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8 days - Voyage in Northeast Greenland with only 12 other passengers
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 you venture into the world’s largest fjord system, you 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 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 you might also encounter polar bears.
Travelling with a small group of merely 12 passengers gives you more flexibility, more unique itineraries and more time ashore. Also, the footprints you will 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.
- The world's greatest fjordsystem
- The small village of Ittoqqortoormiit
- Gigantic and beautiful icebergs
- Chance to encounter mysk-ox
- Small of max 12 passengers
- The elegant ship M/S Balto
- Day 1
- Arrive via transfer package from Iceland to Constable Point
- Days 2 - 7
- Exploration of Scoresby Sund
- Day 8
- Disembarkation and return to Iceland
- Start/End Place
- Scoresby Sund, Greenland tours
- Country Visited
- Greenland tours
- 8 Days
- Group Size
- Expedition Cruises
We are proud to present 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. The spacious cabins include 1 Owner’s cabin, 1 superior cabin, 3 double cabins and 2 single cabins. The Owner’s cabin is 30m2, has 6 windows and a queen bed, the superior cabin has two twin beds while the double cabins has a queen bed. The Owner's and superior cabin also offer a separate seating area. In all cabins you find a desk with a chair and a closet for storage.
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 messroom 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.
- 7 nights on board M/S Balto
- All meals on board
- Coffee and tea
- 1 Expedition Leader and 1 guide
- Guiding ashore and talks on board
- All excursions and activities
- Comprehensive information material before the expedition
- The trip is climate compensated
- Transfer package from Reykjavik to Constable Point with return (USD 1595 per person)
- International flights to and from Iceland
- Travel and cancellation insurance
- The customary gratuity to the ship’s crew
- Personal expenses such as bar and shop charges
Day 1 - Arrive via transfer package from Iceland to Constable Point
You will fly to one of the world's smallest airports, Constable Point, located at the end of a narrow fjord. Then together embark the M/S Balto and make yourself at home. You are now in a part of the world where you are totally dependent on ice and weather conditions. The exact itinerary depends on these factors and on the wildlife you will encounter. The crew's ambition is to make landings every day with the rigid Zodiac crafts.
Days 2 - 7 - Exploration of Scoresby Sund
You 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. The crew will use the 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 the expedition you will have good chances to spot magnificent prehistoric-looking musk-ox or the lovely white Arctic hare. Also keep an eye out for snow bunting, gyrfalcon and ptarmigans. With a portion of luck, you actually might encounter polar bears.
You 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, 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 you sail into the rarely visited Nordvestfjord, enter the largest national park in the world at almost 1 million square kilometers, more than twice the size of Sweden. This fjord is often filled with icebergs making for challenging but spectacular navigation.
You will visit Ittoqqortoormiit, home to some 450 Greenlanders and the only settlement in Northeast 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 your visit you will get a unique opportunity to learn more about the living and surviving in this remote part of the world.
Day 8 - Disembarkation and return to Iceland
In the morning you disembark in Constable Point for homebound flights.
Please note: The exact route will depend on ice, weather conditions and wildlife as well as permissions and restrictions from local authorities. The places mentioned are just examples of some of the many sites this region of Greenland has to offer. The crew always strive to maximize your experience. Please remember that flexibility is the key to a successful expedition!
Price per person, twin share.
24 Aug 2022
31 Aug 2022
7 Sep 2022
14 Sep 2022
Northeast Greenland is a true and very remote wilderness. To get here with ship from Iceland takes at least three or four sea days on the Denmark strait, a passage that can be quite rough for a small ship like M/S Balto. To be able to offer you a more comfortable experience with focus on Greenland’s spectacular nature, we have therefore chosen to book flights between Reykjavik (Iceland) and Constable Point (Greenland).