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Amsterdam , Netherlands | Bergen , Norway | Geiranger , Norway | Akureyri , Iceland | Reykjavik , Iceland | Reykjavik , Iceland | Prins Christian Sund , Greenland | Qaqortoq , Greenland | Nuuk , Greenland | Boston , Massachusetts

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Calling all backroads ramblers and culture cruisers— your ship's come in. Whether you're catching a movie poolside or enjoying Tuscan dishes at Giovanni's Table, you're in for the ultimate adventure in between shores.

DAY 1 - Departure Day

Amsterdam, Netherlands

DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

DUTCH DISCOVERIES

Pick up syrupy stroopwafels from a street vendor for breakfast and then enjoy a peaceful walk through Dam Square, home to the Royal Palace. Trace the city’s unique history through artifacts and photos at the Amsterdam Museum. Or get hands-on with the kids at the NEMO Science Center.

The Amsterdam dancing houses over Amstel river in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Beautiful sunrise over Amsterdam, Netherlands, with flowers and bicycles on a bridge in spring
Aerial view of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Pick up syrupy stroopwafels from a street vendor for breakfast and then enjoy a peaceful walk through Dam Square, home to the Royal Palace. Trace the city’s unique history through artifacts and photos at the Amsterdam Museum. Or get hands-on with the kids at the NEMO Science Center.

The Amsterdam dancing houses over Amstel river in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Beautiful sunrise over Amsterdam, Netherlands, with flowers and bicycles on a bridge in spring
Aerial view of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Things To Do

in Amsterdan

Glass top boat ride along the canals of Amsterdam, Netherlands

CRUISING FOR A PERUSING

No visit to Amsterdam is complete without a boat ride along its picturesque maze of canals. Gain a unique perspective of the city’s UNESCO-listed Canal Ring district as you float under historic bridges and past gabled mansions— whether in a glass-topped tour boat or in your own rented pedal boat.

The Van Hogh museum

GOGH FOR THE ART

Enter the world-renowned Van Gogh Museum to explore the life and greatest works of the Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh. Home to the world’s largest collection of paintings by the artist, this inspiring space houses many of his famous self-portraits and paintings, like The Potato Eaters and Sunflowers.

A statue of Anne Frank in Amsterdam, Netherlands

JOURNAL TO THE PAST

Relive the harrowing story of young Jewish teenager Anne Frank, whose diary entries during World War II became one of the best-selling books of all time. Step inside the annex where she lived in hiding with her family, viewing the converted museum exhibitions that detail their time in Amsterdam.

Stack of fresh Stroopwafels with honey and coffee, in a shop in Amsterdam, Netherlands

LOCAL CUISINE

Amsterdam delivers a mix of Michelin-rated restaurants, canal-side cafes, and quintessential “Brown Bar” pubs. Hit a street market for herring sandwiches, syrup-filled stroopwafels, or fries slathered with mayonnaise. You can’t go wrong with stamppot (veggie mashed potatoes) or bitterballen (fried meatballs). And if you’re thirsty, sip jenever (Dutch gin)— or taste beer at the Heineken Experience.

Tulips for sale at a flower market in Amsterdam, Netherlands

SHOPPING

De Bijenkorf is the city’s most famous department store since 1870. Daily open-air markets span the city, including the aromatic Flower Market. Browse jewelry shops and boutiques among The Nine Streets— or pick up cannabis-inspired goods in the Red Light District. Also be sure to take home the region’s legendary blue Delft pottery.

DAY 2 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T MISS FAVORITES

Family Enjoying a Round of Mini Golf
Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch

Family Enjoying a Round of Mini Golf
Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch

Things to Do

Man Climbing Down the Rock Wall
Rock Climbing Wall

A BOLDER BOULDER

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 40 feet above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas
Mini Golf

ON PAR FOR ADVENTURE

Hit the links on the high seas! Refine your mini-golf game on a green that overlooks a sea of blue. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

DAY 3 - DOCKED

Bergen, Norway

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
4:00 PM

GATEWAY TO THE FJORDS

Wooded mountains and narrow fjords surround the vibrant city of Bergen. Explore the charming harbor and the historic streets, lined with distinctively colorful wooden houses. Or take the Floibanen funicular to the top of Mount Floyen, and savor views of snow-capped peaks in the distance and the harbor below. When your appetite calls, sample the traditional Bergen fish soup, or treat yourself to killingsbolle, a large cinnamon bun.

