Your adventure begins with an overnight stay in thoroughly-modern Reykjavík, the world’s northernmost capital city.
Arrive in the northern Iceland town of Akureyri. Embark the Ocean Nova. Settle in to your cabin and familiarize yourself with the ship and her crew. As you sail out to sea, your first wildlife sightings are seabirds above and whales below. Get ready for a great adventure!
Sail through the Denmark Strait en route to mysterious Greenland. Your onboard Expedition Team keeps you informed and entertained with presentations about Greenland’s wildlife, history and geography.
Fjords and flower meadows punctuate the scenery of Greenland National Park, where Arctic fox and musk oxen roam free. Your days are spent exploring and learning about the unique history and geology of Greenland.
King Oscar Fjord is a hiker’s paradise. You may walk across the delicate flower-and-berry-strewn tundra at Holm Bay, Zodiac-cruise through spectacular Alepfjord or challenge yourself with a climb to the top of nearby Ella Island (the views are worth it.)
From Ella Island, head to the Antarctic. Yes, curiously, there is an Antarctic Sound in the Arctic. The area is home to beautiful purple and gold colored rocks with Ymer Island and Blomsterbugten, the "Bay of Flowers," ready to explore in the distance. Keeping a constant eye out for wildlife, then head south along the Liverpool Coast. Weather conditions are variable here, but your crew aims to visit Storefjord and the "warming island" of Uunartoq Qeqertaq, which was only discovered in 2005.
Arriving at Scoresbysund, find yourself mesmerized by the largest, longest, and – some say – most beautiful fjord system in the world. This area was named for William Scoresby, who charted the east coast of Greenland in 1822.
At the start of the sound, Itoqqortoormitt is East Greenland’s most northerly community and one of the world’s last remaining examples of a living hunter society. With clear skies, you have a great opportunity to see the Northern Lights here. You can also support the local Inuit artisans by purchasing unique handicrafts. Our time here is spent bonding with the Inuit people and gaining an appreciation of their way of life.
Sailing on, deeper into Scoresbysund, encounter massive icebergs and an ancient Thule settlement as we approach Sydkap and Øfjord. The scenery here is something you can’t even imagine, with towering mountain sides and hundreds of apartment size icebergs playing tricks with your sense of perception.
Pushing onward, your expedition comes to Rypefjord and Kap Hofmann Halvø. We keep our eyes peeled for sightings of rare blue icebergs, which are more normally seen in the Antarctic. With binoculars in hand, birders should keep watch for wheatears, snow buntings, and ravens at Rypefjord.
Cape Hofmann Halvø offers your best chance for closer encounters with grazing musk oxen. Enjoy a final hike out on the colorful tundra.
Your homeward journey re-crosses the Denmark Strait, giving you a couple of days for whale watching. During your crossings you may have seen white-beaked dolphins and humpback, minke and blue whales. Birders may have enjoyed spotting kittiwakes, gannets, guillemots, fulmars and razorbills on our journey back to Iceland.
Your Greenland adventure comes to an end as you enter port in Reykjavík. If you have time before your flight, stick around to explore this great city.