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East Greenland - Aurora Borealis

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East Greenland - Aurora Borealis
Scoresbysund, the world’s longest fjord system, beckons you to explore Greenland. Enticing you with some of the world’s best displays of the Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights, the Inuit settlement of Ittoqqortoormiit also offers you a rare connection to the past, as they still live off the land as their ancestors did hundreds of years ago.

Iceberg-choked fjords, tund
ra hikes and the Arctic wildlife of Greenland National Park create picture perfect scenes every day. One of the most active expeditions, you can climb atop mountains and watch herds of grazing musk oxen on the horizon. This is pure wilderness, the untouched Arctic as it was thousands of years ago. read more Scoresbysund, the world’s longest fjord system, beckons you to explore Greenland. Enticing you with some of the world’s best displays of the Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights, the Inuit settlement of Ittoqqortoormiit also offers you a rare connection to the past, as they still live off the land as their ancestors did hundreds of years ago.

Iceberg-choked fjords, tundra hikes and the Arctic wildlife of Greenland National Park create picture perfect scenes every day. One of the most active expeditions, you can climb atop mountains and watch herds of grazing musk oxen on the horizon. This is pure wilderness, the untouched Arctic as it was thousands of years ago.
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Day 1 - Reykjavik, Iceland

Day 2 - Embark Akureyri

Day 3 - At Sea

Days 4 - 7 - Greenland National Park

Days 8 - 11 - Scorsbysund Fjord

Days 12 - 13 - At Sea

Day 14 - Disembarkation in Reykjavik


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Day 1 - Reykjavik, Iceland

Your East Greenland adventure begins with an overnight stay in thoroughly-modern Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital city.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Hotel TBA
MEALS:
n/a

Day 2 - Embark Akureyri

You’ll fly from Reykjavík to the northern Iceland town of Akureyri to begin your expedition to Greenland.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Sea Spirit or Ocean Nova: Quark
MEALS:
dinner

Day 3 - At Sea

Sail through the Denmark Strait en route for mysterious Greenland. Your onboard Expedition Team will keep you informed and entertained with presentations about Greenland’s wildlife, history and geography.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Sea Spirit or Ocean Nova: Quark
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 4 - 7 - Greenland National Park

Fjords and flower meadows punctuate the scenery of Greenland National Park, where Arctic Fox and Musk Oxen roam free. Your days will be spent exploring and learning about the unique history and geology of Greenland. King Oscar Fjord is a hiker’s paradise. You may walk across the delicate flower-and-berry-strewn tundra at Holm Bay, Zodiac-cruise through spectacular Alepfjord or challenge yourself with a climb to the top of nearby Ella Island (the views are worth it.) From Ella Island head to the Antarctic. Yes, curiously, there is an Antarctic Sound in the Arctic. The area is home to beautiful purple and gold colored rocks with Ymer Island and Blomsterbugten, the “Bay of Flowers”, ready to explore in the distance. Keeping a constant eye out for wildlife, head south along the Liverpool Coast. Weather conditions are variable here, but we’ll aim to visit Storefjord and the “warming island” of Uunartoq Qeqertaq, which was only discovered in 2005.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Sea Spirit or Ocean Nova: Quark
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 8 - 11 - Scorsbysund Fjord

Arriving at Scoresbysund, find yourself mesmerized by the largest, longest, and – some say – most beautiful fjord system in the world. This area was named for William Scoresby, who charted the east coast of Greenland in 1822.

At the start of the sound, Itoqqortoormitt is East Greenland’s most northerly community and one of the world’s last remaining examples of a living hunter society. With clear skies, there is a great opportunity to see the Northern Lights here. You can also support the 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. Sailing on, deeper into Scoresbysund, encounter massive icebergs and an ancient Thule settlement as Sydkap and fjord is approached. The scenery here is something you can’t even imagine, with towering mountain sides and hundreds of apartment size icebergs playing tricks with your sense of perception.

Pushing onward, come to Rypefjord and Kap Hofmann Halvø. Keep eyes peeled for sightings of rare blue icebergs, which are more normally seen in the Antarctic. With binoculars in hand, birders should keep watch for Wheatears, Snow Buntings and Ravens at Rypefjord. At Cape Hofmann Halvø there is the best chance for closer encounters with grazing Musk Oxen and enjoy a final hike out on the colorful tundra.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Sea Spirit or Ocean Nova: Quark
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 12 - 13 - At Sea

Your homeward journey re-crosses the Denmark Strait, gives you a couple of days for whale watching. During the crossings, visitors have seen White-beaked Dolphins and Humpback, Minke and Blue Whales. Birders have enjoyed spotting Kittiwakes, Gannets, Guillemots, Fulmars and Razorbills on our journey back to Iceland
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Sea Spirit or Ocean Nova: Quark
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 14 - Disembarkation in Reykjavik

Your Greenland adventure comes to an end as you enter port in Reykjavik. Head to the airport, or if you have time, stick around to explore this great city.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
n/a
MEALS:
breakfast

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain's discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Arrival & Departure

When considering flights for your East Greenland adventure cruise plan to arrive Reykjavik any time on day one. Schedule outgoing flights to depart Reykjavik no earlier than 12 noon on the final day. Airport transfers are not included.

