Polar Regions Arctic Cruise

Scoresby Sund Aurora Borealis

Experience the aurora borealis, or northern lights, at a maximum intensity on this special 9-day voyage to Scoresby Sund, East Greenland. It is the longest fjord in the world, and at this time of year, the conditions are optimal to experience the phenomenal northern lights. 

The Scoresby Sund Aurora Borealis Arctic cruise begins in Reykjavik and ends in Akureyri, Iceland. Set off on the 170-guest Hondius or 116-guest Plancius across the Arctic Circle and continue north to East Greenland and back. Sail the Denmark Strait and look for flashing icebergs on Greenland’s east coast. Zodiac past glacier fronts, basalt columns and ice formations at Vikingebugt. At Danmark Island, find the remains of an Inuit settlement abandoned 200 years ago. Photograph azure icebergs against a red, sediment backdrop near the Rode Fjord and search for musk oxen and rich foliage.

Send a postcard from Ittoqqortoormiit, a town with 500 inhabitants and plenty of sled dogs to meet. Time at sea is perfect for witnessing the aurora borealis, or northern lights, and searching for seabirds including fulmar, kittiwake, gannet and rafts of common guillemot. 

Greenland and its surrounding waters are home to an impressive array of wildlife. There are about 50 bird species on the island such as gyrfalcon, snowy owl, and barnacle and pink-footed goose. If you’ve ever wanted to see the aurora borealis, the time is right for this September northern lights cruise.

Read on for details about this trip, or view all of AdventureSmith’s Arctic cruises.