South and East Greenland - Aurora Borealis, Fly & Sail

Experience Viking history, dazzling glaciers, and exotic wildlife in aurora-lit southeast Greenland

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Titel: South and East Greenland - Aurora Borealis, Fly & Sail
Daten:
Tripcode: JNS13-22
Dauer: 10 Nächte
Schiff: MS Janssonius
Einschiffung: Kangerlussuaq
Ausschiffung: Keflavik
Sprache: Englisch sprechende Reiseleitung
Wichtig: Kayaking is optional.
Mehr über: Arktis Reisen
Grönland Reisen
 
Reiseroute

ZUR BEACHTUNG: All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. Landings are subject to site availabilities, permissions, and environmental concerns per AECO regulations. Official sailing plans and landing slots are scheduled with AECO prior to the start of the season, but the expedition leader determines the final plan. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. The average cruising speed of our vessel is 10.5 knots. Charter flights from Keflavik to Kangerlussuaq available, please contact us for more information about the flights.

Join us on an adventurous Arctic voyage throughout remote southeast Greenland, enjoying the grandeur of colossal glaciers, old Norse history, and seldom-seen species under the magical northern lights.

Day 1: Westward through the fjord

You arrive by chartered plane from Keflavik and land at Kangerlussuaq. Our voyage begins in the small base of Kangerlussuaq (Søndre Strømfjord), where we board the ship and spend the night sailing westward through the area’s long fjord (250 km, 155 miles). The currents here are strong and may work against us or with us.

Day 2: Sermilinguaq Fjord and seabird cliffs

Today we head east of Hamborgerland to reach the fantastic landscapes of the Sermilinguaq Fjord. Our Zodiac excursions in this area, which will take place near a glacier front, also include some landings near seabird colonies where some winged residents still keep to the cliffs.

Day 3: Exploring Greenland's captivating capital

We next land at Nuuk (once called Godthåb), the capital of Greenland, with a population of about 18,000.   

The trip to shore should include a visit to the museum, which has a remarkable collection of Inuit mummies dating from the 15th century. These were found near Uummannaq, farther to the north. The Cultural Centre of Nuuk, which each year has an exhibition of the work from a Greenlandic artist, is also well worth visiting. 

The area around Nuuk offers many attractions: Among the oldest exposed rocks on Earth are found here, and the waters to the west of town are a good place to look for humpbacks and blue whales.   

We’re now getting into the zone where the darkness at night lets us admire the aurora borealis, or northern lights.

Day 4: Whales, seabirds, and the Greenland ice sheet

We aim to land at Lichtenfels, an abandoned Herrnhuters (Moravian Brethren) mission post, with a large cemetery from the 18th century.   

We may also sail to the small Greenlandic fishing village of Fiskenaes (formerly Brielse Haven). Later in the evening, we sail past Flade Isblink, where the Greenland ice sheet nearly comes to the coast.   

Keep a lookout for humpbacks and minke whales. If we’re lucky, we might see migratory birds from the Southern Hemisphere, such as great shearwaters from Tristan da Cunha and Antarctic skuas from Antarctica.

Day 5: Admiring the Arsuk Glacier

Our first landing of the day is Ivittuut, a deserted settlement where we can see the remains of an old cryolite mine from the 19th century, along with many tokens of how people lived here a century ago. We often also see musk oxen that have been introduced into this area. In the Arsuk Fjord, we may visit the impressive waterfall of Fox Fald and see the deep blue front of the Arsuk Glacier. 

Day 6: Greenland’s ancient Norse remains

Today we continue to Hvalsey (Whale Island), visiting the best-preserved Viking church in Greenland.   

We then plan to sail to the ruins of Gardar, an historic episcopal residence now located in the settlement of Igaliku. Here we see more ancient Norse buildings where the local people keep sheep and grow potatoes, often against a background of dazzling icebergs. When and why the Norse disappeared from Greenland is not known, but records show there were settlers living here for about 500 years.

The remains of their dwellings are scattered all over the area, but one of the longest-lived settlements was at Hvalsey.

Day 7: Stunning views and Viking artifacts

Sailing Prins Christian Sund, we cut through the southern tip of Greenland. This strait is renowned for its magnificent views on both sides.   

At the entrance to the strait, opposite the settlement of Narsarmijit (once Frederiksdal), we hope to land at Herjolfsnes and enjoy the extensive artifacts of Greenland’s Viking settlers.   

We then continue past Aappilattoq (formerly Augpilagtoq), a village characterized by a towering mountain, and plan to make a shore excursion at either Igdlorssuit Havn or Svaerdfisken Havn.

Day 8: Timmiarmiut Fjord ice formations

We venture on to the remote eastern coast of Greenland.   

At the mouth of Timmiarmiut Fjord (one of the few fjords on the east coast that has recorded depth soundings), we land on Timmiarmiut Island in a safe bay that ships have used for centuries.   

The remains of Thule culture dwellings can still be seen here, and deeper in the fjord is a great area for Zodiac cruises among icebergs that have calved from glaciers flowing down from the inland ice.  

Day 9: The incredible scenes of Skjoldungen Island

Today just might offer us the high point of the whole voyage. As we circumnavigate Skjoldungen Island, we’ll experience some of the most breathtaking landscapes in all of Greenland.   

We aim to sail by a deserted settlement, then more inland near the settlement of Qornoq. Here we can see the remains of a Thule settlement and maybe even ringed seals.   

At the head of the fjord, we’ve planned a walk to Dronning Marie Dal amid a landscape of colorful autumn flora.

Day 10: Denmark Strait’s wildlife and auroras

As we sail Denmark Strait on our way to Iceland, the going can be rough, but be sure to spend some time on deck looking for whales, migrating seabirds, and of course, the aurora borealis.

Day 11: Farewell Greenland, hello Iceland

Though even the greatest adventures eventually must end, you will return home with countless memories (and memorable photos) to enjoy for years to come.   

Depending on the weather, we should arrive at the delightful Icelandic port town of Keflavik around midday.   

Since the weather in Denmark Strait might delay us, we suggest planning your return flight for after day 11.

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