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East Greenland Atlas

East Greenland Northern Lights Photo Tour

Photograph Scoresby Sund with 12 Guests on board the Freya

Length

10 Days

Ship category

Premium

Ship type

Small Ship

Capacity

12 Passengers

East Greenland Northern Lights Photo Tour

4 Reviews

Trip highlights

The Northern Lights

Ittoqqortoormiit Inuit community

Fjords and Landscapes

Elusive Arctic wildlife

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Develop your photography skills with Virgil Reglioni

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Go deeper into the wilderness

Embark on an unforgettable Greenland photo tour to the mythical Scoresby Sund, the largest fjord system in the world, under the expert guidance of Arctic photography and Northern Lights specialist, Virgil Reglioni. This unique voyage, taking place in the latter half of September, offers the optimum time for encountering the Northern Lights in a setting free from light pollution and surrounded by majestic mountains. With no days at sea, you'll fly directly from Iceland to East Greenland, joining a small group of just 12 like-minded photographers aboard a modern, ice-strengthened expedition vessel.

Experience numerous opportunities to photograph Greenland’s wild and stunning landscapes, both from the ship and ashore, and get up close to cathedral-sized icebergs. Visit the remote settlement of Ittoqqortoormiit to immerse yourself in the authentic Greenlandic way of life and encounter local wildlife such as Musk Ox, Arctic Foxes, and Arctic Hares. Enhance your photography skills in the field with guidance from Virgil Reglioni and enjoy the best guide-to-guest ratio available with two guides for your group and two Zodiacs for exploring and shore landings. This friendly, inclusive expedition is led by world-class photographers and expedition leaders, ensuring a comfortable and enriching adventure.

Our photography guides offer assistance where required to help you improve your skills and get the best images possible. Where time allows tutorials will be carried out onboard, but the emphasis is always on maximising time outside in the field.

Our expedition team has extensive experience in Greenland and will seek out the optimal places for photography based on the conditions.

Your ship: Freya

Freya
Floor plan
seal people svalbard

Explore the Arctic in style aboard our small expedition ship, the Freya. With a recently upgraded interior and a solid ice-strengthened hull, this vessel is perfect for traversing Arctic waters while retaining first-class comforts. Originally used as a lighthouse-building vessel, Freya boasts spacious cabins and multiple viewing decks, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the wonders of the Arctic. The Freya will be exploring the shores of Svalbard and East Greenland (Scoresby Sund) during the Arctic seasons of 2024 and 2025, from April to October.

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Cabins

Double Freya
Signature Twin

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Twins

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2

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Single Freya
Signature Single

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Single

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Double Freya
Signature Penthouse (Double)

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Double/Matrimionial (convertible)

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2

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Itinerary

Keep in mind this is an expedition cruise, so your itinerary will depend greatly on the weather, amount of ice and wildlife breeding behavior.

Quark Expeditions_ Essential Greenland Arctic
Quark Expeditions_ Essential Greenland Arctic
Quark Expeditions_ Essential Greenland Arctic

Arrival at Reykjavik

We arrive in Reykjavik, Iceland and check in to our hotel. The journey begins the following day with a charter flight to Constable Point high above the Arctic circle in East Greenland. Upon arrival, join the ship in the evening and get ready for an unforgettable photography experience.

Freya
Front boat
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Join the Freya in Greenland. After a good night’s sleep at the hotel in Reykjavik, the journey begins with a private charter flight to the remote landing strip at Constable Point within Scoresby Sund. Upon arrival, the friendly crew of the Freya will greet you and transport you via Zodiac to the ship. After a safety briefing from the captain, get ready to set sail into the breathtaking wilderness of Greenland. Get ready for an experience of a lifetime!

East Greenland Atlas
East Greenland Atlas
East Greenland Atlas

Blomsterbukta

Ofjord & Bear Islands

Rypefjord & Terrassepynt

Føhnfjord

Rodefjord and Rode island

Vestfjord

Milneland

Nordvestfjord

Ittoqqortoormiit

Embark on a breathtaking journey along the Volquart Boons Coast in Greenland, where you’ll witness one glacier after another for miles. As you sail west, you’ll come across the impressive basalt columns of Viking Bay, where you can take a zodiac cruise at the foot of the towering cliffs. Nearby, Danmark Ø offers a glimpse into the ancient Inuit settlement with well-preserved archeological sites of their winter and summer houses. Take a closer look at the vast glacier front and disembark for a hike to truly immerse yourself in the beauty of Greenland.

