Travel the Viking Trail from Iceland to Greenland on a Small Ship

March 29, 2013 by

National Geographic Explorer

Travel from Iceland to Greenland aboard the National Geographic Explorer.

Travel the Viking Trail from Iceland to Greenland aboard National Geographic’s newest small ship. The National Geographic Explorer accommodates 148 guests, but it’s a state-of-the art ice-class expedition ship with all the creature comforts you need to enjoy the trip including a spa, fitness center, library, bar, and more.

12-day National Geographic Expedition

Greenland has changed little since Erik the Red sailed from Iceland via the Denmark Strait and around the southern tip of Greenland. Now National Geographic offers the opportunity to travel the Viking Trail from Iceland to Greenland aboard the National Geographic Explorer on a 12-day voyage.

Along with experiencing Viking settlements, guests have the opportunity to discover glaciers and wildlife including seabirds and whales via Zodiac or kayak,

Latrabjarg Razorbills and Puffins

Latrabjarg Razorbills and Puffins

Highlights of the Viking Trail Excursion

The itinerary for this Viking Trail excursion visits Erik the Red’s former homestead, and opens opportunities to explore ancient Norse culture among ruins along Greenland’s southwestern shores.

A visit to the Reykjavik’s National Museum includes the chance to view 15th-century mummies which were featured in National Geographic.

Wild life sightings include birds like the razorbills and puffins among the towering cliffs of Latrabjarg, and blue whales as the ship crosses the Denmark Strait. Later in the trip, walk among colorful colonial-style cottages in Qaqortoq and learn about Greenlandic culture of today first hand.



National Geographic Explorer

All the cabins on The National Geographic Explorer face outside and are equipped with windows or portholes. Accommodations include 388 sq. ft. suites with balconies, or staterooms which are smaller. Some staterooms also feature balconies, while others are equipped with only portholes.

All the rooms are equipped with private facilities and climate controls. Cabins sleep 2 guests with the exception of category 3 staterooms which, in some cases, sleep 3 or one guest.

Photo credits: Ethan Ableman, rwhgould, Shaun Merritt

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