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Ortelius | Spitsbergen and Northeast Greenland

15 Days FROM USD 6,700

Overview

Experience the breathtaking scenery of Spitsbergen and Northeast Greenland on this incredible 15 day expedition. On board the Ortelius, you will embark on a true expedition experience into some of the greatest wonders of the Arctic. Search for polar bears in the Raudfjorden fjord system, bear witness to calving glaciers, floating ice-bergs and dramatic sea cliffs home to vast colonies of sea birds. Bear witness to the incredible northern lights as you sail under the stars. This is a truly unforgettable experience.

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Trip Code: ACOWSNG

Travel Style: Expedition Cruise

Location: Arctic: Spitsbergen & Greenland

Ship: Ortelius

Flights: We offer a range of flight options to meet your cruise. Contact us today to discuss.

WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • On board the Ortelius you will experience a true expedition adventures, as you take incredible hiking excursions through frosty tundra and zodiac through immense fjords.

  • You have the opportunity to see incredible wildlife including colonies of sea birds, whales, musk ox and perhaps even the might polar bear. 

  • You will have the opportunity to cruise through Scoresbysund, the largest fjord system in the world.

CRUISE ITINERARY

You touch down in Longyearbyen, the administrative center of Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago. Enjoy strolling around this former mining town, whose parish church and Svalbard Museum make for fascinating attractions. Though the countryside appears stark, more than a hundred species of plant have been recorded in it. In the early evening the ship sails out of Isfjorden, where you might spot the first minke whale of your voyage.

Embarkation in Longyearbyen

Sailing to Raudfjorden, on the north coast of Spitsbergen, you take in an expansive fjord spilling with glaciers – and maybe even visited by ringed and bearded seals. The cliffs and shoreline of this fjord also support thriving seabird colonies, rich vegetation, and the possibility of polar bears.

Route to Raudfjorden

The following days will be spent at sea. Take this time to enjoy on board experience, familiarise yourself with the crew and fellow passengers.

You may eventually see the jagged edge of the east Greenland sea ice flashing into sight ahead, depending on the conditions. Keep watch for whales and migrating seabirds here.

Onward to East Greenland

You will arrive at Clavering O in remote Northeast Greenland. The island was named by the second German North Polar Expedition 1869–70 as “Clavering Insel” to commemorate Douglas Charles Clavering (1794–1827), commander of the Griper on the 1823 voyage, which explored the area and, at the southern shore of this island made the first (and last) encounter that Europeans made with the now extinct Northeast-Greenland Inuit.

The Second German North Polar Expedition in 1869, found the remains of many former settlements, but the population had apparently died out during the intervening years . Bones of muskoxen and Arctic hare suggest that the Inuit were hunting in this area. Nowadays you may encounter muskoxen in this region.

Clavering O - Northeast Greenland

As you approach Greenland, you may sail through the sea ice into Foster Bay and land at Myggebugten. Beyond the old hunters’ hut (where Norwegian trappers hunted for polar bear and Arctic fox in the first half of the 20th century), there is a sprawling tundra populated by musk oxen, with geese floating the small lakes. From here you sail through Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord, surrounded by towering mountains and bright interior icebergs. An alternate route is Sofia Sound, a narrower waterway.

Tundra, Mountains and Icebergs

You arrive at Teufelschloss (Devil’s Castle), a mountain with layered geology. On the other side of the fjord is Blomsterbugt and the intended landing site. In the afternoon you head into Antarctic Sound, where you find the islands of Ruth, Maria, and Ella. Maria is the most likely spot for a landing.

The Islands of Antarctic Sound

In the morning you enter Segelsällskapets Fjord, with the streaked slopes of the Berzelius Mountains bordering the north side. You land on the south shore, where ancient sedimentary formations lie right at your feet. A hike takes you near a small lake with good chances to see musk oxen, Arctic hares, and ptarmigans. In the afternoon the ship ventures into Alpefjord, aptly named for the spire-like peaks that thrust up around it. You may then embark on a Zodiac cruise around Gully Glacier, which once blocked access to the interior of these waters. Continuing deep into the fjord, you experience a definitive Greenland adventure.

Alpefjord's Lofty Peaks

The first half of the day you spend in Antarctichavn, an extensive valley where you can spot groups of musk oxen. At this time of year, the sparse vegetation is dressed in the fiery colors of autumn.

The rest of the day will be spent at sea and at your own leisure.

Sights of Arctic Autumn

Today you reach Scoresbysund, sailing along the glaciated Volquart Boons Kyst. You may also enjoy a Zodiac cruise past one of the glacier fronts, along with a visit to the basalt columns and ice formations of Vikingebugt. The afternoon goal is to visit Danmark Island, where you find the remains of an Inuit settlement abandoned around 200 years ago. The circular stone tent rings indicate the summer houses, while the winter houses can be seen closer to a small cape. The sites are well preserved, with easy identifiable entrances, bear-proof meat caches, and grave sites. In the evening, you continue sailing the berg-crowded fjords to the west.

Scoresbysund

The goal is a Zodiac cruise near Rode Ø, one of the world’s most cherished iceberg attractions: The austere blue-white of the icebergs sets sharp against the brooding red backdrop of the sediment slopes. The afternoon plan is to sail through the northern parts of Rode Fjord, with the chance to see musk oxen and warm autumnal foliage.

Colors of The Cape

In the morning you encounter colossal icebergs, some over 100 meters (328 feet) high and more than a kilometer (.62 mile) long. Most of them are grounded, as the fjord is only about 400 meters deep (1,312 feet). You then land near Sydkap, with fine views of Hall Bredning and a good shot of seeing Arctic hares.

Enormous Bergs and Arctic Hares

The following day will be spent at sea. Take this time to reflect on the incredible experience you have had so far. Reflect on this incredibly transformative experience with your fellow passengers and newfound friends

A sea day grants you the opportunity to spot whales and seabirds – and at night, the magical northern lights.

Sea Life Under Northern Lights

Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. You disembark in Akureyri, where on request you can transfer (T) by chartered bus (a six-hour drive that you must book in advance) to the Reykjavik city hall, taking home memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

Disembark in Akureyri
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Pricing & date

Ortelius | Spitsbergen and Northeast Greenland from USD 6,700
Departing Ending Duration
31 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 15
27 Aug 2022 10 Sep 2022 15

Important Information

  • All accommodation on board vessel 
    All meals whilst on board
    Guiding and lectures by experienced expedition crew
    Lectures, programs and on board presentations
    Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes during course of voyage
    All port fees and taxes

    Exclusions

    International flights
    Travel insurance
    Visa fees 
    Gratuity for staff and crew
    Any personal expenses such as laundry and on board communication

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request, contact us for more details.

  • Please note this itinerary is subject to change depending on weather and ice conditions. 

  • Departure date, season and availability. 

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We use local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprint. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or equip with many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local products are available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in.

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