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Northeast Greenland - Scoresby Sound In-Depth

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Embark the M/S Balto, an exquisite 12-passenger ship, on an expedition to Northeast Greenland, one of the last unspoiled wildernesses in the world. As you venture into Scoresby Sound, the world’s largest fjord system, experience breath-taking nature, scenery, and large icebergs in unimaginable shapes. The clean air, the silence, and the enormity of nature are captivating. Keep an eye out for grazing musk-oxen, Arctic hare, Arctic fox, and other wildlife. With sturdy Zodiacs, explore further afield, cruise among large stranded icebergs, and make shore landings. With some luck, you might also encounter polar bears. During summer, small groups of narwhal can be spotted in the innermost fjords. It is fascinating and a great privilege to witness these beautiful unicorns of the sea. This is genuine micro cruising at its finest. 
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Highlights
  • Enjoy the world's greatest fjord system
  • Discover the gigantic and beautiful icebergs
  • Tour the small village of Ittoqqortoormiit
  • Visit one of the last unspoiled wildernesses
  • Chance to encounter the prehistoric-looking musk-ox
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Constable Point | Embark

Fly to one of the world's smallest airports, Constable Point, located at the end of a narrow fjord. Embark on the M/S Balto and make yourselves at home. You are now in a part of the world where you are totally dependent on ice and weather conditions. Your exact itinerary depends on these factors and the wildlife encountered. Our ambition is to make landings every day with our rigid Zodiac crafts.

Day 2-7: Exploration of Scoresby Sound

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  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
You are traveling in one of the largest wilderness areas in the Northern Hemisphere. It introduces its visitors to some of the most spectacular coastlines in the world and the deep fjords are surrounded by majestic peaks and tundra-covered slopes. Use sturdy Zodiacs to explore further afield, cruise amongst large stranded icebergs, and make shore landings. Scoresby Sound is the world’s largest fjord system and could be explored for weeks. 

During your expedition, have good chances to spot magnificent prehistoric-looking musk-ox or the lovely white Arctic hare. Also keep an eye out for snow bunting, gyrfalcon, and ptarmigans. With a portion of luck, you actually might encounter polar bears. During summer you can often spot small groups of narwhal in the innermost fjords. It is truly exciting and a great privilege to witness these beautiful unicorns of the sea. Hope to circumnavigate Milne Land, the second largest island in Greenland, sailing through the narrow and spectacular Føhn Fjord, Røde Fjord and Ø Fjord. During walks on the tundra, you may find remains from early Inuit cultures that settled here. The archaeological record in Northeast Greenland is long and involves a remarkable diversity of groups that discovered and explored the region at least seven times over thousands of years. 

As you sail into the rarely visited Nordvestfjord, enter the largest national park in the world at almost 1 million square kilometers, more than twice the size of Sweden. This fjord is often filled with icebergs making for challenging but spectacular navigation.

Also plan to visit Ittoqqortoormiit, home to some 450 Greenlanders and the only settlement in Northeast Greenland. It is located 500 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle and the nearest town is Tasiilaq, 800 kilometers to the south.

In a town where the sea ice blocks ships from visiting most part of the year, hunting and fishing are the only ways of survival. During your visit, get a unique opportunity to learn more about living and surviving in this remote part of the world.

Day 8: Constable Point | Embark

In the morning disembark in Constable Point for homebound flights.

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Notes

Price includes
  • 7 nights on board M/S Balto
  • All meals on board
  • Coffee and tea
  • 1 Expedition Leader and 1 guide
  • Guiding ashore and talks on board
  • All excursions and activities
  • Comprehensive information material before the expedition
  • The trip is climate compensated
Not included
  • Mandatory flight package from Reykjavik to Constable Point with return (USD 1595 per person)
  • International flights to and from Iceland
  • Travel and cancellation insurance
  • The customary gratuity to the ship’s crew
  • Personal expenses such as bar and shop charges

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