Scoresbysund, the world’s largest fjord system, beckons you to explore Greenland. Enticing you with some of the world’s best displays of the Northern Lights, the Inuit settlement of Ittoqqortoormiit also offers you a rare connection to the past, as they still live off the land as their ancestors did hundreds of years ago.
Iceberg choked fjords, tundra hikes and the Arctic wildlife of Greenland National Park create picture perfect scenes every day. One of our most active expeditions, you can climb atop mountains and watch herds of grazing musk oxen on the horizon. This is pure wilderness, the untouched Arctic as it was thousands of years ago.
Imagine gliding along the surface of a bay in the presence of icebergs and glaciers! Our sea-kayaking adventures are the best way to feel at one with the sea.
Taken in small groups of 10-16 people, multiple times per voyage, sea-kayaking adventures are only done during calm weather conditions. We require you to have some prior sea-kayaking experience, including the capability to do a wet exit.
More information about your Kayaking, including physical requirements and cost of each option is available by contacting Peregrine.
Possible Landings and Wildlife Sightings
BLOMSTERBUGTEN, YMER ISLAND
Known as the Bay of Flowers, Blomsterbugten is a colourful and lush landscape quite different from other Arctic regions like Spitsbergen. Expect a range of flora and fauna here with a possible hike to Noa Lake.
CAPE HOFMANN HALVØ
This is often the best location for getting close to musk oxen. The Cape is also home to wheat eaters and snow buntings, while you may also spot rock ptarmigans or northern divers while at sea.
Near Fohn Fjord, some of the most stunning icebergs are to be encountered before taking a hike across Denmark Island, which offers stupendous views of the Scoresbysund and Fohn Fjord below.
HOLM BAY AND ELLA ISLAND
Towards the northern end of Scoresby Land is King Oscar Fjord. Holm Bay is a common landing site here, allowing for panoramic views of the fjord and surrounding area. Within the fjord, and hence within Northeast Greenland National Park, lies Ella Island. The Danish navy unit called Sirius Sledge Patrol trains here in summer. Musk oxen may be spotted from here.
Around 500 people call this northern settlement home. Traditional hunting and fishing ways are alive and well here, as are the Northern lights! This is known as one of the best places to have a chance at seeing the mysterious Aurora Borealis. Heading to Hurry Inlet and hiking from Itoqqortoormitt you’ll be immersed in Arctic flora, with wildflowers colouring the landscape.
The Red Fjord, or Rypefjord, is named for the colourful sandstone located on its western side. The stone has been ‘stained’ red by hematite, creating an oddity in this part of Greenland.
Revered by many as the most beautiful fjord system in the world, Scoresbysund is definitely the longest and largest. The sound was named after William Scoresby, a whaler, scientist and man of the cloth, who was famed for mapping more than 400 miles of Greenland coastline.
Icebergs and early history are front stage here, as remains from an ancient Thule settlement may be seen. The Thule often used Greenland whale bones in building their structures. Be on the watch for lemmings and musk oxen in this area.
Discovered in 2005, this small island is called a ‘warming island’ as it was uncovered as the result of climate change and the melting of ice.
IMPORTANT REMINDER Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. When travelling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. The above is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.