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Northeast Greenland & Scoresby Sund in depth

Join the elegant 12-passenger ship M/V Balto on an true 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 the grazing musk oxen and other wildlife. With our sturdy Zodiacs we explore further afield, cruise amongst large stranded icebergs and make shore landings. From the end of August we have a great chance of seeing the magical Northern Lights. 

Accommodation: Cabin on board the expedition ship M/V Balto. Transport: Expedition ship, Zodiac. Ship: M/V Balto. Passengers: 12 passengers. Length: 8 days, 7 nights on ship. Price: From USD 8 490. Departures: 11 August 2021, 18 August 2021, 25 August 2021, 2 September 2021, 9 September 2021

Itinerary

Day 1: Constable Point

We fly to Constable Point and board the M/V Balto. We are now in a part of the world where we are totally dependent on ice and weather conditions. Our exact itinerary depends on these factors and on the wildlife we encounter. Our ambition is to make landings every day with our rigid Zodiac crafts.

Day 2 – 7: Exploration of Scoresby Sund

We are travelling in one of the largest wilderness areas in the Northern Hemisphere. It introduces its visitors to some of the most spectacular coast lines in the world and the deep fjords are surrounded by majestic peaks and tundra covered slopes. We will use our sturdy Zodiacs to explore further afield, cruise amongst large stranded icebergs and make shore landings.

Scoresby Sund is the world’s largest fjord system and offers some of the most spectacular scenery Greenland has to offer: jagged peaks as tall as 2000 meters coming straight out of the sea and rare glimpses of the Greenland ice cap, the largest ice cap in the northern hemisphere. Large glaciers pour into the sea, giving birth to an unexpected quantity of beautiful icebergs, some of them lager than high-rise buildings. We hope to circumnavigate Milne Land, the second largest island in Greenland, sailing through the narrow and spectacular Føhn Fjord, Røde Fjord and Ø Fjord. During walks on the tundra we may find remains from early Inuit cultures that settled here more than 2000 years ago. We also have good chances to spot magnificent prehistoric-looking musk ox or the lovely white Arctic hare. We also keep an eye out for snow bunting, wheatear and ptarmigans. With a portion of luck, we might also encounter polar bears.

Time permitting, we may sail up into the rarely visited Nordvestfjord. This fjord is often filled with icebergs making for challenging but spectacular navigation.

We plan to visit Ittoqqortoormiit, home to some 450 Greenlanders and the only settlement in Northeast Greenland. It is located 500 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle and nearest town is Tasiilaq, 800 kilometres to the south.

 

 

In a town where the sea ice blocks ships from visiting most part of the year, hunting and fishing are the only ways of survival. During our visit we get a unique opportunity to learn more about the living and surviving in this remote part of the world.

Day 8: Disembarkation

In the morning we disembark in Constable Point for homebound flights.

Please note: Our exact route will depend on ice, weather conditions and wildlife. The places mentioned are just examples of some of the many sites this region of Greenland has to offer. We always strive to maximize your experience. Please remember that flexibility is the key to a successful expedition!

 

The ship M/V Balto

  • Bar/Saloon
  • Dining room
  • Owner's suite
  • Owner's suite
  • Owner's suite
  • Owner's suite
  • Owner's suite
  • Suite
  • Single cabin
  • Single cabin
  • Sauna

We are proud to present the latest addition to our fleet of small expedition ships, M/V 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/V 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 2 Zodiacs for wilderness cruises and offshore experiences. M/V 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, more unique itineraries and more time ashore. Also, the footprints we leave behind are a lot smaller!

The M/V 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. 

Built: Rauma Pepola Savonlinna, Finland
Length: 40 meters
Beam: 9 meters
Draft: 3.6 meters
Tonnage: 427 GT ITC
Guests: 12 people
Main Engine: WARTSILA
Generator: a) Isuzu 105 kW GBL, b) Perkins 100kW, c) Volvo 80 kW
Cruising Speed: 9 knots
Zodiacs: 2

Cabins & prices

Cabin category Price per person
Double cabin Double bed USD 8 490
Suite Twin beds USD 9 190
Owner's suite Double bed USD 10 290
Single cabin Single bed USD 8 990

Price includes

  • 7 nights on board M/V Balto
  • All meals on board
  • Coffee and tea
  • 1 Expedition Leader and 1 guide
  • Guiding ashore and talks on board
  • All excursions and activities
  • Comprehensive information material before the expedition
  • The trip is climate compensated

Not included

  • Mandatory transfer package from Akureyri or Reykjavik to Constable Point with return
  • International flights to and from Iceland
  • Travel and cancellation insurance
  • The customary gratuity to the ship’s crew
  • Personal expenses such as bar and shop charges

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