East Greenland Atlas
East Greenland Atlas
East Greenland Atlas

Rypefjord & Terrassepynt

Ofjord & Bear Islands

Rodefjord and Rode island

Føhnfjord

Milneland

Vestfjord

Ittoqqortoormiit

Nordvestfjord

Røde Fjord & Hare Fjord

As you navigate through a maze of towering icebergs, you’ll have the opportunity to explore some of the smaller branches of the fjord system, including Røde Fjord and Hare Fjord. If you’re lucky, you might even get to visit Røde Ø, the Red Island, with its striking red sandstone formations that resemble the surface of the planet Mars. Get ready for an unforgettable journey through one of the most breathtaking landscapes on Earth.

Ø Fjord & Sydkap

Witness the awe-inspiring Ø Fjord, one of the world’s most impressive fjords. This 74 km long strait is surrounded by towering mountains and tranquil waters filled with colossal icebergs. As you sail through Scoresby Sund, you’ll be mesmerized by the sight of these ice giants, some of which are anchored to the seabed, creating a surreal and otherworldly atmosphere.

East Greenland Atlas
Greenland
Albatros Expedition Disko Bay

Ittoqqortoormiit

Before we disembark we will visit the remote settlement of Ittoqqortoormiit. This small community of only 400 Greenlandic people is isolated by sea ice for much of the year, making it a truly unique destination. As the expedition comes to a close, our crew will transport you to the landing strip for a charter flight back to Reykjavik.

Quark Expeditions_ Essential Greenland Arctic
Quark Expeditions_ Essential Greenland Arctic
Quark Expeditions_ Essential Greenland Arctic

This is your departure day from Reykjavik. After saying your last goodbyes to the mystical yet wonderful capital of Iceland you will be flying back home filled with amazing memories from your photo tour expedition.

Dates & Prices

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Sep

2025

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Oct

2025

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EUR 11,576

22

Sep

2025

1

Oct

2025

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EUR 11,576

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Single Cabin Supplement

When booking online, you can choose the option to "Upgrade to single occupancy". This will guarantee you the whole cabin to yourself, for an additional fee. If you don't select this option, then another traveler of the same sex might be placed into the same cabin with you.

What's included

English-speaking expedition staff.

"Open Town” and guided walk in Ittoqqortoormiit.

2 guides for a group of 12 offering best ratio.

Nature hikes and Zodiac cruises as per itinerary, when conditions permit.

Information briefings and lectures by expedition team.

Special photo workshops.

Full board on the ship.

Free Coffee, tea and afternoon snacks on the ship.

Taxes, tariffs, and AECO fees.

Digital visual journal link after voyage, including voyage log, gallery, species list and more!

What's not included

Extra excursions and activities not mentioned in the itinerary

Single room supplement and stateroom upgrades

Meals not on board the ship

Beverages (other than coffee and tea)

Tips for the crew (we recommend USD 14 per person per day)

Travel & cancellation insurances

Personal expenses

Credit Card charges may apply

A fuel surcharge may apply at a later stage. More info

Reviews

Freya review

Trail46014594727

Freya Arctic Cruises

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Must go!!! What an experience on Svalbard Circumnavigation Cruise! We went on board Freya in August 2023 and it was absolutly amazing! We were very lucky to see a lot of wild life every single day... Walruses, bears (we could even see a family with mother and 2 kids), seals, lots of species of birds and whales... An absolute 10 star experience! We were very welcomed by a professional crew from the beginning. The food was tasty and there are plenty of treats along the day. The group was easy and got along pretty easilly. The guides were unstopable trying to please everyone and always on whacht for more wildlife. They knew all the trails and views in Svalbard and were very flexible adapting the schedual to the weather, moods and animal visits. They were unbelievably knowledgeable and enthusiastic complementing each other with facts from history, geology and wildlife. They always updated us after meals with the plan for the next couple of hours plan and tips for equipment. The small group experience (10-12 guests) makes it unique as we could observe the wild life for as much time as we wanted with no noise or interference from the big crowded ships and could explore places that other ships simply couldn't. The place it self is magical! No words to describe the misterious beauty of Svalbard. The glaciars are breath taking. Also the polar plunge was a fun adventure! Everything about the experience was spectacular, so if you are looking for a once in a lifetime adventure, is a must do!!

