East Greenland Explorer

Cruises, Escorted
Small ship Expedition Cruise from Reykjavik
14 days
10 Sep 2021
General Prices

Discover the World’s largest fjord system in East Greenland. Zodiac cruise and kayak along sounds filled with spectacular icebergs calved from glaciers of Greenland’s enormous ice cap. Rock-climbers will thrill to the adventure of scaling some of the World’s least explored and dazzling mountain ranges while scuba divers plunge below the icy sea to witness a strange dazzling world seen by few where icebergs, catfish and lumpsuckers, and odd-looking sea cucumbers all vie for attention. On shore, encounter colourful tundra on hikes and meet friendly Inuit locals who still practice a traditional hunting and fishing lifestyle.

Expedition Highlights:
-Zodiac cruise amongst colourful and giant sculptured icebergs in the World’s largest fjord system, Scoresbysund --Meet Inuit locals at Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland’s remotest and northernmost inhabited settlement Kayak in waters teeming with whales and ringed, harp and hooded seals
-Encounter musk ox and perhaps arctic foxes on hikes through colourful tundra Listen out for the crackling and popping of sea ice and the thunderous roar of calving glaciers
-Summit majestic and untouched mountains climbed by privileged few (additional cost)

In true expedition style we encourage exploration and adventure, offering flexibility in challenging environments in a way that puts you among the action to see and do as much as possible. This itinerary is only a guide and subject to change due to ice and weather conditions.

Day 1 Keflavik - Reykjavik Arrival
Upon your arrival at Keflavik International Airport, coach transfer to the group hotel in Reykjavik and check in for 1 night.

Day 2 Reykjavik to Akureyri / Embark the Greg Mortimer
Transfer to Akureyri, absorbing the dramatic volcanic scenery along the way. Perhaps explore the town before boarding the Greg Mortimer in the late afternoon.

Day 3 At Sea
As we cross the Denmark Strait to Greenland, enjoy informative and entertaining lectures from our expert expedition team including naturalists, historians and geologists.

Days 4-10 East Greenland
Over the coming days, be prepared to experience ice, lots of it. East Greenland contains some of the Arctic’s most impressive scenery. Deep fjords and narrow channels, flanked by sharp ice-clad peaks up to 2,000 metres high. Glaciers create gigantic icebergs that drift throughout the fjord system creating breath-taking scenes. The landscape is filled with multi-coloured tundra home to musk oxen and arctic hare. Throughout the area are ancient Thule archaeological sites, historical trappers’ huts, and modern Inuit hunters’ cabins. A highlight is a visit to the Inuit village of Ittoqqortoormiit, the most isolated and Northernmost permanent settlement in the region, with approximately 450 inhabitants. The community boasts an excellent museum, gift shop, an abundance of Greenlandic sled dogs, and the opportunity to meet Inuit people.
Explore Scoresbysund, the largest fjord system in the world – a spectacular place that simply needs to be seen to be believed. North of Scoresbysund are, Kong Oscar and Kaiser Franz Josef fjords, two of the most significant fjord systems in all of Greenland, each one encompassing several smaller fjords and sounds. Thanks to the fertile volcanic soil mountains that protects areas from the strong winds, the area is rich in wildlife. You may spot everything from musk ox and arctic foxes to mountain hares and even reindeer near the fjord. Look skyward and you could catch a glimpse of birds including glaucous gull, black-legged kittiwake, northern fulmar, common raven and common eider.

Day 11-12 Denmark Strait
In the Denmark Strait, we sail back towards Iceland. Keep a lookout for whale blows and the many seabirds that trail our ship in the ever present Arctic winds. Enjoy the time to reflect on your recent adventures, share and exchange photos, and breathe in the fresh ocean air. As we near Iceland, we re-enter an inhabited world as we encounter fishing vessels working the coastal waters.

Day 13 Akureyri to Reykjavik / Disemembark the Greg Mortimer 
Morning arrival into the Northern Icelandic town of Akureyri. Upon disembarkation, farewell your expedition team, crew and fellow expeditioners. Bus transfer to downtown Reykjavik and check in to your centrally located hotel for overnight accommodation.

Day 14 Reykjavik - Keflavik Departure
Arrangements end with coach transfer to Keflavik Airport.

Maximum number of passengers: 126

2021 Departure: 10 September only

Includes: return Keflavik airport coach transfers (Day 1, Day 14); overnight hotel accommodation with breakfast in Reykjavik (Day 1, Day 13); group transfer from Reykjavik to Akureyri pier (Day 2); transfer from pier to downtown Reykjavik (Day 13); onboard accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service, all meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage; beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner; Captain’s Welcome and Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages; all shore excursions and Zodiac cruises; educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team; access to onboard doctor and basic medical services; 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket; complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage; comprehensive pre-departure information; a printed photo book produced with photos from your voyage; port surcharges, permits, and landing fees;

Excludes: optional activities; private airport transfers; Blue Lagoon stop-off or add a Reykjavik Classic Break tour - please enquire. Also excludes anything else not shown as included in itinerary. Gratuities for crew will automatically be added to your on-board bill, please advise at the time of settlement if you would like this to be removed. 

Optional activities: The following activity packages are available on this expedition at an additional cost and may require previous experience. These must be pre-booked/pre-paid at time of booking.

Sea Kayaking in the far-flung corners of the world is an experience guaranteed to refresh your soul. Paddling in small groups, you'll glide between ice floes, brash ice and icebergs dotted with wildlife

Photography FREE All of our expeditions and itineraries offer fantastic photography experiences. However, on selected expeditions, a photography expert will offer lectures and presentations.

Scuba Diving Go beyond the average adventure and delve deep into the waters of Antarctica and the Arctic exploring dive sites where no one has gone before. Available to experienced dry-suit divers only.

Snorkelling in Greenland No experience needed! This is your chance to don a dry-suit and take the ultimate plunge into the icy waters of Antarctica and the Arctic for an up-close underwater experience. Not for the faint-hearted!

Rock Climbing in Greenland Experienced climbers can explore the remote and rugged summits of East Greenland on a rock climbing adventure!

Stand-Up Paddleboarding For the ideal vantage point to view wildlife in the world’s most beautiful places – just add a board and paddle.

About the vessel, Greg Mortimer
This 104m ship is purpose-built for expeditions to world-class polar standards and capable of negotiating strong winds/waves. Accommodating 100 landing passengers plus kayakers and divers (in the polar regions), with an average of 120 per voyage, the ship is not only bigger to contend with adverse weather conditions, but its added creature comforts make for a more enjoyable journey out on the open ocean.

Nordic Travel is 100% Australian owned and operated

Please note the price for this cruise varies according to your choice of cabin. Please contact us for further details. 

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