Day 1 - London - Reykjavik
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow Airport for a direct, scheduled Icelandair flight to Reykjavik. On arrival, you are met and transfer to embark MS Ocean Diamond (3T), with time to settle in before dinner tonight, as our journey begins.
Day 2 - Vestmannaeyjar
Located off the coast of South Iceland, the Vestmannaeyjar island group was formed by submarine volcanic eruptions over thousands of years, with Surtsey Island emerging from the sea as recently as 1963. We will see this young island today and go ashore on Heimaey, the only inhabited island of the archipelago. Here the evidence of Iceland’s volcanic fury is on full display with houses half-buried in ash from a violent eruption in 1973 when the entire island had to be evacuated.
Day 3 - At sea
Today our vessel continues towards Greenland, following a route used by Norse settlers across the Denmark Strait. Mix your time on deck watching whales, dolphins and seabirds with fascinating presentations given by the expedition team members about the journey ahead.
Day 4 - Prins Christian Sound
If conditions allow, today will be spent cruising the 70-mile-long Prins Christian Sound, a channel between the Labrador and Irminger seas often choked with ice - icebergs regularly calve from Greenland’s glaciers.
Day 5 - Narsarsuaq
Very close to the town of Narsarsuaq lies the small settlement of Qassiarsuk, founded by the legendary Viking rebel and leader Erik the Red who returned here after he spent many years exiled to the island from Iceland. He named this area ‘green land’ because the landscape around Qassiarsuk is characterised by inviting fjords and green, fertile valleys, and wanted to portray this appealing image to potential co-founders. During this stop you have the opportunity to learn more about the lives of the early Norse settlers and visit the reconstructions of a Viking longhouse and small turf church. We have included entrance to the Narsarsuaq Museum which has a section on the settlers, plus a large exhibition on the American Blue-West One base.
Day 6 - Ikka Fjord
Today we visit an underwater world like no other, Ikka Fjord, which contains a forest of remarkable mineral columns growing on the seabed, formed over 10,000 years ago of the extremely rare mineral Ikait.
Day 7 - Nuuk
Today we dock in Greenland’s capital, Nuuk. Founded in 1728 by the Danish-Norwegian missionary Hans Egede, the oldest town on the island has become a bustling metropolis with a lifestyle more modern than the rest of the country. Visit the city sights on a walking tour that ends at the National Museum which exhibits four millennia of Greenland’s history, from the first Arctic Stone Age Cultures, and the famous mummies of Qilakitsoq, naturally preserved by sub-zero temperatures and dry winds some 540 years ago, and still dressed in animal furs.
Day 8 - Sisimiut
With approx. 5,600 inhabitants, Sisimiut is the second largest town in Greenland. It is a modern settlement that maintains ancient traditions and the fishing industry still plays an important role. The natural harbour remains ice-free throughout the year, and in former times this made it an attractive location for European whalers.
Day 9 - Ilulissat - Eqip Glacier
In the morning the MS Ocean Diamond arrives in Ilulissat which means ‘iceberg’ in Greenlandic and with good reason as the town is located at the mouth of iceberg-filled Ilulissat Ice Fjord. The fjord has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004. Delight in the thunderous spectacle when icebergs break off from Sermeq Kujalleq glacier and plunge into the fjord. Sermeq Kujalleq is one of the most productive glaciers in the northern hemisphere and calves over 13 square miles of ice every year. In the evening we visit Eqip Glacier, also known as ‘the calving glacier’ for the frequency of activity. The incredible turquoise waters around it are filled with icebergs.
Day 10 - Uummannaq
Uummannaq is considered one of the most beautiful towns in Greenland, with colourful houses strewn over hilly terrain, so far north the midnight sun shines here from mid-May to mid-August. Located on a small island about 300 miles north of the Arctic Circle, this tiny, picturesque village lies at the foot of a heart-shaped mountain, for which the town is named. We have included entrance to Ummannaq Museum which tells fantastic stories from the region.
Day 11 - Disko Bay - Qeqertarsuaq
The small settlement of Qeqertarsuaq is located on the south coast of Disko Island. In 1773 the first whaling base was founded and whaling has been of great importance to the town over the past two centuries. Hunting and fishing are still the primary occupations for the island's inhabitants. A visit is included to the church of Qeqertarsuaq, to enjoy hymns sung by the local choir.
Day 12 Kangerlussuaq - Reykjavik
We sail along Kangerlussuaq Fjord slicing through the habitat of musk oxen, reindeer and arctic foxes, arriving in Kangerlussuaq for mid-morning disembarkation. Transfer to the airport for our flight to Reykjavik and onward transfer to the Grand Hotel (4T). The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 13 Iceland’s Golden Circle
Today we enjoy a tour of the ‘Golden Circle’ of Iceland, visiting some of the country’s most iconic landmarks and places of natural, historic and scenic qualities. The thermal area of Great Geysir dazzles, especially its spouting hot spring, the Strokkur, which erupts every 5 to 10 minutes, sending up a column of boiling water to a height of 30 metres. Then at Gullfoss, we visit Iceland’s best known and most beautiful waterfall, the two-tiered Golden Falls. This natural wonder is simply breathtaking. Another highlight is Thingvellir, home of the world’s first parliament and now a national park. We return to Reykjavik later in the afternoon.
Day 14 Reykjavik - London
Today we transfer to Reykjavik International Airport for a direct, scheduled Icelandair flight to London. On arrival at London Heathrow Airport you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.