Overview

A week long expedition in East Greenland led by polar explorer Vilborg Arna.

Sailing in the amazing wild nature of Scoresby Sund
and trekking in the spectacular Stauning Alps.

A true exploration of highest degree!

Only two departures available 2018:

Highlights

Photo by Jerzystrzelecki

Trek in the Stauning Alps

A real challenge with stunning views.

Live on a sailing boat

Explore the fjords in comfort and style.

Visit Greenland’s National Park

Get access to area only explored by few.

Hike the wild nature

A good chance to see muskox and snow hares.

Visit Ittoqqortoormiit

Perhaps the most isolated village on earth.

See a Polar bear?

Will you be one of the lucky ones?

Itinerary

Day one (Wednesday)

Depart Reykjavík for a flight to Constable Point in Greenland, a small airfield west of Hurry Inlet in Jameson Land. Embark the schooner and get an introduction and a safety briefing by the crew. Afterwards we set sails towards the village of Ittoqqortoormiit, one of the most isolated village in the world. Once there, passengers will be able to stroll around and experience its remoteness before sailing into the world’s largest fjord system (overnight sailing).

Night 1: Sailing in Hallebredning on the way to Sydkap.

Day two (Thursday)

We start with an easy hike on land where there is a good chance of seeing muskox and snow hares.
The area is a common fishing ground for the locals with an old house that served the role of a trading post in the past. After a brief visit we set sails into the North Vest fjord.

Night 2: Stormpynt.

Day three (Friday)

Currently, located about 200 kilometers inland, we pick up our backpacks and go on foot towards the Stauning Alps. Here hardly any have gone before, so this is a true exploration of highest degree. When we reach destination for the day, camps are set up and supper is served as the preparation for the big day takes place.

Night 3: In camp.

Day four (Saturday)

Now it’s time to head on, up to the mountains. We expect to be hiking the whole day, enjoying the best the Alps have to offer. The spectacular view of the fjord, where the interaction of peaks and icebergs is truly stunning. Strong focus is on flora, fauna and geology during the hike. We expect to be back in the lodge for supper.

Night 4: In camp.

Day five (Sunday)

After a light breakfast, we take down the camp and hike back to schooner Hildur.
On board the group will have light refreshments as we sail further into Northwest fjord enjoying this magnificent area. The fjord is within the national park, where icebergs are the largest seen in this breathtaking fjord-system and peaks rise majestically into the sky. On we sail toward Bear Island where we will enjoy a pleasant evening in a good company.

Night 5: Nyhavn in Bear Island.

Day six (Monday)

Now it’s time to explore the magnificent Øfjord that has no equal in the world. A landscape with high contrast that is both at once; spectacular and extremely beautiful. The cliffs rise on sections 2000 meters straight up from the sea with icebergs dancing on its surface.
After sailing and exploring the fjord and having some fun activities along the way we head back to Bear Islands. There we plunge into the sea to have a good swim at 71° latitude, delicious barbecue and a campfire.

Night 6: Jytteshavn in Bear Islands (or Charcot havn in eastern Milneland).

Day seven (Tuesday)

We start the day by sailing in between the Bear Islands and look at icebergs at Hallbredning. If conditions are favorable, we will go ashore at Rødehytta on Jameson Land. From there we will sail toward the Kap Stewart and towards Constable point where we will spend the the rest of the night at anchor.

Night 7: Near CNP airport.

Day eight (Wednesday)

After a week of exploration we say our goodbyes and fly back to Iceland.

Equipment list

  • Sleeping bag
  • Mattress/sleeping pad
  • 60L backpack
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • Crampons
  • Ice picks
  • Safety helmet
  • Base layer (1st layer)
  • Light wool sweater or fleece (2nd layer)
  • Wind and waterproof shell jacket and pants (Gore Tex or equivalent, 3rd layer)
  • Down jacket
  • Hiking Boots – The boots should be of leather (or leather and synthetic) with high cut to give sufficient ankle support. Preferably the sole should be soft but robust. Gore-Tex or alternative waterproof membrane is a preferable extra
  • Rubber boots (optional)
  • Hat, cap
  • Gloves (2 pairs)
  • Socks (synthetic or wool)
  • Backpack 30-40 liters
  • Thermos or water bottle (1-2 liters)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun-protection and bug repellant
  • Bathing suit for the Arctic Ocean (optional)
  • Small first aid kit with personal medications, blister kit etc
  • Camera/ Camera equipment – Incl. spare batteries, memory card and/or films.
  • Small flashlight
  • Binoculars
  • Toothbrush, earplugs and other personal belongings
  • It is advisable that what you wear is either waterproof or easy to dry
  • It´s possible to rent a hiking Equipment from fjallakofinn.is

