Northeast Greenland – Ile de France, Aurora Borealis

A classic three island voyage: Ice, Inuit and Remoteness


Greenland
OEX © Tobias Brehm

Duration: 14 days
Starts: Longyearbyen
Ends: Akureyri
Language: English speaking voyage


Included


PLEASE NOTE: All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. Landings are subject to site availabilities, permissions, and environmental concerns per AECO regulations. Official sailing plans and landing slots are scheduled with AECO prior to the start of the season, but the expedition leader determines the final plan. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. The average cruising speed of our vessel is 10.5 knots.

The Spitsbergen and Northeast Greenland cruise sails waters filled with breath-taking scenery. The expedition passes through areas that are home to seals, seabirds, whales, and polar bears, topped off with nighttime viewing of the Northern Lights.

Itinerary

© Oceanwide Expeditions
© Erwin Vermeulen
© Erwin Vermeulen

Day 1: Largest town, biggest island
You touch down in Longyearbyen, the administrative center of Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago. Enjoy strolling around this former mining town, whose parish church and Svalbard Museum make for fascinating attractions. Though the countryside appears stark, more than a hundred species of plant have been recorded in it. In the early evening the ship sails out of Isfjorden, where you might spot the first minke whale of your voyage.

Day 2: Route to Raudfjorden
Sailing to Raudfjorden, on the north coast of Spitsbergen, you take in an expansive fjord spilling with glaciers – and maybe even visited by ringed and bearded seals. The cliffs and shoreline of this fjord also support thriving seabird colonies, rich vegetation, and the possibility of polar bears.

Day 3 – 4: Through the sea ice to North Greenland
When sailing westward along the 80 Degrees Parallel you soon see the jagged edge of the east Greenland sea ice flashing into sight ahead, depending on the conditions. Keep watch for whales and migrating seabirds here.

Day 5 -6: Extreme Norheast Greenland.
The way is worked through the sea ice toward the Northeast Greenland Polynya and hope to reach Franske Øer and Ile de France. These Islands were first reached by the Duke of Orleans on the Belgica in 1905. You want to go ashore at Kap St. Jacques, where under guidance of an archeologist of the Nuuk National Greenland Museum you can see the remains of Independence II culture.

Day 7: Dove Bugt
When sailing into Dove Bugt, you have landing possibilities at the south coast of Germania Land, a mostly unglaciated area west of the Danmarkshavn station. Alternatively, you land at Store Koldewey, named by the second German Polar Expedition of Koldewey 1869 –’70.

Day 8: Historic places
At Shannon Island you try to land on Kap Sussi in the area of a German weather station from 1944. On Shannon Island Sabine in 1823 did his pendulum experiments. At its south side is Hvalros Island, where the population of walruses is increasing again.

Day 9: First and last Inuit
At the south side of Clavering Ø the English Explorer Clavering met in 1823 local Inuit. It was the first and last time that these people ever were met by Europeans in Northeast Greenland, but the remains of their material culture are frequently seen. Is hoped to make a landing near Eskimonaes

Day 10: Tundra, mountains, and icebergs
As you approach Greenland, you may sail through the sea ice into Foster Bay and land at Margrethedal, where at the east side of the river are remains of Thule culture from some centuries ago. The lower tundra areas near the shores are populated by musk oxen. From here you sail through Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord, surrounded by towering mountains and bright interior icebergs.

Day 11: Kaiser Franz Joseph Fjord
You pass Teufelschloss (Devil’s Castle), a mountain with layered geology. On the other side of the fjord is Blomsterbugt (Flower Bay) and the intended landing site. In the afternoon you continue through the Antarctic Sound and make a landing on Marie Island.

Day 12: Sights of Muskoxen
The first half of the day you spend in Blomsterdal (Flower Valley) near Antarctic Havn, where groups of musk oxen are often spotted . Another possibility is Ørsted Dal, with landing at Cape Seaforth. In the evening you sail through the strait between the island of Isikaja and the mainland. Until 20 years ago Isikaja was connected to the mainland by a glacier, which now has disappeared.

Day 13: Sea life along the counter currents
You sail southward in the cold East Greenland Current and later in the warm Gulfstream Current with a multitude of sea life (whales, seals, seabirds) at the mixing zones of these waters.

Day 14: Journey ends in Akureyri
Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. You disembark in Akureyri, where on request you can transfer (T) by chartered bus (a six-hour drive that you must book in advance) to the Reykjavik city hall, taking home memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

Itinerary

Day 1: Largest town, biggest island
You touch down in Longyearbyen, the administrative center of Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago. Enjoy strolling around this former mining town, whose parish church and Svalbard Museum make for fascinating attractions. Though the countryside appears stark, more than a hundred species of plant have been recorded in it. In the early evening the ship sails out of Isfjorden, where you might spot the first minke whale of your voyage.

