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Plancius

Scoresby Sund, Aurora borealis 8 Day Cruise

First built in 1976 as an oceanographic research vessel for the Royal Dutch Navy and named "Hr. Ms. Tydeman", the Plancius has now been fully reconstructed as a 110-passenger vessel suitable for Polar expeditions. The vessel offers a restaurant/lecture room and a spacious observation lounge (with bar) with large windows, offering a full panorama view. All cabins are generously proportioned and are outside facing, mostly equipped with two bunk beds and a comfortable private bathroom.

 

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Embark

Transfer by bus from Hotel Reykjavik Centrum, Reykjavik to the ship in Akureyri where you will embark the ship.

Day 1: Akureyri

Board the bus from Hotel Reykjavik Centrum, Adalstraeti 16 in Reykjavik and transfer to the ship in Akureyri where you will embark the ship. Settled into your cabin and meet the crew. The ship will depart Iceland and sail north towards the Denmark Strait.

Day 2: Denmark Strait

Spend the day sailing north through the Denmark Strait. You will almost certainly sight Fulmar, Kittiwake, Gannet and rafts of Common Guillemot. The Plancius will cross the Arctic Circle and continue north perhaps sighting whales. In the evening you might spot your first icebergs and the ship approaches the east coast of Greenland near Kap Brewster.

Day 3: Volquart Boons Coast

This morning the ship will along the glaciated Volquart Boons Coast. Board a zodiac and cruise along one of the glacier fronts of this coast with your fist landing near a glacier such as Mane Glacier or in Vikingebugt. Later land on Danmarks Ø where there are the remains of an Inuit settlement abandoned around 200 years ago. You will also be able view a circular 'tent rings' of stones which indicate the summer houses, while the winter houses can be seen closer to a small cape. In the evening the ship continues sailing through the beautiful fjords to the west, choked with icebergs.

Day 4: Cape Hofmann Halvø

Today you will go ashore at C Hofman Halvo, a favourite spot for observing Musk Oxen. You might also stop at Rock Ptarmigan and at sea Great Northern Diver. The striking landscape is particularly beautiful here, especially during autumn when the Dwarf Willow and Dwarf Birch change colour. In the evening the ship will sail through the fjord towards Scoresby Land where you will observe the contrast between the warm autumnal colours of the vegetation on shore, backed by huge dark mountains, and the cold blue of the icebergs.

Day 5: Sydkap

As the ship sail towards Sydkap in Scoresby Land in the morning, you will observe huge icebergs measuring some over 100 metres high and more than a kilometre in length. You will land near Sydkap to view the remains of the Thule culture winter houses, where as many as 20 people lived in these tiny houses, hunting Greenland Whale and using their vertebrae to build the houses.

Day 6: Ittoqqortoormiit

In the morning you will land at a lagoon on the south coast of Jameson Land, an area with waders and geese collecting for the autumn migration. The landscape here is gently undulating. Musk Oxen and Collared Lemming - survive on the meagre vegetation. In the afternoon you will visit Ittoqqortoormiit, the largest settlement near Scoresbysund with about 400 inhabitants. You will have the opportunity to buy stamps for your postcards or wander around to see the sledge dogs.

Day 7: At Sea - Aurora Borealis

Today you will spend the day at sea offering excellent opportunities to see large whales and seabird migration and at night the spectacular Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).

Day 8: Akureyri

Arrive at Akureyri where you will disembark and transfer by chartered bus to Hotel Reykjavik Centrum, Adalstraeti 16 in Reykjavik.

Disembark

Disembark the ship in Akureyri, and transfer by chartered bus to Hotel Reykjavik Centrum, Adalstraeti 16 in Reykjavik.

Includes

  • 7 nights' accommodation on board the Plancius
  • All meals on board
  • Snacks, coffee and tea
  • All shore excursions and activities by Zodiac
  • Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes
  • Programme of lectures by naturalists and experienced expedition staff
  • Transfers by bus to and from Hotel Reykjavik Centrum, Adalstraeti 16 in Reykjavik (six hours)
  • Fuel surcharges, where applicable, are shown separately on the website and will be charged at the time of reservation
  • AECO fees and governmental taxes

Excludes

  • Flights
  • Drinks on board, other than those mentioned above
  • Meals ashore
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Personal Insurance
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Optional activities
 

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