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Looking to head somewhere really remote? Greenland is as remote as it gets. Home to both the largest fjord system on the planet and the world’s biggest national park, Greenland offers endless Arctic adventure opportunities—on land and by sea. Aboard the Byr, a sturdy expedition sailboat, we’ll have 11 days for navigating through untamed icy waters and untouched landscapes of the Sermilik and Ammassalik fjords. We’ll glide along glaciers and past Inuit settlements, paddle amidst mountain-sized icebergs, and feel like the explorers of the old. If there’s luck, we’ll witness the dance of the Northern Lights! The frozen heart of the Arctic is eagerly awaiting—you’re coming, right?

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Adventure highlights

  • The biggest fjord system on the planet

    Uncover its secrets by kayaking and hiking through it, amidst icy waters and massive icebergs

  • Explore the untamed, wild East Coast

    Far more wildlife than people—the only people you might see are one of the 250 dwellers of Kulusuk

  • East Greenland's animal kingdom

    Thriving wildlife: polar bears, humpback whales, walruses, reindeer, narwhals, musk oxen…

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Itinerary

Explore some of the most remote and beautiful Arctic landscapes on the globe on this 11-day hiking, sailing, and kayaking expedition. Sail along East Greenland’s deep fjords and steep mountains, kayak among humongous icebergs, and hike some of the most scenic trails in the world. Your expert guide and sailing crew will adapt the itinerary to the conditions and your desires.

  • Meet your guides at the Kulusuk Airport in Greenland and get transferred to the harbor. Get settled on the Byr, the 82-ft (25 m) ketch-rigged expedition charter boat you’ll be using as a home base for the week.

    After meeting your team and the crew, you will review boat facilities and go through a safety briefing. Enjoy your first dinner onboard and discuss the plan ahead.

    Meals: Dinner
    Accommodation: Byr, expedition boat

    Epic sailing in Greenland aboard the Byr sailboat
  • Spend the next 9 days sailing, hiking, and even kayaking along the Sermilik & Ammassalik fjords in East Greenland. There are no fixed sailing routes or itineraries on this trip—the weather conditions, the swell & the guides and the crew’s expertise will set the course of the boat every evening.  start sailing toward Ammassalik, spend a few days hiking, and reach the massive Sermilik fjord through the Ikaasatsivaq fjord. 

    Each morning you’ll wake up, enjoy a filling breakfast, and head to shore on your Byr boat for the day’s activities. Your guide will try to maximize the time spent hiking ashore, but you’ll also have SUPs and kayaks onboard. Depending on the day, paddling may be the only activity. Then, once you’ve had your fill of adventure, your captain will take you to their choice of safe anchorage for the night, which will usually be close to some Inuit settlements or in the wild fjords. The evening of day 10 will most likely be spent near or in Kulusuk harbor.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Byr, expedition boat

    Hikers walking across a meadow during sunset
  • Back to Kusuluk! After breakfast, you may have some free time to explore the town, sightsee, and reflect on your adventure before catching your flight back home.

    Meals: Breakfast

     

    Aerial view of Greenland settlement
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Meet your guides

Albert Ojembarrena
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Albert Ojembarrena
AIMG Mountain & Glacier Guide
Albert is the owner of Amarok Adventures and has guided adventure treks in Iceland, Greenland, South America and Nepal. He has also worked as a documentary and travel photographer for international magazines. He has lived in Iceland since 2015, traveling the country discovering hidden gems and loads of adventure off the beaten path — always with his camera in tow.
Mónica Fuentes
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Mónica Fuentes
AIMG Mountain & Glacier Guide
Mónica is a Mountain guide certified by UIMLA. She is extensively experienced in mountaineering, sport climbing and skiing. Originally from Spain, Mónica shares her love for nature and the outdoors with clients all over the world. She knows her way around Iceland’s hidden gems, as well as all the best spots in Black Forest, Morocco, United States, Scotland and Nepal.
Amarok Adventures
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Amarok Adventures
The guide team at Amarok Adventures has led groups of adventurers around the globe. With over ten years of experience, their handcrafted itineraries reveal the best that each area has to offer. They’ll show you the highlights, take you off the beaten path, and deliver an experience of a lifetime. They’re also passionate about preserving the environment and contributing to the local community.
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KTravelsSlow (source: Trip Advisor)

