Northeast Greenland – Scoresby Sound In Depth
Join the elegant 12-passenger ship M/S Balto on a true expedition cruise to Northeast Greenland, one of the last unspoiled wildernesses in the world. As we venture into the world’s largest fjord system, we will experience breath-taking nature and scenery, large icebergs in unimaginable shapes. The clean air, the silence and the enormity of nature is captivating.
During walks we are always keeping an eye out for grazing musk-oxen, Arctic hare, Arctic fox and other wildlife. With our sturdy Zodiacs we explore further afield, cruise amongst large stranded icebergs and make shore landings. With some luck we might also encounter polar bears. From the end of August, we have a great chance of seeing the magical Northern Lights.
Travelling with a small group of merely 12 passengers gives us more flexibility, more unique itineraries and more time ashore. Also, the footprints we leave behind are a lot smaller! The M/S Balto has a lot of experience of and is designed to explore the most remote fjord systems and find secret anchorages. This is true micro cruising.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Constable Point (Northeast Greenland)|
23 August 2023 – 30 August 2023
30 August 2023 – 6 September 2023
6 September 2023 – 13 September 2023
|DURATION||8 days/7 nights|
|PRICES per person||
Single Cabin, single bed US$10,250
|GROUP SIZE||12 Guests only|
We fly to one of the world’s smallest airports, Constable Point, located at the end of a narrow fjord. Weembark the M/S Balto and make ourselve at home. We are now in a part of the world where we aretotally dependent on ice and weather conditions. Our exact itinerary depends on these factors and onthe wildlife we encounter. Our ambition is to make landings every day with our rigid Zodiac crafts.
Exploration of Scoresby Sund
We are travelling in one of the largest wilderness areas in the Northern Hemisphere. It introduces its visitors to some of the most spectacular coast lines in the world and the deep fjords are surrounded by majestic peaks and tundra covered slopes. We will use our sturdy Zodiacs to explore further afield, cruise amongst large stranded icebergs and make shore landings.
Scoresby Sound is the world’s largest fjord system and could be explored for weeks. It offers some of the most spectacular scenery Greenland has to offer: jagged peaks as tall as 2000 meters coming straight out of the sea and rare glimpses of the Greenland ice cap, the largest ice cap in the northern hemisphere. Large glaciers pour into the sea, giving birth to an unexpected quantity of beautiful icebergs, some of them lager than high-rise buildings.
During our expedition we have good chances to spot magnificent prehistoric-looking musk-ox or the lovely white Arctic hare. We also keep an eye out for snow bunting, gyrfalcon and ptarmigans. With aportion of luck, we actually might encounter polar bears. From the end of August, we have a great chance of seeing the magical Northern Lights.
We hope to circumnavigate Milne Land, the second largest island in Greenland, sailing through the narrow and spectacular Føhn Fjord, Røde Fjord and Ø Fjord. During walks on the tundra we may find remains from early Inuit cultures that settled here. The archaeological record in Northeast Greenland is long and involves a remarkable diversity of groups that discovered and explored the region at least seven times over thousands of years.
As we sail into the rarely visited Nordvestfjord, we also enter the largest national park in the world at almost 1 million square kms. This fjord is often filled with icebergs making for challenging but spectacular navigation.
We also plan to visit Ittoqqortoormiit, home to some 450 Greenlanders and the only settlement inNortheast Greenland. It is located 500 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle and nearest town is Tasiilaq, 800 kilometres to the South.
In a town where the sea ice blocks ships from visiting most part of the year, hunting and fishing are the only ways of survival. During our visit we get a unique opportunity to learn more about the living and surviving in this remote part of the world.
In the morning we disembark in Constable Point for homebound flights.
Please note: Our exact route will depend on ice, weather conditions and wildlife. The places mentionedare just examples of some of the many sites this region of Greenland has to offer. We always strive tomaximize your experience. Please remember that flexibility is the key to a successful expedition!
Henrik has worked as an expedition leader and guide in both the Arctic and Antarctic since 1998. He has lead numerous voyages to Northeast Greenland, Svalbard, the Antarctic Peninsula, Papua New Guinea, along the Norwegian Coast and Scotland. He has travelled extensively to far and remote corners of the world, scaled Andean peaks, trekked in the Himalayas and dived in many exotic locations; but his greatest passion is the Polar region. Henrik and Sue spent three months living and working on the remote Sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia and ten months as dog-sled drivers on Svalbard during the Arctic winter. Most recently Henrik spent 6 month living in the mountains of Norway working as a dog-sled driver. He is truly at home in the world’s wild places.
