Summary : Explore Greenland’s eastern coast where some of the best Aurora displays in the world are seen. Scoresbysund, the world’s longest fjord system, beckons you to explore Greenland. Enticing you with some of the world’s best displays of the Northern Lights, the Inuit settlement of Ittoqqortoormiit also offers you a rare connection to the past, as they still live off the land as their ancestors did hundreds of years ago. Iceberg laden fjords, tundra hikes and the Arctic wildlife of Greenland National Park offer picture perfect scenery every day. On this active expedition, you can climb atop mountains and watch herds of grazing musk oxen on the horizon. This is pure wilderness, the untouched Arctic as it was thousands of years ago.
Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking
$999,999,999 to $0
Begin the adventure with an included overnight stay in thoroughly-modern Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital city.
Fly from Reykjavik to the northern Iceland town of Akureyri to embark the expedition ship. While sailing out to sea, watch for wildlife including seabirds above and whales below – get ready for a great adventure!
Sail through the Denmark Strait en route for mysterious and awe-inspiring Greenland. Stay informed and entertained by the onboard Expedition Team with presentations about Greenland’s wildlife, history and geography.
Fjords and flower meadows punctuate the scenery of Greenland National Park, where Arctic fox and musk oxen roam free. Spend the days exploring and learning about the unique history and geology of Greenland. King Oscar Fjord is a hiker’s paradise. Walk across the delicate flower-and-berry-strewn tundra at Holm Bay, Zodiac-cruise through spectacular Alepfjord or embark on a challenging climb to the top of nearby Ella Island (the views are worth it.)
From Ella Island, head to the Antarctic. Yes, curiously, there is an Antarctic Sound in the Arctic. The area is home to beautiful purple and gold colored rocks with Ymer Island and Blomsterbugten, the “Bay of Flowers,” ready to explore in the distance. Keep a constant eye out for wildlife while heading south along the Liverpool Coast. Weather conditions are variable here, but the aim is to visit Storefjord and the “warming island” of Uunartoq Qeqertaq.
Arriving at Scoresbysund, be mesmerized by the largest, longest, and – some say – most beautiful fjord system in the world. At the start of the sound, Itoqqortoormitt is East Greenland’s most northerly community and one of the world’s last remaining examples of a living hunter society. Support the Inuit artisans by purchasing local handicrafts. Time here is spent bonding with the Inuit people and gaining an appreciation of their way of life. With clear skies, delight in the unique opportunity to witness the Northern Lights in their vivid splendor.
Sailing on, deeper into Scoresbysund, encounter massive icebergs and an ancient Thule settlement as you approach Sydkap and Øfjord. Enjoy scenery comprised of towering mountain sides and hundreds of apartment size icebergs playing tricks with your sense of perception. Pushing onward, come to Rypefjord and Kap Hofmann Halvø. Keep your eyes peeled for sightings of rare blue icebergs, which are more normally seen in the Antarctic. With binoculars in hand, birders can keep watch for wheatears, snow buntings and ravens at Rypefjord. At Cape Hofmann Halvø, experience the best chance for closer encounters with grazing musk oxen and enjoy a final hike out on the colorful tundra.
Journey back to Iceland across the Denmark Strait which provides an excellent opportunity for whale watching. Keep watch for humpback, minke and blue whales as well as white-beaked dolphins. Birders enjoy potentially spotting kittiwakes, gannets, guillemots, fulmars and razorbills on the return voyage to Iceland.
Your Greenland adventure comes to an end as you enter port in Reykjavik. If you have time before your flight, stick around to explore this great city.
Note: The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenom and sightings are not guaranteed. Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions - and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition.
Mandatory Travel Insurance:
All guests are required to have comprehensive travel insurance coverage. Due to the remoteness of the areas in this itinerary, travelers must have a minimum $50,000 of emergency medical coverage. Proof of coverage is required prior to embarkation. The shipping company will not be held responsible for delays due to force majeure. Any additional costs accrued will be the responsibility of the traveler. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends that the travel insurance policy covers trip cancellation insurance, trip delay (interruption or after departure coverage), baggage and repatriation. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.
Sea Kayaking Option:
Not included in cruise rate. See rates page for price. Minimum age 16 years. This is a pre-booked option for kayakers with some experience. Places are strictly limited so please advise at time of booking. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for additional details.
Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping; all breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage (Please inform of any dietary requirements as far in advance as possible. Unfortunately, the ships’ galleys cannot prepare kosher meals.); all shore landings per the daily program; leadership throughout the voyage by experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities; all Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program; formal and informal presentations by Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled; photographic journal on DVD, documenting the voyage; 10MB communications access card; a pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings; an expedition parka – yours to keep; coffee, tea, cocoa available around the clock; complimentary selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages; hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin; comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Arctic Reader; all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; all luggage handling aboard ship; emergency evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of $100,000 per person*; 1 complimentary night pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Reykjavik with breakfast, as indicated in the itinerary; on embarkation day, flight from Reykjavik to Akureyri, followed by transfer to the ship; on the day of disembarkation, group transfer from the ship to downtown Reykjavik.
Any airfare; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; any beverages that are not in the complimentary selection; any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel before embarkation, if applicable; baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance; excess baggage charges; laundry and other personal charges; telecommunications charges; the customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for ship’s crew and Expedition Team members; fuel surcharge may apply.
*Emergency Evacuation Insurance:
Emergency evacuation coverage to a maximum benefit per paying passenger of $100,000 is included in the cost of this expedition. Included coverage is applicable only to travel between the first and last day of the expedition purchased. Additional days of travel prior to the expedition and/or after the expedition are not covered by the included emergency evacuation insurance. We strongly advise all passengers to purchase medical, cancellation and baggage insurance, and additional emergency evacuation coverage.