I recently returned from an incredible journey to East Greenland with Amarok. Our guides, Monica and Albert, were truly exceptional (knowledgeable & professional), and the boat crew exceeded my expectations (from great sailing to amazing cooking skills). What made this trip even more special was the perfect weather we experienced, allowing us to explore some of the most breathtaking landscapes I’ve ever encountered and finding nobody else around us! It’s worth noting that we were in Polar Bear territory, but thanks to the diligent safety measures taken by our guides throughout the journey, we always felt completely secure. Already planning a new trip with them! Can’t wait!

Pere Medina (source: Guide's website)

Our guide Albert accompanied us on our kayak exploration trip in Greenland. He was a unifying guide, with excellent social skills and a good cook. A great guide and an even better person!

Rochelle Frounfelker (source: Google Reviews)

An amazing outdoor adventure company! Such wonderful guides with a wonderful spirit for the outdoors that shows in everything they do. Thanks so much for an amazing trip!

Louis Dalby (source: Guide's website)

An incredible experience! From sailing through Arctic waters to hiking amidst majestic landscapes, and kayaking in serene fjords, every moment was filled with awe and wonder. The guides made the journey even more special, sharing their expertise and passion for Greenland.

Tia Jaeckle (source: Google Reviews)

A life changing experience that challenged me mentally and physically! So grateful for the amazing guides!

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • 11-day sailing, hiking, and kayaking tour in East Greenland (9 days of activities)
      • Transportation from the Kulusuk airport to the harbor and back
      • Expedition sailboat with professional and experienced crew
      • Quadruple bunk bed accommodations in the sailboat for the duration of the tour
      • All meals for the duration of the tour (picnic meals on hikes)
      • Expedition kayaks, SUP, paddles, lifejackets, skirts and safety equipment
      • Agency support 24/7

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to Kulusuk, Greenland
      • Accommodation prior to and after the tour (if needed)
      • Alcoholic beverages
      • Trip insurance
      • Guide gratuities — optional
  • Byr can take a maximum of eight guests—there are four guest cabins, all located on the lower deck with central heating and ventilation. You will sleep in a four-people bunk bed room. There’s plenty of space to store gear under the bunk bends and next to them, as well as a couple of charging stations to keep your devices up and running.

    There are two shared heated toilets and a shower on board. Byr also features a saloon, an ideal place for relaxing and sharing your experiences after a long day in the great outdoors.

    This boat is an authentic expedition boat and you’ll learn a lot about it! Sailing a traditional rigging like this gives you the chance to help hoist the sails and run the lines with the crew. While you’ll get to get a feel of the boat yourself, keep in mind that your professional crew will ensure Byr is sailed safely, no matter your experience level.

    Northern lights and sailboat

  • This adventure in East Greenland is physically demanding and it requires very good fitness levels. To ensure your readiness and participation, please consider the following:

      • You will be hiking or kayaking for 9 full days.
      • You should be capable of hiking approx. 20 km (13 miles) daily for multiple consecutive days. This amount to 5-8 hours of hiking per day.
      • You should be able to carry a 9kg / 19lbs backpack during your daily outings.
      • You should be able to tackle elevation gains of over 900 meters (2,950 ft).
      • Given the variable weather conditions, it is strongly advised to bring high-quality waterproof mountain gear.
      • You should be able to live for 11 days aboard an expedition sailboat with other travelers.

    This journey has been tailored for individuals who are in good physical condition and feel comfortable hiking on uneven terrain while carrying a daypack, as well as those who are at ease sailing and living aboard an expedition sailboat. You may encounter various challenges, both physically and mentally, and having a strong sense of determination is crucial to overcome obstacles and push through difficult moments. It is essential to maintain a positive mindset, stay motivated, and embrace the spirit of adventure. If you’re ready for all this, you’re in for an adventure of a lifetime!

  • Suitcases are not allowed on this tour. Please bring a duffel back and a backpack for daily hikes.

