Explorer CruiseGreenland and Spitsbergen
From $5,950 USD
September 5 - September 18, 2018
14 Days / 13 Nights
North East Greenland, an Arctic explorer voyage, cruise into fjords with huge icebergs, sail into Scoresby Sund. Watch for whales and migrating seabirds.
Northeast Greenland, "The World's Greatest National Park" is one of the world's last remaining wilderness areas. It is the most isolated, sparsely populated and scenically superb part of Greenland. Its treasures include grandiose landscapes, dominated by immense glaciers, stunning icebergs, Arctic wildlife, dramatic fjords, pack ice, and endless tundra. Enjoy zodiac cruises along ragged glacier fronts; observe whales, muskoxen and migrating seabirds.
September 5 - September 18, 2018
PLA16 B, September 5 - September 18, 13 nights
- Quadruple Porthole
- Triple Porthole
- Twin Porthole
- Twin Window
- Twin Deluxe
m/v Plancius, prices per person 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
- Experienced expedition staff
- Free use of rubber boots and snow shoes on Plancius and Ortelius
- On Northeast Greenland voyages: Transfer and baggage handling between ship in Akureyri and Hotel Reykjavik Centrum by coach (6 hours)
- All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
- AECO fees and governmental taxes.
- Comprehensive pre-departure material
- 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
- 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 and on Ortelius.
- Single occupancy: All cabin types at 1.7 times the share price.
Day 1 LONGYEARBYEN - ISFJORDEN
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.
Day 3 & 4 AT SEA
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 MYGGEBUGTEN - KAISER 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.
Day 6 BLOMSTER BUGT
We will land at Blomster Bugt to view the beautiful geological formations. Arctic Hares are usually seen here, and there is a lake with Great Northern Divers and their young. In the afternoon we sail along Teufelschloss and Ella Ø and may land at a beautiful spot in the early evening.
Day 7 SEGELSÄLLSKAPETS FJORD - ALPE FJORD
In the morning we enter Segelsällskapets Fjord with the beautiful Berzelius Mountains on the north side. We will land on the south side of the fjord in an astounding place where the ancient sedimentary geology is literally at your feet. A hike will take us near a small lake with good chances to see Muskoxen, Arctic hare, and Ptarmigan.
In the afternoon the ship will venture into Alpe Fjord, which is as spectacular as the name implies. We may embark on a long Zodiac cruise around the Gully Glacier which once blocked the access to the interior of the fjord and venture deep inside to the very end. Adventure at its finest!
Day 8 ANTARCTICAHAVN
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 colors of the sparse vegetation make the landscapes even more beautiful.
Day 9 SCORESBY SUND - DANMARK Ø
Today we reach the Scoresby Sund and sail in the morning along the ragged and glaciated Volquart Boons Kyst. Here we may organize a zodiac cruise along one of the glacier fronts of this coast, and have our first landing near for instance Mane 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 10 CAPE HOFMANN HALVØ
We go ashore at Cape Hofman 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 colorful touch - the berries are tasty too!
In the evening we sail through the fjord towards Scoresby Land, enjoying the contrast between the warm autumnal colors of the vegetation on shore, backed by huge dark mountains, and the cold blue of the icebergs.
Day 11 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 12 ILLOQQORTORMIUT - BLOSSEVILLE COAST
In the morning we land at Ittoqqortoormiit, 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.
Day 13 DAY AT SEA
We will spend the whole day at sea and we will have splendid opportunities to see large whales and seabird migration and, in the night, the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).
Day 14 AKUREYRI - REYKJAVIK
In the morning we arrive in Akureyri and transfer by chartered bus to a centrally located hotel in Reykjavik (6 hours).
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.