The 'Wild' Side of Greenland: Ocean Albatros

Greenland

Discover one of the world's most beautiful, wild and pristine natural areas in the huge North Greenland National Park. On this unique expedition cruise, we will venture far from the usual tourist routes and visit places where only true expeditioners and scientists travel. Possibly the most dramatic coast outside of Antarctica, the coast is guarded by Greenland’s highest mountains and steepest fjords. On this luxury Arctic expedition cruise your will experience unspoiled Arctic landscapes with good chances of seeing polar bears, whales and musk oxen

  • Presentations from expert lecturers
  • State of the art, luxury expedition vessel
  • Visit the world’s largest national park in Northeast Greenland
  • Massive fjord systems and glaciers
  • Whale sightings, bird watching & Arctic wildlife
  • Great chances to see Aurora borealis, the Northern Lights!

Heading out from Reykjavík, our first call is the isolated Inuit community, Ittoqqortoormiit. From here we navigate into the overwhelming Kong Oskar Fjord, which acts as a gateway for the North Greenland National Park, the world's largest nature reserve. Navigating the sheltered interior of the national park’s fjord system, we are likely to enjoy stable September weather with clear skies and distant visibility. Snow dusts the mountain tops, and the supernatural wonders of Aurora Borealis can be seen at night. We make landings at century old hunting stations in breathtaking landscapes, as the ship navigates north around Ella and Ymer Islands into Kejser Franz Joseph Fjord. On the southbound voyage we aim for the dramatic Blosseville Coast. The last day will be at sea, enjoying lectures from the expedition team – or getting glimpses of sea birds migrating south. This is a true Expedition Voyage, with landings in harsh and pristine nature, abundant wild life – and compulsory permits needed from both national park authorities and the Arctic military patrol Sirius, who acts as national park officers. The expedition team onboard have huge experience, having navigated these remote fjords for more than 20 years. There are few wilder, more magnificent and untouched places than the Northeast Greenland National Park!

Stewart's Take

September is the perfect time to experience the majesty of Greenland

Overview

Discover one of the world's most beautiful, wild and pristine natural areas in the huge North Greenland National Park. On this unique expedition cruise, we will venture far from the usual tourist routes and visit places where only true expeditioners and scientists travel. Possibly the most dramatic coast outside of Antarctica, the coast is guarded by Greenland’s highest mountains and steepest fjords. On this luxury Arctic expedition cruise your will experience unspoiled Arctic landscapes with good chances of seeing polar bears, whales and musk oxen.
DAY 1 ICELAND, REYKJAVÍK. EMBARKATION In the afternoon, we board the Ocean Albatros in Reykjavík and set our course northbound for Greenland. After boarding and welcome drinks, the Expedition Leader will inform you about the voyage, the ship's daily routines and the various security and safety procedures, then you will have time to unpack and get comfortable in your cabin. Before sailing, there will be a mandatory safety drill. The Captain takes the ship out of Reykjavík in the early evening, as we enjoy our first hours onboard. DAY 2 AT SEA. CROSSING THE DENMARK STRAIT TOWARDS GREENLAND Our lecturers onboard will make inspiring and enriching presentations about both Iceland and Greenland’s past history and about nature, wildlife and climatology. DAY 3 INUIT TOWN OF ITTOQQORTOORMIIT We cross the huge entrance of Scoresbysund during the night and arrive at the Inuit community Ittoqqortoormiit (Scoresbysund) in the morning. About 500 people live here, most of whom base a large portion of their households on hunting. Seal, muskoxen and polar bear skins hang to dry outside many of the houses, and the sled dogs are waiting for sea ice to be safe for the first hunts of the fall. The town is extremely isolated, and the inhabitants only receive ship supplies twice a year. We have established good contacts with the local residents during our earlier visits and can go ashore to experience this unique little community. DAYS 4-6 NORTHEAST GREENLAND NATIONAL PARK The program for the days in the national park depends on the weather and ice conditions. The route and the landings are determined by the Captain and the Expedition Leader jointly and are typically announced the night before. During the night we cruise past the rugged peaks of the Liverpool Land peninsula and reach the mouth of King Oscar Fjord. We are now in the huge national park, established in 1974 and expanded in 1988. With an area of almost 1 mill. square kilometer, this is the world’s largest national park and largest protected land area. There are no permanent settlements in the area, but there have previously - most recently up to the middle of the 19th century - been various Inuit hunters here in the northeast corner of Greenland, including on Clavering Island further north. After entering King Oscar Fjord, we sail along the impressive 1300-meter-high rock wall Bastionen on the Ella Island. A truly beautiful place on our route, and there is good reason why the "King of Northeast Greenland", the Danish geologist and polar researcher Lauge Koch, established his headquarters here before World War II. We hope to spend the morning on Ella Island if the military patrol “Sirius” – who has its summer base here – grants us permission. Further north we pass the small Maria Island, where the Germans had a camp during World War II. The Germans' attempt to gain a foothold in Greenland during World War II is a fascinating story in itself. Look forward to learning more on our onboard lectures! We continue past Ruth Island and hope to make a landing on Ymer Island at Blomsterbugten, a small oasis in the national park. From the tiny hunting lodge Varghytten we can enjoy the formidable view of the characteristic, flat mountain Teufelsschloss, where the many rock layers in different colors testify to the area's exciting geological development. We are now well within the narrow and winding Kejser Franz Joseph Fjord, stretching more than 200 km from the icecap to the open Arctic Ocean. We will sail by the mighty iceberg-producing Waltershausen Glacier before entering beautiful Moskusokse Fjord. On our way back towards open sea, we cruise south along the coast, and we aim for landings on Jameson Land, which is breeding ground for polar bears. DAY 7 CRUISING ALONG THE BLOSSEVILLE COAST Possibly the most dramatic coast outside of Antarctica, the Blosseville is guarded by Greenland’s highest mountains and steepest fjords – and a belt of pack ice which before global warming would keep out any explorer for years. The recent decade has had warmer summers and much less ice which enables ice strengthened vessels such as the Ocean Albatros to venture along the coast, on lookout for polar wildlife, abandoned Inuit settlements and otherworldly landscapes. DAY 8 AT SEA. LECTURES AND BIRD WATCHING The last day will be at sea getting glimpses of sea birds migrating south. Our lecturers onboard will make inspiring and enriching presentations about both Iceland’s and Greenland’s history, nature, wildlife and climatology. A captain’s farewell drink and a slideshow of our voyage will also be presented this evening. DAY 9 REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND. DEPARTURE Early in the morning we slowly approach the Icelandic capital, Reykjavík, and your Arctic adventure will have concluded. We enter Reykjavík in the morning and bid farewell to the vessel and crew.

