Travel to Northeast Greenland and Spitsbergen

Northeast Greenland and Spitsbergen – August 29th to September 11th, 2017

Voyage and expedition cruise to Greenland and Spitzbergen Expedition cruise on board the vessel Plancius

Duration: 13 nights/14 days

Size of the group: 116 expeditioners maximum

The ship in details…

Expedition cruise basics…

The Svalbard archipelago is located half way between North Cape and North Pole. This region is home of polar bears, arctic foxes, seals, reindeers, numerous of birds and walrus. But Svalbard is also characterized by great landscapes of high peaks, glaciers and beautiful tundra areas ! The history is also fascinating, from the early whalers and sealers to the coal mining period.
From Spitsbergen, discover the rarely visited and wild region of the Northeast of Greenland with deep fjord, giant icebergs, and fantastic landscapes.


PROGRAM AND ITINERARY:

About the program and itinerary…

Day 1: departure from Longyearbyen
Arrive in Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of the Spitsbergen archipelago of which West Spitsbergen is the largest island. Before embarking there is an opportunity to stroll around this former mining town, whose parish church and Polar Museum are well worth visiting. In the early evening the ship will sail out of Isfjorden..

Day 2: Raudfjord and Moffen Island
You will sail to Raudfjord on the north coast of West Spitsbergen, a beautiful fjord dominated by spectacular glaciers and favoured by Ringed and Bearded Seal. The cliffs and shoreline of the fjord also support thriving seabird colonies and a surprisingly rich vegetation, which flourishes in sheltered spots. Polar bear are often seen here. From Raudfjord, continue to Moffen Island on which Walrus haul out.

Days 3 and 4: at sea
At sea, on your way to Greenland, you may see the edge of the East Greenland sea-ice. Kkeep watch for whales, and also for migrating seabirds.

Days 5 to 12: Northeast coast of Greenland
During this week on the Northeast coast of Greenland, you will have the opportunity to do many activities such as landings, zodiac and ship cruises, hiking… There is no defined program in this region, because ice conditions and weather will influence on your schedule. But you will visit for sure the longest fjord in the world (Scoresby Sound), Northwest Fjord, the inuit settlement Ittoqqortoormiut and other places.

Day 13: at sea
You will spend the whole day at sea and have splendid opportunities to see large whales and seabird migration and. In the night is clear enough, you may see northern lights…

Day 14: Akureyri, Iceland
In the morning you arrive in Akureyri in Iceland and are taken by a chartered bus during a six hours’ drive through North Iceland to your hotels in Reykjavik.

Map of the itinerary of the expedition cruise to Greenland and Spitsbergen


PRICES (per person):

– Quadruple Porthole: € 4960
– Triple Porthole: € 6060
– Twin Porthole: € –
– Twin Window: € 7680
– Twin Deluxe: € –
– Superior: € 9180

The ship in details…

Prices include: voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary, all meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea, all shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac, free use of rubber boots and snow shoes, transfers and baggage handling between the airport, hotels and ship only for those passengers on the group flights to and from Longyearbyen, all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme, AECO fees and governmental taxes.

Prices do not include: any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights, pre- and post- land arrangements, transfers to/from the vessel outside Spitsbergen, passport and visa expenses, Government arrival and departure taxes, meals ashore, baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is mandatory), all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges.


OUR OPINION ON THIS VOYAGE:

This is probably one of the most fantastic voyage to do on the Arctic. First because you will visit both Spitsbergen and Greenland, and because the North East coast of Greenland is rarely visited. With very few villages, this coast is more wild than the East coast. You will be shocked by the beautiful landscapes, deep fjords and huge icebergs, but also by having the feeling that you are in the middle of nowhere. Wildlife will be more difficult to spot than in Svalbard, however you should see Hares, Musk Ox, birds and whales. Keep finger crossed for northern lights…

☞ Interest of this trip: fauna (arctic fox, birds, reindeers, musk ox, whales…), flora, glaciers, icebergs, historic sites, landscapes, sea ice, inuit culture, northern lights…