Day 1: Kulusuk - Ammassalik Fjord - Tasiilaq
Around noon we will board the sailing yacht, Aurora. We will sail into the Torssut sound and then into the Ammassalik fjord where we will already spot the first large icebergs on our tour. We will sail over to Kong Oscar’s harbour and visit the small settlement Tasiilaq. Tasiilaq is the largest settlement on the east coast with approx. 2000 inhabitants. We will explore the settlement, the surrounding area and perhaps hike up the beautiful Flower Valley. In the late afternoon we will sail to our first anchorage. We will enjoy a nice dinner before turning in for the night.
Day 2: Sermilik Fjord - Johan Petersen Fjord
Today we will sail 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 will sail across the Sermilik and into the impressive Johan Petersen fjord and anchor there. Several glaciers calve into the fjord, thus we will see gigantic icebergs floating around. In the afternoon we can go hiking or kayaking.
Day 3: Exploring Johan Petersen Fjord
We will spend the day exploring the great Johan Petersen Fjord. We can go hiking and kayaking in the fjord. We can hike to a viewing point where we have a magnificent view of the Greenlandic ice cap. With a little luck we might spot some whales and seals in the fjord.
Day 4: Sermilik Fjord
Sail back across Sermilik Fjord and anchor in a good sheltered spot with a great view of this spectacular ice-fjord. Again there are good options for hikes ashore or paddle on sea kayaks. Note that none of our hikes are on established trails. We may follow traditional routes but we will be walking on un-marked terrain.
Day 5: Tiniteqilaq - Ikasagtivaq Sound - Ammassalik Fjord
We will continue 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. Our expedition continues through the stunning Ikasagtivaq Sound to Ammassalik Fjord. Here we have a an option of heading inland towards the village of Kummiut and the Ikasak sound or to continue exploring Ammassalik island. Option for hiking and/or kayaking in the afternoon.
Day 6: Sammileq, Tasiilaq or Imiilaa Fjords
Today we explore the Sammileq, Tasiilaq or Imiilaa fjords with great hiking along mountain lakes with small calving glaciers and abundance of wild flowers. Another option may be to 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.
Day 7: Ammassalik Fjord
Our last full day will be spent exploring in the Ammassalik fjord with options of hiking or paddling. The day will end when we return to the neighbourhood of Kulusuk where we will anchor for our last night.
Day 8: Sailing back to Kulusuk
Our journey concludes as we return by sail to Kulusuk for return flights to Iceland. We will go ashore in the village in the morning to have a little walk around before making our way to the airport.
The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, thus we cannot guarantee that you will see them during your trip. However, if you are traveling in Greenland from end of August to end of March, chances are good that you will be able to observe them, but best deep in the winter (from mid November to mid March). If you travel in April it is unlikely to see the Northern Lights as days are already to bright.