Sailing, Hiking, and Kayaking in East Greenland

KULUSUK | GREENLAND
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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, an authentic expedition sailboat, you’ll explore the untamed waters and untouched landscapes of the Sermilik & Angmagssalik fjords. As you glide along glaciers and past Inuit settlements, paddle among mountain-sized icebergs, and trek picturesque trails overlooking the ice cap, you’ll feel just like the explorers of old. And if nature wills it, you’ll be lulled to sleep by the lively dance of the Aurora Borealis come evening. On your very own 10-day expedition, discover the frozen heart of the Arctic.

Season

September

Nearest city

Kulusuk, Greenland, is a 2-hour flight away from Reykjavik, Iceland

Duration

10 days

Skill level

Intermediate to advanced

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Sailing, Hiking, and Kayaking on the Forbidden Coast of East Greenland

10 days

Explore some of the most remote and beautiful Arctic landscapes on the globe on this 10-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.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arriving in Greenland

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. meet the crew and bond with them over your first dinner aboard.

A seal relaxing in East Greenland

Copyright: Isley Reust

Days 2-9: Exploring Sermilik and Angmagssalik

Spend the next 8 days sailing, hiking, and kayaking along the Sermilik & Angmagssalik fjords in East Iceland. 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 Angmagssalik, 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 RIB boat for the day’s activities, which will either be hiking or kayaking. 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 9 will most likely be spent near or in Kulusuk harbor.

A boat sailing through an endless expanse in East Greenland

Copyright: Isley Reust

Day 10: Departure

Back to Kusuluk! you’ll have some free time to explore the town, sightsee, and reflect on your adventure before catching your flight back home.

A whale waving with its fin in East Greenland.

Copyright: Isley Reust

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Life on board

A classic expedition boat with contemporary amenities

Explore East Greenland aboard the Byr, a spacious 25-m (82-ft) ketch-rigged charter boat built for sailing the northern seas. There are four 2-4-person cabins hosting a total of 12 bunks, along with 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

An authentic Arctic experience

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 day a new adventure

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.

Things to know

Things to know

Covid measures in Greenland

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!

What’s included?

What you get on this adventure:

    • An experienced guide with extensive knowledge of the area
    • Eight days of sailing and kayaking
    • Transportation from the Kulusuk airport to the harbor and back
    • 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)

What’s not included:

    • Transportation to Kulusuk, Greenland
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Guide gratuities — optional

How fit do I need to be?

This multisport adventure in Greenland is physically demanding and it requires very good fitness levels. You will be hiking or kayaking for 10 full days. On hiking days, expect to cover 12-25 km (7,5-15,5 miles) a day of uneven and treeless terrain, with steep mountainous sections and challenging ice cap approaches. Also, depending on the weather conditions, some days will include full-day kayaking as the main activity. Keep in mind that Greenland gets very cold so you’ll be wearing multiple layers of clothing, and you’ll be hiking with a daypack filled with all the things you’ll need throughout the day.

What do I need to bring?

Your guide will provide a more detailed equipment list upon booking. Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

    • Personal hiking gear
    • Synthetic or wool thermal base layers (top and bottom), underwear and socks
    • Wool or fleece thermal mid layer
    • Waterproof and breathable pants and jacket
    • Wind and waterproof shell jacket with hood (Gore-Tex recommended)
    • Wind and waterproof pants (Gore-Tex recommended)
    • Hiking pants
    • Down jacket or vest
    • Spare clothes for layering and 10 days of hiking and sailing
    • Wool/fleece hat
    • Sunhat
    • A buff or warm scarf
    • At least one pair of gloves and inner gloves – wool or synthetic
    • Waterproof hiking boots (Vibram sole or similar) — good sturdy boots with sufficient ankle support and a robust sole
    • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
    • Thermos
    • Lightweight hiking or trekking boots
    • Hiking poles — optional (but recommended)
    • Headlamp
    • Pocket knife
    • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
    • Towel
    • Sleeping mask
    • Hand and toe warmers
    • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 40L bag)
    • Sunglasses
    • Flashlight
    • Camera — optional (but recommended)

Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

Group sizes and age requirements

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.

Deposits and cancellation policy

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. 

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 the trips for 2022 are expected to reach the minimum number of people soon, and the likelihood of the trip not happening is very low.

In case you need to cancel the trip, the following cancellation costs would be incurred:

    • 100% of the price of the trip is refundable before the group is guaranteed
    • 50% of the tour price is refundable if canceled 59 days or more before departure, once the trip has been confirmed
    • 25% of the tour price is refundable if canceled 30-59 days before departure
    • 0% of the tour price is refundable if canceled 0-29 days before departure

All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure.

Getting there and meeting location

To get to Kulusuk, Greenland, the starting point of this tour, most people fly into Keflavik International Airport (KEF) in Iceland. Then, you can take a car, bus, or shuttle to Reykjavik Airport (RKV) in the center of Reykjavik. 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.

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