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21 Days$11000USD

Activities
  • 20 days expedition cruising
Accommodation
  • 20 nights aboard Plancius
Meals
  • 20 Dinners
  • 19 Lunches
  • 20 Breakfasts
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Discovery and Cruising
 
 

Trip highlights


  • Wildlife viewing for Polar Bear, Musk Oxen, Arctic Fox along with whales, seals and numerous sea birds
  • Walking on the Greenland Tundra
  • Sailing through Kaiser Franz Joseph Fjord
  • Scoresby Sund
  • The settlement of Ittoqqortoormiit
  • Search for the elusive Aurora Borealis
  • Village of Tasiilaq

The coastline of Greenland is spectacular. With numerous fjords, the coastline consists of breathtaking high mountains, high cliffs and numerous glaciers. The large glaciers produce the huge, cathedral-like ice-bergs that are abundant in the surrounding waters. An area rich in wildlife we hope to see Polar Bear, Walrus, Ringed and Bearded Seals, Musk Oxen along with numerous species of seabirds. Our voyage encompasses the north west coast of Spitsbergen, before heading over to the east coast of Greenland. We hope to enjoy landings at Myggebugten and Blomster Bugtand sail through Kaiser Franz Joseph Fjord as we make our way to Scoresby Sund, Greenland's largest fjord. Further south we travel through the Northwest Fjord before making a stop at Ittoqqortoormiit,the largest settlement in Scoresby Sund, where we have a chance to send postcards and experience local life. We continue south following the coastline to the village of Tasiilaq, journey through Prins Christian Sund and explore Erik the Red's base at Bratthalid in Eriksfjord before concluding our voyage at Narssarsuaq and flying to Copenhagen.

Trip Code: PLA

The adventure begins in Longyearbyen, the administrative center of Spitsbergen. Enjoy strolling around this former mining town, whose parish church and Svalbard Museum make for fascinating attractions. Though the countryside appears stark, more than a hundred species of plant have been recorded here. In the early evening the ship sails out of Isfjorden, where we might spot the first minke whale of the voyage.

Meals:  D

At sea, on our way to Greenland, we may see the edge of the East Greenland sea-ice. We will keep watch for whales, and also for migrating seabirds.

Meals:  B,L,D

As we approach Greenland, we may sail through the sea ice into Foster Bay and land at Myggebugten. Beyond the old hunters’ hut where Norwegian trappers once hunted for polar bear and Arctic fox, there is a sprawling tundra populated by musk oxen as well as geese floating the small lakes. From here we sail through Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord, surrounded by towering mountains and bright interior icebergs. An alternate route is Sofia Sound, a narrower waterway.

Meals:  B,L,D

We arrive at Teufelschloss (Devil’s Castle), a mountain with layered geology. On the other side of the fjord is Blomsterbugt and the intended landing site. In the afternoon we head into Antarctic Sound, where we find the islands of Ruth, Maria, and Ella. Maria is the most likely spot for a landing.

Meals:  B,L,D

The first half of the day we will spend in Antarctica Havn, a wide and extensive valley where we may see groups of Musk Oxen. At this time of year, the autumnal colours of the sparse vegetation make the landscapes even more beautiful

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we 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. We continue along the east coast of Milne deeper into the fjord.

Meals:  B,L,D

In the morning we encounter colossal icebergs, some over 100 meters (328 feet) high and more than a kilometer long. Most of them are grounded, as the fjord is only about 400 meters deep (1,312 feet). We then land near Sydkap, with fine views of Hall Bredning and a good shot of seeing Arctic hares. Later we will land at Satakajik and see the remains of Thule dwellings.

Meals:  B,L,D

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

Meals:  B,L,D

Our next stop is Stewart Island, an important hunting area for the people of Scoresby Sund. There are beautiful remains of Thule houses to be seen here. Rømer Fjord and Turner Sound, meanwhile, give us the opportunity to sail far inland, as they have no glacier front at their head and are not clogged with ice. This also provides us good hiking opportunities.

Meals:  B,L,D

Sailing south along the East Greenland coast, we enter several fjords competing in beauty: d’Aunay, Nansen, and possibly either Ikersuaq or Kangertitsivaqmiit. Most of these fjords have glacier front at the head, but any of them can offer us a chance to see polar bears.

Meals:  B,L,D

Tasiilaq, once known as Angmagssalik (about 2,000 inhabitants) is our next port of call. This charming town is the center of East Greenland, boasting a museum where you can learn about the colorful local history of this incredibly remote area.

Meals:  B,L,D

We next sail south to land at Umivik, where the explorer Fridtjof Nansen ascended the Greenland ice sheet. Here you may even be able to walk a short distance in his steps.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we circumnavigate Skjoldungen through one of the most spectacular fjords of southeast Greenland, then land at Qornoq to see houses from the Thule culture. We will then visit Mariedal and a beautiful valley where Greenlanders used to collect berries in autumn.

Meals:  B,L,D

Moving on to Timmiarmiut, we see an abandoned Greenlandic settlement and will possibly sail into the fjord. Polar bears have sometimes been spotted here in the past. As an alternative, we may visit Igutsait to the south.

Meals:  B,L,D

Our westward passing of the Prins Christian Sund is surrounded by mountains of over 1,000 meters (3,300 feet) and is one of the highlights of the voyage. We may make a landing at Svaerdfiskens Havn or in the evening at Ikigait, once known as Herjolfsnes, a former Norse settlement.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we reach Lichtenau, a lovely though nearly deserted Greenlandic village, where the Herrnhuters had a mission in the 18th century and where some of their large German-style buildings still remain. We will then try to get to Uunartoq, where we can bathe in a large hot spring surrounded by icebergs. Across at Vagar, we find the remains of a Norse homestead.

Meals:  B,L,D

In Eriksfjord we land at Ittileq, in a bay from which we can walk 4 km (2.5 miles) down a road to Igaliku (Gardar). In this small Greenlandic village, we can see the remains of a 13th-century Norse church, along with other ruins. Then in the afternoon, we plan to visit Bratthalid, the base of Erik the Red. This is a sub-Arctic area with birch trees, agriculture, and cattle. Later that evening, we arrive at Narssarsuaq for the final night of our voyage.

Meals:  B,L,D

From the WW2-era airport of Narssarsuaq, we fly back to Copenhagen. Though our adventure has come to an end, we take home memories that will accompany us wherever the next adventure lies.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 20 breakfasts, 19 lunches and 20 dinners
  • Comfortable cabin accommodation and use of all public areas on cruise
  • Specialist expedition staff
  • All shore excursions from the ship including the use of Zodiacs
  • Lectures, videos, slide and film shows and guide services
  • Medical services (there is a resident medical officer and infirmary on board)
  • Flight Narssarsuaq to Copenhagen in economy class on Day 21
  • Port taxes and port charges imposed by government authorities
  • Pre-departure information

  • Air transport and airport transfers before and after the cruise
  • Visa, passport and vaccination charges and airport departure taxes
  • Accommodation and meals or other services not included in the ship cruise itinerary
  • Laundry, postage, personal clothing, medical expenses, travel insurance and items of a personal nature such as bar charges, wine and phone calls
  • Emergency evacuation charges
  • Customary end of voyage tips
  • Pre & post voyage package in Longyearbyen or Copenhagen

Cabins


Departure dates


Priceper person from

$11000USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Twin private with PortholeUSD$15500
  • Twin private with WindowUSD$16950
  • Twin DeluxeUSD$17950
  • SuperiorUSD$20100
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed East and South Greenland Explorer - Aurora Borealis trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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