Photos

  • A cabin in Scoresby Sund

  • A musk ox one of the inhabitants of Greenland

  • A nice sailing in Scoresby Sund

  • A polar rabbit in Greenland

  • All sails set

  • Campfire

  • Colourful iceberg one of many in Scoresby Sund

  • Dinner outside

  • Enjoying the Arctic

  • Hiking

  • Hiking in the wild nature

  • Iceberg seen from the schooner

  • Icebergs all shapes and sizes

  • Icebergs in Scoresby Sund

  • Icebergwatching

  • Ittoqqortoormiit the village

  • Locals of Ittoqqortoormiit welcome Vilborg Arna

  • Musk Oxen, Scoresby Sund, Greenland.

  • Mysterious iceberg by Hildur

  • Relaxing atmosphere on board

  • Sailing smoothly between icebergs in Scoresby Sund

  • Schooner Hildur sailing in Greenland

  • Schooner Hildur in Scoresby Sund

  • Sea swimming

  • Northern Lights in Scoresby Sund

  • Taking in the diversity of Greenlands nature

  • A beautiful arctic evening in Scoresby Sund Greenland

  • The local village

  • The sledge waiting for winter in Scoresby Sund

  • Traditional sailing in Scoresby Sund Greenland

  • Hildur in calm waters

Schooner Hildur

  • 2 pax cabin lower bunk

  • 2 pax cabin starboard

  • 2 pax cabin upper bunk

  • 4 pax cabin front

  • 4 pax cabin front

  • 4 pax cabin seen from front

  • 4 pax cabin luggage space starboard bunks

  • Below deck in Hildur single bunk

  • Common area below deck

  • Double bunk 4 pax cabin

  • Double bunk in schooner Hildur

  • Led light and compartment one of the cabins

  • Led reading light

  • One of the cabins

  • Single bunk

  • Kitchen on board Hildur

  • The kitchen and dining area

  • The toilet on board schooner Hildur

  • WC foreships

  • WC foreships basin

Your mobile home for a week

The perfect platform for an unforgettable expedition!

Schooner Hildur is a comfortable and sturdy two-mast schooner that was rebuilt from the remains of an old fishing boat, beautifully crafted in every detail.

Hildur has one large 4 passengers cabin, one twin cabin, one double cabin and 4 single bunks in the saloon area. Hildur also has crew facilities, a shower and a bathroom – comfortably accommodating 10 passengers and her crew.

Meals can be enjoyed in the cozy saloon below deck or upon deck enjoying the ever changing views.

Information

Guide and crew

Head guide: Vilborg Arna, experienced explorer and adventurer.
Captain: Hörður Sigurbjarnarson, founder of North Sailing and expert in sailing the fjord system of Greenland.

Duration

8 days (thus 8 days & 7 nights on board).

Included

International flight: Reykjavík – Constable Point -Reykjavík.
Return transport between airport and harbour in Constable Point.
Accommodation in made up bunk/beds with shared facilities and all meals on board the sailing ship.
Soft drinks, services of the crew, hiking excursions (as per itinerary) and arrangements.

Not included

Airfare to and from Iceland (Not the Reyjavík – Constable Point flight legs)
Visas or individual travel insurance.

SAR insurance (mandatory for Greenland National Park).
Excess baggage charges.
Laundry charges and items of personal nature.
Alcoholic beverages (available for extra charge & to be paid upon departure with cash money).

Optional pre or post tours in Iceland.

Difficulty level: Demanding

The hiking part of this tour requires good physical condition and prior hiking experience. Hikers can expect quite high elevation gain. The hiking is off trail and there are steep sections on some parts of the route. Please choose a backpack that is adequate for food, water and extra clothing. Hikers need to pack these necessities for the day and other additional equipment such as crampons and ice axe for example. We expect long days during this part of the journey.

Price

ISK 470.000 excluding flights

ISK 590.000 including flights

NOTE! Max 10 passengers for each departure.