Scoresby Sund - Aurora Borealis Cruise

An arctic fox searches the rocks of the Arctic
Rinie van Meurs
Purple Saxifrage on a Arctic hillside
Rinie van Meurs
A walrus floats on the ice
Amazing iceberg
Franco Banfi
The sun sets over polar mountains
Monica Salmang
Bar and observation room
Monica Salmang
Modern and comfortable lounge
An arctic voyage to the Scoresby Sund and witness the Aurora Borealis aboard the expedition vessel the Plancius.

Day 1

    Reykjavik, Iceland / Embark

    Transfer by bus from Reykjavik hotels in the morning to the ship in Akureyri, where you will arrive in the afternoon after six hours drive through North Iceland. In the early evening leave Iceland and begin your arctic cruise as you sail north towards the Denmark Strait.

    Day 2

      At Sea

      At sea, sailing north through the Denmark Strait. You are almost certain to see Fulmar, Kittiwake, Gannet and rafts of Common Guillemot. You will 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

        Volquart Boons Coast / Danmarkso

        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, 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 sailing through the beautiful fjords to the west, choked with icebergs.

        Day 4

          Cape Hofmann 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

            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 kilometer 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

              Jameson Land / Ittoqqortoormiit

              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. 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

                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

                  Disembark / Return Home

                  Arrive at Akureyri, and transfer by chartered bus to hotels in Reykjavik. Continue your independent journey or connect to return flights home.
                   Quadruple PortholeTriple PortholeTwin with PortholeTwin with WindowTwin DeluxeSuperior
                  Basecamp trip! Free hiking, kayaking and photo workshop!
                  - Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double or triple occupancy. Request the Twin or Triple Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.
                  - Single occupancy: All cabins 1.7 times the share twin price
                  - Due to the extreme nature of itinerary destinations, travel insurance is mandatory for all cruises aboard the Plancius - including medical, accident and repatriation/evacuation insurance.
                  Fares include:
                  - Voyage aboard the MV Plancius 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.
                  - Free use of rubber boots and snow shoes
                  - On this voyage: Transfer and baggage handling between ship in Akureyri and hotels in Reykjavik by coach (5 hours).
                  - All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
                  - AECO fees and governmental taxes.
                  - Comprehensive pre-departure material.

                  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).

                  Fuel Surcharge: It is agreed that if fuel prices will exceed US Dollar 120 per Barrel Brent 90 days prior to departure, MV Plancius reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge of US Dollar 25 per passenger per night.
                  Arctic, Europe, Iceland, Reykjavik, Akureyri, Itoqqortoormitt, Danmarkso, Volquart Boons Coast, Sydkap, Jameson Land
                  Contact Us
                  First Name
                  Last Name
                  What's Your Adventure?

                  Traveler Stories