This 14-day exploration of Greenland with AE Expeditions is like no other. A one-of-a-kind voyage of discovery heading into the Arctic unknown. The aim is to explore the northernmost tip of mighty Greenland, whilst battling the ice towards Danmarkshavn and Daneborg, home of Sirius Patrol—dog-sledge patrollers of Northeast Greenland National Park. Discover wild Kaiser Franz Joseph Fjord, where glaciers offload icebergs the size of small cities into deep fjords, and where kittiwakes, arctic terns and other seabirds plunge the water surface for prey amidst collapsing ice. In Scoresbysund, the largest fjord system in the world, you will marvel at bergs as they drift silently against the vegetation, revealing arctic hares, musk oxen and the elusive ptarmigan.
Arrive in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland where you will make your way to your pre-cruise hotel.
This morning, please ensure your cabin luggage is fitted with cabin tags clearly labelled with your name and cabin number. Your luggage will be collected from your hotel and transferred directly to the port for clearance and delivered to your cabin ahead of your arrival on board. Please keep any valuables or personal items with you throughout the day.
Explore the main sights of Reykjavik on a half-day city tour before transferring to the pier for embarkation. Settle into your cabin before attending our mandatory safety briefings. As the ship pulls away from port, we will gather on the deck and enjoy the thrill of departure as we ‘throw the lines’ to commence our adventure with spectacular views over Reykjavik.
This evening, get to know your fellow travellers, friendly expedition team and crew at the Captain’s Welcome Dinner to celebrate the start of a thrilling adventure.
Today your ship will aim to break ground by attempting to forge toward the northernmost tip of mighty Greenland. If successful, the North of Greenland, wild and untouched, offers breathtaking landscapes and a completely unique experience. Though dependent on weather and ice conditions, you will head north to Germania Land, and beyond towards Kronprins Christian Land, the home of the Sirius Patrol, dog-sled patrollers of Northeast Greenland National Park.
Be prepared to experience lots of ice. AE Expeditions' experienced expedition team will use their expertise to design your voyage from day to day. You may explore on land or cruise along spectacular fjords, keeping look for wildlife. Take in the stunning textures of the sea ice, and be awed by icebergs that have come to a halt, perhaps catching a glimpse of seals and seabirds.
In East Greenland, your ship will navigate deep fjords and narrow channels, flanked by sharp ice-clad peaks. Gigantic icebergs calved from glaciers drift throughout the fjord system creating breathtaking scenery. The landscape is filled with multi-coloured tundra home to musk oxen and arctic hares. Throughout the area are ancient Thule archaeological sites, historical trappers' huts, and modern Inuit hunters' cabins. A highlight is a visit to the Inuit village of Ittoqqortoormiit, the most isolated and northernmost permanent settlement in the region, with approximately 500 inhabitants. Here you can explore the village, the fascinating museum or sit in the beautiful Lutheran Church, and meet the friendly locals.
You will sail back across the Denmark Strait to Iceland. Keep a lookout for Whale blows and flukes as you cross their feeding grounds. Enjoy the time relaxing on the ship and reflect on the wonders of your recent.
You will disembark the ship in the Northern town of Akureyri and get a transfer through the beauty of Iceland before boarding your flight home.
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