Colorful homes lining the coast on a winter day in Bergen, Norway
Aerial view of Bergen, Norway
Coastal city of Bergen, Norway surrounded by lush mountains

Wooded mountains and narrow fjords surround the vibrant city of Bergen. Explore the charming harbor and the historic streets, lined with distinctively colorful wooden houses. Or take the Floibanen funicular to the top of Mount Floyen, and savor views of snow-capped peaks in the distance and the harbor below. When your appetite calls, sample the traditional Bergen fish soup, or treat yourself to killingsbolle, a large cinnamon bun.

Colorful homes lining the coast on a winter day in Bergen, Norway
Aerial view of Bergen, Norway
Coastal city of Bergen, Norway surrounded by lush mountains
Things To Do

in Bergen

Traditional homes in Bergen, Norway

Walk Through History

Wander alongside the wharf and through the narrow alleyways of Bryggen, the oldest part of Bergen. See the colorful UNESCO-listed wooden buildings, preserved or rebuilt in their original Medieval style. Curious to find out more about the city's history? Visit the Hanseatic Museum or the Bryggens Museum.

A cable car going up a mountain over Bergen, Norway

Sights From the Summit

Head to the top of Mt. Floyen or Mt. Ulriken for dramatic views of the city, the fjords and the ocean. The cable car or funicular will take you there in just a few minutes. Want to stretch your legs? Mt. Floyen is an approachable one-hour hike up peaceful trails.

A park pavilion in Bergen, Norway

Get Cultured

Bergen International Festival, Bergenfest and Bergen Live are among the many yearly festivals held here. Get to know the locals while listening to a rock or jazz band in one of the city's trendy nightclubs. Or indulge in a concert by the world's oldest symphony orchestra in modernist Grieg Hall.

An assortment of seafood for sale at a fish market in Bergen, Norway

Local Cuisine

Treat yourself to a Skillingsbolle cinnamon bun for a breakfast. Don't miss the seafood-centric freshness of Bergen fish soup, traditional fish cakes and local king crab. At the dinner hour, head to the Bryggen district, where you'll find higher-end restaurants transforming local ingredients into refined, modern plates.

Traditional rosemaling plates in Bergen, Norway

Shopping

Bergen is known as the Norwegian shopping capital, so the chances are high you'll find what you're looking for. Check out one of the department stores — Bergen Storsenter is the largest — or trendy design stores stocked with cool gifts, souvenirs, homewares and fashion by local fashion designers, like Dale of Norway and Oleana.

INSIDER TIP

For rainy days, bring an umbrella or raincoat, or head indoors to one of the city's world-class museums.

DAY 4 - DOCKED

Geiranger, Norway

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

NATURAL FJORDITUDE

Home to Norway's most spectacular fjord, Geiranger offers natural beauty you have to experience to understand. Towering mountainsides rise above roaring waterfalls. Explore from the water in a kayak or raft, or enjoy the view from dry land while hiking or cycling. When you need to fill up, head to the village to sample cured elk and juniper sausage, or quench your thirst with a Viking-inspired ale at the town's craft brewery.

Aerial view of Geiranger, Norway and a fjord
Seven Sisters Waterfall in Norway
Waterfront buildings in Geiranger, Norway

Home to Norway's most spectacular fjord, Geiranger offers natural beauty you have to experience to understand. Towering mountainsides rise above roaring waterfalls. Explore from the water in a kayak or raft, or enjoy the view from dry land while hiking or cycling. When you need to fill up, head to the village to sample cured elk and juniper sausage, or quench your thirst with a Viking-inspired ale at the town's craft brewery.

Aerial view of Geiranger, Norway and a fjord
Seven Sisters Waterfall in Norway
Waterfront buildings in Geiranger, Norway
Things To Do

in Geiranger

View of a fjord from Dalsnibba Mountain

Airy Adventure

The Geiranger Skywalk, at the top of Mount Dalsnibba, offers unobstructed views of the fjord and the Blabreen glacier, as well as the surrounding mountains. The walk up stone steps cut into the mountainside is an adventure in and of itself.