M/V OCEAN ALBATROS

Ocean Victory

The brand-new luxury infinity vessel Ocean Albatros is one of the most modern small ship vessels in the world. This stylish cruise ship is ideally suited to small-ship expeditions, with a total of 93 comfortable cabins for guests, all with a view of the ocean, 90% with a balcony, even a suite with a French balcony! Ocean Albatros is deployed and dedicated to varied Arctic polar voyages. With the highest Polar code 6 and Ice class 1A, Ocean Victory is the ideal vessel for small-ship cruising due to her sturdy construction and X-BOW® – Infinity class, which provides high stability in rough weather and allows for the smoothest movements on high waves, and a Solas 2012 classification, which facilitates a safe return to port. The vessel will have more than a 50% lower carbon footprint than traditional expedition vessels and be one of the most environmentally friendly, implementing the Green Initiative Program, ensuring both absolute comfort and sustainability for our guests. Ocean Albatros will also offer a unique panorama sauna, and a total of 12 dedicated solo travel cabins without a single-supplement. Like it's sistership the Ocean Victory it offers two restaurants, a wellness area, an Albatros Nordic Bar, an open deck dining facility, a modern lecture lounge, and other state-of-the-art amenities.

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Included
  • 9-day/8-night’s cruise with Ocean Albatros in a shared outside double stateroom with private bathroom/toilet
  • English-speaking expedition staff
  • ”Open Town” and guided walk in Ittoqqortoormiit
  • Nature hikes and Zodiac cruises as per itinerary, when conditions permit
  • Information briefings and lectures by expedition team
  • Special photo workshop
  • Full board on the ship
  • Free Coffee, tea and afternoon snacks on the ship
  • Taxes, tariffs, and AECO fees
  • Digital visual journal link after voyage, including voyage log, gallery, species list and more!
Excluded
  • Extra excursions and activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Single room supplement and stateroom upgrades
  • Meals not on board the ship
  • Beverages (other than coffee and tea)
  • Tips for the crew (we recommend USD 14 per person per day)
  • Travel & cancellation insurances
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned under ’Inclusions’
Deposits Reservations require a deposit of 25% at the time you receive a booking confirmation from Expeditions Online. A payment link will be sent to you and this may be paid by major credit card. Bookings within 90 days of departure require full payment. Final Payments Balances are due 90 days prior to departure. Cancellations All requests for cancellation must be received in writing to Expeditions Online. Cancellations received from time of booking to 91 days prior to departure 20 % of the total cruise tariff. From 90 days until departure: 100% of the total cruise tariff. We strongly recommend that you obtain adequate trip cancellation insurance. Booking Terms Please read carefully the General Booking Conditions for Expeditions Online. This voyage is operated by Albatros Expeditions and you additionally travel under their terms and conditions as the operator as well as of the Shipping Company/transport carrier. Details will be forwarded to you at the time of booking.
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