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Northern Lights Arctic Cruise

Northern Lights Arctic Cruise

This 9-Day Northern Lights Arctic Cruise goes in search of the spectacular Northern Lights, “aurora borealis,” that light up the night sky near the Arctic Circle when conditions are just right. Spend your days exploring the region on land excursions and zodiac rides, spotting endemic wildlife and taking in lectures from experts aboard the ship, and if the evenings are clear, turn your faces skyward to bask in the green-hued most magical show of nature, the Northern Lights.

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9 DAYS

Starting from $6,790 per person

Pricing includes everything from your international arrival to your departure, with the exception of flights and a few lunches and dinners.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Bookend your Arctic journey in Reykjavik, the brightly colored and charming capital of Iceland, with the option to extend your visit to further explore Iceland’s wonders.
  • Pay close attention to the dedicated birding guide on board your cruise, who will assist in identifying rare species like fulmars, kittiwakes, gannets, and common guillemots.
  • Keep an eye peeled for Arctic animal sightings, such as whales in the water as you cross the Arctic Circle, musk oxen, Arctic hares, and even “unicorns of the Arctic,” narwhals.
  • Take advantage of ideal climatological conditions to gaze in wonder at the aurora borealis, or Northern Lights, that may illuminate the Arctic sky in bright green hues.
  • Admire colossal floating icebergs as you sail through the Rode Fjord in the interior of Scoresbysund island.
  • Weather permitting, visit the basalt columns and ice formations of Vikingebugt, as well as the remains of an Inuit settlement at Danmark island.

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Sample Itinerary

Welcome to Reykjavik! Today you’ll meet your transfer bus at Reykjavik’s City Hall which will take you to your cruise ship docked in northern Iceland.

The real adventure of the Arctic begins today as you make your way towards Greenland. Keep your eyes open as you’re likely to see fulmars, kittiwakes, gannets, and common guillemots. There will be at least one dedicated expedition guide on board who will share their expert knowledge about bird species and who will be available to help you identify and photograph species. Hopefully you’ll spot some whales as you cross the Arctic Circle. By evening, the first icebergs flash into sight as you approach Brewster (Eastern Greenland).

Today you reach Scoresbysund, sailing along the glaciated Volquart Boons Kyst. No two polar voyages are alike, as every day will present a new opportunity based on varying weather and ice conditions. Upmost flexibility is required however your Expedition Team will ensure you visit as many of the highlights the season has to offer. Weather permitting, you may also take a Zodiac cruise past one of the glacier fronts, along with a visit to the basalt columns and ice formations of Vikingebugt. In the afternoon you’ll make a stop at Danmark Island, where you find the remains of an Inuit settlement which was abandoned around 200 years ago.

The goal is a Zodiac cruise near Røde Ø, also known as Red Island and located in the interior of Scoresbysund. This area is perfect for admiring the white and blue beauty of passing icebergs. In the afternoon you’ll sail through the northern parts of Røde Fjord with a chance of spotting musk oxen.

This morning you’ll encounter colossal icebergs, some over 320 feet high and more than half a mile long. You then land near Sydkap, offering dazzling views of Hall Bredning and a good chance of seeing Arctic hares.

Today you make a tundra landing on Liverpool Land while in the afternoon you’ll visit the largest settlement in Scoresbysund (500 inhabitants approximately). Here you’ll be able to purchase stamps for your postcards or check out the sled dogs whilst taking a stroll. Upon return to the cruise you’ll sail south, passing the picturesque landscapes of the Blosseville Coast.

Today you’ll sail inland via Turner Sound and Rømer Fjord, all while on the lookout for narwhals.

Make the most of your time at sea by searching for whales and seabirds. The Northern Lights at night are a sight not to be missed!

Say goodbye to the crew as you disembark back where it all started in Akureyri. From here, the shared bus will take you back to Reykjavik.

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