Price from £4,055pp
All prices include: accommodation, guided activities and meals; all as listed.
VISITING: Greenland, Iceland
BROCHURE CODE: 5309

Key facts

  • Duration:13 nights
  • Pace:Balanced
  • Suitable for: Ages 18+ with a reasonable level of physical fitness. See our terms for further information
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  • Flights: Charter flight from Keflavik to Kangerlussuaq
  • Transfers: all transfers in Iceland and transfer from the airport to the ship in Greenland
  • Accommodation: 2 nights in a hotel in Reykjavik and 11 nights en-suite cabins in cabin category P (outside cabin with porthole). Upgrades are available
  • Meals: 2 breakfasts in Reykjavik; 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners and midnight snack each evening on board
  • Cruise itinerary as per agenda (subject to change)
  • Juice, water, tea and coffee are all included
  • Wind jacket
  • On-board entertainment programme including lectures on Icelandic culture, history and wildlife from local experts
  • Zodiac excursions (weather dependent)
  • Use of gym facilities on board the ship
  • Fully qualified wilderness guides and instructors during activities 

A note on flights: flights to and from Iceland are not included in the holiday price so that the best available fares and most appropriate schedules can be found for you at the time of booking. This route is served by both low cost and scheduled airlines and our Travel Experts will happily provide you with a quote and arrange flights on your behalf.

SPECIAL OFFER: Please note the 2018 prices are only valid until 30th December as an Early Bird Discount has been applied.


During this unforgettable thirteen night holiday, you will enjoy the long days of the Arctic summer whilst also making the most of the captivating and wild beauty of Greenland and the magnificent natural wonders of Iceland. You will also have time to explore Reykjavik, one of the smallest capitals in the world.

Boarding the boat in Greenland, you will explore the rugged and remote west coast, a region that reflects and promotes the traditional way of life which is widely embraced on the island. The landscape throughout is dominated by steep fjords, floating icebergs and immense glaciers and there is some staggering scenery to enjoy.

In Iceland, you will visit the Westman Islands and witness the power of the natural world as you see the destruction and beauty which has been caused by volcanic eruptions over thousands of years.

Throughout this arctic cruise, you can add in shore excursions to further explore or simply enjoy the views and the presentations from the expedition team on board. The MS Ocean Diamond is a delightful cruise ship; large enough to offer guests great facilities and comfort but, with a maximum of 224 passengers, the vessel is small enough to ensure the best possible experiences for all on board.

The expert team on board will make your stay as comfortable as possible and your meals are included from the night you board until the morning you disembark; so you really can relax and focus on your holiday.

This is an unforgettable arctic adventure which takes in two wild countries and a vast number of natural wonders.


Image credits: Iceland Pro Travel, Visit Greenland, Fotografie.Opzolder.Co
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  • Ilulissat: City walk and museum

    On this tour you will learn about life 200 miles above the Arctic Circle. Ilulissat was an important Danish trading post in the past and this tour will take you to the harbour, the 18th-century Zion Church and the city museum (entrance to the museum is included).

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    Approximate duration: 1.5 hrs + individual visit to the museum

    Min/Max participants: 30/150

    Available: Day 3

    Please contact a Travel Expert for a quote.

    Please note: excursions and excursion prices will be updated in December.

    Image credit: Shaunjones70


Other options

  • Ilulissat: Cruise to the Ice Fjord

    Small sturdy local boats will take you to the mouth of the Ilulissat Ice Fjord, where an underwater moraine catches many of the big icebergs. The only way to get over the moraine is pressure from behind – therefore you always find a multitude of huge icebergs just in front of Ilulissat. As the boat sails around the icebergs, the captain cuts the engines at a suitable place where you can enjoy the panorama.

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    Warm clothing is recommended!

    Approximate duration: 2 hrs

    Min/Max participants: 12/-

    Available: Day 3

    Please contact our Travel Experts for a quote.

    Please note: excursions and excursion prices will be updated in December.

    Image credit: Víctor Romera de la Fuente

  • Ilulissat: flight above the Ice Fjord

    On this exciting tour you will hop aboard a plane for a low-altitude flight to the very end of the world-famous Ilulissat Ice Fjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After cruising above the glacier edge, the plane will fly above the underwater moraine in front of Ilulissat, where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of huge icebergs dotted with sky-blue glacial lakes. A window seat is guaranteed for the best photo opportunities.

