Northeast Greenland – Ile de France, Aurora Borealis

The Spitsbergen and Northeast Greenland cruise sails waters filled with breath-taking scenery. The expedition passes through areas that are home to seals, seabirds, whales, and polar bears, topped off with nighttime viewing of the Northern Lights.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

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

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.

Day 3 – 4

When sailing westward along the 80 Degrees Parallel we soon 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 -6

We work our way through the sea ice toward the Northeast Greenand Polynya and hope to reach Franske Øer and Ile de France. These Islands were first reached by Duke of Orleans on the Belgica in 1905. We want to go ashore at Kap St. Jacques, where under guidance of an archeologist of the Nuuk National Greenland Museum we can see the remains of Independence II culture.

Day 7

When sailing into Dove Bugt, we have landing possibilities at the south coast of Germania Land, a mostly unglaciated area west of the Danmarkshavn station. Alternatively, we land at Store Koldewey, named by the second German Polar Expedition of Koldewey 1869 –’70.

Day 8

At Shannon Island we try to land on Kap Sussi in the area of a German weather station from 1944. On Shannon Island Sabine in 1823 did his pendulum experiments. At its south side is Hvalros Island, where the population of walruses is increasing again.

Day 9

At the south side of Clavering Ø the English Explorer Clavering met in 1823 local Inuit. It was the first and last time that these people ever were met by Europeans in Northeast Greenland, but the remains of their material culture are frequently seen. We hope to make a landing near Eskimonaes

Day 10

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 11

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 12

The first half of the day you spend in Blomsterdal (Flower Valley) near Antarctic Havn, a where we often spot groups of musk oxen. Another possibility is Ørsted Dal, with landing at Cape Seaforth. In the evening we sail through the strait between the island of Isikaja and the mainland. Until 20 years ago Isikaja was connected to the mainland by a glacier, which now has disappeared.

Day 13

We sail southward in the cold East Greenland Current and later in the warm Gulfstream Current with a multitude of sea life (whales, seals, seabirds) at the mixing zones of these waters.

Day 14

Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. You disembark in Akureyri, where on request you can transfer (T) by chartered bus (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 Janssonius Quadruple Porthole $7,000 NA Aug 31st, 2023 Sep 13th, 2023
m/v Janssonius Triple Porthole $8,450 NA Aug 31st, 2023 Sep 13th, 2023
m/v Janssonius Twin Porthole $9,800 NA Aug 31st, 2023 Sep 13th, 2023
m/v Janssonius Twin Window $10,800 NA Aug 31st, 2023 Sep 13th, 2023
m/v Janssonius Twin Deluxe $11,400 NA Aug 31st, 2023 Sep 13th, 2023
m/v Janssonius Superior $12,700 NA Aug 31st, 2023 Sep 13th, 2023
m/v Janssonius Junior Suite $13,750 NA Aug 31st, 2023 Sep 13th, 2023
m/v Janssonius Grand Suite with private balcony $15,800 NA Aug 31st, 2023 Sep 13th, 2023

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