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Scoresby Sund Explorer

from £5364 excluding flights

  • 8-10 nights
  • Aug-Sep
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Highlights

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Cruise past vast icebergs and spectacular gorges

Exploring East Greenland by Zodiac

Enjoy daily Zodiac cruises for in-depth exploration

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Look out for land animals such as musk ox

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Search for the majestic polar bear

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Visit Ittoqqortoormiit, the most northerly settlement on Greenland's east coast

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Possibly witness the magical northern lights

Why this trip...

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Choice of vessels

We offer a wide choice of small ships from simple budget-conscious options to purpose-built luxury vessels

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Expertly guided

In-depth knowledge and expertise will enrich your experience on this trip

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Immersive exploration

Immerse yourself in your surroundings on a true exploration of remote and spectacular areas

Overview

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 an expedition cruise offers the perfect way to explore these ancient icy waterways.

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 witness mighty icebergs, remote Inuit communities and a wealth of Arctic bird species. You may also spot polar bears and narwhals along the way as well as musk ox on land.

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.

Itinerary

Board your ship in Akureyri, North Iceland in the afternoon. After a welcome briefing set sail 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.

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.

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.

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Spend a whole day ashore in Harefjord scouting for musk oxen, 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.

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.

Ittoqqortoormiit settlement, Scoresby Sund
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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.

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.

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

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, i.e. alternative embarkation or disembarkation ports, or include a pre-voyage hotel night. Please speak to our Travel Specialists for specific details.

Vessel Finder

There are a choice of vessels available for this voyage. Compare the facilities of up to three ships at a glance then talk to our Travel Specialists who will be happy to advise which one is right for you.

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M/V Hondius

The M/V Hondius is one of the strongest vessels of its category in the polar regions.

  • Passengers: 174
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Rubber Boots: Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional Activities
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M/V Plancius

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

  • Passengers: 116
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Rubber Boots: Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional Activities
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Sea Spirit

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

  • Passengers: 114
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Balcony Cabins
  • Jacket: Jacket to keep
  • Rubber Boots: Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional Activities
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Ocean Adventurer

An attractive ice-strengthened vessel, the Ocean Adventurer features plenty of outside deck space making this a great choice for a polar adventure.

  • Passengers: 132
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Jacket: Jacket to keep
  • Rubber Boots: Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional Activities

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Prices and Departures

Price from £5364 excluding flights

Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.
Note: Airfares tend to be cheaper the earlier you book.

★ Voyage prices shown are standard for twin cabins but you can be assured that any relevant offers will be applied with your quote.

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

2024 Departures

Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin. The indicative prices shown in the table below are the standard voyage fare and do not reflect any applicable special offers or discounts. Single, triple and quad cabins are also available. Please get in touch for a tailored quote based on the best available price for your preferred voyage and cabin type.

Departure Duration Vessel Activities Prices from (pp)
31 Aug 2024 9 days Plancius £5,364
01 Sep 2024 11 days Sea Spirit £8,595
07 Sep 2024 9 days Hondius £5,364
10 Sep 2024 11 days Sea Spirit £8,595
11 Sep 2024 9 days Ortelius £5,364
20 Sep 2024 12 days Ocean Adventurer £11,400

2025 Departures

Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin. The indicative prices shown in the table below are the standard voyage fare and do not reflect any applicable special offers or discounts. Single, triple and quad cabins are also available. Please get in touch for a tailored quote based on the best available price for your preferred voyage and cabin type.

Departure Duration Vessel Activities Prices from (pp)
26 Aug 2025 11 days Ocean Explorer £10,200
04 Sep 2025 11 days Ocean Explorer £10,200
05 Sep 2025 10 days Hondius £6,773
13 Sep 2025 11 days Ocean Explorer £9,800
15 Sep 2025 12 days Sea Spirit £9,495
22 Sep 2025 11 days Ocean Explorer £9,200

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  • Diving
  • Kayak taster session
  • Kayaking
  • Photography

Note

A pre-voyage night in a hotel in Reykjavik is included on voyages aboard the Sea Spirit and Ocean Adventurer.

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