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Bearded seal in Svalbard, Norway

Northeast Greenland – Scoresby Sund, Nansen Fjord

Example 14 Day Cruise aboard MV Hondius
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This 14-day voyage starts in Longyearbyen Spitsbergen, sailing along the Northeast coast of Greenland and ending in  Keflavik Iceland. Approaching Greenland attempt to sail through the sea ice into Foster Bugt, making your first landing at Margrethedal. Beyond the old hunters’ hut (in the first half of last century Norwegian trappers hunted here for polar bear there is an extensive tundra populated by musk oxen.
Hiking through the arctic tundra.Unforgettable shades of blueUnique villages of Greenland.Hiking the snowy hillsides of Greenland.Stunning views from your zodiac cruiseScoresby SundScoresby SundBe on the lookout for fantastic Arctic wildlife, such as shaggy muskoxen, while on your polar explorationHarp Seal Pup NursingA bearded seal watches your approachSpot the Minke whaleBearded seal in Svalbard, Norway
Highlights
  • See bearded seals and at the mouth of the fjord large groups of harp seals
  • See Ittoqqortoormiit, one of the most remote inhabited places in the world
  • Keep watch for whales, and also for migrating seabirds
  • ​Marvel at cathedral-like icebergs in Greenlandic waters
Places Visited
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Longyearbyen | Embark

Arrive in Longyearbyen, on Spitsbergen, the administrative capital of the Spitsbergen archipelago of which West Spitsbergen is the largest island. Before embarking there is an opportunity to visit this former mining village. The Parish Church and the Polar Museum are well worth visiting. In the early evening the ship sails out of Isfjorden.

Day 2-3: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
At sea, on your way to Greenland, you may see the edge of the East Greenland sea-ice. Keep watch for whales, and also for migrating seabirds.

Day 4: Margrethedal, Greenland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Approaching Greenland sail through the sea ice into Foster Bugt, making your first landing at Margrethedal. Beyond the old hunters’ hut (in the first half of last century Norwegian trappers hunted here for polar bears and arctic foxes) there is an extensive tundra populated by musk oxen. The small lakes are home to geese. Sail through Kaiser Franz Joseph Fjord, a magnificent fjord with towering mountains on both sides, its inner reaches choked with huge icebergs

Day 5: Kaiser Franz Joseph Fjord

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You pass Teufelschloss (Devil’s Castle), a mountain with layered geology. On the other side of the fjord is Blomsterbugt (Flower Bay) and the intended landing site. In the afternoon we continue through Antarctic Sound and make a landing on Marie Island.

Day 6: Blomsterdal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The first half of the day you spend in Blomsterdal (Flower Valley) near Antarctic Havn, a where we often spot groups of musk oxen. Another possibility is Ørsted Dal, with landing at Cape Seaforth.

Day 7: Scoresby Sund | Danmark Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today you reach Scoresby Sund, sailing along the glaciated Volquart Boons Kyst. You may also enjoy a Zodiac cruise past one of the glacier fronts, along with a visit to the basalt columns and ice formations of Vikingebugt.

The afternoon goal is to visit Danmark Island, where you find the remains of an Inuit settlement abandoned around 200 years ago. The circular stone tent rings indicate the summer houses, while the winter houses can be seen closer to a small cape. The sites are well preserved, with easy identifiable entrances, bear-proof meat caches, and grave sites. In the evening, you continue sailing the berg-crowded fjords to the west.

Day 8: Rode O

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The goal is a Zodiac cruise near Røde Ø, one of the world’s most cherished iceberg attractions: The austere blue-white of the icebergs sets sharp against the brooding red backdrop of the sediment slopes. The afternoon plan is to sail through the northern parts of Røde Fjord, with the chance to see musk oxen and warm late summer foliage.

Day 9: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The goal is a Zodiac cruise near Røde Ø, one of the world’s most cherished iceberg attractions: The austere blue-white of the icebergs sets sharp against the brooding red backdrop of the sediment slopes. The afternoon plan is to sail through the northern parts of Røde Fjord, with the chance to see musk oxen and warm late summer foliage.

