Heading into the fjords of East Greenland
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15 day sailboat expedition to and in East Greenland

from 5,750.00 €
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15 day sailboat expedition to and in East Greenland

from 5,750.00 €

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Heading into the fjords of East Greenland
Equipment list Forbidden Coast

15 day sailboat expedition to and in East Greenland

Equipment list Forbidden Coast

15 day sailboat expedition to and in East Greenland

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.

It is important to have non marking sailing boots or regular rubber boots. Fine thread will grip the deck better when wet than deep thread. No need to buy something expensive here.You can find nice rubber boots/wellingtons in gardening stores or boat chandleries that do not cost too much. Just make sure you can wear thick socks.

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 down jacket
  • 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.

  • pair of warm mittens
  • casual clothes for happy hour!
  • 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.

  • boat shoes or slippers for below decks

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.

  • backpack (30L to 40L)
  • sleeping bag, comfortable to +5°C (40F)
  • 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.

  • headlamp
  • sun protection including dark sunglasses
  • swim suits and towels
  • ear plugs
  • personal medical kit to include personal medication, band aids, throat lozenges, sea-sickness tablets
  • water container, bottle or thermos (0,5 -1 litre)

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

Guided tour

Forbidden Coast

15 day sailboat expedition to and in East Greenland

Difficulty level: Challenging from 5,750.00 €

The stretch of coast between Angmagssalik and Scoresby Sound is considered one of the most difficult in Greenland. In much of this area the mountains rise almost vertically from the sea to form a narrow bulwark, with rifts through which active glaciers discharge great quantities of ice. Here you find the highest mountains in the Arctic and some of the longest and most ice-filled fjords - here the polar bear and narwal rule unchallenged. This is a place that only a few hardy adventurers in the annals of Arctic exploration have ever dared to challenge.

Our crew has been exploring this area for many years and we are doing one exclusive expedition to this spectacular place – only nine seats will be available. We will sail from Isafjordur in north west Iceland on our sturdy expedition yacht AURORA, cross the Denmark Strait and make landfall on the southern edge of the Blosseville coast. From here we will make our way south to the Angmagssalik area and visit many beautiful locations on the way such as Nansen fjord, Kangerdlugssuaq fjord, Nigertuluk and Kangertigtivatsiaq fjords. Each night we will stay in a safe anchorage and there will always be oportunities to explore the areas by foot or by kayak. The trip will end in the village of Kulusuk where our guests will catch their flight back to Reykjavik. This is an expedition suitable for anyone looking for a true adventure off the beaten path.

Rough summary

Day 1:

Isafjörður / Denmark Strait

Day 2:

Denmark Strait

Day 3:

Søkongen Island - Watkins Mountains

Day 4-5:

Mikis Fjord

Day 6:

Kangerdlussuaq Fjord

Day 7-9:

Kangerdlussuaq Fjord

Day 10:

Kap SM Jørgensen and Kap Dechmann

Day 11:

Nigertuluk Fjord

Day 12:

Kangertigtivatsiaq Fjord

Day 13:

Storø to Smalsund - Sermiligaq

Day 14:

Sermiligaq to Kulusuk

Day 15:

Kulusuk

Prices and dates

Price per person:

5,750.00 Euro

Dates:

July 27, 2019 – August 10, 2019 (fully booked)

Further details

Price includes:

  • yacht costs
  • services of guides and crew
  • all food whilst onboard (except alcohol)
  • use of wet weather clothing
  • use of sea kayaks

Price does not include:

  • international and domestic flights from/to Iceland/Greenland
  • accommodation in Kulusuk
  • personal clothing and equipment as recommended per equipment list
  • personal insurance
  • any costs incurred through missed or delayed flights

Max. participants:

8

Minimum age:

18

Expedition Sailboat Aurora

The sailboat is a 60 foot sloop built by Colvic Craft in the UK in 1996. She was designed by David Pedrick for the Clipper Round the World Race and has been raced around the world four times.

AURORA’s previous owner, Clipper Ventures was founded by the legendary sailor, Sir Robin Knox- Johnston, who in 1969 became the first person to singlehandedly sail around the world non-stop. Sir Robin was in Ísafjörður on the sailboat (then named Antiope Clipper) in the summer of 2005, together with Sir Chris Bonington and other friends, en route to Greenland. Over some chicken curry and beer on-board, we decided to fulfill an old dream and buy the boat! Accommodation is seamanlike—simple and utilitarian—but the vessel is very sturdy and spacious.There are ten single berths, one of which can be turned into a double. Sleeping bags are required for this expedition. The sailboat has good heaters, hot and cold water, good galley and spacious communal areas, two heads (toilets) and one shower. There is 220V electricity to charge batteries and other electronic devices. The vessel was initially fitted out for 15 crew, but can now accommodate 12 people— 2 crew and 10 guests. The boat is equipped according to strict Icelandic regulations in regards to emergency equipment.

Flight connections

Flights to Isafjörður and back from Greenland are not included.
Return flight from 795 EUR per person can be added to your package.

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Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Isafjörður / Denmark Strait

Departure from Isafjordur at 19:00 with our expedition sail boat AURORA. Weather permitting we will start the crossing of Denmark Strait which should take approximately 32 hours. If the weather is rough on the strait or sea-ice conditions are difficult we will stay in the beautiful sheltered fjords of the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve and do some hiking and/or kayaking there.

