Adventures in Northeast Greenland - Glaciers, Fjords and the Northern Lights

Reykjavik - Reykjavik

Greenland, Iceland
August - September
9 Nights

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Cruise Overview

Embark on a journey to one of Earth's last pristine wildernesses with our "Adventures in Northeast Greenland: Glaciers, Fjords, and the Northern Lights" adventure. As we sail along the secluded northeast coast of Greenland, you'll be greeted by the world's largest fjord system, showcasing landscapes that are as diverse as they are starkly beautiful. Your Arctic day might end with a spectacular display of the Aurora borealis, a frequent spectacle in this part of the globe where the Northern Lights dance across the sky.

Delve into the wild heart of the Arctic, where you'll get a genuine taste of Greenlandic culture in Ittoqqortoormiit, explore ancient Thule sites rich with history, and stand in awe of towering icebergs set against breathtaking mountain vistas.

The Arctic has captured the imagination of adventurers for generations, and our expeditions are your opportunity to see why. We're thrilled to welcome you on this journey of discovery! 

This small ship cruise offers the possibility to explore Svalbard with a group of 132 like-minded guests in intimacy on the latest expedition cruise ship, the Ocean Explorer.

Adventures in North East Greenland cruise map

Cruise Highlights

Cruise Highlights

  • Search for iconic Arctic wildlife, such as polar bears, muskoxen and seal
  • Hike the tundra, visit an Inuit community and explore a breathtaking fjord system of East and Northeast Greenland
  • Strong likelihood of viewing the enchanting Northern Lights (Aurora borealis)
  • Cruise in a Zodiac to explore majestic landscapes
  • Immerse yourself in the icy realm of the Arctic with optional kayaking adventures



An immersive expedition cruise to discover the seldom visited coast of Northeast Greenland

Reykjavik in Iceland in the winter
Day 1

Arrive in Reykjavik, Iceland

Touch down in Reykjavik, Iceland's captivating capital, as the morning light welcomes you. Head over to your hotel, where we've got everything arranged for your stay. The day is yours to dive into Reykjavik's charm at your own pace. Discover its hidden gems, stroll through vibrant streets, and let the city's energy captivate you.

Ocean Explorer
Day 2

Embarkation and Set Sail

This afternoon marks the start of your journey as you step aboard your ship. It’s time to get excited for an incredible adventure that lies ahead!

coast mountains and icebergs of East Greenland
Day 3

Cruising north and crossing the Arctic Circle

As we sail northward across the Denmark Strait, with the distant silhouettes of Greenland painting the horizon, your Expedition Team will get you excited and ready for the adventures. Dive into engaging sessions about the rich history, intricate politics of the Arctic and the captivating wildlife, geology, ecology, and climate of this extraordinary region. You'll also discover the breathtaking sights you're about to witness firsthand. Meanwhile, keep your eyes peeled for the seabirds gliding around the ship and the whales that call these waters home—a preview of the natural wonders you're set to explore.

guest ashore on north east greenland expedition cruise
Day 4 - 8

Exploring Northeast Greenland

As you venture along the secluded northeast coast of Greenland, your expedition unfolds with thrilling Zodiac excursions and landings at multiple awe-inspiring locales. Our journey takes us deep into the heart of Northeast Greenland National Park, home to a staggering 40 per cent of the world's muskox population. Here, amidst the pristine Arctic wilderness, we'll constantly look for these majestic creatures as they roam the tundra.

One of the highlights of our exploration is the visit to Ittoqqortoormiit, East Greenland's northernmost settlement. This vibrant Inuit community offers a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of the Arctic. Engage with local Inuit residents, gaining insights into their enduring traditions, contemporary life, and intimate bond with the environment. If the skies above Ittoqqortoormiit are clear, you might also witness the ethereal beauty of the Northern Lights, a magical spectacle that dances across the night sky.

Our adventure continues with stunning panoramic views in Kong Oscar Fjord, a realm of breathtaking landscapes. Possible stops include Ella Ø, where the sheer cliffs rise dramatically above waters filled with drifting ice, creating a scene of raw natural beauty. We may also step ashore on Ymer Ø, at Botanikerbugt, a haven of biodiversity where the tundra blooms with a diverse array of Arctic flora.

Each moment of your tour is a step further into the untamed heart of Greenland, offering unforgettable encounters with wildlife, culture, and the mesmerising phenomena of the Arctic.

Days 9 - 10

Sailing southbound across Denmark Strait

As your Arctic expedition gently comes to a close, immerse yourself in various onboard activities that capture the spirit of your journey. Dive into captivating presentations by our onboard experts, reliving the adventures and insights of the places you've visited. Gather with fellow travellers to exchange photos and stories, celebrating the memories you've created together. Why not enjoy a chilled cocktail in the bar or get cosy with a movie? Whatever your choice, it's the perfect way to unwind.

Throughout your time at sea, your Expedition Team remains at your side, ready to answer any lingering questions or guide your gaze to the wildlife that may accompany our passage. These final moments of camaraderie and discovery will round off your Arctic adventure, leaving you with a treasure trove of memories to carry home.

