Sailing Through Ice
Northern Lights in Scoresby Sund
Local Greenland Village
Sailing by Iceberg
Abandoned Cabin
Hiking Greenland
Polar Bear
Sailing Around Icebergs
Scoresby Sailing
Sailing by Glaciers
Greenland Wildlife
Campfire in Rypefjord

Greenland Sailing Expedition, 8 Days, Scoresby Sound, East Greenland

From: CHF 6'650

 

Sailing Greenland is a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit one of the most spectacular remote regions on earth. Sail around icebergs, encounter polar bears and explore Scoresby Sound, East Greenland.

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    All about the Greenland Sailing Expedition, 8 Days, Scoresby Sound, East Greenland.

    Greenland Sailing Expedition

     

     

    Overview

    • 8 Days, 7 Nights

    • Live onboard a Traditional Sailing Ship

    • Stunning Arctic Landscapes

    • Encounter Arctic Wildlife

    • Visit one of the Most Remote Places on Earth

     

    Why Do We Recommend It?

    You’ll be sailing in traditional sailing boats with a small crew through some of the most spectacular and remote arctic landscapes and seascapes. Experience the wildlife and explore one of the world’s largest and most remote fjords.

     

    Is It Right for Me?

    This adventure holiday delivers the thrills of adventure without requiring any skill or special fitness. This is a good choice for anybody.

    What People Say About The Trip

    A thirty-six-year-old dream came true this year. A journey to Greenland, in this beautiful boat, that was wonderful. Nothing like it!

    Lydia & Hjálmar

     

    Can I Go Anytime?

    There are 3 sailing boats that depart on set dates. However, the capacity on each boat is only between 9 and 12 passengers, so dates sell-out very early. You may need to book ahead.

    Contact us for private charters.

    Itsy Bitsy Details

    • Where: Scoresby Sound, East Greenland
    • Duration: 8 Days, 7 Nights
    • Tour Starts: Reykjavík, Iceland
    • Tour Ends: Reykjavík, Iceland
    • Fly To: Reykjavík Airport, RKV
    • Fly From: Reykjavík Airport, RKV
    • Group Size: 9 to 12

     

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    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • International flight Reykjavík – Constable Point – Reykjavík.
    • Return transport between the airport and the sailboat in Constable Point.
    • Accommodation onboard, in made-up bunks/beds with shared facilities.
    • All meals onboard the sailing ship.
    • Services of the crew, hiking excursions (as per itinerary), and arrangements
    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • 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).
    • Optional pre or post tours in Iceland
    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. 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.

    4. 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.

    5. 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.

    6. 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.

    7. 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 airstrip in Constable Point.*

      * If conditions do not allow for visiting Ittoqqortoormiit on the first day, it will be done on this day.

    8. 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!

    Greenland Cruise Map

    Greenland Sailing Expedition

    This is really a bucket-list trip. Exploring the Scoresby Sound in East Greenland is something that not many people will have the opportunity to do. Experience sailing around magnificent icebergs and exploring secluded bays.

    There are three wooden sailing ships used for these sailing trips. Each with its own unique character and story. Living aboard the sailing boats gives a true sense of adventure as you glimpse the sunrise through a porthole before coming on deck.

    Experience Red Island’s Iceberg city, the mountainous Øfjord, overlooking amazing archipelagos near Bear Island or scouting for wildlife in Harefjord. It will all leave you breathless.

    This is a landscape that is still relatively untouched. This is why experiences like spotting arctic wildlife feel so pure and natural. You can still sail around and be inspired by incredible scenery. Although rare, polar bears, reindeers, and narwhales have been spotted as they curiously observe us sailing by. Other animals are more common, especially snow hares, seals, and muskoxen.

    For a true cultural experience, we will visit Ittoqqortoormiit, one of the most isolated villages in the western hemisphere. Rarely visited by tourists, this home to roughly 450 hardy inhabitants is truly awe-inspiring, as it is possible to experience the historical and cultural roots of this traditional Inuit community.

    So, if you’re looking for adventure, a sense of awe, or an opportunity to do something truly unique, then this may be your perfect adventure holiday. Sailing the remote arctic regions of Greenland.

    Please remember that these are traditional sailing ships with limited space and for that reason, we get booked out very quickly, so secure your place today.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
    • International flight Reykjavík – Constable Point – Reykjavík.
    • Return transport between the airport and the sailboat in Constable Point.
    • Accommodation onboard, in made-up bunks/beds with shared facilities.
    • All meals onboard 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).
    • Optional pre or post tours in Iceland

    Activity Level: Relaxed Adventure Holiday

    This one’s for anyone, no fitness or skill required.

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