Scoresbysund, Aurora Borealis, 8-day

Hondius Luxury Expedition Cruise Ship
Hondius
176 Passengers
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Scoresby Sund (East Greenland) is the longest fjord in the world, where conditions will be optimal to experience the breathtaking phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).

Note: The shuttle bus transfer between Reykjavik & Akureyri (ship) and/or  Akureyri (ship) and Reykjavik (approx. 6 hours) is by request, supplemented, and must be booked and paid for in advance.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Embarkation and departure from Akureyri
Day 2 Sailing to east Greenland
Day 3 Inuit neighborhood of yesteryear
Day 4 Colors of the cape
Day 5 Enormous bergs, Arctic hares
Day 6 Settlement at Scoresbysund
Day 7 Narwhal waters, polar bear shores
Day 8 Sea life under the northern lights
Day 9 Arrival and disembarkation in Akureyri

Day 1 — Embarkation and departure from Akureyri

In the early evening, the ship departs from the port of Akureyri, sailing north toward the Denmark Strait.

Note: By request you can transfer via chartered bus from the city hall of Reykjavik (the meeting point) to the ship in Akureyri (the embarkation point). You arrive in the afternoon after a six-hour drive through northern Iceland. This transfer must be booked and paid for in advance.

Day 2 — Sailing to east Greenland

While sailing north you’re likely to see fulmars, kittiwakes, gannets, and common guillemots. You then cross the Arctic Circle, possibly spotting whales. By evening, the first icebergs flash into sight with your approach to the east Greenland coast, near Brewster.

Day 3 — Inuit neighborhood of yesteryear

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 4 — Colors of the cape

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 5 — Enormous bergs, Arctic hares

In the morning you encounter colossal icebergs, some over 328 ft (100 m) high and more than 1/2- mile (1 km) long. Most of them are grounded, as the fjord is only about 1,312 ft (400 m) deep. You then land near Sydkap, with fine views of Hall Bredning and a good shot of seeing Arctic hares.

Day 6 — Settlement at Scoresbysund

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 7 — Narwhal waters, polar bear shores

Turner Sound and Rømer Fjord grant you the opportunity to sail far inland, as they have no glacier front at the head and are not clogged with ice. In this location, you have your best shot at spotting narwhals and polar bears.

Day 8 — Sea life under the northern lights

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

Day 9 — 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 by chartered bus (a six-hour drive that you must book and pay for in advance) to the Reykjavik city hall, taking home memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Upon request (some voyages may be excluded), children under 16 with parents may receive 40% discount in Superior, Triple (sharing with 2 parents / adults) and Quadruple Cabins (sharing with 3 parents / adults).

Kayaking: $410 & must be pre-booked.

Transfer supplement for bus shuttle between Reykjavik and Akureyri, Iceland (approx. 6 hours): $90 p.p. one way, $180 p.p. return. Must be requested and paid for in advance.

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   Hondius Suite
4 windows • 1 double bed • Sofa Bed • Private shower & toilet • Desk & chair • Flat screen TV • Telephone and WiFi • Refrigerator • Coffee & tea maker • Hair dryer • Cabinet • Walk-in closet • Safe
One Spacious Suite on Deck 6, 375 ft² (35 m²)
   Grand Suite
1 double window • 1 double bed • Sofa Bed • Private balcony with sliding door • Private shower & toilet • Flat screen TV • Desk & chair • Telephone and WiFi • Refrigerator • Coffee & tea maker • Hair dryer • Cabinet • Wardrobe • Safe
Six Suites on Deck 7, 290 ft² (27 m²) with balcony
   Junior Suite
1 double window • 1 double bed • Private shower & toilet • Flat screen TV • Desk & chair • Telephone and WiFi • Refrigerator • Coffee & tea maker • Hair dryer • Cabinet • Wardrobe • Safe
Eight Suites on Deck 7, 205-225 ft² (19-20 m²)
   Superior
2 windows • 1 double bed • Sofa Bed • Private shower & toilet • Flat screen TV • Desk & chair • Telephone and WiFi • Refrigerator • Coffee & tea maker • Hair dryer • Cabinet • Wardrobe • Safe
Eight Cabins on Deck 6, 215-225 ft² (20-21 m²)
   Twin Deluxe
2 windows • 2 single beds • Sofa • Private shower & toilet • Flat screen TV • Desk & chair • Telephone and WiFi • Refrigerator • Coffee & tea maker • Hair dryer • Cabinet • Wardrobe • Safe
Eleven Cabins on Deck 6, 205-225 ft² (19-21 m²)
   Twin Window
1 window • 2 single beds • Small sofa • Private shower & toilet • Flat screen TV • Desk & chair • Telephone and WiFi • Coffee & tea maker • Hair dryer • Cabinet • Wardrobe • Safe
Fourteen Cabins on Deck 4, 130-150 ft² (12-14 m²)
   Twin Porthole
2 portholes • 2 single beds • Small sofa • Private shower & toilet • Flat screen TV • Desk & chair • Telephone and WiFi • Coffee & tea maker • Hair dryer • Cabinet • Wardrobe • Safe
Twenty-Nine Cabins on Deck 3, 130-200 ft² (12-18 m²)
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2 portholes • 1 upper berth & 2 lower berths • Small sofa • Private shower & toilet • Flat screen TV • Desk & chair • Telephone and WiFi • Coffee & tea maker • Hair dryer • Cabinet • Wardrobe • Safe • This cabin is suitable for families traveling with children, or passengers who do not require a twin or more luxurious cabin
Two Cabins on Deck 3, approx. 200 ft² (18 m²)
   Quadruple Porthole
2 portholes • 2 upper & lower berths • Small sofa • Private shower & toilet • Flat screen TV • Desk & chair • Telephone and WiFi • Coffee & tea maker • Hair dryer • Cabinet • Wardrobe • Safe • This cabin is suitable for families traveling with children, or passengers who do not require a twin or more luxurious cabin
Four Cabins on Deck 3, approx. 200 ft² (18 m²)