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Immerse yourself in the drama of Greenland’s west coast. On this cruise, our adventurous gay group will join a larger Quark Expeditions departure aboard their impressive Ultramarine expedition ship. You’ll see stunning fjords, remote islands, and visit towns like Sisimiut and Uummannaq that provide deep cultural exchange experiences. Admire the rugged splendor of Greenland’s glaciers from the exquisite comfort of our ship (perhaps through the sauna’s massive picture windows after treating yourself in the spa). Though we join a larger expedition aboard the Ultramarine, we’ve arranged exclusive excursions and events for you.
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Aluu – as they say in Greenlandic (even though we’re beginning in Canada, it may come in handy to practice Greenlandic greetings). Feel free to explore this vibrant metropolis known for being one of the world’s largest cultural melting pots. Kensington Market, The Distillery District, and Yonge-Dundas Square offer unique flavours of big-city life, or you can explore the trendy gayborhood located around Church & Wellesley. At 6PM, we’ll begin with a welcome meeting at our host hotel. After everyone has gotten acquainted, we’ll delight our taste buds at a Welcome Dinner at one of our favourite restaurants.
This morning we’ll catch a charter flight to Kangerlussuaq, board the Ultramarine ship, and head north on our adventure. Expect a warm welcome and safety briefing from our Expedition Leader.
PLEASE NOTE: Unlike our typical offerings, an expedition cruise is not only more exciting, but also less predictable. We must factor in ever-changing sea, ice, wildlife and weather conditions in a remote part of the world. Therefore, the itinerary is less specific than usual. Still, the days will be full of adventure.
Today we’ll continue sailing north along the west coast. The Expedition Team will prepare us for the adventures ahead with activity and excursion briefings. There will also be presentations on the wildlife and history of Greenland including its geology, ecology and climate.
Welcome to the second-largest fjord system in Greenland. Enjoy this rare opportunity to explore the cultural and natural wonders of the area. Potential excursions include a visit to the town of Uummanaq, a venture into Qilakitsoq (where the famous Greenland Mummies were discovered) and excursions focused on Store Glacier and its immense discharge zone.
At this point we’ll explore the largest open bay in western Greenland, where whales are often spotted. We’ll aim to visit Illulissat, the community near the head of Sermeq Kujalleq (Jakobshavn Glacier), which discharges 35 billion tons of ice every year. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004, the fjord is immensely beautiful and full of hiking trails that you can explore.
We may also visit Equip Sermia or Torsukatak Fjords in Disko Bay’s northeast corner. They offer fantastic glacial views and more opportunities for hiking, paddling, and Zodiac cruising. We may even board the helicopters to fully appreciate this immense region.
Qeqqata (meaning centre) municipality is Greenland’s second smallest administrative region, and home to 20% of Greenland’s people. We are likely to visit Sisimiut where you can wander the open-air museum, participate in local tastings or join a hiking group to explore the trails. You may also join an optional mountain biking excursion.
We may additionally visit Manitsoq, home to the alpine lake Innussuit Tasersuat. The fjord systems beyond are deep, seldom visited, and include the tallest mountains in Greenland. Venturing here is a truly exceptional experience.
This morning we bid farewell to our faithful crew as we board our flight back to Canada. Flight times back to Toronto can vary greatly, so there are no planned activities this evening. We will dine together for an optional dinner if timing allows.
This morning you may opt to fly home or spend a couple of days exploring Canada’s largest city.
PLEASE NOTE: A departure transfer is not included, but your group leader will provide clear instructions on getting to the airport.
While these trips typically attract gay men, all genders are welcome, and we encourage friends and family to join the fun as well.Learn More
All accommodations on Out Adventures tours include breakfast and are located in areas central to our activities. All amenities are examples only, and may differ from hotel to hotel.
Small Expedition Ship Cruise: A boutique vessel accommodating up to 199 passengers, with amenities including restaurants, lounge, gym, spa and sauna. We’ll be sharing her with other travellers outside of our Out Adventures group.
3-Star+ Hotel: Clean and comfortable rooms along with basic amenities such as a simple restaurant/breakfast area. Customer service is good, but offers no frills.Learn More
This trip is fully booked but cancellations occur. If you’d like to be contacted if space opens up, please click “Book Now”, select the appropriate departure and you will be prompted to provide limited information.
If you are a solo traveller willing to share a room with another solo traveller, please select Shared/Twin Room when booking this tour.
If you are a solo traveller interested in booking a private room, please select single supplement when booking this tour (based on availability). If you are willing to share a room with another solo traveller, please select Solo Shared.
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