Brand New Expedition Explores Iceland & Greenland in 2011

Skjoldungen FjordWe are pleased to present our 2011 program for the High Arctic. Onboard our trusty ship, Polar Pioneer, the new program will prove to be one of our finest, with a number of ‘firsts’ during the season’s six voyages.

Our inaugural ‘Iceland and Greenland Explorer’ voyage is a brand new addition to the program. Offering a rare and exciting opportunity to experience the ancient Inuit culture, it also offers the opportunity to come face-to-face with the magnificent range of Arctic wildlife and witness the unique landscape of Iceland and Greenland’s coastlines.

The expedition will explore the Westman Islands, an extraordinary basalt archipelago. Cloaked in emerald green vegetation, the Islands are home to one of the world’s largest colonies of puffins. Docking in Heimaey, the largest of the islands, passengers will have the opportunity to hike to the rim of Eldfell, an active volcano, which in 1973 forced inhabitants to flee to the mainland.

Thanks to the maneuverability of Aurora’s sturdy ship, the itinerary also includes Greenland’s impressive range of ice caps, icebergs and fjords, including the Skjoldungen Fjord, where passengers will witness the impressive sights of glaciers carved through spectacular mountains. Zodiacs will take the group ashore the icy banks to explore valleys and tundra plants, whilst also leaving time to visit remote trappers’ camps and Inuit villages of East Greenland’s Ammassalik district.

The new 11-day voyage will set sail on 23 August 2011. The more adventurous souls will also have the opportunity to go sea kayaking amongst Greenland’s massive sculpted icebergs and Iceland’s vast ice caps.

Aurora’s High Arctic program next year will offer another Arctic first - the introduction of scuba diving on two voyages. Aurora Expeditions offered the world-first commercial dive trip to Antarctica in 1998, and we’ve built on our polar experience ever since. Headed up by our very own expedition leader and dive master, Henrik Løvendahl, these diving voyages are bound to excite any diving enthusiast, with each dive being a unique experience, exploring new and never-before-dived sites. Our ever-popular sea kayaking option will also be available on all High Arctic voyages next year.

As one of the most experienced adventure cruise companies in the High Arctic region, Aurora’s voyages are more akin to expeditions than conventional cruises. From the moment you step aboard Polar Pioneer, you'll be warmly welcomed as a member of the Aurora family. On board with a small group of like-minded travellers, our experienced team of expedition staff, guest lecturers and crew will ensure each day is varied and memorable.

Find out more information about our new ‘Iceland and Greenland Explorer’ voyage.