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A Journey to Greenland
Journey to Greenland on this one of a kind sailing adventure. Join a traditionally-rigged tall ship sailing from Iceland for her first ever trip to Greenland to explore some of the region’s most majestic scenery.
From the spectacular wildlife of Iceland’s remote Hornstrandir Nature Reserve to Greenland’s Scoresbysund, one of the biggest ice fjords in the world, this is a 3 week journey that few will ever have the chance to experience.
On your journey to Greenland you’ll also get a chance to learn the ropes on board as you work with the crew to sail the ship through these breath-taking waters. For newbie sailors its a chance to develop their skills and for pros a chance to stretch their sea legs in a relaxed and stunning environment.
- Learn how to sail a traditionally rigged tall ship
- Spend time in the Ittoqqortoormiit settlement and enjoy the rugged nature of Greenland
- See Arctic wildlife in Iceland’s Hornstrandir Nature Reserve
- Discover the southeast coast of Greenland
- Visit Isafjordur in Iceland for local culture and colour
Starting in Iceland you’ll get to know the ship and learn to set the sails as you head our for the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve in the West Fjords. This remote region is inaccessible by road but by ship you’ll be able to sail in and out of the verdent fjords to spot rare wildlife including the Arctic Fox. Established in 1975, the Nature Reserve’s boundaries stretch from Skorarheiði to the fjords of Furufjörður and f Hrafnfjörður.
Once a settled area with small communities, all farms were abandoned during World War II for the safety and supplies that larger towns and cities could provide. The old homesteads remain and have been renovated into bold and cosy summer cottages. The private owners use the Reserve for farming, fishing, bird hunting, and egg gathering. Today, there are over 250 species of flora – including a few rare species – on the Reserve. Bird watchers love Hornstrandir for the 30 species of birds that nest in the region. Be sure to check out the bird cliffs at Riturinn, Hælaví¬kurbjarg, and Hornbjarg
From Hornstrandir, when the wind is right and there are no ice warnings (!) you’ll set sail for Greenland where you’ll spend about a week. The highlight of this voyage for many is the chance to explore Greenland’s Scoresbysund, also known as Kangertittivaq. The main fjord is a tree-like structure with branches of smaller fjords extending out from it. It is truly one of Greenland’s most beautiful sights. With Ittoqqortoormiit as its only settlement you spend most of your time there in the rugged nature before sailing the ship back to Isafjordur in Iceland.
Your vessel is a former herring drifter that used to roam the North Sea in search of great catch. She was built in 1915 with no engine or propulsion other than her magnificent sails. She was designed with a large hull to provide the most space for fish, and with a sleek exterior in order to be the fastest in her day. In the 1930’s she was adapted as a cargo ship in Denmark and after many decades she returned to the Netherlands and was restored for life as a charter vessel where she now mostly sails European waters near Ireland, Greenland, the Netherlands, and Denmark.
Enquire today to learn more about this Greenland sailing adventure.
26 July – 16 August 2017 (3 weeks)
- 3,960,00 EUR per person
- 3,365,00 EUR per person (25 years and under)
We love this wonderful traditional tall ship! An old Herring drifter (Logger) built in 1915, Vlaardingen she is smaller than many other tall ships at 28 meters long over deck (38 meters overall) and takes only 16 trainees on her voyages. No previous sailing experience is needed and experienced and new sailors love her equally.
A family of four professional sailors have owned and run this vessel since 2006 and sail her with true passion. Built for the North Sea she’s a fast sailor and her rigging is as traditional as it gets.
We love that the boat’s appearance is kept as traditional as possible yet combined with modern techniques and equipment. Everyone on board is part of the informal sail training program that is designed to get the best out of everyone whether you join for 2 days or a longer ocean crossing.
Journey to Greenland
- Trip Code: AWA386
- Dates: 26 July -16 Aug 2017
- Price: From 3,365 EUR
- Depart: Isafjordur, Iceland
- Arrive: Isafjordur, Iceland
- Length: 21 days
- Adventure: Journey to majestic Greenland on a traditional tall ship