    Weather permitted!

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    Approximate duration: 30 minutes

    Min/Max participants: 4/25

    Available: Day 3

    Please contact our Travel Experts for a quote.

    Please note: excursions and excursion prices will be updated in December.

    Image credit: Visit Greenland

  • Ilulissat: Sermermiut Iceberg Hike

    This guided hiking tour takes you to the Inuit ruins at Sermermiut overlooking the famous Ilulissat Ice Fjord. The first people settled in Sermermiut around 2,000 years BC and your guide will tell you more about the culture and lifestyle of the early Inuit, whilst you enjoy the impressive icebergs that pass by on the fjord.

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    The tour includes approximately three miles of moderate hiking on mountain trails. Hiking boots and outdoor clothing are recommended.

    Approximate duration: 3 hrs

    Min/max participants: 15/-

    Available: Day 3

    Please contact our Travel Experts for a quote.

    Please note: excursions and excursion prices will be updated in December.

    Image credits: Visit Greenland

  • Nuuk: Food tasting tour

    Experience a taste of Greenland during this tasting tour and learn about the way of life here, including the hunting traditions. Whale and seal meat, game, fish and birds are all staples of Greenlandic food. At hotel Inuk your guide will introduce you to the local fare which may include a variety of fish, musk ox, seal and other delicacies depending on what has been caught.

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    Approximate duration: 1.5 hrs

    Min/Max participants: 15/20

    Available: Day 7

    Please contact our Travel Experts for a quote.

    Please note: excursions and excursion prices will be updated in December.

    Image credit: Thomas Leth-Olsen

  • Nuuk: Hiking around Lille Malene Mountain

    This demanding hike will last around 5 hours (including transfers) but will lead you into the spectacular wilderness around Nuuk. You will need to be reasonably fit and have appropriate hiking footwear and clothes for this 6 mile hike in mountain terrain.

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    At the foot of the Lille Malene Mountain you will set off with your guide to explore this arctic mountain terrain on foot, hearing fascinating stories and facts about the landscape from your expert as you go. The views on offer are exceptional and you will certainly be rewarded for your efforts.

    A packed lunch is included.

    Approximate duration: 5 hrs

    Min/Max participants: 15/25

    Available: Day 7

    Please contact our Travel Experts for a quote.

    Please note: excursions and excursion prices will be updated in December.

    Image credits: Javier Guijarro Tortosa

  • Nuuk: Bus tour of the city

    This guided bus tour includes the highlights of Nuuk, Greenland's capital city. The tour includes a walk around the old city centre and a visit to a new suburban area with its interesting modern architecture.

    The tour terminates at the National Museum of Greenland (entrance is included).

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    Approximate duration: 1 hr + individual visit to the National museum

    Min/Max participants: 20/30

    Available: Day 7

    Please contact our Travel Experts for a quote.

    Please note: excursions and excursion prices will be updated in December.

    Image Credit: Javier Guijarro Tortosa

  • Narsarsuaq: Helicopter to Eqaluit Glacier

    On this tour you will travel by helicopter to the nearby Eqaluit Glacier. The helicopter flies at low altitude over the coastal mountains before landing in front of the glacier. On this 30-minute stop you will have chance to inspect and photograph the amazing glacier face before the return flight.

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    Weather permitted!

    Approximate duration: 1 hr

    Min/Max participants: 8/8

    Available: Day 8

    Please contact our Travel Experts for a quote.

    Please note: excursions and excursion prices will be updated in December.

    Image credit: RickbyB3

  • Narsarsuaq: Hike to Tasiussaq

    This guided 8.5 mile hike takes you to a remote former sheep breeding farm in Tasiussaq; you’ll travel along unpaved roads and will need to have good hiking shoes at your disposal. This is a fascinating location but its real charm lies in its views of the Fjord system and the stunning Arctic landscape.

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    Approximate duration: 5 hrs

    Min/Max participants: 10/25

    Available: Day 8

    Please contact our Travel Experts for a quote.

