23 Days Ultimate Arctic Discovery Voyage incl. FREE Zurich-to-Longyearbyen flight *

Northeast Greenland, Jan Mayen and Farthest North in the pack ice North of Spitsbergen in a round trip

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Title: 23 Days Ultimate Arctic Discovery Voyage incl. FREE Zurich-to-Longyearbyen flight *
Dates:
Tripcode: HDS10C22
Duration: 22 nights
Ship: m/v Hondius
Embarkation: Longyearbyen
Disembarkation: Longyearbyen
Language: English speaking voyage
Important: Free one-way charter flight from Zurich to Longyearbyen included, available for new bookings from June 15 till June 30
More about: Arctic cruises
Greenland cruises
Svalbard cruises
Jan Mayen cruises
 
Itinerary
PLEASE NOTE: 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. The probability of sailing into Scoresbysund is high (based on our experiences from 1993 – 2019), but there is still a chance (about 30%) that ice will obstruct passage into the fjord system. In that case we will resort to areas south of Scoresbysund (Blosseville Coast) and in Southeast Spitsbergen. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. The average cruising speed of our vessel is 10.5 knots.

All Arctic highlights combined in a unique voyage to the remotest places in North Spitsbergen, Northeast Greenland and Jan Mayen. This voyage is aiming at the Farthest North coordinate in pack ice North of Spitsbergen.

NEW offer: Free hiking on HDS10C22

We aim to provide one to three different types of hike per landing site during the 1 – 16 August Greenland cruise, coordinated by our lead mountain guide.

Hikes range from a casual stroll to a challenging hike, and outings usually last between two and six hours, depending on the site. Four-hour hikes are common.

Long hikes span up to 15 km (nine miles) and achieve 100+ meters (300+ feet) of elevation hiked up and down, though other options are less demanding.

None of our hikes is technical, so there will be no steep rock climbing. Previous hiking experience is not necessary, but good physical condition is desirable.

Participants should bring basic hiking equipment (boots for long hikes, daypacks, water bottles, rainproof / functional clothing, and similar items).

We intend to make four hikes in Greenland, two in Spitsbergen, and one on Jan Mayen. Participation in the hiking program is free of charge, but we kindly ask you to sign up in advance. You can find further details here.

Day 1: Largest town, biggest island

You touch down in Longyearbyen, the administrative center of Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago. Enjoy strolling around this former mining town, whose parish church and Svalbard Museum make for fascinating attractions. Though the countryside appears stark, more than a hundred species of plant have been recorded in it.

In the early evening the ship sails out of Isfjorden, where you might spot the first minke whale of your voyage.

Day 2: Incredible Krossfjorden scenery

Before we begin our crossing to Greenland, we sail into Krossfjorden in the main island of Spitsbergen, where you’ll pass through staggeringly scenic alpine mountaintops, active glaciers, still occupied seabird colonies and rich vegetation.

Day 3 – 4: Onward to east Greenland

You may eventually see the jagged edge of the east Greenland sea ice flashing into sight ahead, depending on the conditions. Keep watch for whales and migrating seabirds here.

Day 5: Tundra, mountains, and icebergs

As you approach Greenland, you may sail through the sea ice into Foster Bay and land at Margrethedal, where at the east side of the river are remains of Thule culture from some centuries ago. The lower tundra areas near the shores are populated by musk oxen.

From here you sail through Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord, surrounded by towering mountains and bright interior icebergs.

Day 6: Kaiser Franz Joseph Fjord

You pass Teufelschloss (Devil’s Castle), a mountain with layered geology. On the other side of the fjord is Blomsterbugt (Flower Bay) and the intended landing site. In the afternoon we continue through Antarctic Sound and make a landing on Marie Island.

Day 7: Sights of Muskoxen

The first half of the day you spend in Blomsterdal (Flower Valley) near Antarctic Havn, a place where we often spot groups of musk oxen. Another possibility is Ørsted Dal, with landing at Cape Seaforth.

Day 8: Inuit neighborhood of yesteryear

Today you reach Scoresby Sund, sailing along the glaciated Volquart Boons Kyst. You may also enjoy a Zodiac cruise past one of the glacier fronts, along with a visit to the basalt columns and ice formations of Vikingebugt.

The afternoon goal is to visit Danmark Island, where you find the remains of an Inuit settlement abandoned around 200 years ago.

The circular stone tent rings indicate the summer houses, while the winter houses can be seen closer to a small cape. The sites are well preserved, with easy identifiable entrances, bear-proof meat caches, and grave sites. In the evening, you continue sailing the berg-crowded fjords to the west.

