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East Greenland: Aurora Borealis in Scoresby Sund

Example 11 Day Cruise aboard Sea Spirit (PO)
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Join the crew of the Sea Spirit on this remarkable 11-day cruise in East Greenland. Almost beyond comprehension, the extent of Greenland's ice Sheet is 1.8 million square kilometers, equivalent to 14 times the size of England and giving birth to icebergs as big as 10-story buildings. In East Greenland, prepare to be humbled by the magnitude of the landscape and privileged with the chance to experience such a remarkable new earthly perspective.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Reykjavik, Iceland
Day 2 : Ísafjörður
Day 3 : Volquart Boons
Day 4 : Danmarks Ø
Day 5 : Harefjord-Rypefjord, Cape Hofmann Halvø
Day 6 : Nordvestfjord, Frederiksdal
Day 7 : Sydkap
Day 8 : Ittoqqortoormiut
Day 9 : Denmark Strait
Day 10 : Grundarfjordur
Day 11 : Disembark in Reykjavik

Ship

Sea Spirit (PO)

Places Visited

  • Arctic
  • Europe
  • Greenland
  • Iceland
  • Cape Hofmann Halvø
  • Danmarkso
  • Denmark Strait
  • Frederiksdal
  • Grundarfjordur
  • Isafjordur
  • Ittoqqortoormiit
  • Reykjavik
  • Sydkap
  • Volquart Boons Coast

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Musk ox near Greenland Ice Cap Enormous tabular icebergs dominate the Arctic landscape Charming Sisimiut, Greenland - traditional fishing village Kangaamiut port, Greenland Walking through vast arctic landscapes.

Day 1 Embark in Reykjavik, Iceland

Welcome to Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland and starting point of your Arctic expedition. In spite of the fact that Iceland lies below the Arctic Circle, Reykjavik is the world's northernmost capital of a sovereign state. However it is not the only feature that makes this city special. Not far from Reykjavík one can find geysers and waterfalls, mountains and glaciers. You may also visit a vast selection of restaurants, museums and shops.

in the afternoon, embark the Sea Spirit and keep an eye open for whales (humpback and minke whales are most common) as the ship sails out of the picturesque bay.

Day 2 Ísafjörður

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Ísafjörður fjord is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in the country, mainly for its relief, forged by many very ancient basaltic flows. Visit a small town of Ísafjörður honored to be the capital of the Western fjords. The local old wooden houses bear witness to its past as a major fishing port. Get a glimpse of the traditional everyday life in Ísafjörður. Accompanied by a guide, walk around Ísafjörður to experience the town’s true spirit and meet the locals in their element. The towering steep mountains of the Western Fjords provide a perfect shelter for the lively harbor which is the heart of the town. For centuries, Ísafjörður has been the largest fishing town in the area and the center for export and trade. Colorful houses decked with corrugated iron give the bustling center a friendly and almost mythical aura. The main industry is fishing and the townsfolk rely heavily on that for their financial security. Through time Ísafjörður has also played a significant role in Iceland’s national history and is still one of the most vibrant cultural centers in the country.

Day 3 Volquart Boons

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the evening passing along the ragged and glaciated Volquart Boons coast.

Day 4 Danmarks Ø

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, land on Danmarks Ø, where you find the remains of an Inuit settlement abandoned around 200 years ago. The carpets of red, yellow, and green vegetation contrast dramatically with snow patches and beautiful icebergs near the coast.

During an afternoon Zodiac cruise in Fonfjord, watch some of the most stunning icebergs in Greenland that make Scorsebysund area so popular.

Every evening spent at Scoresbysund, you have a great opportunity to see fantastic Northern Lights.

Day 5 Harefjord-Rypefjord, Cape Hofmann Halvø

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Scoresbysund region contains the most productive fast-flowing outlet glaciers draining east from the Greenland Ice Cap. In the morning, plan to explore the Harefjord, which lies on the boundary between Scoresbysund as one of the world’s largest fjord systems and the very inland ice of Greenland. The hikes at Harefjord take you up close to one of the many outlet glaciers of the Greenland Ice Sheet. From the highest point, observe a breathtaking view over Harefjord where the glacier tongues descend into the sea. Here, and further at Rypefjord, admire rare blue icebergs, which are more typical for the Antarctic.

In the afternoon, head to Rypefjord to watch more blue “antarctic” icebergs, which are even bigger and deeper in color than in Harefjord. Go ashore at Cape Hofmann Halvø to walk around the breathtaking autumn tundra. With dwarf willow and dwarf birch changing their colors; with Arctic blueberry and crowberry adding their own colorful touch; with huge dark mountains and the cold blue of the icebergs – the landscapes here are something awesome! Encounters with musk oxen are almost guaranteed.

Day 6 Nordvestfjord, Frederiksdal

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Another tundra hiking adventure is on agenda for today. Take a rather easy walk at Frederiksdal to the hill slope where you can observe red-gold carpets of the tundra backed by dark mountains and blue icebergs. Musk oxen and Arctic hares roam around.
Be on open decks as the ship navigates through Nordvestfjord to Sydkap. Watch huge icebergs over 100 m high and more than a kilometer in length.

Day 7 Sydkap

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Land at 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.

Day 8 Ittoqqortoormiut

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Ittoqqortoormiut is the biggest settlement in the Scoresby Sund with a population of about 450 people. In the morning, visit the town and observe the modern lifestyle above the Arctic Circle away from the other world.
In the afternoon, the Sea Spirit heads for Denmark Strait. It’s time to bid farewell to East Greenland as you pass by the stunning views of the Blosseville Kyst.

Day 9 Denmark Strait

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, spend time on the open decks and keep an eye open for large whales migration in between interesting lectures and presentations.

Day 10 Grundarfjordur

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Grundarfjördur is a typical Icelandic fishing village, framed by beautiful mountains. During guided tour around the settlement, observe how people live here face to face with nature. Later, go for Zodiac ride to discover the rich birdlife of the nearby Breiðafjörður islands. About 50 bird species breed here including common shag, glaucous gull, white-tailed eagle, common eider, black guillemot and grey phalarope. The bird-watching tour may turn into whale-watching as well, for several cetacean species are common in the area including killer whales, Minke whales, common porpoises, and white-beaked dolphins.

Day 11 Disembark in Reykjavik

  • 1 Breakfast
Your East Greenland adventures finish in the port of Reykjavik.

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277 square feet; 2 twin or a King Size bed; private balcony; private facilities.
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437 square feet; separate living room; King Size bed and sofa bed; private deck; jetted bathtub.

Notes

Travel Insurance:
All passengers are covered by a medical travel insurance policy to the value of US 100,000 which includes medical emergency evacuation and reparation for the cruise portion of the tour only. Additional insurance is strongly recommended.

Solo Travelers:
All rates posted are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement: 1.7 for Main Deck and Classic, Superior Suite; twice the posted price for Deluxe, Premium and Owner's Suite.

Included:
-Group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation
-Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation
-Shipboard accommodation
-All scheduled landings/excursions (other than optional in cities)
-Leadership throughout the voyage by your experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team
-All meals on board throughout the voyage
-Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily
-A pair of rubber boots on loan for shore landings
-Welcome and Farewell cocktails
-All port fees
-Pre-departure materials
-Digital Voyage Log

Not included:
-Airfare
-Visa and passport fees (if applicable)
-Luggage and trip cancellation insurance
-Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations
-Personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunication charges
-Staff gratuities
-Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a maximum benefit of US 100,000 per person

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  • 10 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 10 Dinners
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