Icebergs in Greenland

Greenland’s Northern Lights - Fly & Cruise

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Trip code: 
PMY
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Polar
Min age:
18
Max group size:
78

Visit the remains of Thule camps and enjoy the splendour of Scoresbysund as the ship navigates past majestic icebergs

Nowhere on earth can nature’s most spectacular light show be better seen than in the autumn and winter skies above Greenland’s eastern coast, and this departure offers the best chance to observe the majestic Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights.
On this voyage, we visit the remains of Thule camps, the ancestors of the indigenous people of Greenland, enjoy the splendour of Scoresbysund as the ship navigates past majestic icebergs, some over 100 metres high, and get a glimpse into the lifestyle of the remote residents of Ittoqqortoormiit, the most northerly community in East Greenland.  This tour also offers once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to hike some of the most pristine wilderness on the planet.

Highlights

  • Spectacular landscapes of unspoiled Eastern Greenland
  • Explore the world’s largest fjord system, Scoresbysund
  • Visit Scoresbysund, with majestic icebergs over 100 metres tall
  • Travel on a small expedition vessel
  • Accompanied by extremely qualified Expedition Staff

Key information

7 nights on the ship; 2 nights hotel in Reykjavik

What's included

  • All meals while on the ship
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout and qualified Expedition Staff
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Responsible Travel

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Reykjavik, Iceland.

    Our adventure begins with an overnight stay in thoroughly-modern Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital city.

  • Day 2

    Embarkation Day at Constable Point.

    You’ll fly from Reykjavik to Constable Point to board your vessel and begin your expedition. Get ready for a great adventure ahead!

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    Apelfjord.

    You’ll cruise through breathtaking Apelfjord. Fjords punctuate the scenery all around. Your day will be spent exploring and Zodiac cruising through a multitude of dazzling icebergs, fjords and sounds in all shapes and sizes. Be on the lookout for Arctic fox and Musk ox, which roam free here.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Brogetdal and Watershausen Glacier.

    Multi-hued mountains surround lovely Brogetdal, which was originally called 'painted valley', and later translated to mean 'multicoloured valley'. You’ll view colourful vistas, and fascinating geology.

    Later, you’ll travel to the impressive and rarely visited Waltershausen Glacier, an imposing ice floe at the head of Nordfjord, named after German explorer Baron Wolfgang Sartorius von Waltershausen, after his failed 1869 attempt to reach the North Pole via East Greenland.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Blomsterbugten and Renbugten.

    Blomsterbugten, the 'Bay of Flowers', is home to beautiful purple and gold coloured rocks that we’ll explore in the distance, or on a hike for those who wish. Later we’ll continue to Renbugten, called 'Reindeer Bay' for the herd of 12 reindeer seen on one of the first expeditions to the area. Arctic hare are a common and delightful sight in this area.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Ella Oya (Ella Island).

    Ella Oya is a hiker’s paradise. The area is surrounded by ice-choked waters, rugged cliffs and sky-blue icebergs. Challenge yourself with a climb to the top of the Island - the views are worth it.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Ittoqqortoormiit and Hall Bredning.

    At the start of the sound, Itoqqortoormiit is East Greenland’s most northerly community and boasts a blend of traditional and modern lifestyles. With clear skies, you’ll have a great chance of seeing the Northern Lights. You can also support local Inuit artisans by purchasing unique handicrafts. Our time here is spent bonding with the Inuit people and gaining an appreciation of their way of life. Later, we’ll see huge icebergs - larger than football fields, taller than apartment buildings - crossing Hall.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Frederiksdal and Sydkapp.

    Sailing on, deeper into Scoresbysund you’ll encounter massive icebergs and an ancient Thule settlement as we approach Sydkap. The scenery here is unforgettable, with towering mountain sides and hundreds of monumental icebergs playing tricks with your sense of perception.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    Disembarkation at Constable Point.

    Arrive at Constable Point. Sit back and enjoy your charter flight from Constable Point to Reykjavik, the vibrant and artistic capital of Iceland. Overnight in your comfortable Reykjavik hotel.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    End in Reykjavik

    Make your own way to the airport for your return flight home, or spend some extra time in Reykjavik - you’ll be amazed at the variety of attractions and must-see places of interests Reykjavik has to offer.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Group Information

The Ocean Nova takes a maximum capacity of 78 passengers. The Exodus group forms part of the ship’s complement, enjoying the relaxed, intimate and informal atmosphere, which breaks into smaller groups to facilitate the frequent excursions. We offer these cruises in conjunction with our partner, Quark Expeditions, and Exodus participants will join an international group, not all of whom have booked through Exodus. Occasionally some of these may be younger than 18 years old, the Exodus' stated minimum age for this trip.