Day 9: Colors of the cape

The goal is a Zodiac cruise near Røde Ø, one of the world’s most cherished iceberg attractions: The austere blue-white of the icebergs sets sharp against the brooding red backdrop of the sediment slopes. The afternoon plan is to sail through the northern parts of Røde Fjord, with the chance to see musk oxen and warm late summer foliage.

Day 10: Enormous bergs, Arctic hares

In the morning you encounter colossal icebergs, some over 100 meters (328 feet) high and more than a kilometer (.62 mile) long. Most of them are grounded, as the fjord is only about 400 meters deep (1,312 feet). You then land near Sydkap, with fine views of Hall Bredning and a good shot of seeing Arctic hares.

Day 11: Sea life along the counter currents

We sail eastward in the cold East Greenland Current and later in the warm Gulfstream current with a multitude of sea life when we sail from one to the other. This sea day grants you the opportunity to spot whales and seabirds.

Day 12: Snow-capped seaside volcano

Jan Mayen is a stark volcanic island crowned by the snow-capped summit of Mt. Beerenberg. From the slopes of this imposing 2,300-meter-high (7,545 feet) volcano, broken glaciers grasp out into the frigid sea.

With permission from the Norwegian authorities, you can now visit the weather station. You can also walk to the remains of a 17th- century Dutch whaling station amid the thick moss beds of this stark volcanic landscape.

Day 13 – 14: In the Gulfstream

You sail northeast toward Spitsbergen in search of whales, seals, and a variety of seabirds, cutting east to the rocky edges of the continental shelf of west Spitsbergen. Here you have a good chance of seeing fin whales and – near the glacial mouths of the gaping Spitsbergen fjords – surfacing minke whales.

Day 15: Bellsund’s flora, fauna, and haunting history

Today you find yourself in Bellsund, one of the largest fjord systems in Svalbard. The ocean currents make this area slightly warmer than other areas in the archipelago, which shows in the relatively lush vegetation. Here there are excellent opportunities to enjoy both history and wildlife.

A possibility is Ahlstrandhalvøya, at the mouth of Van Keulenfjorden, where piles of beluga skeletons can be found. These remains of 19th-century whale slaughter are a haunting reminder of the consequences of rampant exploitation. Fortunately, belugas were not hunted into extinction, and you have a good chance of coming across a pod.

Alternatively, while cruising the side fjords of Bellsund, you can explore tundra where reindeer like to feed as well as rock slopes where little auks are breeding.

Day 16: Short break in Longyearbyen

We briefly return to Longyearbyen to allow new passengers to board the vessel around 16:00. Meanwhile, you can enjoy a self-guided walk around town, visiting the Svalbard Museum or any of the other local attractions. In the early evening, the ship sails out of Isfjorden, where you might spot the first minke whale of your voyage. In the early evening, the ship sails out of Isfjorden.

Day 17: Raudfjorden

Sailing to Raudfjorden, on the north coast of Spitsbergen, you take in an expansive fjord spilling with glaciers – and maybe even visited by ringed and bearded seals. The cliffs and shoreline of this fjord also support thriving seabird colonies, rich vegetation, and the possibility of polar bears.

In the evening you sail by the island of Moffen, where you can find a large herd of walruses.

Day 18: The massive Monaco Glacier

Depending on the weather, you could sail into Liefdefjorden and cruise within sight of the 5-kilometer-long (3.1 miles) face of the precipitous Monaco Glacier. The waters in front of this glacier are a favorite feeding spot for thousands of kittiwakes, and the base of the ice is a popular polar bear hunting ground.

If ice conditions prevent sailing here early in the season, an alternate route along the west coast of Spitsbergen can be implemented.

Day 19: Fjord-fueled hikes

You next sail through Beverleysundet, formerly navigated by the Swedish-Russian Arc-of-Meridian Expedition in 1898. From here you push east along Scoresby Island into Rijpfjord, where the German Wehrmacht operated the weather station Haudegen (now off-limits) until September 1945.

The aim in Zorgdragerfjord is to have one group walk the eastern shore while another walks the north side of Arkvatnet, through Havsuldalen to the entrance of Duvefjorden.

Day 20 – 21: Far north beyond Phippsøya - our most northerly coordinate

Reaching Phippsøya, in the Seven Islands north of Nordaustlandet, you’re now at 80° north and just 870 km (540 miles) from the geographic North Pole. Polar bears and walruses inhabit this region.

In the afternoon you venture to your northernmost point, near the 82 parallel. While retracing your route west, keep watch for polar bears and elusive Greenland (bowhead) whales.

