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Scoresby Sund Aurora Borealis Adventure

An inlet system of the Greenland Sea, the Scoresby Sund is the largest and longest fjord system on the planet. The fauna of the region is unusually rich for Greenland and the wildlife we hope to encounter on this voyage include muskox, Arctic Fox, stoat, Mountain Hare and lemming along with numerous species of seabirds. Setting sail from Iceland, we cruise north into the Denmark Sea, before entering Scoresby Sund where we explore it's myriad of inlets and bays. Our vessel will become our floating basecamp, a warm and comfortable haven to return to after adventuring ashore. Whilst at sea we have the opportunity to whale watch and hopefully catch glimpses of the beautiful Aurora Borealis or 'Northern Lights'. This unique voyage takes us to the heart of this wild and beautiful region.

Inclusions

7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
Comfortable cabin accommodation and use of all public areas on cruise
Specialist expedition staff
All shore excursions from the ship including the use of zodiacs
Lectures, videos, slide and film shows and guide services
Medical services (there is a resident medical officer and infirmary on board)
Port taxes and port charges imposed by government authorities
Pre-departure information
Hightlights
Cruising the ice-laden fjords of Greenland's East Coast
Magnificent range of Arctic wildlife
Spectacular glaciers and icebergs
Visit Ittoqqortoormiit
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
8
Price From
AUD $3,900
Start Location
Reykjavik, Arctic
End Location
Arctic
Age Range
Min :14
Group Size
1 to 114
Tour Style
Original
Tour Themes
Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Mild
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
18 Sep 201825 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $3,900
17 Sep 201924 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,900
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
Transfer by bus from Reykjavik hotels in the morning to the ship in Akureyri, where we arrive in the afternoon after six hours drive through North Iceland. In the early evening we leave Iceland and sail north towards the Denmark Strait
Day 2
Sailing north through the Denmark Strait. We are almost certain to see Fulmar, Kittiwake, Gannet and rafts of Common Guillemot. We cross the Arctic Circle and continue north, perhaps seeing whales. In the evening we will spot our first icebergs appear as we approach the east coast of Greenland near Kap Brewster.
Day 3
In the morning we sail along the ragged and glaciated Volquart Boons Coast. Here we may organise a zodiac cruise along one of the glacier fronts of this coast, and have our first landing near a glacier, like Maanegletsjer or in Vikingebugt. Later we land on Danmarks where there are the remains of an Inuit settlement abandoned around 200 years ago. The circular 'tent rings' of stones indicate the summer houses, while the winter houses can be seen closer to a small cape. The sites are well preserved, allowing entrances and even bear-proof meat caches to be identified. There are also grave sites. In the evening we continue our sailing through the beautiful fjords to the west, choked with icebergs.
Day 4
We go ashore at Cape Hofmann Halv , a reliable spot for viewing Musk Oxen. We may also spot Rock Ptarmigan and at sea Great Northern Diver. The landscape here is particularly beautiful, especially during autumn when the Dwarf Willow and Dwarf Birch change colour. Arctic Blueberry and Crowberry add their own colourful touch - the berries are tasty too! In the evening we sail through the fjord towards Scoresby Land enjoying the contrast between the warm autumnal colours of the vegetation on shore, backed by huge dark mountains, and the cold blue of the icebergs.
Day 5
On our way to Sydkap in Scoresby Land in the morning, we encounter huge icebergs, some over 100 m high and more than a kilometre in length. Most of the bergs are grounded as the fjord is only about 400 m deep here. We land near Sydkap to view the remains of the Thule culture winter houses. As many as 20 people lived in these tiny houses, hunting Greenland Whale and using their vertebrae to build the houses. The landscape here is gently undulating. Musk Oxen and Collared Lemming - survive on the meager vegetation.
Day 6
In the morning we land at a lagoon at the south coast of Jameson Land, an area with waders and geese collecting for the autumn migration. The landscape here is gently undulating. Musk Oxen and Collared Lemming - survive on the meagre vegetation. In the afternoon we visit Ittoqqortoormiit, the biggest settlement near Scoresby Sund with about 400 inhabitants. At the post office you can buy stamps for your postcards, or just wander around to see the sledge dogs and the drying skins of seals, Musk Oxen and Polar Bear.
Day 7
We will spend the whole day at sea, and have splendid opportunities to see large whales and seabird migration and, in the night, the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).
Day 8
In the morning we will arrive in Akureyri, and you will be transferred by chartered bus (6 hours drive) through North Iceland to your hotel in Reykjavik.