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The 'Wild Side' of Greenland | Ocean Albatros

10 Days
From USD 5,290

STYLE: Small Ship Expedition Crusie

Trip Code: ACABMLN

DIFFICULTY RATING: 2 (light adventure)

SHIP: Ocean Albatros

DestinationDestination

Greenland

DestinationDeparture Date

14/09/2023, 23/09/2023

TransportAccommodation

Cabin on board ship



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OVERVIEW

Enter the largest fjord system on Earth as you undertake this unforgettable expedition into Greenland. Departing from Reykjavik, this 10 day expedition will allow you to experience the vastness of the Scoresby Sound and the mysterious waters of Milne Land. From Reykjavik your first port of call will be the remote and isolated Inuit community of Ittoqqortoormiit - inhabited by only 300 people - the people of this small town will give you a deep, meaningful insight into the lives of one of the world's most remote people. From here, magnificent rock cliffs and sky-reaching towers will form the maze of geographical icons that make up the vast and indescribable Socresbysund. Here the deep fjords give a perfect avenue for expedition activities including zodiac cruising on the glacial waters or adventurous hiking on the Arctic tundra. 

Back in the heart of the fjord you will sail around the island of Milne Land - an area that covers the size of Denmark. Here you will find plenty of unique landing sites which make possible incredible hikes and kayaking experiences. Musk oxen are often seen feeding on the scarcely vegetated slopes and in the icy waters beluga whales and on rare occurrences narwhal, may often be observed here. You will aim to make a last landing at Danmark Ø before heading back into the open waters of the Blosseville Coast and disembarking at Reykjavik.

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Embarkation in Reykjavik

In the afternoon, we board the Ocean Albatros in Reykjavík and set our course northbound for Greenland.

After boarding and welcome drinks, the Expedition Leader will inform you about the voyage, the ship's daily routines and the various security and safety procedures, then you will have time to unpack and get comfortable in your cabin. Before sailing, there will be a mandatory safety drill.

The Captain takes the ship out of Reykjavík in the early evening, as we enjoy our first hours onboard.

At Sea

Our lecturers onboard will make inspiring and enriching presentations about both Iceland and Greenland’s past history and about nature, wildlife and climatology.

Ittoqqortoormiit

We cross the huge entrance of Scoresbysund during the night and arrive at the Inuit community Ittoqqortoormiit (Scoresbysund) in the morning. About 350 people live here, most of whom base a large portion of their households on hunting. Seal, muskoxen and polar bear skins hang to dry outside many of the houses, and the sled dogs are waiting for sea ice to be safe for the first hunts of the fall. The town is extremely isolated, and the inhabitants only receive ship supplies twice a year. We have established good contacts with the local residents during our earlier visits and can go ashore to experience this unique little community.

Scoresbysund - Day 4 to 6

The amazing visual menu of the following days is nothing less than the longest fjord in the world, Scoresby Sund. We will explore this fjord and hope to be able to offer kayaking and some exciting landings.

The program for the next few days in the "Wild side of Greenland" as we delve into the fjord system depends on the weather and ice conditions. The route and the landings are determined by the Captain and the Expedition Leader jointly and are typically announced the night before. Some of the interesting landings we strive to visit are:

Our voyage into one of these last unspoiled wild areas of the world, will begin with a visit at Eskimo Bay (Eskimobugt). We have spent the night moving into the vast fjord system and drink our morning coffee arriving into the bay at the inner Nordvestfjord. We use our Zodiacs to make a landing with the snowcovered mountains as our backdrop and from a distance we hope to see the remains of the Thule site that lies here (The ruins have been known since 1930ies but are very rarely visited). Our expedition staff will be on hand to tell us more about this cultural site.

Another fantastic option is the Daugaard-Jensen Glacier, that lies well within the deeper fjord system (Nordvestfjord). Explorer Lauge Koch mapped these areas back in 1931-34, during his three year expedition. Much of the ice that ends up in northern Iceland, starts its seafaring days right here in this super productive glacier. It is only in the most recent years that ships have been able to get close to the glacier.

Please note that, as always all the outings and landings rely on weather, sea and ice conditions being favorable both for the ship to access the areas, as for the zodiacs and kayaks to maneuver under adequate conditions, ensuring the safety of all our passengers and staff.

For this reason, during moments of harsh weather and throughout the entire trip, Ocean Albatros has excellent public areas, such as wellness/sauna, restaurant, bar and a library for our passengers to spend their spare time. Our ship is staffed by experts in the field who will also share great lectures along the way, ranging from exploration history to biology, geology, ice and wildlife.

Blosseville Coast - Day 7 to 8

Possibly the most dramatic coast outside of Antarctica, the Blosseville is guarded by Greenland’s highest mountains and steepest fjords – and a belt of pack ice which before global warming would keep out any explorer for years. The recent decade has had warmer summers and much less ice which enables ice strengthened vessels such as the Ocean Albatros to venture along the coast, on lookout for polar wildlife, abandoned Inuit settlements and otherworldly landscapes.

At Sea - Lectures and Bird Watching

The last day will be at sea getting glimpses of sea birds migrating south.

Our lecturers onboard will make inspiring and enriching presentations about both Iceland’s and Greenland’s history, nature, wildlife and climatology. A captain’s farewell drink and a slideshow of our voyage will also be presented this evening.

Disembarkation in Reykjavik

Early in the morning we slowly approach the Icelandic capital, Reykjavík, and your Arctic adventure will have concluded. We enter Reykjavík in the morning and bid farewell to the vessel and crew.

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Ocean Albatros

Ocean Albatros

Deploying in November 2022 the Ocean Albatros will feature the latest in X-Bow hull technology. With a total of 95 comfortable staterooms and suites, all with unobstructed views, the Ocean Albatros will be one of the most popular expedition vessels in polar waters. Featuring two restaurants, a wellness area, Nordic bar, an open deck dining facility, modern lecture lounge and a number of other state-of-the-art amenities, the Albatros will provide the ultimate expedition experience. Boasting 50% less emissions than traditional polar vessels, the Albatros provides peace of mind in regard to comfort and sustainability for our guests.  The Albatros will also come with a unique panorama sauna and a total of 12 dedicated solo travel cabins without single supplement.

Ice Class: Length: 104.4m
Breadth: 18.4m Max
Draft: Cruising
Speed:
Electricity: Passenger
Capacity:
189

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Accommodation

We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.

Standard

Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service.

Superior

Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service.

Deluxe

Luxurious properties with impeccable facilities and service.

Departing Ending Duration From Price
14 Sep 2023 23 Sep 2023 10 USD 5,290
Cabin Type From Price
CAT G - Single Stateroom Porthole USD 8,290
CAT F - Triple Stateroom Porthole USD 5,290
CAT E - French Balcony Suite USD 7,290
CAT D - Porthole Stateroom USD 6,990
CAT C - Balcony Stateroom SAVE UP TO 15% OFFUSD 6,622
CAT B - Balcony Suite SAVE UP TO 15% OFFUSD 7,472
CAT A - Balcony Junior Suite SAVE UP TO 15% OFFUSD 10,192
CAT FS - Freydis Premium Balcony Suite SAVE UP TO 15% OFFUSD 11,467
CAT BS – Brynhilde 2BR French Balcony Suite SAVE UP TO 15% OFFUSD 12,742