Ahoy Greenland! An Arctic Sailing Adventure
*This experience runs on selected Wednesdays between 31 July & 11 September 2019 – 2020
*This experience is valid for maximum 12 passengers on board
8 days Sailing Through the Unspoiled Arctic Landscape
Visiting 1 country: Greenland
Live on board a traditional sailing ship for 7 amazing days in the natural wonders of Scoresby Sund in East Greenland. Encounter the arctic landscape and wildlife in one of the most remote places in the world
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sail in the largest and one of the most remote fjords on Earth, surrounded by untouched natural phenomena such as glaciers, icebergs and ice crusts. Far from being your everyday experience, the picturesque sceneries are unparalleled. Whether in Red Island’s Iceberg city, the mountainous Øfjord, overlooking amazing archipelagos near Bear Island or scouting for wildlife in Harefjord, Greenland’s spectacular landscape leaves everyone speechless.
Day 1 (Wednesday) – Ahoy Greenland! Let the Adventure Begin
Depart Reykjavík for a flight to Constable Point in Greenland, a small airfield west of Hurry Inlet in Jameson Land. Embark the sailboat and get an introduction and a safety briefing by the crew before sailing towards the village of Ittoqqortoormiit, one of the most isolated villages in the world*. There will be a brief visit, where passengers are able to stroll around and experience the tranquility associated with its remoteness.
Ittoqqortoormiit was founded in the 1925s by people from Ammassalik island. It is the most northerly settlement on the east coast of Greenland. The 450 inhabitants make their living mostly by subsistence hunting of seals narwhales, muskoxen and polar bears. The quaint little houses dot the rocky slopes of south Liverpool Land with magnificent views of Kap Brewster and the Volquart Boons Coast to the south.
* This is a rough schedule. If the conditions do not allow for visiting Ittoqqortoormiit on the first day, it will be done on the last day.
Day 2 (Thursday) – Iceberg Palaces & Inuit Settlement
Sail west between whole palaces of icebergs that gently drift under the influence of the currents in the Arctic waters after calving from the parent glaciers originating in the Inland Ice. Anchor at Hekla Havn, on Denmark Ø, the site of an old Inuit settlement and wintering camp of the first scientific expedition to Scoresby Sund over a hundred years ago. The day ends with a short evening walk exploring Hekla Havn and the surrounding area.
Day 3 (Friday) – The Day of the Fjords: Massive Mountains & Granite Cliffs
Sail west through the narrow Føhnfjord with the majestic basalt mountains of Gåseland on the port side and 2000 meters high sheer granite cliffs of Milne Land on the starboard side. After being up close to the peculiar looking Red Island and even landfall at the red sandstone shore, the tour continues to the north through Rødefjord which is often filled with both larger icebergs and ice crust from icebergs that are breaking up. We will arrive in Harefjord in the late afternoon where anchors are set.
Day 4 (Saturday) – Hiking & Wildlife Scouting
Make sure to pack your hiking boots because the whole day is spent ashore in Harefjord scouting for muskoxen, snow hares, grouse, geese and other wildlife, which normally graze on the south-facing slopes. This easy to moderate approx. 6-hour hike takes us on top of a ridge where we will have lunch with a breathtaking view over Harefjord, where the terrain drops down on each side and the glacier tongues descend into the sea. Those who prefer less exercise can stroll at the coast or stay on board enjoying the view.
Day 5 (Sunday) – Setting Sails in the Majestic Øfjord
The sailing continues eastwards through the awesome Øfjord. This is one of the most spectacular parts of the trip. Terrific mountain peaks and granite walls tower 2000 meters up from the sea just like if the Cerro Torre (one of the majestic mountains of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field in South America) and Fitzroy river (in Queensland, Australia) has been moved to the Arctic: A true feast for the eyes. Usually, the sea breeze in the Øfjord during the middle of the day allows sails to be set. A close look at some of the most amazing cliffs and a glacier front. This day ends by setting anchors in Jyttes Havn in the late afternoon.
Day 6 (Monday) – Outdoor Adventures & Cooling Down in the Sea
The day is spent hiking in and around Jyttes Havn in Bear Islands as this is possibly one of the nicest and most picturesque anchorages in Scoresby Sund. There are two options of a longer or shorter hike in the Bear Islands, or on the northernmost tip of Milne Land, a short zodiac ride away. Jyttes Havn is the place to try your skills at sea swimming at 71°N and temperatures can be as surprising as 13°C in the summertime. If conditions and time allow, we will tend a bonfire on the beach and share stories.
