Transfer by bus from Reykjavik hotels in the morning to the ship in Akureyri, where you arrive in the afternoon after a six-hour drive through North Iceland. In the early evening, leave Iceland and begin your arctic cruise as you sail north towards the Denmark Strait.
At sea, sail north through the Denmark Strait. You are almost certain to see fulmar, kittiwake, gannet and rafts of common guillemot. Cross the Arctic Circle and continue north, perhaps seeing whales. In the evening spot your first icebergs as you approach the east coast of Greenland near Kap Brewster.
In the morning sail along the ragged and glaciated Volquart Boons Coast. Enjoy a zodiac cruise along one of the glacier fronts of this coast, and have your first landing near a glacier, such as Maanegletsjer or in Vikingebugt. Later land on Danmarks ø 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 continue sailing through the beautiful fjords to the west, choked with icebergs.
Go ashore at Cape Hofmann Halvø, a reliable spot for viewing musk oxen. You 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 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.
On your way to Sydkap 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 whale and using their vertebrae to build the houses.
In the morning 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 meager vegetation. In the afternoon visit Ittoqqortoormiit, the biggest settlement near Scoresby Sund 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.
The whole day at sea offers excellent opportunities to see large whales and seabird migration and, at night the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).
Arrive at Akureyri, and transfer by chartered bus to hotels in Reykjavik. Continue your independent journey or connect to return flights home.
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