East of the great glacier; From Iceland to Greenland with Alma

52,500 NOK

august 20 - 30. august 2023

11 days

One of the most inaccessible places in the world is East Greenland. Sea ice covering the coast for up to 10 months a year blocks the way from the east, and Greenland’s enormous ice cap blocks the way from the west. This is an untouched and solemnly visited area, where we find completely unique landscapes and undisturbed wildlife. On this expedition we also get a feeling of big ocean sailing on our way to and from Iceland.

On this expedition we get to feel Greenland's greatness. We will spend several days among the fjords, mountains, and glaciers along the northeast coast. This is an area very few have been before us and we will be far from civilization and truly alone. We must be careful and maneuver slowly, but we will also get to experience some of the most spectacular landscapes in the world. In these waters at this time of year we no longer have the full midnight sun, but it will be quite bright even at nighttime, which is always a good starting point for an adventure trip.

After crossing the Danish straight from Iceland, we arrive at the inlet of Scoresbysound (Kangertittivaq). This is the world’s largest fjord system, made up of glaciers, mountains, and smaller fjords. Here there is a lot to see and discover. At the entrance to the sound we also find the northernmost settlement of Greenland’s east coast: Ittoqqortoormiit, which has just over 400 inhabitants.

We will really get the chance to explore Scoresbysound on this trip. We plan to sail around the large inland island called Milne Land. Here we will pass historic places such as Hekla Harbor, and we will experience unique landscapes like Øfjord and Bjørneøene. Perhaps we will even reach all the way up to the Northwest Fjord and the Stauniger Alps. Weather permitting, we will take plenty of time to go ashore and explore the most beautiful places.

After almost a whole week of exploring east Greenland and Scoresbysound, we hoist our sails again and set course back towards Iceland and the port city of Ísafjörður. The crossing takes around 2 days, and weather permitting we will take a trip on land on Iceland’s Westfjords to celebrate a successful and unforgettable expedition!

From SeilNorge we will be skipper, co-skipper and guide/crew onboard. All of whom are great sailors, and at least one of whom 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 the newest addition to our fleet: Hardagerjakta Alma. This slightly smaller replica of Amundsen’s well-known expedition ship “Gjøa” is a newly built traditional sailboat. She is a very solid 52-foot boat which weighs 45 tons, and has plenty of deck space to enjoy the views of Greenland’s mountain peaks, glaciers, and icebergs. Comfort on board is ensured by spacious below deck areas with central heating, a social galley midships, and cozy beds with warm duvets and pillows. For photos and more information about Alma, check this link.

This expedition, like our other longer trips, is first and foremost a great voyage of discovery, but also an excellent opportunity to learn about sailing and navigation. Using the boat as a starting point for discoveries and experiences ensures a truly unique experience. Are you ready for the summer’s big expedition to Greenland

The Arctic is a vulnerable area which is under pressures from humans and the changing climate. At SeilNorge, we are concerned with 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 clean up rubbish and waste in the places we visit, instead of leaving anything behind. In Svalbard and Greenland, we follow AECO’s guidelines for encounters with wildlife, beach cleaning, and cultural heritage sites. You can read more about AECO’s guidelines here.

Great program, nice atmosphere, fantastic nature experiences, professional and skilled skipper and co-skipper that involve the crew in a good way. Memories for life with great people in a good atmosphere”


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