View of the winding Eagle Road in Norway

Ride the Eagle

Eagle Road, named after the eagles traditional to the area, features 11 hairpin turns. The highest point at Korsmyra is 620 meters above sea level. Take a bus tour to the top and enjoy panoramic views over Geiranger, the Geirangerfjord and the Seven Sisters Falls.

Multiple small boats docked at a pier in Geiranger, Norway,

Gone Fishing

Take a guided fishing boat, or rent one of your own. The lakes and rivers around Geiranger are brimming with salmon, trout and many other species. A day fishing license is a worthwhile investment and will only cost you about 20 Norwegian kroner.

A plater of roasted tiger prawns

Local Cuisine

Geiranger's restaurants take advantage of both the area's views and its natural bounty, including fish from the river, lakes and ocean and a countryside filled with wild berries and mushrooms. Sample local tiger prawns fried in olive oil. Or try one of the creative craft pizzas that have become trendy here.

Assorted traditional bags in Norway

Shopping

Geiranger has plenty of shops offering traditional Norwegian handicrafts, including wool garments and household and decorative items crafted from local wood. Take home some unique chocolate from Geiranger Sjokolade — a purveyor of handmade chocolate and the first ever chocolate factory to operate from a boathouse.

INSIDER TIP

Sit on the Queen Sonja of Norway throne at Flydalsjuvet near the village of Geiranger and enjoy spectacular views.

DAY 5 - AT SEA

CRUISING

FOR FOODIES

Salmon Salad bowl with Watercress served at Izumi, a fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of our best vacation cruise dining.
Sushi chef prepping a sushi plate at Izumi Japanese fine dining restaurant. One of the best vacation cruise dining.

Salmon Salad bowl with Watercress served at Izumi, a fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of our best vacation cruise dining.
Sushi chef prepping a sushi plate at Izumi Japanese fine dining restaurant. One of the best vacation cruise dining.

Things to Do

Assorted Sushi Rolls Platter served at Izumi, Japanese Restaurant. One of the best fine dining cuisine on a cruise.
Izumi

A FAR EAST FEAST

Say “Konnichiwa” to a reimagined favorite. Sushi, sashimi and more, all made-to-order with intense flavors, the best ingredients and impeccable presentation. Now that’s fresh.

Lobster & Alaska king crab main entree, served at the Elegant Chefs Table restaurant. One of the best cruise line fine dining
Chef's Table

AS VIP AS CAN BE

Located in an intimate, exclusive spot onboard, this private epicurean experience for a limited number of guests, treats you to a five-course, menu and wine tasting.

DAY 6 - DOCKED

Akureyri, Iceland

ARRIVES:
10:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM
REACH THE PEAK

OF YOUR ARCTIC ADVENTURE

Iceland's second city is cozy but vibrant, with regular music festivals and top-notch restaurants. Stroll around the old town and join the locals for a spot of relaxation in the indoor or outdoor Akureyri Thermal Pool. Admire the many colors of Icelandic flowers in the botanical garden, and marvel at the magic of the Northern Lights.

Scenic countryside landscape in Akureyri, Iceland
The steps leading up to the Church of Akureyri
A beautiful landscape of yellow flowers, the bay, Akureyri, Iceland, and mountains in the distance

Iceland's second city is cozy but vibrant, with regular music festivals and top-notch restaurants. Stroll around the old town and join the locals for a spot of relaxation in the indoor or outdoor Akureyri Thermal Pool. Admire the many colors of Icelandic flowers in the botanical garden, and marvel at the magic of the Northern Lights.

Scenic countryside landscape in Akureyri, Iceland
The steps leading up to the Church of Akureyri
A beautiful landscape of yellow flowers, the bay, Akureyri, Iceland, and mountains in the distance
Things To Do

in Akureyri

Colorful flowers at a botanical garden in Akureyri, Iceland

Stop and Smell the Flowers

Find a wealth of plant life at a stone's throw from the Arctic Circle. At Lystigardurinn, the most northerly botanical garden in the world, you can walk along green pathways lined with colorful, sweet-smelling flowers, and take a look at Iceland's native species, as well as 4,000 foreign plants.

Buildings at the Laufas Rectory Farm Museum in Akureyri, Iceland

Turf Tour

Take a taxi 23 kilometers to Laufas, where you'll find quaint turf-roofed farmhouses built in the 1860s. They may remind you of the hobbits' houses in "The Lord of the Rings" — but more importantly, they're a window into how Icelanders once lived.

