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A rare sight, the Northern Lights are worth the wait

East Greenland: Northern Lights

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With the world’s largest fjord system, Greenland beckons you to explore on this 14-day voyage on the Sea Adventurer. Iceberg-choked fjords, tundra hikes, and the Arctic wildlife of Greenland National Park create picture-perfect scenes every day. See some of the world's best displays of the Northern Lights. The Inuit settlement of Ittoqqortoormiit and its inhabitants offer you a rare connection to the past with their tradition of living off the land. 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-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Reykjavik, Iceland
Day 2 : Embark in Akureyri, Iceland
Day 3 : At Sea
Days 4-7 : Northeast Greenland National Park
Days 8-11 : Scorsbysund Fjord
Days 12-13 : At Sea
Day 14 : Disembark in Akureyri, Iceland | Fly to Reykjavik

Highlights

  • Experience Greenland’s vast landscapes and the world’s largest fjord system
  • Visit the largest and most remote national park on the planet
  • Spend time in a local Inuit community, Ittoqqortoormiit
  • Catch sightings of muskoxen, Arctic fox, seabirds, dolphins, and whales

Ship

Sea Adventurer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

A rare sight, the Northern Lights are worth the wait Visit Eastern Greenland, where remote villages nestle among icebergs Hike along Eastern Greenland's red earth hills to gaze down at the iceberg-filled seas. Bright wildflowers liven up the mountainous Arctic landscape Contemplate the vasteness of nature from the top of the world

Day 1 Reykjavik, Iceland

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

Day 2 Embark in Akureyri, Iceland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Fly from Reykjavik to the northern Icelandic town of Akureyri. Embark the Sea Adventurer. 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 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 4-7 Northeast Greenland National Park

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
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. Marvel at the vibrant fall colors as you walk across the tundra at Holm Bay, cruise in a Zodiac through spectacular Alpefjord, or challenge yourself with a trek to the top of nearby Ella Island (the views are worth it).

From Ella Island, head to the Antarctic — the Antarctic Sound, that is. 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, known as 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 Storfjord.

Day 8-11 Scorsbysund Fjord

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
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. With clear skies, you may catch a glimpse of the northern lights during your evenings in the fjord.

At the start of the sound, Itoqqortoormitt is East Greenland’s most northerly community. You have the chance to support the local Inuit artisan community by purchasing unique handicrafts. Your 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 you approach Sydkap and Øfjord. The scenery here is beyond belief, with towering mountain sides and hundreds of apartment-sized icebergs playing tricks with your sense of perception.

Pushing onward, your expedition comes to Rypefjord and Kap Hofmann Halvø. Keep your 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.

At Cape Hofmann Halvø, you have a good chance of experiencing muskoxen up close and enjoying a final hike out on the colorful tundra.

Day 12-13 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Your homeward journey re-crosses the Denmark Strait, giving you a couple of days for whale watching. During your crossings you may see white-beaked dolphins and humpback, minke, and blue whales. Birders enjoy spotting kittiwakes, gannets, guillemots, fulmars, and razorbills on your journey back to Iceland.

Day 14 Disembark in Akureyri, Iceland | Fly to Reykjavik

  • 1 Breakfast
Your Greenland adventure comes to an end as you enter port in Akureyri and board your flight to Reykjavik. A transfer is provided to downtown Reykjavik. If you have time, it’s worth sticking around to explore this great city.

Sea Adventurer

Reykjavik

Per person starting at
$8,395
The Sea Adventurer's Triple Cabin.
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Main deck, 2 lower berths, private facilities, porthole
Lower Deck Twin Cabin.
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Lower Deck Twin
2 lower berths, private facilities, porthole
Main Deck Twin Cabin.
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Main Deck, 2 lower berths, private facilities, porthole
Main Deck Twin with Window Cabin.
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Main Deck Twin with Window
Main Deck, 2 lower berths, private facilities, 2 windows
The Sea Adventurer's Superior Cabins.
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Upper Deck, 2 lower berths, private facilities, windows
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Deluxe
Upper deck and Captains deck, 2 lower berths, private facilities, windows
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Captains deck, 2 lower berths, windows, private facilities with shower. Tub in Suite 403.

Notes

- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy. Request the Twin 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.
- Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.7 times the double occupancy rate. The supplement for a suite is 2 times the shared rate.
- 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.

Included in your voyage:
  • Pre-expedition hotel night in Reykjavik with breakfast
  • Transfer from hotel to airport
  • Flights to and from Akureyri
  • Transfer to and from ship
  • Transfer from domestic airport in Reykjavik to downtown
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All meals on board
  • All shore landings per the daily program, weather permitting
  • Leadership throughout the expedition by your experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
  • Formal and informal presentations by your expedition team
  • Photographic journal, including photographs, daily expedition reports, maps, and more
  • Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
  • An Expedition parka to keep
  • Life jackets and immersion suits
  • Coffee, tea, and cocoa available around the clock
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
  • Comprehensive pre-departure materials
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All luggage handling aboard ship
  • Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person

  • Rates do not include:
  • Passport and applicable visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned
  • Meals ashore, with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel
  • Baggage, cancellation, interruption, and (mandatory) medical travel insurance
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Laundry, bar, beverage, and other personal charges
  • Phone and internet charges
  • Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for staff and crew
  • Additional overnight accommodation
  • Arrival and departure transfers, except where explicitly stated
  • Adventure options on ship expeditions (weather dependent) that are not included in the cost of the voyage

Included

  • 13 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 12 Dinners
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