Spitsbergen - Northeast Greenland, Aurora Borealis

A classic three island voyage : Ice , Inuit and Remoteness

Spitsbergen - Northeast Greenland, Aurora Borealis
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Title: Spitsbergen - Northeast Greenland, Aurora Borealis
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Tripcode: PLA16-18
Duration: 13 nights
Ship: m/v Plancius
Embarkation: Longyearbyen
Disembarkation: Akureyri
Language: German speaking voyage, English speaking voyage
Important: This is an English and German speaking voyage
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More about: Arctic cruises
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Itinerary

PLEASE NOTE: All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. The on-board expedition leader determines the final itinerary. Average cruising speed for m/v Plancius is 10,5 knots.

Day 1: Largest Town on the Largest 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: Ice-Filled Raudfjord

Sailing to Raudfjord, on the north coast of West 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 ice-filled 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 3 - 4: On to East Greenland

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

Day 5: Tundra, Mountains, and Icebergs

In your approach to Greenland, you may sail through the sea ice into Foster Bay and land at Myggebugten. Beyond the old hunters’ hut – in the first half of the 20th century, Norwegian trappers hunted here for polar bear and Arctic fox – there is a sprawling tundra populated by musk oxen, with geese floating the small lakes. From here you sail through Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord, surrounded by towering mountains and bright interior icebergs. An alternative route is Sofia Sound, a narrower waterway.

Day 6: Lake of the Great Northern Diver

You land at Blomster Bay, enjoying the myriad geological formations in this area. Arctic hares are usually seen here, and there is a lake that is home to great northern divers and their young. In the afternoon you sail along Teufelschloss (Devil’s Castle) and Ella Island, with the possibility of a landing in the early evening.

Day 7: Alpefjord Peaks

In the morning you enter Segelsällskapets Fjord, with the streaked slopes of the Berzelius Mountains bordering the north side. You land on the south shore, where ancient sedimentary formations lie right at your feet. A hike takes you near a small lake with good chances to see musk oxen, Arctic hares, and ptarmigans. In the afternoon the ship ventures into Alpefjord, aptly named for the spire-like peaks that thrust up around it. You may then embark on a Zodiac cruise around Gully Glacier, which once blocked access to the interior of these waters. Continuing deep into the fjord, you experience a definitive Greenland adventure.

Day 8: Sights of Arctic Autumn

The first half of the day you spend in Antarcticahavn, an extensive valley where you can spot groups of musk oxen. At this time of year, the sparse vegetation is dressed in the fiery colors of autumn.

Day 9: Inuit Town of Yesteryear

Today you reach Scoresby Sound, sailing along the glaciated Volquart Boons Kyst. You may enjoy a Zodiac cruise along one of the glacier fronts, with a possible landing near Måne Glacier. Later you land on 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 through the berg-crowded fjords to the west.

Day 10: Colors of the Cape

The goal is to go on shore at Cape Hofman Halvø, a reliable location for viewing musk oxen as well as rock ptarmigans and great northern divers out to sea. The colors of the dwarf willow and dwarf birch have turned. Arctic blueberry and crowberry, both quite delicious, contribute their own hue to the surroundings. In the evening you sail through the fjord toward Scoresby Land, enjoying the contrast between the warm autumnal colors and the frosty blue-white of the icebergs.

Day 11: Enormous Bergs, Ancient Artifacts

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 (1,312 feet) deep. You then land near Sydkap to view the remains of the Thule winter houses. As many as twenty people lived here, hunting Greenland whale and building houses out of their vertebrae. You might also go ashore at Gurreholm, on Jameson Land.

Day 12: Scoresby Settlement

Today you stop at Ittoqqortoormiit, the largest settlement in Scoresby Sound – about five hundred inhabitants. At the post office you can buy stamps for your postcards, or just stroll around and see the sled dogs and drying skins of seals, musk oxen, and polar bears. After dinner you sail south, passing the picturesque landscapes of the Blosseville Coast.

Day 13: Sea Life on the Move

A day at sea grants you winning opportunities to spot whales and seabirds – and at night, the magical northern lights.

Day 14: Journey’s End at Akureyri

Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. You disembark in Akureyri, where on request you can transfer by chartered bus – a six-hour drive that you must book in advance – to Radhus Reykjavikur / city hall in Vonarstraeti in Reykjavik. The memories made on this voyage will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

m/v Plancius

The ice-strengthened vessel Plancius is an ideal vessel for polar expedition cruises in the Arctic and Antarctic. Full ship info >>

Cabins & Prices

Quadruple Porthole

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  • 1 porthole
  • 2 upper & lower berths
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Desk & chair
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Telephone and Internet connection
  • Hair dryer
  • Ample storage space
  • This cabin is suitable for families traveling with children, or passengers who do not require a twin or more luxurious cabin
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Sharing berth
5950 USD

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Complete cabin
23800 USD

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Triple Porthole

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  • 1 porthole
  • 1 upper berth & 2 lower berths
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Desk & chair
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Telephone and Internet connection
  • Hair dryer
  • Ample storage space
  • This cabin is suitable for families traveling with children, or passengers who do not require a twin or more luxurious cabin
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Sharing berth
7690 USD

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Complete cabin
23070 USD

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Twin Porthole

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  • 1 porthole
  • 2 lower berths
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Desk & chair
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Telephone and Internet connection
  • Hair dryer
  • Ample storage space
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Sharing berth
8960 USD

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Single cabin
15232 USD

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Complete cabin
17920 USD

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Twin Window

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  • 1 window
  • 2 lower berths
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Desk & chair
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Telephone and Internet connection
  • Hair dryer
  • Ample storage space
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Sharing berth
9750 USD

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Single cabin
16575 USD

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19500 USD

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Twin Deluxe

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  • 2 windows
  • 2 lower berths
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Desk & chair
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Telephone and Internet connection
  • Hair dryer
  • Ample storage space
  • These cabins are corner cabins and are slightly more spacious than the normal twin porthole/window cabins
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10380 USD

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Single cabin
17646 USD

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20760 USD

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Superior

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  • 2 windows
  • 1 double bed
  • 1 sofa bed
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Desk & chair
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Telephone and Internet connection
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee & tea maker
  • Hair dryer
  • Ample storage space
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Single cabin
20893 USD

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Complete cabin
24580 USD

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