Clear blue water within a cave in Iceland

Heat It Up

The Akureyri Thermal Pool is one of Iceland's finest. Cruise to Iceland and splash about or relax in the indoor and outdoor pools, which are open year-round. Join the locals for a dip in the geothermal hot spots, the 25-meter pool or the Turkish bath. There are also water slides and a pool for younger children.

Hardfiskur dried fish with a side of charcoal bread and butter

Local Cuisine

After sightseeing and bathing, you'll probably have worked up quite an appetite. Luckily, Akureyri has lots of restaurants nestled in its downtown center. Icelandic cuisine is based on fish, lamb, dairy, root vegetables and herbs. If you're brave enough, try hakarl (fermented shark). Wash it down with a local craft beer or a taste of Brennivin, the traditional schnapps.

An assortment of wool sweaters at a store

Shopping

You don't need to walk far when shopping in Akureyri: Most shops are in the city center along Hafnarsteti street and in the Glerartorg shopping mall. You'll find trendy designer brands, fun souvenirs and high-fashion labels. The Icelandic Kroner (ISK) is the official currency, and many stores accept credit cards.

INSIDER TIP

There's a free town bus service on four routes. Look for the yellow buses.

DAY 7 - DOCKED

Reykjavik, Iceland

ARRIVES:
2:00 PM
WILD ROOTS,

MODERN FLARE

Reykjavik offers adventure for travelers of all stripes. Climb to the top of the Hallgrimskirkja church spire before enjoying one of the city's daily concerts. For art lovers, the Reykjavik Art Museum spoils you with works from an array of modern Icelandic artists. Soak in the geothermal waters at the Blue Lagoon spa, just under an hour outside town. Up for some volcanic exploration? Tour the magnificent lava tunnel at Raufarholshellir.

Aerial view of Reykjavik, Iceland with mountains in the background.
The Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral in Reykjavik, Iceland
Waterfront homes in Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik offers adventure for travelers of all stripes. Climb to the top of the Hallgrimskirkja church spire before enjoying one of the city's daily concerts. For art lovers, the Reykjavik Art Museum spoils you with works from an array of modern Icelandic artists. Soak in the geothermal waters at the Blue Lagoon spa, just under an hour outside town. Up for some volcanic exploration? Tour the magnificent lava tunnel at Raufarholshellir.

Aerial view of Reykjavik, Iceland with mountains in the background.
The Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral in Reykjavik, Iceland
Waterfront homes in Reykjavik, Iceland
Things To Do

in Reykjavik

View of the organ inside a cathedral in Reykjavik, Iceland

Reach for the Sky

Hallgrimskirkja Church towers over the city. Hop on the elevator to rise 75 meters into the spire, where you'll enjoy panoramic views. In the surprisingly understated interior, you'll find the vast 5,275-pipe organ, upon which an organist performs near-daily concerts.

View of the Perlan in Reykjavik, Iceland

Worldwide Wonder

Grab the free shuttle bus every half hour from Harpa Music Hall to the Perlan Dome, which reveals the wonders of Iceland through exhibitions that include a man-made ice cave, a planetarium and an interactive glacier show. The observation deck puts your attention on the natural wonders of Iceland, including mountains, volcanoes, geothermal areas, the ocean and a glacier.

People enjoying the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa in Reykjavik, Iceland

Get Steamy

Built on a lava field and heated with geothermal energy, the famous Blue Lagoon is an easy 45-minute drive from Reykjavik. Pamper yourself with mud masks and massages while in the hot water. There's plenty to do on dry land as well with cruises to Iceland — relax in a steam room, dine at LAVA Restaurant or shop for skincare products to bring a piece of Iceland home.

An Icelandic hot dog

Local Cuisine

Reykjavik holds culinary pleasures both high and low. Many local spots serve up hearty Icelandic meat stew, made with lamb, potatoes, carrots and lots of herbs. Seek out creamy lobster stew and locally caught langoustine tails. And don't miss out on the national street food: the Icelandic hot dog.

A wool sweater on a wooden floor

Shopping

Laugavegur, or "the Wash Road," is the hippest shopping street in this compact city. An easy walk from port, the district offers a wide range of designer clothes, artisan wools and housewares. It's also home to an excellent bookstore and several spots for modern, design-driven home goods that bridge the gap between decorative and utilitarian.