    Ensure that all items fit securely within your duffel bag without anything protruding, keeping everything dry during the hike. Your duffel bag should not weigh more than 15 kg (33 lbs), as planes flying to Greenland are typically smaller in size and could impose restrictions on your baggage if it exceeds weight limits. The quantities listed for specific items are indicative and based on guides’ recommendations.

    Here’s a general list of personal gear you need to bring:

      • Duffel bag (no suitcases allowed!)
      • Backpack for daily adventures
      • Waterproof bag for clothes — recommended
      • Rain cover for your backpack
      • Swimsuit and towel — swimsuit only if you dare to try the Polar plunge
      • Personal toiletries
      • Personal first-aid kit (make sure to take all you need with you)
      • Sunscreen and sunglasses
      • Earplugs — recommended
      • Headlamp + batteries
      • Camera — optional
      • Power bank
      • Hiking poles — highly recommended
      • Water bottle and thermos

    Here’s a list of clothing you need to bring:

      • Waterproof hiking boots with a sturdy sole
      • Warm clothes
        • First layer: bottom / upper base layer (Merino wool recommended, 1-2 units)
        • Second layer: fleece jacket (1-2)
        • Third layer: down jacket (1)
      • Waterproof jacket & pants (GoreTex recommended, 1)
      • Hiking pants (1-2)
      • Short sleeve t-shirts (3-5)
      • Long sleeve t-shirts (1-2)
      • Underwear and hiking socks
      • Warm beanie
      • Gloves / mittens
      • Hiking buff
      • Sandals or crocs (for river crossing)

    Prior to the start of the route, the guide will do a comprehensive gear check with each traveler to ensure that everything necessary is brought.

    While your guide carries a first-aid kit, each traveler should carry their own necessities based on personal requirements, including any specific pathologies or risks.

    Please note that drones are strictly prohibited.

  • In East Greenland, September marks the transition from summer to autumn. The weather during this time of year can vary, but generally, you can expect cooler temperatures as the season progresses.

    In early September, temperatures might still be relatively mild, with average highs around 5-10 degrees Celsius (41-50 degrees Fahrenheit). However, as the month progresses, temperatures tend to drop, and by the end of September, highs can range from 0 to 5 degrees Celsius (32-41 degrees Fahrenheit). Again, these are just averages and real conditions may very.

    Another thing to keep in mind is that September in Greenland brings increasing precipitation. You can expect a mix of rain and snowfall, with a higher likelihood of snow towards the latter part of the month. It’s advisable to be prepared for changing weather conditions and pack suitable clothing for cold and wet conditions. Remember, there’s no bad weather, only bad clothes!

    As for the sailing conditions, when you’re navigating the intricate fjords, gentle undulations of the water embrace the sailboat, which creates smooth sailing. The sheltered passages between cliffs are there to make the sway of the boat minimal, providing an enjoyable sailing experience. However, once you venture into the open sea, the character of the ocean changes, and there may be a noticeable swell. It is during these moments that some travelers may experience seasickness, but the experienced crew is well-prepared to offer support and remedies to alleviate any discomfort.

  • This trip includes full board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), as well as juices, milk, coffee, tea & herbal tea. Keep in mind that any kind of other drinks aren’t included.

    The diet will be healthy and balanced, using a variety of products for complete nutrition. Please note that fresh vegetables & fruit, might be limited. If necessary, you will restock supplies along with meat or fish from local hunters & fishermen. Despite the potential unavailability of fresh food, your guides are committed to ensuring you won’t miss out on its goodness, and that you will love every single meal.

    The lunch at noon will be picnic-style to take full advantage of the daily activities, and it will have to be carried by travelers in their backpacks during the hiking. Some days the lunch will be done aboard the sailboat. Breakfast and dinner will be held in the lower saloon aboard the sailboat and will be cooked by the guides & the crew.

    If you require a special diet, inform us upon booking! Your guides will make efforts to accommodate your dietary needs, but they will also communicate possible limitations accordingly if it’s not possible to fully meet your requirements. Keep in mind that gluten-free & vegan products in Greenland are very limited & might be impossible sometimes to get all the needed supplies.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • For this group adventure, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 8:1. 
      • If you are an individual traveler, you can join the group. The guide will be adding travelers until the minimum group size to confirm the trip of 8 participants can be guaranteed. There are no supplements to individual travelers, as they will share a room
      • The cost does not decrease as the group grows. 

