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Poseidon Expeditions - your polar cruise operator

Arctic / East Greenland / East Greenland Cruises, Expeditions & Tours

See the Aurora Borealis in one of the most remote parts of East Greenland!

Start your expedition in Reykjavík, Iceland and cruise to the Scoresby Sund fjord complex. Discover its incredible scenery, historical sites, massive icebergs and a modern Inuit village while catching the northern lights during your nights aboard. See the remote Westfjords of Iceland and explore the picture-perfect Snæfellsnes peninsula. Cruise close-up in Zodiac boats to see wildlife and nature, or sign up for our kayaking club to immerse yourself even deeper into the magic of the Arctic.

Why travel with Poseidon Expeditions?

Poseidon Expeditions is one of the leading operators of polar expeditions in the cruise industry. Since 1999, we’ve offered voyages that combine the spirit of adventure with a generous measure of onboard comfort and well-being, along with educational enrichment.

Why travel with us?
M/V Sea Spirit – Tiny but Mighty

M/V Sea Spirit – Tiny but Mighty

With a maximum capacity of just 114 passengers, we usually operate with 100 guests off the ship. It maximizes our travelers' time ashore because there is no need for splitting passengers into groups for landing rotations as required on larger ships.

A real polar expedition

A real polar expedition

Experience active exploration of the polar regions through a variety of activities. Weather permitting, we schedule up to 3 excursions per day and offer optional kayaking and, in Antarctica, camping. Enrich your polar knowledge in an engaging and interactive way through Poseidon’s edutainment program.

25 years of polar cruising

25 years of polar cruising

Polar cruising is our passion and expertise and over the past 24 years, we’ve gained tremendous experience building a strong team of enthusiastic polar professionals who are all experts in their field. Each cruise is a thoughtfully crafted expedition voyage.

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Highlights

SCORESBY SUND

SCORESBY SUND

Scoresby Sund is one of the largest and most beautiful fjord systems in the world. Discover its narrow passages, magnificent icebergs and sheer rock walls nestled in the untouched and remote wilderness of Greenland. Look out for musk oxen and Arctic hare in the tundra and see local Greenlandic sled dogs. Visit the historic remains of trappers and the Thule archeological sites, as well as the modern Inuit village of Ittoqqortoormiit with its museum.

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NORTHERN LIGHTS

NORTHERN LIGHTS

Our northern lights expedition in Greenland will give you the best chance to see aurora borealis. The clear nights at Scoresby Sund are a prime destination to see an out-of-this-world phenomenon, which you’ll remember for a lifetime. The spacious open deck of our expedition ship, the Sea Spirit, will allow for a comfortable experience and perfect photo ops.

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ICELAND

ICELAND

Discover the remote west coast of Iceland off the beaten path. The rugged Westfjords and the historic fishing port Ísafjörður are a perfect blend of cultural heritage and beautiful scenery. See Kirkjufell mountain and Snæfellsjökull volcano on the Snæfellsnes peninsula and look out for seabirds and whales.

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Departures

Itinerary Dates Days Activities Special Offer Rates from
East Greenland
Arctic Sights and Northern Lights
01 Sep - 11 Sep 2024 11 Sea Kayaking Photography Valentine's Special 15% OFF
US$ 7 095
US$ 6 031
per person
East Greenland
Arctic Sights and Northern Lights
10 Sep - 20 Sep 2024 11 Sea Kayaking Photography
US$ 7 095
per person
East Greenland
Arctic Sights and Northern Lights
15 Sep - 26 Sep 2025 12 Sea Kayaking Photography SUPER EARLY BIRD SAVINGS UP TO 20% OFF*
US$ 8 195
US$ 6 966
per person

Itinerary

Through the Viewfinder

Activities

PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTOGRAPHY

Vast, untouched, dramatic landscapes make Scoresby Sund one of the world’s most photogenic destinations. Our free photography program gives you the chance to learn and practice your photography skills alongside an expert photographer.

On this late summer cruise in Greenland, the tundra is awash with vivid autumn color; snowcapped peaks send long shadows pivoting across shimmering fjords; the night sky is an ethereal stage upon which aurora borealis performs its otherworldly dance.


At this perfect intersection of place and time, you are a rare and privileged guest in one of the world’s most enchanting places. Our expert will be available to help you make the most of the bounty in your viewfinder.

SEA KAYAK CLUB

Our optional sea kayaking program is conducted in the East Greenland portion of this voyage. This is a truly world-class paddling destination that has been experienced by very few kayakers before you.

Sea Kayak Club participants in the East Greenland cruise have the opportunity to paddle in fjords amongst enormous icebergs while enjoying magnificent mountain vistas. This region also offers the possibility of kayaking in the vicinity of tidewater glaciers.


Kayaking is a fun and interesting way to experience the breathtaking scenery of East Greenland. If you enjoy sea kayaking, then do not miss your chance to participate in this exciting adventure option.

SEA KAYAK CLUB

FAQ

Greenland is the best place to see the northern lights. While it is very likely, it is a natural phenomenon and we cannot guarantee that you will see Aurora Borealis during your cruise. Our large open deck aboard the Sea Spirit allows for maximum comfort while hunting for northern lights and the remote locations away from cities with light pollution will improve our chances of seeing them. Check our program for 2023 and 2024 cruises to find your optimal dates.

Yes, you will need an emergency evacuation insurance with a minimum coverage USD 200,000 per traveler for your northern lights expedition in Greenland. We also highly recommend cancellation insurance.

During the time of our Arctic cruise (September), the temperature in East Greenland will be around 3°C.

Yes, we have free Wi-Fi aboard our cruise ship.

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About Northern Lights in Greenland

West_Greenland.pngBefore embarking on your new adventure, check out this fascinating info about Greenland!

Climate

During our cruise in the late Arctic summer (September), the temperatures will be around 3°C during the day.

Fauna

Protected from winds by their high altitude, you can find muskox, Arctic fox, mountain hares and lemmings in the Scoresby Sund area. An abundance of birds and fish can be found here as well.

Northern Lights

Iceland and Greenland are the hot spots for Aurora Borealis viewing. While winter (September to April) is the best time to see them, you can experience the northern lights up here year-round. Our cruise is perfectly timed for September (when prime viewing opportunities begin), while the temperatures are still comfortable to explore the beautiful nature of East Greenland and Iceland.

Plan your Greenland Northern Lights Tour

How to get to the Northern Lights Expedition

You’ll need to arrange airfare to and from Reykjavík, Iceland by yourself. We’ll pick you up from the airport and provide a one night stay in a hotel prior to departure. You will then board our expedition ship, the Sea Spirit, and start your cruise.

Greenland Visa control

Check with your consulate before your voyage if you require a visa for Greenland and Iceland. Contact us for further information; we’ll be glad to assist.

Northern Lights Cruise Ships

For your northern lights expedition in Greenland, you’ll cruise aboard the Sea Spirit, perfectly suited for 114 travelers with various cabin categories. Our cruise ship offers a restaurant, bar, outdoor bistro, 24-hour coffee and tea station, library, lecture hall and gym. We also have a shop aboard where you can browse polar-themed gifts and souvenirs.

When to go to the Northern Lights Tour

Our Greenland cruises set sail during the late summer (September). Temperatures will range around 3 °C.

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