Scoresby Sund 

8 nights/9 days

Start/Finish: Akureyri, Iceland
Price from €3,950 
2022 departures
Janssonius: 1st September*
Ortelius: 9th September*
Hondius: 12th September*
Departures marked with a * are Basecamp cruises. These have a number of optional additional activities including snow shoeing, kayaking and diving - please contact for full details

This trip is a shorter version of the NE Greenland & Spitsbergen voyage, visiting the Scoresby Sund fjord system only. This is the largest fjord in Greenland and is normally full of icebergs. This trip voyage gives you an excellent chance of seeing the northern lights.

A map of the East Greenland Scoresby Sund polar expedition cruise, PolarWorld Travel

Possible ROUTE MAP

A photograph of a glacier cuts down through horizontal layers of Paleogene basalt on the Volquart Boons Kyst, seen on a PolarWorld Travel polar expedition cruise
A glacier cuts down through horizontal layers of Paleogene basalt on the Volquart Boons Kyst
A photograph of a zodiac boat in front of a basalt cliff containing columnar cooling structures, taken in Vikingebugt, east Greenland on a PolarWorld Travel polar expedition cruise
Zodiac cruising in Vikingebugt, observing spectacular columnar cooling structures in a Paleogene basaltic lava flow
A photograph of the remains of a 200 year old Inuit settlement on Danmark Island, east Greenland, taken on a PolarWorld Travel polar expedition cruise
The remains of a 200 year old Inuit settlement on Danmark Island
A photograph of white icebergs in front of a red cliff, taken at Røde Ø, east Greenland on a PolarWorld Travel polar expedition cruise
Zodiac cruise near Røde Ø, one of the world’s most cherished iceberg attractions
A photograph of a pointed peak, Grundtvigskirche, towering above an iceberg filled fjord, taken in in Øfjord, east Greenland on a PolarWorld Travel polar expedition cruise
Grundtvigskirche in Øfjord
A photograph of people on the bow of a ship photographing a majestic iceberg in Hall Bredning, east Greenland on a PolarWorld Travel polar expedition cruise
Observing a majestic iceberg in Hall Bredning
A photograph of the Greenlandic town of Ittoqqortoormiit alsoknown as Scoresbysund taken on a PolarWorld Travel polar expedition cruise
 The Greenlandic town of Ittoqqortoormiit, also known as Scoresbysund
A photograph of the northern lights taken from the deck of a ship in east Greenland on a PolarWorld Travel polar expedition cruise
The Northern Lights taken from the ship deck on this voyage
To make a booking, or to ask any questions you have about the voyage and its suitability for you, please contact us. James has guided on this voyage before and will be happy to discuss all aspects of the trip with you.
A photograph of James Cresswell Director of GeoWorld Travel & PolarWorld Travel pointing to columnar basalt in Vikingebugt Scoresbysund, Greenland
James in Vikingebugt

Possible Itinerary

PLEASE NOTE: All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions and in order to take advantage of opportunities to see wildlife. The on-board expedition leader determines the final itinerary. Itineraries may mention places that require permission to land, which must be granted by the relevant national authorities. Such permission is not granted prior to the publishing of these itineraries. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. The average cruising speed for the ships is 10.5 knots.

Day 1: On the Iceland road
Your journey begins in the morning, where by request you can transfer via chartered bus (T) from the city hall of Reykjavik (the meeting point) to the ship in Akureyri (the embarkation point). You arrive in the afternoon after a six-hour drive through northern Iceland.

PLEASE NOTE: This transfer (T) must be booked and paid for in advance. In the early evening, the ship departs from the port of Akureyri, sailing north toward the Denmark Strait.

Day 2: Sailing to east Greenland
While sailing north you’re likely to see fulmars, kittiwakes, gannets, and common guillemots. You then cross the Arctic Circle, possibly spotting whales. By evening, the first icebergs flash into sight with your approach to the east Greenland coast, near Brewster.

Day 3: Inuit neighbourhood of yesteryear
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.

Day 4: Colors of the cape
The goal is a Zodiac cruise near Røde 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 Røde Fjord, with the chance to see musk oxen and warm autumnal foliage.

Day 5: Enormous bergs, Arctic hares
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.

Day 6: Settlement at Scoresbysund
Today you make a tundra landing on Liverpool Land, in Hurry Inlet. The afternoon stop is Ittoqqortoormiit, the largest settlement in Scoresbysund at about five hundred inhabitants. At the post office you can buy stamps for your postcards, or just stroll around to see the sled dogs and drying skins of seals and musk oxen. In the afternoon you sail south, passing the picturesque landscapes of the Blosseville Coast.

Day 7: Remote shores
Turner Sound and Rømer Fjord grant you the opportunity to sail far inland, as they have no glacier front at the head and are not clogged with ice. In this location, you may get the opportunity to spot narwhals.

Day 8: Sea life under the northern lights
A sea day grants you the opportunity to spot whales and seabirds – and at night, the magical northern lights.

Day 9: Journey’s end at Akureyri
Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. You disembark in Akureyri, where on request you can transfer by chartered bus (T) (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.

Our Green Promise

We purchase carbon offsets through Carbon Footprint

If you book this expedition cruise through us we will pay your carbon offset for you and provide a certificate on completion of your expedition.

9 DAYS = 6.3T
Calculated at
 https://co2.myclimate.org/en/cruise_calculators/new )

It is your responsibility to book your travel to and from the start and finish of the expedition. This is normally a flight. If you would like to carbon offset this cost please use our carbon offset calculator here.

Wildlife you may see on this voyage