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East Greenland - Example 15 Day Cruise aboard Sea Spirit
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There are few places on Earth that can change human's perception of time, size, and their own place in the world. East Greenland is undoubtedly one of them. Explore the world's largest, and arguably most beautiful, fjord system of Scorsebysund on this 15-day voyage on the Sea Spirit. Cruise by 'multi-story' icebergs of different shades of blue, and meet Inuit people as you get to know their unique culture first hand.
Enormous tabular icebergs dominate the Arctic landscapeMusk ox near Greenland Ice CapWalking through vast arctic landscapes. View of a glacier in GreenlandNorthern lights dance across the Arctic landscape
Highlights
  • Explore Westfjord's blend of cultural heritage and contemporary charm
  • Cruise the deep fjords, narrow channels, and ice-clad peaks of Greenland
  • Meet Inuit people in the village of Ittoqqortoormiit in Scoresby Sund
  • View the famous Snæfellsjökull Volcano and picturesque Kirkjufell Mountain
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Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Reykjavík, Iceland (Hotel Night)

Welcome to Reykjavík, the world's northernmost capital city! A hotel accommodation where you can rest after your flight and get ready for our upcoming Arctic adventures. Still have some energy left? Then use this opportunity to explore the city, which offers various points of interest and attractions for visitors. Enjoy the panoramic city view from the Perlan observation deck, the futuristic Hallgrímskirkja church towering over the city, cozy houses with colorful tin roofs, narrow streets, historic relics of the Viking era and breathtaking landscapes surrounding Reykjavik. You’ll fall in love at first sight! Walk along Laugavegur, Reykjavik’s main shopping street, or visit the Whales of Iceland exhibition and the National Museum. For dinner Reykjavík offers countless options to enjoy an authentic Icelandic meal.

Day 2: Embarkation in Reykjavík

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast at your hotel, the morning is yours to explore the city. Take a leisurely stroll through peaceful gardens or appreciate the abundant birdlife at Tjörnin, a placid lake in the heart of the city. You can also use do some last-minute shopping for souvenirs and other necessities. Just don’t go overboard with your clothing purchases: you’ll soon be presented with your very own expedition parka that you can keep and waterproof boots to borrow for the duration of the cruise. Our expedition starts in the afternoon. You’ll be transferred to the pier where our expedition team will offer a warm welcome aboard our comfortable vessel M/V Sea Spirit. Get settled into your spacious cabins and explore the ship — It’ll be your home away from home during the extraordinary adventure to come. After departure, you'll kick off an adventure with a full schedule of info briefings and introductions from the expedition staff. After a sumptuous dinner, step out onto the open decks to admire the spectacular views as you sail through Faxaflói. And keep your eyes open for whale encounters!

Day 3: Across the Greenland Sea

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
From Reykjavik head southwest across the Greenland Sea toward East Greenland. In these far northern latitudes, you may encounter sea ice any time of the year, even in August. You'll keep an eye out for iconic marine mammals. 
In previous eras, large numbers of various species of whales lived in the Greenland Sea. However, due to hunting (which was conducted up until the 20th century), these gentle giants were on the verge of extinction. Fortunately, populations are now recovering and, with a little bit of luck, you'll spot them on our cruise. 
Want to learn more about the unique flora and fauna of the Arctic? Become an Arctic expert in no time with our onboard lectures and briefings!

Day 4-7: Northeast Greenland National Park

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  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
East Greenland is famous for its giant icebergs the size of ten-story buildings, huge mountains, blooming tundra landscapes and the best spots in the world to see northern lights. Get ready for an unforgettable adventure, but remember — our exact itinerary heavily depends on weather and sea ice conditions. Rest assured, our experienced captain and expedition leader will take advantage of every opportunity to see wildlife, discover incredible scenery and land ashore.

You’ll see Northeast Greenland National Park, an absolute bucket list item on your East Greenland cruise! This park is not just remote; it is of a massive scale – more than 100 times the size of Yellowstone National Park and larger than all but 29 nations around the globe. Just imagine: miles and miles of untouched wilderness in the world’s largest and northernmost national park! You'll sail through ice floes alongside the snowy peaks of the Franz Josef Fjord and Kong Oscar Fjord, and Zodiacs will carry you to the most inaccessible spots for landings on pristine polar beaches.