Visas

Greenland

No visa required for British passport holders.

Iceland

No visa required for British passport holders.

Arctic

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Greenland

There are no specific health risks.

Iceland

There are no specific health risks.

Arctic

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All meals while on the ship included.

Typical Meals

The ships galley offers good quality service and cuisine throughout, with excellent chefs preparing international menus including vegetarian dishes, accompanied by a wide variety of drinks from around the world on sale.

Breakfast: Buffet style – unlimited tea and coffee, a selection of fruit juices, hot options including bacon and eggs or omelettes, a selection of bread and toast and jam/honey/marmalade, fruit and cereal.

Lunch: Three course set meal or buffet, or the occasional BBQ.

Dinner: Three or four courses with a starter of soup and/or salad, a choice of mains with at least one vegetarian option and a dessert, with tea and coffee.

Weather

Greenland

Is this trip for you?

Travelling Conditions

The voyages are designed to be as flexible as possible, taking advantage of circumstances and events as they occur, as well as passengers’ wishes and particular interests wherever possible. The atmosphere on board is relaxed and friendly with expedition staff, including naturalists and Polar experts, on hand and the opportunity to mingle with people from all over the world. The ship is kept warm, clean and comfortable.

On the Zodiac cruises you are sitting still for most of the time with the potential for some sea spray and a cold headwind - if you are not dressed appropriately you will get cold. On the shore excursions, the majority of landings are ‘wet’ which means that the Zodiacs beach and you are helped to slide into the ankle deep shore break before walking up onto dry land (wellington boots are issued to all passengers).

There are, of course, no paths, so be prepared for slippery, rough terrain and sometimes fairly deep snow. Back on board the cosy ship after each adventure, you can have a hot shower and then relax with a tea, coffee, hot chocolate or something stronger from the bar.

Charter Flight Contingency Plan

Your flight to the Arctic is expected to depart from Reykjavik to Constable Point on Day 2 of the itinerary, after breakfast. In the unlikely event that the plane is unable to depart on the planned date of the charter flight, you will be provided a full day of activities in Reykjavik, meals included. If the weather is not suitable on Days 3 or 4, you will enjoy an additional day of activities and meals in Reykjavik.

Optional activities:

Sea kayaking option:

On our Greenland’s Northern Lights - Fly & Cruise voyage there is the chance for some members of the party to take regular sea kayak excursions in place of the Zodiac excursions. There are a limited number of kayaks on each ship, and you must book and pay for this option in advance. All kayak trips are guided, and are subject to suitable locations and weather conditions. Should the kayaking not be possible, a place on a Zodiac is always available. Basic kayak competence is required.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Ocean Nova

The Greenland’s Northern Lights - Fly & Cruise is offered on the Ocean Nova, which is a Polar Adventure Ship. Please visit the Polar Fleet page (www.exodus.co.uk/polar-holidays/polar-fleet) for Ship Information and Deck Plans.

Polar Adventure Ships

These are small (approx. 100 passengers) ice rated vessels well qualified for Polar waters. Intimate adventures are always more enjoyable with like-minded passengers and staff, so these voyages are for people who like flexible itineraries and plenty to keep them busy. Activities include frequent Zodiac excursions, trekking and many hours on deck in areas that other ships only dream about accessing. Food and staff are superb and every guest benefits from the technical advances of this superb fleet. Rest assured our Polar Adventure Ships enable any traveller to maximize their experience sensitively in the Poles.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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  • Reviewed September 2018
    Judi Friend

    Trip of a lifetime

    This was an excellent trip in every way. The travel arrangements, staff and the ship’s crew were very skilled and ensured that we got the best out of our trip to Kong Oscar’s Fjord and Scoresby Sund. Northern lights, polar bears, birds, swimming, fine food, inspired catering. Just wonderful.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I went paddling in an inflatable canoe, among the ice floes. A brilliant opportunity.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    In a fun way, she lost no opportunity to ensure that we got an amazing holiday.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take every opportunity you can, and enjoy travelling with like-minded people. Be nice to polar bears!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Few holidays seem to make any allowances for deaf people such as me. It would have made a difference if the Panorama Lounge had had a loop system to help me to understand talks. Sadly, outside the UK, most folk don’t seem to have heard of such a thing. Text alternatives help, though, and on this particular trip, the staff did their utmost to ensure that I was included. I was impressed.

Dates & Prices

 

Please contact our specialist Polar sales team on 020 8003 9957 or at [email protected] for further dates and prices

Polar Ships: For information regarding ship specifications, visit the Polar Fleet page.

 

Call us on 1 844 227 9087