlets, islands, waterfalls, icebergs and, if you’re lucky, humpback whales. Nuuk has a cosmopolitan feel and you’ll discover a wealth of historical and cultural attractions in the city. The National Museum covers 4,500 years of Greenlandic history with a star attraction – the 500-year-old Qilakitsoq mummies. Due to a combination of location, dry air and low temperatures, the mummified remains of the eight Inuit people discovered in 1972 are in a particularly good state of preservation, and the discovery brought with it new knowledge about the Inuit way of life.

View of Reykjavik

Reykjavik is the most northerly capital in the world

Island beauties

As well as fascinating Greenland, Oriana will be calling at island treasures such as Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis, Reykjavik, Isafjordur and Akureyri in Iceland, Torshavn on the Faroe Islands, as well as a stop in Greenock in Scotland on the way home.

 

Stornoway, the main town on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, is renowned for its unspoilt natural beauty, ancient stone circles and Iron Age structures. Reykjavik is the most northerly capital in the world and has long been known as an outstanding cultural hub. It boasts more than 40 festivals every year, catering for those interested in food, music, horses and Vikings, among other things. The Icelandic fishing port of Isafjordur is the perfect starting point for those who want to experience the magnificent natural beauty of the West Fjords, while the many tours from Akureyri, from whale watching to a trip to see the spectacular ‘Waterfall of the Gods’ at Godafoss, will appeal to nature-lovers. With Iceland on one side and Norway on the other, the Faroe Islands offer a wealth of untamed natural beauty. The capital Torshavn, meaning ‘Thor’s Harbour’, is one of the smallest capital cities in the world and has an enchanting harbourside village known for its colourful houses with their mix of painted and grass roofs. And Glasgow (tours from Greenock) is Scotland’s biggest city and has a unique cultural vibe that has made it a world-renowned destination, perfect for a final stop on the way home.

 

With fantastic ports including Stornoway, Reykjavik, Qaqortoq, Nuuk, Isafjordur, Akureyri, Torshavn and Greenock, this really is a once-in-a-lifetime cruise. Prices start from £1,899 per person with a Select Price benefit of £65* of on-board spending money.

 

Book your place on this unique cruise today >

 

Select Prices shown are per person based on two adults sharing the lowest available grade of inside cabin and are subject to availability.

 

*On-board spending money amount shown is per person based on two people sharing the lowest grade of inside cabin available on cruise X814, and varies by cabin and cruise duration. Select Price benefit of on-board spending money can be swapped at time of booking for another Select Price benefit of car parking or return coach travel. Choice of benefits dependent on cruise type, duration and time of booking.

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