svalbard cruise

Introduction

Join a small group of 12 travellers for an exciting expedition cruise to explore Scoresby Sund, one of the remotest and least visited parts of Greenland on a luxury expedition vessel. Scoresby Sund is a region known for it’s towering icebergs, many the size of skyscrapers and steep-sided fjords carved by receding glaciers. We will encounter many icebergs, use landing craft to explore the rarely visited wilderness, sail through narrow fjords with walls that reach 2000 meters in height and visit a remote glacier.

An essence of this voyage is the shore landings. Travelling with an expedition leader and guide we visit different landing sites including the remains of ancient Inuit cultures and areas of pure scenic wilderness. We will visit the areas only settlement, Ittoqqortoormiit, home to 400 locals.  Throughout the expedition, there will be opportunities to enjoy hikes in the pristine landscapes. It is a perfect trip for nature lovers, photographers and those looking to explore an untouched part of the world in a small, intimate group.

Scoresby Sund Cruise Highlights

  • Witness the gigantic icebergs of Scoresby Sund.
  • Explore a remote region only accessible by boat that few have visited.
  • Explore the stunning wilderness during daily shore landings.
  • Encounter fascinating local culture.
  • A good chance of encountering wildlife such as Musk Oxen.
  • Visit one of the most remote villages on earth, Ittoqqortoormiit.
  • Knowledgable expedition leader and guide.
  • Comfortable, and intimate ice-strengthened expedition vessel.
  • Onboard sauna to warm up in.

The Voyage

Day 1  Arrive Constable Point and embark

Day 2 Exploring Scoresby Sund

Day 3 Exploring Scoresby Sund

Day 4 Exploring Scoresby Sund

Day 5 Exploring Scoresby Sund

Day 6 Exploring Scoresby Sund

Day 7 Exploring Scoresby Sund

Day 8 Arrive Constable Point and disembark

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Day by Day

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Day 1

Constable Point

Our journey begins at the airstrip at Constable Point where you will already appreciate the remoteness of this part of Greenland. You will be met by the crew and transferred by Zodiac landing craft to Balto to begin your expedition to see one of Greenland’s most remote and naturally beautiful places. After an extensive safety briefing, we will set sail to explore the majestic Scoresby Sund where only a few have been fortunate enough to visit.

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Days 2 – 6

Exploring Scoresby Sund

Our voyage will take us on an in-depth exploration of Scoresby Sund including a circumnavigation of Milne Island if conditions allow. Travelling with an expedition leader and guide, we will explore remote anchorages and launch the Zodiac landing crafts to explore different landing sites every day. We will sail through stunning fjords with 2000m high walls that drop straight into the ice-filled water below. We will encounter some of the biggest icebergs on earth and have lots of time to take in the stunning scenery both on the vessel and onshore. 

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Day 7 

Ittoqqortoormiit

We will drop anchor and go ashore and explore one of Greenland’s most remote settlements that is blocked by sea ice for 9 months of the year. The name Ittoqqortoormiit means ‘Those who live in the big houses’ and is currently home to a population of 450 Greenlandic people. It is a great place to explore to get a sense of the Greenlandic way of life. There is a small museum and you will meet friendly villagers on your way around the town.

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Day 8

Constable Point

Safely back in Constable Point after our voyage, we will enjoy a final breakfast together. We say our goodbyes and disembark in the morning after making new friends and sharing an incredible expedition micro cruise together.

Our exact route will depend on ice, weather conditions and wildlife. The places mentioned are just examples of some of the many sites this region of Greenland has to offer. We always strive to maximize your experience. Please remember that flexibility is the key to a successful expedition.

Inside This trip

Our trips are aimed at anyone with a passion for exploring the Arctic with a small group of like minded individuals on a comfortable small ship cruise and include :

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Expedition Vessel With 12 Guests

With the average expedition cruise ship now taking over 300 passengers, we believe smaller is better. When visiting small Greenlandic communities, you will get a far more authentic experience in a small group than a large group.    

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Expedition Leader and Guide

On this tour, we will be accompanied by an expedition leader and a guide who will share their passion and knowledge of Greenland throughout the trip. We offer the best guide to guest ratio available. 

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Zodiac landing craft for shore landings

Shore landings are the essence of every expedition and your guides will take you exploring to photograph ashore. The vessel is equipped with 2 landing craft and there is room for all guests so no waiting to go ashore. It offers the perfect opportunity to get close to icebergs, wildlife and glaciers. 

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Climate Compensated

Included in the cost of this trip is carbon offsetting. At Secret Atlas, we do everything we can to minimise the impact of our trips both on the environment and local cultures. 

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Your Vessel

Expedition Motor Yacht Balto

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Step aboard M/V Balto a luxury expedition vessel.

Balto is the roomiest and most elegant small polar expedition yacht in service. She started life as a Finnish government ice breaker and has been refitted in 2020 to the highest of standards as a prime high latitude expedition yacht.

