The East Greenland cruise

We sail parallel of the magnificent East Greenland coast. In Umivik we will follow for a short distance, the footsteps of Nansen, crossing of the Greenland ice-cap in 1888. We will find warm springs in Unartoq. A visit at Isortoq will show us the locals still living the traditional life. And we go to Tasiilaq where Europeans first met the Inuit’s at the end of the 19th century.

Arctic cruise map

As trip highlights:

  • Discover Kulusuk, the gateway to East Greenland.
  • Sailing the coast of East Greenland.
  • Visit Umivik, where Nansen began his crossing expedition of the Greenland ice-cap.
  • Be impressed by the fiord landscape similar to Antarctica.
  • Enjoy steep glaciers.
  • Cultural visits to Inuit settlements such as Isortoq, Tasiilaq...
  • Daily disembarking excursions aboard zodiac boat.
  • Discover East Greenland’s wildlife, vegetation, geography and history.
  • Sighting of local fauna such as whales and seals.
  • Witnessing northern lights, the “Dance of the Sky”, from one of the world’s most special areas, since mid August.

 

Day 1. Arrival to Kulusuk and embarkation in the vessel

Flight Reykjavik (domestic airport) – Kulusuk. Kulususk is considered as the gateway to East Greenland. It’s settled by 250 residents and was previously known by the Danish name, Kap Dan. Free time to discover Kulusuk by your own.

Hiking trips make the town accessible along gravel roads which connect the airport with the settlement and even continue on up to a nearby hill, the 300 meter tall Isikajia Mountain. From the top of the hill there is a great view of the Denmark Strait, icebergs, the fjord system, Tasiilaq island and much of the area's jagged coastline. In the settlement itself there is a focus on offering cultural events such as meetings with local story tellers and kayakers, guided tours, lectures in the renovated church building, traditional East Greenlandic drum dancing, and visits to the renowned artists in Kulusuk, highly lauded for their Tupilak figurines.

In the late afternoon, we will embark the vessel s/v Rembrandt van Rijn.

Days 2 to 6: In Umivik we will follow Nansen for a very short distance in his steps towards to and on the Greenland ice-cap

After sailing parallel to the magnificent coast of East Greenland we reach Umivik, where Nansen began his crossing of the Greenland ice-cap in 1888. We will follow a very short distance in his steps towards and on the Greenland ice-cap. From there we work our way in inshore waters into some fjords back to the north sailing into Køge Bugt a landscape which is similar to Antarctica.

We will also sail into Unartoq, where we find warm springs and land at Husryggen, a vegetated area. Isortoq is an East Greenland outpost, where the people still live a traditional life on an island near the foot of the Greenlandic ice-cap, which descends here to the sea. We will see how far we can get into the famous Sermilik Fjord and Johan Petersen Fjord with its steep glaciers.

Day 7: Arrival to Tasiilaq

We will visit Tasiilaq, formerly known as Ammassalik. This is the centre of East Greenland. Tasiilaq (about 2000 inhabitants) is the centre of East Greenland, and has a museum. In this area the first contacts between Europeans and Inuit population, dated from the end of the 19th century.

Day 8: End of the sailing trip in Kulusuk

This is the final day in Greenland. We will disembark the ship in the morning in Kulusuk.

Flight way back from Kulusuk to Reykjavik.

 

 

 

 

Prices 2017:

Triple Private Porthole

19.668 dkk (2.740 €) From Reykjavik and per traveller, shared cabin

Twin Private Inside

21.158 dkk (2.940 €) From Reykjavik and per traveller, shared cabin

32.839,60 dkk (4.508 €) From Reykjavik, single use cabin

Twin Private Porthole

23.095 dkk (3.200 €) From Reykjavik and per traveller, shared cabin

36.132,50 dkk (4.950 €) From Reykjavik, single use cabin

N. B. Note that prices may change if air companies and our providers increase their services. However, we are making our best in order to keep the same prices as 2016.

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From (date) To (date) Departure Price in Euros Availability
Aug 22, 2017Aug 29, 2017From Iceland€2640Available
Aug 29, 2017Sep 05, 2017From Iceland€2640Available

You must be in good general health and you should be able to walk several hours per day. The expedition is ship-based and physically not very demanding. Although we spend as much time as possible ashore, you are welcome to remain aboard the ship if you like. To join most excursions, you must be able to get up and down the steep gangway from the ship to the water level to board the Zodiacs. Staff will assist you in and out of the boats. This will become progressively easier with practice. Ashore it can be slippery and rocky. You are travelling in remote areas without access to sophisticated medical facilities, so you must not join this expedition if you have a life-threatening condition, or need daily medical treatment.

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Our commitments

Environmental sustainability. We believe in a responsible tourism with unspoilt nature of Greenland, so all our trips are planned to have the least possible impact on the environment.

Safety. All our guides are expert about Greenland and know when either it is or it is not convinient to carry out an activity. Our safety records are unmatchable.

Local population. Our Inuit Climate Change Patrol   ensures the maintanance of Inuit traditions by involving local people in utilization of a sustainable tourism.

Inuit Windsled 

To collaborate in the deepest knowledge of the most unfamiliar places on the planet and do so without affecting ecosystems. This is the philosophy that marks the Inuit Windsled Project, the only totally ecological vehicle designed for research in Polar lands.

Based on the ancient knowledge of the Inuit peoples, the Windsled developers have managed to create a means of transportation that combines tradition with modern means through kites that harness aeolian energy.

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Inuit Climate Change Patrol;

In Thule today sled dogs are still used and the inhabitants go in search of their livelihood in cloth-lined kayaks, but we are witnessing the last generation of true Inuit hunters. Most of these people are between 45 and 60 years old and the next generation aren’t continuing in these traditions… Are we witnessing  the last dynasty of the Kings of Thule?  

This fear is the germ of the Inuit Climate Change Patrol, current project led by Ramon Larramendi (founder of Greenland.net)

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