-Expedition Greenland 24- From South Greenland to Iceland

52,500 NOK

september 2 - 12. september 2024

11 days

Narsarsuaq (Greenland) - Reykjavik (Iceland): We spend the first days in the magnificent fjords in the south, before we prepare ourselves and the boat for the crossing over to Iceland. The weather will be a bit cooler and autumnal now. The days will be shorter and we can expect more wind and weather. Hence for this leg and the next we expect proper ocean sailing and good progress, and there will be plenty of opportunities to learn more about sailing and offshore sailing. Everyone on board will be part of the crew running the boat; you will be challenged with navigation, sail trimming, cooking and seamanship, both in daylight and during night. We aim to arrive in Iceland in due time so we can look around, eat and relax a bit before the boat continues further on towards Norway.

We start this leg with exploring the majestic landscapes, towering peaks, deep fjords and huge ice bergs of Southern Greenland. After a little week of enjoying these areas, sailing inshore in sheltered waters, hiked, fished, learned about the local culture and traditions and relaxed; we reach Prins Christianssund. From here we have a propper ocean crossing ahead of us, over the Denmark Strait. We aim more or less straight at the south-western tip of Iceland andReykjavik. Depending on the weather we spend around 4-6 days on the crossing back towards homely waters.

The final destination for this leg is the capitol on the valcanic fairytale island of Iceland. 

This particular leg we also 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/Iceland, 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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