Scoresby Sund – Aurora Borealis

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From $4,050 USD
September 23 - September 30, 2019
8 Days / 7 Nights

East Greenland- Scoresby Sund-Aurora Borealis, an adventure voyage on the m/v Plancius, cruising from Akureyri, Iceland north through the Denmark Strait.

Overview

East Greenland-Scoresby Sund-Aurora Borealis, an 8-day adventure voyage on the mv Plancius, sailing from Akureyri, Iceland north through the Denmark Strait. The expedition will spot huge icebergs as it journeys into Scoresbysund, the largest fjord system in the world, carving its way close to 400km inland from the Greenland Sea. Wildlife is abundant, you might be rewarded with spotting multiple species of whale, seals, and the magical Northern Lights.

Operation

September 23 - September 30, 2019

Departure

PLA 18, September 23 - September 30, 2019, 7 nights

Price

  • from $4,050 per person in Quadruple Porthole cabin
  • Quadruple Porthole - $4,050
  • Triple Porthole - $5,000
  • Twin Porthole - $5,600
  • Twin Window - $6,100
  • Twin Deluxe - $6,500
  • Superior - $7,350

m/v Plancius, per person rates in USD

Plancius Cabin Plan

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
  • 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
  • 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 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)

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 70 participants on the m/v Plancius.

Day 1 REYKJAVIK - AKUREYRI

On the Iceland road
Your journey begins in the morning, where by request you can transfer via chartered bus (T) from the city hall of 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.

Day 2 AT SEA - DENMARK STRAIT

Sailing to east Greenland
While sailing north you’re likely to 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 your approach to the east Greenland coast, near Brewster.

Day 3 SCORESBY SUND - DANMARK ØY

Inuit neighborhood of yesteryear
Today you reach Scoresby Sund, sailing along the glaciated Volquart Boons Kyst. You may also enjoy a Zodiac cruise past one of the glacier fronts, along with a visit to the basalt columns and ice formations of Vikingebugt. The afternoon goal is to visit 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.

Day 4 CAPE HOFMAN HALVO - SCORESBY LAND

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.

Day 5 SYDKAP

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.

Day 6 JAMESON LAND - ITTOQQORTOOMIiT

Settlement at Scoresby Sund
Today you make a tundra landing on Liverpool Land, in Hurry Inlet. The afternoon stop is Ittoqqortoormiit, the largest settlement in Scoresby Sund at 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. In the afternoon you sail south, passing the picturesque landscapes of the Blosseville Coast.

Day 7 AT SEA - AURORA BOREALIS

Sea life under the Northern Lights
A sea day grants you the opportunity to spot whales and seabirds – and at night, the magical Northern Lights.

Day 8 AKUREYRI - REYKJAVIK

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 the City Hall in Reykjavik. The memories made on this voyage will accompany you wherever your next adventure takes you.

Please note: All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. The onboard expedition leader determines the final itinerary. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. The average cruising speed for m/v Plancius is 10.5 knots.

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