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Northeast Greenland 2018 - Fly & Cruise

Join us on an expedition cruise to Northeast Greenland – one of the world’s last unspoiled wildernesses. Here we witness the delights of the world’s largest fjord system, Scoresbysund, discover the fascinating Inuit settlement of Ittoqqortoormiit and hopefully view some vivid displays of Northern Lights. This is an active trip, where we have the chance to trek along the tundra and up the mountains. We sail along some of the most spectacular coastlines in the world and deep into the fjords. Surrounded by majestic peaks, tundra covered slopes and the largest ice cap in the northern hemisphere, we keep an eye out for grazing musk ox and other Arctic wildlife. With our sturdy Zodiacs we explore further afield, cruise amongst large stranded icebergs and make shore landings.

Accommodation: Cabin on board Ocean Nova, hotel in Reykjavik. Transport: Expedition ship, airplane, Zodiacs. Ship: Ocean Nova in Greenland. Passengers: 78 (approx. 20 from PolarQuest). Languages: English. Length: 10 days, 7 nights on ship. Price: From USD 6 395. Departures: 1 September 2018


Day 1: Reykjavik, Iceland

Our adventure begins with an overnight stay in thoroughly-modern Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital city.

Day 2: Constable Point, Greenland

We fly from Reykjavik to Constable Point in Northeast Greenland, where we board the comfortable expedition ship Ocean Nova – our home for the following seven nights. The expedition has started! We are now in a part of the world where we are totally dependent on ice and weather conditions. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what we will experience on this trip; please keep in mind that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

Day 3: Alpefjord

We are now in the largest and northernmost National Park in the world! In breathtaking Alpefjord we explore and Zodiac cruise through a multitude of dazzling icebergs in all shapes and sizes. Narrow fjords with spectacular ancient rocks make this area a dream for even the novice geologist. Be on the lookout for Arctic fox and musk ox, which roam free here.

Day 4: Brogetdal & Waltershausen Glacier

Multihued mountains surround the lovely Brogetdal, which translates to “the multicoloured valley”. Here we can enjoy the colorful vistas and fascinatinggeology. Later, we travel to the impressive and rarely visited Waltershausen Glacier at the head of Nordfjord, named after the German explorer Baron Wolfgang Sartorius von Waltershausen after his failed attempt to reach the North Pole via East Greenland in1869.

Day 5: Blomsterbugten & Renbugten

Blomsterbugten, “the bay of flowers”, in the Kejser Franz Joseph Fjord is home to beautiful purple and gold coloured rocks that we admire in the distance or explore on a hike for those who wish. In the afternoon we continue to Renbugten, called “Reindeer Bay” for the herd of 12 reindeer seen on one of the first expeditions to the area. Arctic hare is also a common and delightful sight in this area.

Day 6: Ella Ø (Ella Island)

Within King Oscar Fjord lies Ella Ø - a hiker’s paradise. The area is surrounded by ice-choked waters, rugged cliffs and sky-blue icebergs. Challenge yourself to climb to the top of the island - the incredible views are worth it! The Danish navy unit Sirius Sledge Patrol trains here in the summer and musk ox may be spotted.

Day 7: Ittoqqortoormiit & Hall Bredning

At the entrance of Scoresbysund lies Ittoqqortoormiit, East Greenland’s most northerly community, which boasts a blend of traditional and modern lifestyles. Ittoqqortoormiit is home to some 450 Greenlanders and is located 500 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle. Its nearest neighbour is Tasiilaq, 800 kilometres to the south. We spend our time here with the Inuit people and gain an appreciation of their way of life. There is also a chance to purchase unique Inuit handicrafts. With clear skies, we have a great opportunity to see the Northern Lights. Later, when crossing Hall Bredning, we marvel at huge icebergs - larger than football fields and taller than apartment buildings.

Day 8: Frederiksdal & Sydkap

Considered by many as the most beautiful fjord system in the world, Scoresbysund is definitely the longest and largest. The sound was named after William Scoresby, a whaler, scientist and man of the cloth, who was famed for mapping more than 644 km of Greenland’s coastline. Sailing deeper into this enormous fjord system, we encounter massive icebergs as we approach Sydkap. The scenery here is unforgettable, with towering mountainsides and hundreds of monumental icebergs playing tricks with your sense of perception.

Day 9: Constable Point - Reykjavik

Today it is time to disembark and say goodbye to this impressive National Park. We board our airplane and a short flight takes us back to Reykjavik and Iceland. Here, we stay the night at a comfortable hotel.

Day 10: Reykjavik

We start our journey home or continue on to further adventures.

Please note: The itinerary is subject to change. Our route will depend on weather conditions and wildlife sightings. Please keep in mind that flexibility is the key to a successful adventure! The expedition is operated by Quark Expeditions. 

Kayaking option

Imagine gliding along the surface of a bay in the presence of icebergs and glaciers. Taken in small groups of 10 people, multiple times per voyage, kayaking adventures are only conducted during calm weather conditions. We recommend you have some prior kayaking experience, including the capability to do a wet exit. Price: USD 695 per person. Contact us for more information!

The ship Ocean Nova in Greenland

  • Olof Krüger
  • Olof Krüger
  • Panorama lounge
  • Olof Krüger
  • Olof Krüger
  • Emma Nilsson

The expedition ship Ocean Nova was built in Denmark in 1992 and in 2006 she was completely refurbished and has now a career as a small and comfortable expedition ship. The Ocean Nova takes 78 passengers in twin, triple and quad cabins, all with exterior views and en-suite facilities. The quad, triple and some of the twin cabins on upper deck have upper and lower berths. All other cabins have two lower berths. In your cabin you find a desk with a chair as well as storage space for clothes and equipment. In the dining room you are treated to delicious meals and in the panorama lounge you can enjoy a drink with breathtaking views of the surrounding polar landscape. This is where your guides entertain and educate you with lectures on the area’s flora, fauna and history. 

On board there is also a library with a collection of polar books and DVDs. Passengers are welcome on the bridge around the clock and there is always something to see or search for from the spacious observation decks. The atmosphere on board Ocean Nova is relaxed and very friendly. Travelling with this small expedition ship offers an entirely different experience and perspective than you get on a larger and more conventional cruise ship.

Cabins & prices

Cabin category Price per person
Quad cabin (bunk beds) USD 6 395
Triple cabin (bunk beds) USD 6 895
Upper deck twin cabin (bunk bed) USD 8 495
Bridge deck twin cabin (two lower beds) USD 8 895
Upper deck twin cabin (two lower beds) USD 9 395

Price includes: 7 nights on board Ocean Nova . 2 hotel nights in Reykjavik . Charter flight Reykjavik-Constable Point Reykjavik . Transfers to/from the ship and between charter flight and hotel in Reykjavik . All meals on board Ocean Nova . Coffee and tea . An experienced Expedition Leader and knowledgeable guides . One PolarQuest tour leader . All lectures/talks . All excursions . Waterproof expedition boots on loan . A parka to keep . Port charge . Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of USD 500,000 per person . Comprehensive pre-departure material . A post-expedition logbook

Not included: International flights to/from Iceland . Transfers between Reykjavik international airport and hotel . Travel and cancellation insurance . Visa expenses . Voluntary gratuity for shipboard staff and crew . Beverages . Optional kayaking activities

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