Under the Northern Lights: Exploring Iceland & East Greenland

Explore two of the last unspoiled wilderness areas on the planet with the Under the Northern Lights: Exploring Iceland & East Greenland itinerary. Cruising along Iceland’s mountainous Vestfjords and Greenland’s remote northeast coast, home to the largest fjord system in the world, you’ll discover diverse and dramatically rugged landscapes rich in iconic arctic wildlife. Immersed in the untamed beauty of the Arctic, you’ll experience Inuit culture firsthand at Ittoqqortoormiit, visit ancient Thule sites steeped in history, and marvel at the majesty of massive icebergs and towering bird cliffs. If you’re lucky, you may also catch sight of the spectacular northern lights dancing across the sky. The Arctic has been inspiring explorers for centuries, and our expeditions offer the chance for you to discover why. We’re excited to host you on your unforgettable adventure! Feel free to reach out to our team of Polar Travel Advisers or your travel professional, who can answer your questions and provide assistance at any time.

Itineraries

Arrive in Reykjavik, Iceland

Day 1

Arrive in the Icelandic capital in the morning and make your way to your included hotel. You will have the day to explore the city on your own.

Embarkation Day

Day 2

This afternoon, you’ll board your vessel and begin your expedition. Get ready for a great adventure ahead!

Exploring the Vestfjords

Day 3

Each region of Iceland has its own appeal for nature, bird and history lovers, and the little-visited Vestfjords (Westfjords), where the land meets the sea in the most dramatic fashion, is no exception. Exploring this rugged peninsula at the country’s remote northwestern tip offers awe-inspiring vistas of mountains, fjords and towering cliffs. If we’re lucky and conditions allow, we might cruise along Látrabjarg, known as Europe’s largest bird cliff. In summer, these cliffs teem with puffins, razorbills, guillemots and more, but toward the end of the season when we visit, sightings will be more rare. Another possible destination is the quaint island of Flatey, where a replica of Iceland’s largest medieval manuscript, Flateyjarbók, can be viewed in the library. The church here features murals symbolizing life on the island, including one of Jesus wearing a classic Icelandic sweater.

At Sea

Day 4

As we cruise north across the Denmark Strait, your Expedition Team will prepare you for the adventures that await. Learn about the storied history and politics of the Arctic, its fascinating wildlife, geology, ecology and climate, and the incredible sights you will soon explore. The team will also search for the seabirds soaring around your ship, as well as the whales that frequent the waters here.

Exploring Northeast Greenland

Days 5 to 12

During your tour of Greenland’s remote northeast coast, you’ll enjoy Zodiac cruises and shore visits to several locations. We’ll also keep an eye out for grazing muskoxen, as 40 percent of the world’s muskoxen population lives in Northeast Greenland National Park. Sailing through spectacular Scoresbysund, the birthplace of many icebergs, you’ll immediately see why some say it’s the most beautiful fjord system on the planet. Sites such as Frederiksdal and Sydkap offer opportunities to explore the colorful tundra and the remains of ancient Thule settlements. At the entrance of the sound is East Greenland’s most northerly community, Ittoqqortoormiit, where you may spend time interacting with the Inuit people and learning about their way of life. You may also have a chance to see the northern lights here if the skies are clear. Deeper in the sound, Røde Øya offers a picturesque locale for admiring the beauty of sky-blue bergs set against striking red sandstone cliffs. Magnificent vistas also await at Kong Oscar Fjord, with possible landings at Ella Øya, renowned for its rugged cliffs and ice-choked waters, and flower-rich Botanikerbugt, on Ymer Øya.

At Sea

Day 13

As your arctic adventure winds down, take in a presentation by our onboard experts, share your photos, sip an icy cocktail in the bar or watch a movie—there are many activities during your time at sea. Your Expedition Team will also be on hand to answer any questions and point out wildlife.

Depart Reykjavik, Iceland

Day 14

You’ll disembark in Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, at the end of your journey. If you have booked post-expedition accommodation, we provide a transfer to a central downtown location.

