Path of the Vikings: Reykjavik to Quebec
Before You Go
For most activities, a moderate level of exertion is required. You will need to climb into and out of Zodiacs for excursions ashore and be able to walk moderate distances over rough terrain, including rocky uneven beaches, and occasionally across ice and snow. Temperatures throughout will range from lows in the 40s°F to highs in the mid 50s°F. Please note that temperatures on the water may feel cooler. Knee-high, waterproof boots with good tread are essential.
Please pay close attention to the following sections: Passport and Visa Requirements, Health Information, and Baggage Allowance.
For most activities, a relatively moderate level of exertion is required. You will need to climb into and out of Zodiacs for excursions ashore and walk one to three miles over sometimes rough terrain such as uneven, rocky beaches and occasional snow or packed ice. We have designed shore excursions to accommodate both those who would like moderate strolls and those who prefer more active hikes. Some of the landings on this itinerary will be “wet” which may lead to boots getting water in them. Please reach out to an Expedition Advisor for more information about boots. Flexibility is a must, as itineraries are subject to change and landings may be tidal or weather dependent.
Please Note: There is an optional tour opportunity for guests with late departures on September 12. Guests can enjoy a guided tour of Quebec before being transferred to the airport. If you’re interested in this optional tour, please discuss it with your Expedition Advisor before departure.
Arrivals & Departures
Departure / Airport Check-In Procedures
Please arrive at the airport for your international flight three hours prior to departure and have access to your passport and airline E-ticket confirmation. Do not pack your passport or other travel documents in your checked luggage. Be certain that the check-in agent properly tags your bags through to your final destination, if allowed, and that you have all baggage and E-ticket receipts.
Arrival / Departure Transfers
Transfers and assistance between airports and group hotels are arranged for participants arriving and departing on group dates. However, if you are arriving prior to the group arrival day and have booked additional night(s) at our group hotel, a transfer from the airport to the hotel will be provided.
Airlines change flight times frequently and our air department will send you any updates for flights booked through Zegrahm as they are received from the carrier. Still, we recommend reconfirming the departure time of your flights with the airline directly within 24 hours of departure. This can be done easily online and will ensure you arrive at the airport with plenty of time to board your flight.
Please Note: Your room will not be available until the hotel check-in time of 2:00 p.m. If you would like to guarantee an early check-in, please contact us and we can reserve an additional night for you.
If you are booking your own flights or accommodation, please forward a copy of your flight itinerary to Zegrahm Expeditions, as well as contact information where you can be reached prior to and after the program.
For your international flights to Reykjavik, Iceland and from Quebec City, Canada please check for luggage weight restrictions with your airline provider or our air department if you are booking your international air arrangements through Zegrahm.
PLEASE NOTE: Most airlines strictly enforce their baggage regulations. Excess baggage charges, whichcan be substantial, are the personal responsibility of each participant.
We recommend the use of soft-sided luggage as it is easier to store. Your carry-on bag should include anything you may need in transit. We recommend that you carry essential toiletries and prescription medications on board the flight, as well as a change of clothing appropriate for the initial activities of our itinerary, so that you will be more comfortable in the unlikely event that your baggage is delayed in transit or is slow to be delivered to your room upon arrival.
Temperatures throughout the expedition will range from the low 40s°F to highs in the low 60s°F. Please be advised that we will be visiting remote areas that are prone to cold temperatures and extreme weather conditions. We highly recommend thermal layers, gloves, and waterproof outerwear. Temperatures will feel colder than they are when spending time on deck and Zodiac cruising due to the wind-chill.
The following are average high/low temperatures in August & September for selected locations on our itinerary:
|Reykjavík, Iceland||57ºF (14ºC)||45ºF (7ºC)|
|Narsaq, Greenland||54ºF (12ºC)||42ºF (6ºC)|
|Pre-Extension: Ultimate Iceland|
|Akureyri||56ºF (13ºC)||42ºF (5ºC)|
|HÖfn||55ºF (12ºC)||45ºF (7ºC)|
The Euro is the standard currency on board the Le Champlain. Your voyage includes most necessities; therefore, we strongly recommend that you carry most of your spending money in smaller denominations. At the end of your voyage, you may settle your onboard account with your Visa, MasterCard, or American Express credit card. The Le Champlain will charge your credit card in Euros, and your bank will convert the charge to the currency it honors.
