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Sail Greenland to Explore the East Fjords
The east coast of Greenland is an awesome wilderness. Only 3,500 people, scattered among small towns and settlements, inhabit its 2,600 kilometres of stunning coastline. This is the Arctic with all its breathtaking beauty and striking scenery.
This trip is suitable for anyone interested in experiencing the magic of late summer or early autumn in East Greenland.
Cruising in the sheltered ice-filled fjords of the Ammassalik area onboard a fantastic expedition sailing yacht, the crew welcomes people of all ages and with varying interests. Some like to explore by kayak or on foot while others simply prefer to observe nature from the yacht or immerse themselves in the culture of the local Inuit people.
This is true exploration—the final itinerary only gets decided upon after setting sail from the Kulusuk harbour. The captain will take into account weather and sea-ice conditions and always look for the best possible option. What is assured is that each trip will be a little bit different and we will try to visit at least one “new“ place every trip.
This is early autumn in the Arctic and the northern lights will surely light up the night sky. Expect to feel the winter approaching and it will be quite possible to see a sprinkle of fresh snow on the mountaintops.
The trip will start and end in the village of Kulusuk, from which there are daily flights to Iceland and other parts of Greenland.
The expedition sailboat is your movable ‘backcountry hut’ and awaits at the end of every day with gourmet meals, warm and comfortable bunks, and friendly conversation.
Anna demonstrates the traditional Greenlandic drum dance.
Arrive onboard our sturdy expedition sailboat AURORA at noon in Kulusuk. We will leave our anchorage around 2pm and sail out of the Torssut Sound and into Ammassalik Fjord where we will immediately view our first large icebergs. Continuing on to Kong Oscar´s Harbour and the town of Tasiilaq. This is the largest town on the east coast with almost 2000 inhabitants and centre for culture and administration. We will go ashore and explore the colourful town and perhaps hike into ‘Flower Valley’ and the stunning hills surrounding Tasiilaq.
In the late afternoon we will move to our first anchorage a short distance from Tasiilaq for a satisfying dinner and our first night onboard the Aurora.
Crossing the great Sermilik ice fjord during a sunny summer day.
We continue our journey past Ammassalik Island and into the great Sermilik Fjord passing the abandoned village of Ikateq and the Erit Skerries (made famous when Bill Tilman lost his boat Sea Breeze there in 1972). We sail across Sermilik and into Johan Petersen Fjord where we will anchor. This majestic landscape offers numerous calving glaciers which cascade directly off the inland icecap creating gigantic icebergs that fill the fjords. Option for a paddle or hike in the afternoon.
A day spent hiking and/or kayaking in Johan Petersen Fjord with captivating views over the inland icecap from the nearby mountains. We hope to see whales and seals, frequent visitors to this fjord. Second night will be spent at the same anchorage.
Tiniteqilaaq, a traditional east Greenlandic hunter’s village, by the great Sermilik ice fjord.
Sail back across Sermilik Fjord and onwards to the village of Tiniteqilaq. This tiny settlement with approximately 120 inhabitants is situated on a small promontory with spectacular views over Sermilik Fjord.
Hunting, fishing and tourism are the main sources of income for the population of Tiniteqilaq. Seals are hunted throughout the year together with a restricted number of polar bears and narwhals. We´ll visit the village and hike in the neighbouring hills before spending the night at anchor adjacent to the village.
Our expedition continues through the stunning Ikasagtivaq Sound to Ammassalik Fjord where we head inland towards the village of Kummiut. Here we anchor across the fjord in Marie´s Harbour behind Griseöen (Pig Island).
Option for hiking and/or kayaking in the afternoon.
Tranquil kayaking on the Greenlandic fjords.
Sail into Ikasak Sound and continue onwards to Ikateq Sound where we visit the abandoned US airbase – Bluie East 2. The remains from the US operations during WWII are still there to be seen and explored.
Finish the day at anchor in Sermiligaq Fjord, close to the spectacular calving Karale Glacier.
An evening by the Karale glacier. Crew and guests play cards and tell stories below deck.
Spend the day exploring the magnificent calving glaciers of Karale and Knud Rasmussen. We will sail close to them for some great photographic opportunities and offer an option of hiking in the area. We continue our voyage down the fjord, passing Sermiligaq village and anchoring in Sangmilik Fjord.
Option for a short hike or paddle in the afternoon.
Our journey concludes as we return by sail to Kulusuk.
Trip length: 8 days (7 nights)
Departure from: Kulusuk, Greenland
Finish point: Kulusuk, Greenland
25 August -1 September 2018
3 September – 10 September 2018
Price: 2950 EUR
- 8 days (7 nights) on a yacht
- Sailing instruction
- Services of guides and crew
- Guided walks and land excursions
- Guided paddling in sea kayaks amongst the fjords
- Use of stand up paddle boards (SUP)
- Use of wet weather sailing clothing
- All meals for the duration of the trip. Alcohol is not included.
Price does not include flights to Greenland.
Sail Greenland: Explore the East Fjords
- Trip Code: AWA056
- Dates: Aug/Sept
- Length: 8 Days (7 nights on yacht)
- Price: 2,950 EUR
- Max group size: 8
- Adventure: Explore the magic of the remote fjords of East Greenland on an expedition yacht