Days
13
Price from
$11,845NZD

Explore the far-flung fjords, islands and Inuit communities of eastern Greenland

Set sail from vibrant Reykjavik to Scoresbysund on the eastern coast of Greenland, home to the world’s largest fjord system. Marvel at icebergs the size of apartment blocks as you cruise through Hall Bredning, Rypefjord, Rodefjord and Frederiksdal. Watch herds of musk ox grazing in the colourful valleys of Blomsterbugten and Renbugten. Zodiac cruises and tundra hikes allow you to get up close with your surrounds and you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views from places like Ella Oya (Ella Island). Embrace the chance to meet members of the local Inuit community at Ittoqqortoormiit and get a real insight into their culture. Learn how they blend a modern lifestyle with traditional customs and get the chance to purchase some unique handmade crafts. If the conditions are right the Northern Lights will even put on a show.


Start
Reykjavik, Iceland
Finish
Reykjavik, Iceland
Countries
Greenland, Iceland
Style
Peregrine
Code
PPEEF16
Physical rating
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 1, Max 83

Why we love this trip

  • Get swept up in the artsy vibe of Reykjavik, where you can visit countless museums and galleries or just soak up the atmosphere in a cosy cafe.

  • Have the opportunity to see wildlife including whales, musk ox, Arctic hare and a multitude of seabirds.

  • Follow in the footsteps of past expedition teams into some of Greenland's most spectacular valleys, including Brogetdal, Blomsterbugten and Renbugten

  • Chance to see the Northern Lights and meet locals at the Inuit settlement of Ittoqqortoormiit.

  • Get up close to your surroundings on tundra hikes and walks atop the mountains and islands of Greenland National Park.

  • Drift past Rodefjord's Iceberg Graveyard and see icebergs the size of apartment blocks as you pass through the world's largest fjord system.

Is this trip right for you?

  • As you’d expect, temperatures in the Arctic are very cold. A warm parka will be provided along with waterproof boots and unlimited hot drinks, but you should also bring base layers and lots of warm clothing. Please see the trip notes for further important information about what to bring.

  • Weather depending, you will be making regular excursions in a Zodiac boat to explore the local area and look for wildlife. It can get very cold and wet on the Zodiac, so make sure you are dressed appropriately and that you keep your camera safe and dry. Sturdy sea legs are needed as you make wet and dry landings from the boat, and on steep terrain, snow and other uneven surfaces. Some ships have a lot of stairs, so please hold on to the handrails if seas are rough.

  • The weather plays a pivotal part in this adventure and although there’s an itinerary in place, there are no guarantees that you’ll be able to do everything that is planned for. A level of flexibility and openness to embracing the unexpected are important in expedition travel, especially to such a remote area.

  • This trip takes places during the time of year that Spitsbergen enjoys 24-hour daylight. Just one of the benefits of this is that incredible wildlife can be seen at any time of the day – be prepared to be woken at any time so as to not miss out on exciting animal sightings.

Itinerary

Your adventure begins with an overnight stay in thoroughly-modern Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital city.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
ADVENTURE OPTIONS
Kayaking is available to book on all Arctic voyages. This must be booked prior to departure and incurs an additional cost. Spaces are limited. Additional trip notes and waivers will be sent when any adventure options are booked. For kayaking, previous, recent experience is essential.
We’ll fly from Reykjavik to the northern Icelandic town of Akureyri to begin your expedition to Greenland. As you sail out to sea, your first wildlife
sightings will be seabirds above and whales below. Get ready for a great adventure!
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Sail through the Denmark Strait en route for mysterious Greenland. Your on-board Expedition Team will keep you informed and entertained with presentations about Greenland’s wildlife, history and geography.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (2)
  • Lunch (2)
  • Dinner (2)
Brogetdal means “multicolored valley”, and here you’ll view multihued mountains surrounding this lovely basin, and unusual geology. We’ll also journey to the rarely visited Waltershausen Glacier, an imposing ice floe at the head of Nordfjord with a span of 6.8 miles (11 km). This stunning landmark was named after German explorer Baron Wolfgang Sartorius von Waltershausen, after his failed 1869 attempt to reach the North Pole via East
Greenland.

The following Optional Activities are available to participate in, on some or all of the departures of this itinerary. These must be booked in advance (additional costs apply) and space is limited.