Day 7 (Tuesday) – Archipelagos & Icebergs: Make Sure You Charge Your Batteries
Sailing the channel between the Bear Islands and Milne Land with a breathtaking view of the spectacular archipelago. As we sail into the last evening and night of the trip it is likely that we‘ll be experiencing sights of the largest and the most fascinating icebergs of the journey. This provides a fantastic opportunity for photographs of the majestic and impressive icebergs that are often found in this particular area. When we wake up the next morning we are anchored at the at the airstrip in Constable Point.*
* If conditions do not allow for visiting Ittoqqortoormiit on the first day, it will be done on this day.
Day 8 (Wednesday) – Good Bye Greenland. Now: Life After Greenland!
The last morning we will enjoy a good breakfast together, write in the diary on board and share contact information with each other. Then we will disembark the sailboat for the last time and board the aircraft in Constable Point and fly back to Reykjavík, Iceland. In Iceland, the adventures of the expedition begin to sync in and your life after Greenland begins!
1 Week +
EPIC JOURNEYS: ADVENTURES & EXPEDITIONS, INTO THE WILD: ACTIVE/NATURE
- International flight Reykjavík – Constable Point – Reykjavík.
- Return transport between the airport and the sailboat in Constable Point.
- Accommodation on board in made up bunks/beds with shared facilities.
- All meals on board the sailing ship.
- Services of the crew, hiking excursions (as per itinerary) and arrangements
- Airfare to and from Iceland.
- Visas or Individual travel insurance.
- Excess baggage charges.
- Laundry charges and items of personal nature.
- Alcoholic beverages (available for extra charge & to be paid upon departure with cash money).
- Optional pre or post tours in Iceland
Reykjavík – Constable Point – Reykjavík, departure from Reykjavík Domestic Airport.
Estimated flying time: 1 hour 40 min.
Our partners have from the beginning put weight on environmental protection and careful behavior towards the marine wildlife. They are committed to acquiring knowledge on the environmental impact of their operations and to reducing any impact.
They have adopted an active environmental policy based on the idea of sustainable development. They operate with respect for the environment to ensure the long-term protection of natural and cultural resources in fair and viable way.
They are active partners of Festa – the Icelandic Center for Corporate Social Responsibility, and have declared their participation in the Responsible tourism incentive project. The project´s purpose is to maintain Iceland´s status as optimal future destination for tourists by supporting sustainability for future generations of the nation.
Their goals are as follows:
Demonstrate exemplary behavior and respect for nature.
- Making their whole fleet run on renewable energy by 2030.
- Maintaining the best available pollution control when renewing and maintaining equipment.
- Ensuring the best possible encounter, both for animal welfare and passenger enjoyment.
- The speed of the boats has been moderated to reduce energy consumption, to decrease the noise for the passengers and to minimize the disturbance on the whales.
- Increasing development, understanding, and awareness of appropriate practices when watching cetaceans.
- Training their employees and making their customers aware of their environmental policy and by providing information on how they can participate.
- Sorting and reducing garbage that is produced within the company.
- Implementing measurable goals regarding environmental issues in order to survey the company´s environmental performance and status.
- Reducing CO2 emissions from their fleet by planting trees.
- Promoting sustainable development with reduced use of raw materials, recovery, and re-use.
- By opposing whale killing and supporting the protection of endangered species.
- They promote “Meet Us Don´t Eat Us,” campaign that aims to inform and educate tourists about few key facts regarding whale meat consumption and gain their support to protect whales by ending commercial whaling.
Ensure the safety of guests and treat them courteously
- They aim to continually improve training strategy of their staff.
- By performing annual risk assessments.
- They have active response strategy´s and train their staff at first aid and maintain that training every two years.
- All boats and facilities are well maintained and licensed to operate.
- Everybody on their crew are licensed to sail and operate their ships.
Respect the rights of employees
- Staff interviews are conducted annually.
- Employees can contact a confidant within the company regarding rights and safety.
- By implementing education on rights into training process of new staff.
- They strive to create work environment that supports and increases job satisfaction.
Have a positive impact on the local community
- Supporting researchers from the University of Iceland, don’t hesitate to inquire them about their work if you see them on board the boats.
- Choosing local suppliers when possible.
- By participating in projects that aim to improve awareness regarding nature and wildlife.