Spitsbergen to Northeast Greenland
On this exciting expedition we venture into one of the largest remaining wilderness areas in the Northern Hemisphere, where large areas are virtually untouched by man. Here lies the vast Northeast Greenland National Park inhabited only by a handful of scientists and park wardens. The expedition starts in Spitsbergen, where we embark the ship M/S Quest. During the first part of the expedition we explore Spitsbergen`s fjord-indented coastline. Here, the polar bear and walrus populations are protected and with luck we encounter some of these fantastic creatures. We continue west towards Greenland and take turns searching for whales from the open decks. Our goal is to reach the Greenland coastline as far north as the pack ice border and weather allows. We continue south along one of the world`s most spectacular coastlines, where the vast fjord systems are littered with icebergs. We have chances of visiting remains of ancient Inuit dwellings and the modern settlement Ittoqqortoormiit. With Zodiacs we cruise along glacier fronts or around large icebergs. During refreshing hikes on the tundra we hope to meet some of the many muskox that roam here. Finally we cross the Denmark Strait and look out for seabirds and whales. The trip ends in Reykjavik, capital of Iceland.
Please note: Our exact route will depend on ice and weather conditions. The places mentioned above are just examples of some of the many sites this expedition has to offer. We always strive to maximise your experience, but remember that flexibility is the key to a successful expedition!
Spitsbergen to Northeast Greenland itinerary:
We proudly present our expedition ship M/S Quest. The ship was built in Denmark in 1992 to serve as a ferry on Greenland`s west-coast. In 2004/2005 she was completely refurbished and has now a career as a small and comfortable expedition ship. Quest takes 53 passengers in 26 cabins, all with sea-view and private facilities. The triple cabins on deck 3 have upper and lower berths. All other cabins have two lower berths or a double bed. In your cabin you also find a desk with chair and ample storage space for clothes and equipment. The superior cabins on deck 3 and 4 are spacious and have a separate sitting area and TV/DVD. The Owner`s cabin, next to the Captain`s cabin, on deck 4 has a double bed, two large picture windows, a sitting area and TV/DVD.
In the dining room you are treated to delicious meals in between landings and in the panorama lounge you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the surrounding polar landscape. Here you can listen to entertaining lectures on the area`s flora, fauna, history and glaciology. In the lounge you also find a well-stocked bar and a small library. The ship has spacious observation decks where you can enjoy the beautiful vistas and search for seabirds, whales and polar bears. The ship has a European Captain and there is a friendly and informal atmosphere on board. Travelling with this small expedition ship offers an entirely different experience and perspective than you get on a larger and more conventional cruise ship.