Spitsbergen - Northeast Greenland - Aurora

Spitsbergen - Northeast Greenland - Aurora– Spitsbergen, Greenland, Arctic Ocean –13 days / 12 nights, Longyearbyen - Raudfjord - Myggebugten - Blomster Bugt - Antarcticahavn - Scoresby Sund - Cape Hofmann Halvø - Scoresby Land - Ittoqqortoormiut - AkureyriCruise on the mv Plancius to astounding fjords of East Greenland, where we may encounter Polar Bears, and view the Northern Lights in clear Arctic autumn nights! Scoresby Sund, the world's largest fjord system, stretches more than 200 miles, is over 1500 meters deep, extending to the edge of the inland ice cap. Near the mouth of the fjord lies the main settlement Ittoqqortoormiit with 400 inhabitants, one of the most isolated communities in the world.

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Operation September 6 - September 18, 2016
Departure PLA16 B, September 6 - 18, 2016, LYR - Akureyri - RKV, 12 nights
Price from $6,000 per person, Quadruple Porthole
Included Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea
All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac
Program of lectures by noted naturalists
Experienced expedition staff
Free use of rubber boots and snow shoes
On Northeast Greenland voyages: Transfer and baggage handling between ship in Akureyri and hotels in Reykjavik by coach (5 hours)
All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
AECO fees and governmental taxes
Comprehensive pre-departure material
Not Included Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
Pre- and post land arrangements
Transfers to / from the vessel outside Spitsbergen
Passport and visa expenses
Government arrival and departure taxes
Meals ashore
Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is mandatory)
Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges
Customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided)
Service fee $25
Please Note All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions and in order to take advantage of opportunities to see wildlife. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.

All rates are quoted per person in US Dollar, based on twin occupancy. US Dollar rates apply for all sales outside Europe. 5% Discount will be granted for bookings for one or more consecutive voyages.
Please note that all dates & rates are subject to change. All voyages will operate subject to a minimum of 70 participants on Plancius, 60 participants on Ortelius.

Single occupancy: All cabin types at 1.7 times the share price.

It is agreed that if world fuel prices will reach or exceed US Dollar 120 per Barrel Brent, 90 days prior to departure Oceanwide Expeditions reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge of US $25 per passenger per night for bookings outside Europe, to be paid by the contracting party of Oceanwide Expeditions.
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Day 1 LONGYEARBYEN / SPITSBERGEN Arrive in Longyearbyen, on Spitsbergen, the administrative capital of the Spitsbergen archipelago of which West Spitsbergen is the largest island. Before embarking there is an opportunity to visit this former mining village. The Parish Church and the Polar Museum are well worth visiting. In the early evening the ship will sail out of Isfjorden.

Day 2 RAUDFJORD - MOFFEN ISLAND We sail into Raudfjord on the north coast of West Spitsbergen, a beautiful fjord with spectacular glaciers. It is home to Ringed and Bearded Seal, seabird colonies and a surprisingly rich vegetation. We have good chances to see Polar Bear, for instance near Hamilton Glacier, or more to the head of the fjord. From there we continue to Moffen Island on which Walrus haul out.

The highlights of Day 2: Chances to see Polar Bears & Seals

Day 3 - 4 AT SEA - EAST GREENLAND At sea, on our way to Greenland, we may see the edge of the East Greenland sea-ice. We keep watch for whales, and also for migrating seabirds.

Day 5 MYGGE BUGTEN - FRANZ JOSEPH FJORD Approaching Greenland we will attempt to sail through the sea ice into Foster Bugt, making our first landing at Myggebugten. Beyond the old hunters' hut (in the first half of last century Norwegian trappers hunted here for Polar Bear and Arctic Fox) there is an extensive tundra populated by Musk Oxen. The small lakes are home to geese. We sail through Kaiser Franz Joseph Fjord, a magnificent fjord with towering mountains on both sides, its inner reaches choked with huge icebergs. An alternative is Sofia Sund, which is much narrower, and where we can see Musk Oxen from the ship.

The highlights of Day 5: Sailing through Kaiser Franz Joseph Fjord

Day 6 BLOMSTER BUGT - ELLA Ø We will land at Blomster Bugt to view the beautiful geological formations. Arctic Hare are usually seen here, and there is a lake with Great Northern Diver and their young. In the afternoon we sail along Teufelschloss and Ella Ø and may land at a beautiful spot in the early evening.

The highlights of Day 6: Beautiful geological formations / Arctic Hare

Day 7 ANTARCTICA HAVN The first half of the day we spend in Antarcticahavn, a wide and extensive valley where we also could see groups of Musk Oxen. At this time of year the autumnal colours of the sparse vegetation make the landscapes even more beautiful.

The highlights of Day 7: Colourful tundra / See Musk Oxen

Day 8 SCORESBY SUND - DANMARK Ø Today we reach the Scoresby Sund and sail in the morning along the ragged and glaciated Volquart Boons. Here we may organise a zodiac cruise along one of the glacier fronts of this coast, and have our first landing near for instance Maane Glacier.

Later we land on Danmark,Ø where we find 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 9 CAPE HOFMANN HALVØ We go ashore at Cape Hofmann Halvø, a reliable spot for viewing Musk Oxen. We may also spot Rock Ptarmigan and Great Northern Diver at sea. 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.

The highlights of Day 9: Warm autumnal colours of the vegetation and cold blue icebergs, view Musk Oxen

Day 10 NORTHWEST FJORD - SCORESBY LAND - SYDKAP In Northwest fjord in Scoresby Land in the morning, we encounter huge icebergs, some over 100m high and more than a kilometer in length. Most of the bergs are grounded as the fjord is only about 400m 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. We may also land at Gurreholm on Jameson Land. The landscape here is gently undulating.

Day 11 ITTOQQORTOORMIUT - BLOSSEVILLE COAST In the morning we land at Ittoqqortoormiut, the biggest settlement in the Scoresby Sund with about 500 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 Seal, Musk Ox and Polar Bear. After dinner we will sail south passing the amazing landscape of the Blosseville Coast.

The highlights of Day 11: Landing at Ittoqqortoormiut

Day 12 AT SEA - AURORA BOREALIS We will spend the whole day at sea and will have splendid opportunities to see large whales and seabird migration and, in the clear Arctic night, the Aurora Borealis - the magical Northern Lights.

Day 13 AKUREYRI - REYKJAVIK In the morning we arrive in Akureyri and are taken by a chartered bus during a 6 hours drive through North Iceland to our hotels in Reykjavik.

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