INSIDER TIP

Take a 30-minute guided tour of the glittering Harpa Music Hall, located on the edge of the port.

DAY 8 - DOCKED

Reykjavik, Iceland

DEPARTS:
5:00 PM
WILD ROOTS,

MODERN FLARE

Reykjavik offers adventure for travelers of all stripes. Climb to the top of the Hallgrimskirkja church spire before enjoying one of the city's daily concerts. For art lovers, the Reykjavik Art Museum spoils you with works from an array of modern Icelandic artists. Soak in the geothermal waters at the Blue Lagoon spa, just under an hour outside town. Up for some volcanic exploration? Tour the magnificent lava tunnel at Raufarholshellir.

Aerial view of Reykjavik, Iceland with mountains in the background.
The Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral in Reykjavik, Iceland
Waterfront homes in Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik offers adventure for travelers of all stripes. Climb to the top of the Hallgrimskirkja church spire before enjoying one of the city's daily concerts. For art lovers, the Reykjavik Art Museum spoils you with works from an array of modern Icelandic artists. Soak in the geothermal waters at the Blue Lagoon spa, just under an hour outside town. Up for some volcanic exploration? Tour the magnificent lava tunnel at Raufarholshellir.

Aerial view of Reykjavik, Iceland with mountains in the background.
The Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral in Reykjavik, Iceland
Waterfront homes in Reykjavik, Iceland
Things To Do

in Reykjavik

View of the organ inside a cathedral in Reykjavik, Iceland

Reach for the Sky

Hallgrimskirkja Church towers over the city. Hop on the elevator to rise 75 meters into the spire, where you'll enjoy panoramic views. In the surprisingly understated interior, you'll find the vast 5,275-pipe organ, upon which an organist performs near-daily concerts.

View of the Perlan in Reykjavik, Iceland

Worldwide Wonder

Grab the free shuttle bus every half hour from Harpa Music Hall to the Perlan Dome, which reveals the wonders of Iceland through exhibitions that include a man-made ice cave, a planetarium and an interactive glacier show. The observation deck puts your attention on the natural wonders of Iceland, including mountains, volcanoes, geothermal areas, the ocean and a glacier.

People enjoying the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa in Reykjavik, Iceland

Get Steamy

Built on a lava field and heated with geothermal energy, the famous Blue Lagoon is an easy 45-minute drive from Reykjavik. Pamper yourself with mud masks and massages while in the hot water. There's plenty to do on dry land as well with cruises to Iceland — relax in a steam room, dine at LAVA Restaurant or shop for skincare products to bring a piece of Iceland home.

An Icelandic hot dog

Local Cuisine

Reykjavik holds culinary pleasures both high and low. Many local spots serve up hearty Icelandic meat stew, made with lamb, potatoes, carrots and lots of herbs. Seek out creamy lobster stew and locally caught langoustine tails. And don't miss out on the national street food: the Icelandic hot dog.

A wool sweater on a wooden floor

Shopping

Laugavegur, or "the Wash Road," is the hippest shopping street in this compact city. An easy walk from port, the district offers a wide range of designer clothes, artisan wools and housewares. It's also home to an excellent bookstore and several spots for modern, design-driven home goods that bridge the gap between decorative and utilitarian.

INSIDER TIP

Take a 30-minute guided tour of the glittering Harpa Music Hall, located on the edge of the port.

DAY 9 - AT SEA

CRUISING

SUN DRENCHED DAYS

Family Swimming and Enjoying the Pool
Sunset at the Solarium Pool

Family Swimming and Enjoying the Pool
Sunset at the Solarium Pool

Things to Do

Girls Diving and Swimming in the Covered Pool
Pools

SWIM IT TO WIN IT

Soak up the sun or savor the shade on expanded pool decks, with complimentary loungers, live music, and the opportunity to enjoy a frosty cocktail.

Guests Enjoying the Drinks and Pool at the Solarium
Solarium

SUN AND SERENITY

Slip away to this adults-only indoor and outdoor retreat. The Solarium is your slice of paradise, with soothing whirlpools, warm sunshine and a refreshing water mist.