Activities

Kayaking available for $595 per person for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
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Start/End DateShipPrice per Person
1       Sep 05 - Sep 18, 2015Ocean Nova: Quark$7295 - $17500View Details
Quad

Quad - $7295

Averaging 157 square feet, a Quad Cabin is equipped with four twin beds. Located on the Upper Deck, it has exterior views and private facilities.
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Triple

Triple - $7995

Averaging 150 square feet, a Triple Cabin is equipped with three twin beds. Located on Upper Deck, it has exterior views and private facilities.
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Upper/Lower

Upper/Lower - $9295

Averaging 88 square feet, an Upper/Lower Berth Cabin is equipped with one twin bed. Located on Upper Deck, it has exterior views and private facilities.
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Upper Deck

Upper Deck - $10295

Averaging 115 square feet, an Upper Deck Twin Cabin is equipped with two twin beds. Located on Upper Deck, it has exterior views and private facilities.
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Bridge Deck

Bridge Deck - $10795

Averaging 105 square feet, a Bridge Deck Twin Cabin is equipped with two twin beds. Located on the Bridge Deck, it has exterior views and private facilities.
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Single - $17500

Select Ocean Nova cabins may be booked for single occupancy at a special rate.
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2       Sep 17 - Sep 30, 2015Ocean Nova: Quark$7295 - $17500View Details
Quad

Quad - $7295

Averaging 157 square feet, a Quad Cabin is equipped with four twin beds. Located on the Upper Deck, it has exterior views and private facilities.
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Triple

Triple - $7995

Averaging 150 square feet, a Triple Cabin is equipped with three twin beds. Located on Upper Deck, it has exterior views and private facilities.
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Upper/Lower

Upper/Lower - $9295

Averaging 88 square feet, an Upper/Lower Berth Cabin is equipped with one twin bed. Located on Upper Deck, it has exterior views and private facilities.
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Upper Deck

Upper Deck - $10295

Averaging 115 square feet, an Upper Deck Twin Cabin is equipped with two twin beds. Located on Upper Deck, it has exterior views and private facilities.
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Bridge Deck

Bridge Deck - $10795

Averaging 105 square feet, a Bridge Deck Twin Cabin is equipped with two twin beds. Located on the Bridge Deck, it has exterior views and private facilities.
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Single - $17500

Select Ocean Nova cabins may be booked for single occupancy at a special rate.
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Included

Pre night accommodation as indicated in the itinerary; Roundtrip charter flights between Akureyri and Reykjavik; Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping; All breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks on board throughout your voyage; All shore landings per the daily program; Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader; A daily program of lectures by noted naturalists; All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program; Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and Special Guests as scheduled; Photographic Journal on DVD, documenting the voyage; A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings; An expeditions parka to keep; Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock; A selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages; Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin; Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Arctic Reader; All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; All luggage handling aboard ship; On embarkation day transfer from your hotel to the airport for chartered flight; On disembarkation day group transfer from the airport to Reykjavik City Center; Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $100,000 per person.

Exclusions

International airfare; Passport and any applicable visa expenses; Government arrival and departure taxes; Arrival transfer from airport to hotel (Day 1) and departure transfer from Reykjavik City Center to airport (Day 14); Any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel; Baggage, cancellation, interruption, and medical travel insurance; Excess baggage charges; Laundry and other personal charges. Telecommunications charges; The voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew.

Families & Children

At date of embarkation, a minimum age restriction of 8 years and minimum height and weight requirements (weight of 64lbs or 29kg and 48 in. or 1.2 m. tall) must be met. Children under 16 years of age must be supervised by a parent/guardian at all times, and may not participate in adventure options.

Payment & Cancellation

A deposit of 20% (minimum $1,000 per person) is required to confirm a reservation. A Reservation Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Final payment is due 120 days prior to departure. Payments by bank wire transfer, check, money order or major credit card are accepted. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Cancellations are subject to the following fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
180 days or more - $1000 per person admin fee
179 to 120 days - per person deposit amount is forfeited
119 days or less - all deposits and tariffs, whether paid or not

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information is sent upon confirmation.

Travel Insurance

Emergency evacuation insurance, to a maximum benefit per paying traveler of $100,000 USD, is included in the cost of this trip through Travelex Insurance. In addition to the emergency evacuation insurance, we highly recommend our travelers protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 21 days of booking your trip for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.
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Sail aboard the luxurious all-suite Sea Spirit to experience the Arctic and Antarctica in grand style with all the amenities of a fine hotel. Carrying just 114 passengers, this outstanding vessel is the perfect home away from home.
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The Ocean Nova is the 78-guest, ice-stengthened small ship known for its clean Scandinavian styling, charterd by Quark Expeditions for its Arctic voyages.
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