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Arctic northern lights on a small ship cruise

Scoresby Sund - Aurora Borealis

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard MV Plancius
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Voyage to East Greenland, Scoresby Sund, where you may observe the Aurora Borealis on this 8-day cruise. Cross the Arctic Circle and continue north, perhaps seeing whales. In the evening spot your first icebergs as the ship approaches the east coast of Greenland near Kap Brewster.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Reykjavik | Akureyri | Embark
Day 2 : At Sea
Day 3 : Volquart Boons Coast | Danmark Island
Day 4 : Røde Fjord
Day 5 : Sydkap
Day 6 : Scoresbysund | Ittoqqortoormiit
Day 7 : At Sea
Day 8 : Akurery | Disembark | Reykjavik

Highlights

  • See one of the greatest attractions in the Arctic, the Northern Lights
  • Explore Scoresby Sund, a treasure trove of unique flora and fauna
  • View cathedral-like icebergs, abundant in Greenlandic waters
  • Use Zodiacs for both landing and cruising to get close up views

Ship

MV Plancius

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Arctic northern lights on a small ship cruise A walrus floats on the ice An arctic fox searches the rocks of the Arctic The sun sets over polar mountains Purple Saxifrage on a Arctic hillside Amazing iceberg

Day 1 Reykjavik | Akureyri | Embark

Your journey begins in the morning, where by request you can transfer via chartered bus from the city hall of Reykjavik (the meeting point) to the ship in Akureyri (the embarkation point). You arrive in the afternoon after a six-hour drive through northern Iceland.

Please Note: This transfer must be booked and paid for in advance. In the early evening, the ship departs from the port of Akureyri, sailing north toward the Denmark Strait.

Day 2 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At sea, sail north through the Denmark Strait. You are almost certain to see fulmar, kittiwake, gannet and rafts of common guillemot. Cross the Arctic Circle and continue north, perhaps seeing whales. In the evening spot your first icebergs as you approach the east coast of Greenland near Kap Brewster.

Day 3 Volquart Boons Coast | Danmark Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today you reach Scoresbysund, 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 4 Røde Fjord

  • 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 autumnal foliage.

Day 5 Sydkap

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning you encounter colossal icebergs, some over 100 meters (328 feet) high and more than a kilometer (.62 mile) long. Most of them are grounded, as the fjord is only about 400 meters deep (1,312 feet). You then land near Sydkap, with fine views of Hall Bredning and a good shot of seeing Arctic hares.

Day 6 Scoresbysund | Ittoqqortoormiit

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today you make a tundra landing on Liverpool Land, in Hurry Inlet. The afternoon stop is Ittoqqortoormiit, the largest settlement in Scoresbysund at about five 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 7 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 Akurery | Disembark | Reykjavik

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive at Akureyri, where on request you can transfer by chartered bus (a six-hour drive that you must book in advance) to the Reykjavik city hall, taking home memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies. Continue your independent journey or connect to return flights home.

MV Plancius

Per person starting at
$4,050
Plancius' Quadruple Cabin.
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4 cabins with private facilities, 2 bunk beds. (ca. 15 m2)
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Triple Porthole
2 cabins with private facilities, 1 bunk bed and 1 lower berth. (ca. 15 m2)
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Twin with Porthole
9 twin private cabins with porthole. Two Lower berths. (ca. 15 m2)
Plancius' Twin Window Cabin.
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Twin with Window
26 twin private cabins with window. Two Lower berths (ca. 15 m2)
Plancius' Twin Deluxe Cabin.
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Twin Deluxe
2 twin private deluxe cabins. Lower berths - two single beds.(ca. 15 m2)
Plancius' Superior Cabin.
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Superior
10 twin superior cabins. Lower berth - double bed. (ca. 21 m2)

Notes

- 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 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
- All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
- AECO fees and governmental taxes
- Comprehensive pre-departure materials

Not included:
- 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 mandatory)
- Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges
- Transfer and baggage handling between ship in Akureyri and Hotel Reykjavik Centrum, Adalstraeti 16 and v.v. by coach (6 hours).
- 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.
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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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