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Spitsbergen - Northeast Greenland

Example 18 Day Cruise aboard Rembrandt van Rijn
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Board the Rembrandt van Rijn for this 18-day expedition cruise. View the abundant wildlife, including arctic hare, musk ox, seabirds, and multiple whale species. High cliffs and innumerable glaciers mark the fjords of Greenland's coast - sail through this incredible seascape, taking walks along the coast during the day and watching the Northern Lights at night. A classic three island voyage: Ice, Inuit and Remoteness.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
Days 2-4 : At Sea
Day 5 : Myggebugten
Day 6 : Franz Joseph Fjord
Day 7 : Blomster Bugt
Day 8 : Renbugten
Day 9 : Maria Ø
Day 10 : Ella Ø
Day 11 : King Oscars Fjord
Day 12 : Antarctic Havn
Day 13 : At Sea
Day 14 : Danmark Ø
Day 15 : Sydkap | Nordvestfjord
Day 16 : Ittoqqortoormiit
Day 17 : Jameson Land
Day 18 : Disembark in Constable Pynt


  • Cruise through majestic fjords among the icebergs and glacier-filled bays
  • See the remains of an Inuit settlement abandoned around 200 years ago
  • Watch for muskoxen, arctic hare, whales and seabirds
  • Relax on deck as you watch the light display of the Aurora Borealis


Rembrandt van Rijn

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Trip Type

  • Small Ship

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Trip Snapshots

Hiking the snowy hillsides of Greenland. Hiking through the arctic tundra. Surfacing Humback Whales Travelers find a walrus on a zodiac trip through the arctic. Enjoying the sunrise.

Day 1 Embark in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen

Arrive in Longyearbyen, on Spitsbergen (also called Svalbard), 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, while in the country around the village more than 100 species of plant have been recorded. In the early evening the ship sails out of Isfjorden and heads to Greenland.

Day 2-4 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Spend the day at sea, on your way to Greenland, along the impressive East Greenland Ice. Keep watch for fin whales, humpback whales and minke whales, and also for migrating seabirds.

Day 5 Myggebugten

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
If you have experienced fair winds the ship attempts to sail into Foster Bugt, making your first landing at Myggebugten in the late afternoon or evening. 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. The small lakes are home to geese.

Day 6 Franz Joseph Fjord

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail through Kaiser Franz Joseph Fjord, a magnificent fjord with towering mountains on both sides, its inner reaches choked with huge icebergs. In the evening reach the incredible Teufelschloss. This prominent mountain is part of the so-called Eleonora Bay super group: sedimentary rocks which were created between 950 – 610 mil. years ago to a depth of 16 kilometers. The scenery is dominated by this unique geology during the next days.

Day 7 Blomster Bugt

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Land at Blomster Bugt to view the beautiful geological formations. Arctic hare are usually seen here, and Noah Lake sometimes offers great northern diver and their young. Musk oxen are also often spotted in the area and the hiking opportunities are phenomenal. In the afternoon venture deeper into Kejser Franz Joseph Fjord and find shelter in Renbugten. Huge icebergs and spectacular scenery accompany you throughout the passage of this relatively narrow fjord system.

Day 8 Renbugten

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today you try to land in Renbugten in the search for muskoxen and arctic hare. At lunch time head eastwards and into Antarctic Sound. Enjoy the views of the ancient sedimentary rocks and witness what plate tectonics have done to the once horizontal layers. Aim at arriving at Maria Ø before nightfall.

Day 9 Maria Ø

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At Maria Ø you hope to make a landing to investigate evidence of the activities of the Nazi war machine of WWII present in the form of old oil barrels. It is also here that the Danish researcher Lauge Koch established a summer station in 1950 near an old Danish trappers hut. The views all around are stunning. In the afternoon you anchor off the Danish Military station at Ella Ø. If occupied you are not allowed to visit but you can make a nice walk on the island and enjoy the views and possibly see muskoxen.

Day 10 Ella Ø

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Exploring the largest National Park in the World is intriguing and fascinating. Today is no less exciting as you lift anchor from Ella Ø in the early morning. Sail via Narhval Sund southwards and enter Segelsällskapets Fjord to land at Skipperdal with its amazing geology and fantastic hiking opportunities. Once again you have good chances of muskoxen, snow hare, and ptarmigan. You may anchor up at the mouth of Alpefjord for the night.

Day 11 King Oscars Fjord

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today you head into King Oscars Fjord and aim to make landfall in the afternoon near Menander Øer, another spectacular place offering good walking opportunities and chances of large land mammals. At night you have good chances for the Aurora Borealis should you be lucky with the weather.

Day 12 Antarctic Havn

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
King Oscars Fjord is one of the largest fjords in the area and as you continue to sail east you land in Antarctic Havn. The second half of the day you spend in this 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. Intriguing geo-politics played out here in the early 1930s between Norway and Denmark.

Day 13 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Throughout the day you are at sea. The goal is to enter the largest fjord system in the World: Scoresbysund.

Day 14 Danmark Ø

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At Danmark Ø 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 well preserved, allowing entrances and even bear-proof meat caches to be identified. There are also grave sites. During the afternoon you sail along the east side of Milne Land with numerous huge icebergs all around.

Day 15 Sydkap | Nordvestfjord

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You land near Sydkap in the morning for the spectacular views. Arctic hare are often seen in this area. During lunch get a glimpse of the entrance to Nordvestfjord in Scoresby Land. Here you 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.

Day 16 Ittoqqortoormiit

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Land at Ittoqqortoormiit, 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.

Day 17 Jameson Land

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning you land on the south coast of Jameson Land near Kap Stewart at a lagoon, 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 meager vegetation. Further inside Hurry Inlet you may take a walk near the head of the fjord and take a walk near one of the rivers terminating here. You may opt to do an excursion near Hareelv and climb J. P. Kochs Fjeld. In this area they found the fossils of the link between fish and amphibians in the lower Cretaceous. You spend the night at anchor off Constable Pynt.

Day 18 Disembark in Constable Pynt

Make your final landing at the airfield of Constable Pynt and fly with chartered plane to Reykjavik.

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- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy.
- Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.7 times the double occupancy rate.
- Due to the extreme nature of itinerary destinations, travel insurance is mandatory for all cruises aboard the Rembrandt Van Rijn - including medical, accident and repatriation/evacuation insurance.

This itinerary is for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions, the availability of landing sites and opportunities to see wildlife. The final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Leader on board. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.​

  • 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 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 and airport in Constable Pynt
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • AECO fees and governmental taxes
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material

  • 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 world fuel prices will reach or exceed US Dollar 80 per Barrel Brent 90 days prior to departure, the Rembrandt van Rijn reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge of US Dollar 25 per passenger per night.


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