Chasing Greenland’s Northern Lights With Quark Expeditions

Charles Edwards-Freshwater (Online Editor)
An intrepid adventure that will take you into the untamed Arctic

An astounding natural phenomenon that is guaranteed to leave you breathless – seeing the Northern Lights is one of those activities that is on the bucket list of many. A beautiful light that colours the sky with waves of blue and green, the aurora borealis is best seen from the world’s magnetic poles, frigid landscapes that if anyone knows best it has to be Quark Expeditions.

Experts at creating immersive travel adventures into these tundra filled countries, Quark Expeditions have recently created a new adventure perfect for those looking to see the Northern Lights in the best way possible, also allowing you to discover more about Inuit culture, see striking landscapes and hike across the wilderness - letting you connect with the land in a way like never before.

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This fourteen day adventure begins in the Reykjavik in Iceland, the world’s most northern capital city. An energetic metropolis filled with sights and sounds, the city is regarded as the site of the first settlement in Iceland and remains as the cultural centre, sights such as National and University Library of Iceland and the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa well worth seeing before your adventure continues on day two.

On the second day you’ll fly from Reykjavik to the Northern Iceland town of Akureyri, the perfect place to set sail to Greenland from. On this first day of the journey across the frigid seas you will see seabirds and whales in the ice specked waters, welcoming you to the stunning sights of the north and the unique natural splendour that call this area its home. Day three sees the voyage take you through the Denmark Strait, one of the most iconic stretches on the way to Greenland where the onboard Expedition Team will tell you tales of the country’s history, geography and wildlife and help you to learn more about the area before you arrive on Greenland’s shores.

Once landing in this incredible landscape you will spend the next four days exploring the fjords and colourful tundra of Greenland’s National Park, a breathtaking natural beauty spot filled with skulking arctic fox and roaming herds of muskoxen, geological wonders and memorable sights that will help your adventure become one to remember forever.

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Whilst here you will see the Northern Lights in their full glory, spending the starry nights viewing the beautiful shimmering green waves and taking as many photos as you can to treasure forever. You will also have the chance to visit Ittoqqortoormiit, an Inuit settlement where the traditional way of life and living off the land has been preserved and unchanged for the people, keeping it exactly the same as it has been for hundreds of years without influences from the outside world.

Then heading to Scorsbysund on day eight, the expedition then carries on for the next few days in the Scorsbysund Fjord, an incredibly vast system of rivulets and crystal clear waters that are often considered the most beautiful in the entire world. A mesmeric web of natural waters that are great for hiking around to soak in the stunning sights, after leaving Scorsbysund Fjord you will then head back to a ship to sail the Denmark Strait once more, taking a couple of days to whale watch and see the incredible marine life which include white beaked dolphins and humpback, minke and even blue whales. Keen birdwatchers will also enjoy seeing kittiwakes, gannets, guillemots, fulmars and razorbills flying through these waters, serenading the ship with their cries as they swoop through the skies above.

Once arriving back in Reykjavik you will get the chance to explore this vibrant city once again before getting your final flights home, allowing you to get used to civilisation once more before returning to your life with an experience that will be treasured for a lifetime.

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An active, exciting and mesmeric journey across the icy lands which offers travellers the chance to experience the wilderness at its finest, this expedition by Quark will take you to an untamed Arctic that has remained the same for thousands of years, allowing you to escape daily life and immerse yourself in a landscape as old as time itself as well as see those all important Northern Lights from the most spectacular vantage point in the world.  After all, if you’re going to cross something so spectacular off your bucket list, you may as well do it in style.

Prices for Quark Expeditions’ East Greenland: Northern Lights Expedition is priced from $8,395

To make an enquiry, please CLICK HERE

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