Greenland Cruises & Luxury Expeditions

Explore the infinite wilderness of the largest island on Earth on a Greenland cruise. Encounter colossal icebergs, sail through mountainous landscapes, and visit remote Inuit settlements.

Introduction

Greenland cruises invite you to explore seldom-seen, hard-to-reach places only accessible by ship on an expedition cruise. From Disko Bay with its staggering Icebergs and calving glaciers to the tranquil fjords and mountainous scenery of Southern Greenland and the remote, seldom-explored fjords of the East Coast, Greenland is an epic destination for any explorer.   

Greenland offers a diverse selection of expedition cruises at different times of the year. In the Springtime, Icebreaker cruises explore Greenland's sea ice when it is off limits to regular ships and visit settlements locked in by the sea ice. During the summer, it is possible to embark on expedition cruises exploring Greenland's coast and longer-length itineraries, including Svalbard and the Northwest Passage.

Our in-house experts carefully select our Greenland cruises to help you find the perfect experience. We offer the best selection of Greenland cruises on leading ships, allowing you to explore this spectacular part of the world in comfort and peace of mind.

Cruises To Greenland

Northern lights in Greenland
Small Ship
Reykjavik - Reykjavik
Sep 22 - Oct 2 2025
10 Nights

Price from per person

£6,210
Navigating-the-sea-ice-on-the-way-to-the-North-Pole-Icebreaker-Charcot
No Single Supplement
Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen - Reykjavík
Sep 26 - Oct 12 2024
16 Nights

Price from per person

£35,860
cruising through ice in Greenland
Small Ship
Reykjavik - Reykjavik
Sep 13 - Sep 23 2025
10 Nights

Price from per person

£6,174

Highlights Of a Greenland Cruise

Why Visit?

1

Explore The Most Epic Scenery on The Planet

Greenland is one of the largest untouched wildernesses on Earth, from mountainous landscapes that rival Patagonia to vast unexplored fjords.

2

Witness Colossal Icebergs and Glaciers

Glaciers calve where the Greenland ice cap meets the coast, creating some of the most gigantic icebergs on the planet. Icebergs are seen throughout Greenland.

3

Meet Greenlandic People and Experience Greenlandic Culture

A massive highlight of exploring Greenland is meeting the people who live there and getting an insight into their way of life and culture.

4

Hike in Pristine Wilderness

Greenland offers fantastic chances for exhilarating hikes along remote beaches and deserted hillsides, all with amazing views.

5

Join Exhilarating Outdoor Activities

Greenland cruises offer the perfect chance to experience kayaking amongst the ice, dog sledging, ice fishing and polar trekking. 

6

Small Ship Expedition Cruise Experience

Join a small group of fellow explorers and experience Greenland in comfort and luxury on a purpose-built, ice-strengthened expedition ship.

What To See

huge icebergs in Greenland

Epic Ice

Due to the Greenland Icecap, which frequently calves ice into the waters around the coast, Greenland is an iceberg spotter's dream. 

Colourful Remote Settlements

Greenland, known for its remote villages with colourful houses, is home to some of the most remote settlements on Earth.

whales by an iceberg in Greenland

Wildlife

Greenland offers a great chance to encounter Arctic Animals, including Polar Bears (East Coast), Whales (Disko Bay), Musk Ox, Arctic foxes and hares.

northern lights behind a colourful house in Greenland

Northern Lights

From September onwards, the Aurora Borealis lights up the skies across Greenland. Experiencing this phenomenon in such a natural setting is a sight to behold.

Getting to Your Greenland Cruise

Due to Greenland’s isolated nature, very little infrastructure links towns and settlements, making an expedition cruise with shore landings by Zodiac the perfect way to encounter all Greenland offers. 

With Greenland, there are two main options for joining cruises: 1) to fly to Greenland and join a cruise that departs from there, or 2) join an expedition cruise that sails to Greenland from other destinations in the Arctic, such as Svalbard, Greenland or Iceland. The choice is down to which itinerary best suits your preferences. 

For cruises commencing in Greenland, a charter flight to Greenland is often included as part of the itinerary from Iceland or Copenhagen, Denmark, to ensure a seamless journey. 

If cruising to Greenland from another destination, you must reach the departure port first. Many cruises to Greenland depart from Reykjavik, Iceland, which has excellent international connections to the rest of the world. 

Depending on your itinerary, a flight to and from the departure port may also be included. If not, our Travel Experience Team can help you with this. 

For more information, please see our guide below for all the different ways to get to Greenland.

When To Go On A Greenland Cruise

Greenland cruises typically occur during the summer between June and September when the temperature is at its mildest, and the seas around Greenland have less sea ice, making navigation possible. However, new icebreaker cruises now make visiting East Greenland much earlier in the season, during April and May, than possible on a conventional ship due to its unique icebreaking capabilities. 

