-Expedition Greenland 23- Iceland to South Greenland

52,500 NOK

juli 1 - 11. juli 2023

11 days

Ísafjörður (Iceland) - Narssarsuaq (Greenland): This is the kinder-egg leg filled with both ocean crossing over the Denmark-Strait to Greenland, coastal sailing down the eastern coast and also inshore sailing in the fjords in the south-west. After 4-5 days at sea we should approach the mouth of Prince Christianssund, turn to 270 degrees and calm down in sheltered waters with trips ashore, fishing, hot springs and good food. We will also go into the well known Tasermiut-fjord.

We start with the crossing of the Denmark Strait from Iceland towards the jagged coast of East Greenland.


After 4-5 days at sea we should approach the mouth of Prince Christianssund, turn to 270 degrees and calm down in sheltered waters with trips ashore, fishing, hot springs and good food. We will also go into the well known Tasermiut-fjord.


The final destination for this leg is the village Qaqortoq from where our Greenlandic crewmembers in SeilNorge grew up. The last day we anchor in Narssarsuaq and here the aiport-shuttle will be our dinghy.


This particular leg we do in the spirit of the two norwegians Hans H. Engebrigtsen and Alf Sundt Jacobsen who fled from Norway during late summer 1940, in order to educate as pilots at camp “little-Norway” in Canada. Their journey went via Svalbard and rowing around the south Cape of Greenland.


 


From SeilNorge we will be 2-3 skippers and crew, of which all are great sailors, and of which at least one of us has solid experience from similar expeditions.  We will work as guides and polar bear guards when we are ashore in the terrain. Along the way, sailing or on motor, we will include all participants in the sailing. We will generally sail at all times of the day, and everyone onboard will be running watches of 4 hours on and 8 hours off.


It's not just any sailboat we use on this trip, but our 70-feet expedition boat Valiente. She is a very steady and comfortable boat built in steel, made for sailing in arctic waters. The boat is well equipped and has a large outdoor area, a wheelhouse and a 360-degree-view lounge. For pictures and more info about Valiente see link here.


This expedition is like our other adventures, primarily a major exploration, but also a great opportunity to learn a lot about sailing and navigation, and not least the use of a boat as a starting point for explorations and experiences ashore. Are you ready for the summer's expedition from Iceland to Greenland?


 


We recommend all participants to remain a couple of days extra in Greenland, as there’s a lot to see and do here. We’ll send out tips and info on activities and accommodation to all participants.


 


The Arctic is a vulnerable area under pressure from people and climate change. In SeilNorge we are committed to taking care of the environment as much as possible and we believe that small boats with few people and little pollution and waste are much less harmful to the environment, climate and local wildlife, than larger boats and cruise ships. We also try to gather garbage at the places we visit, instead of leaving something behind. On Svalbard and Greenland we follow AECO's guidelines for encounters with wildlife, beach cleaning, cultural heritage sites and for arctic operators. More about AECO's guidelines can be read here. https://www.aeco.no/guidelines/


This longer expedition to Greenland is a dream we’ve had for a long time. Last year we had to postpone - this year we set sail with our new expedition boat, the S/Y Valiente!
The sailing plan is ready, inspired by a small piece of WWII and family history.
Many have already showed their interest for the different legs so this will be very exciting!

Emil, SeilNorge

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