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.
|Day 1||Transfer to Akureyri||Transfer by bus from Reykjavik to Akureyri for embarkation|
|Day 2||Sailing to East Greenland||Keep an eye out for seabirds and marine life|
|Day 3||Scoresbysund, Vikingebugt, Danmark Island||A busy day full of beautiful scenery and learning about the historical abandoned Inuit settlements|
|Day 4||Colours of the Cape||Zodiac cruise near Røde Ø iceberg and Røde Fjord|
|Day 5||Sydkap||Encounter colossal icebergs and land at Sydkap providing a good chance to see Arctic hares|
|Day 6||Scoresbysund||Stop in at Ittoqqortoormiit, the largest settlement in Scoresbysund|
|Day 7||Northern Lights||Enjoy this sea day to spot wildlife and enjoy the night sky putting on a show|
|Day 8||Disembark Akureyri||Say farewell to your new friends as you disembark in Akureyri and transfer to Reykjavik|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A sea day grants you the opportunity to spot whales and seabirds – and at night, the magical northern lights.
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.