The best time to explore Greenland on an expedition cruise depends on what you want to see. April to June offer the best chance to undertake a genuine polar expedition deep into the sea ice of East Greenland on an icebreaker cruise. 

June and July offer great months to explore the tranquil fjords of the West Coast of Greenland and the stunning ice formations of Disko Bay, with 24 hours of sunlight above the Arctic Circle and often mild weather. 

August is the best month for expeditions to East Greenland on regular cruise ships and for exploring further afield, from Greenland to the Northwest Passage, as the sea ice extent is at its lowest. 

September offers the best chances to see the Northern lights on your cruise as the darkness returns, and it is an excellent month for photographers with gorgeous hues in the sky. 

Please see our detailed guide below to learn what a Greenland cruise offers each month.

Choose Your Year

Greenland Cruises 2024

Greenland Cruises 2025

Greenland Cruises 2026

Types of Greenland Cruises

Greenland Luxury Cruises

Luxury expedition cruises to explore Greenland offer the chance to encounter this mystical land in style and comfort without compromising the expedition experience.

Greenland Icebreaker Cruises

Icebreaker cruises in Greenland offer opportunities to explore Disko Bay, East Greenland and Scoresby Sund when they are inaccessible to regular ships due to the sea ice.

Greenland and the Northwest Passage and Cruises

Combine an expedition cruise that explores Greenland's majestic icebergs and remote settlements with the Northwest Passage for the ultimate journey.

Iceland and Greenland Cruises

Combine an expedition cruise that explores Greenland's majestic coasts with the land of fire and Ice.

Places To Explore On A Greenland Cruise

Disko Bay Greenland Ponant

Disko Bay & Ilulissat Icefjord

The calving Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier fills the Ilulissat Icefjord and Disko Bay with some of the planet's most enormous icebergs, making it one of Greenland's must-see sights.
Nuuk capital of Greenland

Nuuk

The capital of Greenland, Nuuk, is a vibrant cultural centre. Explore museums, cafes, and restaurants, and enjoy a hike with some great views of the Nuuk Fjord beyond.
scoresby sund East Greenland

Scoresby Sund

The longest Natural fjord system on Earth, Scoresby Sund is an unprecedented wilderness above the Arctic Circle on Greenland's remote East Coast. Here, you can encounter mountainous fjords and icebergs the size of skyscrapers.
Prins Christian Sound in Greenland Le Commandant Charcot Icebreaker PONANT

Prins Christian Sound

A breathtaking natural waterway in southern Greenland, this narrow, picturesque fjord is a passage for ships travelling between East and West Greenland, avoiding the rough waters of Cape Farvel.
Qaqortoq town in Greenland with cruise ship

Qaqortoq

Nestled in the picturesque scenery of Southern Greenland, Qaqortoq is a charming town of colourful houses and the largest town in the country's southern region.
Uppernavik town in Greenland

Upernavik

Upernavik is a town on a small island in northwestern Greenland renowned for its traditional kayak craftsmanship.

Recommended Greenland Cruise Ships

Le Commandant Charcot

245 Guests
PC6
150m
A 5* luxury icebreaker which excels at breaking new ground (or should we say ice!) Le Commandant Charcot offers new opportunities to explore areas of Greenland, including the remote east coast and Disko Bay, early in the season that is off limits to regular ships due to the thick sea ice thanks to its unique icebreaking hull. Expect a refined onboard experience with fine dining options, spacious staterooms and luxury suites, a large outdoor heated lagoon and an indoor relaxation area with a pool and spectacular views.

Plan Your Greenland Cruise

Book Well in Advance: Greenland cruises often sell out in advance. We recommend booking your voyage well to secure your preferred itinerary and cabin.

Choose Your Itinerary: There are a variety of small expedition cruise ships, voyages, and activities to choose from. Choose a cruise that aligns with your interests, whether visiting remote communities or specific activities such as dog sledging. Our Travel Experience Team will advise and recommend different options based on your preferences.

Reserve Your Cabin With North Pole Cruises: We will ensure you receive the best price from the operator when booking. Our knowledgeable Travel Experience Team will help you choose your Greenland cruise and answer any questions. We will provide lots of helpful information, including packing lists, before the voyage and support you during your journey if you have any issues. With every booking, we offer peace of mind with our 100% financial protection. 

Travel Insurance: When booking, purchase comprehensive travel insurance for your Greenland cruise that covers trip cancellations, medical emergencies, and evacuation from remote locations. Ensure that your policy explicitly covers polar travel.

Visiting Greenland on an expedition cruise is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We are here to help you plan and prepare for your extraordinary voyage to explore one of the world's most hidden destinations.

