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9 days west coast incl. 3 days on board Sarfaq Ittuk

from 880.00 €
Request a quote Coastal Ship - West Greenland

9 days west coast incl. 3 days on board Sarfaq Ittuk

from 880.00 €

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Ilulissat: Boat Tour Eqi (Jun-Sep, 11h, €320) Ilulissat: Evening iceberg sailing (Jun-Sep 15, 2.5h, €100) Ilulissat: Sermermiut Hike (Feb-Sep, 2h, €48) Ilulissat: Evening kayaking (Jun-Sep 15, 3h, €185) Ilimanaq: Boat tour Ilimanaq (Jun-Sep 15, 5h, €185) Nuuk: City Sightseeing (Jun-Sep, 1.5h, €45) Nuuk: Boat Tour Ice Fjord (Jun-Sep, 7h, €265) Nuuk: Boat Tour Qooqqut Restaurant (Jun-Sep, 5.5h, €135) Oqaatsut: Inuit Village & Kayaking (Jun-Sep 15, 7h, €380) Oqaatsut: Meeting the Inuit - a cultural experience (Jun-Sep 15, 7h, €265)

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Equipment list Coastal Ship - West Greenland

9 days west coast incl. 3 days on board Sarfaq Ittuk

Equipment list Coastal Ship - West Greenland

9 days west coast incl. 3 days on board Sarfaq Ittuk

Below is an equipment list with items we highly recommend you bring on the journey. To enjoy the trip to the fullest, comfortable and good equipment is essential. So be a bit picky about what you bring on our trip, make sure it is adequate for arctic conditions.

Clothing & Footwear

  • Non-cotton, wool long sleeves and tights (base layer)

    Base layers are designed to keep you warm despite they might be wet from sweating, for example - therefore they must not be cotton but instead a lightweight wool or other fast-drying fiber. Base layers will also keep you warm if, for example, your outer layers are not entirely windproof or waterproof. If there is one thing to stress, it is that having several light layers to choose from, or use in combination with each other, is far more valuable for regulating body temperature than having one or two heavy layers that might make you too cold or too hot, but never just right. It is recommended to bring a selection of long-sleeve shirts and pants for lightweight base layers, so you have a few extras.

  • Wool sweater, fleece or PrimaLoft jacket (mid layer)

    A wool layer is always nice to have as additional warmth. It should not be your heaviest winter sweater, but just something you feel could make you warm and cosy if you had a persistent chill. It is recommended to bring a light- to medium-weight wool sweater or a fleece or prima loft jacket.

  • All-purpose or fleece pants (mid layer)

    When you are on land, and if it’s dry, the waterproof pants (outer layer) layer won’t be necessary, but you’ll need more than a base layer. It is recommended to bring a pair of light, loose breathable pants as a sort of all-purpose pants. Fleece pants can be useful if you easily feel cold. Jeans are strongly discouraged.

  • breathable light jacket (outer layer)

    When you’re on land, and if it’s dry, the waterproof jacket layer won’t be necessary, but you’ll need more than a base layer. It is recommended to bring a light jacket, or even a vest. Lightweight puffy jackets work well.

  • windproof & waterproof jacket and pants (outer layer)

    Whether it’s to protect you from wind and rain on land or from ocean spray while sailing, having good outer layers to protect against the elements will make the difference between a pleasant and unpleasant trip. It is recommended to bring both a windproof/waterproof jacket and a pair of windproof/waterproof rain pants. Gore-Tex is a leading manufacturer of breathable and waterproof layers.

  • warm hat and light (fleece) gloves

    A bit of wind, a mammoth iceberg nearby, and even fog can have more effect on the air temperature than you might imagine, and it can be magnified when sailing or standing a few hundred meters above sea level. Even though it is summer and there is not a single patch of snow to be found, you still need to be prepared with a few of the more ‘wintery’ items. It is recommended to bring a warm hat and gloves. As a light version, a buff to wear around the head or neck is also useful.

  • hiking boots

    Footwear is of the utmost importance in Greenland. It must be comfortable yet supportive, as it is what protects your feet and will keep you going all day long. So bring your favourite hiking boots, that you will likely use across all sailing and hiking activities, on all days. Good hiking boots have high ankles support, are waterproof or water-resistant and are non-skid / have a sole with good traction (good for both rocky terrain and wet boat decks). It is good if they are worn-in as it is not ideal to break in brand new shoes and have blisters on the first day.

  • comfort footwear

    We recommend supportive sneakers/running shoes, that you will use on arrival and departure day, as well as for the evenings.

Other gear

  • 60-80 litre backpack or duffle bag

    It is recommended to pack your gear in a backpack. Many of the towns have simple dirt- or rocky roads which are not exactly ideal for pulling luggage with wheels. If you do not own a backpack, prefer a duffle bag over a hard shell suitcase.

