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East Greenland: Northern Lights

Scoresbysund, 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 you can hike across mountaintops 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.

INCLUDED IN YOUR VOYAGE:

- Pre expedition hotel night in Reykjavik and breakfast
- Transfer from hotel to airport
- Flights to and from Akureyri
- Transfer to and from ship Transfer from domestic airport in Reykjavik to downtown
16 August, 2017 to 29 August, 2017 Make a booking request for East Greenland: Northern Lights, departing on 16 August, 2017

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Triple Cabin £ 7051 GBP pp
A Triple Cabin has two lower berths and one upper berth, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
Lower Deck Twin £ 9235 GBP pp
A Lower Deck Twin cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
Main Deck Twin Porthole £ 10159 GBP pp
A Main Deck Twin Porthole cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
Main Deck Twin Window £ 11251 GBP pp
A Main Deck Twin Window cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and two windows with exterior views.
Superior Cabin £ 12427 GBP pp
A Superior cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and windows with exterior views.
Deluxe £ 13687 GBP pp
A Deluxe Cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and windows with exterior views.
Suite £ 15115 GBP pp
A Suite has two lower berths, windows with exterior views, private facilities. Cabin 403 has a bathtub other Suites have showers.

East Greenland: Northern Lights itinerary:

show reverse itinerary
Day 1 — Reykjavík, 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 (flight is included). 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.
Days 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. Kong 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. Weather conditions are variable here, but we’ll aim to visit Storfjord.
Days 8 to 11 — Scorsbysund Fjord
Arriving at Scoresbysund, 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, 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 Scoresbysund, you’ll encounter massive icebergs and an ancient Thule settlement as we approach Sydkap and Øfjord. 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 Cape Hofmann Halvø. 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 wheatears, snow buntings and ravens at Rypefjord. At Cape Hofmann Halvø, we’ll have a good chance of experiencing muskoxen up close and enjoying a final hike out on the colorful tundra.
Days 12 and 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 (included). We provide a transfer to downtown Reykjavik. If you have time, it’s worth sticking around to explore this great city.
Please Note:
Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. When travelling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. The above is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

East Greenland: Northern Lights reverse itinerary:

show main itinerary
Please Note: *
Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. When travelling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. The above is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.
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 (included). We provide a transfer to downtown Reykjavik. If you have time, it’s worth sticking around to explore this great city.
Days 12 and 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.
Days 8 to 11 — Scorsbysund Fjord *
Arriving at Scoresbysund, 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, 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 Scoresbysund, you’ll encounter massive icebergs and an ancient Thule settlement as we approach Sydkap and Øfjord. 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 Cape Hofmann Halvø. 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 wheatears, snow buntings and ravens at Rypefjord. At Cape Hofmann Halvø, we’ll have a good chance of experiencing muskoxen up close and enjoying a final hike out on the colorful tundra.
Days 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. Kong 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. Weather conditions are variable here, but we’ll aim to visit Storfjord.
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 2 — Embarkation Day in Akureyri, Iceland *
You’ll fly from Reykjavik to the northern Icelandic town of Akureyri to begin your expedition to Greenland (flight is included). As you sail out to sea, your first wildlife sightings will be seabirds above and whales below. Get ready for a great adventure!
Day 1 — Reykjavík, Iceland *
Your adventure begins with an overnight stay in the modern city of Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital city.
* = Indicative
Map for East Greenland: Northern Lights
Sea Adventurer, the ship servicing East Greenland: Northern Lights

Sea Adventurer

Vessel Type: Comfortable Expedition

Length: 90 metres

Passenger Capacity: 118

Built / refurbished: 1975 / 1998

The 118-passenger Sea Adventurer, (formerly the Clipper Adventurer) is among the very few vessels in the world specifically constructed for expedition voyages to the remote polar regions. Her ice-strengthened hull permits her to glide easily and safely through ice-strewn waters that are not accessible to conventional cruise vessels.

She has advanced communications and navigation equipment, and newly installed, state-of-the-art Sperry Gyrofin stabilizers. In 1998 the Adventurer had a $13 million conversion done in Scandinavia. She is a handsome expedition vessel, done in the style of great ocean liners when ships were ships. With lots of varnished wood, brass, and wooden decks, the ship has all new outside cabins, with lower beds and private facilities.

There is a Main Lounge, bar, Clipper Club, library/card room, gymnasium and gift shop. A multi-national staff serves American and Continental cuisine. The ship has a fleet of 10 Zodiacs and a special loading platform. An ice class rating of A-1 allows the Clipper Adventurer to go to places larger cruise ships can only dream of, and she does it in comfort and style unsurpassed by other vessels her size.

Cabins: All cabins have a window with outside view. Each has private facilities.

 

Cabins and amenities

  • 61 outside cabins with exterior views and private facilities.
  • Decks 4 and 5 have exterior access, with outside seating.
  • Window-lined dining room on Deck 4 with unreserved seating.
  • Lounge/Presentation Room.
  • 2 bars.
  • Library.
  • Gift shop.
  • 4 hour beverage station.
  • Ship-to-shore satellite communications with email, and wireless, Internet access.
  • Clinic with licensed doctor.
  • Exercise room.

Deck Plan for some trips may vary, please ask for details.


Cabin layout for Sea Adventurer
• 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
Enquire now about East Greenland: Northern Lights

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