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8 days - Explore Greenland on MS Balto - Scoresby Sund in-depth

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.

During walks we are 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 we might also encounter polar bears. During summer you can often spot small groups of narwhal in the innermost fjords. It is truly exciting and a great privilege to witness these beautiful unicorns of the sea.

Early booking discount – USD 300 off per person – book any Svalbard or Greenland expedition in 2023 by the 31st of January 2022 at the latest and get a USD 300 discount per person.

Highlights include

  • 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
Fly into Constable Point
Days 2 - 4
Explore one of the largest wilderness areas in the Northern Hemisphere
Days 5 - 8
Visit Ittoqqortoormiit and Nordvestfjord
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 return from Reykjavik to Constable Point - 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

Itinerary

Day 1 - Fly into Constable Point

We fly to one of the world's smallest airports, Constable Point, located at the end of a narrow fjord. We embark the M/S Balto and make ourselve at home. We are now in a part of the world where we are totally dependent on ice and weather conditions. Our exact itinerary depends on these factors and on the wildlife we encounter. Our ambition is to make landings every day with our rigid Zodiac crafts.

Meals
1 Dinner

Days 2 - 4 - Explore one of the largest wilderness areas in the Northern Hemisphere

We 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. We will use our 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 our expedition we have good chances to spot magnificent prehistoric-looking musk-ox or the lovely white Arctic hare. We also keep an eye out for snow bunting, gyrfalcon and ptarmigans. With a portion of luck, we actually might encounter polar bears.

Meals
3 Breakfasts
3 Lunches
3 Dinners

Days 5 - 8 - Visit Ittoqqortoormiit and Nordvestfjord

We 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 we may 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 we sail into the rarely visited Nordvestfjord, we also 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.

We also plan to 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 our visit we get a unique opportunity to learn more about the living and surviving in this remote part of the world.

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 2023
16 Aug 2023
9 Aug 2023
16 Aug 2023
USD 8,790
Available
Standard
23 Aug 2023
30 Aug 2023
23 Aug 2023
30 Aug 2023
USD 8,790
Available
Standard
30 Aug 2023
6 Jun 2023
30 Aug 2023
6 Jun 2023
USD 8,790
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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