DAY 10 - CRUISING

Prins Christian Sund, Greenland

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
3:00 PM
MEET THE REAL

ICE QUEEN

Greenland, the biggest non-continental island in the world, is an unusual destination of exhilarating natural beauty. You'll be amazed by the clear, still waters of the Prins Christian Sund waterway, named after Prince Christian VIII of Denmark. Admire impressive glaciers, stunningly blue icebergs and the dramatic, jagged peaks of the mountain ranges. Don't leave without catching sight of the Greenland Ice Sheet, the second-largest body of ice in the world.

A distant glacier in Prins Christian Sund, Greenland
The surrounding mountain terrain in Prins Christian Sund, Greenland
An iceberg floating in Prins Christian Sund, Greenland

Greenland, the biggest non-continental island in the world, is an unusual destination of exhilarating natural beauty. You'll be amazed by the clear, still waters of the Prins Christian Sund waterway, named after Prince Christian VIII of Denmark. Admire impressive glaciers, stunningly blue icebergs and the dramatic, jagged peaks of the mountain ranges. Don't leave without catching sight of the Greenland Ice Sheet, the second-largest body of ice in the world.

A distant glacier in Prins Christian Sund, Greenland
The surrounding mountain terrain in Prins Christian Sund, Greenland
An iceberg floating in Prins Christian Sund, Greenland
Things To Do

in Prins Christian Sund

Multiple humpback whales

Where Animals Rule

At the entrance and exit to the fjord, you can spot minke, fin and blue whales. Blueberry ringed and bearded seals can be seen on top of icebergs. You may also see reindeer, polar fox, muskox and of course many different species of birds.

A small coastal settlement in Greenland

Colorful Nordic Homes

The world's largest non-continental island has a small but unique population, which is a blend of Inuit and Danish heritage. In Prins Christian Sund, the only settlement is Aappilattoq.

A coastal hiking trail in Greenland

Adventurous Views

While Greenland has only few roads, South Greenland has a system of hiking trails that link towns and villages to each other. Look for stunning, unfenced wilderness, with the ever-present icy vistas set against towering mountains ridges and rolling green hills.

INSIDER TIP

Pack warm clothes during all seasons, and be prepared for sudden changes in the weather.

DAY 11 - TENDERED

Qaqortoq, Greenland

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
4:00 PM
GET QUIRKY

IN QAQORTOQ

Qaqortoq is ideal for exploring on foot. Admire the colorful houses, the open-air sculpture gallery Stone and Man and the spouting, whale-adorned Mindebronden Fountain. Learn more about the town's history in the Qaqortoq Museum. Just a few minutes away, you'll find the deep blue Lake Tasersuaq. Visit the nearby Hvalsey Church Ruins, the most famous Norse ruins in Greenland.

Aerial view of Qaqortoq, Greenland
A moored boat at a marina in Qaqortoq, Greenland
The Hvalsey mountainside fjord in Greenland

Qaqortoq is ideal for exploring on foot. Admire the colorful houses, the open-air sculpture gallery Stone and Man and the spouting, whale-adorned Mindebronden Fountain. Learn more about the town's history in the Qaqortoq Museum. Just a few minutes away, you'll find the deep blue Lake Tasersuaq. Visit the nearby Hvalsey Church Ruins, the most famous Norse ruins in Greenland.

Aerial view of Qaqortoq, Greenland
A moored boat at a marina in Qaqortoq, Greenland
The Hvalsey mountainside fjord in Greenland
Things To Do

in Qaqortoq

A small river in rural Greenland

Take Your Bath Outside

Take a boat to the nearby uninhabited island of Uunartoq (Greenlandic for "very hot island"). In the middle of the grassy fields, you'll find wonderful hot springs, surrounded by mountain peaks and drifting icebergs. With a water temperature of around 98 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, they are perfect for bathing.

The ruins of a Norse building in Greenland

Norse Knowledge

Visit the Qaqortoq Museum, housed in a tar-blackened building dating back to 1804. Check out the blue room, the red room, the collection of talismans and the peat hut. For more Nordic history, check out the Norse ruins at Hvalsey Church.

A face carved in stone

Art, On The Rocks

Explore the intriguing sculpture park Stone and Man near the museum. Greenlandic artist Aka Hoegh launched the project in the mid-1990s with artists from all of the Nordic countries. There are now around 40 sculptures and carvings, also in other parts of town.

