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$ 4900

Scoresby Sund and Aurora Borealis

min $ 4900
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Destinations: Reykjavík, Akureyri
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 4900
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Tour Dates

Sep 18 - Sep 25, 2018 (8 days)View Pricing Chart


Day 1 — Transfer from Reykjavik to Akurery and embark

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.

Note: In 2018, the transfer is by request, supplemented, and must be booked and paid for in advance.

Day 2 — Sailing through the Denmark Strait

At sea, 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 — Volquart Boons Coast

In the morning we sail along the ragged and glaciated Volquart Boons Coast. Here we may organize a zodiac cruise along one of the glacier fronts of this coast, and have our first landing near a glacier, like Måne Glacier or in Vikingebugt. Later we land on Danmarks Ø 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 — Cape Hofmann Halvø

We go ashore at Cape Hofmann Halvø, 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 color. Arctic Blueberry and Crowberry add their own colorful touch - the berries are tasty too! In the evening we sail through the fjord towards Scoresby Land enjoying the contrast between the warm autumnal colors of the vegetation on shore, backed by huge dark mountains, and the cold blue of the icebergs.

Day 5 — Sydkap in Scoresby Land

On our way to Sydkap in Scoresby Land in the morning we encounter huge icebergs, some over 100 m high and more than a kilometer 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.

Day 6 — South coast of Jameson Land

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 meager 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 — Aurora borealis (Northern Lights)

The whole day at sea offers excellent opportunities to see large whales and seabird migration and, at night, the Aurora borealis (Northern Lights).

Day 8 — Arrival at Akureyri and disembark, with transfer to Reykjavik

Arrive at Akureyri, and transfer by chartered bus to our hotel in Reykjavik (6 hours).

Note: In 2018, the transfer is by request, supplemented, and must be booked and paid for in advance.

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* Itinerary may be subject to change

All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Polar Cruises
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