Scoresby Sund Explorer

from £4364
excluding flights *
7, 10 nights Sep


The great fjord system of East Greenland’s Scoresby Sund extends 350 kilometres inland and boasts truly spectacular scenery. This is the world's longest and widest fjord and this expedition cruise offers the perfect way to explore these ancient icy waterways.


  • Cruise past vast icebergs in Scoresby Sund and explore this ancient fjord system   
  • Marvel at spectacular gorges with sheer cliffs plummeting to depths of more than 3000 metres   
  • Visit the tiny village of Ittoqqortoormiit, the most northerly settlement on Greenland’s east coast
  • Keep watch for the Aurora Borealis dancing overhead

What's Included

  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • Shore landings & Zodiac cruises
  • Experienced Expedition Team
  • Presentations on board

Full description

This fabulous itinerary provides the chance to experience the beautiful and remote fjords of East Greenland. Daily Zodiac cruises and shore excursions will offer the chance to discover mighty icebergs, remote Inuit communities and a wealth of Arctic bird species. You may also spot polar bears and narwhals along the way.

During the voyage your expedition team will provide informative presentations about the formation of the surrounding landscapes, as well as the history, flora and fauna of East Greenland. Head out on deck after dark to listen to the creaking icebergs, and you may also be lucky enough to witness the northern lights dancing across the night sky.

Special Interest Departures

Take a look at the 'Special Guest Lecturer' section for details about select departures that will be accompanied by leading experts and guest lecturers.

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Prices & Dates *


Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

2020 Departures - prices are per person, based on a twin cabin

Departure Duration Vessel Activities Prices from (pp) Special Interest
06 Sep 2020 11 days Sea Spirit £6,956 Guest lecturer: Melanie Windridge
13 Sep 2020 8 days M/V Plancius £4,364 German translator on-board
14 Sep 2020 8 days M/V Hondius £4,364 Hiking
15 Sep 2020 11 days Sea Spirit £6,956 Guest lecturer: Melanie Windridge
18 Sep 2020 8 days M/V Ortelius £4,634

Activity Key:


Photography Workshop

2021 Departures - prices are per person, based on a twin cabin

Departure Duration Vessel Activities Prices from (pp) Special Interest
06 Sep 2021 11 days Sea Spirit £6,795
07 Sep 2021 9 days M/V Plancius £5,000 German translator on-board
12 Sep 2021 9 days M/V Hondius £5,000 Hiking
15 Sep 2021 11 days Sea Spirit £6,795

Activity Key:


Photography Workshop

What's Included

  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • Tea & coffee available around the clock
  • All Zodiac transfers, cruising & shore landings
  • Presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers
  • 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
  • Full financial protection »
  • A pre-voyage night in a hotel in Reykjavik is included on voyages aboard the Sea Spirit

Itinerary & Vessels

Itinerary & Vessels

Day 1: Embarkation in Akureyri, Iceland

You will embark your ship in Akureyri, Northern Iceland, this afternoon. After a welcome briefing your expedition will begin as you head towards Greenland.
Please note that an optional group transfer from central Reykjavik to Akureyri is available. This is a 6-hour drive departing in the morning, and must be requested at the time of booking.

Day 2: At sea

Sail west between magnificent icebergs that drift down the Hall Basin after calving from the glaciers originating in the Inland Ice. Anchor at Hekla Havn, on Denmark Ø, the site of an old Inuit settlement and wintering camp of the first scientific expedition to Scoresby Sound over a hundred years ago. Enjoy a short evening walk to explore Hekla Havn and the surrounding area.

