Sailing and Exploring Adventure in Greenland

Kulusuk | Greenland
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Top three reasons to sail and explore Greenland

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    Uncover the secrets of the biggest fjord system on the planet

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    Sail next to Inuit settlements and humongous icebergs in Sermilik

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    Possibly the best spot for catching the Northern Lights in late summer

Venture to places few others have visited as you glide along the stunning and sparsely populated east coast of Greenland. Aboard the Varuna, a comfortable expedition sailboat, you’ll explore the untamed waters and untouched landscapes of the Sermilik and Ammassalik fjords. The colorful village of Kulusuk, often surrounded by floating icebergs, is the gateway to East Greenland. As you sail in the blue Arctic among the colossal icebergs, keep an eye out for Greenland’s impressive array of wildlife. You’re bound to spot walrus and narwhals, beluga and humpback whales, polar bears, arctic foxes and numerous other species that inhabit the world’s largest national park.

Season

June to September

Nearest city

Your tour begins in Kulusuk, Greenland

Duration

10 days

Skill level

Beginner

Itineraries

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Sailing and Exploring Adventure in Greenland

10 days

Greenland is a winner in more categories than we can list: the largest island, the least densely populated area, the biggest fjord system, one of the most remote airports and areas on Earth. During the course of 10 days, get to know the Land of Superlatives by journeying through the Sermilik fjord and the Ammassalik fjord by a sturdy sailboat. Your crew will make stops onshore as often as possible, so make sure you’re all fueled up for the day—luckily, you’ll have a top chef, preparing gourmet meals and typical local dishes. All you have to worry about is spotting the mighty wildlife.

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Itinerary

Day 0: Arrival in Greenland

Fly into one of the smallest international airports in the world with only a gravel landing strip —Kulusuk International Airport. Kulusuk is a traditional Greenlandic village that still reflects much of its original Inuit culture. You may want to use your time before embarking to hike the 300-meter tall Isikajia hill and enjoy an excellent view of the Denmark Strait, the icebergs, the fjord system, Tasiilaq island and the coastline.

Once you meet your crew and fellow travelers, get settled in and review the boat facilities. Afterwards, you’ll have a safety briefing with your skipper and your guide. Finally set sail towards the initial anchorage and enjoy your first dinner onboard.

Ittoqqortoormiit settlement in Greenland.

Days 1-9: Cruise through the Sermilik and Ammassalik Fjord System

This adventure takes you through the region of the Sermilik Fjord and the Ammassalik Fjord, on the eastern coast of Greenland. Departing from Kulusuk, you’ll spend your time exploring a region far away from any infrastructure or inhabited area. The Sermilik Fjord, whose name ‘Sermilik’ means ‘place with glaciers’ is located at the southern end of King Christian IX Land, west of the Ammassalik fjord. It is one of the largest fjords in the south-eastern coast of Greenland and stretches inland in a roughly northern direction, splitting into two branches at its head. It culminates in multiple glaciers including the Helheim, Fenris and Midgard glaciers, which feed a constant flow of icebergs into the fjord. The far, western flank of the fjord is inundated by Greenland’s icecap, second only in size to Antarctica. Surrounded by a steep mountainous shoreline and filled with sculpted icebergs, it makes for a spectacular setting. Your guide knows everything about the area—ask them about weather patterns, tradition, or the culture, they’ll answer every question you might have. With icebergs towering over you and high walls and cliffs falling straight into the sea, keep an eye out for the wildlife. Narwhals, polar bears, arctic foxes, geese, seabirds, seals, beluga whales, walrus—these are just a few of the animals living in the Arctic Circle.

Two sailors steering the boat and enjoying the sun as they make their way through Greenland fjords

Day 10: Departure

You’ll arrive at Kulusuk in the morning. Say goodbye to your crew, to your fellow adventurers, and to the boat that’s been your home for 10 days. Return to the airport—bon voyage back home!

Sailboat on the Arctic Sea.
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Life on board

A spacious sailboat

Sail and explore Greenland on a spacious and comfortable 22m / 73 ft Garcia sailboat Varuna that will welcome you back each day after hours and hours of exploration. Warm and welcoming cabins, each with en-suite heads and showers, will make you feel cozy as you are securely at anchor in a protected and stunning bay.

The boat you'll spend 8 days on — Varuna

Luxurious experience

This experience is as luxurious as it gets! Let the chef prepare gourmet dishes, as well as some typical local dishes assorted with a selection of quality wines. Each meal will be packed with proper nutritional ingredients and hydration to carry with you as you head for your climb, and you will be treated with recovery snacks upon return!

Each day, you eat specialties prepared by the guides from fresh ingredients

Welcoming crew

Let the crew take care of your equipment as you enjoy the views surrounding the anchorage. Relax and enjoy dinner with your group—evenings onboard become a special time for camaraderie and sharing experiences, as well as for planning your next adventure over a warm meal.

The interior of the sailboat
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Ana Alvaro about Boreal Adventure Sailing on Facebook

They are a great professional team. Lionel Lemmonchais is the best skipper I ever met!!

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, guides and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Greenland, please refer to Greenland’s current COVID-19 restrictions.

