Monday, 13 May 2013

National park expedition in North East Greenland

The polar bear is the biggest predator on land

Join an extraordinary and exclusive expedition taking you to three Arctic islands; Spitsbergen, Greenland and Iceland. The emphasis is on the rarely visited North East Greenland National Park which is the largest in the world and the least visited with only about 500 visitors every year.

This is a special opportunity to experience the Arctic in autumn before winter closes in and makes this corner of the planet uninhabitable for all but the hardiest of species.

Explore Longyearbyen and surroundings on our guided bus sightseeing before embarkation. Longyearbyen is a lively small town, situated in a fantastic Arctic landscape. Barentsburg is a Russian settlement with an exotic collection of Russian artefacts and architecture.

Kongsfjord is the largest fjord on the north west coast of Spitsbergen. The landscape varies from large tundra plains to alpine peaks. At 78º 55’ N, Ny Ålesund is the world’s northernmost permanently inhabited community, where a number of countries run their own national research stations. Magdalenefjord is home to a very important piece of cultural heritage; a whaling station from the 16th century, including a graveyard of whalers who died during the first “oil adventure”.

We’re leaving the warmer waters of the Gulf Stream to enter the cold water current that follows the coast of east Greenland. We will make our way south, within the boundaries of North East Greenland National Park; the largest national park on Earth. The mountains are alpine, the waters are scattered with large icebergs and the valleys are populated with musk oxen. This voyage will take you to one of the most isolated places on Earth – but aboard one of the most capable specially-built expedition vessels. Our expert guides and lecturers will safely guide you on hikes and small boat trips in addition to briefings and lectures on the places we visit