September 12 – 23, 2018
Join Focus Expeditions on this unique and exclusive expedition. Very few travel to the wild and remote East Coast of Greenland which is home to the largest national park in the world – Northeast Greenland National Park. This preserve encompasses 375,000 square-miles and has around 500 visitors per year.The park is home to polar bears, hares. fox, caribou and walruses, as well as half the world’s population of musk oxen – about 15,000 animals. It is also important for many species of birds and fragile tundra vegetation. Inuit hunters from a nearby village have special permission to hunt and trap in the park, but no one else is allowed. While most people visit south and western Greenland, few have access to the remote East Coast where only here one can find 4 to 5 story high ice bergs.
We will visit the largest fjord system within the park on Greenland’s eastern coast: Scoresby Sund. It is the largest and longest fjord in the world and we will enter on the northern side passing a village called Ittoqqortoomiit, the only permanent settlement in the region with a population less than 500.
To embark upon this exciting expedition, we will meet in northern Iceland in the town of Akureyri. From Akureyri, we will cross the Denmark Strait and the Arctic Circle. During this 30 hour voyage to Greenland, we will have the opportunity to look for 15 species of whales including humpback, beluga, minke, narwhal and many others. Our arctic adventure has now begun. We have a good chance of receiving a northern welcome with the appearance of the aurora borealis.
Cost per person sharing: $9,950
Single supplement: $700
Maximum 16 passengers
|ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE LOCATION||Akureyri, Iceland|
|ARRIVAL TIME||12th September|
|Accommodations||Per Person Sharing, Single Supplement|
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Day 1, September 12: Arrive in Akureyri, Iceland
Day 2, September 13: Akureyri
Day 3, September 14: At Sea
Today will be spent at sea crossing the beautiful Denmark Strait. We can start to anticipate the adventure that lies before us. We will have a good chance to see Kittiwakes, Fulmars, Gannets and Common guillemots from deck. We will also be on the lookout for whales. We will cross the Arctic Circle and as we approach Greenland in the evening, the first icebergs may appear. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight stays are included on board the M/S Freya.
Days 4 -11, September 15 - 22: Greenland (Scoresby Sund, Cape Hofmann Halvø, Volquart Boons Coast, Danmarksø)
The next 8 days are dedicated to exploring the wild coast of East Greenland. Amidst massive ice bergs and glaciated coastal scenery, we will be in search of the ice bear, walrus, musk oxen and other northern wildlife. We will photograph icy glaciers, towering ice bergs and sea ice in many shapes and forms. Because we have chartered the ship, we are free to go where light, ice and wildlife take us and we are free to linger as long as we like to capture the magical light available to us for our arctic photography. We will see remains of Inuit settlements abandoned 200 years ago. We hope for good weather, clear skies and at night, the northern lights. The aurora borealis can be observed from late August through March. The best time is end-September and end-March and we have timed our trip perfectly. The best time of day to see the lights is in the middle of the night, between 10pm and 2am however these times can fluctuate. We will have to be flexible with our sleep in order to capture the essence of the arctic beauty. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight stays on the M/S Freya.
Days 11 - 12, September 22 - 23rd: Depart Greenland, Denmark Strait Crossing
Weather depending, our Captain will let us know when we need to leave the wild coast of Greenland to make our way back to Iceland. Once again we will cross over the Arctic Circle while crossing the Denmark Strait. We will arrive back in Akureyri in order to disembark the M/S Freya by 9:00am on September 23rd. After disembarking, we will make our way to the airport for our outbound flight home. Please book your flight out of Akureyri no earlier than noon.
Please note that this itinerary is subject to change based on weather conditions and per the Captain’s suggestions. Focus Expeditions highly recommends the purchase of travel insurance (may be purchased through our website at time of booking). Weather conditions in the north can be unpredictable and we cannot guaranty this itinerary.
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The Arctic is indescribably beautiful. For centuries, explorers were drawn to it. It is one of my very favorite places to photograph and explore. Greenland is the “Ultimate Arctic” – and for us it’s wildness and remote beauty will be framed beneath the shimmering northern lights. This will be the ultimate adventurer’s adventure!!
I have spent more than two decades living and traveling in the Subarctic and Arctic. These are the last vastly untouched regions on earth where nature, not humans has control – inhospitable and cold, yet of a magic that is hard to describe. The incredible beauty and mesmerizing effects of the aurora borealis contribute to this magic. Greenland’s landscapes are awe-inspiring, a mix of deep fjords, gigantic glaciers and icebergs of all different shapes and sometimes enormous dimensions. I can’t wait to share this incredible adventure with you…