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Join the elegant 12-passenger ship MV Balto on a true expedition cruise with Polar Quest in northeast Greenland - one of the last unspoiled wildernesses in the world. As you venture into the world's largest fjord system, you will experience breathtaking scenery and nature, large icebergs in unimaginable shapes and colours. The clean air, the silence and the enormity of nature are captivating.
During walks, keep an eye out for the grazing musk oxen and other wildlife. With Zodiacs, you can explore further afield, cruise amongst large stranded icebergs and make shore landings. Travelling at the end of August also means a great opportunity to see the Northern Lights!
Travel with 11 other guests and enjoy a unique and intimate experience exploring Greenland
Visit a diverse and astonishing landscape including unique geological formations
Be on the lookout for an abundance of wildlife including musk oxen and seabirds
Venture into the world's largest fjord system
Day 1: Embark in Constable Point, Greenland
Days 2 - 7: Exploration of Scoresby Sund
Day 8: Disembarkation
Arrive in Constable Point and board the M/V Balto. The exact itinerary from here will depend on ice and weather conditions. The aim is to make landings every day using Zodiacs.
You are travelling in one of the largest wilderness areas in the Northern Hemisphere, where you will be introduced to some of the most spectacular coastlines in the world. Explore deep fjords surrounded by majestic peaks and tundra covered slopes. Using Zodiac's you will be able to explore further afield and cruise amongst large stranded icebergs and make shore landings.
Scoresby Sund is the world's largest fjord system and offers some of the most spectacular scenery Greenland has to offer: jagged peaks as tall as 200 meters coming straight out of the sea and rare glimpses of the Greenland ice cap, the largest ice cap in the northern hemisphere. Here large glaciers pour into the sea, with an unexpected quantity of beautiful icebergs, some of them larger then high-rise buildings. Your ship will circumnavigate Milne Land, the second largest island in Greenland, sailing through the narrow and spectacular Fohn Fjord, Rode Fjord and O Fjord. During walks on the tundra, you may find remains from early Inuit cultures that settled here more than 2,000 years ago. You will also have good opportunities to spot prehistoric-looking musk oxen or the lovely white Arctic hare. With a stroke of luck, you might also spot polar bears here.
You will also visit Ittoqqortoormiit, home to some 450 Greenlanders and the only settlement in Northeast Greenland. It is located 500km north of the Arctic Circle. During the visit, learn more about the locals' life here.
In the morning, you will disembark in Constable Point ready for your flight home.
The MV Balto is the latest addition to Polar Quest's fleet of small expedition ships. Named after the leading sled dogs of 1925 Nome serum run. Built for the highest ice class in Rauma, Finland, she has now been refurbished into one of the most spacious and elegant small polar expedition vessels in service. Offering relaxed luxury accommodation for 12 guests in 7 outside cabins, all with private facilities and lower beds, the MV Balto truly is one-of-a-kind when it comes to small polar expedition ships. Travelling on this unique 12-passenger ship offers a completely different and much more intimate experience of Greenland compared to a large expedition ship.
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