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Greenland 2021 with M/S Balto

For more than 20 years we have taken adventure-seeking travellers to the remote and incredible polar regions. We are proud to announce the launch of a new premium 12-passenger expedition ship in 2021 – M/S Balto! She will sail along Greenland’s spectacular coast and has been refitted to one of the most elegant small expedition ships.

This unique 12-passenger ship offers a completely different and much more intimate experience of Greenland compared to a larger expedition ship. We get to visit remote settlements, meet the welcoming people living here and in a personal way learn more about their fascinating culture. The M/S Balto is designed to explore the most remote fjord systems, visit isolated Inuit settlements, find secret anchorages and maximise each guest’s experience in the unspoiled wilderness. This is true micro cruising. 

 

Ship: M/S Balto. Price: From From USD 10 790 (excl. flights). Departures: 29 June 2021, 8 July 2021, 11 August 2021, 18 August 2021, 25 August 2021, 2 September 2021, 9 September 2021

Itinerary

GREENLAND - THE WORLD'S LARGEST ISLAND

Greenland’s spectacular and rugged coastline offers some of the most remarkable nature experiences. The Arctic landscape is dominated by ice-filled fjords, majestic peaks and vast tundra. You can enjoy Zodiac cruises amongst icebergs in all shapes and sizes (up to 100 meters high!), admire glistering glaciers, take a dip in a hot spring and head out on refreshing hikes with stunning views. Here you also find the world’s largest fjord system, the largest ice cap in the northern hemisphere and the world’s northernmost National Park. Greenland is a vast Arctic paradise.

Greenland’s wildlife is rich and diverse, including whales, Arctic foxes, seals, polar bears and the iconic musk ox. This is also a great destination if you wish to observe the magical Northern Lights. From the end of August, you have the chance to see the green light dancing in the sky. An essential part of the Greenlandic experience is to meet the welcoming locals and learn more about their fascinating culture and way of life in this remote and isolated part of the world.

 

ITINERARIES & CHARTERS

For the 2021 season we are happy to offer several dates and itineraries for full charters. This is the ultimate trip for the clients who are looking for a unique, exclusive and life-affirming adventure.

As always, the exact route depends on ice, weather and wildlife encounters. Our small ships enable us to visit the most remote anchorages and settlement. The itinerary will be updated throughout the voyage in order to take advantage of favourable conditions. Flexibility is the key to a successful expedition!

Below, you find two examples of the 2021 itineraries.  Please do not hesitate to contact Johan Reuthammar at johan@polarquest.se or +46 31 333 17 30 should you have any questions regarding M/S Balto, the itineraries or availability.

 

ITINERARY 1: DISKO BAY TO UMMANAQ BAY
REMOTE AT HEART

We begin our voyage by exploring the Disko Bay area, known for its diverse and astonishing landscape, including unique geological formations, deep fjords, springs and caves, magnificent towering icebergs and impressive glaciers faces. We continue up the beautiful Vaigat strait and onwards to the breathtakingly beautiful fjord area north of Uummannaq. The rich waters are likely to introduce us to several whale species, such as humpback, minke or pilot whales, as we navigate in between enormous icebergs. This is expedition cruising in depth! We get the chance to visit rarely visited settlements and fjord systems still unnamed on the map.

Dates: 29 juni - 8 juli & 8 - 17 July 2021

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ITINERARY 2: SCORESBYSUND IN DEPTH

Join us on an expedition cruise in Northeast Greenland – one of the last unspoiled wildernesses in the world. As we venture into the world’s largest fjord system, we will experience breath-taking nature and scenery, large icebergs in unimaginable shapes and colours. The clean air, the silence and the enormity of nature are captivating. During walks we always keeping an eye out for grazing musk oxen.

Dates: 11 - 18 Aug, 18 - 25 Aug, 25 Aug - 2 Sept, 2 - 9 Sept, 9 - 16 Sept 2021.

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KAYAKING OPTION

Imagine gliding along the surface of a bay in the presence of icebergs and glaciers. On M/V Balto there will enough space to bring kayaks. Please contact us for more information if you have a group interested in a kayaking tour in Greenland.

WE CARBON OFFSET ALL OUR TRIPS

Sustainability is at the heart of everything PolarQuest does, we always travel in small groups and strive to have minimal impact on the environment. As operators of expedition cruises, we cannot avoid emitting greenhouse gases during a voyage. Until renewable fuels are available in our line of business, we have chosen to climate compensate (carbon offset) all our trips. Our goal is to over-compensate every year, to slowly pay back to mother earth for emissions made back in time.

The ship M/S Balto

  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Crew mess
  • Owner's suite
  • Owner's suite
  • Owner's suite
  • Owner's suite
  • Owner's suite
  • Suite
  • Superior cabin
  • Double cabin
  • Single cabin
  • Single cabin
  • Sauna

We are proud to present the latest addition to our fleet of small expedition ships, M/S Balto, named after the leading sled dog of 1925 Nome serum run. She was built for the highest ice class in Rauma, Finland, to serve as a government service vessel in the Baltic sea. During 2019-2020, she has been totally refurbished and is now one of the roomiest and most elegant small polar expedition yachts in service. M/S Balto offers a relaxed luxury accommodation for 12 guests in 7 outside cabins, all with private facilities and lower beds. The spacious cabins include 1 Owner’s cabin, 1 superior cabin, 3 double cabins and 2 single cabins. The Owner’s cabin is 30m2, has 6 windows and a queen bed, the superior cabin has two twin beds while the double cabins has a queen bed. The Owner's and superior cabin also offer a separate seating area. In all cabins you find a desk with a chair and a closet for storage.

On the guest deck you also find a cider lined sauna, accommodating 4-6 persons, with a cold shower and a small changing room. The richly appointed saloon and the beautiful dining messroom feature crotch-mahogany panelling, a bar, a card table, a library, coffee and tea stations. She offers a large restaurant style open galley, where you can check on the marvels of our chefs and sample freshly baked bread. 

 

There are several open and semi enclosed deck spaces from where you can enjoy the stunning Arctic sceneries. You are welcomed by an international crew and the bridge is open for visitors.

The ship has been fitted with an electric diesel propulsion capable of maintaining versatile manoeuvring and survey speeds with no vibration. It is therefore ideal as film and photo platform. There is also a mud room for expedition gear and two Zodiacs for wilderness cruises and offshore experiences. M/S Balto is truly one of a kind when it comes to small polar expedition ships. Travelling with this unique 12-passenger ship offers a completely different and much more intimate experience of Greenland compared to a larger expedition ship. 

A small group of merely 12 passengers gives us more flexibility, unique itineraries and more time ashore. Also, the footprints we leave behind are a lot smaller!

The M/S Balto is designed to explore the most remote fjord systems, visit isolated Inuit settlements, take you to secret anchorages and maximise each guest’s experience in the unspoiled wilderness. This is true micro cruising. 

 

Cabins & prices

Cabin category Price per person
Disko Bay to Uummannaq 10 days From USD 10 790 (excl. flights)
Scoresby Sund In Depth 8 days From USD 8 490 (excl. flights)

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Departure Return
29 June 2021 8 July 2021
8 July 2021 17 July 2021
11 August 2021 18 August 2021
18 August 2021 25 August 2021
25 August 2021 2 September 2021
2 September 2021 9 September 2021
9 September 2021 16 September 2021