Spend 7 days in Greenland, exploring the remote and magnificent nature of Scoresby Sound fjord which extends 350 km inland. Fly from Reykjavík to Greenland and join the sturdy schooner Hildur for an amazing expedition.
Day 1 (Wednesday)
Depart Reykjavík for Constable Point, a small airfield on the west side of Hurry Fjord in Jameson Land. Embark and sail west between magnificent icebergs that drift down the Hall Basin after calving from the 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.
Day 2 (Thursday)
Short walk to explore Hekla Havn and its surroundings. Sail west to Ankervig through the narrow Føhnfjord with the magnificent basalt mountains of Gåseland on the port side and 2000 metres high sheer granite cliffs of Milne Land on the Starboard side. When we approach the Red Island (Rode O) we turn into the Ankervig Bay where we anchor. 1-2 hours easy walk.
Day 3 (Friday)
Climbing a ridge above Ankervig leads to view over colourful rhyolite mountains and gives a fantastic view over to the various mountains and peaks, volcanic on one side and granite on the other. Those who want a more relaxed morning can either stay at the shore or trek the Hjørnedal, a steep valley penetrating into Gåseland from Ankervig. This area, with some of the lushest vegetation of the whole eastern coast line, has a warm stable climate throughout the summer. Local hunters come here to catch Arctic char and Muskox. After a refreshing morning walk, sail north through Rødefjord with red volcanic mountains on the south side of the fjord. Late afternoon arrival to Harefjord where we anchor. 3- 4 hours walk. Bonfire and BBQ at the rocky beach.
Day 4 (Saturday)
We spend the day ashore in Harefjord scouting for Muskoxen, snow hares, grouse, geese and other wildlife which normally graze on the south facing slopes. Then an easy hike to the top of the ridge between Harefjord and Rypefjord for a breathtaking view of Renland and the Inland Ice with endless number of glacier tongues descending into the sea. Up to 6 hours of easy walking (those who prefer less exercise can stroll at the coast or stay onboard enjoying the view).
Day 5 (Sunday)
Continue sailing, now eastwards through the awsome Øfjord. This is one of the most spectacular part 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) had been moved to the Arctic! A true feast for the eye. Arrival to Bjørneøe in late afternoon to anchor at Jyttes Havn.
Day 6 (Monday)
After a relatively short visit on shore in Bjørneøer, departing early morning for the crossing of Hall Basin to Ittoqqortoormiit Village.
Day 7 (Tuesday)
Visit the small village of Ittoqqortoormiit, founded in the 1925s by people from Ammassalik. It is the most northerly settlement on the east coast of Greenland. The 500 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. Opportunity to visit the village‘s general store to purchase some local handicrafts of bone, soap stone and hides.
Day 8 (Wednesday)
Sail to Constable Point, disembark for the return flight to Reykjavík, Iceland.
The itinerary is subject to change for reasons beyond our control, such as changes in airline schedules, flight and ship delays, strikes, weather, sea and ice conditions, government restrictions or emergencies for which North Sailing can not be held responsible. 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. We reserve the right to change or alter the programme if necessary.
Expert in sailing and the wildlife of Greenland.
Airfare Reykjavik - Constable Point - Reykjavik.
Return transport between airport and harbour in Constable Point.
Accommodation in made up bunk/beds with shared facilities and all meals on board the schooner.
Soft drinks, services of the crew, hiking excursions (as per itinerary) and arrangements.
1 x dinner in Ittoqqortoormiit.
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 money).
Optional 4-5 hour hiking trip with lunch with local guide in Ittoqqortoormiit.
Lunch in Ittoqqortoormiit - if hiking trip is not purchased.
Optional Pre or Post tours in Iceland.
24 - 31 July
31 July - 7 August
7 - 14 August
Price: 3.890 EUR per person
Maximum number of participants: 12 pax