Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- 8 full days exploring the coast of Greenland
- Diving, snorkeling, SUP and climbing options available
- Single departure in September 2021
- Includes one night in Reykjavik pre-voyage
- Complimentary expedition parker
- Receive a photo-book of your tour when you get home
Day 1: Reykjavik
Land in Iceland's capital, Reykjavik, and take the group transfer to the hotel. You'll then be able to spend the first afternoon relaxing, preparing for embarkation, and getting to know the city.
Day 2: Transfer from Reykjavik to Akureyri
After a leisurely breakfast, you'll check-out and begin your drive on the ring road north headed to Akureyri, Iceland's second largest town. The journey takes approximately six hours, but you'll be travelling on a comfortable coach and get to take in a lot of the country's fascinating landscape along the way. Upon arrival in Akureyri you should also be able to get a feel for this energetic town, which is considered the centre of trade, culture and services for the north of Iceland and is closely linked to educational institutions and cultural events.
It won't be long, however, until you embark your expedition ship ready to set out on the open ocean. You’ll have time to settle into your cabin and say goodbye to Iceland from the observation deck, before the introduction and briefings.
Day 3: At Sea
On this day at sea crossing the Denmark Strait to Greenland, enjoy the start of the presentation program hearing informative lectures and talks from the expert expedition team, which includes naturalists, historians and geologists.
Days 4 to 11: Exploring Greenland's East Coast
The next week will be spent becoming acquainted with the raw and remote treasures of East Greenland, as you explore in expeditionary style and uncover wonders locked in place by drift ice for up to eight months each year. On the approach to East Greenland, there may be sightings of seals and seabirds such as the northern fulmar and migratory Brunch’s guillemots resting on the pack ice. Upon arrival, a host of exploration opportunities open up. The exact landings and activities will be dependent on ice and weather conditions, therefore the experienced expedition team will use their expertise to plan the voyage on a day-to-day basis.
Generally, two landings or Zodiac excursions will be made each day; cruising along spectacular ice cliffs and following whales that are feeding near the surface. You'll experience vast volumes of ice and some of the Arctic’s most impressive scenery – from deep fjords and narrow channels, flanked by sharp ice-clad peaks up to 2,000 metres high, to gigantic icebergs drifting through the fjord system.
The landscape is filled with multi-coloured tundra home to musk oxen and arctic hare, as well as ancient Thule archaeological sites, historical trappers’ huts, and modern Inuit hunters’ cabins. A highlight is a visit to the Inuit village of Ittoqqortoormiit, the most isolated and northernmost permanent settlement in the region, with approximately 450 inhabitants. You'll be able to visit the museum and gift shop, see an abundance of Greenlandic sled dogs, and have the opportunity to meet Inuit people.
Explore Scoresbysund, the largest fjord system in the world – a spectacular place that needs to be seen to be believed. North of Scoresbysund are the Kong Oscar and Kaiser Franz Josef fjords, two of the most significant fjord systems in all of Greenland. We will attempt to enter both, marvelling at the geological beauty of the mountains surrounding the Kong Oskar Fjord and the isolation of the Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord. Thanks to the fertile volcanic soil mountains that protects areas from the strong winds, the whole area is rich in wildlife. Your company may include musk ox, arctic foxes, mountain hares and even reindeer. Look skyward and you could catch a glimpse of birds including glaucous gull, black-legged kittiwake, northern fulmar, common raven and common eider.
Another remote Inuit community that you'll experience is that of Ittoqqortoormiit (Scoresby Town). Here, you can hike across the tundra in search of ancient graveyards and summer villages occupied 3,000 years ago by the Inuit. This area provides excellent opportunities for sea kayaking in its maze of calm, interconnecting waterways, and also the potential to see musk oxen, arctic hare and seals.
Other landings along the east coast may include:
Cape Humboldt – A beautiful bay on Ymer Island. There is a good chance to take a tundra walk and see musk oxen graze, and you'll also want to keep a lookout for Arctic fox and ptarmigan.
Sefstrom Glacier – Adorning the narrow peaked waterway in Alpefjord, here you might enjoy Zodiac cruising and kayaking whilst drinking in the scenery, where colourful Arctic flora adorns the tundra ground.
Sydkap – Offering good walking trails which present you with delight views across the sound. You'll be able to explore the ancient gravesites on the island, or take to the kayaks or Zodiacs to navigate through the lakes and giant icebergs.
Rømer Fjord – Lying roughly 167 kilometres / 104 miles south of Scoresbysund, this fjord is simply stunning with its narrow channels and towering peaks. There are great hiking options in the fjord where flowering tundra plants, scattered bones of whales and musk ox from centuries of hunting by the Inuit, and fumaroles can be found. These are areas where heated groundwater boil to the surface creating bubbling pools and mineral formations as the water reacts with the atmosphere.
