Leg 1 – 11 – 22 August 2018
Day 1-5 – Longyearbyen to Jan Mayen
Our first leg will go offshore from Svalbard southbound towards the Greenland-ocean. Depending on the weather, we might spend 3-7 days on this leg of the trip, most likely we’ll spend around 5 days. Reaching Jan Mayen, we will be met by the only active volcano in Norway, standing tall at around 2277 metres above sea level.
Day 5-6 – Disembarkation on Jan Mayen.
If weather allows we’ll try to disembark on the island that must be Norway’s most exotic and unavailable destination.
Day 6-11 – Jan Mayen to Ísafjörður on Iceland
On this leg we’ll sail southwest towards Iceland’s west coast. If the wind is right we might as well sail west to experience the southern currents along Greenlands east-coast. So there’ll be a 50 percent chance for us to look at, and sail alongside the famous Greenland-coast.
Day 11-12 – Exploration of the fjords on West-Iceland
We wouldn’t sail to Iceland without setting aside some time to properly experience this amazing place. So before we switch crews we’ll spend a day on the fjords of the West-Coast. We’ll also have some time on land in Ísafjörður for a hot bath, do some provisioning and making sure we’re ready for the upcoming leg of the trip.
Leg 2 – 22 August – 1 September
Day 1-5 – Ocean crossing from Ísafjörður to Greenlands east-coast and Prince Christians Strait.
Now we’ll cross Denmark’s Strait and sail with the southern currents downwards along Greenlands east-coast. It’ll probably be 3 days before we see land, and 1-2 days southbound alongside the coast before we’ll come to the passage of Prince Christians strait in the south. Our trip will enter a new phase with inland climate and smooth sailing.
Day 6 – Aupilatog to Nanortalik
Aupilatog is the first settlement we’ll reach and this is the place where, after ten days of rowing, Hans and Alf were given help to reach Canada. We’ll disembark on land and hear the tales that still live with some of the oldest settlers. Then we’ll sail to Nanortalik, the largest of the settlements in the south.
Day 7 – UNESCO area and Tasermiut-Fjord
We’ll spend a full day on the most famous of the fjords on Southern-Greenland. Here we’ll find both lush greenery, and mountains that stand tall 2000 metres above sea level, like a wall straight from the ocean.
Day 8 – Sailing to the hot springs of Uunartog
This’ll be our spa-day! We’ll find the hot springs on Uunartog. and have a nice, well-earned bath. Our Chef Tipi says he’ll barbecue an entiner sheep for this day, and we’ll see what kind of raw ingredients we’ll find to complement the sheep. Delicious and fun it’ll be anyhow.
Day 9 – Qaqortoq and Eiriksfjord
On the morning we’ll arrive on the town Qaqortoq, where our Greenland crewmembers grew up. This is also a place in which Hans and Alf had a pit-stop on their trip to Canada in 1940. From Qaqortoq we’ll go north into Eriksfjord for an ascension of the “ironing-board” of Ipiutaq. Alternatively, we’ll go for a longer ascension on the 1752 m tall mountant Illerfissalik right by Igaliku. This peak apparently has the best view in southern Greenland, but is a 10-12 hours ascension. So, if you’d rather walk around the village, there’s plenty of historical and cultural places to explore.
Day 10 – Ending the trip in Narssarsuag
We’ll sail those who are travelling home straight away, to the airport, and those who’ll stay a bit longer to Igaliku or Qaqortoq. Here you’ll have plenty of activities to do before your plane leaves. You can fish on the beach, walk up the inland-ice, or rent a mountain bike and bike the historic paths in this ancient landscape. 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. We’ll be accompanied by two friends from Qaqortoq that’ll contribute as much as they can to create great experiences on land after the trip.
01 – 08 September Ashore, Greenland (not included)
Leg 3 08 – 15 September
Day 1-2 – Sailing from Narsarssuaq to Nanortalik
After safety briefings, provisioning and checking our equipment we’ll hoist sail out towards the southern fjords in Nanortalik. Here we’ll disembark to have a look around and become familiar. The city watches over the entrance of the majestic Tasermiut-Fjord which we’ll enter and explore the following day.
Day 3 – Exploring the world heritage area Tasermiut-fjord
From Nanortalik we’ll sail into the Tasermiut-Fjord. The most famous of the fjords on southern Greenland, and also listed as a UNESCO world heritage area. Here we’ll find luscious hills and meadows, and also mountains in the 2000-meter class that appear like walls from the ocean’s foot. We’ll take in visual impressions that’ll stay with you forever.
Day 4 – Sailing to the hot springs in Uunartog
This’ll be our spa-day. On our way from Nanortalik to Alutsiaap Paa we’ll find our way to the hot springs of Uunartoq, and have a nice and hot bath. Our chef Tipi has said he’ll try to barbecue an entire sheep on this day… We’ll see what kind of raw ingredients we will find, and to complement the main course. In any case it’ll be delicious and fun.
