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A zodiac landing on remote shores

Scoresby Sund

Example 11 Day Cruise aboard Rembrandt van Rijn
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Board the Rembrandt Van Rijn and sail along the rugged and glaciated Volquart Boons Coast. This 11-day voyage takes you through Scoresby Sund. Further, you land on Danmarksø where there are the remains of an Inuit settlement abandoned around 200 years ago. See musk oxen on Jameson Land and visit Ittoqqortoormiit. As you sail through the fjords enjoy the autumnal colors against the backdrop of the dark mountains and cold, blue icebergs.
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Highlights
  • Cruise along the glaciated coast line and land near Mane Glacier
  • Visit the remains of an Inuit settlement abandoned around 200 years ago
  • Navigate the narrow fjords among the towering blue icebergs
  • Experience wildlife on Jameson Land including musk oxen and seabirds
Places Visited
  • Arctic
  • Greenland
  • Cape Hofmann Halvø
  • Constable Point
  • Danmarkso
  • Ittoqqortoormiit
  • Jameson Land
  • Rodefjord
  • Sydkap
  • Volquart Boons Coast
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Fly from Reykjavik to Constable Pynt | Embark

Today you arrive by charter plane from Reykjavik at Constable Pynt, the airfield at the head of Hurry Inlet.

Day 2: Volquart Boons Coast

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning sail along the ragged and glaciated Volquart Boons Coast. Here you may embark on 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.

Day 3: Danmarksø

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You land on Danmarks Ø where there are 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.

Day 4-5: Røde Ø | Røde Fjord

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
You continue sailing through the beautiful fjords to the west, choked with icebergs and try to land on Røde Ø, where you see incredible beautiful sandstone formations with basalt intrusions and a background of myriads of contrasting blue ice-bergs. If the ice conditions allow attempt to navigate Røde Fjord, famed for its beauty. It is a fantastic alternating landscape with the red sedimentary rocks to the west completing the amazing scenery all around. You may find a good place to land and take a walk in the autumn vegetation with good chances to see musk oxen and guaranteed amazing views.

Day 6: Cape Hofmann Halvø

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Go ashore at C. Hofman Halvø, a reliable spot for viewing musk oxen. You may also spot rock ptarmigan and at sea, the great northern fiver. The landscape here is particularly beautiful, especially during autumn when the dwarf willow and dwarf birch change colour. 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 7: Jyttehavn

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail through one of the most spectacular Fjords in the world. Ø Fjord is almost 40 nm long, only a few nm wide and with mountains of up to 2000 meters high on each side. Large icebergs are drifting through as the depth reaches more than 1000 meters. Aim to find shelter in Jyttehavn on the so-called Bjørneøer (Bear Islands) and potentially make a landing in the later afternoon.

Day 8: Sydkap

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

Day 9: Ittoqqortoormiit

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, 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 10: Jameson Land

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning land on the south coast of Jameson Land near Kap Stewart at a lagoon, an area with waders and geese collecting for the autumn migration. The landscape here is gently undulating. Musk oxen and collared lemming survive on the meager vegetation. Further inside Hurry Inlet you may land near the head of the fjord and take a walk near one of the rivers terminating here. You may opt to do an excursion near Hareelv and climb J. P. Kochs Fjeld. In this area they found the fossils of the link between fish and amphibians in the lower Cretaceous. Spend the night at anchor off Constable Pynt.

Day 11: Constable Pynt | Disembark | Fly to Reykjavik

Make your final landing at the airfield of Constable Pynt and fly with chartered plane to Reykjavik.

Ship/Hotel

Rembrandt van Rijn

Exterior image of the Rembrandt van Rijn.
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Lounge area aboard the Rembrandt van Rijn.

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Notes

Included in this voyage
  • Voyage aboard the indicated vessel 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 snowshoes.
  • Transfers and baggage handling between airport and ship in Greenland harbors on the chartered group flights.
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
  • AECO fees and governmental taxes.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.
Excluded from this voyage
  • Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
  • Pre- and post-land arrangements.
  • Passport and visa expenses.
  • Government arrival and departure taxes.
  • Meals ashore.
  • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended).
  • Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges.
  • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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