From icy fjords to the Northern Lights, there’s no shortage of natural wonders on this Arctic expedition.
Inspiring vistas aplenty, a voyage through East Greenland and Iceland will satisfy all your Arctic dreams. Make your way through the lesser-visited Westfjords and see Europe’s largest bird cliff brimming with puffins, razorbills, guillemots and more. But the wildlife highlights don’t stop there – in Northeast Greenland National Park you’ll have the chance to spot muskoxen as well as other iconic Arctic wildlife. When it comes to natural wonders, it’s hard to go past the chance of seeing the Northern Lights – and if conditions and weather are favourable, you’ll be well placed to see this emerald phenomena in East Greenland’s most northerly community, Ittoqqortoormiit.
- Physical rating
- Min 8
- Group size
- Min 1, Max 176
Why you'll love this trip
Witness inspiring vistas of mountains, fjords and towering cliffs of the Westfjords.
Sail through the icebergs of Scoresbysund, arguably the most beautiful fjord system on the planet.
Explore the remains of ancient Thule settlements in Frederiksdal and Sydkap.
Keep an eye out for the Northern Lights in Ittoqqortoormiit.
Is this trip right for you?
On this itinerary, you'll be travelling aboard the World Explorer.
Meals IncludedThere are no meals included on this day.
POSSIBLE LANDINGS AND WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS:
Known as the Bay of Flowers,Blomsterbugten boasts a colorful and lush landscape that is quite different from other Arctic regions like Spitsbergen. Expect spectaular fall colors, with a possible hike to Noa Lake.
In Kong Oscar Fjord (King Oscar Fjord), this bay is home to a variety of flora. It is on the south coast of mountainous Ymer Oya (Ymer Island), part of Northeast Greenland National Park.
C. HOFMANN HALVØ
This can be a great location for viewing muskoxen. The peninsula is also home to wheatears and snow buntings, and you may spot rock ptarmigans or great northern divers while at sea.
Encounter stunning icebergs before hiking across Denmark Island, which offers stupendous views of Scoresbysund and Fønfjord below.
FREDERIKSDAL Exploring this valley system on foot may offer views of muskoxen, glaciers and ancient Thule remains.
HOLM BAY AND ELLA Ø (ELLA ISLAND)
Toward the northern end of Scoresby Land is Kong Oscar Fjord (King Oscar Fjord). Holm Bay is a common landing site here, offering panoramic views of the fjord and surrounding area. Within the fjord, and hence within Northeast Greenland National Park, lies Ella Ø (Ella Island). The Danish navy unit called Sirius Sledge Patrol trains here in summer. Muskoxen may also be spotted.
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 of seeing the mysterious aurora borealis.
One of Scoresbysund’s many fjords, this deep fjord, which is also known as Island Fjord, is truly impressive, flanked by towering mountains and dotted with large icebergs.
Touring Røde Oya, or Red Island, rewards with stunning views of white and blue icebergs against a background of soaring red sandstone cliffs. The unexpected contrast makes for striking photos.
Red Fjord, or Rødefjord, is named for the colorful sandstone located on its western side. The stone has been “stained” red by hematite, creating an odd beauty in this part of Greenland.
Revered by many as the most beautiful fjord system in the world, Scoresby Sund is definitely the most extensive. The sound was named by William Scoresby Jr., a whaler, scientist and man of the cloth, who was famed for mapping more than 400 miles (640 km)of Greenland’s coastline.
- Breakfast (8)
- Lunch (8)
- Dinner (7)
Meals13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners
AccommodationHotel (1 night), Expedition cruise ship (12 nights)
Arctic and Antarctic bookings have an increased deposit requirement of 20% of the full voyage cost (before any discount). The balance is due 120 days before departure.
If a booking is cancelled 120 days or more before departure - the cancellation fee is the full loss of the deposit paid.
If a booking is cancelled between 119 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.
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.
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