Day 10: Ittoqqortoormiit

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today you make a tundra landing at a lagoon, just west of Kap Stewart. The afternoon stop is Ittoqqortoormiit, the largest settlement in Scoresbysund at about four hundred inhabitants. At the post office you can buy stamps for your postcards, or just stroll around to see the sled dogs and drying skins of seals and musk oxen. In the afternoon you sail south, passing the picturesque landscapes of the Blosseville Coast.

Day 11: d ‘Aunay Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This attractive fjord with several side arms, was discovered and first described by the Frenchman de Blosseville in 1833. We have seen polar bears and narwals there at a previous visit.

Day 12: Nansen Fjord

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In Nansen Fjord, surrounded by enormous glacier fronts, we spot Gunnbjörns Fjeld. At 3.700 m, it is the highest mountain north of the Arctic circle. Near the glacier fronts we may see bearded seals and at the mouth of the fjord large groups of harp seals.

Day 13: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
We sail eastward in the cold East Greenland Current and later in the warm Gulfstream Current with a multitude of sea life (whales, seals, seabirds) at the mixing zones of these waters.

Day 14: Keflavik | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
We finally arrive at Iceland’s international port and airport Keflavik where you will disembark the vessel, taking home priceless memories of friends made, wildlife encountered, and a once-in-a-lifetime Arctic adventure.

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Quadruple Porthole
Located on deck 3. Approximately 129 to 194 sq. ft. 2 portholes, 2 upper & lower berths, Small sofa, Private shower & toilet, Flatscreen TV, Desk & chair, Telephone and WiFi, Coffee & tea maker, Hairdryer, Cabinet, Wardrobe.
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Triple Porthole
Located on deck 3. Approximately 129 to 194 sq. ft. 2 portholes, 1 upper berth & 2 lower berths, Small sofa, Private shower & toilet, Flatscreen TV, Desk & chair, Telephone and WiFi, Coffee & tea maker, Hairdryer, Cabinet, Wardrobe.
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Twin Porthole
Located on deck 3. Approximately 129 to 194 sq. ft. 2 portholes, 2 single beds, Small sofa, Private shower & toilet, Flatscreen TV, Desk & chair, Telephone and WiFi, Coffee & tea maker, Hairdryer, Cabinet, Wardrobe.
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Twin Window
Located on deck 4. Approximately 129 to 151 sq. ft. 1 window, 2 single beds, Small sofa, Private shower & toilet, Flatscreen TV, Desk & chair, Telephone and WiFi, Coffee & tea maker, Hairdryer, Cabinet, Wardrobe.
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Twin deluxe
Located on deck 6. Approximately 205 to 226 sq. ft. 2 windows, 2 single beds, Sofa, Private shower & toilet, Flatscreen TV, Desk & chair, Telephone and WiFi, Refrigerator, Coffee & tea maker, Hairdryer, Cabinet, Wardrobe.
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Superior
Located on deck 6. Approximately 215 to 226 sq. ft. 2 windows, 1 double bed, Sofa, Private shower & toilet, Flatscreen TV, Desk & chair, Telephone and WiFi, Refrigerator, Coffee & tea maker, Hairdryer, Cabinet, Wardrobe.
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Junior Suite
Located on deck 7. Approximately 205 to 215 sq. ft. 1 double window, 1 double bed, Sofa, Private shower & toilet, Flatscreen TV, Desk & chair, Telephone and WiFi, Refrigerator, Coffee & tea maker, Hairdryer, Cabinet, Wardrobe.
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Grand Suite with balcony
Located on deck 7. Approximately 291 sq. ft. 1 double window, 1 double bed, Sofa, Private shower & toilet, Flatscreen TV, Desk & chair, Telephone and WiFi, Refrigerator, Coffee & tea maker, Hairdryer, Cabinet, Wardrobe.

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 rubber boots and snowshoes.
  • Transfers and baggage handling between the airport, hotels and ship only for those passengers on the group flights to Longyearbyen.
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme.
  • 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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