Freya Review 3

Doina

Freya Arctic Cruises

Premium

The adventure of a lifetime: Each day was a new discovery. I never felt so connected with nature and wildlife. Entering the realm of ice, cruising through sea ice and among glaciers was an experience I'll never forget. We dropped zodiacs to explore endless remote places and wildlife, we even had a close up encounter with a polar bear. I had so much fun doing the polar plunge in the arctic sea. Every member of the crew was fantastic and excellent in doing their job. The cuisine exceeded my expectations, every meal was a piece of art. Rethinking about all these unforgettable memories makes me want to book for another trip. I recommend to anyone who wants to create unforgettable memories in the polar regions on a very cozy boat with only 12 guests that will make you feel like home for the entire journey.

Freya Review 4

Brett D.

Freya Arctic Cruises

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I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat: I woke every morning and looked out of my cabin window and thought to myself, I can't believe I'm here! Everything about the experience was spectacular, from breathing in the air, to listening to the glaciers. When I stepped on board we were welcomed so warmly by the crew - in fact, we were completely spoilt and nothing was ever too much hassle. We were well looked after and the food was fantastic! Our guides were unbelievably knowledgeable and enthusiastic! They took us to so many exciting places and if necessary would divide the group to suit everyone's needs. They truly enhanced the overall experience for me. It's been a week since I came home and I am still buzzing from the experience. I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat.

FAQ

When it comes to traveling to Antarctica, one of the first questions that often arises is, "Can I fly to Antarctica?". The answer is: Yes, you can. Most trips start in Patagonia (Ushuaia and Punta Arenas) and cross the Drake Passage by ship, but there are also trips that use planes to cross that infamous sea passage. Here are the Pros and Cons for each method:

Flying to Antarctica:

  • Pros: Flying to Antarctica is the quickest way to reach the continent. It offers convenience and is often the choice for those with very limited time.

  • Cons: There are limited commercial flights to Antarctica, and these are primarily reserved for research and expedition purposes. Tourist accessibility is limited, and it can be costly. Also, as not many trips include flights, you'll be limiting your choice a lot if you decide to only look for such trips.

Crossing the Drake Passage by ship:

  • Pros: If you choose to cross the Drake Passage by ship, you embark on an incredible adventure. This journey is not just a means of transportation; it's an expedition in itself. The crossing takes 1.5 - 2 days, which are filled with scientific lectures that prepare you for the experience. You'll witness diverse wildlife, including penguins and whales, as your anticipation starts building up. To us, the crossing is a quintessential experience of a true Antarctic explorer.

  • Cons: Crossing the Drake Passage takes some time, and the seas can be rough. It's not the quickest way to reach the continent, and you need to allocate more time for your expedition.

In conclusion, when it comes to traveling to Antarctica, you have these two choices. Flying offers efficiency and direct access, perfect for specific purposes. Crossing the Drake Passage by ship provides an unmatched adventure and connection with Antarctica's unique environment. Consider what truly matters to you, and you'll find the Antarctic transportation choice that suits your goals and spirit of exploration.

All cruises in the polar regions operate to itineraries that are more-or-less fixed. We say "more or less", because wildlife (breeding, seasonality) and weather always play an important role in routing. Most cruises will offer a range of land-based and water-based activities that you will enjoy at various points in your cruise, including:

  • Land excursions (including hiking trails, visitor centers, time relaxing on beaches, observing animals, etc.)
  • Bird Watching
  • Snorkeling (from ship or beaches)
  • Dinghy rides
  • Kayaking
  • Diving (on ships with diving itineraries)
  • Naturalist presentations. These usually take place every evening - on board the bigger ships also with help of projectors, microscopes etc.

All boats carry English speaking, scientifically trained guides. They will lead you on your excursions, allowing you to learn as much as possible about the unique wildlife and habitats of the Polar Regions.

