East Greenland Scoresby Sund – Aurora Borealis

The East Greenland – Scoresby Sund cruise crosses the Arctic Circle into the home waters of multiple species of whale. The expedition will spot huge icebergs as it journeys into the largest and deepest fjord system in the world. Along the way the Northern Lights is guiding our way.

Trip Itinerary

TRAK Kayaking

Ever wanted to join a course that teaches useful and effective kayaking skills? Now you can learn from the experts, and all in a fantastic Arctic environment. We’re offering our new Kayak Skills Progression Camp, in cooperation with TRAK, to an exclusive group of four to eight kayakers. Participants will be split into two groups of four people, and each group will be offered one outing per day (morning or afternoon) of one to two hours (weather permitting). We hope for five activity days from Sunday to Thursday, depending on local conditions.

The supplemental fee for this activity covers your use of industry-leading TRAK single-seater kayaks and dry suits for the duration of your trip, but if you have your own dry suit, we recommend using that instead. For kayakers who bring their own TRAK kayak and dry suit, no supplemental fee will be charged. Basic kayaking experience is helpful but not a requirement.

Physical fitness, however, is essential. Since it can be breezy and cool in the early season (Arctic springtime), please bring your own thermal layers for additional warmth. This course is aimed at beginners and intermediate kayakers who want to kayak in sheltered fjords, bays, and small secluded harbors. It’s a fun activity in a leisurely format, focusing on education and skills progression. Morning kayakers will return for lunch aboard the vessel at midday, after which they’ll swap activities with morning hikers.

All kayak outings will operate under the guidance of seasoned kayak guides who will take into account the experience and physical fitness levels of the participants. Kayak groups will also be escorted by one Zodiac boat for added safety. Kayaking routes cannot be determined in advance because local conditions will have an influence on the final program.

The map therefore outlines a possible but not final itinerary, as all itineraries are subject to change.

Day 1

Your journey begins in the morning, where by request you can transfer via chartered bus (T) from the city hall of 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 (T) 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

While sailing north you’re likely to 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 your approach to the east Greenland coast, near Brewster.

Day 3

Today you reach Scoresbysund, 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 4

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 autumnal foliage.

Day 5

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 6

Today you make a tundra landing on Liverpool Land, in Hurry Inlet. The afternoon stop is Ittoqqortoormiit, the largest settlement in Scoresbysund at about five hundred inhabitants. At the post office you can buy stamps for your postcards, or just stroll around to see the sled dogs and drying skins of seals and musk oxen. In the afternoon you sail south, passing the picturesque landscapes of the Blosseville Coast.

Day 7

Turner Sound and Rømer Fjord grant you the opportunity to sail far inland, as they have no glacier front at the head and are not clogged with ice. In this location, you may get the opportunity to spot narwhals.  

Day 8

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

Day 9

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 (T) (a six-hour drive that you must book in advance) to the Reykjavik city hall, taking home memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

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. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. The average cruising speed of our vessel is 10.5 knots.

Cabin Information

Ship name Cabin Name Price Sale Price Departs on Returns on
m/v Hondius Quadruple Porthole $4,600 NA Sep 9th, 2023 Sep 17th, 2023
m/v Hondius Triple Porthole $5,700 NA Sep 9th, 2023 Sep 17th, 2023
m/v Hondius Twin Porthole $6,400 NA Sep 9th, 2023 Sep 17th, 2023
m/v Hondius Twin Window $6,900 NA Sep 9th, 2023 Sep 17th, 2023
m/v Hondius Twin Deluxe $7,300 NA Sep 9th, 2023 Sep 17th, 2023
m/v Hondius Superior $8,300 NA Sep 9th, 2023 Sep 17th, 2023
m/v Hondius Junior Suite $8,400 $8,850 Sep 9th, 2023 Sep 17th, 2023
m/v Hondius Grand Suite with private balcony $10,300 NA Sep 9th, 2023 Sep 17th, 2023

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