About 40 nautical miles west of Spitsbergen, you sail the edge of the continental shelf. Here fin whales forage during the summer in the upwelling zones (where cold, nutrient-rich water wells up from below the sea’s surface) that run along the Spitsbergen banks. At the mouth of Kongsfjorden, you have a good chance of sighting minke whales.

Day 22: Watching the Forlandsundet wildlife

Walruses sometimes haul out in Forlandsundet, your next stop – though this late in the season, they may have already departed. Alternately, you might sail into St. Johns Fjord or south to the mouth of Isfjorden, landing at Alkhornet. Seabirds nest on these cliffs, Arctic foxes search below for fallen eggs and chicks, and reindeer graze the sparse vegetation. You arrive in Longyearbyen later that night.

Day 23: There and back again

Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. You disembark in Longyearbyen, taking home memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

m/v Hondius

Hondius is the first-registered Polar Class 6 vessel in the world, optimized for the most innovative exploratory voyages throughout the Arctic and Antarctica. Full ship info »

Cabins & Prices

Quadruple Porthole

  • 2 portholes
  • 2 upper & lower berths
  • Small sofa
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Desk & chair
  • Telephone and WiFi (supplemented)
  • Hair dryer
  • Cabinet
  • Wardrobe
  • This cabin is suitable for families traveling with children, or passengers who do not require a twin or more luxurious cabin

Complete cabin

33760 USD

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

42200 USD

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Sharing berth

8440 USD

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10550 USD

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Triple Porthole

  • 2 portholes
  • 1 upper berth & 2 lower berths
  • Small sofa
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Desk & chair
  • Telephone and WiFi (supplemented)
  • Hair dryer
  • Cabinet
  • Wardrobe
  • This cabin is suitable for families traveling with children, or passengers who do not require a twin or more luxurious cabin

Complete cabin

30960 USD

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

38700 USD

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Sharing berth

10320 USD

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12900 USD

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Twin Porthole

  • 2 portholes
  • 2 single beds
  • Small sofa
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Desk & chair
  • Telephone and WiFi (supplemented)
  • Hair dryer
  • Cabinet
  • Wardrobe

Complete cabin

22560 USD

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

28200 USD

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Single cabin

19176 USD

Price for the complete cabin occupied by 1 person (1.7x the shared rate).

23970 USD

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Sharing berth

11280 USD

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14100 USD

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Twin Window

  • 1 window
  • 2 single beds
  • Small sofa
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Desk & chair
  • Telephone and WiFi (supplemented)
  • Hair dryer
  • Cabinet
  • Wardrobe
  • Please be aware that the view from some windows might be partially obstructed due to the design requirements of the ship

Complete cabin

25680 USD

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

32100 USD

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Single cabin

21828 USD

Price for the complete cabin occupied by 1 person (1.7x the shared rate).

27285 USD

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Sharing berth

12840 USD

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16050 USD

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Twin Deluxe

  • 2 windows
  • 2 single beds
  • Sofa
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Desk & chair
  • Telephone and WiFi (supplemented)
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee & tea maker
  • Bathrobe
  • Hair dryer
  • Cabinet
  • Wardrobe

Complete cabin

27440 USD

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

34300 USD

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Single cabin

23324 USD

Price for the complete cabin occupied by 1 person (1.7x the shared rate).

29155 USD

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Sharing berth

13720 USD

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17150 USD

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Superior

  • 2 windows
  • 1 double bed
  • Sofa
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Desk & chair
  • Telephone and WiFi (supplemented)
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee & tea maker
  • Bathrobe
  • Hair dryer
  • Cabinet
  • Wardrobe

Complete cabin

30880 USD

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38600 USD

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Single cabin

26248 USD

Price for the complete cabin occupied by 1 person (1.7x the shared rate).

32810 USD

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Junior Suite

  • 1 double window
  • 1 double bed
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Desk & chair
  • Telephone and WiFi (supplemented)
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee & tea maker
  • Bathrobe
  • Hair dryer
  • Cabinet
  • Wardrobe

Complete cabin

33040 USD

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

41300 USD

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Single cabin

28084 USD

Price for the complete cabin occupied by 1 person (1.7x the shared rate).

35105 USD

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Grand Suite with private balcony

  • 1 double window
  • 1 double bed
  • Sofa
  • Private balcony
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Desk & chair
  • Telephone and WiFi (supplemented)
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee & tea maker
  • Bathrobe
  • Hair dryer
  • Cabinet
  • Wardrobe

Complete cabin

38080 USD

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

47600 USD

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Single cabin

32368 USD

Price for the complete cabin occupied by 1 person (1.7x the shared rate).

40460 USD

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