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Arctic Express: Greenland’s Northern Lights

Duration 10 days
Departing from
  • Reykjavik, Iceland
Starting from $6,695
Adventure Options Sea KayakingPaddling Excursion

Overview

For those short on time, the benefits of this expedition are many. You’ll witness the delights of the world’s largest fjord system of Scoresby Sund, discover the fascinating Inuit settlements and people of Ittoqqortoormiit, and have the possibility of viewing some of the world’s most vivid displays of Northern Lights. As one of our more active adventures, you’ll have the chance to trek along the tundra and at Greenland National Park, climb mountains and watch grazing musk ox and other arctic wildlife on the horizon.

Greenland Destination Guide

Greenland Destination Guide

Our Greenland destination guide is your best resource for learning everything there is to know about one of the last unspoiled wilderness areas on Earth, home to iceberg-choked fjords, towering mountains of rock and snow, valleys rich in iconic wildlife, and the world’s most colorful sky.

The guide features details about what you can experience on our expeditions, useful travel tips and even a packing checklist.

 

Highlights

  • Enjoy the stunning and unique vistas of Greenland
  • Explore the world’s largest fjord system
  • Hike in the largest, most remote and northerly national park in the world
  • Wildlife sightings may include whales, polar bears, and musk ox
  • Cruise in a Zodiac
  • Visit an Inuit community
  • Take advantage of optional kayak adventure opportunities

Adventure Calls in East Greenland

Itineraries

Day 1 — Reykjavik, Iceland

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

Day 2 — Embarkation Day at Constable Point

You’ll fly from Reykjavik to Constable Point to board your vessel and begin your expedition. Get ready for a great adventure ahead!

Day 3 — Apelfjord

You’ll cruise through breathtaking Alpefjord. Fjords punctuate the scenery all around. Your day will be spent exploring and Zodiac cruising through a multitude of dazzling icebergs, fjords and sounds in all shapes and sizes. Be on the lookout for arctic fox and musk ox, which roam free here.

Day 4 — Brogetdal and Watershausen Glacier

Multi-hued mountains surround lovely Brogetdal, which was originally called “painted valley,” and later translated to mean “multicolored valley.” You’ll view colorful vistas, and fascinating geology. Later, you’ll travel to the impressive and rarely visited Waltershausen Glacier, an imposing ice floe at the head of Nordfjord, named after German explorer Baron Wolfgang Sartorius von Waltershausen, after his failed 1869 attempt to reach the North Pole via East Greenland.

Day 5 — Blomsterbugten and Renbugten

Blomsterbugten, the “Bay of Flowers,” is home to beautiful purple and gold colored rocks that you’ll view from a distance, or on a hike for those who wish. Later we’ll continue to Renbugten, called “Reindeer Bay” for the herd of 12 reindeer seen on one of the first expeditions to the area. Arctic hare are a common and delightful sight in this area.

Day 6 — Ella Oya (Ella Island)

Ella Oya is a hiker’s paradise. The area is surrounded by ice-choked waters, rugged cliffs and sky-blue icebergs. Challenge yourself with a climb to the top of the island—the views are worth it.

Day 7 — Ittoqqortoormiit and Hall Bredning

At the start of the sound, Itoqqortoormiit is East Greenland’s most northerly community and boasts a blend of traditional and modern lifestyles. With clear skies, you’ll have a great opportunity to see the northern lights. You can also support local Inuit artisans by purchasing unique handicrafts. Our time here is spent bonding with the Inuit people and gaining an appreciation of their way of life. Later, we’ll see huge icebergs - larger than football fields, taller than apartment buildings - crossing Hall Bredning, part of Scoresby Sund.

Day 8 — Frederiksdal and Sydkap

Sailing on, deeper into Scoresby Sund you’ll encounter massive icebergs and an ancient Thule settlement as we approach Sydkap. The scenery here is unforgettable, with towering mountain sides and hundreds of monumental icebergs playing tricks with your sense of perception.

Day 9 — Disembarkation at Constable Point

Arrive at Constable Point and disembark the ship. Sit back and enjoy your charter flight from Constable Point to Reykjavik, the vibrant and artistic capital of Iceland. Overnight in your comfortable Reykjavik hotel.

Day 10 — Depart Reykjavik

Make your own way to the airport for your return flight home, or spend some extra time in Reykjavik - you’ll be amazed at the variety of attractions and must-see places of interests Reykjavik has to offer.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy—and excitement—of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

Dates and Rates

Departure
Days
Starting from
 
 
Sep 2 – Sep 11, 2019
10
$6,695
Sep 9 – Sep 18, 2019
10
$6,695
Sep 16 – Sep 25, 2019
10
$6,695
Sep 23 – Oct 2, 2019
10
$6,695

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Reviews

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Cruising Greenland

5

Incredibly enjoyable experience made possible by super friendly and knowledgeable expedition staff.

Amazing trip!

5

The service and expedition teams were incredible, making this a trip of a lifetime!

Incredible from start to finish

5

My experience aboard Ocean Nova with Quark Expeditions was nothing short of life changing. The staff, crew and expedition team provided the highest level of service aboard a comfortable and nimble ship. Our itinerary was phenomenal. Northeast Greenland is a magical place in our world filled with captivating mountain ranges that date hundreds of million years, along with beautiful icebergs, active glaciers and wildlife! We saw Northern Lights on four of the evenings throughout the itinerary and they did not disappoint! This was a dream come true.

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