Naturalist & Guide
Sue graduated as a veterinary nurse before embarking on a more adventurous life as a professional outdoor guide mainly specialising in the Polar regions. Sue first ventured to the Arctic in 1997 on the Kapitan Klebnikov, completing the Northwest passage, High Canadian Arctic and was part of the first-ever circumnavigation of Baffin Island. Since then Sue has returned to the high Arctic latitudes every year and has spent a winter working in Svalbard as a dog handler and dog sled guide. Sue has a great passion for the Polar regions with a keen interest in the flora and fauna of the High Arctic. Sue will introduce you to some of the best places the Arctic has to offer. In January, 2015, Sue purchased Adventure Associates and continues to plan even more exciting journeys to remote destinations.
We are proud to present the latest addition to our fleet of small expedition ships, M/S Balto, named after the leading sled dog of 1925 Nome serum run. She was built for the highest ice class in Rauma, Finland, to serve as a government service vessel in the Baltic sea. During 2019-2020, she has been totally refurbished and is now one of the roomiest and most elegant small polar expedition yachts in service. M/S Balto offers a relaxed luxury accommodation for 12 guests in 7 outside cabins, all with private facilities and lower beds.
On the guest deck you also find a cider lined sauna, accommodating 4-6 persons, with a cold shower and a small changing room. The richly appointed saloon and the beautiful dining room feature crotch-mahogany panelling, a bar, a card table, a library, coffee and tea stations. She offers a large restaurant style open galley, where you can check on the marvels of our chefs and sample freshly baked bread.
There are several open and semi enclosed deck spaces from where you can enjoy the stunning Arctic sceneries. You are welcomed by an international crew and the bridge is open for visitors.
The ship has been fitted with an electric diesel propulsion capable of maintaining versatile manoeuvring and survey speeds with no vibration. It is therefore ideal as film and photo platform. There is also a mud room for expedition gear and two Zodiacs for wilderness cruises and offshore experiences. M/S Balto is truly one of a kind when it comes to small polar expedition ships. Travelling with this unique 12-passenger ship offers a completely different and much more intimate experience of Greenland compared to a larger expedition ship.
A small group of merely 12 passengers gives us more flexibility, unique itineraries and more time ashore. Also, the footprints we leave behind are a lot smaller!
The M/S Balto is designed to explore the most remote fjord systems, visit isolated Inuit settlements and take you to secret anchorages to maximise each guest’s experience in this unspoiled wilderness.
|1||0 M²||2 PORTHOLES|
|There are 2 Single cabins which are located on the Lower Deck. both cabins with single twin bed (90 x 200 cm), desk and ample storage for luggage in the wardrobe and under the bed. Like in all cabins you will find a hair dryer, bathrobe, day-blankets, hot water bottle, towels and sauna towels.|
|2||16 M² or 12 M²||3 PORTHOLES|
|There are 3 Double cabins which are located on the Lower Deck. All double cabins have a queen size bed (160cm or 140cm), desk and wardrobe. Double cabin most forward on starboard side, has a bed which is not approachable from both sides as others due to configuration, but it has a more space because of this. Like in all cabins, you will find a hair dryer, bathrobe, day-blankets, hot water bottle, towels and sauna towels.|
|2||18 M²||3 PORTHOLES|
|The Superior Twin is located on the Lower Deck. It has two separate beds (90X200cm), sitting area, desk and ample storage for luggage in the wardrobe and under the beds. Like in all cabins, you will find a hair dryer, bathrobe, day-blankets, hot water bottle, towels and sauna towels.|
|2||30 M²||6 WINDOWS|
|The Owners Suite is located on the Main Deck. It features a Queen Size bed with a separate seating area, a desk and chair plus wardrobe and private ensuite facilities. Like in all cabins you will find a hair dryer, bathrobe, day-blankets, hot water bottle, towels and sauna towels.|
How to Book
To ensure your place on this exciting adventure, please contact us to reserve a place 02 6355 2022 or , then complete the Adventure Associates Booking Form and return to us with your USD 1500 per person deposit.
|Deposit required per person:||US$1500 per person|
|Balance due:||90 days prior to departure|
|If booking within 89 days of departure:||Full payment must be made.|
Reservations are established when you receive written confirmation and acceptance of the deposit and Booking Form. Travel insurance is strongly recommended at the time of booking.
Cancellations must be advised in writing to Adventure Associates. Cancellation charges are subject to regulations of airlines, coach and tour operators, hotels and other principals involved. If it is necessary to cancel your arrangements, the following non-refundable charges will apply.
|More than 150 days prior to departure||US$500 per person|
|Between 149 and 90 days prior to departure||Full loss of deposit per person|
|Between 89 and 76 days prior to departure||75% of tour cost per person|
|On or within 75 days prior to departure||No Refund|
If the cancellation charge is more than your advance payment you remain liable for the difference. For these and other reasons mentioned above you are strongly recommended to take out Travel Insurance. Once the tour has departed there will be no refund for any unused portions of the trip.