ARCTIC

Greenland Northern Lights Cruise

Northern lights cruise, Greenland
from £6,500 9-13 nights | Aug - Sep Exc. flights See price details
  • Departs:
  • Aug
  • 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.

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 - Akureyri, Embarkation
Today you will board a charter flight to Akureyri in Northern Iceland, where you will embark the ship and settle into your home for the next couple of weeks.
Day 3: At sea
Sail through the Denmark Strait en route for wild Greenland. Your onboard Expedition Team will keep you informed and entertained with presentations about Greenland's wildlife, history and geography. You'll also receive several important safety and operational briefings.
Days 4-7: Greenland National Park
Fjords and flower meadows punctuate the scenery of Greenland National Park, where Arctic fox and musk oxen roam free. Your days here will be spent exploring and learning about the unique history and geology of Greenland.

Rimmed by the majestic Fjord Mountains, King Oscar Fjord offers plenty of opportunity for Arctic adventure. Depending on conditions, you may hike the delicate flower-and-berry-strewn tundra at Holm Bay, Zodiac-cruise through spectacular Alepfjord (to the southwest), or climb to the top of Ella Island. Be sure to pack both binoculars and camera, as Ella Island offers unparalleled views of five fjords, beyond which you may also spot grazing musk oxen.

Continue to the confusingly-named 'Antarctic' Sound, where youíll see beautiful purple and gold layered sedimentary rock on the barren eastern side of Ymer Island, and the lush vegetation of Blomsterbugten ('Bay of Flowers') on the west side.

You will then follow the jagged Liverpool Coast south to Scoresbysund, possibly stopping en route for a zodiac cruise to Uunartoq Qeqertaq. Known as the 'warming island', this was only discovered in 2005 when glacial ice melt revealed it to be an island, and not part of the coast.
Days 8-11: Scoresbysund
On arrival at Scoresbysund you can't fail to be impressed by the largest, longest, and arguably one of the most beautiful fjord systems in the world. This area was named for William Scoresby, a whaler, scientist and man of the cloth who charted the east coast of Greenland in 1822.

At the entrance to the Sound is Itoqqortoormitt, East Greenlandís most northerly community, and one of the world's last remaining examples of a living hunter society. Visit Inuit residents, with the chance to purchase unique handicrafts made from locally harvested materials by the area's multi-talented artisans. Itoqqortoormitt is also one of the best places on the planet to view the northern lights so hope for clear skies tonight!

Sailing deeper into Scoresbysund you'll encounter massive icebergs and an ancient Thule settlement as you approach Sydkap and Øfjord. The surrounding vistas are extraordinary, and include hundreds of icebergs, each the size of large apartment buildings. The rich tundra supports herds of musk oxen, and the fjord is ringed by soaring mountain peaks.

Pushing onward, your expedition will come to Rypefjord and Kap Hofmann Halvø. Keep your eyes peeled for sightings of rare blue icebergs, which are more normally seen in the Antarctic. With binoculars in hand, birders should keep watch for wheatears, snow buntings and ravens at Rypefjord.

At Cape Hofmann Halvø you'll have your best chance of spotting grazing musk oxen, and also enjoy a final hike to see the delicate beauty of tundra wildflowers such as dwarf willow and dwarf birch.
Days 12-13: At sea
The homeward journey sails back across the Denmark Strait, where you may spot white-beaked dolphins, and humpback, minke and even blue whales. Birders should keep watch for kittiwakes, gannets, guillemots, fulmars and razorbills.
Day 14: Disembarkation
Your Greenland adventure comes to an end as you enter port in Akureyri and board your flight to Reykjavik, then transfer to the city centre. If you have time, it’s worth sticking around to explore this great city.
Notes

Itinerary Variations

2017 & 2018 Season

Ocean Nova Departures

Day 1 Overnight in Reykjavik
Day 2 Fly from Reykjavik to Constable Point and embark ship
Days 3-8 East Greenland & Scoresbysund Fjord
Day 9 Disembark Constable Point, fly to Reykjavik
Day 10 Depart Reykjavik


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

  • Grade:
  • Type: Expedition Ship

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

Sea Adventurer (known as Ocean Adventurer from 2017)

  • Grade:
  • Type: Expedition Ship

This attractive ice-strengthened vessel is a comfortable…

Excursions

Kayaking

Optional Adventure Activity on selected Arctic Cruises

Prices & Dates

2017 Season

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

Departure Date DurationVesselPrices from
16 Aug 2017 14 days Sea Adventurer £8,900
17 Sep 2017 * 10 days Ocean Nova £6,500 - Waitlist only!
24 Sep 2017 * 10 days Ocean Nova £6,500

* Fly/fly - These voyages include a flight both ways between Iceland and Greenland.

Adventure options:
≠ Kayaking is available on this voyage: £565 per person on board the Ocean Nova and Sea Adventurer

Inclusions and Exclusions

Sea Adventurer 16 Aug 2017

Includes: 1 night pre-voyage accommodation with breakfast in Reykjavik • On embarkation day, transfer to Reykjavik City Airport • Return flights between Reykjavik City Airport and Akureyri • Return transfers between Akureyri Airport and the ship • Transfer from Reykjavik City Airport to downtown Reykjavik post voyage • 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

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 • On disembarkation day, flight from Constable Point to Reykjavik, and transfer from Reykjavik City Airport to downtown Reykjavik • 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.

2018 Prices and 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 £6,800
08 Sep 2018 * 10 days Ocean Nova £6,800
15 Sep 2018 * 10 days Ocean Nova £6,800
22 Sep 2018 * 10 days Ocean Nova £6,800

* Fly/fly - These voyages include a flight both ways between Iceland and Greenland.

Activity options:
≠ Kayaking is available on this voyage: £555 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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