Days 3-5: Scoresby Sund

On arrival at Scoresby Sund today there may be the opportunity for a Zodiac cruise past one of the many glacier faces, or a visit to the basalt columns and ice formations of Vikingebugt. Later continue to Danmark Island, where you 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.
Your exploration of Scoresby Sund will be dictated by local weather, sea and ice conditions, but possibly highlights may include a Zodiac cruise near Røde Ø, where the austere blue-white of vast icebergs makes sharp contrast against the brooding red backdrop of the sediment slopes. Cruising through the northern parts of Røde Fjord could provide the chance to see musk ox. Landing near Sydkap you may find Arctic hares, whilst your journey through the fjords will reveal colossal icebergs, some over 100 meters (328 feet) high and more than a kilometre (.62 mile) long.

Day 4: Harefjord

Spend a whole day ashore in Harefjord scouting for muskoxen, snow hares, grouse, geese and other wildlife, which normally graze on the south facing slopes. You can choose to join an easy to moderate hike (approx 6-7 hours) with a lunch break at the top of a ridge offering breath-taking views over Harefjord where the glacier tongues descend into the sea. Those who prefer less exercise can stroll at the coast or stay on board enjoying the view. In the evening the crew will make a bonfire and prepare BBQ at the rocky beach.

Day 6: Ittoqqortoormiit

Today’s destination is Ittoqqortoormiit, the largest settlement in the region with about 500 inhabitants. An afternoon ashore will give you the chance to see how the locals live in this remote Arctic outpost, surrounded by sled dogs and drying skins of seals and musk ox. Later you will cruise south, passing the picturesque landscapes of the Blosseville Coast.

Day 6: Jyttes Havn

The day is spent hiking in and around Jyttes Havn in Bear Islands - one of the most picturesque anchorages in Scoresby Sound. There is a choice of a longer or shorter hike in the Bear Islands, or on the northernmost tip of Milneland, a short zodiac ride away. Jyttes Havn is the place to try your skills at sea swimming at 71°N and temperatures can be as surprising as 13°C in the summertime. In the evening we offer a nice meal on board and then a cosy bonfire on the beach with story telling or singing.

Day 7: Turner Sound and Rømer Fjord

Turner Sound and Rømer Fjord feature fewer icebergs offering the chance to sail further into the fjords. Around this area is your best opportunity for spotting narwhals and polar bears.

Day 8: At sea

A final day crossing open sea may bring more whales and seabirds, and perhaps the magical northern lights too.

Day 9: Disembarkation in Akureyri, Iceland

Returning to Akureyri you will disembark this morning, bidding farewell to your fellow explorers. Please note that an optional group transfer from Akureyri to central Reykjavik is available. This 6-hour drive must be requested at the time of booking.


  • 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!
  • The above sample itinerary is based on the 9-day voyage on the M/V Hondius. Other departures may vary in duration and routing, ie alternative embarkation or disembarkation ports, or include a pre-voyage hotel night. Please contact us for specific details.

Sea Spirit


Grade: Superior

Type: Expedition Ship

This all-suite vessel couples adventure with spacious accommodation and a friendly atmosphere.

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M/V Hondius


Grade: Deluxe

Type: Expedition Ship

New for 2019, the M/V Hondius is one of the strongest vessels of its category in the polar regions.

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M/V Plancius


Grade: Simple

Type: Expedition Ship

The M/V Plancius is a traditional ex-research vessel, with proven experience in icy waters.

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M/V Ortelius


Grade: Simple

Type: Expedition Ship

A former scientific-research vessel, the Ortelius offers the classic small ship experience.

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Special Guest Lecturer

Join Dr. Melanie Windridge in Greenland!

On board the Sea Spirit: 06 & 15 September 2020

This departure will be accompanied by guest lecturer, Melanie Windridge, PhD, who is a plasma physicist, speaker and writer with a taste for adventure. Melanie is the author of "Aurora: In Search of the Northern Lights", which investigates the science of the Aurora against a backdrop of travel that also illuminates the places, landscapes and stories of the Northern Lights. Melanie believes that science and exploration go hand in hand; she loves the mountains and in 2018 she climbed Mount Everest.

You can find out more about Melanie's passion for the Aurora in our exclusive interview here

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