Northeast Greenland – Aurora Borealis


Trip Overview

When: 18-31 August 2024
Open to: women and men
Group Size: 10-14 pax max Julie as group leader
Duration: 14 days / 13 nights

Let’s Go! 

Belonging to the Kingdom of Denmark but run independently, those who cruise to Greenland meet a world where European culture meshes with that of the Inuit in a harsh but beautiful landscape of ice, rock, and the sea. Greenland or “Kalaallit Nunaat” (“Land of the People”) in the Greenlandic language is a place of extremes.

Greenland is dominated by the second largest ice-sheet of the world. Although huge in size it is inhabited by less than a 100.000 people. The majority of the Greenlandic population is formed by Inuit, the indigenous people of the Arctic.

Despite the restricted access to land due to the ice sheet Greenland sports a diverse array of wildlife. Many land mammals enjoy the northern and eastern shores of the island where human populations are few and far between. The waters around Greenland are alive with belugas, blues, fins, Greenland whales (a.k.a. bowhead whales), minkes, narwhals, and sperm whales.

The Spitsbergen and Northeast Greenland cruise sails waters filled with breath-taking scenery. The expedition passes through areas that are home to seals, seabirds, whales, and polar bears, topped off with nighttime viewing of the Northern Lights.

Please note:
The probability of sailing into Scoresbysund is high (based on our experiences from 1993 – 2019), but there is still a chance (about 10%) that ice will obstruct passage into the fjord system. All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. Landings are subject to site availabilities, permissions, and environmental concerns per AECO regulations. Official sailing plans and landing slots are scheduled with AECO prior to the start of the season, but the expedition leader determines the final plan. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. The average cruising speed of our vessel is 10.5 knots.


It is recommended that all participants arrive in Oslo on  Saturday  17th August. We will meet for a team dinner and briefing at 7pm on the 17th August at the Radisson Blue Airport Hotel located across from Oslo Gardermoen airport. Group rates for rooms will be applied for and shared  once the group is formed.  

Oslo-Longyearbyen Flight with SAS or Norwegian  Airlines. We are keeping an eye on the Summer 2024 flight schedule so we can advise best flights to book. 

On arrival to Svalbard we will be met by the Oceanwide Expedition team who will take our main luggage direct to the ship leading us free to explore the  magic of Svalbard.  In the early evening, around 4-5 pm  we will  sails out of Isfjorden. If we are lucky  we might spot the first minke whale of your voyage.

Today we sail to Raudfjorden, on the north coast of Spitsbergen. We take in an expansive fjord spilling with glaciers – and maybe even visited by ringed and bearded seals. The cliffs and shoreline of this fjord also support thriving seabird colonies, rich vegetation, and the possibility of polar bears.

Seabirds in Greenland


We are sailing until we eventually see the jagged edge of the east Greenland sea ice flashing into sight ahead, depending on the conditions. Keep a watch out for whales and migrating seabirds here.

migrating seabirds

As we approach Greenland, we may sail through the sea ice into Foster Bay and land at Myggebugten. Beyond the old hunters’ hut (where Norwegian trappers hunted for polar bear and Arctic fox in the first half of the 20th century), there is a sprawling tundra populated by musk oxen, with geese floating the small lakes. From here we sail through Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord, surrounded by towering mountains and bright interior icebergs. An alternate route is Sofia Sound, a narrower waterway.

Today we  arrive at Teufelschloss (Devil’s Castle), a mountain with layered geology. On the other side of the fjord is Blomsterbugt and the intended landing site. In the afternoon we head into Antarctic Sound, where you find the islands of Ruth, Maria, and Ella. Maria is the most likely spot for a landing.

Antarctic Sound

In the morning we enter Segelsällskapets Fjord, with the streaked slopes of the Berzelius Mountains bordering the north side. We land on the south shore, where ancient sedimentary formations lie right at our feet. A hike takes you near a small lake with good chances to see musk oxen, Arctic hares, and ptarmigans. In the afternoon the ship ventures into Alpefjord, aptly named for the spire-like peaks that thrust up around it. We may then embark on a Zodiac cruise around Gully Glacier, which once blocked access to the interior of these waters. Continuing deep into the fjord, we experience a definitive Greenland adventure.

Segelsällskapets Fjord

The first half of the day we spend in Antarctic Havn, an extensive valley where we can spot groups of musk oxen. At this time of year, the sparse vegetation is dressed in the fiery colors of autumn.

