Greenland Sailing Tour | East Greenland

Join the sturdy sailboat 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.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jul. - Sep.
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Hiking, Whale Watching, Northern Lights, Bird watching, Glacier Watching, Seal spotting, Photography, Arctic Wildlife
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 10:00, 10:20

You meet us at the departure location.
Keflavík International Airport
Included:
  • International flight 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.

  • Optional pre or post tours in Iceland.

  • Alcoholic beverages (available for extra charge & to be paid upon departure with cash money).

  • Laundry charges and items of personal nature.

  • Excess baggage charges.

  • Visas or Individual travel insurance.

  • Airfare to and from Iceland.


What to bring:
  • Practical Clothing - outdoor wear

  • Cosy Clothing - indoor wear


Good to know:

Max 12 passengers for each departure.

Guide: Expert in sailing & wildlife of Greenland.

Duration: 8 days (thus 7 days & 7 nights on board).

Flight information: Keflavík – Constable Point- Keflavík, departure from Keflavík International Airport.

NOTICE:

Terms and conditions for this tour, can be found in the supplier description. Ignore the field '' Terms of service'' above.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival at Constable Point


Greenland Sailing Tour | East Greenland


Depart Keflavík 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.


Day 2 - Sailing West


Greenland Sailing Tour | East Greenland


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.


Day 3 - Mountains of Gåseland


Greenland Sailing Tour | East Greenland


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 - Harefjord


Greenland Sailing Tour | East Greenland


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 - Øfjord


Greenland Sailing Tour | East Greenland


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 - Jytteshavn in Bear Islands


Greenland Sailing Tour | East Greenland


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 - Bear Islands and Milne land


Greenland Sailing Tour | East Greenland


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 at the airstrip in Constable Point.


Day 8 - Back to Constable Point


Greenland Sailing Tour | East Greenland


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.


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