Svalbard – Greenland – Iceland Expedition

37,500 NOK / £3,400 per person*

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37,500 NOK / £3,400 per person*
*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

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 the big ocean. 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.

After some good days sailing south along the coast, we arrive at the inlet of Scoresby Sound, a huge and magnificent fjord system with glaciers, fjords and mountains. Here, the large icebergs float calmly back and forth and there is much to see and discover. At the entrance to Scoresby, we also find the northernmost settlement of the east coast. The village is called Ittoqqortormiit and has more than 400 inhabitants. Everyone lives in small wooden houses with the world’s coolest colours, and we arrive at the warmest days of the year. The inhabitants are mostly outside to enjoy the sun before the tough winter returns.

After a couple of days in Scoresby Sound, we set sails again and head for Iceland and the port of Akureyri. The crossing takes less than 2 days and at arrival we spend a fair amount of time ashore, stretch our legs and discover what Akureyri has to offer.

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.

Trip Start: 16 August 2019

Trip End: 28 August 2019

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VESSEL

Vessel Type

70ft Expedition Yacht

Vessel Length

70ft

Skipper

Yes

Berth

Double cabin

YOUR TRIP

Deposit and cancellation:

50% and strict

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Included

  • Experienced skipper and crew on board
  • Accommodation onboard during the whole trip
  • Search & rescue insurance for all crew members
  • Comfy-package with bed linen, duvet and pillow
  • All meals that we eat onboard along the way
  • A sustainable, local, eco-friendly, unique, exotic and exclusive holiday full of experiences
  • Free use of equipment such as ribs, kayaks, fishing gear etc
  • All boat-related expenses such as diesel, gas, harbour-fees etc
  • High-quality safety gear for all crewmembers

Additional

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

Practical Info

Level of trip and risk level

This is a trip for most of you who feel like joining this kind of trip! However, you must be prepared for both no wind and sailing in heavy weather. If you are a beginner, we will make you into a sailor as soon as possible, and if you are experienced you will have responsibility and greater challenges. You will contribute to the sailing, cooking and operation of the boat on this trip.

In terms of risk, we sail a safe and sturdy steel boat that is well equipped for this type of trip. However, all sailing in general, and sailing in arctic regions, involves a certain risk that you must be willing to take. On this trip, we sail in waters that are exposed to heavy weather and wind, and there are few other boats nearby. Feel free to contact us for a chat and guidance about risk.

Travel

The trip starts on Svalbard and ends in Iceland. Both places are islands in the sea far from Norway. A few row to Svalbard, a few more sail, but most fly. Norwegian and SAS fly to Longyearbyen, check out www.norwegian.no or www.sas.no. From Iceland there are many different routes. If you want to sail more, you can join us on the rest of this expedition, which goes from Iceland and all the way home to Norway, via the Faroe Islands and Shetland.

Changes in the program

This program should be viewed as a starting point that we adapt to the weather and conditions. We also reserve the right to continually improve the tour program for the better. With us along the way, we always have lightweight boats for beach landings and small expeditions, we have fishing gear for the cod, and equipment for bonfires and trips ashore – we are ready for adventure!

GETTING THERE (AND BACK)

Getting there

Fly to Svalbard Airport, Longyear

Getting back

Depart from Akureyri Airport

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 the big ocean. 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.

After some good days sailing south along the coast, we arrive at the inlet of Scoresby Sound, a huge and magnificent fjord system with glaciers, fjords and mountains. Here, the large icebergs float calmly back and forth and there is much to see and discover. At the entrance to Scoresby, we also find the northernmost settlement of the east coast. The village is called Ittoqqortormiit and has more than 400 inhabitants. Everyone lives in small wooden houses with the world’s coolest colours, and we arrive at the warmest days of the year. The inhabitants are mostly outside to enjoy the sun before the tough winter returns.

After a couple of days in Scoresby Sound, we set sails again and head for Iceland and the port of Akureyri. The crossing takes less than 2 days and at arrival we spend a fair amount of time ashore, stretch our legs and discover what Akureyri has to offer.

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.

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 pieces 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 commonplace 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, which is nice to have when navigating in waters with poor maps. 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 of 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 coolest 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 Akureyri on Iceland

We leave the huge fjord system of Scoresby and arrive Akureyri on Iceland well in 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. Akureyri 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!

KIT LIST

Sailing boots

Trainers/ deck shoes (no black soled shoes please – they mark the deck)

Waterproof sailing kit (two sets are recommended. Heavy gear for on-board and lighter kit for trips ashore)

Hat

Balaklava

Sailing gloves – 2 sets

Glove liners

Hand warmers

Hot water bottle

Clothes for on-board and on shore

A small backpack for trips on-shore (30-40 litres)

A water bottle

Thermals, two sets

Thick socks, two sets

Sun glasses (polarized)

Sun cream – SPF50+

Small quick dry towel

Swimming kit

USB cord to charge your phone

Cash

Warm sleeping bag

Head torch

Sailing knife

Passport

Printed out Insurance details

Any medication you require

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.”

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