Frequently Asked Questions

The price of a Greenland cruise varies depending on several factors, including the ship size, the level of luxury, the itinerary, the number of guests, the time of year, and the length of your chosen itinerary. As a rule of thumb, prices per person start from £1,000 ($1274, €1152) per person per night for an expedition cruise. Due to their specialist nature, icebreaker cruises to Greenland command a higher price per person.

Yes, we offer no single supplement on selected Greenland cruises. Our Travel Experience Team has access to the best offers for solo travellers. 

We recommend you contact us with your requirements, and we can help you find the best no-single supplement Greenland cruise for you.

Seeing polar bears on a cruise in East Greenland is possible, although the chances are less so than in Svalbard. However, please note you are highly unlikely to see them in Southern Greenland or the Disko Bay area, as they are concentrated in areas of sea ice, and these areas are ice-free during the summer. 

For the best chances of seeing polar bears, we recommend a Greenland cruise that also visits Svalbard.

The weather on a Greenland cruise can vary depending on the time of year you plan to visit. Greenland has an Arctic climate, so it generally experiences cooler temperatures, although it is surprisingly mild during the summer months. 

Summer (June to August)

These are the best months for cruising in Greenland. Daytime temperatures above the Arctic Circle range from 0 to 10 degrees Celsius (32 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit). Areas to the south experience milder temperatures, especially during July. Longer daylight hours, with places above the Arctic Circle experiencing the midnight sun. During the summer, the Arctic has predominately high-pressure weather systems, which create calm conditions. Disko Bay is often affectionately called Disko Lake locally due to its calm summertime conditions. 

Spring (April to May) 

Spring temperatures on icebreaker cruises are colder than summer, ranging from -10 to 5 degrees Celsius (14 to 41 degrees Fahrenheit). However, lower temperatures can be encountered in the sea ice in East Greenland, and snowfall is possible during this time. 

Fall (September to October)

Late-season cruises encounter lower temperatures than summer cruises, with daily temperatures ranging from -10 to 5 degrees Celsius (14 to 41 degrees Fahrenheit). The first snowfall also returns during this period. These months offer the best opportunities to see the Northern Lights. 

Conditions can vary depending on your chosen time to visit. Additionally, weather conditions in Greenland can change rapidly, so it’s wise to pack layers, including warm clothing, waterproof gear, and sturdy footwear. 

During the reservation process, we will provide you with a complete packing list to prepare you for the weather conditions on your Greenland cruise.

Each Greenland cruise includes accommodation in well-appointed cabins, meals, expert guides, guest lecturers outlined in the itinerary, Zodiac cruises and excursions, and specified charter flights.

Please check the tour page of your chosen itinerary to see a complete list of inclusions.

Financial security is paramount for our clients, so all bookings made through North Pole Cruises include 100% financial protection. We also include supplier failure insurance free of charge for extra peace of mind. This ensures you have the very best protection on your booking. 

When reserving your chosen itinerary, the payment options will be quoted.

Typical payment terms are a 25% deposit when booking to reserve your cabin and the final balance payable 90 days before departure. 

We accept payment via credit card or bank transfer.

Each expedition ship and voyage offers different activities in Greenland. Zodiac excursions and shore landings with a team of expert guides are standard for all Greenland expedition cruises.

Optional kayaking, dog sledding, ice trekking, camping, and ice fishing are available on selected departures. 

During the reservation process, please specify which activities you are interested in, and we will assist you in finding a cruise that fits your preferences. Depending on the ship, some activities are included in the cost, and others are extra.

Due to its vast area, wildlife in Greenland is seen less frequently than in Svalbard, where the wildlife is more concentrated. Cruises to East Greenland offer the best chances to see polar bears, although this cannot be guaranteed. Disko Bay offers excellent whale-watching opportunities. 

If wildlife is a primary interest, we recommend a cruise that combines Svalbard and Greenland, as this will offer more opportunities for wildlife sightings. 

If you need help deciding which Greenland cruise best fits your interests, please contact our Travel Experience Team.

Greenland cruises vary between 10 days for an icebreaker cruise to explore East Greenland during the spring and 28 days for an all-encompassing cruise to explore Greenland and the Northwest Passage. We have a variety of Greenland cruises available and can help you find one that matches your ideal length.

We recommend reserving your Greenland cruise a year in advance to ensure you get your preferred choice of ship and cabin. We usually have last-minute availability on select departures for late bookers.

Please get in touch with our Travel Experience Team to find out about last-minute availability.

The first step to reserving your Greenland cruise is to contact our Travel Experience Team, who will be happy to help you with your itinerary and provide details about availability and pricing for your selected voyage.

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