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Adventures in Northeast Greenland: Glaciers, Fjords and the Northern Lights
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Adventures in Northeast Greenland Glaciers, Fjords and the Northern Lights

Adventures in Northeast Greenland Glaciers, Fjords and the Northern Lights

Starting From:
$7,682 USD
Duration:
11 days

Explore some of the last unspoiled wilderness areas on the planet by joining our Adventures in Northeast Greenland: Glaciers, Fjords and the Northern Lights itinerary. Cruising along Greenland’s remote northeast coast, home to the largest fjord system in the world, you’ll discover diverse and dramatically rugged landscapes—and possibly cap off a day of Arctic exploration with a nighttime show of the dramatic Aurora borealis as you’ll be in a region where the Northern Lights are regularly visible. Immersed in the untamed beauty of the Arctic, you’ll experience Greenlandic culture firsthand at Ittoqqortoormiit, visit ancient Thule sites steeped in history, and marvel at the majesty of massive icebergs and against a spectacular mountain backdrop.

The Arctic has been inspiring explorers for centuries, and our expeditions offer the chance for you to discover why. We’re excited to host you on your unforgettable adventure! Feel free to reach out to our team of Polar Travel Advisers or your travel professional, who can answer your questions and provide assistance at any time.

Adventures in Northeast Greenland
Expedition in Brief

Search for iconic Arctic wildlife, such as polar bears, muskoxen and seals

Hike the tundra, visit an Inuit community and explore a breathtaking fjord system of East and Northeast Greenland

Strong likelihood of viewing the enchanting Northern Lights (Aurora borealis)

Cruise in a Zodiac to explore majestic landscapes 

Immerse yourself in the icy realm of the Arctic with optional kayaking adventures

Make Your Polar Dream a Reality

All we need is a little bit of information about your travel preferences and one of our Polar Travel Advisors will be in touch.

Your Ships

When it comes to polar expeditions, you’re only as good as where your ships can take you. And our diverse fleet of small polar vessels, which includes icebreakers and expedition ships, can take you to places larger ships can’t navigate. View All of Our Ships

Ice Class

1A

PC6

Cruising Speed

16.5 knots

in open water

Guests

138

Staff and Crew

105

Deck 2
Deck 3
  • Studio Single
  • Studio Double
Deck 4
  • Royal Veranda Stateroom
  • Deluxe Veranda Stateroom
  • Deluxe Veranda Middle Stateroom 
  • Deluxe Veranda Forward Stateroom
Deck 5
Deck 6
  • Royal Veranda Stateroom
  • Junior Suite
  • Grand Veranda Stateroom
  • Studio Veranda Stateroom
Deck 7
  • Owners Suite
  • Explorer Suite
  • Studio Veranda Single
Deck 8

Included Activities

Passengers Hiking in Svalbard
Hiking

Hiking

Hiking in the polar regions differs from your typical trail experience. Here, in a tree-less terrain, you are the tallest figure on the landscape as you walk over spongy tundra, crusty snow or sandy beaches in remotes parts of the... Read more
Passenger getting ready for a polar plunge in the Arctic

Polar Plunge

The Polar Plunge is scheduled once during each voyage. Throughout the journey, the Expedition Leader and Captain constantly monitor conditions in order to choose the optimal time and location. The Polar Plunge sometimes takes plac... Read more
Zodiac cruising in the Arctic
Zodiac

Zodiac Cruising

Zodiacs are used for transferring you ashore, transporting your luggage when necessary and for taking you ocean-level cruising among icebergs, whales and seabirds. During the expedition, you will visit remote and isolated sites th... Read more

Adventure Options

Paddling excursion in the Arctic
Paddling

Paddling Excursion

Every sweep of the paddle as your craft glides through the pristine polar waters creates an incredible soundtrack: the jostle of glacial ice, the lapping of waves against the rocky shore, the perpetual drip from your paddle, the c... Read more
Passengers kayaking in Arctic Landscape

Sea Kayaking

Positioning yourself in the seat of a kayak is one of the most intimate ways travelers can connect with the polar regions—at water level, up close, where you can touch and feel every polar sensation imaginable. The Sea Kayak Progr... Read more

Possible Excursions

When traveling in extremely remote regions, your Expedition Team must consider the sea, ice and weather to guide the route and itinerary details. The following sites are a sample of what you may experience on your expedition, whether by ship, Zodiac cruise, helicopter, or shore landing.

