For all round efficient, safe touring, all well organised to interesting, and inaccessible or difficult places - Captain's Choice can't be bettered.
Joan Lawrence - Ancient & Holy Lands, 2016
Please note: on this expedition cruise, all landings will require guests to board the ship’s Zodiacs, subject to weather conditions. Due to the spontaneous nature of a Silversea Expeditions cruise with Captain’s Choice, this itinerary should be considered a guide only. This tour requires a moderate degree of physical fitness.
This evening we take to the skies with Emirates bound for Reykjavik via Copenhagen. It’s not long before we’ll be standing between sand and glacier, fire and ice along the shores of the far north.
After a long flight, be whisked to Reykjavik Hotel Borg. Our home for the next two nights enjoys an unrivalled location, adjacent to the beautiful square of Austurvollur
and the national parliament buildings of Iceland. We find a plethora of attractions a short stroll away.
This evening, we sit down to dinner at the restaurant on the ground floor of our hotel. It has long been a favourite haunt for Iceland’s rich and famous. Modern Icelandic flavours created by award-winning chef and co-owner, Volundur Volundarson, tantalise our palates. Think fresh Arctic char, plucked from the icy waters of the North Atlantic. Tender lamb, raised on the greenest of pastures. And succulent langoustine.
Chocolate box buildings huddled on sterling seas. We spend the morning exploring the city. After perusing The National Museum of Iceland, we view the lofty concrete tower of Hallgrimskirkja church on a private visit and head behind the scenes at the Harpa concert hall.
This afternoon, take to the city at your own pace. Or perhaps choose from two Your World experiences.
From farm to fork, local seasonal ingredients shine during our dinner at Grillmarket tonight. Produce is sourced from nearby farms and prepared using traditional Icelandic techniques including open fire, smoke and hot coals.
Nose pressed to window, we ascend Blafjoll mountain and hike through dusty moonscapes to Thrihnukagigur, ‘Three Peaks Crater’, where a Your World experience awaits.
We stop at Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Station before arriving at Hotel Ranga. Four four nights, we stay in log-cabin-style quarters within the wilds of south Iceland.
At Thorsmork, the spectacular mountain ridge named after the Norse god of thunder, Thor, we join a Your World experience.
Glorious scenery transpires as we head further along the south coast. Pass Solheimajokull and Myrdalsjokull glaciers on the way to the Eyjafjallajokull volcano.
Sustenance between the sights is enjoyed at Restaurant Gamla Fjosid, before visiting the Skogar Museum. Tread the black sand beaches along the shores of Reynisfjara. View the puffins, fulmars and guillemots and basalt sea stacks.
Once home to the Viking’s first parliament, Thingvellir National Park is now a World Heritage-listed region. Here, we explore the natural wonder of Almannagja gorge.
We tour the greenhouses at Fridheimar Farm before continuing to the region’s geothermal pools and geysers. Watch Strokkur erupt in a flurry of mist and journey to Gullfoss, a famous Icelandic waterfall tinged milky green in colour.
At Deildartunguhver hot springs, steam spirals up towards the heavens against a backdrop of rugged peaks. The day takes us to two of the country’s most famous waterfalls, Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. Nearby, board eight-wheel trucks to travel along the ice cap of Langjokull glacier.
Back in Reykjavik we enjoy a genuine Icelandic culinary experience. Dinner is served at Thrir Frakkar.
Explore Reykjavik. Or, embark on a Your World experience.
Embark Silver Cloud and meet the Expedition Team.
Crossing the Denmark Strait today, we skirt the border of the Arctic Circle. Tonight, we attend a cocktail party on board.
We arrive at Skjoldungen island and observe the Thrym Glacier. From here, we will have our first Zodiac cruise along the base gaining a unique, close-up perspective.
Prince Christian Sound is one of Greenland’s most dramatic natural features. From our ship, we see waterfalls cascading down both sides and navigate between icebergs.
Step ashore at the small settlement of Aappilattoq. Walk through the village and climb a hill for views of the surrounding mountains.
Visit the open-air Nanortalik Museum and uncover the region’s history. Inuit in traditional clothing will teach us their ancestor’s ancient customs and lifestyle. Traditional coffee and cake are enjoyed after.
Anchoring at the island of Uunartoq Qeqertaq in the afternoon, we relax and ease into the steaming waters of hot springs renowned for their age-old healing effects.
We dock in Qaqortoq in the morning. Admire hillside houses of colourful, primary shades. From the town centre we discover two churches, old and new. An open-air fish and meat market awaits, as do the Qaqortoq Museum and Greenland’s oldest fountain.
Later, we uncover the island of Hvalsey. Churches and ruins from Viking history remain preserved in this authentic area.
Today we tour abundant Norse ruins, including the foundation remains of the manor house belonging to Erik the Red, founder of Greenland. Christian churches and a recently uncovered Norse graveyard are hidden in this settlement. Also admire Hans Lynge’s bronze sculpture of Erik the Red.
