Untouched wilderness - Scoresbysund in Greenland
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July September Guided tour

Scoresbysund Sailing Cruise

8 days sailing in the Scoresbysund in Greenland incl. flights from Keflavik

from €6,800 per person
Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate

This adventure brings us in just 2 hours from Keflavík to the biggest fjord in the world – Scoresby Sound. Join the sturdy schooners Opal or Donna Wood for an amazing expedition where you explore the magnificent nature of Scoresby Sound fjord. The fjord extends 350 km inland and offers spectacular scenery, arctic wildlife and great icebergs.

Rough summary

Day 1:

Flight Reykjavik - Constable Point - Ittoqqortoormiit

Day 2:

Hekla Havn

Day 3:

Føhnfjord - Rødefjord - Harefjord

Day 4:

Hiking around Harefjord

Day 5:

Øfjord - Jyttes Havn

Day 6:


Day 7:

Back to Constable Point

Day 8:

Flight Constable Point - Reykjavik

Prices and dates

Price per person:

€7,500 (2025)


July 24, 2024 – July 31, 2024 (fully booked)
July 31, 2024 – August 7, 2024 (fully booked)
August 14, 2024 – August 21, 2024 (fully booked)
August 21, 2024 – August 28, 2024 (available)
August 28, 2024 – September 4, 2024 (fully booked)
September 4, 2024 – September 11, 2024 (fully booked)
July 23, 2025 – July 30, 2025 (available)
July 30, 2025 – August 6, 2025 (available)
August 6, 2025 – August 13, 2025 (fully booked)
August 13, 2024 – August 20, 2024 (fully booked)
August 20, 2025 – August 27, 2025 (fully booked)
August 27, 2025 – September 3, 2025 (fully booked)
September 3, 2025 – September 10, 2025 (available)

Further details

Price includes:

  • international flight Reykjavik - Constable Point - Reykjavik
  • return transport between airport and harbour in Constable Point
  • accommodation in made up bunk/beds with shared facilities and all meals on board the schooner
  • soft drinks
  • services of the crew
  • hiking excursions (as per itinerary) and arrangements
  • a dinner in Ittoqqortoormiit

Min / max participants:

1 / 12

Minimum age:

16 years


The following is not included in the price: excess baggage charges, laundry charges and personal items, alcoholic beverages (available for extra charge & to be paid upon departure in cash)

Sailing ship Donna Wood

Representing Danish shipbuilding tradition at its very best Donna Wood was originally built as a lighthouse ship but in 1990 the ship underwent massive restoration and was equipped with rigging and sails. Donna Wood is a roomy ship with a deck saloon seating 24 and ample space below deck comfortably accommodating 12 people in 7 cabins equipped with washbasins and closets. The hallway features spacious shared shower facilities and toilets.

Sailing ship Opal

Built at the Bodenwerft in Damgarten, Germany in 1951, she served as a trawler in the Baltic- and North Sea and in the Barents Sea. In 1973 new owners started her restoration. During 8 years until 1981, Opal was converted to the elegant but seaworthy, two masted schooner she is today. She has sailed all over the world, completing several trans-Atlantic crossings, being carefully maintained through the years. Opal has remained with the same owners, until becoming part of the fleet in early 2013. She has undergone restoration and had interior work done to better fit her for the new purpose as an expedition ship. The Opal has six double/twin cabins plus crew facilities. She has three bathrooms, two showers. She comfortably fits 12 passengers, plus her crew.

Sailing ship Tilvera

Constructed in the Netherlands in 2000, Tilvera is a steel ketch that combines beauty and functionality, making it an outstanding vessel for expeditions. Inside, she features a spacious saloon and a cozy deckhouse, both exquisitely furnished to enhance the comfort of her passengers. With a successful track record spanning over two decades of global navigation, Tilvera offers six well-lit and comfortable passenger cabins that accommodate a total of eleven guests. Each cabin is equipped with a roof window, modest closet space, and a wash basin for convenience. Among these, four cabins share communal bathroom facilities, while the two mid-ship cabins benefit from private bathrooms, providing extra privacy and comfort.

Flight connections

Flights to Greenland from Iceland are included.

