East Greenland: Northern Lights
Scoresbysund, the world’s largest fjord system, beckons you to explore Greenland. Enticing you with some of the world’s best displays of the Northern Lights, the Inuit settlement of Ittoqqortoormiit also offers you a rare connection to the past, as they still live off the land as their ancestors did hundreds of years ago.
Iceberg choked fjords, tundra hikes and the Arctic wildlife of Greenland National Park create picture perfect scenes every day. One of our most active expeditions, you can climb atop mountains and watch herds of grazing musk oxen on the horizon. This is pure wilderness, the untouched Arctic as it was thousands of years ago.
Expedition in Brief
- Spectacular Greenland landscapes
- World’s largest fjord system
- World's largest and most remote national park
- Possible musk oxen and whale sightings
- Zodiac cruising
- Tundra hiking
- Community visits
- Optional Kayaking
|Day 2||Embarkation Day in Akureyri|
|Day 3||At Sea|
|Days 4 to 7||Greenland National Park|
|Days 8 to 11||Scorsbysund Fjord|
Days 12 & 13
|Day 14||Disembarkation Day in Reykjavík|
Your adventure begins with an overnight stay in thoroughly-modern Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital city.
You fly from Reykavik to the northern Iceland town of Akureyri to begin your expedition to Greenland. As you sail out to sea, your first wildlife sightings will be seabirds above and whales below, get ready for a great adventure!
Sail through the Denmark Strait en route for mysterious Greenland. Your onboard Expedition Team will keep you informed and entertained with presentations about Greenland’s wildlife, history and geography.
Fjords and flower meadows punctuate the scenery of Greenland National Park, where Arctic fox and musk oxen roam free. Your days will be spent exploring and learning about the unique history and geology of Greenland.
King Oscar Fjord is a hiker’s paradise. You may walk across the delicate flower-and-berry-strewn tundra at Holm Bay, Zodiac-cruise through spectacular Alepfjord or challenge yourself with a climb to the top of nearby Ella Island (the views are worth it.)
From Ella Island you’ll head to the Antarctic. Yes, curiously, there is an Antarctic Sound in the Arctic. The area is home to beautiful purple and gold colored rocks with Ymer Island and Blomsterbugten, the “Bay of Flowers,” ready to explore in the distance. Keeping a constant eye out for wildlife, you will then head south along the Liverpool Coast. Weather conditions are variable here, but we’ll aim to visit Storefjord and the “warming island” of Uunartoq Qeqertaq, which was only discovered in 2005.
Arriving at Scoresbysund, you’ll find yourself mesmerized by the largest, longest, and – some say – most beautiful fjord system in the world. This area was named for William Scoresby, who charted the east coast of Greenland in 1822.
At the start of the sound, Ittoqqortoormiit is East Greenland’s most northerly community and one of the world’s last remaining examples of a living hunter society. With clear skies, you’ll have a great opportunity to see the Northern Lights here. You can also support the local Inuit artisans by purchasing unique handicrafts.
Our time here is spent bonding with the Inuit people and gaining an appreciation of their way of life. Sailing on, deeper into Scoresbysund you’ll encounter massive icebergs and an ancient Thule settlement as we approach Sydkap and Øfjord. The scenery here is something you can’t even imagine, with towering mountain sides and hundreds of apartment size icebergs playing tricks with your sense of perception.
Pushing onward, your expedition will come to Rypefjord and Kap Hofmann Halvø. We will keep our eyes peeled for sightings of rare blue icebergs, which are more normally seen in the Antarctic. With binoculars in hand, birders should keep watch for wheatears, snow buntings and ravens at Rypefjord.
At Cape Hofmann Halvø we’ll have our best chance for closer encounters with grazing musk oxen and enjoy a final hike out on the colorful tundra.
Your homeward journey re-crosses the Denmark Strait, giving you a couple of days for whale watching. During our crossings we’ve seen white-beaked dolphins and humpback, minke and blue whales. Birders have enjoyed spotting kittiwakes, gannets, guillemots, fulmars and razorbills on our journey back to Iceland.
Your Greenland adventure comes to an end as you enter port in Reykjavik. If you have time before your flight, stick around to explore this great city.
* Itinerary may be subject to change
|Per Person USD|
Rates Arctic 2016
Cruise Price does not include international airfare. Charter Flights are included. Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single cabin prices are 1.7 times the cost of the appropriate twin-share prices listed above except for superior and above which are 2x the price listed above. If you are a solo traveler requesting to share a cabin note that Superior and above can not be shared.
Adventure Options: Kayaking - $595. Adventure options must be pre-booked and paid for prior to start of the trip. Space is subject to availability. Kayaking is limited to 10. Some activities require experience.
All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.
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