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Arctic Express: Greenland's Northern Lights Fly North Fly South

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With the world’s largest fjord system, Greenland beckons you to explore on this 10-day voyage. As one of our more active adventures, you have the chance to trek along the tundra and at Greenland National Park, climb mountains, and watch grazing musk ox and other arctic wildlife on the horizon. Cruise the majestic fjords of Scoresbysund, visit an Inuit community, and perhaps even catch sight of the Northern Lights. This is pure wilderness, the untouched Arctic as it was thousands of years ago.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Reykjavik, Iceland
Day 2 : Fly to Constable Point | Embark
Day 3 : Apelfjord
Day 4 : Brogetdal | Waltershausen Glacier
Day 5 : Blomsterbugten | Renbugten
Day 6 : Ella Oya (Ella Island)
Day 7 : Ittoqqortoormiit | Hall Bredning
Day 8 : Frederiksdal | Sydkapp
Day 9 : Disembark at Constable Point | Fly to Reykjavik
Day 10 : Fly Home


  • Enjoy the stunning and unique vistas of Greenland by foot, Zodiac, or kayak
  • Explore the world’s largest fjord system and encounter massive icebergs
  • Hike in the largest, most remote, and northerly national park in the world
  • Visit Inuit communities and ancient Thule settlements


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Trip Snapshots

Contemplate the vastness of nature The Northern Lights are worth the wait Remote village among icebergs Bright wildflowers liven up the mountainous Arctic landscape Hike along Eastern Greenland's red earth hills to gaze down at the iceberg-filled seas.

Day 1 Reykjavik, Iceland

Your adventure begins with an overnight stay in the modern city of Reykjavík, the world’s northernmost capital city.

Day 2 Fly to Constable Point | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Fly from Reykjavik to the eastern Greenland destination of Constable Point to begin your expedition. As you sail out to sea, your first wildlife sightings are seabirds above and whales below. Get ready for a great adventure!

Day 3 Apelfjord

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise through spectacular Apelfjord. Fjords punctuate the scenery all around. Your day is spent exploring and Zodiac cruising through a multitude of dazzling icebergs, fjords, and sounds in all shapes and sizes. Be on the lookout for arctic fox and musk ox, which roam free here.

Day 4 Brogetdal | Waltershausen Glacier

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Multi-hued mountains surround lovely Brogetdal, which was originally called “painted valley,” and later translated to mean “multicolored valley.” View colorful vistas and fascinating geology. Later, travel to the impressive and rarely visited Waltershausen Glacier, an imposing ice floe at the head of Nordfjord, named after German explorer Baron Wolfgang Sartorius von Waltershausen, after his failed 1869 attempt to reach the North Pole via East Greenland.

Day 5 Blomsterbugten | Renbugten

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Blomsterbugten, the “Bay of Flowers,” is home to beautiful purple and gold colored rocks that you can view from a distance, or on a hike for those who wish. Later continue to Renbugten, called “Reindeer Bay” for the herd of 12 reindeer seen on one of the first expeditions to the area. Arctic hare are a common and delightful sight in this area.

Day 6 Ella Oya (Ella Island)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Ella Oya is a hiker’s paradise. The area is surrounded by ice-choked waters, rugged cliffs and sky-blue icebergs. Challenge yourself with a climb to the top of the island—the views are worth it.

Day 7 Ittoqqortoormiit | Hall Bredning

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At the start of the sound, Itoqqortoormiit is East Greenland’s most northerly community and boasts a blend of traditional and modern lifestyles. With clear skies, you may have an opportunity to see the northern lights. You may also support local Inuit artisans by purchasing unique handicrafts. Your time in Ittoqqortoormiit is spent bonding with the Inuit people and gaining an appreciation of their way of life.

Later, see huge icebergs - larger than football fields, taller than apartment buildings - crossing Hall Bredning, part of Scoresbysund. The geology and topography of the area is fascinating! Visit the most northerly community in east Greenland to see a mix of traditional and modern lifestyles.

Day 8 Frederiksdal | Sydkapp

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Traveling deeper into Scoresbysund, encounter massive icebergs and an ancient Thule settlement as the ship approaches Sydkap. The scenery in this region is unforgettable, with towering mountain sides and hundreds of monumental icebergs playing tricks with your sense of perception.

Day 9 Disembark at Constable Point | Fly to Reykjavik

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive at Constable Point and disembark the ship. Sit back and enjoy your charter flight from Constable Point to Reykjavik, the vibrant and artistic capital of Iceland. Overnight in your comfortable Reykjavik hotel.

Day 10 Fly Home

  • 1 Breakfast
Transfer to the airport for your return flight home. If you have time before your flight, stick around to explore all the wonderful attractions Reykjavik has to offer.

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Reykjavik - Hotels

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Quad Cabin
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Averaging 157 sq ft. Equipped with 4 twin beds (two lower berths, two upper berths). Located on the Upper Deck with private facilities and exterior views.
Triple Cabin
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Averaging 140 sq ft. Equipped with 3 twin beds (two lower berths, one upper berth). Located on the Upper Deck with private facilities and exterior views.
Bridge Deck Twin Cabin
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Upper (Lower Berth) Deck Twin
Averaging 90 sq ft. Equipped with 2 twin beds (one upper berth and one lower berth). Located on the Upper Deck with private facilities and exterior views.
Upper Deck Twin Cabin
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Upper Deck Twin Cabin
Averaging 115 sq ft. Equipped with 2 twin beds. Located on the Upper Deck with private facilities and exterior views.
Upper (Lower Berth) Cabin
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Bridge Deck Twin Cabin
Averaging 105 sq ft. Equipped with 2 twin beds. Located on the Bridge Deck with private facilities and exterior views.


- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double or triple occupancy. Request the Twin or Triple Share Program where we match you with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if we are unable to find a cabin mate for you, no single supplement will be charged. Single occupancy of a twin cabin is available at 1.7 times the twin occupancy rate. 

Mandatory medical insurance: Travelers should have a minimum US$50,000 (or equivalent) of emergency medical coverage prior to embarkation. It is recommended that you and all members of your party have comprehensive travel insurance covering trip cancellation, trip delay (interruption or after departure coverage), baggage, and repatriation.

Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. The above is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

Included in your cruise fare:
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All meals, snacks, soft drinks, and juices on board
  • Beer and wine during dinner
  • All shore landings per the daily program
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition leader
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
  • Formal and informal presentations by your expedition team and special guests as scheduled
  • Photographic journal documenting the expedition
  • Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
  • Official Quark Expeditions parka to keep
  • Coffee, tea, and cocoa available around the clock
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
  • Comprehensive onboard materials. including a map and an informative Arctic Reader
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All luggage handling aboard ship
  • All gratuities
  • Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$500,000 per person
  • Greenland voyages cruise passenger tax
  • One night's pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Reykjavik, with breakfast
  • Group transfer from Reykjavik hotel to domestic airport on embarkation day
  • Charter flight from Reykjavik to Constable Point to Reykjavik hotel
  • Group transfer from domestic airport to Reykjavik hotel
  • One night's post-expedition hotel accommodation in Reykjavik, with breakfast
Rates do not include:
  • International airfare
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
  • Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance—strongly recommended
  • Excess-baggage fees on international flights
  • Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
  • Laundry, bar, beverage, and other personal charges unless specified
  • Phone and internet charges
  • Additional overnight accommodation
  • Optional kayaking activities
  • Arrival and departure transfers between Reykjavik international airport and hotel on arrival and departure days
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