3 independent reviews for East Greenland cruise

Reviews for East Greenland cruise

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review 20 Sep 2022

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The shear beauty of the fjords from high mountains to tundra to glaciers. We were so fortunate with the weather sun with clouds and calm seas. Not only that but seeing the Northern Lights not just once but 3 times. Having the opportunity to kayak and seeing the icebergs from sea level both kayaking and zodiac trips. Walking on the tundra and opportunity to see the flora and fauna. Due to fog one morning and the presence of polar bears another planned landings were not an option and new, unknown ones were found - going into the unknown for the crew plus passengers. Being able to venture up a fjord which is normally inaccessible due sea conditions but due to calm water we made it.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

If it is birds they want to see September is not the best month as the waders and small birds have migrated and many of the sea birds dispersed. Seeing any mammal either on land or at sea is the luck of the draw and the Northern Lights can be included so donít set your heart on seeing these. Take the opportunity to attend the lectures which are informative and given by guides who are experts in their field. Get up early to see spectacular sun rises, misty clouds against the mountains. Make sure your credit card can be accepted via internet transaction to save disappointment- my card was not accepted in the Tourist Information shop in the village as a laptop was used rather than the normal keypad. Older passengers may not be able to see the colours of the Northern Lights - they can just be white - take photos and the green colours will be seen through the camera!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

We only visited one village on the trip and it felt as if we were intruding- very few people around although the museum and church were opened. I found it quite disconcerting. It was made clear all through the trip how careful we had to be to prevent the introduction of foreign particles- this is very good practice. The Team reported to us how they would record sightings of whales etc. which would be passed on to the relevant researchers.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

It will take a while just to realise what the trip meant to me but I enjoyed meeting people of like minds, the ship was extremely comfortable and the staff couldnít have been more attentive. Having the excellent weather was a great bonus and being to explore the area both on land and on sea met all my expectations.

review 6 Oct 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The scenery in East Greenland and the talks from the knowledgeable and passionate expedition crew.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Don't expect to see a lot of wildlife close up

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

It was interesting that at Ittoqqortoormiit because we had to delay our landing due to weather conditions that te museum and shop were shut. It reminded me that we were visiting their town on their terms. Good efforts by the operators on reduced environmental impact

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

It was excellent. The new ship was very comfortable and we were well looked after by staff and the expedition crew. The operator put together a good package for us.

review 26 Sep 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The Northern lights and cruising up close to icebergs.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Have some degree of fitness and be able to get in and out of zodiacs.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

We visited an Inuit community which benefits them.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

It was an amazing trip and would highly recommend it.

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