    Please note: excursions and excursion prices will be updated in December.

    Image credit: Marcos Fernández Garrido

  • Narsarsuaq: hiking and kayaking

    On this trip you will hike along the Narsarsuaq fjord for a glimpse of icebergs and glaciers before setting off in a kayak for a paddle across the fjord during which you experience the Arctic landscape from a new perspective.
    Hiking shoes and outdoor clothing recommended.

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    Packed lunch is included.

    Approximate duration: -

    Min/Max participants: 5/12

    Available: Day 8

    Please contact our Travel Experts for a quote.

    Please note: excursions and excursion prices will be updated in December.

    Image credit: Jeff Swensen

  • Narsarsuaq: Quassiarsuk Viking Ruins

    The small settlement of Qassiarsuk boasts some of the most interesting ruins from the Norse period of Greenland history. Erik the Red settled here after he had been outlawed from Iceland and named the new land 'green land' because the region around Qassiarsuk is characterised by inviting fjord landscapes and green, fertile valleys. On this trip you can see the ruins of the first Christian Church in Greenland and visit the reconstruction of a Viking longhouse.

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    Involves about 1.5 hrs of walking on gravel road

    Approximate duration: 1.5-2hrs

    Min/Max participants: 10/-

    Available: Day 8

    Please contact our Travel Experts for a quote.

    Please note: excursions and excursion prices will be updated in December.

    Image credits: Tore Humstad

  • Narsarsuaq: Qoroq Ice Fjord

    The Greenland icecap produces 250 million tons of icebergs each summer and their last journey begins when they break off into glaciers at the top of fjords.

    One of these is Qoroq Glacier near Narsarsuaq which can be reached via a 30-minute boat ride.

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    You will board the smaller boats from the ship and cruise into the fjord for a wonderful view of the glacier. Cruising into the fjord, the boats sail a zigzag route through the icebergs and Qoroq in the distance.

    Approximate duration: 1.5-2hrs

    Min/Max participants: 12/-

    Available: Day 8

    Please contact our Travel Experts for a quote.

    Please note: excursions and excursion prices will be updated in December.

    Image credit: Alison Freeman

  • Vestmannaeyjar: Golf in the volcano

    This is a truly unique experience as you have the chance to play just over four hours of golf in the famous golf course, located beside the sea in a sunken volcanic crater. You can take in the stunning views and the rugged coast while playing 18 holes. The course is ranked as one of the best 200 courses in Europe.

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    Course fee and equipment included golf balls are extra (around USD 5 each).

    Approximate duration: 6 hours

    Min/Max participants: 4/20

    Available: Day 9

    Please note: excursions and excursion prices will be updated in December.

    Image credit: Iceland ProTravel

     
  • Vestmannaeyjar: Lava Tour (Pompeii of the North)

    In the Westman Islands, you can enjoy a guided tour of Heimaey by bus. This excursion will highlight the power of nature as you witness the semi-buried homes and the volcanic crater which have been caused by recent eruptions. A museum visit gives an insight into the geology of the island and an account of both the 1973 eruption, which damaged the homes and the 1963 eruption which created the island of Surtsey (entrance to the museum is included).

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    Approximate duration: 2 hours

    Min/Max participants: 10/45

    Available: Day 9

    Please note: excursions and excursion prices will be updated in December.

    Image credit: Iceland ProTravel

     

We include more, no hidden costs

On each of our holidays you will see a clear outline of exactly what's included in the price of your holiday. We never use 'headline' or 'lead-in' prices like so many tour operators, as we prefer to include as much as we can, rather than see our clients incur considerable additional costs in our destinations.
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SPECIAL OFFER: Please note the 2018 prices are only valid until 30th December as an Early Bird Discount has been applied.

Dates
Wed 22 Aug 2018
to Tue 04 Sep 2018
Book
Adults£ 4,055 Single Adult£ 7,115

Next year's provisional dates and prices

You can make a pre-reservation to secure your holiday at this stage by paying a deposit but, the provisional departure dates, prices and itineraries remain subject to change. We will contact you when the final dates, prices and itineraries are confirmed and you will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. If you decide not to travel we will refund your deposit. Our Travel Experts will happily provide you with full terms and a complete quotation.