A roasted fillet of halibut and potato puree in a white bowl

Local Cuisine

Dine in at of the atmospheric eateries with tasteful art and wooden floors at the old town square. Greenlandic food is based on marine mammal meat, game, birds and halibut. There are a handful of forward-thinking restaurants dishing out modern takes on the traditional fare. Cruises to Greenland allow you to sample musk-ox filet poached in juniper berry juice, mustard-baked halibut or smoked breast of auk, a local sea bird, marinated in honey.

An assortment of handcrafted jewelry

Shopping

Head to the Qaqortoq Souvenir Shop, right next to the jetty, run by the Greenland Sagalands tour operator and tourist information center. Browse the typical Greenlandic handicrafts like artwork, jewelry, musk ox knitwear or a tupilaq, a carved figure to protect against enemies.

INSIDER TIP

At the Tourist Office, you can get free town maps, buy hiking maps and use the internet.

DAY 12 - TENDERED

Nuuk, Greenland

ARRIVES:
9:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM
THE ARCTIC

CITY OF WONDER

Greenland's biggest town, Nuuk is a quiet place that's home to only 16,000 people. Witness the area's unforgettable views by climbing Blueberry Hill or one of the other rocky hills that rest near colorful waterfront houses. Admire the red Lutheran Nuuk Cathedral and the striking Inatsisartut building, the Parliament of Greenland. Nature is never far, so be sure to hike the surrounding mountains of Quassussuaq/Lille Malene and Ukusisaat/Store Malene.

The landscape surrounding Nuuk, Greenland
Colorful houses on the coast of Nuuk, Greenland
A fjord in Nuuk, Greenland

Greenland's biggest town, Nuuk is a quiet place that's home to only 16,000 people. Witness the area's unforgettable views by climbing Blueberry Hill or one of the other rocky hills that rest near colorful waterfront houses. Admire the red Lutheran Nuuk Cathedral and the striking Inatsisartut building, the Parliament of Greenland. Nature is never far, so be sure to hike the surrounding mountains of Quassussuaq/Lille Malene and Ukusisaat/Store Malene.

The landscape surrounding Nuuk, Greenland
Colorful houses on the coast of Nuuk, Greenland
A fjord in Nuuk, Greenland
THINGS TO DO

In Nuuk

A panoramic view of Nuuk, Greenland

Step Back in Time

The spacious Greenland National Museum, located in colonial buildings at the old harbor, houses well-presented exhibitions, with pieces dating back 4,500 years. You won't want to miss the bronze sculpture depicting the Greenlandic tale of the Mother of the Sea, the geological room with the world's oldest rocks and the mummy room with three mummified 15th-century women and a child. This museum will have you never wanting to leave the past.

Typical architecture in Nuuk, Greenland

New Nordic

The design of the large Katuaq Cultural Centre, the city's architectural highlight, was inspired by icebergs, the waving Northern Lights and the play of light on ice and snow. Head here to check out a Greenlandic art exhibition, to attend a concert or to meet the locals in the pleasant cafe during your cruise to Nuuk. Witness an architectural feat at Katuaq.

The Church of our Saviour in Nuuk, Greenland

Aging Architecture

For a glimpse of Greenland's history, head to the yellow-colored Hans Egede House, built in 1728 and located in old harbor. The oldest house in Greenland, this building is now the venue for government receptions. At the Egede House, you'll find a bit of history, amazing views and incredible, centuries-old architecture.

A traditional fish dish in Greenland

Local Cuisine

Most of the food in Greenland comes from the sea and is often smoked, dried or salted, and served with sauces. Stop into any local restaurant to feast on Greenland's national dish, suaasat, a thick soup made of meat, potatoes, onion and rice. If you're looking to indulge, try some panertut, dried fish or meat with butter and apples.

A women holding a wool sweater

Shopping

Imaneq Street is the place to go for traditionally made goods when you visit Nuuk with your cruise. Check out Qiviut to shop for garments knitted from muskox wool, an incredibly warm and soft material. You'll find a taste of native Inuit culture with Nuuk Couture, and you'll discover much more variety at the Nuuk Center, the country's first shopping mall, located next to the Katuaq Cultural Centre.

