ARCTIC EXPRESS: GREENLAND’S NORTHERN LIGHTS

For those short on time, the benefits of this expedition are many. You’ll witness the delights of the world’s largest fjord system of Scoresby Sund, discover the fascinating Inuit settlements and people of Ittoqqortoormiit, and have the possibility of viewing some of the world’s most vivid displays of Northern Lights. As one of our more active adventures, you’ll have the chance to trek along the tundra and at Greenland National Park, climb mountains and watch grazing musk ox and other arctic wildlife on the horizon.

Expedition In Brief:
• Enjoy the stunning and unique vistas of Greenland
• Explore the world’s largest fjord system
• Hike in the largest, most remote and northerly national park in the world
• Wildlife sightings may include whales, polar bears, and musk ox
• Cruise in a Zodiac
• Hike the Tundra
• Visit an Inuit community
• Take advantage of optional kayak adventure opportunities

Brief Itinerary:
Day 1 Reykjavik, Iceland
Day 2 Embarkation Day at Constable Point
Day 3 Apelfjord
Day 4 Brogetdal and Watershausen Glacier
Day 5 Blomsterbugten and Renbugten
Day 6 Ella Oya (Ella Island)
Day 7 Ittoqqortoormiit and Hall Bredning
Day 8 Frederiksdal and Sydkap
Day 9 Disembarkation at Constable Point
Day 10 Depart Reykjavik

Itinerary

Day 1: Reykjavik
Your 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!
 
Day 3: Alpefjord
You’ll cruise through breathtaking Alpefjord. 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.
 
Day 4: Brogetdal and Watershausen Glacier
Multi-hued mountains surround lovely Brogetdal, which was originally called “painted valley,” and later translated to mean “multicolored valley.” You’ll view colorful 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.
 
Day 5: Blomsterbugten and Renbugten
Blomsterbugten, the “Bay of Flowers,” is home to beautiful purple and gold colored rocks that you’ll view from a 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.
 
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.
 
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 opportunity to see 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 Bredning, part of Scoresbysund.
 
Day 8: Frederiksdal and Sydkap
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.
 
Day 9: Disembarkation at Constable Point
Arrive at Constable Point and disembark the ship. 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.

Day 10: Depart 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.

This expedition includes:

· Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping.
· All breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks on board throughout your voyage. (Please inform us of any dietary requirements as far in advance as possible. Unfortunately, the ships' galleys cannot prepare kosher meals.)
· All shore landings per the daily program.
· Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities.
· All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program.
· Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and Special Guests as scheduled.
· Photographic Journal documenting the voyage.
· A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings.
· An official parka to keep.
· Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock.
· Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabinn.
· 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.
· Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $500,000 per person.
· Greenland voyages cruise passenger tax
· One night’s pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Reykjavik with breakfast
· Group transfer from Reykjavik hotel to domestic airport on embarkation day
· Charter flight from Reykjavik to Constable Point on embarkation day
· Group transfers to and from ship
· Charter flight from Constable Point to Reykjavik domestic airport on disembarkation day
· Group transfer from domestic airport to Reykjavik hotel
· One night’s post-expedition hotel accommodation in Reykjavik with breakfast

This expedition excludes:

· International airfare.
· Passport and any applicable visa expenses.
· Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above.
· Any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel before embarkation, when applicable.
· Baggage, cancellation, interruption, and medical travel insurance - strongly recommended.
· Excess baggage charges on international flights.
· Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
· Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified
· Phone and Internet charges
· Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew
· Additional overnight accommodation
· Optional kayaking activities
· Arrival and departure transfers between Reykjavik international airport and hotel on arrival and departure days

Note: MAXIMUM baggage allowance on charter flight is 44 lbs (20 kg) checked and 11 lbs (5 kg) carry-on.

Tour Dates:

Sep 24 – Oct 03, 2017 from US$ 7.995 p/p aboard Ocean Nova
Adventure Options: Kayaking US$ 695
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