This trip is suitable for anyone interested in experiencing the magic of late
summer or early autumn in East Greenland. Cruising in the sheltered ice-filled
fjords of the Ammassalik area onboard our expedition sailing yacht the AURORA,
we welcome people of all ages and with varying interests. Some like to explore
by kayak or on foot while others simply prefer to observe nature from the yacht
or immerse themselves in the culture of the local Inuit people.
This is true exploration..
• 8 days (7 nights) on a yacht
• Sailing instruction
• Services of guides and crew
• Guided walks and land excursions
• Guided paddling in sea kayaks amongst the fjords
• Use of stand up paddle boards (SUP)
• Use of wet weather sailing clothing
• All meals for the duration of the trip. Alcohol is not included.
Day 1: Arrive onboard our sturdy expedition sailboat Aurora at noon in Kulusuk. We will leave our anchorage around 2pm and sail out of the Torssut Sound and into Ammassalik Fjord where we will immediately view our first large icebergs. Continuing on to Kong Oscar´s Harbour and the town of Tasiilaq. This is the largest town on the east coast with almost 2000 inhabitants and centre for culture and administration. We will go ashore and explore the colourful town and perhaps hike into ‘Flower Valley’ and the stunning hills surrounding Tasiilaq. In the late afternoon we will move to our first anchorage a short distance from Tasiilaq for a satisfying dinner and our first night onboard the Aurora.
Day 2: We continue our journey past Ammassalik Island and into the great Sermilik Fjord passing the abandoned village of Ikateq and the Erit Skerries (made famous when Bill Tilman lost his boat Sea Breeze there in 1972). We sail across Sermilik and into Johan Petersen Fjord where we will anchor. This majestic landscape offers numerous calving glaciers which cascade directly off the inland icecap creating gigantic icebergs that fill the fjords. Option for a paddle or hike in the afternoon.
Day 3: A day spent hiking and/or kayaking in Johan Petersen Fjord with captivating views over the inland icecap from the nearby mountains. We hope to see whales and seals, frequent visitors to this fjord. Second night will be spent at the same anchorage.
Day 4: Sail back across Sermilik Fjord and onwards to the village of Tiniteqilaq. This tiny settlement with approximately 120 inhabitants is situated on a small promontory with spectacular views over Sermilik Fjord.
Hunting, fishing and tourism are the main sources of income for the population of Tiniteqilaq. Seals are hunted throughout the year together with a restricted number of polar bears and narwhals. We´ll visit the village and hike in the neighbouring hills before spending the night at anchor adjacent to the village.
Day 5: Our expedition continues through the stunning Ikasagtivaq Sound to Ammassalik Fjord where we head inland towards the village of Kummiut. Here we anchor across the fjord in Marie´s Harbour behind Griseöen (Pig Island).
Option for hiking and/or kayaking in the afternoon.
Day 6: Sail into Ikasak Sound and continue onwards to Ikateq Sound where we visit the abandoned US airbase – Bluie East 2. The remains from the US operations during WWII are still there to be seen and explored. Finish the day at anchor in Sermiligaq Fjord, close to the spectacular calving Karale Glacier.
Day 7: Spend the day exploring the magnificent calving glaciers of Karale and Knud Rasmussen. We will sail close to them for some great photographic opportunities and offer an option of hiking in the area. We continue our voyage down the fjord, passing Sermiligaq village and anchoring in Sangmilik Fjord. Option for a short hike or paddle in the afternoon.
Day 8: Our journey concludes as we return by sail to Kulusuk for return flights to Iceland.