We make landfall after lunch and walk to Igaliku. Here we are introduced to 30 inhabitants. Proud of their rare village, our local guides take us on a private tour to Gardar, which was once the religious heart of Norse Greenland.
With a glass of Champagne and the Arctic air on deck, identify the sea birds and other creatures that follow in our wake.
We walk through the capital of Greenland, Nuuk. See Inuit ruins and the Church of Our Saviour. At the Greenland National Museum, we glimpse the rare Qilakitsoq mummies.
Here, the sun never sets. Days are long, rolling gloriously into each other. Admire the harbour glitter under the evening sun as we sail onwards to our final port of call.
Arriving in Kangerlussuaq, it feels as though we are at the edge of the world. We disembark Silver Cloud and venture further north to the ‘Town of Icebergs’, Ilulissat, on a short flight. Once known as Jackobhaven, this port town is flanked by the World Heritage-listed fjord in Disko Bay, the sea mouth repository for one of the world’s most productive glaciers.
We stay at Hotel Arctic for three nights. A warm embrace surrounded by frosty waters. Glaciers and icebergs float inches from us as we recline amid our hushed paradise.
Ride a tuk-tuk to experience the city. We visit Zion Church and the birthplace of explorer Knud Rasmussen. After a guided walk, meet friendly working dogs.
We enjoy dinner at Hvide Falk Restaurant before a midnight cruise amid Ilulissat Icefjord’s chiselled peaks. Listen to the echoes and cracks of ice as it shifts under the glow of the moon.
Today, choose from two thrilling Your World adventures.
This evening, we admire the traditions and culture of the Inuit during a private dinner experience.
Relax this morning, enjoying commanding views of ice floes that surround the hotel.
After lunch we fly to Nuuk and transfer to the Hotel Hans Egede. Greenland’s tiny capital and oldest settlement is nestled within a spectacular fjord system. Perhaps rug up and take a walk down to the harbour where panoramas of surrounding mountains await.,/p>
We are privileged to have witnessed pockets of the world few will ever reach. Transfer to the airport for our flight home.
Touch down in Australia, not as a mere traveller but as an explorer. We hope to see you again on your next Captain’s Choice adventure.
Reaching the world’s frontiers is no easy feat. And let’s face it, adventure and roughing it is so last century. That’s why all the legwork has been done for you; everything mundane sits behind the scenes. We’ve searched the seven seas for the finest expedition ships to usher you to the edges of the planet, where you’ll never have to carry a map. Or your luggage. You’ll certainly never have to find small change for tips.
In a class all of their own, Silversea’s purpose-built expedition ships make far-flung regions accessible. Your days sweep between two very different worlds: the refinement of your vessel, and destinations where human footprints are scarce. A strong espresso and croissant delivered to your suite before landing on a remote island. Champagne or a nip of scotch out on deck after returning from a Zodiac expedition. Unadulterated indulgences and the rush of adventure – it’s all part of life aboard a Silversea expedition cruise.
After unpacking once – or letting your butler do it for you – your suite will become a delightful haven for the duration of the voyage. And with almost one staff member to every guest, the standard of personalised service goes beyond all expectation.
You won’t just be watching coastlines through binoculars from the deck. Our ships and Zodiacs put you on that coast, smack-bang in the middle of the wilderness with an experienced Expedition Team at the helm. You’ll set out on gentle hikes, learn about the land from locals and follow wildlife along remote shores. Thanks to the flexible nature of our itineraries, we’re always at liberty to change course or linger awhile longer. And most importantly, you can always set your own pace depending on how active you’re feeling. Sightseeing opportunities are as boundless as our new horizons.
Welcome aboard the most spacious and luxurious ice-class vessel of its kind, Silver Cloud. An extensive refurbishment will see the ship move to Silversea’s expedition fleet in 2017, bound for polar waters thanks to its newly ice-strengthened hull. The multi-million dollar vision blends the raw beauty of remote destinations with luxuries you’d expect to find at the world’s greatest hotels. It now presents five gourmet dining options, expansive decks and a swimming pool. Most suites include a veranda, and all benefit from the services of a butler.
Large picture windows frame panoramic views, the perfect backdrop for breakfast in bed. Vista Suites feature a sitting area and a marbled bathroom with a shower (some with bath/shower combination).
Fares are based on a Vista Suite aboard Silver Cloud per person, twin share. Fares include Emirates flights from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. Prices from other cities available on request.
Cruise and Land Only guests join the tour in Reykjavik for dinner on Day 2 and depart Nuuk after breakfast on Day 24.
Suite Upgrades add per person, twin share
Veranda Suite $2,800
Deluxe Veranda Suite $3,400
Solo Suite Supplements add per person
Vista Suite $17,520
Veranda Suite $24,760
Deluxe Veranda Suite $25,810
Includes supplements for single hotel rooms. Solo suites at above prices are limited. Contact our Tour Sales Consultants for details on other suite upgrades.