ANNULAR ECLIPSE & GREENLAND: An annular solar eclipse happens when the Moon covers the Sun’s center, leaving the Sun’s visible outer edges to form a annulus (a ring) around the Moon. This is an unusual annular eclipse because at this time of year in the high Arctic the sun is above the horizon all day. Strange darkness at mid-day will be a most unusual sight, perhaps with interesting effects on the wildlife.
WHY QUAANAAQ FOR ECLIPSE **: “The very best observing possibilities can be found atop the hard-to-reach Greenland icecap where cold air contains much less moisture than elsewhere along the track. That cold, dry air spills off of the icecap onto the coast, contributing to the promising statistics at Qaanaaq and Pifuffik revealed in Table 1.
Qaanaaq sports the lowest average cloud amount of any inhabited site along the eclipse according to the statistics in Table 1. The eclipse also comes at an altitude of 22° in the sky, which increases the probability of a clear line of sight to the Sun in a sky with broken cloudiness. From Table 1, 60 percent of the observations at eclipse time had skies that were less than half covered by cloud, and 43 percent were clear.”
** We thank Jay Anderson for compiling above data and for his invaluable contribution to successful eclipse observing over many years”.
GREENLAND ANNULAR ECLIPSE:
Jun. 7, MON: REYKJAVIK / NUUK
We board morning flight to Nuuk and transfer directly to our hotel. Like all other towns in Greenland, you live near nature, but with lots of imprints of modern life. With its approximately 17,500 inhabitants, Nuuk is a big city in comparison with other Greenlandic towns. On the tour, you will be introduced to the major attractions such as the Greenland National Museum, which houses an outstanding ethnographic collection from all Inuit cultures and the world-famous mummies from Qilakitsoq. We visit the architectural highlight; Katuaq Culture House with a facade shaped like the northern lights. We also walk through the charming old town with the statue of Hans Egede, which overlooks the old colonial harbor, the fjord, and the mountains in the background. We will also pass the local fish and meat market.
Our hotel sits in the heart of Nuuk, and you have the opportunity to explore the nearby area on your own. Streetlights, buses, and lots of cars give off an immediate impression of a busy city, but the amazing scenery and endless horizon automatically put the bustling city life into perspective. HOTEL HANS EGEDE- Breakfast
Jun. 8, TUE: NUUK / ILULISSAT
We fly from Nuuk to Ilulissat. Arrival transfer by Hotel shuttle service. Greenlandic word for icebergs and is Greenland’s third largest town. Approximately 4,500 inhabitants and about 2,500 sled dogs are fortunate enough to live in this amazing town at the mouth of the 45 kilometer-long, and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ilulissat Ice Fjord. Ilulissat’s location almost 300 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle means that the midnight sun rules until mid-July. It never gets completely dark – everything is shrouded in an orange, almost magical hue.
In the afternoon, we go on a guided tour where the guide will introduce you to modern life in contrast to the traditional hunting life that is still thriving in the town. Also walk to the former Sermermiut settlement located beautifully at the mouth of the Ice Fjord. Due to its excellent fishing conditions, this has been the preferred settlement in the area for several thousand years. The last residents did not move from Sermermiut to Ilulissat until the 1850s when Ilulissat had already existed for more than 100 years. It is a beautiful walk along the fjord with a view of icebergs of all shapes and sizes.
After dinner we will take a midnight cruise among the gigantic icebergs from the World Heritage Ilulissat Ice fjord. The icebergs change color as the sun comes lower in the sky. The icebergs here are truly big, some like cathedrals towering towards the sky, others like large islands with peaks and valleys. We will enjoy the sculptures of nature, as the boat goes among the icebergs. HOTEL ICEFJORD – Breakfast
Jun. 9, WED: ILULISSAT/ QAANAAQ
Fly to Qaanaaq this morning. Transfer to airport by Hotel shuttle service. Explorers and poets have long romanticized Qaanaaq as truly the top of the world. Ancient philosophers called it Ultima Thule, or ‘The edge of known territory’. Greenlanders called the area Avanersuaq, the great north. You don’t have to be an extreme outdoorsman to enjoy Qaanaaq these days, but you do need a certain mentality of openness. Shed your tourist persona somewhere around Ilulissat and head north to a town where the local way is the only way. Here, organically evolving conversations that turn into sailing or dog sledding trips with a local fisherman replace a booklet full of scheduled tours. And fixed regimens give way to a series of days where each afternoon holds a new experience – sometimes a surprise but always an extraordinary adventure. Perhaps your most significant experience in Qaanaaq will be the human connection with Greenlanders, and everyday life and culture in the far north of Greenland has its own distinct rhythm deeply connected to the contrasting seasons of the Polar night and the Midnight Sun. GUEST HOUSE – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Jun. 10, THU: QAAAANAQ- ECLIPSE VIEWING
This is an unusual annular eclipse because at this time of year in the high Arctic the sun is above the horizon all day. Strange darkness at mid-day will be a most unusual sight, perhaps with interesting effects on the wildlife. Stunning natural beauty will surround you for this annular solar eclipse and you will get the chance to experience a cornucopia of arctic adventures including, dog sledding, giant icebergs and more. Enjoy a 2-hour dogsledding experience to Icebergs. GUEST HOUSE – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
ECLIPSE VIEWING LOCATION: Qaanaaq (77° 28′ 01.36″ N 69° 13′ 42.54″ W)
Eclipse Duration 3m 32.8s ((lunar limb corrected)
Start of partial eclipse 06:30:22.2
Start of annular eclipse 07:33:18.4
End of annular eclipse 07:36:59.1
End of partial eclipse 08:41:52.7
(all times are Local Greenland)
View the eclipse from Qaanaaq. Formerly and still popularly known as Thule or New Thule, it is one of the northernmost towns in the world. Explorers and poets have long romanticized Qaanaaq as truly the top of the world. Ancient philosophers called it Ultima Thule, or the edge of known territory. Stunning natural beauty will surround you for this annular solar eclipse.
