Spitsbergen – Northeast Greenland, 14-day

Hondius Luxury Expedition Cruise Ship
Hondius
176 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 Hondius 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.

Note: The shuttle bus transfer between the 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 Longyearbyen
Day 2 Route to Raudfjorden
Days 3 & 4 Onward to east Greenland
Day 5 Tundra, mountains, and icebergs
Day 6 The islands of Antarctic Sound
Dat 7 Alpefjord’s lofty peaks
Day 8 Sights of the Arctic autumn
Day 9 Inuit neighborhood of yesteryear
Day 10 Colors of the cape
Day 11 Enormous bergs, Arctic hares
Day 12 Settlement at Scoresbysund
Day 13 Sea life under the 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 plant 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 — Route to 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 — Onward to east Greenland

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 — Tundra, mountains, and icebergs

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 — The islands of Antarctic Sound

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 — Alpefjord’s lofty peaks

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 — Sights of the Arctic autumn

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 — 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 10 — 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 11 — 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 12 — 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 13 — 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 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 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.

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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)
   Triple Porthole
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)
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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)