Due to its remoteness, fewer than 1,000 travelers visit Northeast Greenland National Park each year, so count yourself among the fortunate few to witness such a spectacular area.

Tidewater glaciers create colossal icebergs that float with the wind and tide throughout the fjord system. You'll be stepping ashore to explore the fields of multicolored tundra which are home to musk oxen and Arctic hare. These landscapes — vast, open, and seemingly untouched since the beginning of time — are a hiker’s paradise. Throughout this area, you will also find ancient Thule archeological sites, historical trappers’ huts and modern Inuit hunters’ cabins.

Day 8-12: Through the waters of Scoresby Sund

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  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
This part of our voyage focuses on the spectacular fjords, coasts and islands of Scoresby Sund. While sailing the waterways of this stunning fjord system, you are constantly watching out for marine mammals, including a variety of seals, walruses and narwhals, which can be spotted at any time. Narrow passages, colossal icebergs in sparkling blue waters and polychromatic mountains capped with fresh snow - a trip through Scoresby Sund sets a new standard for “scenic.” You'll take advantage of summer weather to go ashore as often as possible for hiking, photography or simply enjoying landscapes found nowhere else on earth.

Small sheltered harbors like Hekla Havn and breathtaking landscapes of Vikingebugt will give you amazing photo ops. And don’t forget to sign up for kayaking right when booking the cruise so you don’t miss out on exploring this beautiful area at your own pace.

Plan to visit the modern Inuit village of Ittoqqortoormiit, the only permanent settlement in the region and one of the most remote communities in the world. The village boasts a wonderful museum, bookstore, handmade crafts for sale, post office and an abundance of Greenlandic sled dogs.

It’s late August and the short Arctic summer in East Greenland is almost over, which means as the night falls, the darkening sky becomes a stage for nature’s greatest celestial performance — the Northern Lights. East Greenland is one of the best places in the Arctic to view this otherworldly natural phenomenon, so don’t miss out on it! Step out onto the deck at night and hopefully you’ll get to see these magic lights dancing in the sky.

Day 13: Back to Iceland

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
By now you’ve surely fallen in love with East Greenland, but it’s time to head back across the Denmark Strait toward Iceland. Presentations and workshops by our expert staff, as well as our range of onboard recreation facilities, ensure that this day at sea is not idly spent. Enjoy an abundance of seabirds and whale watching from our panoramic open deck and your cabin’s balconies.

Day 14: Dynjandi Waterfalls

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Welcome back to Iceland! Today is the last day of our expedition and you are going to spend it to the fullest! Our Zodiacs will take you to the Dynjandi waterfalls, also known as “the Jewel of the Westfjords.” Dynjandi means ‘thunderous’ in Icelandic and you will soon understand why the falls got this name. These majestic waterfalls cascade approximately 100 m, falling in a trapezoidal shape: Dynjandi is twice as wide at the bottom than on top and looks exactly like a beautiful bridal veil.

Day 15: Disembarkation in Reykjavík, Iceland

  • 1 Breakfast
The adventure concludes at the port of Reykjavík. You will disembark and transfer to the airport or to the city center is provided, in case you plan to extend your stay in Iceland. It is always sad to say goodbye, but why not join on another expedition, like to Antarctica for example? Delighted to welcome you aboard again on one of our future journeys!

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Travelers board a Zodiac to get a closer look at the terrain and wildlife
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Outdoor Bistro at the Jacuzzi area of the Sea Spirit

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Included
  • 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 14 Dinners
  • 14 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Coffee, Tea and Cocoa Available Around the Clock
  • Port Fees
  • Complimentary Parka - available only for the duration of the voyage.
  • Loan of Waterproof Boots for Landings
  • Comprehensive Pre- and Post-voyage Information Materials
     
  • Wifi
  • Welcome and Farewell Cocktails   
  • Group Transfer to the Ship on Embarkation Day 
  • Group Transfer to Airport or Central Location Upon Disembarkation
  • Digital Voyage Log
  • Lecture programs by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers
  • Complimentary boot rental is available. However, due to the limited supply of boots available aboard the ship, it is recommended that you bring your own rubber boots for best fit and availability. Youth size boots are not available.
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  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Kayaking
  • Passport or Visa fees
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations;
  • Mandatory Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of US$ 200,000 per person
  • The cost of any applicable medical tests (such as COVID-19) or vaccinations required either by a national government or Poseidon Expeditions before, during or after the cruise;

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