Sailing Scoresby Sund

from £3909
excluding flights *
7–11 nights Aug-Sep, Jul

Overview

The great fjord system of East Greenland’s Scoresby Sund extends 350 kilometres inland and boasts truly spectacular scenery. This is the world's longest and widest fjord and this sailing holiday offers the perfect way to explore the landscape and truly experience the tranquil beauty of Greenland.

Highlights

  • cruise the calm waters of Scoresby Sund and explore the fjord system   
  • marvel at spectacular gorges with sheer cliffs plummeting to depths of more than 3000 metres   
  • visit the tiny village of Ittoqqortoormiit, the most northerly settlement on Greenland’s east coast, home to just 500 inhabitants - a day here will provide a real insight into the Arctic way of life

What's Included

  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • Shore landings & Zodiac cruises
  • Experienced Expedition Team
  • Presentations on board

Full description

This fabulous itinerary provides the chance to experience the beautiful and remote Arctic aboard the traditional schooners 'Opal', 'Hildur' and the 'S/V Rembrandt van Rijn'. These elegant two and three masted wooden vesselsallow for a more intimate exploration of the spectacular Greenland coast, with a maximum of just 10 passengers (plus crew) on the Hildur, 12 passengers (plus crew) on the Opal and 33 passengers (plus crew) on the S/S Rembrandt van Rijn, travelling under billowing sails for a true sense of polar adventure.

If you would prefer to travel in a little more comfort and have a bit more space to move around, there are also alternative itineraries on board the expedition ships 'M/V Plancius' and 'Sea Spirit'.

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Prices & Dates *

Offers

Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

2018 Season - prices are per person, based on a twin cabin

Departure Duration Vessel Activities Twin Price (pp)
18 Jul 2018 8 days Opal £4,789
25 Jul 2018 8 days Opal £4,789
01 Aug 2018 8 days Opal £4,789
22 Aug 2018 8 days Hildur £4,789
25 Aug 2018 12 days S/V Rembrandt van Rijn £4,498
12 Sep 2018 8 days Hildur £4,789
13 Sep 2018 12 days Sea Spirit £5,989
18 Sep 2018 8 days M/V Plancius £3,909

2019 Season - prices are per person, based on a twin cabin

Departure Duration Vessel Activities Prices from
06 Sep 2019 11 nights Sea Spirit £6,458
15 Sep 2019 11 nights Sea Spirit £6,458
17 Sep 2019 9 nights MV Hondius £4,818

Activity Key:
Kayaking

Diving

What's Included

  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • Tea & coffee available around the clock
  • All Zodiac transfers, cruising & shore landings
  • Presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance

NOTES

  • A pre-voyage night in a hotel in Reykjavik, an expedition jacket (to keep) and rubber boots (for the duration of the voyage) are provided on the Sea Spirit only.

Please contact us for full details and to discuss the options best for you.

Itinerary & Vessels

Itinerary & Vessels

Day 1: Keflavik - Constable Point - Ittoqqortoormiit

Depart Reykjavík for a flight to Constable Point in Greenland, a small airfield west of Hurry Inlet in Jameson Land. Embark the sailboat and get an introduction and a safety briefing by the crew before sailing towards the village of Ittoqqortoormiit, one of the most isolated villages in the world. There will be a brief visit, where passengers are able to stroll around and experience the tranquility associated with its remoteness.

Day 2: Ittoqqortoormiit - Hekla Havn

Sail west between magnificent icebergs that drift down the Hall Basin after calving from the 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. Enjoy a short evening walk to explore Hekla Havn and the surrounding area.

Day 3: Hekla Havn - Harefjord

Sail west through the narrow Føhnfjord with the majestic basalt mountains of Gåseland on the port side and 2000 metre high sheer granite cliffs of Milne Land on the starboard side. After being up close to the peculiar looking Red Island, 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. You will arrive in Harefjord in the late afternoon where anchors are set.

Day 4: Harefjord

Spend a whole day ashore in Harefjord scouting for muskoxen, snow hares, grouse, geese and other wildlife, which normally graze on the south facing slopes. You can choose to join an easy to moderate hike (approx 6-7 hours) with a lunch break at the top of a ridge offering breath-taking views 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: Harefjord - 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 2000 metres up from the sea. A true feast for the eyes. Usually, the sea breeze in the Øfjord during the middle of the day allows sails to be set. This day ends by setting anchor in Jyttes Havn in the late afternoon.

Day 6: Jyttes Havn

The day is spent hiking in and around Jyttes Havn in Bear Islands - one of the most picturesque anchorages in Scoresby Sound. There is a choice of a longer or shorter hike in the Bear Islands, or on the northernmost tip of Milneland, a short zodiac ride away. Jyttes Havn 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: Jyttes Havn - Constable Point

Sail the channel between the Bear Islands and Milne land with a breathtaking view of the spectacular archipelago. Witness some of the largest and the most fascinating icebergs of the journey. When you wake up the next morning, the boat will be anchored at the at the airstrip in Constable Point.

Day 8: Constable Point - Keflavik

After a final breakfast on board, disembark the vessel and board the aircraft in Constable Point for your flight back to Keflavik.

M/V Plancius

Antarctica

Type: Expedition Ship

This ship was completely rebuilt as a 116-passenger vessel in 2009.

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Opal

Type: Sailing Ship

Built at Bodenwerft in Germany in 1951, the Opal served for many years as a trawler in the Baltic, North and Barents Seas.

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S/V Rembrandt van Rijn

Type: Sailing Ship

The S/V ‘Rembrandt Van Rijn’ was originally built as a herring lugger in the early 1900s.

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Sea Spirit

Antarctica

Type: Expedition Ship

This all suite vessel couples adventure with supreme comfort and style. Carrying 114 passengers it is one of the most spacious and luxurious expedition vessels currently operating.

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