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BOWHEADS AND HUMPBACKS IN GREENLAND

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Whale watching and snorkeling with Bowhead and Humpback amongst stunning icebergs in Greenland

This photographic wildlife adventure, spanning eight days in total, is centered around viewing, snorkeling or even diving with bowhead and humpback whales in Greenland’s Disko Bay. Surrounded by calving glaciers and floating ice bergs the size of cathedrals, Disko Bay is the winter home to a population bowhead whales. Averaging sixty feet long and ninety tons, bowheads are the only large whales that make their home exclusively in the Arctic. As winter turns to spring and the sea ice around the bay breaks open, these elusive giants gather in the bay before beginning their annual migration north toward Canada’s Northwest passage. In recent years, possibly in response to the warming ocean, large numbers of humpback whales have begun to frequent Disko Bay’s spring waters as well. The combination of these two whale populations creates an unprecedented whale photography adventure. For the more adventurous, we will provide an opportunity to dive or snorkel alongside the whales as they come alongside our vessel. These naturally curious creatures will often venture close to boats and divers, offering spectacular photographic opportunities. There is nothing like sharing the water with a whale in its natural environment.

Arctic Kingdom is excited to return to Greenland, and proud to offer expeditions to Qeqertarsuaq for the first time. We are looking forward to offering this trip, developed specifically to take advantage of new developments in whale migration, to both new and loyal clientele.

Highlights

  • Whale watching in the Disko Bay close to Qeqertarsuaq amongst icebergs
  • Snorkeling /diving alongside bowheads and humpbacks
  • Clear and frosty nights accompanied by dogs howling, twinkling stars and perhaps even northern lights if we are fortunate
  • Greenlandic inspired meals
  • Snowmobile up to 900m altitude and enjoy panoramic views of Disko Bay from the top of Lyngmark Glacier
  • Visit to Qeqertarsuag Museum to view the many Inuit artifacts and more

Itinerary Brief

Day 1 – Travel day: Copenhagen to Qeqertarsuaq

Day 2-7 - Bowhead and Humpback whale watching, afternoon / evening hikes, trip to glaciers, exploration time, museum visit

Day 8 – Travel day to Copenhagen



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SUMMARY
EXPEDITION SUMMARY
Trip Length
8 Days
Time of Year
Early April
Price
Please call or email us for pricing.
Trip Category
Adventurer
Group Size
The group is kept exclusively low to maintain an intimate and private wildlife viewing experience.
Location
Qeqertarsuaq (Disko Island) Greenland
Participant Experience Needed
Only a great attitude and adventurous spirit!
Primary Trip Focus
Bowhead and Humpback whales
Secondary
Minke Whale
Other
Seals
Activities
Wildlife viewing, topside photography, hiking
Accommodations
Ottawa hotel - 2 nights

George River - 2 nights

Arctic Kingdom's exclusive Arctic Igloo Dome Base Camp - our highest quality
Transportation
Private Boat Charter
Booking Terms
$2000 deposit required at time of booking. Full Payment due 90 days prior to departure date.
Cancellation Terms
Outside of 90 days a full refund of deposit less $500 admin charge is given. 90 to 60 days prior to a trip entitles client a 50% refund less $500 admin charge. 0-60 days prior to trip no refund will be offered.
Insurance
It is a condition of joining this expedition that you must be insured against medical and personal accident risks. Evacuation insurance is highly recommended.

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