The East Greenland –
Scoresby Sund cruise crosses the Arctic Circle into the
home waters of multiple species of whale. The expedition
will spot huge icebergs as it journeys into the largest
and deepest fjord system in the world. Along the way the
Northern Lights is guiding our way.
All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary
depending on ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. The
on-board expedition leader determines the final
itinerary. Average cruising speed for m/v Ortelius is
Day 1: On the Iceland 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.
Day 2: 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.
© Rob Tully - Oceanwide Expeditions
Day 3: Inuit Neighborhood
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.
© Tobias Brehm-Oceanwide Expeditions
Day 4: 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.
© Katja Snowmad
Day 5: Enormous Bergs,
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
© Rob Tully-Oceanwide Expeditions
Day 6: Scoresbysund
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.
Day 7: Under the Northern
A day at sea grants you
winning opportunities to spot whales and seabirds – and
at night, the magical northern lights.
Day 8: Journey’s End in
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
Included in this voyage
Voyage aboard the indicated
vessel as indicated in the itinerary
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
Free use of rubber boots and
All miscellaneous service taxes and port
charges throughout the programme.
AECO fees and
Excluded from this voyage
Any airfare, whether on
scheduled or charter flights
Pre- and post- land
Passport and visa expenses.
Government arrival and departure taxes.
Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is
Excess baggage charges and all items of a
personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges
and telecommunication charges.
for bus shuttle between Akureyri (ship) and Radhus
Reykjavikur / city hall in Vonarstraeti and v.v. (6
The customary gratuity at the end of the
voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard
(guidelines will be provided).
Price:- From $3,900 per person. Please contact
us for departure dates and availability