INSIDER TIP

You'll likely bring warm clothing with you to Greenland, but if you're traveling in summer, don't forget sunscreen, mosquito repellent and sunglasses.

DAY 13 - AT SEA

CRUISING

SHOW STOPPERS

Performer in blue dress singing during the Center Stage Cruise Show on Brilliance of the Seas

Performer in blue dress singing during the Center Stage Cruise Show on Brilliance of the Seas

Things to Do

Performers dressed in white on stage during the Center Stage Cruise Show on Brilliance of the Seas
Center Stage

INTO THE LIMELIGHT

Catch some of the best singers, dancers and musicians from throughout the ship on one stage in this dazzling revue.

DAY 14 - AT SEA

CRUISING

LIGHTS OUT NIGHTS OUT

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Things to Do

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Vintages

UNCORK A VINTAGE ADVENTURE

Whether you favor a bold Cab or the subtle nuance of Pinot Noir, Vintages has the perfect glass. From France to California, Chardonnay to Shiraz, the wide world of wine is well represented through extensive partnerships with top winemakers. This is the perfect setting for indulging your passion for wine, or igniting it. Vintages also offers a small bites menu.

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R Bar

SHAKING UP THE CLASSICS

Vintage glamor comes alive at R Bar — serving classic cocktails, like gin martinis and Old Fashioneds, in a distinctly sophisticated setting.

DAY 15 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T MISS FAVORITES

Family Enjoying a Round of Mini Golf
Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch

Family Enjoying a Round of Mini Golf
Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch

Things to Do

Man Climbing Down the Rock Wall
Rock Climbing Wall

A BOLDER BOULDER

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 40 feet above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas
Mini Golf

ON PAR FOR ADVENTURE

Hit the links on the high seas! Refine your mini-golf game on a green that overlooks a sea of blue. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

DAY 16 - Arrival Day

Boston, Massachusetts

ARRIVES:
6:00 AM

ONE FOR THE HISTORY BOOKS

Discover American history with a modern edge. Marvel at the Boston Public Library’s artistic interiors. Get hands-on at the Boston Children’s Museum. Eat and shop your way around Faneuil Hall. Enjoy sweeping city views from the Prudential Center’s Skywalk Observatory. And don’t leave without joining a ghost and graveyard tour— it’s the best way to unearth some of the city’s haunting history.

Discover American history with a modern edge. Marvel at the Boston Public Library’s artistic interiors. Get hands-on at the Boston Children’s Museum. Eat and shop your way around Faneuil Hall. Enjoy sweeping city views from the Prudential Center’s Skywalk Observatory. And don’t leave without joining a ghost and graveyard tour— it’s the best way to unearth some of the city’s haunting history.

Things To Do

in Boston

Time Travel

Walk the 2.5-mile, red-lined Freedom Trail past 16 historical sites. See the grave of John Hancock, old meetinghouses, famous churches, the home of Paul Revere, the site of the Boston Massacre, Quincy Market and the USS Constitution— Old Ironsides— the world’s oldest commissioned warship still floating today.

Two If By Sea

See Boston from the water while on a scenic sightseeing harbor cruise. Check out the city’s historic skyline, bridges spanning the Charles River, and Boston’s harbor islands. You can sail by wooden schooner, take a climate-controlled boat ride, or enjoy a fully narrated Duck Tour in a WWII-style amphibious landing craft.

Steeped In History

Step aboard a full-scale restored 18th-century boat and explore American history at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museums during your Boston cruise. Let historical interpreters, artifacts, and an award-winning film engage you in the story of the Sons of Liberty, whose infamous political protest helped ignite the American Revolution.

Local Cuisine

Nothing beats eating a New England lobster roll by the harbor. And don’t miss Union Oyster House, one of America’s oldest restaurants, for Island Creek oysters and their famous clam chowder. Try Boston baked beans and scrod fish fillets. Parker House rolls and Boston cream pie were both conceived here too— and head to the North End for Italian-American fare, especially sweet cannoli.

Shopping

Newbury Street offers a mix of upscale retailers and art galleries. Converse shoes were born here — design your own pair at the flagship store. Cruise to Boston and brattle Book Shop sells rare first editions in a hidden alleyway. Or stop by Faneuil Hall for handbags, scrimshaw items and jewelry hand-made by local artisans.

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