Route Map

Trip Sailings

Ship Name Departs on Cabin Name Cabin Description Price Per Person Promo Price Per Person Mandatory Transfer Price
Ocean Adventurer September 8, 2022 Triple Triple (3 berths) $10,495 None None
Ocean Adventurer September 8, 2022 Triple Share, Male (1 berth) $10,495 None None
Ocean Adventurer September 8, 2022 Triple Share, Female (1 berth) $10,495 None None
Ocean Adventurer September 8, 2022 Lower Deck Twin Double (2 berths) $13,195 $11,216 None
Ocean Adventurer September 8, 2022 Lower Deck Twin Single (1 berth) $22,432 $19,067 None
Ocean Adventurer September 8, 2022 Lower Deck Twin Share, Male (1 berth) $13,195 $11,216 None
Ocean Adventurer September 8, 2022 Lower Deck Twin Share, Female (1 berth) $13,195 $11,216 None
Ocean Adventurer September 8, 2022 Main Deck Twin Porthole Single (1 berth) $24,982 $21,235 None
Ocean Adventurer September 8, 2022 Main Deck Twin Porthole Double (2 berths) $14,695 $12,491 None
Ocean Adventurer September 8, 2022 Main Deck Twin Porthole Share, Male (1 berth) $14,695 $12,491 None
Ocean Adventurer September 8, 2022 Main Deck Twin Porthole Share, Female (1 berth) $14,695 $12,491 None
Ocean Adventurer September 8, 2022 Main Deck Twin Window Double (2 berths) $16,295 $13,851 None
Ocean Adventurer September 8, 2022 Main Deck Twin Window Single (1 berth) $27,702 $23,547 None
Ocean Adventurer September 8, 2022 Main Deck Twin Window Share, Male (1 berth) $16,295 $13,851 None
Ocean Adventurer September 8, 2022 Main Deck Twin Window Share, Female (1 berth) $16,295 $13,851 None
Ocean Adventurer September 8, 2022 Superior Double (2 berths) $17,895 $14,316 None
Ocean Adventurer September 8, 2022 Superior Single (1 berth) $35,790 $28,632 None
Ocean Adventurer September 8, 2022 Deluxe Double (2 berths) $17,895 $14,316 None
Ocean Adventurer September 8, 2022 Deluxe Single (1 berth) $35,790 $28,632 None
Ocean Adventurer September 8, 2022 Suite Single (1 berth) $45,190 $36,152 None
Ocean Adventurer September 8, 2022 Suite Double (2 berths) $22,595 $18,076 None
Ocean Adventurer September 8, 2022 Owner's Suite Double (2 berths) $24,195 $19,356 None
Ocean Adventurer September 8, 2022 Owner's Suite Single (1 berth) $48,390 $38,712 None
Ocean Adventurer September 20, 2022 Triple Triple (3 berths) $10,495 None None
Ocean Adventurer September 20, 2022 Triple Share, Male (1 berth) $10,495 None None
Ocean Adventurer September 20, 2022 Triple Share, Female (1 berth) $10,495 None None
Ocean Adventurer September 20, 2022 Lower Deck Twin Double (2 berths) $13,195 $10,556 None
Ocean Adventurer September 20, 2022 Lower Deck Twin Single (1 berth) $22,432 $17,946 None
Ocean Adventurer September 20, 2022 Lower Deck Twin Share, Male (1 berth) $13,195 $10,556 None
Ocean Adventurer September 20, 2022 Lower Deck Twin Share, Female (1 berth) $13,195 $10,556 None
Ocean Adventurer September 20, 2022 Main Deck Twin Porthole Double (2 berths) $14,695 $11,756 None
Ocean Adventurer September 20, 2022 Main Deck Twin Porthole Single (1 berth) $24,982 $19,986 None
Ocean Adventurer September 20, 2022 Main Deck Twin Porthole Share, Male (1 berth) $14,695 $11,756 None
Ocean Adventurer September 20, 2022 Main Deck Twin Porthole Share, Female (1 berth) $14,695 $11,756 None
Ocean Adventurer September 20, 2022 Main Deck Twin Window Single (1 berth) $27,702 $22,162 None
Ocean Adventurer September 20, 2022 Main Deck Twin Window Double (2 berths) $16,295 $13,036 None
Ocean Adventurer September 20, 2022 Main Deck Twin Window Share, Male (1 berth) $16,295 $13,036 None
Ocean Adventurer September 20, 2022 Main Deck Twin Window Share, Female (1 berth) $16,295 $13,036 None
Ocean Adventurer September 20, 2022 Superior Single (1 berth) $35,790 $28,632 None
Ocean Adventurer September 20, 2022 Superior Double (2 berths) $17,895 $14,316 None
Ocean Adventurer September 20, 2022 Deluxe Double (2 berths) $17,895 $14,316 None
Ocean Adventurer September 20, 2022 Deluxe Single (1 berth) $35,790 $28,632 None
Ocean Adventurer September 20, 2022 Suite Double (2 berths) $22,595 $18,076 None
Ocean Adventurer September 20, 2022 Suite Single (1 berth) $45,190 $36,152 None
Ocean Adventurer September 20, 2022 Owner's Suite Double (2 berths) $24,195 $19,356 None
Ocean Adventurer September 20, 2022 Owner's Suite Single (1 berth) $48,390 $38,712 None