Jun. 11, FRI: QAAAANAQ/ NUUK OR REYJAVIK
Depending upon the flight schedule, we may spend the night in Nuuk or Reykjavik – TO BE ADVISED
Jun. 12, SAT: NUUK OR REYJAVIK / HOME
Time free until transfer to airport for your flight homewards.
PRE TOUR ICELAND OPTION:
DAY 1- JUN. 2, WED: ARRIVE REYKJAVIK
Meeting assistance upon arrival and transfer to Hotel. In the afternoon we will enjoy a city sightseeing tour of Reykjavík. We will take in all the city’s major attractions, including: the Parliament, the National Museum, the Pearl, Harpa Concert Hall, Höfði house, (site of the 1986 summit) and the city‘s main landmark, Hallgrímskirkja church. There’s no better way to get to grips with everything Reykjavík has to offer in just a few hours. Also visit the Perlan Museum 360° Observation Deck: Enjoy amazing view over Reykjavík and its surroundings from the Museum’s Observation Deck. This evening join fellow tour members for a tour briefing and a welcome dinner. ICELANDAIRHOTEL MARINA – Dinner
DAY 2- JUN. 3, THU: THINGVELLIR – GEYSIR – GULLFOSS
Today, we start with a visit to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the location of Iceland´s Parliament between the years 930 and 1798. Thingvellir is also one of the few places in the world where you can see the effects of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates pulling apart, clearly visible in Almannagja or Everyman’s Gorge. The park offers a variety of interesting hiking possibilities. For lunch, we visit a family-run greenhouse farm called Friðheimar. Enjoy an introduction to geothermal greenhouse farming and a delicious lunch made with ingredients from the farm After lunch, we explore the Geyser hot spring area and Gullfoss waterfalls – one of Iceland´s most famous waterfalls. In the late afternoon, we head back to Reykjavík. ICELANDAIRHOTEL MARINA- Breakfast & Lunch
DAY 3- JUN. 4, FRI: ICELAND’S SOUTH SHORE – EYJAFJALLAJOKULL VOLCANO- SOUTHEAST ICELAND/ VIK
Take a journey through the stunning landscape of Iceland‘s south coast. This is the land of Njál‘s Saga – a region of breathtaking scenery and legendary stories. During your guided tour you‘ll encounter the wonderful variety of the south: from the wide plains formed by glacial rivers, to the sheer sea cliffs of Dyrhólaey or Reynishverfi and to the spectacular waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. In clear weather you’ll experience unforgettable views of the Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull volcanoes and, if the conditions are right, the Westman Islands. Also visit Lava Centre: an interactive, high-tech educational exhibition depicting volcanic activity, earthquakes and the creation of Iceland. Exhibition and Cinema. HOTEL VÍK – Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 4, JUN. 5, SAT: VATNAJOKULL NATIONAL PARK – JOKULSARLON GLACIAL LAGOON
This day is chock-full of selfie-worthy destinations! You will be in the vicinity of southern Vatnajokull National Park, a recent UNESCO World Heritage site and the largest national park in Western Europe. Drive from Vik village through the village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur. Explore Skaftafell, a green oasis nestled below the great Vatnajokull glacier, the largest glacier in Europe. Here you can go on amazing glacier hikes! Continue across black sand plains created by glacial activity. Stop at the incredible Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, a filming location for many Hollywood blockbusters. These include Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and the James Bond films Die Another Day and A View to a Kill. Enjoy a boat tour on the lagoon. On the other side of the road you can find the unique Diamond Beach. This beach of glittering ice and black sands is where icebergs from the lagoon drift before they are washed to sea. HOTEL VÍK – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 5, Jun. 6, SUN: HVERAGERDI – BLUE LAGOON – REYKJAVIK
Today we leave Vík and head straight to the Blue lagoon. The Lagoon is a unique wonder; a lake with pleasantly warm mineral-rich geothermal water in the middle of a black lava field. The high natural levels of silica and minerals give the Lagoon its rich blue color. The facilities include modern changing rooms and showers, an indoor geothermal pool, a massage waterfall, restaurants, and other services. A visit to the Blue Lagoon is both invigorating and exciting, whether one bathes there surrounded by snow in the middle of the winter or in the long summer daylight. We continue our travels back to Reykjavík. ICELANDAIRHOTEL MARINA- Breakfast
DAY 6, Jun. 7, MON: DEPART ICELAND or TAKE EXTENSION TO GRREENLAND
Breakfast at your hotel. Guided transfer to Keflavik Airport for the return flight/ or transfer to Reykjavík Domestic Airport for flight to Greenland.
LAND TOUR PRICE:
GREENLAND – $3,595.00 per person sharing. Single room- 4,015.00
ICELAND – $5,295.00 per person sharing. Single room- $5,625.00
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