  • 20-30 litre daypack

    For maximum versatility, it is recommended to also bring a small foldable daypack to hold an extra layer or two and your water bottle during short hiking excursions, so that you don’t have to bring everything along.

  • sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses, base-cap

    In summer in Greenland, the midnight sun is out 24 hours a day. Couple this never-ending daylight with the fact that there are no trees for shade - as well as with the reflection off the water and nearby icebergs - and you’ve got yourself the equation for some fierce sun exposure. It is recommended to bring sunscreen, lip balm and sunglasses, and, if you like, a hat with a visor.

  • bug repellant, head net & after bite

    The Arctic summer is notorious for small pesky insects like mosquitos and flies. They will not be a problem when sailing, but once we hit land, they’ll surely find us soon enough. Only a light breeze will give natural respite from the bugs. It is recommended to bring bug repellent, after bite and a mosquito head net. Not very fashionable, but oh-so-functional. Please note: it should be possible to purchase bug repellent in the local Pisiffik grocery store, pending product availability, however it will be the strong, chemical, non- environment-friendly stuff. If you prefer a natural-based product, you should bring your own.

  • water bottle

    Make sure you stay hydrated. So it is recommended to bring your own water bottle or CamelBak to fill up with the freshest, cleanest, tastiest water you can find at convenient streams and waterfalls - or at the faucet, if you want to be like the rest of the world.

  • camera/binoculars

    There’s going to be no less than 10,000 amazing things to see and remember - icebergs that look different from every angle, diving whale flukes, flocks of birds gathering around a fishing boat for free giveaways, small colourful houses perched at the edge of the hill and the world and fantastic geological rock formations. It is recommended to bring whatever camera or looking device you wish, whether that’s a smartphone, snazzy camera, or selfie stick.

Rentable

  • blanket (DKK 150)

    Staying onboard the coastal ship Sarfaq Ittuk in couchette category you can buy a blanket, which can be taken with you and used in future travel. You can book and pay for the blanket at the info counter of the ship.

In case you have any further questions regarding the equipment to bring to the tour please do not hesitate to contact us.

Individual tour

Coastal Ship - West Greenland

9 days west coast incl. 3 days on board Sarfaq Ittuk

Difficulty level: Easy from 880.00 €

On this trip you will sail with the coastal ship ‘Sarfaq Ittuk’ from Nuuk to the famous Disko Bay. Travelling with the locals on board the coastal ship will give you a great insight into the life of the Greenlanders. In Nuuk, the capital of Greenland we will have time to explore the city and learn about the history and the culture of the Inuit. On the way to Ilulissat, the city of Icebergs, you will stop at small settlements and witness the locals at the ports welcoming or bidding farewell to family and friends. In Ilulissat you can explore the breathtaking area, enjoy the view on the most impressive icebergs in the Northern Hemisphere and go on exciting day tours.

Rough summary

Day 1:

Arrival in Nuuk

Day 2:

Day at leisure in Nuuk

Day 3:

Embarkation on board the coastal ship in Nuuk

Day 4:

Sailing: Maniitsoq - Sisimiut

Day 5:

Sailing: Aasiaat - Arrival in Ilulissat

Day 6-8:

Days at leisure in Ilulissat

Day 9:

End of the trip in Ilulissat

Prices and dates

Price per person:

1 June to 1 September: Double Single
Couchette & hostel 975 1250
Cabin & acc. w. private facilities 1830 2805
2 September to 30 September: Double Single
Couchette & hostel 880 1155
Cabin & acc. w. private facilities 1635 2510

Dates:

Wednesdays, May 15, 2019 – September 30, 2019 (available)

Further details

Price includes:

  • 2 nights in Nuuk
  • sailing on board Sarfaq Ittuk from Nuuk to Ilulissat
  • 4 nights in Ilulissat

Minimum age:

10

About accommodation:

Couchette & hostel: In Nuuk & Ilulissat in hostel in double or single room with shared facilitates (bed linen included), on board the Sarfaq Ittuk in couchette in dormitory in sleeping bag accommodation with shared facilitates.

Cabin & accommodation with private facilities: In Nuuk in a 3 local star hotel in room with private facilities including breakfast, on board the Sarfaq Ittuk in a private cabin with private facilities, in Ilulissat in a 3 local star hotel in standard room with private facilities including breakfast.

