East Greenland : Northern Lights
• Experience Greenland's vast landscapes • Explore the world's largest fjord system • Visit the largest and most remote national park on the planet • Possibly catch sightings of muskoxen and whales • Cruise in a Zodiac • Hike the tundra • Visit a local community • Take advantage of optional kayak adventure
Scoresby Sund, the world's largest fjord system, beckons you to explore Greenland. Enticing you with some of the best displays of the northern lights, the Inuit settlement of Ittoqqortoormiit and its inhabitants offer you a rare connection to the past with their tradition of living off the land, just as their ancestors did hundreds of years ago.
Iceberg-choked fjords, tundra hikes and the arctic wildlife of Northeast Greenland National Park create picture-perfect scenes every day. This is one of our most active expeditions, where long hikes are offered to those wanting to appreciate the views from on high and watch herds of grazing muskoxen on the horizon. This is pure wilderness at its finest: the untouched Arctic as it was thousands of years ago.
Your Ship: Sea Adventurer The Sea Adventurer is a comfortable vessel with spacious cabins. All cabins have private bathroom facilities and exterior views. Designed to carry travelers in comfort to the most remote corners of the world, Sea Adventurer was built in Yugoslavia in 1976, refurbished in 1999, and was further upgraded in 2002. You will be impressed by this ice-strengthened ship, which features a spacious forward lounge and bar, window-lined dining room and promenades. We carry only 117 guests per voyage on the Sea Adventurer.
Day 1: Reykjavik, Iceland Your adventure begins with an overnight stay in the modern city of Reykjavik, the world's northernmost capital city.
Day 2: Embarkation Day in Akureyri, Iceland You'll fly from Reykjavik to the northern Icelandic town of Akureyri to begin your expedition to Greenland. As you sail out to sea, your first wildlife sightings will be seabirds above and whales below. Get ready for a great adventure!
Day 3: At Sea Sail through the Denmark Strait en route to mysterious Greenland. Your Expedition Team will keep you informed and entertained with presentations about Greenland's wildlife, history and geography.
Day 4 to 7: Northeast Greenland National Park Fjords and colorful tundra punctuate the scenery of Northeast Greenland National Park, where arctic fox and muskoxen roam free. Your days will be spent exploring and learning about the unique history and geology of Greenland.
King Oscar Fjord is a hiker's paradise. Marvel at the vibrant fall colors as you walk across the tundra at Holm Bay, cruise in a Zodiac through spectacular Alpefjord or challenge yourself with a trek to the top of nearby Ella Island (the views are worth it).
From Ella Island, you'll head to the Antarctic"”the Antarctic Sound, that is. Yes, curiously, there is an Antarctic Sound in the Arctic. The area is home to beautiful purple- and gold-colored rocks, with Ymer Island and Blomsterbugten, known as the Bay of Flowers, in the distance, waiting to be explored.
Keeping a watchful eye out for wildlife, you will then head south along the Liverpool Coast.
Day 8 to 11: Scoresby Sund Fjord Arriving at Scoresby Sund, you'll find yourself mesmerized by the largest, longest and"”some say"”most beautiful fjord system in the world. This area was named after William Scoresby Jr., who charted the east coast of Greenland in 1822. With clear skies, you may catch a glimpse of the northern lights during our evenings in the fjord.
At the start of the sound, Ittoqqortoormiit is East Greenland's most northerly community. You'll have the chance to support the local Inuit artisan community by purchasing unique handicrafts. Your time here is spent bonding with the Inuit people and gaining an appreciation of their way of life.
Sailing deeper into Scoresby Sund, you'll encounter massive icebergs and an ancient Thule settlement as we approach Sydkap and Ã˜fjord. The scenery here is beyond belief, with towering mountainsides and hundreds of apartment-sized icebergs playing tricks with your sense of perception.
Pushing onward, your expedition will come to Rypefjord and C. Hofmann HalvÃ¸. We will keep our eyes peeled for sightings of rare blue icebergs, which are usually seen in the Antarctic. With binoculars in hand, birders should keep watch for ptarmigans, wheatears, snow buntings and ravens at Rypefjord.
At C. Hofmann HalvÃ¸, we'll have a good chance of experiencing muskoxen up close and enjoying a final hike out on the colorful tundra.
Day 12 & 13: At Sea Our journey back to Iceland has us re-crossing the Denmark Strait, allowing a couple of days for whale watching. During our crossing, you may see white-beaked dolphins and humpback, minke and blue whales. Birders will enjoy spotting kittiwakes, gannets, guillemots, fulmars and razorbills.
Day 14: Disembarkation Day in Akureyri, Iceland Your Greenland adventure comes to an end as you enter port in Akureyri and board your flight to Reykjavik. We provide a transfer to downtown Reykjavik. If you have time, it's worth sticking around to explore this great city.
Important Reminder Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy"”and excitement"”of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you'll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.
• Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping • All breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks on board • All shore landings per the daily programme • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and special guests as scheduled • Photographic journal documenting the expedition • Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings • Official Quark ExpeditionsÂ® parka to keep • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock • Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin • Comprehensive pre departure materials, including a map and an informative Arctic Reader • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme • All luggage handling aboard the ship • Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person • Greenland voyages cruise passenger tax • One night's pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Reykjavik with breakfast • Transfer from hotel to Reykjavik airport • Flights to and from Akureyri • Transfers to and from the ship • Transfer from Reykjavik domestic airport to downtown
Pricing (per person) $USD
2017 Aug 16
Booking conditions • Baggage allowance on charter flights is 44 lbs (20 kg) checked and 11 lbs (5 kg) carry-on.
• Other categories of cabin available on request.
• Single cabin prices available on request. Please note that if you are a solo traveller taking advantage of the 'Request Share' program, not all cabins apply.
• Please contact World Journeys for the updated US exchange rate.
• Baggage allowance on charter flights is 44 lbs (20 kg) checked and 11 lbs (5 kg) carry-on. • Other categories of cabin available on request. • Single cabin prices available on request. Please note that if you are a solo traveller taking advantage of the 'Request Share' program, not all cabins apply. • Please contact World Journeys for the updated US exchange rate.
Not included • International airfare
• Passport and visa expenses
• Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
• Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
• Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance"”strongly recommended
• Excess-baggage fees on international flights
• Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
• Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified
• Phone and Internet charges
• Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew
• Additional overnight accommodation
• Optional kayaking activities
• International airfare • Passport and visa expenses • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above • Meals ashore unless otherwise specified • Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance"”strongly recommended • Excess-baggage fees on international flights • Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned • Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified • Phone and Internet charges • Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew • Additional overnight accommodation • Optional kayaking activities
Gratuity • Gratuities are voluntary and can be given at the end of your cruise. We recommend that you budget US$10 to US$15 per person per day, if you are pleased with the service on board.
• Gratuities are voluntary and can be given at the end of your cruise. We recommend that you budget US$10 to US$15 per person per day, if you are pleased with the service on board.