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Svalbard, Greenland,
Iceland Expedition

44,800 NOK / £3,795 per person*

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*Trips are priced in the operator’s local currency. The sterling amount shown is a guide only and the amount you pay in sterling will change with currency fluctuations.

12 nights

If these dates don’t work, why not book the whole boat for dates that do! Minimum 5 participants.

This is an exciting expedition with ocean crossing from Svalbard to Greenland, and a whole week of exploration and discoveries along the coast of East-Greenland. During the voyage, we really get a feeling of how big the ocean really is. In recent years the actual edge of the pack ice has been too far north for sailing along it towards the west, but we will still get close to large ice sheets, icebergs and glaciers when we arrive in Greenland

On this expedition, we also get to feel Greenland’s greatness. In the fjords, and among the mountains and glaciers along the northeast coast, we will spend several days. This is an area very few have been before us and we are vulnerable, far from civilization and quite alone. We must be careful and manoeuvre slowly, but we have the southern Greenland stream with us on our way south. In these waters, at this time of year, we no longer have the full midnight sun, but it will be very bright 24/7 which is always a good starting point for an adventure trip.

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 to Greenland and Iceland?

Trip Start: 19 August 2020

Trip End: 31 August 2020

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VESSEL

Vessel Type

70 ft steel expedition boat

Vessel Length

70 foot

Skipper

Yes

Berth

Various cabins, max 16 people

YOUR TRIP

Deposit and cancellation:

50% and strict

See deposit and cancellations policy

Included

  • Experienced local skipper/instructor on board
  • Accommodation on board during the whole trip
  • Our comfy-package with duvets, pillows and bedsheets
  • All food and all meals that we eat onboard underway (from dinner first day until breakfast last day)
  • High-quality inflatable life jacket
  • A sustainable, environmentally friendly, unique, exotic and exclusive holiday
  • Free use of equipment such as ribs, kayaks, fishing gear etc
  • All boat-related expenses such as diesel, gas, harbour-fees etc
  • Advice, guidance and practical training aimed at passing the boat driving license in Norway (Båtførerprøven).

Additional

  • Transportation to/from Svalbard/Iceland
  • Possible restaurant visits or other extra activities that cost extra
  • Drinks like wine, beer or exclusive apple juice and other luxuries

Practical Info

Level of trip

No sailing experience required

A reasonable level of fitness advised

Changes in the program

The program should be seen as a starting point that we adapt to weather and conditions. We also reserve the right to constantly improve our itineraries.

GETTING THERE (AND BACK)

Getting there

Fly into Longyearbyen, Svalbard.

Getting back

Depart from Isafjordur, Iceland.

Travel assistance

Need help booking travel and accommodation for your trip? We have teamed up with STA Travel. Their experts will assist you with all your travel requirements. Please enquire when booking.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Trip start in Longyearbyen

We meet at 12:00 on the harbour in Longyearbyen. We start with getting to know each other before we go through the schedule for the week. We get to know the boat and the equipment and finish packing provisions and types of equipment. The life onboard requires cooperation, and before departure, we go through routines and procedures onboard, for sailing and emergency situations. We depart and start sailing out the Ice fjord this first evening.

Day 2-5: From Longyearbyen to Shannon Island and Cape Wynn

This will be some ocean crossing from Svalbard to Greenland(!), but with a twist; we will cross quite far north so that we hit Greenland high up on the north-east coast around the Shannon island. The actual distance is about 430 nautical miles, and depending on the weather we spend 3-5 days, but most likely around 4 days.

Day 5-8: Exploration among the fjords on the north-east coast of Greenland

On this part of the expedition, we will sail in the fjords, among glaciers, snow-capped mountains and icebergs. This is an area very few people have been to, and not a very common place for sailing, especially not for commercial operators. The maps are poor and it is far off the beaten track, we have to be careful. On the boat, we have installed a type of forward-looking sonar that shows the depths also in front of the boat. On our way south we sail by places like Daneborg and Mosquito Bay, and places where Norwegians and others have been before in history for various reasons.

Day 8-10: The fjord of Scoresby Sound

Scoresby Sound is worth several days exploration. The inlet to the fjord is 27 kilometres wide and there is an enormous system of fjords and glaciers. Here at the inlet of the fjord is also the eastern coast’s northernmost settlement; the village of Ittoqqortormiit. The site has more than 400 inhabitants, all living in small wooden houses in the most gorgeous colours. We arrive at the warmest days of the year, and the residents spend most of the time outside and enjoy the sun before the tough winter returns.

Day 10-13: Sailing from Scoresby to Isafjordur on Iceland

We leave the huge fjord system of Scoresby and arrive Isafjordur on Iceland in good time. The distance is about 230 nautical miles and it will take us around 2 days depending on the weather. Along the way, we can expect to see more icebergs, but also whales that sleep in the surface, swim and dive. Isafjordur is the largest city on the north side of Iceland and when we are well moored we make time for caring both body and soul; here we find both good swimming pools with hot and cold tubs, and good restaurants and bars that we can check out. Good job, well in port!

In Longyearbyen and on Iceland

If you haven’t had the opportunity to experience Longyearbyen in advance of the trip, then we recommend staying an extra day or two before traveling home. It’s always smart to add time for some rest and calmness before and after such a trip, to let the impressions sink in and see what’s happening.

The program

The program may change according to weather and conditions, but it gives an indication of how we spend the days.

KIT LIST

Base layer – 2x warm thermal tops + thermal leggings

Mid layer – 2x fleece type mid layers + mid layer trousers

Light waterproof shell (waterproof hiking type jacket and trousers) – for exploring ashore

Down jacket – a down (or synthetic alternative) jacket, the warmer the better

Gillet – optional but a really versatile mid layer, down or synthetic down are great

Hats – 2x warm wool hats, ear flaps are great

Waterproof hat – a waterproof hat or cap (eg Sealskins)

Neck warmer – 2x ‘Buff’ style neck warmers

Gloves – one waterproof pair (ski or fishing type) + 2x thinner fleece liner / spare pairs

Socks – 2x pairs of warm socks for sailing + hiking socks for exploring ashore

Boots – Wellington type boots. These are needed not just for sailing but also for getting ashore from the rib where you may need to stop into mid-calf depth water. They don’t need to be expensive or sailing specific, but they should be waterproof with good grip

Hiking shoes / boots – suitable for exploring on rough or wet terrain ashore

Rucsac – for on land exploring

Underwear – a couple of sets of comfortable underwear

Swimwear – you might not fancy a dip in the Arctic waters but a local hot tub can be a treat that you don’t want to miss out on

Camera, batteries, memory cards etc – it is possible to charge camera batteries onboard but it is a good idea to bring spare batteries and lots of memory card space

Entertainment – books, music etc for rest time

Toiletries – basic wash kit with travel-sized bottles

Eye mask and earplugs – can make sleeping easier in the midnight sun

Any personal medications that you need – ensure you have enough to last the whole trip

Dry bags – recommended for keeping any electrical kit in and for taking things ashore

Head torch – ideally with a red light function

Sunscreen – 24hr daylight can be relentless

Sunglasses

A set of ‘shore clothes’ for travelling in / rest days in town

Passport / visas

Credit/debit card for shore-based activities or travel emergencies

Kitbag – this must be squashy type (not a suitcase) a large barrel type bag is ideal

INSURANCE

Specialist off-shore sailing insurance is required. We can direct you to the insurer we use. Ask for information when you enquire.

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LOCATION

“This voyage has been one of my best experiences so far.”

Flinn

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