Scoresby Sund – Aurora Borealis

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From $3,900 USD
September 11 - September 18, 2017
8 Days / 7 Nights

Adventure voyage on the m/v Plancius to East Greenland. Cruise from Akureyri along the east coast of Greenland through Scoresby Sund, view Aurora Borealis.

Overview

Join an adventure voyage on the mv Plancius, cruising from Akureyri / Iceland north through the Denmark Strait. Land on land Danmarkso and Cape Hofmann Halvo; sail through the fjord towards Scoresby Land, enjoy warm autumn colors of the vegetation on shore. En route to Sydkap in Scoresby Land we encounter huge icebergs, some over 100 m high; perhaps view the mystical Aurora borealis. Visit Ittoqqortoormiit, the biggest settlement near Scoresby Sund.

Operation

September 11 - September 18, 2017

Departure

PLA 16 D, September 11 - September 18, 2017, 7 nights PLA17 B D P, September 18 - September 25, 2017, 7 nights

Price

  • from $3,900 per person in Quadruple Porthole cabin
  • Special discount!
  • from $3,100 per person in Quadruple Porthole cabin
  • Quadruple Porthole
  • $3,900
  • Quadruple Porthole
  • $3,100
  • Triple Porthole
  • $4,700
  • Triple Porthole
  • request
  • Twin Porthole
  • $5,540
  • Twin Porthole
  • $4,450
  • Twin Window
  • $5,800
  • Twin Window
  • $4,650
  • Twin Deluxe
  • $6,150
  • Twin Deluxe
  • request
  • Superior
  • $6,850
  • Superior
  • $5,540

m/v Plancius, rates in USD. m/v Plancius, Special discounted rates in USD, applies new bookings only.

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 and leadership by experienced expedition staff
  • Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes
  • On East Greenland - Scoresby Sund voyage: transfer and baggage handeling between hotels in Reykjavik and ship in Akureyri and v.v. 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 strongly recommended)
  • 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)
  • $25 Service fee

Please note

  • The ice conditions will determine the sailing plan, subject to change.
  • All rates are quoted per person in US Dollar, based on twin occupancy. US Dollar rates apply for all sales within 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 50 participants on the Antarctic Dream, 70 participants on the Plancius and 14 participants on the Noorderlicht.
  • Twin non private and Twin private cabins are available for single occupancy 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 Dollar 25 per passenger per night, to be paid by the contracting party of Oceanwide Expeditions.

Tour Options

  • Bilingual: English – German
  • Diving. Group size: 8 - 24 divers, USD 500 pp supplement

Day 1 REYKJAVIK - AKUREYRI

We transfer by bus from Hotel Reykjavik Centrum, Adalstraeti 16 in Reykjavik 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.

Day 2 AT SEA - 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 - DANMARKS O

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 Mane Glacier or in Vikingebugt. Later we land on Danmarkso 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 HOFMAN HALVO - SCORESBY LAND

We go ashore at Cape Hofman Halvo, 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 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.

Day 5 SYDKAP - 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 JAMESON LAND - ITTOQQORTOOMIiT

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 meagre 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 AT SEA - AURORA BOREALIS

The whole day at sea offers excellent opportunities to see large whales and seabird migration and, at night in the clear Arctic sky, the Aurora borealis, the mystical Northern Lights.

Day 8 AKUREYRI - REYKJAVIK

Arrive at Akureyri, and transfer by chartered bus to to Hotel Reykjavik Centrum, Adalstraeti 16 in Reykjavik (6 hours).

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