Greenland Northern Lights Cruise

from £6800
excluding flights *
9 nights Sep

Overview

As the Arctic summer turns into autumn, take a voyage and discover Greenland's extensive coastline. With spectacular fjords and some incredible icebergs, it is best explored by ship. This exciting itinerary also offers the chance to spend plenty of time ashore, with a variety of walking, hiking, and trekking excursions included. Throw in a good chance of seeing the aurora borealis and this can't fail to be a memorable adventure!

Highlights

  • Explore Scorseby Sund, the world's largest fjord system
  • Cruise among giant icebergs
  • Chance to see musk oxen, whales and other wildlife
  • Spend time with local Inuit communities
  • Hike on remote Arctic tundra

What's Included

  • A pre- and post-voyage night in a hotel in Reykjavik
  • Return flights from Reykjavik to Constable Point
  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • Shore landings & Zodiac cruises
  • Experienced Expedition Team
  • Presentations on board
  • Expedition jacket – yours to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots during voyage

Full description

Over 80% of Greenland is covered by an ice sheet. Over millions of years, the weight and movements of this sheet have led to the creation of some of the most spectacular scenery on earth and the Greenland coast is also home to the Arctic's most diverse iceberg landscape.

During this voyage, the aim is to spend as much time on land as possible to allow you to explore, take time to take photographs, or just soak up the incredible sights. By departing in September it should be possible to take advantage of the optimum atmospheric conditions which produce the famous aurora borealis, or northern lights. With some luck, you should see this fantastic light display at least a couple of times over the course of the trip.

In addition, the voyage will also focus on an active exploration of Greenland. This tour offers once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to hike some of the most pristine wilderness on the planet, as well as enjoying close encounters with wildlife and the chance to meet some of the local Inuits who call this remote coastline home.

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2019 Departures

Departure Duration Vessel Activities Prices from (pp)
02 Sep 2019 10 days Ocean Nova £6,800
09 Sep 2019 10 days Ocean Nova £6,800
16 Sep 2019 10 days Ocean Nova £6,800
23 Sep 2019 10 days Ocean Nova £6,800

Activity Key:
Kayaking

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What's Included

  • A pre- and post-voyage night in a hotel in Reykjavik
  • Return flights from Reykjavik to Constable Point
  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • All Zodiac transfers, cruising & shore landings
  • Presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers
  • Expedition jacket – yours to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots during voyage
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Itinerary & Vessels

Itinerary & Vessels

Day 1: Reykjavik, Iceland

Your adventure begins with an overnight stay in thoroughly-modern Reykjavik, the world's northernmost capital city.

Day 2: Reykjavik - Constable Point, Embarkation

Today you will board a flight to Constable Point in East Greenland, where you will embark the ship and settle into your home for the days ahead.

Day 3: Apelfjord

Cruise through the breathtaking Alpefjord exploring on land and by Zodiac through a multitude of fjords and sounds boasting many dazzling icebergs. Be on the lookout for arctic fox and musk ox, which roam free here.

Days 4: Brogetdal and Watershausen Glacier

Multi-hued mountains surround Brogetdal, which was originally called “painted valley,” and later translated to mean “multicoloured valley.” You’ll view colourful vistas, and fascinating geology. Later, you’ll travel to the impressive and rarely visited Waltershausen Glacier, an imposing ice floe at the head of Nordfjord, named after German explorer Baron Wolfgang Sartorius von Waltershausen, after his failed 1869 attempt to reach the North Pole via East Greenland.

Day 5: Blomsterbugten and Renbugten

Blomsterbugten, the “Bay of Flowers,” is home to beautiful purple and gold rocks that you’ll view from a distance, or on a hike for those who wish. Later, continue to Renbugten, called “Reindeer Bay” for the herd of 12 reindeer seen on one of the first expeditions to the area. Arctic hare are a common and delightful sight in this area.

Day 6: Ella Oya (Ella Island)

Ella Oya is a hiker’s paradise. The area is surrounded by ice-choked waters, rugged cliffs and sky-blue icebergs. Challenge yourself with a climb to the top of the island - the views are worth it.

Day 7: Ittoqqortoormiit and Hall Bredning

At the start of Scoresby Sund, Itoqqortoormiit is East Greenland’s most northerly community and boasts a blend of traditional and modern lifestyles. With clear skies, you’ll have a great opportunity to see the northern lights. You can also support local Inuit artisans by purchasing unique handicrafts. Your time here is spent bonding with the Inuit people and gaining an appreciation of their way of life. Later, you will see huge icebergs - larger than football fields, taller than apartment buildings - crossing Hall Bredning, part of Scoresby Sund.

Day 8: Frederiksdal and Sydkap

Sailing on, deeper into Scoresby Sund you’ll encounter massive icebergs and an ancient Thule settlement as you approach Sydkap. The scenery here is unforgettable, with towering mountain sides and hundreds of monumental icebergs playing tricks with your sense of perception.

Day 9: Disembarkation at Constable Point

Arrive at Constable Point and disembark the ship. Sit back and enjoy your charter flight from Constable Point to Reykjavik, the vibrant and artistic capital of Iceland. Overnight in your comfortable Reykjavik hotel.

Day 10: Depart Reykjavik

Make your own way to the airport for your return flight home, or spend some extra time in Reykjavik - you’ll be amazed at the variety of attractions and must-see places of interests Iceland has to offer.

Notes

All voyage itineraries are intended as a guideline only - embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy of expedition travel. Actual routes and landings will be dependent on weather, sea and ice conditions. A degree of flexibility is essential in the polar regions!

Ocean Nova

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Grade: Simple

Type: Expedition Ship

The Ocean Nova is one of our smaller ships, simple and practical with fresh modern style.

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