Small Group Safari

Greenland East Coast PHOTOGRAPHIC Wilderness Expedition

Explore the intricate fjord systems of Greenland's east coast aboard the M/S Freya with photographer Andrew James discovering rugged landscapes, breathtaking ice sculptures and Arctic wildlife.

Duration 11 days
Price From $10,913
When Aug
Destination Greenland

Safari Overview

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.


Your exact itinerary will depend on weather conditions, but we hope to explore Scoresbysund, the largest fjord system in the world, paying a visit to the Inuit settlement of Ittoqqortoormiit before heading to Kong Oscar and Kejser Franz Josef fjords for spectacular scenery.

What makes this trip extraordinary?

  • Experience the towering icebergs and breathtaking icy scenery of east Greenland.
  • Observe and photograph the wildlife of the region, including whales, seabirds, seals, muskox, Arctic hare, Arctic fox and collared lemmings.
  • Marvel at the rugged mountains reflected in the still waters of the fjords.
  • Hike across Arctic tundra, through a rugged and untamed landscape.
  • Opportunity to see the incredible natural phenomena of the northern lights.
  • While sightings are rare, there is a chance of spotting polar bears. 

Aperture - SPECIALIST 

  • 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. 
  • Aperture by Natural World Safaris puts photographers in front of wildlife and natural world wonders, away from other tourists. 

Explore Scoresby Sund, the largest fjord on earth; desolate and spectacular, a wonderland of huge icebergs, towering mountains and Arctic wildlife

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Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Akureyri

Today you will arrive in Akureyri, nestled at the head of Iceland’s longest fjord. Explore the town with its quaint cafés and galleries before boarding your expedition ship in the afternoon. Your Expedition Leaders will be waiting to meet you, where you will be transferred to the ship. You will be shown to your cabin, and have time to settle in ready to set sail in the evening with your course set for Greenland!

Overnight: M/S Freya D

Day 2

At Sea - Sailing to East Greenland

Having left Iceland behind, you’ll be on route to Greenland with a day on board to settle in, get to know your fellow passengers and learn about Greenland from your guides. Hope for calm seas across the Denmark Strait and spend time out on deck in the refreshing Arctic air. Make sure to spend some time up on the bridge so the crew can let you know when you cross the Arctic Circle. You will pass Cape Brewster on your way into Scoresbysund, where you will anchor for the night.

Overnight: M/S Freya B, L, D

Days 3-9

Exploring East Greenland

After waking up to spectacular views of Greenland and breakfast on board, today your exploration of the wilds of east Greenland begins. The exact itinerary will depend upon the weather conditions and wildlife – though there is no set itinerary for this safari, our plan is to explore Scoresbysund, Kong Oscar Fjord, Kejser Franz Josef Fjord and Cape Hofmann. Scoresbysund is the largest fjord system in the world, where you will enjoy incredible views and possible landings to visit the local community at Ittoqqortoormiit, to meet with the Inuit people and visit the post office. You will also have the opportunity to head on shore for walks and hikes across the hills and mountains, and sail around massive icebergs. Visit the basalt columns and sculptures of ice at Vikingebugt, and explore Danmark Island. Visit Kong Oscar Fjord and Kejser Franz Josef Fjord for spectacular ice landscapes and towering icebergs, tundra where muskox are found, and stunning peaks as you explore the national park. Muskox can also be seen at Cape Hofmann, so this will hopefully be a wildlife stop with a hike across the tundra. Each evening your expedition team will be on hand to discuss the wildlife and history of this spectacular region.

Overnight: M/S Freya B, L, D

Day 10

East Greenland - Akureyri

Leave Greenland behind today as you sail back towards Iceland with full memory cards and fantastic memories. After witnessing some of the most spectacular scenery anywhere in the world, the seas will seem much flatter, but it’s a great opportunity to catch up on some sleep, edit some photos and relax with your new friends. Enjoy the captains dinner tonight and some farewell drinks.

Overnight: M/S Freya B, L, D

Day 11

Depart Akureyri

Your adventure is at an end as you dock back in Akureyri this morning. After a final breakfast, you will be transferred from the ship to the airport or to the town, depending on the time of your departing flight.


Will we see polar bears in Greenland?

Possibly. Polar bears can be seen in this area but typically at this time of year most of the bears are located further north, hunting on the pack ice so polar bears sightings are lower than in Svalbard. 

What wildlife will we see?

As with all wildlife encounters nothing can be guaranteed but typically we would hope to find Muskox, Arctic fox, Arctic hares, Atlantic walruses, collared lemmings, seals and whales. The wildlife is particularly abundant in this region. 

Is there the chance to see the Northern Lights?

Yes, the Northern Lights can be seen in Greenland from August and you will be in a remote location with no light pollution. There are only a few hours of darkness and sightings will depend on conditions. 

Is it possible to visit West Greenland or explore more of Iceland on this trip?

Yes, we can arrange an extension before or after the trip tailored to your requirements. Please contact us for more details.

How fit do you have to be for this trip?

A reasonable level of fitness will allow you to get the most of it as there are plenty of opportunities to hike through this wild and untamed region. 

What is the accommodation like?

You will stay on our small expedition ship the M/S Freya. There are only 11 passenger cabins in total, of which the majority have two lower berths and a private bathroom. As well as a fully stocked bar, dining room and new living area, guests will have the added luxury of a sauna to relax in after a long day sailing the east Greenland fjords.

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Trip Details

This Trip

This is a small group expedition aboard the M/S Freya. With just eight passenger cabins, this is a small intimate ship perfect for exploring the rugged coast of Greenland and ensuring your proximity to wildlife-rich areas of interest. 

Dates and Prices

2018 Departures

Date   Cabin Price per person 
 Aug 4 - 14   Twin £7,995 
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