Choosing the right ship for a cruise to Antarctica or the Arctic seems difficult, but it doesn't have to be. Our fleet is over 30 vessels, we are sure that there is the perfect one for you. Please, follow these simple steps, and you will be able to find your ideal ship:

  • Determine your budget and desired level of comfort: Are you looking for luxury or more budget-friendly options? On our website you can set the price range.
  • Consider ship size: Large ships offer more amenities and facilities, but they can also feel crowded and impersonal. Smaller ships offer a more personal experience, but may not have as many amenities.
  • Look at the cabins: Although you probably won’t spend much time in your cabin, look at the photos and read the descriptions to make sure you're happy with the one you choose.
  • Consider the activities on board: Are you interested in kayaking, camping, diving or a photography workshop? Or maybe you want to take part in a Citizen Science Program? These activities can enhance your overall experience. See what our ships have to offer.
  • Read customer reviews: Learn about other travelers' experiences by reading reviews.
  • Ask your Polar Specialist: Feel free to contact your Polar Specialist. They are happy to share their knowledge and are always ready to help.

In addition: We work with responsible partners who provide a great experience for their passengers. All of our providers are committed to sustainability and to preserving the beauty of the polar regions. You don’t need to worry about the impact of your cruise, because we’ve already taken care of it.

We love to help people find their dream vacation to the Arctic and Antarctic. Whether you give us a call, contact us via email, or use our website inquiry form, one of our Polar travel experts will be more than happy to answer any questions, recommend ships and itineraries, and walk you through the whole process!

Step 1: Find your perfect trip. If you have already started looking for Polar Cruises, you will have quickly noticed that the sheer amount of options can be quite overwhelming. To help you navigate the countless departures and itineraries that our fleet offers, we have put together a great filter page for Antarctic and Arctic Expedition Cruises. Use this page to filter all trips by price, date, ship category, and even destinations you wish to visit. We update all dates, prices, and availabilities daily, and are proud to host what is doubtlessly the world's most complete collection of information.

Step 2: Found something you love? We'll hold your spaces, free of charge! If you find a cruise you like, you can either inquire directly with us or make an unbinding booking online. We will then reach out to the shipowners to put a hold on your spaces for a limited time, free of charge. Once we have confirmed your block with the ship, we will send you a written confirmation of your reservation and include full payment details in an invoice. Typically, we are able to hold unpaid reservations for up to 1 week*. This gives us time to clarify all your remaining questions, and also ensures that no other passengers can book your spaces, while we continue our conversation.

Step 3: Confirm your booking. In order to confirm your booking, we ask for a deposit payment. You can pay via bank transfer or credit card. Keep in mind, that we can only hold your spaces for a limited amount of time. If we don't receive your payment after this time, we can no longer guarantee that the places will be available or that the price won't increase. To prevent disappointment, we will automatically cancel your reservation if we don't receive your deposit by the due date stated on your booking reservation.

Step 4: Booking confirmation & Payment. As soon as we have received your deposit and a completed passenger information form, we will be pleased to send your booking confirmation and updated invoice, along with your trip itinerary, important information, and other great tips for your cruise.

Step 5: Final payment. In your initial invoice, we will define a final payment date by when you need to pay us the remaining amount of your trip. Once we have received your final payment we'll send you your cruise documents and voucher. As your trip approaches, we make sure to pass along all necessary information, so you feel super prepared and stress-free.

*For last-minute bookings, we might not be able to hold your spaces for so long. We will also require the full payment of your cruise upon booking.

An expedition cruise to Antarctica or the Arctic is a big deal! Most people plan for this type of trip at least 8 months in advance. This means the earlier you book, the better chance you'll have to reserve your prefered cabins. Early bird discounts are also popular and a great way to get 10-30% off your cruise.

Most expedition cruises offer optional activities like camping and kayaking, but the spaces are limited. A cruise with 120 passengers can have only 10-15 spaces for kayaking. These are reserved on a first come first served basis. The earlier you book, the higher your chance of grabbing a spot.

Even though last minute deals do occur, keep in mind that the airline prices will be much higher if you purchase them last minute. You may save a few hundred on your cruise, but you may end up paying the most for airfare.

If you are prone to motion sickness then here are a few hints to help you.

Firstly, book a cabin in the middle of the ship. The middle of the ship will move less, both in roll and in pitch. Secondly, chose a larger ship. Bigger vessels typically are more stable, and some of them are even equipped with "stabilizers", fins under water that remove the rolling in the swells. Thirdly, take medical advice on anti-seasickness medication. Some traditional remedies are said to be very effective, such as taking ginger or using commercially-available acupressure wristbands.

Watch this informative video about life onboard an expedition ship and seasickness from our expert guide and Polartours Brand Ambassador, Kevin.

Life Onboard & Seasickness
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