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Ittoqqortoormiit Village, Greenland

Northeast Greenland

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Join Ocean Atlantic on this 10-day Northeast Greenland cruise. Venture far from the usual tourist routes and visit places where only true expeditioners and scientists travel. Here you will experience unspoiled Arctic landscapes with good chances of seeing polar bears, whales and musk oxen. Heading out from Reykjavík, your first call is the isolated Inuit community of Ittoqqortoormiit. From there, navigate into the overwhelming Kong Oskar Fjord, which acts as a gateway for the North Greenland National Park, the world's largest nature reserve. Navigating the sheltered interior of the national park’s fjord system, you are likely to enjoy stable weather with clear skies and distant visibility. Snow dusts the mountain tops, and the supernatural wonders of Aurora Borealis can be seen at night. 
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Highlights
  • Admire the striking glacier-carved landscapes of Greenland
  • Get a close-up look at Greenland's icebergs
  • Spot Arctic wildlife such as polar bears, muskoxen, whales, and seabirds
  • Meet a local Indigenous community and learn about their unique way of life
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  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Reykjavik, Iceland | Embark

In the afternoon, board the Ocean Atlantic in Reykjavík and set course northbound for Greenland.

After boarding and welcome drinks, the Expedition Leader will inform you about the voyage, the ship's daily routines and the various security and safety procedures, then you will have time to unpack and get comfortable in your cabin. Before sailing, there will be a mandatory safety drill.  

The Captain takes the ship out of Reykjavík in the early evening, as you enjoy your first hours onboard.

Day 2: Crossing the Denmark Strait

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The lecturers onboard will make inspiring and enriching presentations about both Iceland and Greenland’s past history and about nature, wildlife and climatology.

Day 3: Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cross the huge entrance of Scoresbysund during the night and arrive at the Inuit community Ittoqqortoormiit (Scoresbysund) in the morning. About 500 people live here, most of whom base a large portion of their households on hunting. Seal, muskoxen and polar bear skins hang to dry outside many of the houses, and the sled dogs are waiting for sea ice to be safe for the first hunts of the fall. The town is extremely isolated, and the inhabitants only receive ship supplies twice a year. 

Day 4-6: Northeast Greenland National Park

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
During the night, cruise past the rugged peaks of the Liverpool Land peninsula and reach the mouth of King Oscar Fjord. You are now in the huge national park, established in 1974 and expanded in 1988. With an area of almost 1 mill. square kilometer, this is the world’s largest national park and largest protected land area. There are no permanent settlements in the area, but there have previously - most recently up to the middle of the 19th century - been various Inuit hunters here in the northeast corner of Greenland, including on Clavering Island further north. 

The program for the next few days in the national park depends on the weather and ice conditions. The route and the landings are determined by the Captain and the Expedition Leader jointly and are typically announced the night before. Some of the interesting landings to visit are:

After entering King Oscar Fjord, sail along the impressive 1300-meter-high rock wall Bastionen on the Ella Island. A truly beautiful place on your route, and there is good reason why the "King of Northeast Greenland", the Danish geologist and polar researcher Lauge Koch, established his headquarters here before World War II. Spend the morning on Ella Island if the military patrol “Sirius” – who has its summer base here – grants you permission.

Further north, pass the small Maria Island, where the Germans had a camp during World War II. The Germans' attempt to gain a foothold in Greenland during World War II is a fascinating story in itself. Look forward to learning more on your onboard lectures! Continue past Ruth Island and hope to make a landing on Ymer Island at Blomsterbugten, a small oasis in the national park. From the tiny hunting lodge Varghytten you can enjoy the formidable view of the characteristic, flat mountain Teufelsschloss, where the many rock layers in different colors testify to the area's exciting geological development.

You are now well within the narrow and winding Kejser Franz Joseph Fjord, stretching more than 200 km from the icecap to the open Arctic Ocean. You will sail by the mighty iceberg-producing Waltershausen Glacier before entering beautiful Moskusokse Fjord.

On your way back towards open sea, hope to make a landing at Myggbukta Hunting Station, which was the center of the Norwegian occupation of East Greenland in 1931. The occupation was found illegal by the International Court of Justice in Haag, and the Norwegian trappers had to leave. Cruising south along the coast, aim for landings on Jameson Land, which is breeding ground for polar bears.

Day 7-8: Cruising Along the Blosseville Coast, Greenland

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Possibly the most dramatic coast outside of Antarctica, the Blosseville is guarded by Greenland’s highest mountains and steepest fjords – and a belt of pack ice which before global warming would keep out any explorer for years. The recent decade has had warmer summers and much less ice which enables ice strengthened vessels such as the Ocean Atlantic to venture along the coast, on lookout for polar wildlife, abandoned Inuit settlements and otherworldly landscapes.

Day 9: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Lecturers onboard will make inspiring and enriching presentations about both Iceland’s and Greenland’s history, nature, wildlife and climatology. A captain’s farewell drink and a slideshow of your voyage will also be presented this evening.

Day 10: Reykjavik, Iceland | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Early in the morning, slowly approach the Icelandic capital, Reykjavík, and your Arctic adventure will have concluded. Enter Reykjavík in the morning and bid farewell to the vessel and crew.

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Notes

INCLUSIONS
  • 10-day/9-night’s cruise with Ocean Atlantic in a shared outside/inside double stateroom with private bathroom/toilet
  • English-speaking expedition staff
  • ”Open Town” and guided walk in Ittoqqortoormiit
  • Nature hikes and Zodiac cruises as per itinerary, when conditions permit
  • Information briefings and lectures by expedition team
  • Special photo workshop
  • Full board on the ship
  • Free Coffee, tea and afternoon snacks on the ship
  • Taxes, tariffs, and AECO fees
  • Digital visual journal link after voyage, including voyage log, gallery, species list and more!

EXCLUSIONS
  • Extra excursions and activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Single room supplement and stateroom upgrades
  • Meals not on board the ship
  • Beverages (other than coffee and tea)
  • Tips for the crew (we recommend USD 13.50 per person per day)
  • Travel & cancellation insurances
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned under ’Inclusions’
  • Required Emergency Evacuation Insurance of at least $200,000. Please let us know if you need help arranging this.

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