Day 2: Denmark Strait

Crossing the Denmark Strait. We will be at sea and should start seeing the mountains of Greenland in the afternoon. Also we will keep a sharp lookout for icebergs that are always present in the area. Dolphins and whales are likely to be following us.

Day 3: Søkongen Island - Watkins Mountains

Arrival in Greenland in the early morning. We will attempt landfall at Søkongen Island on the south side of Nansen fjord. The great Christian IV glacier calves into Nansen fjord and it is quite often full of ice bergs. This is prime area for Polar Bears and we will keep our eyes open to look for them. The Watkins Mountains and the highest peak in the Arctic, Gunnbjornsfjeld (3693 m) line the horizon. Depending on the ice conditions we will try to find an anchorage there for the night.

Day 4-5: Mikis Fjord

Move to Mikis fjord and anchor there. Here is an option to hike into the flower-filled Sødalen valley and perhaps look for gold and platinum in the creeks and rivers of the Skærgård intrusion (just found a few years ago by a geologic expedition). In Mikis fjord are also long-abandoned Inuit ruins that allude to a time when the Dorset culture populated the NE coast.

Day 6: Kangerdlussuaq Fjord

Move to the great Kangerlugssuaq fjord (“Big fjord”). The AURORA will anchor in Suhaili bugt. This is a very sheltered anchorage where Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and Sir Chris Bonington anchored the Suhaili when they attempted to climb the Cathedral peak in 1991. This will be our base camp for the next few days...

Day 7-9: Kangerdlussuaq Fjord

Here we have many options of hikes and kayak-tours. We can paddle over to the abandoned Skærgård Inuit settlement and explore the Uttendal sound towards the ice-filled Watkins fjord. We can also hike the hills of Kræmer island where there is fantastic view of the surrounding fjords, mountains and glaciers.To the Ammassalik people, Kangerdlugssuaq has always been regarded as an especially rich hunting ground – a kind of Arctic Shangri-La that can be reached only with difficulty in small skiffs. Modern-day attempts to colonize Kangerdlugssuaq date from 1966, when several families from Tasiilaq over-wintered in the remains of an old American weather station and expedition houses from the 1930s. They reported a very good hunting season: 35 polar bears, 62 narwhals and some 2100 seals! But because of the daunting access to the area, colonization attempts were abandoned and Kangerdlugssuaq was left to revert again to wilderness. The Kangerdlugssuaq Fjord is bar-none the wildest coastal landscape in Greenland. The Lemon Mountain range – one of Greenland’s highest --lies just north of the fjord. This vast mountain range with compact alpine peaks offers endless opportunities for mountaineering, with many unclimbed peaks up to 2,600 meters. In addition, just 50 to 80km north and east of Södalen is the Lindbergh Range, with unclimbed peaks to 3,200 meters and magnificent views over the vast Greenland Ice Cap. Farther west are the Kangerdlugssuaq Mountains, an expansive realm of alpine granite and gneiss peaks rising to 2,600 meters. This range comprises the single largest region of unclimbed summits in Greenland. To the northeast are the Watkins Mountains with Gunnbjorns Fjeld (3.693m), the highest peak in the Arctic. In all, this range contains the 10 highest mountains in the High Arctic – a stunning collection of peaks virtually unknown to the outside world.

Day 10: Kap SM Jørgensen and Kap Dechmann

We will head out of Kangerdlugssuaq fjord and make our way south. This area is thus described in the British Admiralty Arctic Pilot: “The stretch of coast between Kap SM Jørgensen and Kap Dechmann, 90 miles NE, is considered one of the most difficult in Greenland; the mountains rise almost vertically from the sea to form a narrow bulwark, with rifts through which active glaciers discharge quantities of ice, while numerous off-lying islets and rocks make navigation hazardous”.

Day 11: Nigertuluk Fjord

On the way south we will try to explore new areas and then make our way into Nigertuluk fjord. Here are two large calving glaciers, a sandy beach and a beautiful mountain lake. All in all a fantastic playground for hiking and kayaking.

Day 12: Kangertigtivatsiaq Fjord

Today we move over the Kangertigtivatsiaq fjord which has been thus described by Chapman of the British Arctic Air Route expedition of 1930-1931: „The scenery here was magnificent. A short branch fjord to the N terminated in a huge glacier, while the longer main fjord was flanked by great needle-peaked mountains, between 1800 – 2000 m high. There are hanging glaciers precariously balanced on the steep hillsides and other glaciers coming right down to the sea. At the head of the fjord, away in the distance, was a superb pinnacled mountain, reminiscent of St. Paul ́s Cathedral; this was Ingolfs fjeld.”

Day 13: Storø to Smalsund - Sermiligaq

Sail further south in a little-explored territory, Depot-sound, pass the Idrac Glacier, behind Fladøerne island and through Smalsund. From here onwards to Sermiligaq where we will anchor for the night.

Day 14: Sermiligaq to Kulusuk

We will sail into Sermiligaq fjord and enter Ikasaq sound. Here we will make a short stop at the abandoned WW2 military base of Bluie East 2. From here we will continue over to Angmagssalik fjord and anchor off Kulusuk village in the afternoon.

Day 15: Kulusuk

We will go ashore and visit the village of Kulusuk. Guests will leave us here and catch their flight back to Iceland or continue with their own further exploration of Greenland.

All adventure trips are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Greenland Tours does not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realise that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.