Rode Ø island – A glorious place for Zodiac cruising, hiking and kayaking, with its rich red Devonian sandstone geology. Discover the impressive mafic dyke that runs through the east side of the island and witness the glaucous gulls finding perfect perches and nesting sites along the top of the basalt extrusions. Kayak along the maze of icebergs; pillars and arches, caves and peaks that look as though an artist had sculpted them.
Hare Fjord – The scenery here is breathtaking. Walk across the tundra alongside a ravine or Zodiac cruise where you might find musk ox, along with flitting shore birds, seals and a variety of colours in the lush Arctic tundra. Kayakers can enjoy sublime paddling in one of the most remote fjords in the world. Nearby is the spectacular and impressive Ø Fjord, a perfect place for small ship cruising.
Eskimobugt – No one can state the exact age of the neo-Eskimo site at Eskimobugt, but it may only be a few hundred years old. Here you'll really get deep insight into the incredible resourcefulness of the Inuit people, whose men travelled formidable distances by kayak to hunt, and whose women crafted sophisticated garments from animal skins and fur. The historian will share these stories with you as well as explaining the Subterranean winter houses that you'll see dotted around.
Skipperdalen – See some of the most striking sedimentary sandstone, shale and siltstone formations imaginable. The alternating colours and patterns in the layers of rocks defy belief, and the layers of sediment here are estimated to have taken about 4,000 years to be laid down. You can also find the remains of a simple but highly effective wooden fox trap in use by Norwegian trappers in both Greenland and Svalbard from the early 1900s to 1960s. In addition, Skippendalen is a wonderful place to hike and paddle in kayaks.
Day 12: Denmark Strait
As you sail back to Iceland you'll pass through the Denmark Strait once more, granting more opportunities to see whale blows and the many seabirds that trail the ship in the ever present Arctic winds. Enjoy the time to reflect on your recent adventures, share and exchange photos, and soak in the spectacular scenery of East Greenland.
Day 13: Disembark and transfer to Reykjavik
The ship will arrive into Akureyri during the early morning. Upon disembarkation, farewell your expedition team, crew and fellow adventurers before boarding the coach to transfer back to either downtown Reykjavik or the airport. Due to departure flight schedules out of Reykjavik, we recommend that passengers stay overnight in Reykjavik before continuing with your onward international travel arrangements.
NOTE: This itinerary is for guidance only as each voyage will vary depending on ice and weather conditions, and opportunities to see wildlife. Flexibility is key and all part of the adventure of an expeditionary cruise.
About The Ship
- The X-BOW design isn’t only eye-catching, it also means a smoother ride and a lower carbon footprint
- 120 passengers is small for a brand new ship and a highly experienced expedition team of 15 - 18 people will deliver a very personalised experience for all on board
- A great range of cabin categories, 80% of which have balconies
- Small number of passengers and multiple zodiac loading bays means great chance of spontaneity and faster zodiac logistics
- Optional kayaking is always popular, while this is one of only a few ships to also offer scuba diving, polar snorkelling, SUP and rock climbing on selected voyages
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.
This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $7,751 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.
The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups. Please enquire for further details.
Optional Adventure Activities:
Sea Kayaking (AUD $1,520 per person) – basic abilities required, all departures.
Scuba Diving (AUD $1,520 per person) – experienced dry-suiters only, all departures.
Snorkelling (AUD $780 per person) – no experience required, all departures.
Rock Climbing (AUD $1,520 per person) – experienced climbers only, all departures.
Stand-Up Paddleboarding (AUD $670 per person) – no experience required, all departures.
Single Supplement And Child Policy
Single Supplement: For those travelling solo and want their own cabin, the single supplement in a twin cabin is 1.7 times the cost of a single berth. However, there is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin.
Child Policy: At date of embarkation, the minimum age restriction of 8 years and a minimum height and weight requirement of 64 lbs or 29kg and 48” or 1.2 meters must be met.
- Airport transfer to/from Reykjavik (days 1 and 13)
- One night's hotel accommodation and breakfast in Reykjavik on day 1
- Transfer from Reykjavik to Akureyri on day 2
- Transfer from Akureyri to Reykjavik on day 13
- Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
- Accommodation during the voyage on full board basis
- All shore excursions and zodiac activities
- Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
- Access to an onboard doctor and basic medical services
- A 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
- Loan of rubber boots for the voyage's duration
- A printed photo book produced with photos from your voyage
- Comprehensive pre-departure information
- Port taxes and any entry fees to historic landing sites
- Flights to and from points of embarkation/disembarkation
- Any additional pre/post land services, including meals
- Transfers not specific to the itinerary
- Optional adventure activities (e.g. kayaking & diving)
- Visa, passport and any vaccination expenses
- Airport arrival and departure taxes
- Personal travel insurance
- Items of a personal nature (e.g. laundry & beverages)
- Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage