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Greenland: West Coast Gay Cruise

Explore fjords, icebergs and culture on this gay Greenland expedition.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: This tour has special booking conditions. Please click here for more details.


Quick Facts


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Flightseeing: one 10-15 minute helicopter supported activity thanks to two helidecks along with two twin-engine helicopters on the Ultramarine (weather permitting)
  • Hikes in the unusual tree-less terrain of this polar region
  • A ‘polar plunge’ to welcome you into this whole new world of travel
  • Zodiac cruises to admire icebergs and remote bays
  • Optional add-ons such as mountain biking, sea kayaking and ‘Tundra to Table’ Inuit Culinary Experience with two Greenlandic chefs
  • Visit the Qeqqata municipality and wander the open-air museum in Sisimut
  • Spot Bowhead, Fin, and Humpback whales breaching nearby
  • Bask in the shadows of dramatic, towering fjords
  • Enjoy a group dinner at one of Toronto’s best restaurants

DATES AND PRICES

2024
Jul. 23 - Aug. 3, 2024 (From $12,145 USD)
ON REQUEST
  • Tour Prices - All tour prices are in USD and based on double/twin occupancy
    • Tour Price - Explorer Suite: $12,645.00 per person
    • Tour Price - Balcony Suite: $13,545.00 per person - (SOLD OUT)
    • Tour Price - Deluxe Balcony Suite: $14,595.00 per person - (SOLD OUT)
    • Tour Price - Penthouse Suite: $15,445.00 per person - (SOLD OUT)
    • Tour Price - Owner's Suite: $18,895.00 per person - (SOLD OUT)
  • Single Supplement (Optional) - All single supplement prices are in USD and additional to the tour price
    • Single Supplement - Explorer Suite: $6,455.00 per person
    • Single Supplement - Balcony Suite: $7,085.00 per person - (SOLD OUT)
  • Payment Terms: 25% Deposit - Balance due 130 days prior to trip (Polar/Antarctic)
  • Guides and Hosts for this trip: Robert Sharp
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ITINERARY

Day 1 Toronto, Canada

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.

Day 2 Kangerlussuaq

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.

Day 3 At Sea

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.

Days 4-6 Uummannaq Fjord

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.

Day 7-8 Disko Bay

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.

Day 9-10 Qeqqata

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.

Day 11 Kangerlussuaq / Toronto, Canada

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.

 

PLEASE NOTE: The default flight out of Greenland will return to Toronto, however, some guests have opted into a flight to Copenhagen instead. The flight availability to Copenhagen is very limited and could sell out anytime. If you prefer to finish the trip in Copenhagen please advise our sales team and they can look into availability.

Day 12 Toronto, Canada

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.


GUIDES AND HOSTS

OWNER & HOST

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • Breakfast daily, 8 lunches, 10 dinners
  • All onboard meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices
  • Onboard beer and wine during dinner; and coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
  • Roundtrip chartered flight between Toronto, Canada and Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
  • Credit of $300 for additional drinks and on-board purchases
  • Out Adventures dry bag
  • Quark Expeditions parka
  • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for landings and Zodiac cruising excursions
  • Shore landings per the Greenland: West Coast Gay Cruise program
  • Flightseeing: one 10-15 minute helicopter supported activity thanks to two helidecks along with two twin-engine helicopters on the Ultramarine (weather permitting)
  • An Out Adventures Host from beginning to end of tour and experienced expedition leaders throughout the voyage
  • Photographic journal of the expedition
  • Onboard emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$500,000 per person. This does NOT include any other form of travel insurance including basic medical coverage, which is required for all Out Adventures travellers. 
  • Group transfers to and from starting hotel and ship

WHAT ISN’T INCLUDED?

  • Arrival & departure transfers to/from Out Adventures’ joining/finishing point hotel. Detailed arrival and departure instructions will be provided by Out Adventures.
  • International airfare
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
  • Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
  • Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified
  • Phone and Internet charges (connectivity may vary by location)
  • Adventure Options and any other optional activities, meals, and drinks not outlined in itinerary
  • Gratuities for the ship and expedition crew (we recommend $200 per passenger)
  • Travel insurance (medical & repatriation coverage is mandatory for all travellers. Click here for more details). Emergency evacuation coverage is provided by the Ultramarine ship, with limitations.
  • COVID-19 rapid tests, or any expenses related to a guest contracting COVID-19. Click here for more details.

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SHIP DETAILS

Ultramarine
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Explorer Suite
DBL OCCUPANCY: $12,645 USD
SGL OCCUPANCY: $19,100 USD
Explorer Suite
DBL OCCUPANCY: $12,645 USD
SGL OCCUPANCY: $19,100 USD
Balcony Suite
DBL OCCUPANCY: $13,545 USD
SGL OCCUPANCY: $ 20,630 USD
Balcony Suite
DBL OCCUPANCY: $13,545 USD
SGL OCCUPANCY: $ 20,630 USD
Deluxe Balcony Suite
DBL OCCUPANCY: $ 14,595 USD
SGL OCCUPANCY: N/A
Deluxe Balcony Suite
DBL OCCUPANCY: $ 14,595 USD
SGL OCCUPANCY: N/A
Deluxe Balcony Suite
DBL OCCUPANCY: $ 14,595 USD
SGL OCCUPANCY: N/A
Penthouse Suite
DBL OCCUPANCY: $ 15,445 USD
SGL OCCUPANCY: N/A
Penthouse Suite
DBL OCCUPANCY: $ 15,445 USD
SGL OCCUPANCY: N/A
Owner's Suite
DBL OCCUPANCY: $ 18,895 USD
SGL OCCUPANCY: N/A
Owner's Suite
DBL OCCUPANCY: $ 18,895 USD
SGL OCCUPANCY: N/A



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While these trips typically attract gay men, all genders are welcome, and we encourage friends and family to join the fun as well.

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Accommodations

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.

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Physical Rating: 2 - LIGHT

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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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