Scoresby Sund - Aurora Borealis Cruise

Amos Nachoum
Hiking the arctic tundra.
Erik Swanbom
Stunning views from your zodiac cruise
Erwin Vermeulen
Surfacing Humback Whales
Leica Akademie
A polar landscape
Amos Nachoum
A zodiac landing on remote shores
Monica Salmang-Oceanwide Expeditions
Ortelius' dining area.
Monica Salmang-Oceanwide Expeditions
The bar and observation lounge aboard the Ortelius.
Voyage to the Scoresby Sund and witness the Aurora Borealis while cruising the shores of East Greenland and more. This Basecamp Ortelius departure offers the opportunity to ski, hike, and snowshoe the tundra of Greenland on an epic Arctic cruise.

Day 1

Departure from Akureyri

Transfer by bus from Reykjavik hotels in the morning to the ship in Akureyri, where you will arrive in the afternoon after a six hour drive through North Iceland. In the early evening embark your vessel, the Ortelius, and leave Iceland as your Arctic cruise gets underway. Sail north towards the Denmark Strait.

Day 2

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At Sea

Sailing 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 appear as you approach the east coast of Greenland near Kap Brewster.

Day 3

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Volquart Boons Coast

In the morning sail along the ragged and glaciated Volquart Boons Coast. Here you may embark on a zodiac cruise along one of the glacier fronts of this coast, and have your first landing near a glacier, like Maanegletsjer or in Vikingebugt. Later land on Danmarksø 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 your Arctic voyage while sailing through the beautiful fjords to the west, choked with icebergs.

Day 4

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cape Hofman Halvo

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.

Day 5

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sydkap in Scoresby Land

On your way to Sydkap in Scoresby Land in the morning, encounter huge icebergs, some over 100 m high and more than a kilometre in length. Most of the bergs are grounded as the fjord is only about 400 m 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. The landscape here is gently undulating. Musk Oxen and Collared Lemming - survive on the meager vegetation.

Day 6

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


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 meagre 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.

Day 7

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At Sea

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

  • Breakfast

Arrival in Akureyri

Arrive at Akureyri, and transfer by chartered bus to Reykjavik for your continued journey home.

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*This departure is bilingual English-German
*Diving Option: $500 per person
- 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 Ortelius - 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.
- All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programe.
- AECO fees and governmental taxes.
- Comprehensive pre-departure materia

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 Ortelius reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge of US Dollar 25 per passenger per night.
Arctic, North America, Europe, Iceland, Norway, Greenland, Canada, Cape Hofmann Halvø, Scoresby Land, Akureyri, Danmarkso, Volquart Boons Coast, Sydkap, Denmark Strait, Western Europe, Scandinavia, Ittoqqortoormiit
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