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Hiking the snowy hillsides of Greenland.

Spitsbergen to Northeast Greenland, Aurora Borealis 2017

Example 14 Day Cruise aboard MV Plancius
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This 14-day voyage starts in Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen), sailing along the Northeast coast of Greenland and ending in Akureyri (Iceland). Approaching Greenland attempt to sail through the sea ice into Foster Bugt, making your first landing at Myggebugten. Beyond the old hunters’ hut (in the first half of last century Norwegian trappers hunted here for polar bear and Arctic fox) there is an extensive tundra populated by musk oxen.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
Day 2 : Raudfjord
Days 3-4 : At Sea
Day 5 : Myggebugten, Greenland
Day 6 : Blomster Bugt
Day 7 : Segelsällskapets Fjord
Day 8 : Antarcticahavn
Day 9 : Scoresby Sund
Day 10 : Cape Hofmann Halvø
Day 11 : Scoresby Land
Day 12 : Illoqqortoormiut
Day 13 : At Sea
Day 14 : Disembark | Reykjavik, Iceland


  • View one of the great attractions in the Arctic - the Northern Lights
  • See Ittoqqortoormiit, one of the most remote inhabited places in the world
  • Keep watch for whales, and also for migrating seabirds
  • ​Marvel at cathedral-like icebergs in Greenlandic waters


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Trip Snapshots

Hiking the snowy hillsides of Greenland. Hiking through the arctic tundra. Stunning views from your zodiac cruise Unforgettable shades of blue Unique villages of Greenland.

Day 1 Embark in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen

Arrive in Longyearbyen, on Spitsbergen, the administrative capital of the Spitsbergen archipelago of which West Spitsbergen is the largest island. Before embarking there is an opportunity to visit this former mining village. The Parish Church and the Polar Museum are well worth visiting. In the early evening the ship sails out of Isfjorden.

Day 2 Raudfjord

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail into Raudfjord on the north coast of West Spitsbergen, a beautiful fjord with spectacular glaciers. It is home to ringed and bearded seals, seabird colonies, and a surprisingly rich vegetation. You have good chances to see polar bears, for instance near Hamilton Glacier, or more near the head of the fjord. From there continue to Moffen Island on which walruses haul out.

Day 3-4 At Sea

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
At sea, on your way to Greenland, you may see the edge of the East Greenland sea-ice. Keep watch for whales, and also for migrating seabirds.

Day 5 Myggebugten, Greenland

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Approaching Greenland sail through the sea ice into Foster Bugt, making your first landing at Myggebugten. Beyond the old hunters’ hut (in the first half of last century Norwegian trappers hunted here for polar bears and arctic foxes) there is an extensive tundra populated by musk oxen. The small lakes are home to geese. Sail through Kaiser Franz Joseph Fjord, a magnificent fjord with towering mountains on both sides, its inner reaches choked with huge icebergs. An alternative is Sofia Sund, which is much narrower, and where you can see musk oxen from the ship.

Day 6 Blomster Bugt

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Land at Blomster Bugt to view the beautiful geological formations. Arctic hares are usually seen here, and there is a lake with great northern divers and their young. In the afternoon sail along Teufelschloss and Ella Ø and perhaps land at a beautiful spot in the early evening.

Day 7 Segelsällskapets Fjord

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning enter Segelsällskapets Fjord with the beautiful Berzelius Mountains on the north side. Land on the south side of the fjord in an astounding place where the ancient sedimentary geology is literally at your feet. A hike takes you near a small lake with good chances to see musk oxen, arctic hare, and ptarmigan. In the afternoon the ship ventures into Alpe Fjord, which is as spectacular as the name implies. You may embark on a long Zodiac cruise around the Gully Glacier which once blocked the access to the interior of the fjord and venture deep inside to the very end. Adventure at its finest!

Day 8 Antarcticahavn

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the first half of the day in Antarcticahavn, a wide and extensive valley where you also could see groups of musk oxen. At this time of year the autumnal colors of the sparse vegetation make the landscapes even more beautiful.

Day 9 Scoresby Sund

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today reach the Scoresby Sund and sail in the morning along the ragged and glaciated Volquart Boons. Here enjoy zodiac cruises along one of the glacier fronts of this coast, and have your first landing near Maane Glacier.

Later land on Danmark Ø where you find 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 excellently preserved, allowing entrances and even bear-proof meat caches to be identified. There are also grave sites. In the evening continue sailing through the beautiful fjords to the west, choked with icebergs.

Day 10 Cape Hofmann Halvø

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Go ashore at Cape Hofmann Halvø, a reliable spot for viewing musk oxen. You may also spot rock ptarmigans and great northern divers at sea. 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 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 11 Scoresby Land

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In Northwest fjord in Scoresby Land, encounter huge icebergs, some over 100m high and more than a kilometer in length. Most of the bergs are grounded as the fjord is only about 400m deep here. 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 whales and using their vertebrae to build the houses. You may also land at Gurreholm on Jameson Land. The landscape here is gently undulating.

Day 12 Illoqqortoormiut

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning land at Illoqqortoormiut, the biggest settlement in the Scoresby Sund with about 500 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 seal, musk ox and polar bear. After dinner sail south passing the amazing landscape of the Blosseville Coast.

Day 13 At Sea

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the whole day at sea and have splendid opportunities to see large whales and seabird migration and, in the night, the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).

Day 14 Disembark | Reykjavik, Iceland

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In the morning arrive in Akureyri and take a chartered bus during a 6 hours drive through North Iceland to hotels in Reykjavik (not included in cruise fare).

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- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double or triple occupancy. Request the Twin or Triple Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.
- Single occupancy: All cabins 1.7 times the share twin price
- Due to the extreme nature of itinerary destinations, travel insurance is mandatory for all cruises aboard the Plancius - including medical, accident and repatriation/evacuation insurance.

Fares include:
  • Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
  • Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes
  • Transfers and baggage handling between the airport, hotels and ship only for those passengers on the group flights to Longyearbyen
  • Transfer and baggage handling between ship in Akureyri and Hotel Reykjavik Centrum, Adalstraeti 16 and v.v. by coach (6 hours)
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • AECO fees and governmental taxes
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material

Not included:
  • Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
  • Pre- and post- land arrangements
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes
  • Meals ashore
  • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is mandatory)
  • Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges
  • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided)

Please note: It is agreed that if fuel prices will exceed US Dollar $120 per Barrel Brent 90 days prior to departure MV Plancius reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge of US Dollar 25 per passenger per night.


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