The ship Sarfaq Ittuk

The vessel was built in 1992 and modernised and lengthened in the winter of 1999/2000. It is now 73 meters long and 11 meters wide. With her engine of 2000 hp the vessels steams at a speed of 13 knots. The crew counts 22 people. The vessel has café, stern saloon with panorama windows, playroom and a hospital clinic to be used in case of injuries and emergency situations onboard. The vessel's capacity is 239 passengers. The overnight accommodation facilities are distributed on 104 cabin beds with private bath and toilet, and 135 couchettes. The couchettes are without private facilities and have access to lockable cabinet showers in communal areas. 'Det Norske Veritas' has classified the vessel for sailing in icy waters.

Options

Locals travelling with the Sarfaq Ittuk

Boat Tour Eqi

  • Ilulissat
  • Jun-Sep
  • 11h
  • €320

We leave Ilulissat early in the morning and sail north in the direction of Eqi Glacier. Very few places in Greenland are as breathtaking as Eqi. On the way we will sail around the most impressive icebergs in the Northern Hemisphere. We will sail close the massive glacier wall, turn off the engines for about an hour, enjoy some lunch as well as the breathtaking view of the calving glacier. In the afternoon we make our way back to Ilulissat.

Locals travelling with the Sarfaq Ittuk

Evening iceberg sailing

  • Ilulissat
  • Jun-Sep 15
  • 2.5h
  • €100

On a 2,5 hour boat trip you will sail among the gigantic icebergs in Disko Bay in the evening sun. These frozen giants calved from the most productive glacier of the Northern Hemisphere, the Sermeq Kujalleq. It annually calves 45km³ of ice into the UNESCO Icefjord. Sailing around the gigantic icebergs in the evening sun is a fantastic experience. Remember to bring warm clothes.

Locals travelling with the Sarfaq Ittuk

Sermermiut Hike

  • Ilulissat
  • Feb-Sep
  • 2h
  • €48

It is a big day today. You came here to see glaciers and icebergs. And you do not mean the small ones, you mean the massive ones. Well, we promise - this is what you are going to see. Standing in front of the enormous Ilulissat Icefjord will make you feel small and humble. An endless amount of ice pushing down from the glacier Sermeq Kujalleq towards the sea, where ice is calving constantly creating those majestic icebergs floating in Disko Bay. Here, at the Ilulissat Icefjord World Heritage Site, we also stop at Sermermiut, an abandoned Inuit settlement, which had been used by Saqqaq, Early Dorset and Thule cultures. Our guide will give you insights of the Inuit culture and will answer your questions.

Locals travelling with the Sarfaq Ittuk

Evening kayaking

  • Ilulissat
  • Jun-Sep 15
  • 3h
  • €185

In the evening, you go for an impressive kayaking trip among the gigantic icebergs in Disko Bay. The activity consists in kayaking along the coast of Ilulissat, from where you can see big icebergs coming from the Ilulissat Icefjord. You experience this breathtaking scenery in the most natural and traditional way. Just you and your kayak, paddling as Inuits used to so and some still do. Nonetheless all the safety measures are included: the best equipment in the market (clothing that enables you to swim in freezing waters and the most safe and stable kayaks) and if that were not enough, our kayak instructors have the highest qualifications and lots of experience kayaking in Arctic regions (to participate in this trip max height is 2m and weight is 110kg).

Locals travelling with the Sarfaq Ittuk

Boat tour Ilimanaq

  • Ilimanaq
  • Jun-Sep 15
  • 5h
  • €185

You will sail from Ilulissat to the small settlement of Ilimanaq. On the way you will pass by the great Kangia Icefjord. The view of the fjord is absolutely stunning. You will visit the small settlement of Ilimanaq and learn how people live in such a remote part of the world. In the afternoon you will sail back to Ilulissat, passing by the breathtaking Icefjord once more.

Locals travelling with the Sarfaq Ittuk

City Sightseeing

  • Nuuk
  • Jun-Sep
  • 1.5h
  • €45

A guide takes you on a historical tour through all of the neightborhoods in Nuuk. The tour starts (either in car or bus) in 'Qinngorput' the newest suburb in Nuuk, where you will hear about everything from architecture to the everyday life of the town's 16,000 inhabitants. From Qinngorput we go 'back in time’ through the 70’s buildings in the suburb of Nuussuaq, through the 50s apartment buildings in the city center, the colorful typehouses in 'Nuutoqaq' and finally ending the tour in the colonial harbor where it all started when Hans Egede arrived in the 1700th century. This historical insight to the city will give you a greater understanding of the conditions and customs of this country. During the trip there will be plenty of opportunities to stop and take pictures or take a short walk up to the Hans Egede Statue next to the Cathedral. The tour can conveniently end ar the national museum of Nuuk, where you can easily spent a couple of hours.

