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East Greenland - Scoresby Sund, Aurora Borealis

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Ortelius
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Join this voyage to East Greenland – Scoresby Sund while cruising across the Arctic Circle you will be in the home waters of multiple species of whale. During the 8-day expedition aboard the Ortelius, spot huge icebergs as you journey into the largest and deepest fjord system in the world. Along the way the Northern Lights will guide your way.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Reykjavik to Akureyri | Embark
Day 2 : At Sea
Day 3 : Scoresbysund
Day 4 : Røde Ø
Day 5 : Sydkap
Day 6 : Ittoqqortoormiit
Day 7 : At Sea
Day 8 : Akureyri | Disembark | Reykjavik

Highlights

  • Cross the Arctic Circle, with a chance to spot whales
  • View colossal icebergs, some over 100 meters high
  • Mail a postcard from Ittoqqortoormiit, the largest settlement in Scoresbysund
  • Watch for Arctic seabirds, such as fulmars and kittiwakes

Ship

Ortelius

Places Visited

  • Arctic
  • Europe
  • Greenland
  • Iceland
  • Akureyri
  • Cape Hofmann Halvø
  • Danmarkso
  • Denmark Strait
  • Ittoqqortoormiit
  • Reykjavik
  • Scoresby Land
  • Sydkap
  • Volquart Boons Coast

Activities

Trip Type

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Surfacing Humpback Whales Arctic northern lights on a small ship cruise A polar landscape A zodiac landing on remote shores Northern Lights in Greenland

Day 1 Reykjavik to 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
While sailing north you’re likely to see fulmars, kittiwakes, gannets, and common guillemots. You then cross the Arctic Circle, possibly spotting whales. By evening, the first icebergs flash into sight with your approach to the east Greenland coast, near Brewster.

Day 3 Scoresbysund

  • 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 Ø

  • 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 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
A sea day grants you the opportunity to spot whales and seabirds – and at night, the magical northern lights.

Day 8 Akureyri | Disembark | Reykjavik

  • 1 Breakfast
Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. You disembark in 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.

Ortelius

Per person starting at
$4,100
Twin porthole cabin
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Quadruple Porthole
4 quadruple cabins with bunk beds and private facilities (these can also be used as triple or twin cabins). Spacious outside cabins with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin
Triple Porthole Cabin
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Triple Porthole
2 triple cabins with bunk beds and private facilities. These cabins are spacious with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin.
Twin Porthole on the Ortelius
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Twin Porthole
23 twin cabins with portholes, private toilet and shower and 2 single lower berths. Spacious outside cabins with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin.
Twin Window on the Ortelius
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Twin Window
10 twin cabins with windows, private toilet and shower and 2 single lower berths. Spacious outside cabins with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin
Twin Deluxe on the Ortelius
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Twin Deluxe
6 superior cabins with lower birth twin beds, private toilet and shower and a separate day room. Spacious outside cabins with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin
Superior Suite on the Ortelius
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Superior
1 suite with a double bed, private toilet and shower and a separate day room. Spacious outside cabins with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin.

Notes

- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy.
- Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.7 times the double occupancy rate.
- Due to the extreme nature of itinerary destinations, travel insurance is mandatory for all cruises aboard the Ortelius - including medical, accident and repatriation/evacuation insurance.

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.
  • 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 mandatory).
  • Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges.
  • Transfer supplement for bus shuttle between Akureyri (ship) and Radhus Reykjavikur / city hall in Vonarstraeti and v.v. (6 hours)
  • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).
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