Northern Lights: East Greenland Cruise

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A rare sight, the Northern Lights are worth the wait
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Visit Eastern Greenland, where remote villages nestle among icebergs
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Hike along Eastern Greenland's red earth hills to gaze down at the iceberg-filled seas.
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Bright wildflowers liven up the mountainous Arctic landscape
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Contemplate the vasteness of nature from the top of the world
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Ocean Nova library
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With the world’s largest fjord system, Greenland beckons you to explore on this 14-day voyage. Enticing you with some of the world’s best displays of the Northern Lights, iceberg-choked fjords, tundra hikes and Arctic wildlife - Greenland National Park creates picture perfect scenes every day. One of the most active expeditions, you can climb atop mountains and watch herds of grazing musk oxen on the horizon. This is pure wilderness, the untouched Arctic as it was thousands of years ago.

Day 1

    Reykjavik, Iceland

    Your adventure begins with an overnight stay in thoroughly-modern Reykjavík, the world’s northernmost capital city.

    Day 2

    • Ship
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Embark in Akureyri, Iceland

    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!

    Day 3

    • Ship
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    At Sea

    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.

    Days 4-7

    • Ship
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Greenland National Park

    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.

    Days 8-11

    • Ship
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Scorsbysund Fjord

    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.

    Days 12-13

    • Ship
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    At Sea

    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.

    Day 14

    • Breakfast

    Disembark in Reykjavik, 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.

    -Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double or triple occupancy. Request the Twin or Triple Share Program where we match you with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if we are unable to find a cabin mate for you, no single supplement will be charged.

    -Emergency medical evacuation coverage for a minimum of US$100,000 per person required. Contact us for details on arranging travel insurance.

    Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. The above is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.
    Arctic, North America, Europe, Iceland, Norway, Greenland, Canada, Reykjavik, Akureyri, Scorsbysund Fjord, Greenland, Western Europe, Scandinavia
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