Day 5 – Sailing to Qaqortoq to Igaliku
Once in Greenland, Qaqortoq will become our “home-port”. This is because our friends from Greenland, Dine and Tipi, grew up here. This is also one of the places Hans and Alf stopped in on their journey to Canada in 1940. From Qaqortoq we’ll sail on to the fjord in Igaliku. Those who want to can bring a tent and a sleeping bag and hike through the night from Qaqortoq to Igaliku, and those who wish to remain in the boat may do so. Once we’ve arrived in Igaliku, there are many historical and cultural places to explore, but the village is also neighbour to the most spectacular view in all of Southern-Greenland: The mountain Illerfissalik, which stands tall at about 1752 metres. The hike is a total of 10-12 hours. Those who would rather paddle a Kayak, hike a shorter walk on land or something else may do so.
Day 6 – Sailing to the brink of the Ice and glacier-hiking
On this day we’ll sail around the Narsaq-Peninsula on the northside and into the Sermilik-Fjord. Here we’ll find the largest glaciers in the area, and the chances are good to see glaciers calving in the ocean. When inside the fjord, there’ll be few spots stay overnight, but once we’re out in the archipelago we’ll have plenty of spots to lower anchor, and we’ll stay here for the evening.
Day 7 – Hiking the Glaciers
We wouldn’t travel to Greenland without getting up close and personal with the glaciers, and getting a feel of the ice between your hands and below your feet. If many want to hike the glacier, we’ll rent a glacier-guide and equipment to make the best possible experience. Alternatively, we can also stay on board, fish or Kayak in the Kayak’s home country.
Day 8 – Ending our trip
We’ll sail those who are headed to the airport in Narssarsuaq, and those who are staying – to Igaliku or Qaqortoq. Here you’ll have plenty of activities to do before your plane leaves. You can fish on the beach, walk up the inland-ice, or rent a mountain bike and bike the historic paths in this ancient landscape. 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. We’ll be accompanied by two friends from Qaqortoq that’ll contribute as much as they can to create great experiences on land after the trip.
Leg 4 15 – 23 September
Day 1 – Provisioning, readying of vessel and equipment
Once we’re done provisioning and are ready for the trip over to Iceland and Norway, we’ll sail towards the hot springs of Uunartoq. We wouldn’t leave Greenland without a bath out in the free.
Day 2 – Morning bath in the hot springs of Uunartog
We’ll sail far, but make time for a morning bath in the hot springs of Uunartoq. We’ll then sail on to Nanortalik and have a quick detour in the Tasermiut-Fjords.
Day 3 – Nanortalik and exit out Prince Christiansstrait
We’ll make the final preparations, check ice-maps, weather forecasts and if everything is looking alright we’ll hoist sail eastwards and out on the ocean.
Day 4-7 – Overseas sailing to Reykjavik
With reasonable or hard weather, we’ll spend around 3-4 days on our trip over to Iceland and Reykjavik. What matters these days is making sure all equipment is sailing-ready, divide into shifts and enjoy the ocean life. The vessel is solid as granite, and we have all safety-gear onboard.
Day 8-9 – Experiences in and around Reykjavik
Our goal is to come to Iceland with plenty of time to spare so we have time for activities in Reykjavik. A city with plenty of experiences to offer for sailors and tourists. But it’s the weather that decides how much time will be spent on Iceland once we’ve arrived. We recommend all participants to set aside some time so you can explore Iceland.
Day 1-3 – Sailing from Reykjavik to Torshavn on the Faroe Islands
This is the first leg of a route that the Vikings and sea-travellers have taken for centuries in order to enter and exit Iceland. Depending on weather and wind we’ll use 2-3 days from Reykjavik to the Faroe Islands where we’ll disembark in Torshavn.
Day 4 – Disembarkation and spending time on the Faroe Islands
This day will be spent on land in Torshavn and the surrounding area. How much time we spend here will depend on the following days, but with mainly northern or southern winds this time a year, we have good chances for favorable winds. During the evening we’ll prepare for an early start towards Shetland the following morning.
Day 5-6 – From the Faroe Islands to Shetland
The trip to Shetland will take 1-2 days. If the weather report for the following days are favourable, we’ll get all the way to Lerwick and can spend some time there. If not we’ll just sail on through towards Norway without spending much time on Shetland.
Day 7-8 – North Sea towards Norway, Stadtland and Ålesund
The final evenings of this seven-week expedition will be out on the North Sea. Boat and crew will be excited to get home to Norway.
Day 9 – Ending the trip in Ålesund
We’ll end our trip in Ålesund. The place where Hans and Alf began their journey towards Canada in 1940. A journey that went via Tromsø, Svalbard and Greenland. The same route that we’ve just sailed. Upon arrival in Ålesund we’ll enjoy a better dinner before doing our thanks-off and saying goodbye! We recommend you add some space in your itinerary when travelling home from Ålesund. Book your tickets late on the 1. or 2. of October, or book a flexible ticket. You may even not book a ticket at all. This could be favorable if we were to spend some extra time on Faroe Islands or Shetland, be delayed by weather or simply don’t feel like returning to every-day life right away!