Untouched wilderness - Scoresbysund in Greenland
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8 days sailing in the Scoresbysund in Greenland

from 5,800.00 €
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8 days sailing in the Scoresbysund in Greenland

from 5,800.00 €

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Untouched wilderness - Scoresbysund in Greenland
Equipment list Scoresbysund Sailing Cruise

8 days sailing in the Scoresbysund in Greenland

Equipment list Scoresbysund Sailing Cruise

8 days sailing in the Scoresbysund in 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.

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 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.

  • warm down jacket
  • 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)
  • sun protection including dark sunglasses
  • 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 container, bottle or thermos (0,5 -1 litre)
  • 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
  • swim suits and towels
  • ear plugs
  • personal medical kit to include personal medication, band aids, throat lozenges, sea-sickness tablets
  • toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap)

What we provide

  • bed linen

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

Guided tour

Scoresbysund Sailing Cruise

8 days sailing in the Scoresbysund in Greenland

Difficulty level: Easy-Moderate from 5,800.00 €

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:

Jytteshavn

Day 7:

Back to Constable Point

Day 8:

Flight Constable Point - Reykjavik

Prices and dates

Price per person:

5,800.00 Euro

Dates:

July 24, 2019 – July 31, 2019 (fully booked)
July 31, 2019 – August 07, 2019 (fully booked)
August 07, 2019 – August 14, 2019 (guaranteed)
August 14, 2019 – August 21, 2019 (fully booked)
August 21, 2019 – August 28, 2019 (fully booked)
September 04, 2019 – September 11, 2019 (fully booked)
September 11, 2019 – September 18, 2019 (fully booked)

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:

12 years

Remarks:

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.

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. Ee 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.

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 too 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.