    Hiking, sailing, and kayaking in Greenland be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 aren’t permitted to participate in this tour.
  • To get to Kulusuk, Greenland, the starting point of this tour, most people fly into Keflavik International Airport (KEF) in Iceland. From there, take a direct flight to Kulusuk Airport in Kulusuk, southeast Greenland.

    Alternatively, you can start from Copenhagen Airport, fly into Nuuk Airport, and take a final direct flight to Kulusuk.

    You will meet your guide at the airport at a pre-arranged time. They will then transfer you to the Kusuluk harbor and get you accommodated on the sailboat.

  • Hiking and sailing at 65°N—on the southern edge of the Arctic Circle—you’ll have a good chance of seeing the northern lights. Although never guaranteed, this natural light phenomena is most common throughout the months of September to March.

  • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity. 

    We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in East Greenland please refer to Visit Greenland’s official COVID-19 information for travelers.

    Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

  • A 30% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies, and deposits are no longer refundable. The remaining 70% of the amount is paid the latest 3 months (90 days) prior to departure. 

    Secure your early bird spot with a 10% deposit! This tour gets sold out very quickly, but with early-bird booking, you’ll be the first one to know. Pick the month that suits you best and we’ll let you know once the dates are live—don’t risk missing out on your bucket list adventure!

      • Only 10% of the total amount should be paid as a deposit upon booking. This deposit is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another 57hours adventure anytime in case the dates don’t suit you.
      • Once the set dates for the following season are live, you can confirm your booking by the end of this year by paying another 20% of the total amount.
      • The final balance is due 3 months (90 days) prior to departure.
      • Once the trip has been confirmed, the regular cancellation policy applies.

    In the event that the minimum number of people to confirm the trip is not reached, AMAROK ADVENTURES can cancel the departure at most 2 months before the start of the trip. Please note that upcoming trips are expected to reach the minimum number of people soon, and the likelihood of the trip not happening is very low.

    CANCELLATION & CHANGE FEES.

    Amarok Adventures ehf reserves the right to keep the below fee to cover costs in all of our tours. If clients formally cancel their participation:

    • If canceled within 48 hours of booking: 100% of the total tour price is refundable (including the deposit).
    • If canceled before confirmation of the group: 100% of the total tour price is refundable (including the deposit).
    • If canceled 150 days or more prior to the departure date: 50% of the total tour price is refundable.
    • If canceled 120-149 days prior to the departure date: 25% of the total tour price is refundable.
    • If canceled 0-119 days prior to the departure date: 0% of the total tour price is refundable.

    This multi-day tour can be changed free of charge up to 150 days before departure date if there is availability on a different date.

    After booking, client will need to sign the travel agreement. If the client declines to sign the travel agreement, we interpret this as the traveler not accepting the general and specific terms and conditions of the trip. As a result, Amarok Adventures will be entitled to cancel the reservation at the client’s own risk and expense.

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Find out more about life on board

  • Explore East Greenland aboard the Byr, a spacious 25-m (82-ft) ketch-rigged charter boat built for sailing the northern seas. You will sleep in a four-people bunk bed room. The boat features two shared toilets, a shower, a laundry room, and a cozy saloon that’s just perfect for post-adventure relaxation.

    Cozy saloon on Byr sailboat with a wooden dining table and all-around blue booth
  • Sailing traditional rigging and hauling up the sails manually will make you feel like a real explorer. If you’ve never been on a sailboat, don’t worryyour seasoned, professional charter crew will make sure you sail safely, no matter your experience level.

    The front of a sailboat in East Greenland.
    Copyright: Isley Reust
  • Every morning, after a filling breakfast, you’ll use a RIB boat to quickly and safely get to shore and start the day’s activities. Then, when you’re done for the day, return to the Byr and head to the saloon, where you get to curl up with a good book, share photos and videos of your adventure on a screen, or hang out with your crew over a delicious meal made with locally-sourced ingredients.

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