Antarctic Havn

Today we reach Scoresbysund, sailing along the glaciated Volquart Boons Kyst. We may also enjoy a Zodiac cruise past one of the glacier fronts, along with a visit to the basalt columns and ice formations of Vikingebugt. The afternoon goal is to visit Danmark Island, where you find the remains of an Inuit settlement abandoned around 200 years ago. The circular stone tent rings indicate the summer houses, while the winter houses can be seen closer to a small cape. The sites are well preserved, with easy identifiable entrances, bear-proof meat caches, and grave sites. In the evening, we continue sailing the berg-crowded fjords to the west.


Today the goal is a Zodiac cruise near Røde Ø, one of the world’s most cherished iceberg attractions: The austere blue-white of the icebergs sets sharp against the brooding red backdrop of the sediment slopes. The afternoon plan is to sail through the northern parts of Røde Fjord, with the chance to see musk oxen and warm autumnal foliage.

Røde Ø, Greenland

In the morning we encounter colossal icebergs, some over 100 meters (328 feet) high and more than a kilometer (.62 mile) long. Most of them are grounded, as the fjord is only about 400 meters deep (1,312 feet). We then land near Sydkap, with fine views of Hall Bredning and a good chance  of seeing Arctic hares.

Arctic hares

Today we make a tundra landing on Liverpool Land, in Hurry Inlet. The afternoon stop is Ittoqqortoormiit, the largest settlement in Scoresbysund at about five hundred inhabitants. At the post office you can buy stamps for your postcards, or just stroll around to see the sled dogs and drying skins of seals and musk oxen. In the afternoon we sail south, passing the picturesque landscapes of the Blosseville Coast.

Blosseville Coast

A sea day grants us the opportunity to spot whales and seabirds – and at night, the magical northern lights.

magical northern lights

The end of our voyage, the beginning of a new way of living and being .We will arrive and disembark in Akureyri around 9am. We will request and  pre-book a  chartered bus (a six-hour drive) to Reykjavikur / city hall in Vonarstraeti. Rates for this will be confirmed closer to our trip  it’s usually  approx  $120 per person none way.) There will be stops along the way to take pictures, have a bite to eat and of course , bathroom breaks!  It’s best to stay in Iceland today and make arrangements to stay on and explore  or, if your time is tight,  fly out on the 1st September.   

city hall in Vonarstraeti

Location markers

Map Greenland tour

Trip details

When: 18-31 AUGUST 2024
Open to: women and men
Group Size: 10-14 pax max Julie as group leader
Duration: 14 days / 13 nights

All team members need to arrange their flights into Oslo to arrive on the 17th August 2024

On the 18th August we will fly on SAS airlines as a group to Svalbard

On the 31st August  it is recommended to stay in Reykjavik  and arrange flights back to Oslo or your home destination on the 1st September. 

Hotels prior and post voyage need to be booked separately.  Once we board the ship all our accommodation, activities and meals are included. 

We have a total of seven cabins blocked for our group. It is advisable to book and secure your cabin as early as possible with a 20 % deposit. I have sailed on our ship M/V  Plancius three times so if you have any questions about the ships layout and facilities please let me know! 



Once aboard the ship all meals are included and based on previous expeditions cruises with Oceanwide I know you will be impressed with the selection of food available!  Meals prior to boarding the ship  will be at your own choice and cost with plenty of great places to choose from. If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know on your booking form and we inform the chefs on board. 

Included in this voyage

  • 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 by Zodiac.
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.  Customized personal development sessions led by Julie.
  • Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes.
  • Transfers and baggage handling between the airport, hotels and ship only for those passengers on the group flights to Longyearbyen.
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme.
  • AECO fees and governmental taxes.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.


Excluded from this voyage

  • Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
  • Pre- and post- land arrangements.
  • Passport and visa expenses.
  • Government arrival and departure taxes.
  • Meals ashore.
  • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended).
  • Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges.
  • Transfer supplement for bus shuttle between Akureyri (ship) and Radhus Reykjavikur / city hall in Vonarstraeti (6 hours).
  • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).

There are daily flights from Oslo to Svalbard. Flight options into Svalbard depend on where you intend to fly in from. Ideally we all meet in Oslo on the 17th August for a team briefing before flying to Svalbard on the 18th August. 

  1. Arrange a call / zoom / Skype with Julie if it’s your first trip with Mountain High
  2. Request and complete the booking form, make a 20 % deposit and send along a copy of the passport you will be traveling on. The balance of the trip fees is payable by the 30th June  2024
  3. Start preparing for the trip!
  4. Explore the best  flight options for you  and arrange travel insurance to include cancel for any reason cover
  5. Please send all correspondence to and copy into

Contact details Julie 
Tel/ What’s app : +971 50 6595536

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