Locals travelling with the Sarfaq Ittuk

Boat Tour Ice Fjord

  • Nuuk
  • Jun-Sep
  • 7h
  • €265

A Targa boat takes us to Kangersuneq/Icefiord through Qoornoq passage. After about 2 hours boat tour we arrive to the mouth of Kangersuneq/Icefiord where we have the view of Narsap Sermia Glacier. After lunch we will continue to Qoornoq an abandoned settlement. In Qoornoq you can walk around and get a feeling of how life was in a settlement.

Locals travelling with the Sarfaq Ittuk

Boat Tour Qooqqut Restaurant

  • Nuuk
  • Jun-Sep
  • 5.5h
  • €135

In the afternoon we take you to beautiful Qooqqut. Qooqut can be reached by sailing for 1 hour into Nuuk Fjord. Arriving at beautiful Qooqqut surrounded by impressive mountain peaks we will go fishing for 20 minutes and take the freshly caught fish to the famous restaurant up here to be cooked. Qooqqut itself used to be a sheep breading station but the old buildings have now been restored and turned into a high quality restaurant. At the restaurant you will enjoy your Greenlandic dinner (not included, choose à la carte) before we take you back to Nuuk by boat, where we should land around 21:00 hours.

Locals travelling with the Sarfaq Ittuk

Inuit Village & Kayaking

  • Oqaatsut
  • Jun-Sep 15
  • 7h
  • €380

In the morning you will be transferred by boat to the small settlement of Oqaatsut. Here we will go kayaking in Disko Bay. Before we start, you will get a short introduction to kayaking and then we will practice a bit just off the coast of Oqaatsut. We then head towards the icebergs. We will paddle among the icebergs in the bay and enjoy the spectacular views surrounding us. We will have some refreshment in Oqaatsut before we take the boat back to Ilulissat (to participate in this trip max height is 2m and weight is 110kg).

Locals travelling with the Sarfaq Ittuk

Meeting the Inuit - a cultural experience

  • Oqaatsut
  • Jun-Sep 15
  • 7h
  • €265

We leave from the harbour in Ilulissat by boat heading north towards Oqaatsut, a small Inuit village where 37 people live all year round. Once in the settlement our guide will show you around Oqaatsut and tell you about the old and modern life of the Inuit and how these two worlds are merging. With the assistance of the locals we introduce you to some of their traditions. The tradition introduced is dependent on the season. These activities include learning how to cook and smoke fish, how to cut and dry it for storage, collecting wild plants and flowers to make tea, feeding the sled dogs with their musher, repairing a fishing net or building a sled. Our local English speaking guide will translate and help you to engage in a conversation with the locals. We conclude this cultural experience with a visit to an Inuit family and a traditional lunch made with local ingredients. After a lovely meal, we sail back to Ilulissat

Flight connections

Flights to Greenland are not included.
Fly to Nuuk via Reykjavík/Iceland or through Kangerlussuaq via Copenhagen/Denmark.
Return flight from 950 EUR per person can be added to your package.

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Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Nuuk - visit of the capital

Today you arrive in Nuuk. Night in Nuuk.

Day 2: Nuuk

You will have the day at leisure Nuuk. You can explore the capital, visit the National Museum and see the mummies found in the north of Greenland, and take a walk at the hold harbour as well as visiting the culture center, Katuaq or join one of the guided excursions we have available in the options. Night in Nuuk.

Day 3: Nuuk - coastal ship departure

You will have the day at leisure Nuuk. In the evening, you will leave Nuuk on board the coastal ship, Sarfaq Ittuk. Night on board.

Day 4: Maniitsoq - Sisimiut

The further north we sail, the higher and steeper the mountains are. Today we will pass the Arctic Circle before we arrive in Sisimiut, which is the most northern town in Greenland free of ice all the year around. Night on board.

Day 5: Aasiaat - Ilulissat

Today, you will arrive in the famous Disko Bay. After a short stop in Aasiaat, we will continue to sail north towards Ilulissat, the town of the icebergs. Shortly before we arrive in Ilulissat, we will pass by the impressive Icefjord, Kangia, filled with enormous icebergs. You will have the afternoon at leisure in Ilulissat to visit the town and enjoy the amazing view of the icebergs. Night in Ilulissat.

Day 6 to 8: Days at leisure in Ilulissat

You will have 3 days to discover the famous Disko Bay. You can explore the beautiful area and the incredible icebergs. You can also check out our guided excursions in the options. Nights in Ilulissat.

Day 9: End of the trip in Ilulissat

Today your trip ends in Ilulissat after unforgettable days in the Arctic.

Schedule Sarfaq Ittuk

10 May - 27 September Day Arrival Departure
Nuuk Friday - 21:00
Maniitsoq Saturday 07:00 08:00
Kangaamiut 11:30 11:45
Sisimiut 19:00 21:00
Aasiaat Sunday 08:00 08:30
Ilulissat 13:00 -

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