Ontario has a cruise that takes you to Greenland and Iceland for almost 3 weeks

Who says you have to get on a plane to travel to Greenland or Iceland? If you want to bypass the airport to visit these places, you can hop on a 19-day cruise from Ontario that sails there for you.

While Vantage Deluxe World Travel’s Arctic adventure technically begins in Montreal, Ontario residents can get their vacation started early with the pre-trip add-on, disembarking in Ottawa.

Beginning your journey in the nation’s capital, you can stay at the legendary Fairmont Chateau Laurier and explore the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Then head to Montreal to begin your water adventure, where you can explore Old Montreal and views of Mont Royal before setting sail ocean explorer towards Eastern Canada.

You’ll see more of the St. Lawrence River as you head into Québec City before chugging to Woody Point on Bonne Bay in Newfoundland.

The cruise line's itinerary with optional stops from Ottawa to Reykjavik.The cruise line’s itinerary with optional stops from Ottawa to Reykjavik.Vantage Deluxe World Travel

Then you will be in open waters for the next few days as the ship cruises along the Labrador Sea. You can get a massage at the onboard spa or soak in one of the hot tubs as you make your way to Nanortalik in Greenland for a day of adventure.

The boat steers you along the Prince Christian Sound along the Greenland coast to Isortoq, one of the most remote places in the world with fewer than 100 inhabitants.

On day 13, head to another remote location in Greenland known as Kulusuk Island, with a multitude of colorful houses nestled against rolling green hills. Anyone who enjoys hiking can climb the 300-meter-high mountain Isikajia to enjoy the view of the small village and the fjords.

Then the ship makes its way to Siglufjörður in Iceland, a fjord town known for its herring. Afterwards, on day 16, you can explore the ancient glaciers in Ísafjörður and visit the historic village of Thingeyri, where you can see a Viking musical.

The cruise concludes in Reykjavík, where you’ll eat Icelandic hot dogs (called pysla), explore the Golden Circle for some stunning views, and sip the freshest Bloody Marys right on a tomato farm.

This cruise is completely sold out for 2022, but the next two summers are still available if you want to plan your trip well in advance.

Arctic Adventure: Iceland, Greenland and Beyond

Price: Starting at $11,499 plus an additional $1,499 if you choose pre-trip

When: May 5th and July 1st, 2023 and May 9th and July 5th, 2024

Why you must go: You can sail through eastern Canada to see all the wonders that Greenland and Iceland have to offer, from their stunning fjord towns to their UNESCO-listed national parks.


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