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, IFMGA guide with extensive knowledge of the area
    • 10 days of sailing and exploring Greenland
    • World-class skipper and private chef
    • All meals and snacks for the duration of the tour (gourmet cuisine and typical local dishes)
    • Hot beverages and non-alcoholic beverages
    • Sailboat transportation and accommodations for the duration of the tour
    • Bedding and towels 
    • Standard offshore lifejacket and lifeline
    • Shore landings and tours with the dinghy
    • Fuel and all port dues

What’s not included:

    • Transportation to and from the Constable Point (meeting point in Greenland)
    • Accommodations prior to and after the tour
    • Food and beverages on the day of arrival until boarding
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Voice and data communication using onboard equipment
    • Trekking or other outdoor activity gear.
    • Entry fees into parks, museums, etc
    • Insurance

How fit do I need to be?

In order to join the sail and explore tour of Greenland, you need to be reasonably fit. This is a beginner-friendly adventure, but keep in mind that you’ll spend some time hiking and walking onshore. Due to Greenland’s limited health system capacities, make sure that you’re in good health and able-bodied to travel in Greenland. It can be a costly and timely affair to transport you to hospital in Greenland if you become seriously ill.

What will the weather be like?

During the Arctic summer, temperatures range from 4-9 °C / 39-48 F on average, but the generally dry air makes it milder than you may expect. Still, make sure you bring plenty of layers.

What do I need to bring?

Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

    • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 25-40L bag)
    • Duffle bag for clothes
    • Hiking poles — optional
    • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
    • Hat or cap
    • A buff or neck gaiter
    • Warm gloves
    • Thermal underwear (wool or synthetic)
    • Long sleeve shirt (wool or synthetic)
    • T-shirts (wool or synthetic)
    • Light wool or fleece sweater
    • Hooded wind and waterproof puffy jacket
    • Wind and waterproof breathable trousers
    • An insulating layer
    • Leisure clothing for the boat
    • Spare clothes for layering
    • Sturdy waterproof hiking boots or shoes
    • Soft indoor shoes for the boat
    • Thermal mat (for lunch breaks) — optional
    • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, etc.)
    • Mosquito repellent
    • SPF lip balm and face cream
    • Headlamp or flashlight
    • Sunglasses 
    • Camera — optional (but recommended)

Keep in mind that hard case luggage is not admitted on board.

Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. Make sure to avoid cotton and bring fast-drying clothes instead.

Group sizes and age requirements

Group sizes and prices:

    • To ensure your comfort and safety, this max number of people in a group for this adventure is 6. You can join this adventure on your own or in bigger groups until all the spots are taken.
    • The cost does not decrease as the group grows.
    • Unless stated otherwise, accommodation is for two persons in double-bed cabins. Staying in a single cabin is possible with a price surcharge. Contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

Min. age requirements:

    • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
    • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the tour, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

If your group has travelers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

Deposits

A 35% 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 65% of the amount is paid the latest 3 months (90 days) prior the departure. Fort short notice bookings 100% of the travel price is payable upon submission of the signed booking form.

Any delay in paying a down payment and/or the balance of the price will be considered a cancellation by you after a short grace period and cancellation fees will be applied.

Cancellation policy

If you are required to cancel your trip before it starts (departure date), you must inform Boreal Adventure Sailing AG as soon as possible in writing (by e-mail). The date of your written notice will be used as the cancellation date to charge the cancellation fee.

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

  • 100% of the price of the trip is refundable more than 365 days before departure date
  • 75% of the tour price is refundable if canceled 120 to 365 days before departure date
  • 50% of the tour price is refundable if canceled 90 to 119 days before departure date
  • 25% of the tour price is refundable if canceled 60 to 89 days before departure
  • 0% of the price of the trip if it is canceled  less than 60 days before departure.

For any cancellation by the client, costs incurred by the traveler such as transportation to the departure point of the trip and return home, fees visa documents, travel documents and vaccination fees will not be subject to any reimbursement.

If cancellation occurs as a result of unpredictable or unavoidable events by the customer or by a third party (e.g. flight cancellations, loss or theft of luggage or personal belongings) other than Boreal Adventure Sailing AG, Boreal Adventure Sailing AG can not be held responsible nor can it be required to reimburse related costs, including cancellation fees.

You can request consent for a third party to take your place, up to 7 days before departure. The replacement customer must fulfil all the conditions associated with the contract, including medical health and fitness. The customer and the person replacing them shall be jointly and severally liable for payment of the amounts still owed for the travel. Boreal Adventure Sailing may refuse at its sole discretion the replacement customer and cancellation fees would remain applicable.

The prices are definitive. Price changes after the date of the booking form may arise from subsequent material increases in fuel costs, changes in or new fees (e.g. embarkation & disembarkation fees) or introduction / increase of taxes and government fees.

Should events beyond guide’s control occur  (such as wars, political unrest, strikes, riots, airspace congestion, bad weather, thefts of luggage or other personal belongings of travelers),  Boreal Adventure Sailing reserves the right to cancel the travel, change the dates, schedules or itineraries to ensure the safety of travelers, without possible recourse against Boreal Adventure Sailing AG.

Getting there and meeting location

Your tour starts in Kulusuk, the gateway to East Greenland where you’ll board the boat. 

To reach Kulusuk, Icelandair has a service all year round from Reykjavik (international connecting hub). If you are coming from Copenhagen, you must first fly to Nuuk and then catch another flight to Kulusuk, which backtracks across the entire country. There are only small transfer boats that operate between Tasiilaq (located on a separate island) and Kulusuk and the other settlements in the area, so arriving by ferry is not the best option.

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