Frederiksdal

Exploring this valley system on foot may offer views of muskoxen, glaciers and ancient Thule remains.

Holm Bay and Ella Ø (Ella Island)

Toward the northern end of Scoresby Land is King Oscar Fjord. Holm Bay is a common landing site here, offering panoramic views of the fjord and surrounding area. Within the fjord, and hence within Northeast Greenland National Park, lies Ella Ø (Ella Island). The legendary Danish navy unit Sirius Sledge Patrol operates here in summer. Muskoxen may also be spotted.

Blomsterbugten

Known as the Bay of Flowers, Blomsterbugten boasts a colorful and lush landscape that is quite different from other Arctic regions. Expect spectacular fall colors, with a possible hike to Noa Lake.

Ittoqqortoormiit

Around 500 people call this northern settlement home. Traditional hunting and fishing ways are alive and well here. Here you can speak with the locals, visit the museum and tourist office (with gift shop!), and even visit a weather station where a data-collecting balloon is released every morning.

Botanikerbugt

In King Oscar Fjord, this bay is home to a variety of flora. It is on the south coast of mountainous Ymer Ø (Ymer Island), part of Northeast Greenland National Park.

Ø Fjord

One of Scoresby Sund’s many fjords, this deep fjord, which is also known as Island Fjord, is truly impressive, flanked by towering mountains and dotted with large icebergs.

C. Hofmann Halvø

This peninsula can be a great location for spotting muskoxen. It is also home to wheatears and snow buntings, and you may spot rock ptarmigans or great northern divers (common loon) while exploring the shore.

King Oscar Fjord

Also known as Kangerluk Kong Oscar, King Oscar Fjord is a major fjord system in Northeast Greenland National Park, with the main fjord stretching 110 kilometres in length and anywhere from 10 to 25 kilometres wide. The fjord system marks the northern border of the Scoresby Land Peninsula. Many visitors remark on the bright sandstone of King Oscar Fjord. When conditions allow, Quark Expeditions’ guests have the opportunity to hike in Skipperdal Valley at Kong Oscar Fjord.

Bjorne Islands (Bear Islands)

Encounter stunning icebergs at this group of small, rugged islands, which offer stupendous views of Scoresby Sund and Øfjord. If conditions allow for a landing, take a short hike to an archaeological site.

Reykjavík

Iceland has been ranked by the United Nations as one of the best countries in which to live. Its capital, Reykjavík (which means “Smoky Bay”), was named by the country’s first settler, Norseman Ingólfur Arnarson, who was inspired by the geothermal mist rising from the ground.

Departure Dates and Cabins

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  • Departure Date

    Aug 26 – Sep 5, 2025

  • Itinerary

    11 days

  • Starting from

    Reykjavík, Iceland

  • Ship

    Ocean Explorer

  • Languages

    English

Adventure Options
  • Paddling
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$8,569 USD
$12,695 USD
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  • Departure Date

    Sep 4 – 14, 2025

  • Itinerary

    11 days

  • Starting from

    Reykjavík, Iceland

  • Ship

    Ocean Explorer

  • Languages

    English

Adventure Options
  • Paddling
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$8,569 USD
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  • Departure Date

    Sep 13 – 23, 2025

  • Itinerary

    11 days

  • Starting from

    Reykjavík, Iceland

  • Ship

    Ocean Explorer

  • Languages

    English

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  • Paddling
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$12,195 USD
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  • Departure Date

    Sep 22 – Oct 2, 2025

  • Itinerary

    11 days

  • Starting from

    Reykjavík, Iceland

  • Ship

    Ocean Explorer

  • Languages

    English

Adventure Options
  • Paddling
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$7,691 USD
$11,395 USD
Make Your Polar Dream a Reality

All we need is a little bit of information about your travel preferences and one of our Polar Travel Advisors will be in touch.

Extend Your Trip

Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre in Reykjavík, Iceland

Reykjavík, Iceland

Not only is Reykjavík the social and cultural hub of Iceland, but it’s also one of the most walkable capitals in the world. Most of the city’s main attractions and venues can be reached on foot, which is not surprising for a capital with only 230,000 inhabitants. Iceland’s entire population is about 360,000. The country’s Viking roots are traced in Reykjavík's major museums, yet the city, located on the southern shore of Faxaflói Bay, is the perfect base for anyone with a yearning to connect with nature and the outdoors. The range of options includes whale watching, geothermal pools, glacier walking, and kayak tours.