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8 days - Sailing expedition on sturdy Icelandic oak fishing boats to Scoresby Sund.

Join the sturdy sailboats, Donna Wood or schooner Opal for an amazing expedition where you explore the magnificent nature of Greenland in Scoresby Sound fjord. The fjord extends 350 km inland and offers spectacular scenery and tranquil surroundings. The preservation of Icelandic oak fishing-boats serves you well.

With only 12 fellow adventures and with no Wi-Fi, take a step out of the modern world with our passionate hosts, to experience something truly magnificent.

Day 1
Depart Iceland with private charter to NE Greenland
Day 2
Palace of icebergs in Scoresby Sund
Day 3
Uluru like red rock monuments beside massive icebergs..
Day 4
A day ashore scouting for muskoxen, snow hares, grouse, geese and wildlife
Day 5
Terrific mountain peaks and granite walls tower above your Icelandic fishing boat
Day 6
Hiking, Arctic sea swimming and zodiac rides
Day 7
Bear Islands and Milne land with a breathtaking view of the spectacular archipelago
Day 8
Return to Iceland
Start/End Place
Reykjavik, Iceland
Countries Visited
Iceland
Greenland
Duration
8 Days
Suitability
Easy independent voyage suitable for singles & couples
Code
GST001

Details

Transportation

Traditional wooden Icelandic fishing boats, which have been carefully restored and adapted to a new role without compromising their original character. All the boats undergo strict inspection and are approved by Lloyd's Register.

Schooner 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. 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.

Donna Wood:

A beautiful two mast oak ship Donna Wood built in 1918. 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.

Included
  • International flight between Keflavík - Constable Point - Keflavík
  • Return transport between airport and harbour in Constable Point
  • Accommodation in made up bunk/beds with shared facilities and all meals on board the sailing ship
  • Soft drinks, services of the crew, hiking excursions (as per itinerary) and arrangements
  • 1 x dinner in Ittoqqortoormiit
  • Expert guide in sailing and wildlife of Greenland
Not Included
  • Airfare to and from Iceland.
  • Visas or Individual travel insurance.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Laundry charges and items of personal nature.
  • Alcoholic beverages (available for extra charge & to be paid upon departure with cash money).
  • Optional pre or post tours in Iceland

Itinerary

Day 1 - Depart Iceland with private charter to NE Greenland

Depart Keflavík (Rekjavik airport) for a flight to Constable Point in Greenland, a small airfield on the west side of Hurry Inlet in Jameson Land. Embark the Schooner and get an introduction and a safety briefing by the crew and then sail towards the village of Ittoqqortoormiit where the evening is spent with locals in perhaps the most isolated village of the world.

Ittoqqortoormiit was founded in the 1925s by people from Ammassalik island. It is the most northerly settlement on the east coast of Greenland. The 450 inhabitants make their living mostly by subsistence hunting of seals, Narwhale, Muskoxen and Polar Bear. 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.

Meals
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Donna Wood or Opal

Day 2 - Palace of icebergs in Scoresby Sund

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 Scoresby Sound, 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 Scoresby Sound over a hundred years ago. A short evening walk exploring Hekla Havn, and the surrounding area.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Donna Wood or Opal

Day 3 - Uluru like red rock monuments beside massive icebergs..

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.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Donna Wood or Opal

Day 4 - A day ashore scouting for muskoxen, snow hares, grouse, geese and wildlife

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.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner

Day 5 - Terrific mountain peaks and granite walls tower above your Icelandic fishing boat

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.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Donna Wood or Opal

Day 6 - Hiking, Arctic sea swimming and zodiac rides

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.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Donna Wood or Opal

Day 7 - Bear Islands and Milne land with a breathtaking view of the spectacular archipelago

Sailing 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‘ll be experiencing sights of the largest and the most fascinating icebergs of the journey. This provides a fantastic opportunity for photographs of the majestic and impressive icebergs that are often found in this particular area. When we wake up the next morning we are anchored at the airstrip in Constable Point.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Donna Wood or Opal

Day 8 - Return to Iceland

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 Keflavík Iceland.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Dates & Prices

Price per person. Books out early. Waitlist for 2020.

Dates
Start Date
End Date
Price
Status
Accommodation
7 Aug 2019
14 Aug 2019
7 Aug 2019
14 Aug 2019
EUR 5,800
Limited availability
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NOTE! Max 12 passengers for each departure.

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