East Greenland Explorer: Icebergs & Northern Lights

By day explore East Greenland’s ice choked fjords, spot musk oxen and visit the remains of Inuit settlements, while evenings in late summer provide good chances to experience the Northern Lights. A comfortable, but not luxurious, 116 passenger expedition ship provides an ideal basecamp. September departures only.

8 Days

$4,228

East Greenland Explorer: Icebergs & Northern Lights - 8 - $4,228

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 4 full days exploring East Greenland
  • Starts & finishes in Reykjavik
  • Embarkation in northern Iceland means less time at sea
  • We like this ship’s electric propulsion engine for its quietness
  • Scuba diving (additional cost)

Start from Reykjavik and end at Reykjavik

Landmarks visited on East Greenland Explorer: Icebergs & Northern Lights

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: On the Iceland Road

Your journey begins in the morning, where by request you can transfer via chartered bus from Radhus Reykjavikur / city hall in Vonarstraeti in Reykjavik (the meeting point) to the ship in Akureyri (the embarkation point). You arrive in the afternoon after a six-hour drive through northern Iceland. 

PLEASE NOTE: This transfer is supplemented, and must be booked and paid for in advance. In the early evening the ship departs from the port of Akureyri, sailing north toward the Denmark Strait.


Day 2: Sea Life on the Move

While sailing north you likely see fulmars, kittiwakes, gannets, and common guillemots. You then cross the Arctic Circle, possibly spotting whales. By evening the first icebergs flash into sight with the approach of the east Greenland coast, near Brewster.


Day 3: Inuit Neighborhood of Yesteryear

Today you reach Scoresbysund, sailing along the glaciated Volquart Boons Kyst. You can also enjoy a Zodiac cruise along one of the glacier fronts, along with a visit to the basalt columns and ice formations of Vikingebugt. Later you'll land on Danmark Island, where you'll find the remains of an Inuit settlement abandoned around 200 years ago.

The circular stone tent rings indicate the summer houses, while the winter houses can be seen closer to a small cape. The sites are well preserved, with easy identifiable entrances, bear-proof meat caches, and grave sites. In the evening you continue sailing the berg-crowded fjords to the west.


Day 4: Colors of the Cape

The goal is a Zodiac cruise near Rode O, one of the world's most cherished iceberg attractions: The austere blue-white of the icebergs sets sharp against the brooding red backdrop of the sediment slopes. The afternoon plan is to sail through the northern parts of Rode Fjord, with the chance to see musk oxen and warm autumnal foliage.


Day 5: Enormous Bergs, Arctic Haress

In the morning you encounter colossal icebergs, some over 100 meters (328 feet) high and more than a kilometer (.62 mile) long. Most of them are grounded, as the fjord is only about 400 meters (1,312 feet) deep. You then land near Sydkap, with fine views of Hall Bredning and a good shot of seeing Arctic hares.


Day 6: Scoresbysund Settlement

Stopping at a lagoon on the south coast of Jameson Land, you encounter waders and geese gathering for the autumn migration. Musk oxen and collared lemming survive on the sparse vegetation here. Later in the day you visit Ittoqqortoormiit, the largest settlement near Scoresbysund - about five hundred inhabitants. At the post office you can buy stamps for your postcards, or just stroll around to see the sled dogs and drying skins of seals and musk oxen.


Day 7: Under the Northern Lights

A day at sea grants you winning opportunities to spot whales and seabirds - and at night, the magical northern lights.


Day 8: Journey's End in Akureyri

Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. You disembark in Akureyri, where on request you can transfer by chartered bus - a six-hour drive that you must book in advance - to Radhus Reykjavikur / city hall in Vonarstraeti in Reykjavik. The memories made on this voyage will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.



PLEASE NOTE: All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. The on-board expedition leader determines the final itinerary. Average cruising speed for m/v Plancius is 10,5 knots.

About The Ship

  • A 3-4* vessel suitable for up to 116 guests
  • Contemporary feel after 2009 re-build
  • A quiet diesel-electric propulsion system
  • 1D ice class rating
  • Rubber boots are provided on loan
Alex Mudd

I like this ship’s modern, contemporary styling - comfortable without being fussy - and her quiet engine.

Alex Mudd General Manager

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Prices quoted below are per person based on 2 people sharing. Cabin availability changes all the time so please contact us for up-to-date details and information on specific cabin availability.

Quad
Triple
Twin Porthole
Twin Window
Twin Deluxe
Superior
August 2019
24-Aug-2019 Full Full Full Full Full Full
September 2019
4-Sep-2019 Full Full Full Full Full Full
14-Sep-2019 Full Full Full Full Full Full
15-Sep-2019 Full Full Full Full Full Full
17-Sep-2019 $4,228* $5,256 $6,056 $6,513 $6,970 $7,884
25-Sep-2019 Full Full Full Full Full Full
October 2019
5-Oct-2019 Full Full Full Full Full Full

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in EUR (€) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost €3700

Additional note

The 18 Sep 2018 trip is a bilingual voyage (German and English)


Single Supplement & Child Policy

For those travelling solo and want their own cabin, the single supplement is 1.7 times the cost of a single berth, please contact us for details. However, there is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin.

Child Policy: Children aged 10 years old or over are welcome. On select departures, children under 16 may receive a 40 % discount, please contact us for details.


Includes

  • Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
  • Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme
  • AECO fees and governmental taxes
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material

Excludes

  • Flights to & from points of embarkation/disembarkation
  • Any additional services before & after your voyage
  • Transfers not specific to the itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional adventure activities
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Items of a personal nature: laundry, beverages, etc
  • Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage
  • Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)

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