Another World Adventures

Sail Iceland to Greenland

Duration: 21 days
From:
£3,450.00
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This new sail expedition from Iceland to West Greenland trip explores the Westfjords region including Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, a remote area without roads and inaccessible except by sail, foot or ski.

An extraordinary chance to sail between Iceland and West Greenland via the remote and beautiful Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. 

Set sail for Greenland. A spectacular voyage to the West of Greenland and the most northern capital of the World. Navigate along the edge of the ice to find your entry into Greenland.

This huge isolated, unspoiled area of tundra, cliffsides, flowering fields and ice is a nature lover’s dream and perfect for those looking for a wilderness escape with an Atlantic passage en route!

Isafjordur, the capital of the Westfjords lies safely behind a sand spit and is the start point for this amazing voyage.

There are no roads, making a boat, the only possible way into the reserve. The people who used to live here cultivated small pieces of land to support their cattle with hay during the darker months. And although during summer many birds and eggs where taken from the bird cliffs, fishing was the main in come for the people of the Hornstrandir area. After the abandonment, the flora slowly started to recover its former and original state. The now 260 flowering plants and ferns are a good summer hide out for the arctic foxes who made their own recovery. A hand full of houses abandoned and restored are the last reminder of the little civilization once present.

The weather and wind will shape your course. The first destination might be Hornbjarg and its towering bird cliffs. It is home to many sea birds during the short and intensive summer. Razorbills, Guillemots, Kittiwakes and Fulmars are the main inhabitants. They are fair game for the Arctic fox and her cups. Always luring and risking their own lives to secure an evening meal. The walks up the cliffs are breath taking. It gives a great view into the Greenland Sund and over the bay and mountains to the East.

Setting off for Greenland you’ll leave civilization behind and set of over the Atlantic towards the south of Greenland. Depending on the ice predictions at that time you’ll have to stay 100 miles off the coast until you reach the bottom of Greenland as there is too much drift ice along the coast and the entrances to the fjords are hazardous.

Finally you’ll make your way to Nuuk via several fjords you’ll attempt to visit. With 22 days to get to Nuuk, this will leave plenty of time for some real exploring as well. Historically Nuuk has had inhabitants long before the Vikings came there, even before the Iniuts settled nearby, Nuuk was already a place where people gathered.

A new and exciting expedition to remember!

Iceland to West Greenland – June & July dates

Return journey West Greenland to Iceland – August & Sept dates

Why you'll love this adventure

  • Explore this remote unspoilt region on a small sailing ship
  • Great combination of sailing, hiking and relaxing
  • Perfect sailing expedition for those looking for a wilderness escape
Start
Isafjordur, Iceland
Finish
Nuuk, Greenland
Trip Duration
21 Days
Group Size
12
Private Departure
N/A
Activity
Expedition, Explorer, Hiking & Trekking, Mixed Activity, Sailing, Tall Ship
Style of Travel
Guided Group

Dates

From

Wednesday

30 June 2021

To

Monday

19 July 2021

From

Thursday

26 August 2021

To

Wednesday

15 September 2021

Itinerary

The itinerary for this trip will be flexible and dependent on the wind and weather. Several fjords will be visited with time to explore on foot - please make an enquiry for full details.

What's included

  • Accommodation in a 2 person (shared) cabin, ensuite
  • All meals
  • Coffee and tea
  • Blanket, sheets, pillow and covers
  • 3-4 crew members guiding the group

 

  • Soda and alcoholic drinks
  • Towels
  • Paid excursions ashore
  • Transfer to and from the vessel
  • Visa if needed
  • You can not wash clothes on board

 

Trip notes

Price

15 - 25 years old €3200 25>years old €3,800

Min age

15

Accommodation

The boat has 2 person cabins. If travelling alone you’ll be paired up with someone to share with. If traveling as two you can choose to share a cabin together. The cabins on board have a small sink, an ensuite toilet and shower and enough space to store your luggage.

The living area is a shared kitchen / common room where you can get cosy on the couch reading a book, or play a game with your fellow travellers.

 

 

Meals

Meals are prepared by an on board cook who makes a varied menu throughout your stay on board. If you have any allergies, please inform in advance to make sure your needs can be met. The meals on board include a breakfast with mostly porridge, bread with savory and hearty spreads, coffee, tea and juice. Lunch is normally something warm like a soup or oven treat, with a bread spread. Dinner can be anything between a spaghetti bolognese and a Sunday roast. In between meals there will be snacks, some healthy, some sweet.

 

Who is this trip for?

  • All ages
  • All nationalities
  • All levels of sailing experience (even if you have never sailed before, this can be an amazing voyage!)

 

Additional notes

This small piece of the land of ice and fire gives you so much beauty and respect for nature. Sailing on a relatively small boat, you’ll move quietly along the shores, exploring, discovering and rediscovering a coastline with so much to offer.

FAQs

What is the language spoken on board?

The ship’s crew is mainly Dutch, but sometimes international. The language spoken on board is English. The crew on board does speak Dutch, English and German.

 

I am traveling with someone. Can we book the same room?

Yes, as long as there are two person rooms available, you can book your voyage on board and say you are traveling with someone. You will be placed in the same room.

 

What kind of clothes do I need?

The ship does not provide sailing clothes on board, so you’ll have to bring your own waterproof clothing. This does not have to be a sailing suite, waterproof and warm clothing will suffice. Please be prepared for some rainy days, but also for some sunny days

Do I need prior sailing experience?

No – all are welcome to experience life on board a classic sailing tall ship and learn the traditional skills along the way. It’s a hands on sailing adventure so although sailing experience isn’t expected a willingness to be involved and take part is.

Tour operator

An old Herring drifter (Logger) built in 1915, the ship is 28 meters long over deck (38 meters overall) and takes 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.

On September 13th she and her crew were the first traditional sailing ship to complete the North West Passage after Roald Admundsen with his ship Goya in 2013.

A most helpful, friendly and knowledgeable travel company!

Very helpful and provided lots of research material and excellent personal perspectives on the tall ship sailing trip I was interested in taking.

— Martin

Excellent thoughtful service.

They were prompt and friendly, and so thorough and helpful in connecting me with my adventure.

— Tina

One of a Kind Service!

From the very beginning of reaching out to AWA, they were super helpful, enthusiastic and informative.

— Matt

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