Exploring Greenland by sailing boat
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8 days sailing from Kulusuk to the Angmagssalik and Sermilik Fjord area

from 2,950.00 €
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8 days sailing from Kulusuk to the Angmagssalik and Sermilik Fjord area

from 2,950.00 €

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Exploring Greenland by sailing boat
Equipment list Arctic Fjordscapes

8 days sailing from Kulusuk to the Angmagssalik and Sermilik Fjord area

Equipment list Arctic Fjordscapes

8 days sailing from Kulusuk to the Angmagssalik and Sermilik Fjord area

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

Arctic Fjordscapes

8 days sailing from Kulusuk to the Angmagssalik and Sermilik Fjord area

Difficulty level: Moderate from 2,950.00 €

This trip is a truly a once-in-a-lifetime expedition, which brings you to the remotest areas in Greenland. The sailing trip starts from Kulusuk, a small settlement in the mouth of the Angmassalik Fjord and it will bring us to beautiful isolated fjords around the Angmagssalik and Sermilik Fjord. Here you can experience one of the last real places of wilderness on our planet! This is the real Arctic with all its breathtaking beauty and striking scenery, which looks as if it was borrowed from a fairytale.

Our trip will be a mix of stunning sailing, kayaking and hiking trips and is suitable for everyone who is interested in experiencing the magic of Greenland with a comfortable cruise. This trip takes place in early autumn and the northern lights will definitely light up the night sky for us. We can feel the winter approaching and it is quite possible to see a sprinkle of fresh snow on the mountain tops. If you want the full wilderness experience, this trip gets you there!

Rough summary

Day 1:

Kulusuk - Ammassalik Fjord - Tasiilaq

Day 2:

Sermilik Fjord - Johan Petersen Fjord

Day 3:

Exploring Johan Petersen Fjord by kayaking or hiking

Day 4:

Sermilik Fjord

Day 5:

Tiniteqilaq - Ikasagtivaq Sound - Ammassalik Fjord

Day 6:

Sammileq, Tasiilaq or Imiilaa Fjords

Day 7:

Ammassalik Fjord

Day 8:

Sail back to Kulusuk

Prices and dates

Price per person:

2,950.00 Euro

Dates:

September 05, 2019 – September 12, 2019 (available)
September 12, 2019 – September 19, 2019 (available)

Further details

Price includes:

  • nights on board the sailing boat
  • yacht costs
  • services of guides and crew
  • all food whilst onboard (except alcohol)
  • use of wet weather clothing
  • use of sea kayaks

Max. participants:

8

Minimum age:

18

Bring along:

Warm and waterproof outdoor clothing. Please request equipment list.

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 Greenland are not included.
Best way to fly to Kulusuk is via Reykjavík/Iceland.
Return flight from 795 EUR per person can be added to your package.

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Detailed itinerary

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.

Remark

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.

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.