Have you ever experienced the magnificent wilderness in the Arctic and the peace and calm of the Greenlandic fjordland? In this tour, which is a combination of sailing, photograping and exploring, you will for sure!
Greenland is a paradise for nature photographers. The country’s unique light, ice and snow, clear air, enormous landscapes and exciting wildlife are just a few of the things that make Greenland both a challenge and a perpetual source of inspiration on which to focus the lens.
East Greenland is one of the most isolated areas in Greenland and offers fantastic possibilities for photographing. This is the tour for the serious landscape and wildlife enthusiast who’s willing to go back in time and explore the arctic, to travel off the beaten track and sacrifice comfort for the opportunity to get amazing imagery.
Our exploration area is around the Ammassalik Island, which is about 40km long and 30km wide. The island is separated from the mainland of Greenland by the wide Sermilik Fjord in the west, and by the Ikaasartivaq Strait in the northeast. The highest peaks of the island over 1300m are in a steep mountain range near the northeast corner of the island.
Our yacht, The Wild Geese, is a 35 ft sailboat, that offers unique opportunity to visit and see the extraordinary places of untouched nature, where only the Greenlandic hunters go. Sailing on a sailboat is the most peaceful and quiet way to travel through this unspoiled scenery without disturbing it. In this trip we will sail into the Sermilik fjord ”The Big Icefjord” where we are guaranteed to see icebergs of all sizes and hopefully some whales. We will sail safely close enough up to some glacier tongues reaching out into the sea, allowing you to examine them from close distance.
We will visit few remote villages where seal hunting is an ancient, integral and sustainable part of everyday life. The sense of community is everywhere, and life is a delicate balance of ancient traditions and modern technologies with strange contradictions at play – for example, houses may have internet connections but no running water. In this area there are many notable minerals and the colorful striped rocks can easily keep one fascinated during the walk, these rocks were formed in the Paleoproterozoic evolution some 2500-2000 million years ago.
Keep in mind that we are in Greenland so local conditions might determine our plans just like it dictates the lives of the locals in this area, the Inuits, they live at a pace that is not dictated by clocks but by the wind, visibility and the ice. This marvelous adventure trip will capture your mind, so be prepared to find yourselves daydreaming for weeks after you arrive at home.
This tour will be run by our Professional photography guide Jure Breceljnik
Jure is our chief photography guide and founder of BluePlanet PhotoTours. Jure studied photography at FAMU film school in Czech Republic and is a professional photographer and filmmaker. He is known for his documentaries on climbing and extreme sports. When he’s not filming Jure can often be found travelling Iceland and shooting landscape photography.
Highlights of the tour
- Sermilik fjord
- Ikaasartivaq Strait
- Fantastic shorelines
- Magnificent glaciers
- Professional photography guide
Tour dates 2014
11.08.2015 to 18.08.2015
18.08.2015 to 25.08.2015
To book a trip please send us e-mail to email@example.com
* note that if non of those dates fits feel free to contact us and see if we can arrange a trip suiting your schedule.
Intermediate, advanced, semiprofessional, professional.
About Ammassalik: http://www.eastgreenland.com/userfiles/file/Ammassaliks%20bygder(1).pdf
The trip starts and ends in Kulusuk.
Tour duration: 8 days
Passengers (min-max): 2 – 6
Included: Guide for 8 days, accommodation on board for 6 nights, food and beverages (non-alcohol) during the whole trip on board and during the hikes.
Price pr.pers: 4.299
All cabins are for two persons but for privacy one can order the cabin for a single person. This will add 70% to the base price.
As stated before, our adventure starts in Kulusuk (population of 300). There are direct flights daily from Reykjavik to Kulusuk, departing from Reykjavik at 13:40 PM and arriving in Kulusuk at the same time, flight takes 2 hrs and time difference is 2 hrs. Walking from the airport to the village takes 40 minutes. In Kulusuk one will find some of the district’s most gifted craftsmen and their Tupilaks are of very high quality. In the Hotel and The Kulusuk Trading Post, these souvenirs are offered for sale.
Flight Booking (not included): http://www.airiceland.is/destinations/greenland/kulusuk
Day 1 Arrival in Kulusuk
Our guide will be waiting for you when you arrive at the Kulusuk airport. After we get you settled in the hotel we go over the plan for the next 7 days. We will discuss your objectives, look at the weather forecast and adjust our itinerary if necessary. After our meeting we spend the rest of the day exploring Kulusuk and meeting the locals. We’ll take it easy for the first day as we wake up early the following morning and start our journey.
Day 2 Kulusuk
The expedition yacht WILD GEESE will be waiting for you in Kulusuk (“the chest of a black guillemot”) harbor. Passengers should all be on board no later than 15:00 /3:00 PM. Then we will set sails and head to the Ammassalik Island (e.Capelin). On our way from Torsuut Tunoq Sound, where Kulusuk is, we cross the Ammassalik Fjord. There we will see our first large icebergs and possibly some whales. In the afternoon we arrive to our first anchorage in Nordfjord, a bay near Tasiilaq, where we have dinner and our first night in the yacht Wild Geese. We might even have an opportunity for a short hike in the Nordfjord area. Our first photo session this evening.