As of April 2019, the exchange rates are as follows:
|$1 U.S. dollar (USD)||122.42 Icelandic Krona (ISK)|
|$1 U.S. dollar (USD)||6.57 Danish Krone (DKK)|
|$1 U.S. dollar (USD)||1.34 Canadian Dollar (CAD)|
|$1 U.S. dollar (USD)||.88 Euro (EUR)|
ATMs are a good option for obtaining local currency if you have a Visa or MasterCard debit or credit card. Please carry smaller denominations as most merchants will require local currency.
You will receive your pre-departure information—including a complete packing list and gearcertificate—approximately five months prior to departure. Final documents—including a final itinerary,contact list, and staff biographies—will be sent approximately one month prior to departure.
The electrical currents are as follows:
- Iceland 230V/50Hz with electrical outlet types F
- Canada 120V/60Hz with electrical outlet types A & B (American-style 2 or 3 prong flat outlets)
Electricity on board the Le Champlain runs at 110V with American-style 2-prong flat outlets.
PLEASE NOTE: Most modern electronics (cell phones, computers, and tablets) are dual voltage and don’t require a converter and adapter. Some appliances, such as video camera battery packs, require heavy-duty converters rather than the normal travel type. Please check your equipment to be sure you bring what is necessary for your personal needs.
International flights are not included in the cost of expedition; however, Zegrahm has a fully-staffed air department that can assist you with flight arrangements. You will need to purchase airfare from your home city/Reykjavik, Iceland and Quebec City, Canada/home city. For more detailed information, please contact our in-house air department for fare quotes, reservations, or other air-related questions.
No vaccinations, inoculations, or prophylaxes are required in conjunction with this expedition at this time.
Be sure to bring a sufficient amount of your personal medications, as we will not have access to pharmacies while in the remote areas of this expedition.
We suggest that you contact your physician or local health center for current and other information concerning health precautions, immunizations, and prescriptions based on your physical condition and medical history. Your doctor may recommend a flu shot, Hepatitis A, Tetanus, and other routine vaccinations. This will vary by guest and can only be advised by a medical professional.
To prevent dehydration, drink plenty of fluids whenever you can, not just when you are thirsty as this can help prevent a range of medical problems associated with traveling. Take precautions to avoid overexposure to the sun by bringing a sun hat with a wide brim or scarf, polarized sunglasses, and a high-SPF sunscreen.
In case of serious injury or illness while traveling, it is important to understand that satisfactory medical facilities may not exist nearby. Should you require emergency medical care, it may be necessary to depart the country by international medical evacuation services. The cost of our expedition includes $100,000 of emergency evacuation cover and $25,000 cover for medical expenses. If you would like to request more information about this policy, please contact our office at 206.285.4000, or you can review the pamphlet given in your final documents package.
The information herein is a guideline and is subject to change without notice. Contact your physician or local health center for current and other information concerning health precautions, immunizations, and prescriptions based on your physical condition and medical history.
Internet & Phone
Complimentary Wi-Fi is available aboard the Le Champlain. However, please note that Internet connections aboard the ship are low-bandwidth and intermittent.
Your final documentation will include contact information for the group hotels and the ship.
Following are local times that apply to this expedition when it is 7:00 a.m. on the North American west coast:
|7:00 a.m.||Seattle, WA (PDT)|
|10:00 a.m.||New York, NY (EDT)|
|2:00 p.m.||Reykjavík, Iceland (GMT)|
|12:00 p.m.||Narsaq, Greenland (WGST)|
|11:30 a.m.||L’Anse aux Meadows, NL Canada (NDT)|
|10:00 a.m.||Quebec City, Canada (EDT)|
Should you have any particular dietary needs, or life-threatening allergies, please let us know on your Personal Information Form, and we will do our best to prepare for them. Unfortunately, kosher meals cannot be accommodated.
It is essential to maximize the versatility of your travel wardrobe by packing clothing that can be layered. Wash-and-wear, lightweight fabrics are recommended. As you pack, consider your own internal thermostat and adjust accordingly.
