This small ship pioneering safari sees you navigate the rugged fjords and landscapes of the east coast of Greenland. Cruise past towering icebergs and intricate ice sculptures, and head ashore for hikes across the tundra in search of muskox, Arctic fox and other wildlife, accompanied by photographic leader Andrew James and your expert expedition team – Beau Pruneau, Hadleigh Measham and Jens Wikström.
THE SEA ICE SURROUNDING EAST GREENLAND BREAKS UP IN THE SUMMER, ALLOWING US TO EXPLORE THE REGIONS BREATHTAKING LANDSCAPES AND GLACIER-CARVED FJORDS.
Your exact itinerary will depend on weather conditions, but we hope to explore Scoresby Sund, the largest fjord system in the world, paying a visit to the Inuit settlement of Ittoqqortoormiit. If weather and ice conditions permit, we will sail north to Kong Oscar and Kejser Franz Josef fjords for spectacular scenery and wild landscapes.
What makes this trip extraordinary?
- Experience the towering icebergs and breathtaking icy scenery of east Greenland.
- Search for polar bears hunting on the ice or padding across the tundra.
- Marvel at the rugged mountains reflected in the still waters of the fjords.
- Experience a remote wilderness - it’s unlikely that you will see any other tourists in this part of the world!
- Photograph icebergs larger than buildings as they calve from some of the most active glaciers found anywhere on earth.
- Watch the waters for the chance to see elusive narwhal, and whales breaking the surface of the calm waters.
Aperture - SPECIALIST photographic expedition
- Photographer Andrew James will provide expert photographic tuition. He has led trips in Antarctica, South Georgia, Iceland, The Falklands and Faroe Islands and is an expert in photographing the types of wild landscape you will encounter in Greenland. Read some of Andrew's top tips for photographing ice on our blog.
- As well as spending hundreds of hours sat out in wild landscapes mentoring others, Andrew was Editor in Chief of the UK's two biggest photographic magazine titles for over 10 years, and is well placed to share his expertise to ensure you come away with the best possible images from the trip.
- Joining Andrew will be Expedition Leader Beau Pruneau, who is one of the leading experts in the field of Arctic wildlife. Having studied the behaviour of multiple bear species, and with an impressive array of bear lectures and talks, Beau will be on hand to teach you the ways of the wildlife you encounter as you travel this remote part of the world. Beau also has a keen interest in photography and lectures on polar survival.
- Hadleigh Measham, our Assistant Expedition Leader, has particular experience in East Greenland, the focus of this expedition. On his last visit to the region in 2017, he made sightings of 19 polar bears around the Scoresby Sund fjord system, and his specialist knowledge of seldom-visited polar bear hangouts also led to sightings during every trip of his in 2016.
- With over 100 trips to the polar regions under his belt, Jens Wikström completes our Expedition Team on board as a Naturalist Guide. Jens spends the majority of his time at sea out on deck watching for wildlife and has a special talent for spotting bears through binoculars! Jens has spent many months on board your expedition ship the M/S Freya and is an avid ornithologist with a passion for preserving the polar regions.