Northeast Greenland, Into the National Park

From Reykjavik to Reykjavik
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  • Iceland and Greenland
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Tour Description

Discover one of the world's most beautiful, wild and pristine natural areas in the huge North Greenland National Park. On this unique Albatros expedition cruise, we will venture far from the usual tourist routes and visit places where only true expeditioners and scientists travel. Here we will experience unspoiled Arctic landscapes with good chances of seeing polar bears, whales and musk oxen.

Heading out from Reykjavík, our first call is the isolated Inuit community, Ittoqqortoormiit. From here we navigate into the overwhelming Kong Oskar Fjord, which acts as a gateway for the North Greenland National Park, the world's largest nature reserve.

Navigating the sheltered interior of the national park’s fjord system, we are likely to enjoy stable September weather with clear skies and distant visibility. Snow dusts the mountain tops, and the supernatural wonders of Aurora Borealis can be seen at night. We make landings at century old hunting stations in breathtaking landscapes, as our ship navigates north around Ella and Ymer Islands into Kejser Franz Joseph Fjord. On the southbound voyage we aim for the dramatic Blosseville Coast. The last day will be at sea, enjoying lectures from Albatros’ expedition team – or getting glimpses of sea birds migrating south. 

This is a true Expedition Voyage, with landings in harsh and pristine nature, abundant wild life – and compulsory permits needed from both national park authorities and the Arctic military patrol Sirius, who acts as national park officers. Albatros Expeditions and our expedition team onboard have huge experience, having navigated these remote fjords for more than 20 years. There are few wilder, more magnificent and untouched places than the Northeast Greenland National Park! And even fewer ships better suited than our Ocean Albatros for such a voyage.

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Visit and discover the extemely solated Inuit town of Ittoqqortoormiit which is home to around 500 people.

Explore the Northeast Greenland National Park, the largest national park and largest protected land area. Look out for wildlife including polar bears, muskoxen, and whales

If you are lucky, witness a stunning display of the Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis while cruising.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1

In the afternoon, we board the Ocean Albatros in Reykjavík and set our course northbound for Greenland.

After boarding and welcome drinks, the Expedition Leader will inform you about the voyage, the ship's daily routines and the various security and safety procedures, then you will have time to unpack and get comfortable in your cabin. Before sailing, there will be a mandatory safety drill.

The Captain takes the ship out of Reykjavík in the early evening, as we enjoy our first hours onboard.

Day 2
At Sea

Our lecturers onboard will make inspiring and enriching presentations about both Iceland and Greenland’s past history and about nature, wildlife and climatology.

Day 3

We cross the huge entrance of Scoresbysund during the night and arrive at the Inuit community Ittoqqortoormiit (Scoresbysund) in the morning. About 500 people live here, most of whom base a large portion of their households on hunting. Seal, muskoxen and polar bear skins hang to dry outside many of the houses, and the sled dogs are waiting for sea ice to be safe for the first hunts of the fall. The town is extremely isolated, and the inhabitants only receive ship supplies twice a year. We have established good contacts with the local residents during our earlier visits and can go ashore to experience this unique little community.

Day 4-6
Northeast Greenland National Park

During the night we cruise past the rugged peaks of the Liverpool Land peninsula and reach the mouth of King Oscar Fjord. We are now in the huge national park, established in 1974 and expanded in 1988. With an area of almost 1 mill. square kilometer, this is the world’s largest national park and largest protected land area. There are no permanent settlements in the area, but there have previously - most recently up to the middle of the 19th century - been various Inuit hunters here in the northeast corner of Greenland, including on Clavering Island further north.

The program for the next few days in the national park depends on the weather and ice conditions. The route and the landings are determined by the Captain and the Expedition Leader jointly and are typically announced the night before. Some of the interesting landings we strive to visit are:

After entering King Oscar Fjord, we sail along the impressive 1300-meter-high rock wall Bastionen on the Ella Island. A truly beautiful place on our route, and there is good reason why the "King of Northeast Greenland", the Danish geologist and polar researcher Lauge Koch, established his headquarters here before World War II. We hope to spend the morning on Ella Island if the military patrol “Sirius” – who has its summer base here – grants us permission.

Further north we pass the small Maria Island, where the Germans had a camp during World War II. The Germans' attempt to gain a foothold in Greenland during World War II is a fascinating story in itself. Look forward to learning more on our onboard lectures! We continue past Ruth Island and hope to make a landing on Ymer Island at Blomsterbugten, a small oasis in the national park. From the tiny hunting lodge Varghytten we can enjoy the formidable view of the characteristic, flat mountain Teufelsschloss, where the many rock layers in different colors testify to the area's exciting geological development.

We are now well within the narrow and winding Kejser Franz Joseph Fjord, stretching more than 200 km from the icecap to the open Arctic Ocean. We will sail by the mighty iceberg-producing Waltershausen Glacier before entering beautiful Moskusokse Fjord.

On our way back towards open sea, we cruise south along the coast, and we aim for landings on Jameson Land, which is breeding ground for polar bears.

Day 7
Blosseville Coast

Possibly the most dramatic coast outside of Antarctica, the Blosseville is guarded by Greenland’s highest mountains and steepest fjords – and a belt of pack ice which before global warming would keep out any explorer for years. The recent decade has had warmer summers and much less ice which enables ice strengthened vessels such as the Ocean Albatros to venture along the coast, on lookout for polar wildlife, abandoned Inuit settlements and otherworldly landscapes.

Day 8
At Sea

The last day will be at sea getting glimpses of sea birds migrating south.

Our lecturers onboard will make inspiring and enriching presentations about both Iceland’s and Greenland’s history, nature, wildlife and climatology. A captain’s farewell drink and a slideshow of our voyage will also be presented this evening.

Day 9

Early in the morning we slowly approach the Icelandic capital, Reykjavík, and your Arctic adventure will have concluded. We enter Reykjavík in the morning and bid farewell to the vessel and crew.

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 8 nights accommodation in a stateroom featuring ensuite facilities
  • Included Copy 31 Stateroom upgrades available
  • Included Copy 20 Full board on the ship
  • Included Copy 20 Free Coffee, tea and afternoon snacks on the ship
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 English-speaking expedition staff
  • Included Copy 20 ”Open Town” and guided walk in Ittoqqortoormiit
  • Included Copy 20 Information briefings and lectures by expedition team
  • Included Copy 20 Nature hikes and Zodiac cruises as per itinerary, when conditions permit
  • Included Copy 20 Special photo workshop
  • Included Copy 20 Taxes, tariffs, and AECO fees
  • Included Copy 20 Digital visual journal link after voyage, including voyage log, gallery, species list and more!
  • Included Copy 7 Gratuities, Extra excursions, Travel insurance, Personal expenses, jacket

Ocean Albatros

175 Passengers


  • Included Optional Kayaking on the Arctic
  • Included Zodiac landings and hikes in the National Park.
  • Included Cruising through narrow Kong Oscar and Kejser Franz Joseph Fjords.
  • Included Lookout for arctic wildlife: Polar bears, muskoxen, and whales.
  • Included Explore North Greenland National Park, World’s largest nature reserve.
  • Included Visit the remote Inuit town of Ittoqqortoormiit
  • Included Perhaps see the magical Aurora Borealis, the Northern lights dancing in the sky
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