8 days sailing from Kulusuk to the Angmagssalik and Sermilik Fjord area
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!
Kulusuk - Ammassalik Fjord - Tasiilaq
Sermilik Fjord - Johan Petersen Fjord
Exploring Johan Petersen Fjord by kayaking or hiking
Tiniteqilaq - Ikasagtivaq Sound - Ammassalik Fjord
Sammileq, Tasiilaq or Imiilaa Fjords
Sail back to Kulusuk
Prices and dates
Price per person:
September 05, 2019 – September 12, 2019 (available)
September 12, 2019 – September 19, 2019 (available)
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.