Greenland’s Northern Lights – Fly & Cruise
Visit the remains of Thule camps and enjoy the splendour of Scoresbysund as
the ship navigates past majestic icebergs
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Leisurely
Nowhere on earth can nature’s most spectacular light show be better seen than in the autumn and winter skies above Greenland’s eastern coast, and this departure offers the best chance to observe the majestic Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights.On this voyage, we visit the remains of Thule camps, the ancestors of the indigenous people of Greenland, enjoy the splendour of Scoresbysund as the ship navigates past majestic icebergs, some over 100 metres high, and get a glimpse into the lifestyle of the remote residents of Ittoqqortoormiit, the most northerly community in East Greenland. This tour also offers once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to hike some of the most pristine wilderness on the planet.
* All meals while on the ship
* 7 nights on the ship; 2 nights hotel in Reykjavik
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout and qualified Expedition Staff
* Airport transfers (at designated times)
- Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)
- Spectacular landscapes of unspoiled Eastern Greenland
- Explore the world’s largest fjord system, Scoresbysund
- Visit Scoresbysund, with majestic icebergs over 100 metres tall
- Travel on a small expedition vessel
- Accompanied by extremely qualified Expedition Staff
Start Reykjavik, Iceland.
Our adventure begins with an overnight stay in thoroughly-modern Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital city.
Embarkation Day at Constable Point.
You’ll fly from Reykjavik to Constable Point to board your vessel and begin your expedition. Get ready for a great adventure ahead!
You’ll cruise through breathtaking Apelfjord. Fjords punctuate the scenery all around. Your day will be spent exploring and Zodiac cruising through a multitude of dazzling icebergs, fjords and sounds in all shapes and sizes. Be on the lookout for Arctic fox and Musk ox, which roam free here.
Brogetdal and Watershausen Glacier.
Multi-hued mountains surround lovely Brogetdal, which was originally called ’painted valley’, and later translated to mean ’multicoloured valley’. You’ll view colourful vistas, and fascinating geology.Later, you’ll travel to the impressive and rarely visited Waltershausen Glacier, an imposing ice floe at the head of Nordfjord, named after German explorer Baron Wolfgang Sartorius von Waltershausen, after his failed 1869 attempt to reach the North Pole via East Greenland.
Blomsterbugten and Renbugten.
Blomsterbugten, the ’Bay of Flowers’, is home to beautiful purple and gold coloured rocks that we’ll explore in the distance, or on a hike for those who wish. Later we’ll continue to Renbugten, called ’Reindeer Bay’ for the herd of 12 reindeer seen on one of the first expeditions to the area. Arctic hare are a common and delightful sight in this area.
Ella Oya (Ella Island).
Ella Oya is a hiker’s paradise. The area is surrounded by ice-choked waters, rugged cliffs and sky-blue icebergs. Challenge yourself with a climb to the top of the Island – the views are worth it.
Ittoqqortoormiit and Hall Bredning.
At the start of the sound, Itoqqortoormiit is East Greenland’s most northerly community and boasts a blend of traditional and modern lifestyles. With clear skies, you’ll have a great chance of seeing the Northern Lights. You can also support local Inuit artisans by purchasing unique handicrafts. Our time here is spent bonding with the Inuit people and gaining an appreciation of their way of life. Later, we’ll see huge icebergs – larger than football fields, taller than apartment buildings – crossing Hall.
Frederiksdal and Sydkapp.
Sailing on, deeper into Scoresbysund you’ll encounter massive icebergs and an ancient Thule settlement as we approach Sydkap. The scenery here is unforgettable, with towering mountain sides and hundreds of monumental icebergs playing tricks with your sense of perception.
Disembarkation at Constable Point.
Arrive at Constable Point. Sit back and enjoy your charter flight from Constable Point to Reykjavik, the vibrant and artistic capital of Iceland. Overnight in your comfortable Reykjavik hotel.
End in Reykjavik
Make your own way to the airport for your return flight home, or spend some extra time in Reykjavik – you’ll be amazed at the variety of attractions and must-see places of interests Reykjavik has to offer.
The Greenland’s Northern Lights – Fly & Cruise is offered on the Ocean Nova, which is a Polar Adventure Ship. Please inquire with our office for Ship Information and Deck Plans.
Polar Adventure Ships
These are small (approx. 100 passengers) ice rated vessels well qualified for Polar waters. Intimate adventures are always more enjoyable with like-minded passengers and staff, so these voyages are for people who like flexible itineraries and plenty to keep them busy. Activities include frequent Zodiac excursions, trekking and many hours on deck in areas that other ships only dream about accessing. Food and staff are superb and every guest benefits from the technical advances of this superb fleet. Rest assured our Polar Adventure Ships enable any traveler to maximize their experience sensitively in the Poles.
All meals while on the ship included.
The ships galley offers good quality service and cuisine throughout, with excellent chefs preparing international menus including vegetarian dishes, accompanied by a wide variety of drinks from around the world on sale.
Breakfast: Buffet style – unlimited tea and coffee, a selection of fruit juices, hot options including bacon and eggs or omelettes, a selection of bread and toast and jam/honey/marmalade, fruit and cereal.
Lunch: Three course set meal or buffet, or the occasional BBQ.
Dinner: Three or four courses with a starter of soup and/or salad, a choice of mains with at least one vegetarian option and a dessert, with tea and coffee.
The voyages are designed to be as flexible as possible, taking advantage of circumstances and events as they occur, as well as passengers’ wishes and particular interests wherever possible. The atmosphere on board is relaxed and friendly with expedition staff, including naturalists and Polar experts, on hand and the opportunity to mingle with people from all over the world. The ship is kept warm, clean and comfortable.
On the Zodiac cruises you are sitting still for most of the time with the potential for some sea spray and a cold headwind – if you are not dressed appropriately you will get cold. On the shore excursions, the majority of landings are ‘wet’ which means that the Zodiacs beach and you are helped to slide into the ankle deep shore break before walking up onto dry land (wellington boots are issued to all passengers).
There are, of course, no paths, so be prepared for slippery, rough terrain and sometimes fairly deep snow. Back on board the cosy ship after each adventure, you can have a hot shower and then relax with a tea, coffee, hot chocolate or something stronger from the bar.
Charter Flight Contingency Plan
Your flight to the Arctic is expected to depart from Reykjavik to Constable Point on Day 2 of the itinerary, after breakfast. In the unlikely event that the plane is unable to depart on the planned date of the charter flight, you will be provided a full day of activities in Reykjavik, meals included. If the weather is not suitable on Days 3 or 4, you will enjoy an additional day of activities and meals in Reykjavik.
Sea kayaking option:
On our Greenland’s Northern Lights – Fly & Cruise voyage there is the chance for some members of the party to take regular sea kayak excursions in place of the Zodiac excursions. There are a limited number of kayaks on each ship, and you must book and pay for this option in advance. All kayak trips are guided, and are subject to suitable locations and weather conditions. Should the kayaking not be possible, a place on a Zodiac is always available. Basic kayak competence is required.