Arctic Cruise : East Greenland - Scoresby Sund (Option 2), 10 days/9 nights

Ship : Aleksey Maryshev

Designed especially for the cold, icy waters of the Polar Regions, this vessel is equipped with comforatble amenities that will help make your voyage a truly memorable experience. You will enjoy the dining room, lounge area, sauna, and lecture room as well as the various Zodiac crafts that will take you ashore for landing and wildlife spottings.

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Photo Deck 4 on the Arctic Cruise Ship Aleksey Maryshev
Twin with Private Facilities Cabin on board the Aleksey Maryshev Crusing the Arctic Waters during East Greenland - Scoresby Sund (Option 2), 10 days/9 nights
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Located on Deck 4 with a double bed and a single sofa-bed. A private bathroom with shower, washbasin and toilet. A sitting area with a desk, coffee maker, refrigerator and windows.

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Double Occupancy

$5360.00
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Photo taken during the Arctic Cruise East Greenland - Scoresby Sund (Option 2), 10 days/9 nights aboard the Aleksey Maryshev

This voyage will take you to Iceland and Greenland, hosts to a variety of beautiful Arctic panoramas, rich wildlife, and a very interesting history. Our guides will take you back centuries to the early years of this icy area. Get ready for a truly exciting and memorable experience!

Day 01 : Embarkation

You will arrive in Akureyri and embark the ship. We will leave Iceland in the early evening and sail north toward the Denmark Strait.

Day 02 : Crossing the Arctic Circle

We will continue at sea sailing north through the Denmark Strait where we are certain to see Fulmars, Kittiwakes, Gannets, Common Guillemots, and Razorbills. We will cross the Arctic Circle and continue north keeping our eyes peeled for any roaming whales. In the evening we will spot our first icebergs of the journey as we approach the east coast of Greenland near Kap Brewster.

Day 03 : Isikaja-Reynolds Ø-Janus Ø

In the morning we will reach one of the newer islands which 2000 years ago was still part of the Isikaja Peninsula connected by land ice to the mainland. We can now circumnavigate the entire island by Zodiac along the newly formed glacier front. Nearby, on Reynolds Ø, we will look for old Thule houses. We may also head to Janus Ø in search of warm springs.

Day 04 : Volquart Boons Coast-Denmark’s Ø

In the morning we will sail along the ragged and glaciated Volquart Boons Coast where we may organize a Zodiac cruise around the glacier fronts and have our first landing in Maanegletsjer or in Vikingebugt. Later we will land on Denmark’s Ø, home to the remains of an Inuit settlement abandoned some 200 years ago. We will observe various clues about how they lived their lives in such cold weather in tents and very small houses. The sites have been excellently preserved allowing us to identify many interesting artifacts. In the evening we will continue sailing through the beautiful western fjords filled with icebergs.

Day 05 : Cape Hofmann Halvø-Scoresby Land

We will head ashore at Cape Hofmann Halvø, a great spot for viewing Musk Oxen, as well as Rock Ptarmigans and Great Northern Divers at sea. The landscape here is impressive, especially during autumn when the Dwarf Willow, Dwarf Birch, Arctic Blueberry, and Crowberry change colors. In the evening we will sail through the fjord toward Scoresby Land with its stunning views of colorful vegetation, high rising mountains, and deep blue icebergs.

Day 06 : Scoresby Land-Sydkap

As we bass by the northwest fjord in Scoresby Land in the morning, we will encounter massive icebergs as high as 100 meters and more than a kilometer in length. Most of the icebergs reach the ground as the fjord is only roughly 400 meters deep in this area. We will make a landing at Sydkap to view the remains of the Thule culture winter houses. As many as twenty people once lived in these tiny structures, hunting Greenland Whales whose vertebrae were used to build the houses. We may also land at Gurreholm on Jameson Land home to some very impressive landscape. We may also land at Gurreholm on Jameson Land where Musk Oxen and Collared Lemmings survive on very meager vegetation.

Day 07 : Illoqqortoormiut-Blosseville Coast

In the morning we will land at Illoqqortoormiut, the largest settlement in the Scoresby Sund with about 500 inhabitants. At the post office you can buy stamps for your postcards or just wander around to see the sledge dogs and the drying skins of Seal, Musk Ox, and Polar Bear. After lunch we will sail south passing the amazing landscape of the Blosseville Coast.

Day 08 : Nansen Fjord/Mikis Fjord

At the mouth of Nansen Fjord we will spot Gunnbjørns Fjeld, 3,700 meters high. It is both the highest peak in Greenland and the highest mountain north of the Arctic Circle. If we are unable to spend the day in Nansen Fjord due to glacier ice which often fills the fjord, we will sail into Mikis Fjord, bounded by steep cliffs. The fjord is a good place to spot Ringed Seals and Harp Seals. At Södalen, located at the head of Mikis Fjord, we will land in a marshy delta. There are good populations of both Common and Arctic Redpolls, as well as a chance to see flocks of Barnacle Geese and Pink-footed.

Day 09 : At Sea

This full day at sea will offer you excellent opportunities to see large whales and migrating seabirds. We will even have a chance to observe the famous Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights.

Day 10 : Disembarkation

We will arrive in Keflavik and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Photo of Crossing the Arctic Circle Photo of Isikaja-Reynolds Ø-Janus Ø Photo of Volquart Boons Coast-Denmark’s Ø


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