Witness the Northern Lights

Scoresby Sund - Aurora Borealis

Witness the Northern Lights at Scoresby Sund and multiple species of whale for
8D/7N Starting at $3100.00 per person

The East Greenland – Scoresby Sund cruise crosses the Arctic Circle into the home waters of multiple species of whale.

The expedition will spot huge icebergs as it journeys into the largest and deepest fjord system in the world.

Along the way, the Northern Lights guide our journey.

Scoresby Sund - Aurora Borealis Cruise Package

 

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Day 1 : Embarkation and departure from Akureyri

Transfer by bus from Hotel Reykjavik Centrum, Adalstraeti 16 in Reykjavik in the morning to the ship in Akureyri, where we arrive in the afternoon after six hours drive through North Iceland. In the early evening we leave Iceland and sail north towards the Denmark Strait.

Day 2 : At sea - sailing north through the Denmark Strait

At sea, sailing north through the Denmark Strait. We are almost certain to see Fulmar, Kittiwake, Gannet and rafts of Common Guillemot. We cross the Arctic Circle and continue north, perhaps seeing whales.

In the evening we will spot our first icebergs appear as we approach the east coast of Greenland near Kap Brewster.

Day 3 : Sailing along the ragged and glaciated Volquart Boons Coast 

In the morning we sail along the ragged and glaciated Volquart Boons Coast. Here we may organize a zodiac cruise along one of the glacier fronts of this coast, and have our first landing near a glacier, like Måne Glacier or in Vikingebugt.

Later we land on Danmarks Ø where there are the remains of an Inuit settlement abandoned around 200 years ago. The circular ‘tent rings’ of stones indicate the summer houses, while the winter houses can be seen closer to a small cape.

The sites are well preserved, allowing entrances and even bear proof meat caches to be identified. There are also grave sites. In the evening we continue our sailing through the beautiful fjords to the west, choked with icebergs.

Day 4 : Land at Cape Hofmann Halvø

We go ashore at C. Hofman Halvø, a reliable spot for viewing Musk Oxen. We may also spot Rock Ptarmigan and at sea Great Northern Diver.

The landscape here is particularly beautiful, especially during autumn when the Dwarf Willow and Dwarf Birch change color. Arctic Blueberry and Crowberry add their own colorful touch - the berries are tasty too! In the evening we sail through the fjord towards Scoresby Land enjoying the contrast between the warm autumnal colors of the vegetation on shore, backed by huge dark mountains, and the cold blue of the icebergs.

Day 5 : Sail to Sydkap encountering huge icebergs en route, some over 100 m high and more than a kilometer in length

On our way to Sydkap in Scoresby Land in the morning, we encounter huge icebergs, some over 100 m high and more than a kilometer in length.

Most of the bergs are grounded as the fjord is only about 400 m deep here. We land near Sydkap to view the remains of the Thule culture winter houses.

As many as 20 people lived in these tiny houses, hunting Greenland Whale and using their vertebrae to build the houses.

Day 6 : Visit Ittoqqortoormiit, the biggest settlement near Scoresby Sund with about 400 inhabitants

In the morning we land at a lagoon at the south coast of Jameson Land, an area with waders and geese collecting for the autumn migration. The landscape here is gently undulating.

Musk Oxen and Collared Lemming - survive on the meager vegetation. In the afternoon we visit Ittoqqortoormiit, the biggest settlement near Scoresbysund with about 400 inhabitants.

At the post office you can buy stamps for your postcards, or just wander around to see the sledge dogs and the drying skins of seals, Musk Oxen and Polar Bear.

Day 7 : At sea - at night we may see the Aurora Borealis

The whole day at sea offers excellent opportunities to see large whales and seabird migration and, at night the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).

Day 8 : Disembark in Akureyri

Arrive at Akureyri, and transfer by chartered bus to Hotel Reykjavik Centrum, Adalstraeti 16 in Reykjavik (6 hours).

On our way to Sydkap in Scoresby Land in the morning, we encounter huge icebergs, some over 100 m high and more than a kilometre in length. Most of the bergs are grounded as the fjord is only about 400 m deep here. 

 

Price from $3,100.00 per person, based on double occupancy
Days 8
Nights 7
Includes:
  • Based on Quadruple Porthole cabin accommodations. 
  • Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
  • Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes.
  • Transfer and baggage handling between ship in Akureyri and Hotel Reykjavik Centrum, Adalstraeti 16 and v.v. by coach (6 hours).
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
  • AECO fees and governmental taxes.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.

 

Excludes:
  • Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
  • Pre- and post- land arrangements.
  • Passport and visa expenses.
  • Government arrival and departure taxes.
  • Meals ashore.

"Excellent trip!"

Everything worked out smoothly. We especially liked the relaxed and engaging attitudes of all the guides and transfer personnel. There was never a feeling of panic or too-tightly wound control. A work of art, really!

 

- Frederic P, Feb 2015

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