Scoresby Sund – Aurora Borealis

Explorer CruiseIceland and Greenland

From $3,900 USD
September 18 - September 25, 2018
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.


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.


September 18 - September 25, 2018


PLA 17 BDK, September 18 - September 25, 2018, 7 nights


from $3,900 per person in Quadruple Porthole cabin

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m/v Plancius, rates in USD


  • 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
  • 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
  • Transfer supplement for bus between Akureyri (ship) and Radhus Reykjavikur / city hall in Vonarstraeti and v.v. (6 hours)
  • 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
  • Kayaking: Group size: min. 4, max. 14 kayakers, USD 415 pp 


On the Icelandic Road
Your journey begins in the morning, where by request you can transfer via chartered bus from Radhus Reykjavikur / city hall in Vonarstraeti in Reykjavik (the meeting point) to the ship in  Akureyri (the embarkation point). You arrive in the afternoon after a six-hour drive through northern Iceland.

PLEASE NOTE: This transfer is supplemented, and must be booked and paid for in advance. In the early evening the ship departs from the port of Akureyri, sailing north toward the Denmark Strait.


Sea Life on the Move
While sailing north you likely see fulmars, kittiwakes, gannets, and common guillemots. You then cross the Arctic Circle, possibly spotting whales. By evening the first icebergs flash into sight with the approach of the east Greenland coast, near Brewster. 


Inuit Neighborhood of Yesteryear
Today you reach Scoresbysund, sailing along the glaciated Volquart Boons Kyst. You may also enjoy a Zodiac cruise along one of the glacier fronts, along with a visit to the basalt columns  and ice formations of Vikingebugt. Later you land on 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. In the evening you continue sailing the berg-crowded fjords to the west. 


Colors of the Cape
The goal is a Zodiac cruise near Røde Ø, one of the world’s most cherished iceberg attractions: The austere blue-white of the icebergs sets sharp against the brooding red backdrop of the sediment slopes. The afternoon plan is to sail through the northern parts of Røde Fjord, with the chance to see musk oxen and warm autumnal foliage.


Enormous Icebergs - Arctic Hares
In the morning you encounter colossal icebergs, some over 100 meters (328 feet) high and more than a kilometer (.62 mile) long. Most of them are grounded, as the fjord is only about 400 meters (1,312 feet) deep. You then land near Sydkap, with fine views of Hall Bredning and a good shot of seeing Arctic hares.


Scoresbysund Settlement
Stopping at a lagoon on the south coast of Jameson Land, you encounter waders and geese gathering for the autumn migration. Musk oxen and collared lemming survive on the sparse vegetation here. Later in the day you visit Ittoqqortoormiit, the largest settlement near Scoresbysund – about five hundred inhabitants. At the post office you can buy stamps for your  postcards, or just stroll around to see the sled dogs and drying skins of seals and musk oxen.  


Under the Northern Lights
A day at sea grants you winning opportunities to spot whales and seabirds – and at night, the magical Northern Lights.


Journey’s End in Akureyri
Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. You disembark in Akureyri, where on request you can transfer by chartered bus – a six-hour drive that you must book in advance – to Radhus Reykjavikur / city hall in Vonarstraeti in Reykjavik. The memories made on this voyage will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.