Scoresby Sund - Aurora Borealis

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Tour Description

Voyage to East Greenland, Scoresby Sund, where we may observe the Aurora Borealis. We cross the Arctic Circle and continue north, perhaps seeing whales. In the evening we will spot our first icebergs appear as we approach the east coast of Greenland near Kap Brewster.

The following date is onboard the MV Hondius: 14Sep2020

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Encounter colossal icebergs, some over 100 meters high.

Have a great chance to spot the magical northern lights at night.

Get in touch with Greenland's unique nature and wildlife.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Reykjavik Embarkation in Akureyri

Transfer by bus from Hotel Reykjavik Centrum, Adalstraeti 16 in Reykjavik in the morning to the ship in Akureyri, where we arrive in the afternoon after six hours drives through North Iceland. In the early evening, we leave Iceland and sail north towards the Denmark Strait.

Day 2
At Sea

At sea, sailing north through the Denmark Strait. We are almost certain to see Fulmar, Kittiwake, Gannet and rafts of Common Guillemot. We cross the Arctic Circle and continue north, perhaps seeing whales. In the evening we will spot our first icebergs appear as we approach the east coast of Greenland near Kap Brewster.

Day 3
Volquart Boons Coast

In the morning we sail along the ragged and glaciated Volquart Boons Coast. Here we may organise a zodiac cruise along one of the glacier fronts of this coast, and have our first landing near a glacier, like Måne Glacier or in Vikingebugt. Later we land on Danmarks Ø where there are 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 4
Cape Hofman Halvø

We go ashore at Cape Hofman Halvø, a reliable spot for viewing Musk Oxen. We may also spot Rock Ptarmigan and at sea Great Northern Diver. 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 colourful touch - the berries are tasty too! In the evening we sail through the fjord towards Scoresby Land enjoying the contrast between the warm autumnal colours of the vegetation on shore, backed by huge dark mountains, and the cold blue of the icebergs.

Day 5
Sydkap - Scoresby Land

On our way to Sydkap in Scoresby Land in the morning, we encounter huge icebergs, some over 100 m high and more than a kilometre in length. Most of the bergs are grounded as the fjord is only about 400 m 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.

Day 6

In the morning we land at a lagoon at the south coast of Jameson Land, an area with waders and geese collecting for the autumn migration. The landscape here is gently undulating. Musk Oxen and Collared Lemming - survive on the meagre vegetation. In the afternoon we visit Ittoqqortoormiit, the biggest settlement near Scoresbysund with about 400 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 seals, Musk Oxen and Polar Bear.

Day 7
Aurora Borealis

The whole day at sea offers excellent opportunities to see large whales and seabird migration and, at night the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).

Day 8
Disembark in Akureyri Reykjavik

Arrive at Akureyri, and transfer by chartered bus to Hotel Reykjavik Centrum, Adalstraeti 16 in Reykjavik (6 hours).

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 All on-board accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 All meals aboard
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 All shore excursions and activities by Zodiac
  • Included Copy 20 Program of lectures by expedition staff
  • Included Copy 20 Complimentary use of rubber boots during voyage
  • Included Copy 20 Transfer and baggage handling between Akureyi and Hotel Reykjavik by coach
  • Included Copy 20 All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme
  • Included Copy 20 AECO fees and government taxes
  • Included Copy 20 Comprehensive pre-departure material
  • Included Copy 7 Airfare to/from disembarkation city
  • Included Copy 7 Visa fees (if applicable)
  • Included Copy 7 Travel insurance
  • Included Copy 7 Personal expenses (such as laundry and telecommunications)
  • Included Copy 7 Gratuities for the crew
  • Included Copy 7 International flights
M/V Plancius | Arctic & Antarctic Cruise Ship

108 Passengers

MV Hondius | Arctic & Antarctic Cruise Ship

176 + 72 Staff & Crew Passengers


  • Included Zodiac excursions
  • Included Hiking
  • Included Wildlife observation
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