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Northeast Greenland Expedition Cruise

Sail from Svalbard to Greenland along the pack ice

This epic expedition cruise combines the three islands of Spitsbergen, Greenland and Iceland, showcasing their unique Arctic nature and wildlife. A complete European Arctic experience!

The ship takes you north, along the coast of Svalbard, where you will sail along sculpted glacier fronts and through breathtakingly scenic fjords lit by the midnight sun. You may see reindeer, Arctic foxes, musk oxen, countless sea birds, walrus, seals, whales and polar bears. On your way to East Greenland, the ship will steer north towards the edge of the polar pack ice, possibly as far as 80 degrees north! This is the kingdom of the polar bear and we hope to spot them hunting for seals.

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As you approach East Greenland, be prepared to encounter a completely different scenery from what you have seen in Svalbard. Deep fjords and narrow channels, flanked by sharp ice-clad peaks and glaciers birthing gigantic icebergs that drift throughout the fjord system. An otherworldly scene with it’s own unique polar wildlife. Perhaps you will spot ringed seals and a variety of seabirds, including the northern fulmar and Brünnich’s  guillemot. Stretch your legs on hikes across tundra in search of ancient graveyards and the remains of ancient Inuit villages. On land we may see musk ox, arctic hare and reindeer grazing. After another sea crossing, this time of the Denmark Strait, your voyage will conclude in Iceland.

This expedition ticks many boxes: hikes through the arctic tundra; a chance to spot wildlife including polar bears, musk oxen, seals, whales and walrus; and the opportunity to visit fascinating historical sites.

Programme

Day 1-2 | Exploring Svalbard

The first few days of your expedition will be spent exploring Svalbards northwest coast, featuring calving icebergs, historic whaling stations and trappers’ camps. Great places for zodiac cruising and shore landings. Reindeer roam the tundra and so can you, photographing wildflowers like saxifrage, moss campion, bell-heather and hairy lousewort. From the zodiacs you will gain fantastic views of the glaciers and ice cliffs. In the north, there’s a good chance of seeing walrus and possibly even polar bears on the pack ice.

Day 3-4 | Greenland Sea

Crossing the Greenland Sea takes around 1,5 to 2 days. You will sail through the Polar Basin’s nutrient-rich waters, searching for fin and beluga whales, encroaching pack ice, and seabirds. The expert naturalists and guest lecturers entertain with fascinating talks on European Arctic plants and animals, and epic tales of the early polar explorers.

Day 8-13 | East Greenland & Scoresbysund

Ice is often the overwhelming first impression of Greenland. In Scoresbysund, the world’s biggest fjord system, the vast Greenland icecap sweeps down in massive glaciers that calve explosively, creating giant icebergs. The zodiacs weave through a maze of grounded icebergs, some more than 30-metres high, sculpted with deep green tunnels and aquamarine lakes. This region is home to the Arctic hare and musk ox, which you might spot during shore landings. Enjoy a warm welcome in Ittoqqortoormiit. The native Inuit are happy to share their culture and explain the challenges of Arctic life.

The ship might also enter Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord, one of the rarely visited fjord systems located in the Northeast Greenland National Park. It offers countless opportunities for exploration in a geologically unique landscape.

Throughout the area, historical sites including trappers’ huts and ancient Thule remnants can be found. A highlight is a visit to Ittoqqortoormiit, the Inuit village is the most isolated and northernmost permanent settlement in the region. You might get a chance to visit museum and gift shop, and meet some of friendly locals and their sled dogs.

Iceberg in Greenland
Iceberg in Greenland

Day 13-14 | Denmark Strait & Disembarkation in Iceland

As you sail across Denmark Strait towards Iceland, there’s time to reflect on the rich experiences of your voyage. It takes approximately 1 day before you reach the last island, Iceland, the end of your epic voyage. It’s time to say farewell to the expedition team and fellow passengers. Either make your way directly to the airport or conclude your expedition with and extension in Iceland to explore the third Arctic Island of this epic voyage.

Activities

Zodiac cruises and shore landings are included with every voyage. During this expedition to Svalbard & Greenland you can also join long hikes for free. These walks will usually take around six hours. You should be able to walk at least 15 km (9 miles) in semi-rough terrain.

Ship

Hondius

170 passengers
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Dates & Rates

Northeast Greenland Expedition Cruise

Incl. long hikes & chances to see the Aurora
Dates and duration
25 Aug - 07 Sep 2024 14 days
Hondius 170 passengers

From € 6450 per person
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Greenland & Svalbard Expedition Cruise

UP TO 50% OFF LAST CABINS!
Dates and duration
08 Aug - 21 Aug 2024 14 days
Sea Spirit 114 passengers

From € 9395 per person
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