The ORIGINS Project Foundation invites you to join us on our Greenland 2022 voyage. Engage in a new kind of expedition designed to challenge your mind, delight your senses, and enrich your perspective.
September 8, 2022 to September 21, 2022
“It was the trip of a lifetime! Having access to casual conversations with the guest speakers, and all the other fascinating travelers, was such a privilege. So enlightening! I made friends and memories that I’ll cherish for life. Thank you ORIGINS!“
From September 8, 2022 to September 21, 2022, The Origins Project Foundation will host a group of travelers on a voyage to explore Iceland’s mountainous Vestfjords and Greenland’s remote northeast coast, home to the world’s largest fjord system and the second largest body of ice, now melting at an unprecedented rate. We will explore diverse and dramatically rugged landscapes rich in iconic arctic wildlife, and highly susceptible to the impacts of climate change. Immersed in the untamed beauty of the Arctic – a landscape that is in peril – voyagers will experience Inuit culture firsthand at Ittoqqortoormiit, visit ancient Thule sites steeped in history, and marvel at the majesty of massive icebergs and towering bird cliffs. We may also catch sight of the spectacular northern lights dancing across the sky.
Expedition guides will provide thought-provoking lectures on the fascinating locations we will be viewing, the history of the cultures, and the climate factors that shape these areas.
As travelers gaze upward at the myriad of stars in the unobstructed night sky, Origins’ President Lawrence Krauss and Nobel Laureate Barry Barish will each give special lectures for our Origins Expedition Travelers on the wonders of the universe, including the nature of the Northern Lights. They will also discuss climate change and the scientific issues that will drive the future of society in the 21st century and beyond. As a bonus, Special Guest Richard Dawkins will be joining us, and will participate in at least one onboard Q&A on science and science and society issues
Special Pricing has been arranged for Origins Travelers, ranging between $11,181 – $16,854 per traveler based on cabin choice. Our travelers are able to reserve their preferred cabin with a 25% deposit now, another 25% due in September, and the final payment in April 2022.
Passengers who desire a single room can book a full cabin for these categories for 1.7 times the cost of a single berth. For Superior, Deluxe, and Suites, the cost of booking a full cabin for a single individual is twice the single rate.
Quark Expeditions has recently announced that all of their ships will be 100% fully vaccinated. When booked passengers submit their final online passengers forms they will be asked to upload a copy of their vaccine card.
We are currently planning an ADD-ON land tour package in Iceland to follow the cruise.
About Your Ship
The Ocean Adventurer is a comfortable vessel with spacious cabins, which all have private bathroom facilities and exterior views. Designed to carry travelers in comfort to the most remote corners of the world, Ocean Adventurer was built in 1976, and underwent extensive upgrades in 2017. This multi-million dollar investment included renovations to the interior of the ship, significant technical upgrades, and the addition of a new cabin category, the Owner’s Suites. The refurbishment gave the ship new bathrooms in every cabin, and upgrades to the Lounge, Dining Room, gym, and suites. Technical enhancements – including two new engines, generators, gearboxes, drive systems, and re-bladed propellers – resulted in increased fuel efficiency, and a minimized carbon footprint.
• Search for arctic wildlife, such as polar bears, muskoxen, whales, seals and seabirds
• Hike the tundra, visit an Inuit community and explore breathtaking fjords
• Possibly view the enchanting northern lights (aurora borealis)
• Cruise in a Zodiac to explore icebergs, glaciers, fjords and more
• Meet locals and experience traditional Inuit settlements
• Visit Norse historical sites and learn about this fascinating culture
• Take in the splendor of the world’s largest national park
• Observe up close the impacts of climate change on glaciers and ecology of the Arctic
Lawrence Krauss (President, The Origins Project Foundation) is an internationally known theoretical physicist, bestselling author, and an acclaimed lecturer. He has also appeared regularly on radio and television, as well as in several feature films. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his research and outreach and has been elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Physical Society. He has held numerous endowed professorships and distinguished research appointments. The author of more than 500 publications and 11 popular science books, his latest book, The Physics of Climate Change, was released in March 2021.
Barry Barish is an American experimental physicist and Nobel Laureate, who has worked on many areas of physics, from the fundamentals of particle physics to the nature of gravitational waves. He is a Linde Professor of Physics, emeritus at California Institute of Technology. In 2017, Barish was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics along with Rainer Weiss and Kip Thorne “for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves”. He has also served the scientific community in many roles including as President of the American Physical Society.
Special Guest Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins’ 1976 book, The Selfish Gene established him as perhaps the world’s most pre-eminent scientist-writer and expositor of our current understanding of evolutionary biology. His book, The God Delusion argued that a supernatural creator almost certainly does not exist and that religious faith is a delusion. He is an emeritus fellow of New College, Oxford, and was Professor for Public Understanding of Science in the University of Oxford from 1995 to 2008, and the recipient of numerous international awards for his work.