She offers relaxed luxury accommodations for 12 guests in staterooms with full private facilities. The richly appointed salon and the dining messroom feature crotch-mahogany panelling, an ambient diesel burning stove, library, bar, card table, crew mess, coffee and tea stations, mudroom, and lounge aft of the bridge. She is fitted with a large restaurant-style open galley, where you can check on the marvels of our chefs and sample freshly baked bread. There are many open and semi-enclosed deck spaces which are perfect for watching the polar scenery go by. Guests can make good use of the sauna to warm up in – a luxury after a day in the cold.

  • Small group size of 12 guests ensures an intimate experience
  • Spacious accommodation options featuring en-suite cabins – 1 x owners suite, 1 x double suite, 3 x doubles and 2 x single cabins.

  • Sauna with changing room

  • Equipped with 2 x zodiacs for shore landings
  • Large deck space for photography

  • Elegant, mahogany panelled interior with dining area, a bar, card table and library

  • Icebreaker allowing travel to areas other ships can’t reach.

  • Large, restaurant style open galley

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Dates and Prices

Prices quoted are per person. Twin and double cabins are based on double occupancy

Date
Trip Name
Duration
Cabin A
Cabin B
Cabin C
Cabin D
10th - 17th June 2021
8 Days (6 Nights on Ship)
$9,190
$8,190
$7,590
$8,090
16th - 23rd June 2021
8 Days (6 Nights on Ship)
$9,190
$8,190
$7,590
$8,090
22nd - 29th June 2021
8 Days (6 Nights on Ship)
$9,190
$8,190
$7,590
$8,090
29th June - 8th July 2021
10 Days
$12,890
$11,490
$12,890
$11,190
8th July - 17th July 2021
10 Days
$12,890
$11,490
$12,890
$11,190
11th - 18th August 2021
8 Days
$10,090
$8,990
$8,290
$8,790
18th - 25th August 2021
8 Days
$10,090
$8,990
$8,290
$8,790
2nd - 9th September 2021
8 Days
$10,090
$8,990
$8,290
$8,790
9th - 16th September 2021
8 Days
$10,090
$8,990
$8,290
$8,790

See Cabins

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Cabin A – Owners Suite with Ensuite

The largest cabin on the vessel located on the main deck with 30m2 of space. There are 6 windows, a queen, sofa, writing desk and en-suite toilet and shower.

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Cabin B – Superior Twin with Ensuite

A large comfortable cabin that sleeps 2 in 2 single beds with an en-suite toilet and shower situated on the lower deck.

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Cabin C – Double with Ensuite

A well-appointed double cabin with a queen bed and a porthole with en-suite toilet and shower on the lower deck. 

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Cabin D – Single with Ensuite

A well-appointed single cabin with a porthole and en-suite toilet and shower on the lower deck. 

Peace Of Mind Coronavirus Booking Guarantee

We understand that there is a lot of uncertainty with travel due to the coronavirus so we have added a peace of mind guarantee for all bookings made for 2021. If your trip is interrupted due to coronavirus travel restrictions you will be able to move your trip to a future booking free of charge. At this point, we believe that all our trips will be able to operate normally in 2021, and we have put this in place as an added reassurance so you can have full confidence when booking. You can read our full statement here.

Payment Options & Information

We offer payment via the following methods:

  • Credit card
  • Payment by bank transfer
  • Monthly installments to spread the cost of payments

Please let us know at the time of booking your preferred method.

A 30% deposit is taken at the time of booking with the final 70% payable 90 days prior to departure.

We highly recommend you take out comprehensive travel insurance at the time of booking that also covers cancellation. 

Single Travelers

Single travellers are welcome on all our voyages. We often host single travellers, particularly on our photo voyages so the chances are you won’t be the only single traveller. We offer the following accommodation options for single travellers:

  • 2 x single cabins
  • Option to share a twin cabin with another traveller of the same sex.
  • Option to have your own cabin for an additional supplement. Please contact us for this option as the price varies depending on trip and availability.

Booking terms

This trip is operated by a trusted Secret Atlas partner to our partners’ terms and conditions of travel. You can read the full booking terms here. 

Trip notes and what’s included / excluded

Departure Location Constable Point, Greenland
Arrival Location Constable Point, Greenland
Trip StyleExploration
Physical RatingEasy
Maximum Group Size12
Accommodation1 x Owners suite, 3 x Doubles, 1 x Superior Twin and 2 x Singles with en-suite
Duration8 Days
Time of YearAugust, September
Included

Not Included

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What Our Customers Say

On each journey, we welcome customers from all corner of the globe, with a variety of different ages and backgrounds all united in their passion to experience what the Arctic has to offer

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Pan – Business Executive from Italy

 

‘This is the closest you can come to a real expedition. We saw glaciers seals, whales, walruses and polar bears’

From an early age Pan dreamed of visiting the Arctic. At the age of 42 he made that dream come true by joining Secret Atlas on an expedition micro cruise.

Annie – Interior Designer from the USA

‘The micro cruise experience felt like being on your own private boat. The crew were fantastic’

Annie had always wanted to go an expedition in Svalbard and joined us as a solo traveler.

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