KAYAKING – Our kayaking adventures are the best way to feel at one with the sea. Taken in small groups of maximum 16 people, multiple times per voyage, kayaking adventures are only conducted during calm weather conditions. Kayaking is open to all levels of experience, however kayaking in the polar waters is not suitable for novice kayakers. Beginners interested in kayaking should first take an introductory course prior to the voyage which includes how to do a wet exit. In addition regardless of your experience, we recommend you take part in some kayaking practise prior to the voyage to ensure that you are comfortable on the water in the icy conditions.

INCLUDED OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES offered on some or all departures of this itinerary

HIKING - Hiking is a great way to appreciate the immense windswept landscapes of the Arctic. The tundra comes alive during the brief arctic summer, with bursts of color from shrubs and plants that eke out a living in this polar environment. You’ll find each hike is different - exploring communities, shorelines or glaciated landscapes, often on the lookout for wildlife. Hiking participation is optional and your Expedition Team will advise you of what levels of activity you can expect prior to each excursion.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
The valleys of Blomsterbugten and Renbugten are considered some of the most scenic in Greenland, and delight with unexpected icy blues, brazen golds, fiery reds and mossy greens. These scenic plains will charm you with their panoramic vistas and unusual rock formations. Be sure to be on the lookout for arctic hare and muskoxen.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Renowned for its stunning landscapes, the oddly-named Antarctic Sund is a marine channel surrounded by icechoked waters, azure icebergs, and
craggy, colorful cliffs. At Ella Oya, a hiker’s paradise, you can challenge yourself with a climb to the top of the island, where you will be well-rewarded
for your efforts.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
We’ll cruise through spectacular Apelfjord, a wonderland of fjords and sounds, and through a multitude of dazzling icebergs in countless shapes and sizes.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Larger than football fields, the icebergs crossing Hall Bredning in the inner reaches of Scoresbysund are some of the most magnificent in the world. The geology and topography of the area will fascinate you. At the start of the sound, Itoqqortoormiit is East Greenland’s most northerly community and boasts a blend of traditional and modern lifestyles. With clear skies, you’ll have a great opportunity to see the Northern Lights. You can also support local Inuit artisans by purchasing unique handicrafts. Our time here is spent bonding with the Inuit people and gaining an appreciation of their way of life.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Pushing onward, your expedition will come to Rypefjord. With binoculars in hand, birders should keep watch for wheatears, snow buntings and ravens. At Rodefjord, you’ll encounter a shallow area trapping hundreds of icebergs, known as the Iceberg Graveyard. You’ll drift leisurely by these icebergs, a photographer’s paradise.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Sailing on deeper into Scoresbysund, you’ll encounter massive icebergs and an ancient Thule settlement as we approach Sydkap. The scenery here is something you can’t even imagine, with towering mountain sides and hundreds of apartment-sized icebergs playing tricks with your sense of perception.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
We arrive at Constable Point to board our charter flight to Reykjavik, the largest city in Iceland, and home to marvels of architecture and nature. Explore the area’s many must-see attractions, or discover its more hidden gems. Highlights of the region include a vibrant downtown and harbour, geothermal parks and beaches, and numerous natural wonders. Tonight you’ll overnight in your comfortable and well-appointed Reykjavik hotel.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your adventure ends after breakfast. Head home or spend a bit more time exploring this fascinating city.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners

Transport

Ship, Zodiac, plane

Accommodation

Expedition voyage, comfortable hotel

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Important notes

BOOKING CONDITIONS
Arctic and Antarctic bookings have an increased deposit requirement of A$2000pp ($6000pp on Icebreaker voyages. Different deposit amounts apply in other currencies). The balance is due 90 days before departure.
If a booking is cancelled 90 days or more before departure - the cancellation fee is the full loss of the deposit paid.
If a booking is cancelled between 89 days and departure - the cancellation fee is 100% of the total price of the voyage.
Other fees may apply for air tickets and other arrangements booked in conjunction with a Polar voyage.

ADVENTURE OPTIONS
Kayaking is available to book on all Arctic voyages (except the North Pole). This must be booked prior to departure and incurs an additional cost. Spaces are limited so please enquire at time of booking. To participate in kayaking, previous, recent experience is essential. In addition, there are other included optional activities offered on some voyages such as snow shoeing and hiking. These activities do not need to be booked in advance and no additional cost applies.

Your voyage is operated by our sister company, Quark Expeditions. All accommodation and transfer arrangements as listed in the itinerary are also operated by Quark Expeditions or their local representatives.

Strict luggage limits apply. Please see Trip Notes (What to Take) for more information.

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