Reykjavik in Iceland in the winter
Day 11

Reykjavik, Iceland

Your journey concludes in Reykjavik, the vibrant heart of Iceland. Upon disembarking, if you've arranged for accommodation after the expedition, we'll ensure you're comfortably transferred to a prime spot in the downtown area. This marks the beginning of the next chapter in your Icelandic adventure, with the city's wonders at your doorstep.



Zodiac Cruising and Shore Landings

Zodiac cruising in Greenland

Zodiac inflatable boats are integral to every expedition and perfect for exploring the polar wilderness. Zodiacs are used to ferry you to the shore and mini explorations amidst icebergs, whales, and seabirds. Throughout your expedition, they enable you to reach secluded spots only accessible by these sturdy watercraft.

Driven by our expert team of knowledgeable polar guides, we will explore the Zodiac daily as part of your expedition.


hiking Activity in Greenland on a cruise

Immerse yourself in the thrill of hiking across the polar wilderness, led by our seasoned polar guides. Wander the vast tundra, marvel at the majestic glaciers, and breathe in fresh air amongst the natural scenery. It's an adventure that brings you into the heart of the Arctic's untamed beauty.

Polar Plunge

polar plunge activity on an expedition cruise

During each voyage, we carve out a special moment for the Polar Plunge, a thrilling dive into the icy waters, scheduled just once for those daring enough to leap. Our Expedition Leader and Captain are always on the lookout, assessing the weather and sea conditions to pick the perfect spot and moment for this exhilarating experience. Whether it's from the shore, off the gangway, or the edge of a Zodiac, participants, clad in tethered harnesses for safety, leap into the chilly embrace of the polar sea amid the cheers and encouragement of their fellow adventurers and the Expedition Team.

Safety is our top priority during the Polar Plunge. The onboard physician is always present to oversee the event, ensuring everyone's well-being. Additionally, our guides, suited in survival gear, patrol the waters in Zodiacs, ready to assist as guests make their splash into the frigid waters, whether it's a bold jump or an adventurous cannonball.

Sea Kayaking*

Experience the beauty of the polar regions from the intimacy of a sea kayak. The onboard Sea Kayak Program gathers adventurers with a shared passion to explore the stunning landscapes of fjords, glacial fronts, or intricate sea ice formations together.

This program welcomes both novices and experienced kayakers to discover the polar regions from a distinctive vantage point. Depending on weather and operational conditions, the goal is to get kayaking as frequently as possible. Sea kayaking adventures typically begin with a Zodiac boat transferring participants from the ship to an optimal launch site. After exploring the waters, kayakers are brought back to the ship via Zodiac. 

For safety, a Zodiac operated by a dedicated driver remains close at hand to provide help if needed. These kayak trips usually last from one and a half to three hours, blending adventure with unparalleled natural beauty.

*An extra cost is applicable. Please enquire about costs and availability at the time of reservation. Please note places on sea kayaking do sell out in advance, so forward booking is essential.

Your Ship

Your Ship

Ocean Explorer

Ship Highlights


Small Ship That Delivers Epic Adventures

Embark on an authentic expedition with the Ocean Explorer, a small expedition ship accommodating 138 guests per voyage. Designed for an exclusive experience, this ship is ideal for guests eager to maximize their time off the ship, exploring remote areas through Zodiac excursions and shore landings.

A Great Choice For Activities

Due to its small size, Ocean Explorer is an excellent option for those seeking additional polar activities. Led by a team of polar experts, guests can partake in thrilling adventures such as kayaking, camping and trekking, enhancing the overall expedition experience

Excellent Zodiac to Guest Ratio

Enjoy the freedom of Zodiac excursions in the raw nature that can accommodate all guests simultaneously. Thanks to the Ocean Explorer's large fleet of Zodiacs and speedy boarding platforms, guests have more time for exploration, creating unforgettable moments in the vast wilderness.

State of The Art Design

Immerse yourself in the Ocean Explorer's cutting-edge X Bow design, presenting a breathtaking viewing lounge at the ship's bow. This modern design enhances stability and ensures fuel efficiency, enabling swift and comfortable sailing through challenging seas during sea passages.

Pinnacle of Sustainability and Safety

Pioneering sustainability, the Ocean Explorer features a fuel-efficient design. Employing GPS anchoring instead of traditional anchors in sensitive areas, the ship also converts waste to energy fur, thus helping to reduce its impact on the polar regions.

Outstanding Onboard Living Spaces

Indulge in a realm of comfort with well-appointed cabins featuring private balconies, an observation lounge with stunning views, and rejuvenating amenities like on-deck jacuzzis, a sauna, and a gym. The Ocean Explorer ensures high comfort levels, complemented by the intimacy of travelling in a small, exclusive group.

Industry Leading Guides

With a stellar reputation for hosting an exceptional team of guides and polar specialists, the Ocean Explorer is recognized as a trailblazer in small ship expeditions. Whether for activities, wildlife observation, or exploration, the ship's industry-leading guides guarantee an unparalleled and unforgettable experience. (Reasons To Choose This Ship)

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