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East Greenland's Northern Lights
Iceland & Scoresby Sund, East Greenland
Best for: Off the beaten track, Spectacular scenery, Culture History
Set sail to see the beautiful aurora borealis, a magical sight that many claim the full vibrancy of which a camera simply can't capture. This 9-day trip takes you from the north of Iceland up to Greenland's east coast and the incredible icebergs, mountains, fjords and settlements that characterise Scoresby Sund.
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Voyages departing for East Greenland set sail from Iceland and Norway, taking you to one of the most remote places on earth and best places to see the magical Northern Lights. The landscape is characterised by magnificent fjords, towering icebergs, lively wildlife such as the arctic hare and rich Inuit culture.
Day 1 : Fly to Reykjavik
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Day 1 - 2 : Reykjavik to Akureyri & set sail
Stay at M/V Hondius - Arctic Cruise for 1 night
Today you’ll make your way by road through the wilds of northern Iceland to Akureyri, a journey of approximately 6 hours. Here you’ll board your ship and meet your expedition crew and companions before departing in the early evening, bound for the Denmark Strait.
Day 2 - 3 : Cross the Arctic Circle
Bound for east Greenland, you’ll spend today at sea. As your ship charts a course for the wild coast of East Greenland, fulmars, kittiwakes, gannets, and common guillemots swoop low over the waves, and by early evening you’ll be able to spot your first icebergs as you approach the East Greenland coast. Spend your time on board looking out for ocean-going wildlife or learn more about your destination from the on-board Arctic specialists.
Day 3 - 4 : Danmark Island
The arrestingly beautiful Scoresbysund is your destination today. Sail past the basalt columns and ice formations of Vikingebugt, marvelling at the vast glaciers that have carved their path down the mountains, creaking and groaning as they calve more icebergs into the inky waters below. If weather conditions permit, this afternoon you’ll board a zodiac bound for Danmark Island, home to a long-abandoned Inuit settlement. This well-preserved site shows the ancient winter and summer houses, along with evidence of their Arctic way of life. After boarding the ship once again, you’ll set sail through the iceberg-laden fjords to the west.
Day 4 - 5 : Røde Ø or 'Red Island'
Boarding the zodiacs today, you’ll shore up on Røde Ø, or ‘red island’, so named for the vibrant red rocky slopes formed of sandstone sediment. This outcrop amidst the dark blue Arctic waters is the perfect backdrop to the vast, blue and white icebergs that float silently in the waters of Scoresbysund. Back on board, this afternoon you will sail through the northern parts of Røde Fjord, looking out for lumbering musk oxen grazing amongst the warm autumnal foliage.
Day 5 - 6 : Sydkap
Today is a photographer’s dream, as you get close to the faces of the Arctic’s mighty icebergs, some the size of castles. Some of these icy edifices are over 100 metres high and more than a kilometre long, casting your existence amongst this remote landscape into sharp focus. You’ll then land near Sydkap, with fine views of the picturesque Hall Bredning and your best chance of spotting the elusive Arctic hare.
Day 6 - 7 : Hurry Inlet & Ittoqqortoormiit
After making a tundra landing on Liverpool Land, in Hurry Inlet, you’ll disembark the zodiacs at Ittoqqortoormiit at the mouth of Scoresbysund. This small settlement is home to approximately 500 people that make their home amongst the wilds of the Arctic, hunting whales, seals and polar bears to survive. This afternoon, set sail south, passing the spectacular Blosseville Coast with its stark cliffs and gleaming ice floes.
Day 7 - 8 : Turner Sound and Rømer Fjord
Many of the fjords in Scoresbysund are a gauntlet of floating icebergs and fractured sea ice that has fallen from the face of the vast glaciers of this Arctic terrain. Sailing into Turner Sound and Rømer Fjord, the waters are free from large chunks of ice, allowing free passage further inland through the still waters of the fjords. These blue-black depths are home to the impossible-looking narwhal, the ‘unicorns of the sea’, whilst the remote shores are the realm of the mighty polar bear.
Day 8 - 9 : Sail the Denmark Strait back to Iceland
Departing the remote, icy landscapes and unique wildlife of Scoresbysund, you’ll spend a day at sea sailing across the waters of the Denmark Strait back to Iceland. Share tales of your adventures with your fellow passengers and reflect on your incredible experience amongst some of the most hostile yet beautiful terrain on earth.
Day 9 : Disembark & return to Reykjavik
As land comes into sight once more, you arrive back in the port of Akureyri, ready to farewell your expedition crew and fellow passengers before taking the long and scenic drive back to Reykjavik.
Day 9 : Fly home
When to go
Cruises depart for Svalbard, Greenland and the Russian High Arctic during the northern hemisphere's summer, when explorers enjoy 24 hour days and favourable conditions. Travel in June and July and you'll admire spectacular frozen sculptures and seas of pack ice. From late July to August, the wildlife is most active and whale watching trips to the west coast of Greenland and voyages to the Russian High Arctic begin. In late August and September, sail through magnificent fjord scenery and catch the aurora borealis as the nights descend. Whether you travel early on in mid June or in September as the season draws to a close, you have good chances of spotting the iconic polar bear.
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From $3340 per person
Price is subject to seasons and availability and is based on an entry level cabin category.
Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.