Day 2: Route to Raudfjorden
Sailing to Raudfjorden, on the north coast of Spitsbergen, you take in an expansive fjord spilling with glaciers – and maybe even visited by ringed and bearded seals. The cliffs and shoreline of this fjord also support thriving seabird colonies, rich vegetation, and the possibility of polar bears.

Day 3 – 4: Through the sea ice to North Greenland
When sailing westward along the 80 Degrees Parallel you soon see the jagged edge of the east Greenland sea ice flashing into sight ahead, depending on the conditions. Keep watch for whales and migrating seabirds here.

Day 5 -6: Extreme Norheast Greenland.
The way is worked through the sea ice toward the Northeast Greenland Polynya and hope to reach Franske Øer and Ile de France. These Islands were first reached by the Duke of Orleans on the Belgica in 1905. You want to go ashore at Kap St. Jacques, where under guidance of an archeologist of the Nuuk National Greenland Museum you can see the remains of Independence II culture.

Day 7: Dove Bugt
When sailing into Dove Bugt, you have landing possibilities at the south coast of Germania Land, a mostly unglaciated area west of the Danmarkshavn station. Alternatively, you land at Store Koldewey, named by the second German Polar Expedition of Koldewey 1869 –’70.

Day 8: Historic places
At Shannon Island you try to land on Kap Sussi in the area of a German weather station from 1944. On Shannon Island Sabine in 1823 did his pendulum experiments. At its south side is Hvalros Island, where the population of walruses is increasing again.

Day 9: First and last Inuit
At the south side of Clavering Ø the English Explorer Clavering met in 1823 local Inuit. It was the first and last time that these people ever were met by Europeans in Northeast Greenland, but the remains of their material culture are frequently seen. Is hoped to make a landing near Eskimonaes

Day 10: Tundra, mountains, and icebergs
As you approach Greenland, you may sail through the sea ice into Foster Bay and land at Margrethedal, where at the east side of the river are remains of Thule culture from some centuries ago. The lower tundra areas near the shores are populated by musk oxen. From here you sail through Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord, surrounded by towering mountains and bright interior icebergs.

Day 11: Kaiser Franz Joseph Fjord
You pass Teufelschloss (Devil’s Castle), a mountain with layered geology. On the other side of the fjord is Blomsterbugt (Flower Bay) and the intended landing site. In the afternoon you continue through the Antarctic Sound and make a landing on Marie Island.

Day 12: Sights of Muskoxen
The first half of the day you spend in Blomsterdal (Flower Valley) near Antarctic Havn, where groups of musk oxen are often spotted . Another possibility is Ørsted Dal, with landing at Cape Seaforth. In the evening you sail through the strait between the island of Isikaja and the mainland. Until 20 years ago Isikaja was connected to the mainland by a glacier, which now has disappeared.

Day 13: Sea life along the counter currents
You sail southward in the cold East Greenland Current and later in the warm Gulfstream Current with a multitude of sea life (whales, seals, seabirds) at the mixing zones of these waters.

Day 14: Journey ends in Akureyri
Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. You disembark in Akureyri, where on request you can transfer (T) by chartered bus (a six-hour drive that you must book in advance) to the Reykjavik city hall, taking home memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.


© Oceanwide Expeditions
© Erwin Vermeulen
© Erwin Vermeulen


INCLUSIONS

• Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
• All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
• All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
• Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
• Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes.
• All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme.
• AECO fees and governmental taxes.
• Comprehensive pre-departure material.

EXCLUSIONS

• Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
• Pre- and post- land arrangements.
• Passport and visa expenses.
• Government arrival and departure taxes.
• Meals ashore.
• Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended).
• Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges.
• Transfer supplement for bus shuttle between Akureyri (ship) and Radhus Reykjavikur / city hall in Vonarstraeti and v.v. (6 hours)
• The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).


Dates & Rates


Ship: Janssonius | Date: 31 Aug 2023 - 13 Sep 2023 || Transfer Supplement $130
Quadruple PH
7000
Triple PH
8450
Twin PH
9800
Twin Window
10800
Twin Deluxe
11400
Superior
12700
Junior Suite
13750
Grand Suite w/balcony
15800

* The prices are per person expressed in US Dollars.
** All prices will be re-confirmed by email at the time of booking.
NOTE: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy—and excitement—of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

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