Voyage to East Greenland, Scoresby Sund, where we may observe the Aurora Borealis. We cross the Arctic Circle and continue north, perhaps seeing whales. In the evening we will spot our first icebergs appear as we approach the east coast of Greenland near Kap Brewster.
|QUAD||TRIPLE||TWIN PORTHOLE||TWIN WINDOW||TWIN DELUXE||SUPERIOR|
|Sep 11, 2017 - Sep 18, 2017||$3,900||$4,700||$5,540||$5,800||$6,150||$6,850|
|Sep 18, 2017 - Sep 25, 2017||$3,900||$4,700||$5,540||$5,800||$6,150||$6,850|
|Sep 18, 2018 - Sep 25, 2018||$3,900||$4,700||$5,540||$5,800||$6,150||$6,850|
Day 1: We embark our vessel on Akureyri and set sail in the evening
In the morning, upon request, you can transfer by chartered bus from one centrally located hotel in Reykjavik ( meeting point) to the ship in Akureyri, where you arrive in the afternoon after a six hours drive through North Iceland. The transfer is supplemented and must be booked and paid for in advance. In the early evening, the ship will depart from the port of Akureyri and sail north towards the Denmark Strait.
Day 2: At sea, spotting various birds, when sailing north through the Denmark Strait
At sea, sailing north through the Denmark Strait. We are almost certain to see Fulmar, Kittiwake, Gannet and rafts of Common Guillemot. We cross the Arctic Circle and continue north, perhaps seeing whales. In the evening we will spot our first icebergs appear as we approach the east coast of Greenland near Kap Brewster.
Day 3: Sailing along the ragged and glaciated Volquart Boons Coast. Here we may organize a zodiac cruise along a glacier
In the morning we sail along the ragged and glaciated Volquart Boons Coast. Here we may organize a zodiac cruise along one of the glacier fronts of this coast and have our first landing near a glacier, like Måne Glacier or in Vikingebugt. Later we land on Danmarks where there are the remains of an Inuit settlement abandoned around 200 years ago. The circular ‘tent rings’ of stones indicate the summer houses, while the winter houses can be seen closer to a small cape. The sites are well preserved, allowing entrances and even bear-proof meat caches to be identified. There are also grave sites. In the evening we continue our sailing through the beautiful fjords to the west, choked with icebergs.
Day 4: We land at Cape Hofmann Halvø, we can spot Musk Oxen
We go ashore at C. Hofman Halvø, a reliable spot for viewing Musk Oxen. We may also spot Rock Ptarmigan and at sea Great Northern Diver. The landscape here is particularly beautiful, especially during autumn when the Dwarf Willow and Dwarf Birch change color. Arctic Blueberry and Crowberry add their own colorful touch - the berries are tasty too! In the evening we sail through the fjord towards Scoresby Land enjoying the contrast between the warm autumnal colors of the vegetation on shore, backed by huge dark mountains, and the cold blue of the icebergs.
Day 5: On our way to Sydkap we encounter huge icebergs, some over 100 m high and more than a kilometre in length
On our way to Sydkap in Scoresby Land in the morning, we encounter huge icebergs, some over 100 m high and more than a kilometer in length. Most of the bergs are grounded as the fjord is only about 400 m deep here. We land near Sydkap to view the remains of the Thule culture winter houses. As many as 20 people lived in these tiny houses, hunting Greenland Whale and using their vertebrae to build the houses.
Day 6: We visit Ittoqqortoormiit, the biggest settlement near Scoresby Sund with about 400 inhabitants
In the morning we land at a lagoon at the south coast of Jameson Land, an area with waders and geese collecting for the autumn migration. The landscape here is gently undulating. Musk Oxen and Collared Lemming - survive on the meagre vegetation. In the afternoon we visit Ittoqqortoormiit, the biggest settlement near Scoresbysund with about 400 inhabitants. At the post office, you can buy stamps for your postcards or just wander around to see the sledge dogs and the drying skins of seals, Musk Oxen and Polar Bear.
Day 7: We spend the day at sea where at night we may see the Aurora Borealis
The whole day at sea offers excellent opportunities to see large whales and seabird migration and, at night the Aurora borealis (Northern Lights).
Day 8: It's the end of our trip. We disembark in Akureyri
In the morning, we arrive in Akureyri and upon request, you can transfer by chartered bus to a centrally located hotel in Reykjavik (6 hours). The transfer is supplemented and must be booked and paid for in advance.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of expedition cruising, itineraries are subject to change due to weather, ice conditions, natural and cultural events, wildlife viewing opportunities and other logistical considerations. In general, a ship's crew will endeavor to complete the itinerary provided, but the ultimate decision lies with the ship's captain and expedition leaders.