Laundry service is available on board the ship for a fee, and by using it you can limit yourself to just four or five outfits and not be inconvenienced by an overabundance of clothing.
Clothing on Board
The ship is air-conditioned and heated throughout with individual controls in each cabin. Comfortable and casual clothing, in the expedition spirit, is recommended. Normally, there are two shipboard occasions when you may wish to wear slightly more formal attire: the captain’s welcome aboard and farewell cocktail parties, followed by dinner. On these two occasions, women may choose to wear a dress or other appropriate attire, and men may choose to dress business casual. The degree of dress is in accordance with one’s personal preference.
Bring loose, comfortable clothing appropriate for the variable conditions you will encounter. Being out early in the morning or later in the evening will result in cooler temperatures, so dress accordingly. It is highly recommended to dress in layers for added comfort and wardrobe versatility. For some of our more active tours, you will also need sturdy, non-skid walking or hiking boots. Otherwise, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Please make sure your shoes are well broken-in before you depart. Also, keep in mind that we may encounter rain showers on our excursions.
Knee-high, waterproof boots with good tread are essential for wet landings, as you will be stepping from the Zodiac onto the shore in wet conditions. If your feet get wet, they will lose heat rapidly, so your boots need to be waterproof. Once ashore, excursions can involve a fair amount of walking and hiking over uneven terrain and on trails where paths may be damp or even icy. You will have the opportunity to change into your hiking boots once on shore.
Please Note: On board the ship, you may rent unisex* Dunlop boots, for an additional cost, that can be used for wet landings. However, sizes are limited, so we recommend you bring your own boots for best comfort and if you require a unique size or fit. If you would like to rent boots, once on board you will need to fill out a voucher located in your cabin and return it to the receptionist. Your shipboard account will be charged 50 EUR per guest for the rental. Please speak to an Expedition Advisor if you have any further questions. *The sizes on board will be listed as French sizes & all boots are unisex.
Passport & Visa Requirements
A valid passport is required for participation in this program. It must be valid for at least six (6) months after you return home, through March 12, 2020. If you do not have a passport, or if it is not valid for the correct length of time, you should apply for one as soon as possible. You need to have a minimum of 5 blank pages available for entry/exit stamps in your passport and secure additional pages ifnecessary.
As of January 1, 2016, the U.S. State Department no longer allows additional pages to be inserted into passports. If your passport is nearly full, and you have insufficient pages for this expedition, then a new passport must be obtained. We suggest that you carry extra passport photos and a photocopy of your passport’s information pagewhen you travel.
There are no visa requirements for U.S. citizens entering the countries on this itinerary.
PLEASE NOTE: Citizens of countries other than the U.S. should check with the nearest consulates for specific visa and entry requirements for their entire itinerary, including both the group arrangements and any travel prior to or after the program. If you are checking for visa requirements for non-U.S. citizens or planning you own arrangements, please note that Greenland is technically a Danish country.
Payments & Cancellations
A deposit totaling 25% of the expedition fare will reserve a place for you on this Zegrahm program. The balance of the expedition fare is due 120 days prior to departure. Air fare is due at the time tickets are issued. All prices are quoted in US dollars and must be paid in US dollars.
Cancellation & Refund Policy
Notification of cancellation must be received in writing by Zegrahm. At the time we receive your written cancellation, the following penalties will apply:
- 180 days or more prior to departure: $750 per person
- 120 through 179 days prior to departure: 25% of expedition fare
- 1 through 119 days prior to departure: 100% of expedition fare
Please note, fees associated with cancelled airline tickets are in addition to this and will be clearly outlined for you on your flight itinerary.
Trip Cancellation & Interruption Insurance
We strongly advise that all travelers purchase trip cancellation and interruption insurance to protect themselves from an unforeseen emergency that may force you to cancel or leave an expedition while it is in progress. Information describing coverage will be sent to you upon receipt of your deposit for the expedition. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer insurance to guests residing outside the United States.
With Our Compliments
We are pleased to offer complimentary amenities to our explorers so they can be fully prepared before departing on one of our expeditions. A gift certificate to our Zegrahm Store will offer you the opportunity to purchase essential trip gear from our store. The certificate will be emailed to you approximately five months prior to departure. Please refer to the gift certificate for more details.