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Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Reykjavik - Constable point - Ittoqqortoormiit

We fly from the Domestic Airport in Reykjavik to Constable Point in Greenland. Constable Point is a small airfield on the west side of Hurry Inlet in Jameson Land. We embark and get an introduction and a safety briefing by the crew and then sail towards the village of Ittoqqortoormiit. We spend the evening with locals in Ittiqqotoormiit, which is probably the most isolated village in the world. Ittoqqortoormiit was founded in the 1925s by people from Ammassalik. It is the northern most settlement on the east coast of Greenland. The 450 inhabitants make their living mostly by subsistence hunting of seals, narwhales, muskoxen and polar bears. The quaint little houses dot the rocky slopes of south Liverpool Land with magnificent views of Kap Brewster and the Volquart Boons Coast to the south.

Day 2: Sailing in Scoresbysund - Hekla Havn

Sail west between whole palaces of icebergs that gently drift under the influence of the currents in the Arctic waters in the mighty fjord of Scoresbysund, after calving from the parent glaciers originating in the Inland Ice. Anchor at Hekla Havn, on Denmark Ø, the site of an old Inuit settlement and wintering camp of the first scientific expedition to Scoresbysund over a hundred years ago. A short evening walk exploring Hekla Havn, and the surrounding area.

Day 3: Sailing - Føhnfjord/ Rødefjord/ Harefjord

Sail west through the narrow Føhnfjord with the majestic basalt mountains of Gåseland on the port side and 2000 metres high sheer granite cliffs of Milne Land on the Starboard side. After being up close to the peculiar looking Red Island and even landfall at the red sandstone shore the tour continues to the north through Rødefjord which is often filled with both larger icebergs and ice crust from icebergs that are breaking up. We will arrive in Harefjord in the late afternoon where anchors are set for two nights.

Day 4: Hiking around Harefjord

The whole day is spent ashore in Harefjord scouting for muskoxen, snow hares, grouse, geese and other wildlife, which normally graze on the south facing slopes. Between 6 and 7 hours of easy to moderate hiking with a lunch break at the top of a ridge with a breath taking view over Harefjord where the glacier tongues descend into the sea. Those who prefer less exercise can stroll at the coast or stay on board enjoying the view. In the evening the crew will make a bonfire and prepare BBQ at the rocky beach.

Day 5: Sailing - Øfjord/Jyttes Havn

The sailing continues eastwards through the awesome Øfjord. This is one of the most spectacular parts of the trip. Terrific mountain peaks and granite walls tower 200 meters up from the sea just like if the Cerro Torre (one of the majestic mountains of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field in South America) and Fitzroy river (in Queensland, Australia) has been moved to the Arctic: A true feast for the eyes. Usually the sea breeze in the Øfjord during the middle of the day allows sails to be set. Close look at some of the most amazing cliffs and a glacier front. This day ends by setting anchors in Jyttes Havn Bjørneøe in the late afternoon.

Day 6: Hiking around Jytteshavn

The day is spent hiking in and around Jytteshavn in Bear Islands as this is possibly one of the nicest and most picturesque anchorages in Scoresby Sound. There are two options of a longer or shorter hike in the Bear Islands, or on the northernmost tip of Milneland, a short zodiac ride away. Jytteshavn is the place to try your skills at sea swimming at 71°N and temperatures can be as surprising as 13°C in the summertime. In the evening we offer a nice meal on board and then a cosy bonfire on the beach with story telling or singing.

Day 7: Sailing - Back to Constable point

We sailing though the channel between the Bear Islands and Milne land with a breathtaking view of the spectacular archipelago. As we sail into the last evening and night of the trip, it is likely that we will see some of the largest and most fascinating icebergs of the journey and have a fantastic opportunity to photograph these frozen giants. When we wake up the next morning we will have anchored at the airstrip in Constable Point.

Day 8: Sailing - Constable Point - Reykjavik

The last morning we will enjoy a good breakfast together, write in the diary on board and share contact information with each other. Then we will disembark the schooner for the last time and board the aircraft in Constable Point and fly back to Reykjavik Domestic 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 too bright.

What our customers say

The guide, crew and food were all very professional

The voyage through Scoresby exceeded all my expectations. The guide, crew and food were all very professional, and we were able to experience all that Greenland had to offer, including Northern Lights!

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Dennis Shaw (Australia, September 2018)

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