Scoresby Sund - Aurora Borealis

Witness the Northern Lights at Scoresby Sund

Scoresby Sund - Aurora Borealis
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Title: Scoresby Sund - Aurora Borealis
Dates:
Tripcode: PLA17-18
Duration: 7 nights
Ship: m/v Plancius
Embarkation: Akureyri
Disembarkation: Akureyri
Language: German speaking voyage, English speaking voyage
Important: This is an English and German speaking voyage
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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: On the Iceland Road

Your journey begins in the morning, where by request you can transfer via chartered bus from Radhus Reykjavikur / city hall in Vonarstraeti in Reykjavik (the meeting point) to the ship in Akureyri (the embarkation point). You arrive in the afternoon after a six-hour drive through northern Iceland. PLEASE NOTE: This transfer is supplemented, and must be booked and paid for in advance. In the early evening the ship departs from the port of Akureyri, sailing north toward the Denmark Strait.

Day 2: Sea Life on the Move

While sailing north you likely see fulmars, kittiwakes, gannets, and common guillemots. You then cross the Arctic Circle, possibly spotting whales. By evening the first icebergs flash into sight with the approach of the east Greenland coast, near Brewster.

Day 3: Inuit Town of Yesteryear

You sail along the glaciated Volquart Boons Coast. Here you may go on a Zodiac cruise near one of the glacier fronts, with your first landing being either near Måne Glacier or in Vikingebugt. 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 the berg-crowded fjords to the west.

Day 4: Colors of the Cape

You 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, painting the landscape with golden fire. 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 5: 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 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.

Day 6: Scoresby Settlement

Stopping at a lagoon on the south coast of Jameson Land, you encounter waders and geese gathering for the autumn migration. Musk oxen and collared lemming survive on the sparse vegetation here. Later in the day you visit Ittoqqortoormiit, the largest settlement near 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.

Day 7: Under the Northern Lights

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

Day 8: Journey’s End in 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 >>

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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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3900 USD

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15600 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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4700 USD

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14100 USD

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Twin Porthole

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  • 1 porthole
  • 2 lower berths
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  • Desk & chair
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Telephone and Internet connection
  • Hair dryer
  • Ample storage space
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5540 USD

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Single cabin
9418 USD

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11080 USD

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Twin Window

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  • 1 window
  • 2 lower berths
  • Private shower & toilet
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  • Telephone and Internet connection
  • Hair dryer
  • Ample storage space
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5800 USD

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Single cabin
9860 USD

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11600 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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6150 USD

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Single cabin
10455 USD

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12300 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
11645 USD

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Complete cabin
13700 USD

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