Spitsbergen to Northeast Greenland Cruise

Rob Tully-Oceanwide Expeditions
Hiking through the arctic tundra.
Rob Tully-Oceanwide Expeditions
Unique villages of Greenland.
Jesper Regin-Oceanwide Expeditions
Hiking the snowy hillsides of Greenland.
Erik Swanbom
Stunning views from your zodiac cruise
Franco Banfi
Unforgettable shades of blue
Oceanwide Expeditions
Plancius lounge area.
Monica Salmang
Bar and observation room
Embark on a 12-night Arctic voyage starting in Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen), sailing along the Northeast coast of Greenland, and ending in Akureyri (Iceland). Aboard the expedition vessel, the Plancius, explore the amazing colors of Greenland, hike the Greenland tundra, and view abundant wildlife on this Arctic cruise.

Day 1

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 will sail out of Isfjorden.

Day 2

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, 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 will 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.

Days 3-4

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At Sea

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

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Myggebugten, Greenland

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

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Blomster Bugt

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

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, 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 8

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Scoresby Sund

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 will 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 9

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cape Hofmann Halvø

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 10

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Scoresby Land

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 11

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, 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 ear. After dinner sail south passing the amazing landscape of the Blosseville Coast.

Day 12

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At Sea

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 13

  • Breakfast

Disembark / Reykjavik, Iceland

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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*Please note that the September 6, 2016 departure is bilingual English-German
- 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 on Plancius
- Transfer and baggage handling between ship in Akureyri and hotels in Reykjavik by coach (6 hours).
- All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme.
- AECO fees and governmental taxes.
- Comprehensive pre-departure material

Not included:
Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights; pre- and post land arrangements; transfers to / from the vessel outside Spitsbergen; 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; and 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.
Arctic, North America, Europe, Iceland, Norway, Greenland, Svalbard, Canada, Longyearbyen, Scoresbysund, Reykjavik, Raudfjord, Myggebugten, Blomster Bugt, Antarcticahavn, Cape Hofmann Halvø, Scoresby Land, Illoqqortoormiut, Western Europe, Scandinavia
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