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9 days - Explore Greenland on MS Balto - Tasiilaq to Scoresby Sund.

50 Degrees North offers unique, small-group expedition voyages to the Arctic that allow you to enjoy the natural wildlife and scenery of some of the world's most spectacular and pristine shorelines.

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.

Highlights include

Book any Greenland expedition in 2022 by the 1st of September 2021 at the latest and get a USD 300 discount per person. For all Greenland voyages departing in 2022, we offer a risk-free booking policy until 1st September 2021.

Day 1
Fly into Kulusuk airport
Days 2 - 4
Explore the impressive Sermilik fjord system.
Days 5 - 8
Visit Nansen fjord & Vikingebugt in Scoresby Sound
Day 9
Disembark in Constable Point
Start Place
Tasiilaq, Greenland tours
End Place
Scoresby Sund, Greenland tours
Country Visited
Greenland tours
Duration
9 Days
Group Size
12
Type
Cruising
Suitability
Easy

Details

Transportation

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.

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!

Included
  • Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary.
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage.
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme.
  • AECO fees and governmental taxes.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.
  • The trip is climate compensated.
Not Included
  • Mandatory flight package from Reykjavik to Kulusuk and from Constable Point to Reykjavik
  • 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.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Fly into Kulusuk airport

Fly into Kulusuk airport. In the afternoon, board M/S Balto and begin your great exploration.

Meals
1 Dinner

Days 2 - 4 - Explore the impressive Sermilik fjord system.

We visit the town of Tasiilaq. With its 2000 inhabitants it is the largest settlement in East Greenland. It is home to an older and different Inuit culture, where shamanism and native culture is much more vibrant and alive than in other parts of Greenland. During our expedition here, we will learn more of local myths and legends, as the one about tupilaqs. In Greenlandic Inuit religion, a tupilaq was an avenging monster fabricated by a practitioner of witchcraft or shamanism by using various objects such as animal bone, skin, hair or sinew. If lucky we get to witness some ritual or singing.

We continue to explore the impressive Sermilik fjord system. We navigate amongst a myriad of icebergs of all shapes and sizes, in a never-ending spectrum of blue. These fjords are awe-inspiring and could be explored for days. We make several remote anchorages, visit a hunting village and are constantly on the lookout for orca pods, which are sometimes seen in the fjords.

As we sail north we get to experience the eastern wild, beautiful and unchartered coastline.

The currents are carrying a parade of icebergs south. Glacier faces goes straight into the ocean and there are many deep and unexplored fjords. Weather and ice decides our course of exploration, and the following are just examples of places we might stop at along our way:

In the ice choked Tuttilik fjord, meaning the place where the reindeer live, we hope to go on a hike, exploring some abandoned Inuit winter houses.

As we continue north, we enter some of the wildest coastal landscapes in Greenland. In favourable conditions we enter Kangerlussuaq fjord and Watkins fjord with beautiful hiking possibilities.

Meals
3 Breakfasts
3 Lunches
3 Dinners

Days 5 - 8 - Visit Nansen fjord & Vikingebugt in Scoresby Sound

A little bit further along the coast is Nansen fjord, which lies directly south from the impressive Gunnbjørn fjeld, Greenland’s (and the Arctic’s) highest mountain, measuring 3694 meters. We have now entered the area where we are most likely to see polar bears and we intensify our scouting! Polar bear sightings are not an everyday thing in Greenland, but if you wish to see one, the leg from here to Scoresby Sound offers the best chances.

We pass Kap Vedel en route to the Barclay Bugt area and are thus officially sailing along the Blosseville Kyst. This is arguably one of the most perilous coastlines in the Arctic in terms of ice, current and tide. This stretch of coast was discovered by Jules de Blosseville in 1833 aboard La Lilloise. All 84 hands on board, and the ship, disappeared without a trace whilst trying to survey it. Høst Havn provides a good anchorage and hiking opportunities.

As we explore the area of Rømer fjord, Deichmann fjord and Stewrad Ø our chances of seeing polar bears increase. On rare occasions Narwahls have been spotted.

On our final day we aim to venture into Vikingebugt in Scoresby Sound. Our scouting for polar bears continues, while surrounded by breath-taking nature, icebergs in all shapes and the fascinating and uniquely flowing basalt columns.

Meals
4 Breakfasts
4 Lunches
4 Dinners

Day 9 - Disembark in Constable Point

In the morning we disembark in Constable Point for homebound flights.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Dates & Prices

All prices listed are per person. Outside double window cabin.

Dates
Start Date
End Date
From Price
Status
Accommodation
9 Aug 2022
17 Aug 2022
9 Aug 2022
17 Aug 2022
EUR 9,286
Available
Standard

Important Information

Many other Arctic ships do the Northeast Greenland voyages. Ask us for further details if these dates do not match your travel needs.

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).

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