Summary : Discover Scorseby Sund's beautiful fjord system, visit historical sites and timeless fishing villages, and witness stunning icebergs on this trip of a lifetime through Iceland and East Greenland. Keep an eye out for a variety of seabirds, whales, and dolphins as you sail through picturesque waters. Experience the rich red-gold carpet of the tundra, enjoy scenic Zodiac rides, and seek the aurora borealis each night on this spectacular journey with an included photography program. Along the way, your team of experienced guides and knowledgeable lecturers will provide context and bring the region's remarkable natural history to life.
Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Triple/Quad Cabins
$6,295 to $15,295
Welcome to Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland and starting point of your expedition. After your arrival, you're free to explore this fascinating city on your own. Reykjavík is home to a wealth of cultural institutions including museums, galleries, and the Hallgrímskirkja church. Leisure possibilities inside the city include parks, gardens, and thermal baths. You can also take advantage of Reykjavík’s wide range of shopping possibilities, excellent dining options, and famous nightlife. Your hotel for the night is included in the price of the voyage.
In the afternoon you will be welcomed aboard the Sea Spirit after an included group transfer. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come. Savor the anticipation of your Arctic dreams coming true as you sail out of the harbor into the bay of Faxaflói, where it is possible to encounter your first whales.
From Iceland, head across Denmark Strait toward Scoresby Sund in East Greenland, crossing the Arctic Circle on the way. There is a good possibility of whale sightings in this stretch of water. After nightfall, you will have your first opportunity to see the aurora borealis—the Northern Lights.
Scoresby Sund is a true Arctic wilderness and this part of the voyage is a real expedition. Your route and exploration opportunities here are heavily dependent on the weather and sea ice conditions. Your experienced captain and expedition leader will decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities warrant. You can be sure that the best possible advantage will be taken of the circumstances presented by Nature in this wild and remote corner of the Arctic.
Scoresby Sund is the largest and longest fjord system in the world. This area contains some of the Arctic’s most impressive scenery. Deep fjords and narrow channels, flanked by ice-clad peaks up to 6,561-feet high, reach deep into the mountainous heart of Greenland. Tidewater glaciers create colossal icebergs that float with wind and tide throughout the fjord system. On shore, fields of multicolored tundra are home to musk oxen and Arctic hare. The landscape—vast, open, and seemingly untouched since the beginning of time—is a hiker's paradise. Throughout this area you'll also find ancient Thule archeological sites, historical trappers’ huts, and modern Inuit hunters’ cabins.
The Inuit village of Ittoqqortoormiit is the only permanent settlement in the region. The community boasts an excellent museum, gift shop, post office, an abundance of Greenlandic sled dogs, and, of course, the opportunity to meet Inuit people.
The days are filled with memorable excursions, splendid meals, informative lectures, and enough stunning scenery to fill your camera and overwhelm your emotions. Each night brings new possibilities for incredible displays of aurora borealis. This is the perfect time and one of the world’s best places to experience this otherworldly celestial phenomenon.
After an amazing time in Scoresby Sund, head back across Denmark Strait toward Iceland. Presentations and workshops by your staff as well as a range of onboard recreation facilities ensure that this day at sea is not idly spent. Seabird viewing and whale sightings can be enjoyed from panoramic open decks as well as exterior stateroom windows and balconies. Nighttime offers still more possibilities for aurora borealis!
An expedition day in the Westfjords area reveals the rare beauty of a part of Iceland where mass tourism disappears—only about 10% of Iceland's visitors ever see the region. Taking advantage of every favorable weather condition, the expedition team will choose the best places to discover breathtaking coastal fjords, jagged bird cliffs, and tiny fishing villages that embrace traditional ways of life.
After breakfast say farewell in Reykjavík. A transfer to the international airport or the city center is provided.
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. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Bilingual Departure: English/German
Mandatory Travel Insurance:
All guests are required to carry an insurance policy that includes trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical coverage, and a minimum of $150,000 (2019 departures) or $200,000 (2020 departures) in evacuation and repatriation coverage. Proof of coverage is required prior to embarkation. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist U.S. residents with travel protection options. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions.
Space is limited. Sign up at the time of booking to secure your spot. Weather permitting, join an unscripted kayaking adventure, exploring rugged coastlines and remote waterways that few people have ever paddled. Participants must be at least 18 years old, in good health with appropriate physical fitness, and have previous kayaking experience. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
An expert photographer will be on hand to answer questions and give advice, both in the form of on-board lectures and workshops on shore. Explore the key elements of photography in a fun and relaxed setting, with plenty of opportunities for questions and feedback. Learn how to see light in a new way and experiment with the techniques of composition and framing.
One pre-voyage hotel night in Reykjavik; group transfer to the ship on embarkation day; group transfer to Keflavik International Airport (KEF) or centrally located hotel for luggage storage upon disembarkation; shipboard accommodations; scheduled landings/excursions; photography program; welcome and farewell cocktail on board ship; digital voyage log; gear to keep (complimentary wind- and water-resistant parka); gear on loan (rubber boots); all meals onboard the ship; 24-hour coffee/tea station; port fees. Inclusions subject to change without notice.
Airfare; visa and passport fees; emergency evacuation insurance to a minimum benefit of $150,000 (2019 departures) or $200,000 (2020 departures) and luggage and trip cancellation insurance (required); soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those mentioned as included; kayaking; personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunications charges (telephone, faxes, and internet); staff gratuities; fuel surcharge may apply.
PHOTOS: © Poseidon Expeditions, © Anthony Smith