ARCTIC

Greenland Northern Lights Cruise

Northern lights cruise, Greenland
from £6208 9 nights | Sep Exc. flights See price details
  • Departs:
  • Sep

Overview

As the Arctic summer turns into autumn, take a voyage and discover Greenland's extensive coastline. With spectacular fjords and some incredible icebergs, it is best explored by ship. This exciting itinerary also offers the chance to spend plenty of time ashore, with a variety of walking, hiking, and trekking excursions included. Throw in a good chance of seeing the aurora borealis and this can't fail to be a memorable adventure!

Highlights

  • explore Scorseby Sund, the world's largest fjord system
  • cruise amongst giant icebergs
  • chance to see musk oxen, whales and other wildlife
  • spend time with local Inuit communities
  • hike on remote Arctic tundra

Over 80% of Greenland is covered by an ice sheet. Over millions of years, the weight and movements of this sheet have led to the creation of some of the most spectacular scenery on earth and the Greenland coast is also home to the Arctic's most diverse iceberg landscape.

During this voyage, the aim is to spend as much time on land as possible to allow you to explore, take time to take photographs, or just soak up the incredible sights. By departing in September it should be possible to take advantage of the optimum atmospheric conditions which produce the famous aurora borealis, or northern lights. With some luck, you should see this fantastic light display at least a couple of times over the course of the trip.

In addition, the voyage will also focus on an active exploration of Greenland. This tour offers once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to hike some of the most pristine wilderness on the planet, as well as enjoying close encounters with wildlife and the chance to meet some of the local Inuits who call this remote coastline home.

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Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Reykjavik, Iceland
Your adventure begins with an overnight stay in thoroughly-modern Reykjavik, the world's northernmost capital city.
Day 2: Reykjavik - Constable Point, Embarkation
Today you will board a flight to Constable Point in East Greenland, where you will embark the ship and settle into your home for the days ahead.
Day 3: Apelfjord
Cruise through the breathtaking Alpefjord exploring on land and by Zodiac through a multitude of fjords and sounds boasting many dazzling icebergs. Be on the lookout for arctic fox and musk ox, which roam free here.
Days 4: Brogetdal and Watershausen Glacier
Multi-hued mountains surround 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.
Day 5: Blomsterbugten and Renbugten
Blomsterbugten, the “Bay of Flowers,” is home to beautiful purple and gold rocks that you’ll view from a distance, or on a hike for those who wish. Later, 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.
Day 6: 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.
Day 7: Ittoqqortoormiit and Hall Bredning
At the start of Scoresby Sund, 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 opportunity to see the northern lights. You can also support local Inuit artisans by purchasing unique handicrafts. Your time here is spent bonding with the Inuit people and gaining an appreciation of their way of life. Later, you will see huge icebergs - larger than football fields, taller than apartment buildings - crossing Hall Bredning, part of Scoresby Sund.
Day 8: Frederiksdal and Sydkap
Sailing on, deeper into Scoresby Sund you’ll encounter massive icebergs and an ancient Thule settlement as you approach Sydkap. The scenery here is unforgettable, with towering mountain sides and hundreds of monumental icebergs playing tricks with your sense of perception.
Day 9: Disembarkation at Constable Point
Arrive at Constable Point and disembark the ship. 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.
Day 10: Depart 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 Iceland has to offer.
Notes

Please note that all voyage itineraries are intended as a guideline only - embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy of expedition travel. Actual routes and landings will be dependent on weather, sea and ice conditions. A degree of flexibility is essential in the polar regions! 

Accommodation Options

Ocean Nova

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  • Type: Expedition Ship

The Ocean Nova carries a small group of up to 83 passeng…

Excursions

Kayaking

Optional Adventure Activity on selected Arctic Cruises

Prices & Dates

2018 Season

Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin - please contact us for details of triple, single and superior cabins.

Departure DateActivitiesDurationVesselPrices from
01 Sep 2018 * 10 days Ocean Nova £6,208
08 Sep 2018 * 10 days Ocean Nova £6,208
15 Sep 2018 * 10 days Ocean Nova £6,208
22 Sep 2018 * 10 days Ocean Nova £6,208

Activity options:
≠ Kayaking is available on this voyage: £535 per person on board the Ocean Nova

Inclusions and Exclusions

Ocean Nova

Includes: 1 night pre-voyage and 1 night post-voyage accommodation with breakfast in Reykjavik • On embarkation day, transfer to Reykjavik City Airport • Flight from Reykjavik to Constable Point, followed by transfer to the ship (luggage allowance is 15kg in hold and 5kg carry on) • On disembarkation day, flight from Constable Point to Reykjavik, and transfer from Reykjavik City Airport to downtown Reykjavik (luggage allowance is 15kg in hold and 5kg carry on) • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage • Coffee, tea, cocoa available around the clock • Leadership throughout the voyage by an experienced Expedition Leader • All Zodiac transfers, cruising and shore landings as per the daily program • Formal and informal presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled • Digital photographic journal, documenting the voyage • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings • A Quark Expeditions parka to keep • 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 program • All luggage handling aboard ship • Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of $100,000 per person • Greenland Cruise Passenger Tax

Excludes: Return airfares from the UK • Return airport transfers between Keflavik and Reykjavik • Additional airport or airline security charges • Passport and visa expenses (we will be pleased to advise you on any necessary documentation, however this is passengers' own responsibility) • Government arrival and departure taxes • Optional kayaking • Any additional pre or post voyage accommodation/meal/land arrangements • Excess baggage charges • Telecommunication charges, bar and laundry costs and other charges of a personal nature • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for Hospitality Team members, ship's crew and Expedition Team members (guidelines will be provided) • Travel insurance

 
We would be pleased to quote for the best available airfares and comprehensive travel insurance to suit your specific holiday requirements.

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