Sailing time: 3-4 hours
Day 3 Tasiilaq
After an early breakfast we sail into Kong Oscar‘s harbor in Tasiilaq (“the place which is almost like a lake”) which is the largest town on the east coast of Greenland with around 2.000 inhabitants. We will go ashore and explore the colorful village and hike through the beautiful Valley of Flowers. It begins right from the middle of town, following the river upstream. It is a relaxing hike that will take you through a green and flowery valley, with butterflies fluttering by. There are a number of lakes up the valley you might want to explore and follow a path that circles the lakes or climb up to a nearby peak to enjoy the view of the Atlantic Ocean.
After launch we start our voyage around the Angmagssalik Island by grossing the Sermilik Frjord (the big icefjord) and head for our next destination Qingatak Bay or Ajangitap kangertiva. On our passage over the fjord we will see big icebergs.
Sailing time: 4 hours
Day 4 Nagtivit kangertivat fjord – Johan Petersen Fjord
Photographic day. We explore the area, move around on the zodiac or/and the yacht. The Nagtivit kangertivat fjord is interesting to try to approach and explore where the Apuserserpia glacier brakes into the fjord. Mid-day we continue our journey from Qingatak Bay into the great Sermilik Fjord and into Johan Petersen Fjord where we will anchor in a beautiful sheltered bay. This majestic landscape offers numerous calving glaciers, which cascade directly off the inland icecap creating gigantic icebergs that fill the fjords.
Day 5 Nerernativaq Mountain
Now we stay in Johann Petersen Fjord and hike Nerernativaq Mountain. As we walk uphill the view over Johann Petersen fjord gets more and more spectacular and when we reach the top we can see into the innermost of the fjord where there is a great view over The Ice Cap and three huge glacier tongues that reach out into the sea, Hann, Bruchner and Heim-glaciers.
In this area you will see many notable minerals and the colorful striped rocks can easily keep one fascinated during the walk, these rocks were formed in the Paleoproterozoic evolution some 2500-2000 million years ago. One must watch out not to get carried away by the beautiful and leading stripe pattern.
Sailing time: None
Hiking time: 3-4 hours
Day 6 Ikasartivaq
We start early and cross the Sermilik Fjord and sail into the narrow Sound of Ikasartivaq. In the narrow entrance of the sound is the small hunter’s village Tiniteqilaaq (population 140) meaning “The sound, which runs dry at low tide”. It’s a stunning experience to sail through the Ikasartivaq sound with over 1.000 m high mountains on both sites. After passing the Ikasartivaq sound we are in Ammassalik Fjord where we anchor near the Qernertivartivit island and we will spend the evening ashore taking photos. Qernertivartivit is an abandoned settlement with only five houses that nowadays are used by hunters and fisherman as an overnight facility.
Sailing time: 8 hours
Day 7 Kulusuk
Today we wiill head for our final destination, our starting point, Kulusuk. On the way to Kulusuk we sail through the Ammassilik Fjord.
As this is our last day we might want to keep open few options depending on weather and the spirit in the group. There are many options and we could pick just one or two or three. But keep in mind that in the end it’s the captain who makes the final decision.
North of Qernertivartivit there is a relatively flat peninsula with many lakes and high rising mountains on the west side. It might be interesting to go ashore in a small bay Ortit and walk around the lakes and take photos.
Sail across the Ammassalik Fjord over to the island north of Kulusuk. There is a narrow fjord Torsukattak, with about 800 m high mountains on both sides. South of Torsujattak fjord the glacer Apusiaajik falls into the sea, between Nertiilat and Iperajivit (mountains of 800 m). From there is only about 6 km sailing to Kulusuk.
In Kulusuk the new cemetery, set into the hillside, is worth a visit. You’ll pass it on your walk to Kap Dan. If you walk up to the top of the hill you get a good view of the village.
Sailing time: 4-5 hours
Day 8 Kulusuk – Fair winds for everyone
Now it’s your duty to rise and shine early enough to catch the plain, departure from Kulusuk to Reykjavik is at 10:50 AM. The captain and his crew will make sure you get a good breakfast before you leave if you don’t oversleep.
Terms and conditions
The Arctic Sailing trips/voyages are of an adventurous nature and to relatively remote locations in Iceland, Greenland and other places. We make our best effort to stick to the planned itinerary but participants must appreciate and acknowledge that the trip/voyage requires considerable flexibility. The company and captain of the vessel reserve the right to adjust the itinerary without notice for reasons beyond their control such as weather, ice-conditions or other unpredictable or unforeseeable circumstances. Once departed on the voyage the captain will have final say on all decisions affecting safety etc. and this must be accepted by all participants.
• Yacht costs
• Services of guides and crew
• All food and beverages (non-alcohol) during the whole trip on board and during hiking.
• International and domestic flights to Iceland and Greenland
• Accommodation in Kulusuk before or after the trip
• Personal clothing & equipment
• Personal insurance
• Any costs incurred through missed or delayed flights