EAST GREENLAND

SCORESBY SUND, AURORA BOREALIS

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9 DAYS

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 is guiding our way.

ITINERARY SUMMARY
DayPlaceHighlights
Day 1Transfer to AkureyriTransfer by bus from Reykjavik to Akureyri for embarkation
Day 2Sailing to East GreenlandKeep an eye out for seabirds and marine life
Day 3Scoresbysund, Vikingebugt, Danmark IslandA busy day full of beautiful scenery and learning about the historical abandoned Inuit settlements
Day 4Colours of the CapeZodiac cruise near Røde Ø iceberg and Røde Fjord
Day 5SydkapEncounter colossal icebergs and land at Sydkap providing a good chance to see Arctic hares
Day 6ScoresbysundStop in at Ittoqqortoormiit, the largest settlement in Scoresbysund
Day 7Northern LightsEnjoy this sea day to spot wildlife and enjoy the night sky putting on a show
Day 8Disembark AkureyriSay farewell to your new friends as you disembark in Akureyri and transfer to Reykjavik
East Greenland Scoresby Sund Aurora Borealis

SHIP OFFERING THIS ITINERARY

Hondius
Hondius

The Hondius (176 guests)  launched  in June 2019. She has an Ice class rating of 6, the most advanced to date. The Hondius offers deluxe accommodation for a total 176 guests. One deck has been entirely reserved for lectures and presentations in one large observation lounge. The ship’s main focus remains discovery, taking advantage of wildlife opportunities and the related shore activities. Efficient zodiac embarkation is guaranteed with two separate gangways and in addition a zodiac embarkation indoor-platform which can also be used for special activities such as kayaking.

Day 1 Transfer Reykjavik to Akureyri

Reykjavik Iceland
Overview:

Your journey begins in the morning, where by request you can transfer via chartered bus from the city hall of Reykjavik (the meeting point) to the ship in Akureyri (the embarkation point). You will arrive in the afternoon after a six-hour drive through northern Iceland.

PLEASE NOTE: This transfer must be booked and paid for in advance. In the early evening, the ship departs from the port of Akureyri, sailing north toward the Denmark Strait.

Day 2 Sailing to East Greenland

Gannet Barents Sea resized

While sailing north you’re likely to see fulmars, kittiwakes, gannets, and common guillemots. You will then cross the Arctic Circle, possibly spotting whales. By evening, the first icebergs flash into sight with your approach to the east Greenland coast, near Brewster.

Day 3 Inuit neighbourhood of Yesteryear

Iceberg Scoresby Sund

Today you will reach Scoresbysund, sailing along the glaciated Volquart Boons Kyst. You may also enjoy a Zodiac cruise past one of the glacier fronts, along with a visit to the basalt columns and ice formations of Vikingebugt. The afternoon goal is to visit Danmark Island, where you will find the remains of an Inuit settlement abandoned around 200 years ago. The circular stone tent rings indicate the summer houses, while the winter houses can be seen closer to a small cape. The sites are well preserved, with easy identifiable entrances, bear-proof meat caches, and grave sites. In the evening you continue sailing the berg-crowded fjords to the west.

Day 4 Colours of the Cape

The goal for today is a Zodiac cruise near Røde Ø, one of the world’s most cherished iceberg attractions: The austere blue-white of the icebergs sets sharp against the brooding red backdrop of the sediment slopes. The afternoon plan is to sail through the northern parts of Røde Fjord, with the chance to see musk oxen and warm autumnal foliage.

Day 5 Enormous bergs, Arctic hares

In the morning you will encounter colossal icebergs, some over 100 meters high and more than a kilometre long. Most of them are grounded, as the fjord is only about 400 metres. You will then land near Sydkap, with fine views of Hall Bredning and a good shot of seeing Arctic hares.

Day 6-7 Settlement at Scoresbysund and Remote Shores

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Today you make a tundra landing on Liverpool Land, in Hurry Inlet. The afternoon stop is Ittoqqortoormiit, the largest settlement in Scoresbysund at about five hundred inhabitants. At the post office you can buy stamps for your postcards, or just stroll around to see the sled dogs and drying skins of seals and musk oxen. In the afternoon you sail south, passing the picturesque landscapes of the Blosseville Coast.

Day 8 Sea life under the northern lights

Northern Lights Greenland

A sea day grants you the opportunity to spot whales and seabirds – and at night, the magical northern lights.

Day 9 Journey’s end at Akureyri

Icelandic-horses

Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. You disembark in Longyearbyen, taking home memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

To book this cruise contact us on 1300 784 794 or email: contact@arctictravelcentre.com.au

We will tailor the perfect holiday to suit your needs.