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 and ends in Reykjavik, cruising round-trip from Akureyri, Iceland. Set off on the 170-guest Hondius, 108-guest Plancius or 108-guest Ortelius. Cross the Arctic Circle north to East Greenland and back. 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 on this itinerary.

In addition to the main 9-day itinerary, a longer 12-day route flies from Iceland to meet the ship in Greenland and then sails back aboard the ice-strengthened, 33-guest motorsailor Rembrandt van Rijn.

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