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South Greenland Explorer, Aurora Borealis, Incl. Flight from Copenhagen to Narsarsuaq

Narsarsuaq - Keflavik - Example 10 Day Cruise aboard MV Plancius
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Embark on a thrilling 10-day South Greenland Explorer cruise from Narsarsuaq to Keflavik aboard MV Plancius, starting with a flight from Copenhagen. Explore Erik the Red's historic home, soak in Uunartoq's hot spring, and marvel at the stunning Prins Christian Sund. Encounter local life in Augpilaqtoq, glimpse polar bears in Igutsait Fjord, and visit Tingmiarmit's abandoned settlement. Cruise through Skjoldungen's scenic fjord, explore Qornoq's Thule culture and follow in Fridtjof Nansen's footsteps at Umivik. Sail through the Denmark Strait, spotting whales and the mesmerizing aurora borealis. Conclude your unforgettable adventure in Keflavik, bringing home memories that will last a lifetime.
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  • Discover Lichtenau, a charming Greenlandic village steeped in history
  • Encounter traditional hunters in the remote village of Augpilaqtoq
  • Venture into Igutsait and Napassorsuaq Fjords, home to polar bears
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Day 1: Narsarsuaq | Embark

Arrive by plane at Narsarsuaq and board the ship, preparing to start our Greenland adventure. In the evening visit Bratthalid, where Erik the Red lived about a thousand years ago.

Day 2: Uunartoq

Today, reach Lichtenau, a lovely though nearly deserted Greenlandic village, where the Herrnhuters had a mission in the 18th century and where some of their large German-style buildings still remain. Then try to get to Uunartoq, where you can bathe in a large hot spring surrounded by icebergs. Across at Vagar, find the remains of a Norse homestead.

Day 3: Prins Christian Sund

The eastward passing of Prins Christian Sund is surrounded by mountains of over 1,000 meters (3,300 feet) and is one of the highlights of the voyage. Try to make a landing at the small village of Augpilaqtoq, where you can still meet some hunters in the area. As an alternative, you may make a landing at Svaerdfiskens Havn.

Day 4: At Sea

Sailing northward in the East Greenland Current, aim for Igutsait Fjord or Napassorsuaq Fjord. Both feature glacier fronts and small icebergs, where an isolated population of polar bears was once found hunting seals.

Day 5: Tingmiarmit

Today, land at Tingmiarmit, seeing an abandoned Greenlandic settlement and remains of Thule houses on the north side of the island. Deep into the Tingmiarmiut Fjord, you are again in the area where polar bears hunt seals among the drifting glacier ice.

Day 6: Skjoldungen

Next, visit Skjoldungen, one of the most spectacular fjords of southeast Greenland. Aim to land at Qornoq, where you'll see houses from the Thule culture, then visit Mariedal and a beautiful valley where Greenlanders used to collect berries in autumn.

Day 7: Umivik

Sail to today’s landing at Umivik, where the explorer Fridtjof Nansen ascended the Greenland ice sheet. Here you may even be able to walk a short distance in his steps.

Day 8-9: Denmark Strait

As you sail in the Denmark Strait on your way to Iceland, the going can be rough. But be sure to spend some time on deck looking for migrating whales, seabirds, and the magical light show of the aurora borealis.

Day 10: Keflavik, Iceland | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Return from your adventure with memories that will last a lifetime, arriving at the Icelandic port town of Keflavik.


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$5,150 2-3 travelers
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4 cabins with private facilities, 2 bunk beds. (ca. 15 m2)
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4 cabins with private facilities, 2 bunk beds. (ca. 15 m2)
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9 twin private cabins with porthole. Two Lower berths. (ca. 15 m2)
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26 twin private cabins with window. Two Lower berths (ca. 15 m2)
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Twin Deluxe
2 twin private deluxe cabins. Lower berths - two single beds.(ca. 15 m2)
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10 twin superior cabins. Lower berth - double bed. (ca. 21 m2)


- 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
-Children between the ages of 3-15 will be discounted 40% in triple or quad cabins, one child per cabin.
- 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.
  • 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 9 Dinners
  • 9 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
  • All Miscellaneous Service Taxes and Port Charges Throughout the Program
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
  • Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes.
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.
  • AECO Fees and Governmental Taxes
  • Transfers and baggage handling between the airport, hotels and ship only for those passengers on the group flights to Longyearbyen.
  • Scheduled flight from Narsarsuaq to Copenhagen
  • Transfers and baggage handling between the ship and the airport Narsarsuaq for those passengers on the charter flight to Copenhagen
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Passport and Applicable Visa Expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes
  • Pre- and Post Land Arrangements
  • Fuel Surcharge - to be invoiced separately
  • 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.
  • Medical travel insurance, including emergency medical attention and evacuation coverage with a minimum of $100,000 of evacuation coverage is required.
  • Parkas are not provided on your cruise. Please bring your own windproof, waterproof, insulated parka with you. You will want to make sure it is roomy enough to fit warm layers underneath. Click here for information about parka rental.
  • Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights to Longyearbyen, and from Copenhagen


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