 

Dates
Wed 21 Aug 2019
to Tue 03 Sep 2019
Enquire
Adults£ 5,530 Single Adult£ 9,685

For our full booking terms and conditions please click here

Holiday group size (approximate)

Approximately 150 - 220 on board the ship but for activities the group size will be much smaller.

Group sizes
Most of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate. Minimum numbers are detailed on each holiday page and are always approximate. Group sizes for tailor made holidays will vary for each of the activities. For private departures you may also be joined by other guests during the activities unless you have discussed specific private activities with us.

If your selected date has not yet reached minimum numbers you will be informed at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date has not reached the required minimum numbers nine weeks before your scheduled departure date we will contact you and discuss the various options available to you. We will always do all we can to operate a holiday and in some cases we may be able to operate the holiday by combining your itinerary with that of other guests for some activities (this may mean that the maximum group size is increased but this will be discussed in full with you).

If we are unable to operate the holiday then you will be offered the chance to transfer to an alternative holiday or date (subject to availability). If the alternative is more expensive you will be asked to pay the difference, if it is cheaper then you will be reimbursed. You will also be offered the option to cancel and receive a full refund of all monies paid.

Minimum age

Whilst Artisan Travel only sells holidays to those aged 18 years and over on a small selection of holidays there may be those under the age of 18 who have booked with other companies and where our local supplier also allow those under 18 to participate (additional activities during tailor made holidays for example). Our travel experts will answer any concerns you may have in this regard.

Medical History and advice

You must inform us at the time of booking if any of your party has a disability, medical or behavioural conditions which could affect their own participation in the holiday or indeed that of the other people on the holiday.

We cannot be held responsible for any incident or event arising from your failure to do so.

Experience and fitness

Any activities included in your itinerary are all designed for beginners. Full instruction and tuition is provided for all activities and you do not need to have any previous experience. For example you need never have set foot on a pair of skis of any kind before a cross-country ski tour. We have adults of all ages and fitness levels taking part in our holidays.

We do highlight certain itineraries where an increased level of fitness is required.If you have any questions at all with regards to fitness levels please get in touch and talk to one of our experts. You can find further details in our trip preparation section online. You must inform us at the time of booking if any of your party has a disability, medical or behavioural conditions which could affect their own participation in the holiday or indeed that of the other people on the holiday.

Guides and safety
It is absolutely essential when partaking in any activity that you listen very closely to, and abide by, the instructions provided. Nobody knows the environment better than our activity providers who work here almost everyday.

Consequently, their knowledge and experience is unsurpassed. If there is anything that you are unsure of during a safety briefing or that you would like to clarify with the guides please make this clear to them immediately before starting the activity.

There may be rare occasions when our guides consider local conditions unsuitable for a certain activity. Hence, your itinerary may be subject to change at short notice but we will always endeavour to firstly find a replacement on the day and secondly, to provide the cancelled activity later in your stay whenever possible. Very occasionally it proves impossible to provide the activity in which case you will be refunded when you return home.

Our guides' word on activities is always final and your safety is their principal concern at all times, please respect their decisions. By following their instructions, your safety and enjoyment during each activity will be greatly enhanced.

You must inform us of any medical conditions that may affect your participation in an activity at the time of booking.

Booking activities locally
In almost all of our destinations you can book and pay for additional activities locally. Please note that we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss that occurs through any activities that are booked in your destination (see our terms and conditions for further details).

Please always ensure that your safety is your primary concern when arranging any such activity.

Car Hire

If your trip includes car hire the named driver must have a credit card registered in their name which they can present when they collect their car along with their driving licence, as a deposit will be held on the credit card.  Please see your trip dossier for full details.

Payment and cancellation terms:

Please note that the following payment and cancellation terms supersede those mentioned in sections 2 and 6 of our general booking terms and conditions.

Payment terms

A deposit of 20% of the total holiday cost is required at the time of booking. Full payment is required 90 days prior to departure.

Cancellation terms

After booking and more than 62 days prior to departure = loss of deposit

61-43 days prior to departure = 30%

42-29 days prior to departure = 60%

28-15 days prior to departure = 90%

14 days or less prior departure = 100%


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