Arrive in Reykjavik, Iceland

Day 1

Arrive in the Icelandic capital in the morning and make your way to your included hotel. You will have the day to explore the city on your own.

Embarkation Day

Day 2

This afternoon, you’ll board your vessel and begin your expedition. Get ready for a great adventure ahead!

Exploring the Vestfjords

Day 3

Each region of Iceland has its own appeal for nature, bird and history lovers, and the little-visited Vestfjords (Westfjords), where the land meets the sea in the most dramatic fashion, is no exception. Often referred to as ‘Iceland’s best kept secret,’ this rugged peninsula at the country’s remote northwestern tip is rife with fjords and mountains sloping down to the sea in impossibly beautiful ways. We spend the day exploring the fjords and shores of Iceland’s oldest region, enjoying its kaleidoscope of diverse land and seascapes. Here, tumbling cliffs and gushing waterfalls alternate with colorful beaches, and rolling green hills lead up to high moorlands dotted with rocky outcrops, small lakes and the occasional shaggy Icelandic sheep or horse grazing in the distance. A few little outposts of civilization, small fishing communities are nestled on fjord edges and the shores of the Denmark Strait, facing out into the mighty Atlantic and toward East Greenland—keeping alive a maritime heritage going back to the Viking days.

Cruising

Day 4

As we cruise north across the Denmark Strait, your Expedition Team will prepare you for the adventures that await. Learn about the storied history and politics of the Arctic, its fascinating wildlife, geology, ecology and climate, and the incredible sights you will soon explore. The team will also search for the seabirds soaring around your ship, as well as the whales that frequent the waters here.

Exploring Northeast Greenland

Days 5 to 12

During your tour of Greenland’s remote northeast coast, you’ll enjoy Zodiac cruises and shore visits to several locations. We’ll also keep an eye out for grazing muskoxen, as 40 percent of the world’s population lives in Northeast Greenland National Park. Sailing through spectacular Scoresby Sund, the birthplace of many icebergs, you’ll immediately see why some say it’s the most beautiful fjord system on the planet. Sites such as Frederiksdal and Sydkap offer opportunities to explore the colorful tundra and the remains of ancient Thule settlements. At the entrance of the sound is East Greenland’s most northerly community, Ittoqqortoormiit, where you may spend time interacting with the Inuit people and learning about their way of life. You may also have a chance to see the northern lights here if the skies are clear. Deeper in the sound, Røde Ø offers a picturesque locale for admiring the beauty of sky-blue bergs set against striking red sandstone cliffs. Magnificent vistas also await at Kong Oscar Fjord, with possible landings at Ella Ø, renowned for its rugged cliffs and ice-choked waters, and flower-rich Botanikerbugt, on Ymer Ø.

Cruising

Day 13

As your arctic adventure winds down, take in a presentation by our onboard experts, share your photos, sip an icy cocktail in the bar or watch a movie— there are many activities during your time at sea. Your Expedition Team will also be on hand to answer any questions and point out wildlife.

Depart Reykjavik, Iceland

Day 14

You’ll disembark in Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, at the end of your journey. If you have booked post-expedition accommodation, we provide a transfer to a central downtown location.

Route Map

Trip Sailings

Ship Name Departs on Cabin Name Cabin Description Price Per Person Promo Price Per Person Mandatory Transfer Price