Greenland - unforgettable adventure

Spend 7 days in Greenland, exploring the remote and magnificent nature of Scoresby Sound fjord which extends 350 km inland. Fly from Iceland to Greenland

Greenland - Unforgettable adventure

Spend 7 days in Greenland, exploring the remote and magnificent nature of Scoresby Sound fjord which extends 350 km inland. Fly from Iceland to Greenland and join the sturdy sailboat Donna Wood or the schooner Opal for an amazing expedition. This is a once-in-a-lifetime tour for nature lovers and most likely also every photographer‘s dream

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Departures 2017

Departures on sailing ship Opal (maximum 12 pax):

18    – 27 July  (sold out)
25 July – 3 August (sold out)
1 – 10 August
8 – 17 August (sold out)
15 – 24 August (sold out)
22 – 31 August (sold out)
29 August – 7 September
5 – 14 September
12 – 21 September  (sold out)

Departures on sailing ship Donna Wood (maximum 12 pax):

18 – 27 July   (sold out)
25 July – 3 September (sold out)
1 – 10 August  (sold out)
8 – 17 August (sold out)
15 – 24 August  (sold out)
22 – 31 August (sold out)
29 August – 7 September (sold out)
5 – 14 September (sold out)
12 – 21 September (sold out)

 

Departures 2018

Departures on sailing ship Opal (maximum 12 pax):

17 – 26 July
24 July  - 2 August
31 July – 9 September
7 – 16 August (sold out)
14 – 23 August (sold out)
21 – 30 August (sold out)
28 August – 6 September (sold out)
4 – 13 September  (sold out)
11 – 20 September (sold out)

Departures on sailing ship Donna Wood (maximum 12 pax):

17 – 26 July (sold out)
24 July – 2 August  (sold out)
31 July – 9 September (sold out)
7 – 16 August (sold out)
14 - 23 August (sold out)
21 – 30 August (sold out)
28 August – 6 September (sold out)
4 - 13 September (sold out)
11 - 20 September (sold out)

 

Duration:  10 days / 9 nights (thereof 7 nights on board the schooner)

 

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Day 1:  Arrival

Arrival in Keflavík.  Transfer to accommodation in Keflavík or Reykjavík for overnight stay.


Day 2:  Flight to Ittoqqotoormiit, East Greenland

Transfer to Keflavík airport and flight from there to Constable Point Greenland, a small airfield on the west side of Hurry Inlet in Jameson Land.

Embark the Schooner and get an introduction and a safety briefing by the crew and then sail towards the village of Ittoqqortoormiit where the evening is spent with locals in perhaps the most isolated village of the world.

Ittoqqortoormiit was founded in the 1925s by people from Ammassalik. It is the most northerly settlement on the east coast of Greenland. The 450 inhabitants make their living mostly by subsistence hunting of seals, Narwhale, Muskoxen and Polar Bear. 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.


Day 3:    The mighty fjord of Scoresby Sound

Sail west between whole palaces of icebergs that gently drift under the influence of the currents in the Arctic waters in the mighty fjord of Scoresby Sound, 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 Sound over a hundred years ago. There after a short evening walk to explore Hekla Havn, and the surrounding area.


Day 4:  Granite Cliffs – Red Island – Icebergs

Sail west through the narrow Føhnfjord with the majestic basalt mountains of Gåseland on the port side and 2000 metres 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 for two nights.


Day 5:  Harefjord‘s wild life

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. Between 6 and 7 hours of easy to moderate hiking with a lunch break at the top of a ridge with a breath taking view over Harefjord where the glacier tongues descend into the sea.

Those who prefer less exercise can stroll at the coast or stay on board enjoying the view. In the evening the crew will make a bonfire and prepare BBQ at the rocky beach.


Day 6:  The spectacular 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 200 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. Close look at some of the most amazing cliffs and a glacier front. This day ends by setting anchors in Jyttes Havn Bjørneøe in the late afternoon.


Day 7:  A picturesque hike in Bear Island

The day is spent hiking in and around Jytteshavn in Bear Islands as this is possibly one of the nicest and most picturesque anchorages in Scoresby Sound. There are two options of a longer or shorter hike in the Bear Islands, or on the northernmost tip of Milneland, a short zodiac ride away. Jytteshavn 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. In the evening we offer a nice meal on board and then a cosy bonfire on the beach with story telling or singing.


Day 8:  Local hunters and muskoxes

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.

Day 9:  Return to Iceland

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 schooner Hildur for the last time and board the aircraft in Constable Point and fly back to Keflavík, Iceland.  Overnight stay in Keflavík or Reykjavík


Day 10:  Departure

Departure transfer to the airport for the flight back home or prolong your stay in Iceland.


Please note that the program may change due to weather conditions and we reserve the right to change or alter the programme if necessary.
If pack-ice conditions do not permit the planned itinerary to be completed, the captain and expedition leaders will work out the best possible alternative.


Price per person EUR 5.745

Included:

- 2 nights in double room in a hotel in Reykjavik
- Breakfast in Reykjavik
- 1 dinner in Ittoqqortoormiit and full board including soft drinks during the stay on board the schooner.
- English speaking guide (an expert in sailing and the wildlife of Greeland).
- Return International flight from Keflavík Airport to Constable Point in East Greenland.
- Airport transfers in Iceland and Greenland.
- Services of the crew on board the schooner.
- Hiking excursions as per itinerary.
- All taxes and service fees

Not included: Airfare to/from Iceland – avaialble on request from Esja Travel, Visas or individual travel insurances, excess baggage charges, laundry charges and items of personal nature, alcoholic beverages (available for extra charge, paid on departure by cash).

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