Spitsbergen - Northeast Greenland, Aurora borealis

Plancius Cruise Ship
116 Passengers
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This Arctic Tour is a 14-day cruise that takes us through Spitsbergen Fjord, along the coast of East Greenland, and arriving in our final destination Iceland. Board the Plancius in Longyearbyen and set out for East Greenland. We then arrive at Scoresby Sund where we will see beautiful glaciers, ice formations, and an abundance of Arctic Wildlife. Including whales, musk ox, and a variety of different birds.

Transfer supplement for bus shuttle between Reykjavik and Akureyri (ship), approx. 6 hours one way. Must be pre-booked.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Embarkation and departure from Longyearbyen
Day 2 Raudfjorden
Days 3 & 4 At Sea
Day 5 Myggebugten
Day 6 Blomsterbugt
Dat 7 Segelsällskapets & Alpe Fjords
Day 8 Antarctic Havn
Day 9 Scoresby Sund
Day 10 Røde Fjord
Day 11 Sydkap
Day 12 Ittoqqortoormiut
Day 13 Aurora borealis (Northern Lights)
Day 14 Arrival and disembarkation in Akureyri

Day 1 — Embarkation and departure from Longyearbyen

You touch down in Longyearbyen, the administrative center of Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago. Enjoy strolling around this former mining town, whose parish church and Svalbard Museum make for fascinating attractions. Though the countryside appears stark, more than a hundred species of plants have been recorded in it. In the early evening the ship sails out of Isfjorden, where you might spot the first minke whale of your voyage.

Day 2 — Raudfjorden

Sailing to Raudfjorden, on the north coast of Spitsbergen, you take in an expansive fjord spilling with glaciers – and maybe even visited by ringed and bearded seals. The cliffs and shoreline of this fjord also support thriving seabird colonies, rich vegetation, and the possibility of polar bears.

Days 3 & 4 — At Sea

You may eventually see the jagged edge of the east Greenland sea ice flashing into sight ahead, depending on the conditions. Keep watch for whales and migrating seabirds here.

Day 5 — Myggebugten

As you approach Greenland, you may sail through the sea ice into Foster Bay and land at Myggebugten. Beyond the old hunters’ hut (where Norwegian trappers hunted for polar bear and Arctic fox in the first half of the 20th century), there is a sprawling tundra populated by musk oxen, with geese floating the small lakes. From here you sail through Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord, surrounded by towering mountains and bright interior icebergs. An alternate route is Sofia Sound, a narrower waterway.

Day 6 — Blomsterbugt

You arrive at Teufelschloss (Devil’s Castle), a mountain with layered geology. On the other side of the fjord is Blomsterbugt and the intended landing site. In the afternoon you head into Antarctic Sound, where you find the islands of Ruth, Maria, and Ella. Maria is the most likely spot for a landing.

Day 7 — Segelsällskapets & Alpe Fjords

In the morning you enter Segelsällskapets Fjord, with the streaked slopes of the Berzelius Mountains bordering the north side. You land on the south shore, where ancient sedimentary formations lie right at your feet. A hike takes you near a small lake with good chances to see musk oxen, Arctic hares, and ptarmigans. In the afternoon the ship ventures into Alpefjord, aptly named for the spire-like peaks that thrust up around it. You may then embark on a Zodiac cruise around Gully Glacier, which once blocked access to the interior of these waters. Continuing deep into the fjord, you experience a definitive Greenland adventure.

Day 8 — Antarctic Havn

The first half of the day you spend in Antarctic Havn, an extensive valley where you can spot groups of musk oxen. At this time of year, the sparse vegetation is dressed in the fiery colors of autumn.

Day 9 — Scoresby Sund

Today you reach Scoresbysund, sailing along the glaciated Volquart Boons Kyst. You may also enjoy a Zodiac cruise past one of the glacier fronts, along with a visit to the basalt columns and ice formations of Vikingebugt. The afternoon goal is to visit Danmark Island, where you find the remains of an Inuit settlement abandoned around 200 years ago. The circular stone tent rings indicate the summer houses, while the winter houses can be seen closer to a small cape. The sites are well preserved, with easy identifiable entrances, bear-proof meat caches, and grave sites. In the evening, you continue sailing the berg-crowded fjords to the west.

Day 10 — Røde Fjord

The goal is a Zodiac cruise near Røde Ø, one of the world’s most cherished iceberg attractions: The austere blue-white of the icebergs sets sharp against the brooding red backdrop of the sediment slopes. The afternoon plan is to sail through the northern parts of Røde Fjord, with the chance to see musk oxen and warm autumnal foliage.

Day 11 — Sydkap

In the morning you encounter colossal icebergs, some over 328 ft (100 m) high and more than a half mile (1 km) long. Most of them are grounded, as the fjord is only about 1,300 ft deep (400 m). You then land near Sydkap, with fine views of Hall Bredning and a good shot of seeing Arctic hares.

Day 12 — Ittoqqortoormiit

Today you make a tundra landing on Liverpool Land, in Hurry Inlet. The afternoon stop is Ittoqqortoormiit, the largest settlement in Scoresbysund at about five hundred inhabitants. At the post office you can buy stamps for your postcards, or just stroll around to see the sled dogs and drying skins of seals and musk oxen. In the afternoon you sail south, passing the picturesque landscapes of the Blosseville Coast.

Day 13 — Aurora borealis (Northern Lights)

A sea day grants you the opportunity to spot whales and seabirds – and at night, the magical northern lights.

Day 14 — Arrival and disembarkation in Akureyri

Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. You disembark in Akureyri, where on request you can transfer (T) by chartered bus (a six-hour drive that you must book in advance) to the Reykjavik city hall, taking home memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

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2 windows • 1 double bed • 1 sofa bed • Private shower & toilet • Desk & chair • Flatscreen TV • Telephone & WiFi (supplemented) • Refrigerator • Coffee & tea maker • Hair dryer • Ample storage space
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2 windows • 2 lower berths • Private shower & toilet • Desk & chair • Flatscreen TV • Telephone & WiFi (supplemented) • Hair dryer • Ample storage space • These are corner cabins and slightly more spacious than normal twin porthole/window cabins
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1 window • 2 lower berths • Private shower & toilet • Desk & chair • Flatscreen TV • Telephone & WiFi (supplemented) • Hair dryer • Ample storage space
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1 porthole • 2 lower berths • Private shower & toilet • Desk & chair • Flatscreen TV • Telephone & WiFi (supplemented) • Hair dryer • Ample storage space • Cabins 201 & 202 have an additional third bed
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1 porthole • 2 upper / lower berths • Private shower & toilet • Desk & chair • Flatscreen TV • Telephone & WiFi (supplemented) • Hair dryer • Ample storage space • This cabin is suitable for families traveling with children, or passengers who do not require a twin or more luxurious cabin