Summary : Northeast Greenland is one of the most isolated regions in the world. The lush tundra supports herds of musk oxen, and shore landings offer excellent hiking and photographic opportunities. Visit the remains of Thule camps, and enjoy the splendor of “iceberg alley” as you navigate past majestic icebergs. Get a glimpse into the lifestyle of the residents of Ittoqqortoormiit, the most northerly community in East Greenland. Sailing south to Tasiilaq, you will undoubtedly spend time in the bar, exchanging impressions of this awesome wilderness with fellow travelers. Since 1992, the Khlebnikov has taken adventurers to inaccessible corners of the globe, and was the first ship ever to circumnavigate Antarctica with passengers in 1997. In addition, enjoy aerial views from Khlebnikov’s two on-board helicopters.
Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking
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Your adventure begins in Longyearbyen, Svalbard’s largest settlement. Relax before your journey, or take in the frontier-style atmosphere of the city. Embarkation will take place at about 4pm.
Enjoy educational programming with lectures and workshops to prepare you for your time in Greenland. Your expedition staff will be on deck and on the bridge to maximize the opportunities for you to see whales and birdlife while at sea. This is a great opportunity to mingle with your fellow guests or simply take in the natural beauty around you.
Attempt a landing at Cape Morris Jesup, one of the least-visited areas in the Arctic, and the most northerly point in Greenland.
**Note: Your Captain will send helicopters with ice specialists to scout ahead over the Lincoln Sea and Kennedy Channel, the body of water separating Greenland and Ellesmere Island. Should ice and weather conditions allow, the ice-breaking power of the Kapitan Khlebnikov will be used to navigate over the northern coast of Greenland. In this scenario, you will become part of polar history, as the Kapitan Khlebnikov will be the only passenger vessel to have ever achieved this feat. If achieved, the rest of the itinerary below will be forgone in favor of this historic alternative journey. If conditions do not allow passage, exploration of Greenland’s eastern coast will continue as described in the days that follow.
A true expedition sense of adventure is required, as you will make an exciting journey whichever direction you’re able to take.
A truly unique site – Station Nord is a military and scientific station, and the base of the Northeast Greenland National Park. As the second northernmost permanent settlement in Greenland, for years, the post office has delivered mail here, addressed to Santa Claus at the North Pole!
The weather will be your guide in choosing the landings today as you explore the breathtaking landscapes of the region.
This small weather station, operated by eight hardy souls, is located about halfway along the coast of northeast Greenland National Park. Cruise by Zodiac through Dove Bugt (Greenlandic for “bay”), and keep an eye out for polar bear and walrus.
Land on Shannon Island, named for a Royal Navy frigate that sailed valiantly during the Napoleonic and American Wars. No less significant is a visit to a hut built by arctic explorers from the timbers of the expedition vessel Alabama. The vessel, at anchor off shore, was holed by ice and sank. The two crew members left in charge of the vessel constructed the hut to shelter the exploration party.
There are four permanent bases in the park. Daneborg is the largest, with a population of 12 during the summer months. The hamlet is the headquarters of the Slaedepatruljen Sirius (Sirius Patrol), responsible for maintaining Danish sovereignty and policing Northern and Eastern Greenland. The unit, comprised of drivers and sled dogs, is a division of the Danish Navy. Each team of two men and 11 to 15 dogs carries between 770 to 1100 lbs (350 to 500 kg) of supplies for depot huts along their patrol routes.
Blomsterbugten, the “Bay of Flowers,” is home to beautiful purple and gold colored rocks that can be explored on a hike for those who wish.
The halfway mark of the voyage will occur on Ella Island. Pack a knapsack and binoculars and climb to its summit for outstanding views of five fjords and grazing musk oxen. A hiker’s dream, the area is surrounded by ice-choked waters, rugged cliffs and sky-blue icebergs.
At the mouth of the fjord complex, Ittoqqortoormiit is East Greenland’s most northern community and boasts a blend of traditional and modern lifestyles. With clear skies, you’ll have a great opportunity to see the Northern Lights. You can also support local Inuit artisans by purchasing unique handicrafts. Explore the community and gain an appreciation of the local way of life.
The icebergs crossing Hall Bredning in the inner reaches of Scoresbysund are some of the most magnificent in the world. The geology and topography of the area will fascinate you.
Pushing onward, your expedition will come to Rypefjord. With binoculars in hand, birders should keep watch for wheatears, snow buntings and ravens. At Rodefjord, you’ll encounter a shallow area trapping hundreds of icebergs, known as the Iceberg Graveyard. You’ll drift leisurely by these floes, a photographer’s paradise.
Sailing deeper into Scoresbysund, you’ll encounter massive icebergs and an ancient Thule settlement as you approach Sydkap. The scenery here is surreal with towering mountain sides and hundreds of apartment-sized icebergs playing tricks with your sense of perception.
A visit to Danmark Island marks the circumnavigation of Milne Land, which is west of the entrance to Scoresbysund Fjord. Enjoy wild, rugged views and great hiking with the impressive backdrop of nunataks in the background – mountain peaks poking above the Greenland ice sheet.
Transit the Denmark Strait, the body of water that separates Iceland from Greenland. Weather in the Strait is variable, but make sure to go out on deck to watch for whales in this area of rich biomass.
Further down the coast of Greenland, dip beneath the Arctic Circle and attempt a shore landing on the island of Ammassalik. Visit its principal community, Tasiilaq. With about 1,800 inhabitants, it is the largest community in East Greenland. Enjoy a community visit, an ice cruise, or a hike.
South of Ammassalik are many fjords – deep, steep-walled valleys along coastlines flooded with seawater. Explore one with a name that translates to “ice-fjord” and observe a glacier that calves icebergs at its head. Sail the fjord in search of newly minted glaciers and seek a place to go ashore for an optional hike. Those who would prefer to sit quietly and contemplate the beauty that surrounds, please do.
This morning, the ship will round the southern tip of Greenland, one of the first regions to be inhabited by European settlers. Go ashore at Narsaq Kujalleq, just west of Cape Farewell, to explore an excavated farm from the Viking period known as Herjolfsnes. Here, you can also hike, or sit back and soak in a natural hot spring while watching icebergs floating by.
Cruise north along the dramatic west coast of Greenland. Enjoy the final presentations, lectures and recap of the voyage, which will sum up everything you’ve seen and done over the last 20 days.
Just 37 miles (60 km) north of the Arctic Circle, Kangerlussuaq sits at the head of one of the longest fjords in Greenland. Musk oxen and arctic fox inhabit the tundra-covered plain that surrounds the town. Disembark and transfer to the airport for your charter flight to Ottawa. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.
Make your way home at your leisure or spend time in Ottawa, Canada’s capital city.
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.
Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping; all meals on board the vessel; beverages on board, including a selection of house wines, beer and spirits; group scheduled helicopter flightseeing and excursions; downloadable photographic journal documenting the voyage; waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings; an expedition parka – yours to keep; coffee, tea, cocoa available around the clock; miscellaneous service taxes and port charges; luggage handling aboard ship; emergency evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of $100,000 per person*. Subject to change without notice.
Any airfare; mandatory charter airfare package; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; any beverages that are not in the complimentary selection; any meals ashore; baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance; excess baggage charges; laundry and other personal charges; telecommunications, phone and internet charges; gratuity at the end of the voyage for ship’s crew and Expedition Team members; additional overnight accommodation; helicopter flying time in excess of that offered for the group; 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.