Arctic Fjordscapes

 

The east coast of Greenland is an awesome wilderness. More than 2,600 kilometers of coastline are inhabited by only 3,500 people in small towns and settlements. This is the Arctic with all it's breathtaking beauty and striking scenery.

This trip is suitable for anyone interested in experiencing the magic of late summer in Greenland onboard our expedition sailing yacht the Aurora. Cruising in the sheltered ice-filled fjords of the Angmagssalik area, we welcome people of all ages and with varying interests. Some like to explore by kayak or on foot whilst others simply like to observe nature from the yacht or immerse themselves in the culture of the local people. We will visit the big Sermilik ice-fjord, walk the streets of Tasiilaq and cruise the channels between the villages of Tiniteqilaq, Kummiut and Sermiligaq. We will visit the abandoned WWII military base, Bluie East 2 and spend nights in spectacular, remote anchorages. This is early autumn in the Arctic and the northern lights will surely light up the night sky for us. We can feel the winter approaching and it is quite possible to see a sprinkle of fresh snow on the mountain tops. The trips start and end in the village of Kulusuk. Here are daily flights to Iceland and other parts of Greenland

 

Further reading:

Haukur Sigurðsson's blog here. Great videos and photos.


Trip itinerary


Day 1
Arrive onboard our sturdy expedition sailing yacht AURORA at noon in Kulusuk. We will leave our anchorage around 2pm and sail out of the Torssut Sound and into Angmagssalik Fjord where we will immediately view our first large icebergs. Continuing on to Kong Oscar´s Harbor and the town of Tasiilaq. This is the largest town on the east coast with almost 2000 inhabitants and the center for culture and administration. We will go ashore and explore the colorful 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 Angmagssalik 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 Angmagsalik Fjord where we head inland towards the village of Kummiut. Here we anchor across the fjord in Marie´s Harbor 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. 

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Caroline Amalies anchorage in Skjoldungen fjord
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Included 

  • Yacht costs
  • Services of guides and crew 
  • All food whilst onboard, except alcohol
  • Use of wet weather sailing clothing 
  • Use of sea kayaks

Not included
 

  • International and domestic flights to Iceland and Greenland
  • Accommodation in Kulusuk
  • Personal clothing & equipment as pr recommended equipment list.
  • Personal insurance 
  • Any costs incurred through missed or delayed flights
Terms and conditions


The Borea Adventures trips/voyages are of an adventurous nature and to relatively remote locations in Iceland, Greenland and other places. Borea Adventures makes best effort to stick to the planned itinerary but participants must appreciate and acknowledge that the trip/voyage requires considerable flexibility. The company and captain of the vessel reserve the right to adjust the itinerary without notice for reasons beyond their control such as weather, ice-conditions or other unpredictable or unforeseeable circumstances. Once departed on the voyage the captain will have final say on all decisions affecting safety etc and this must be accepted by all participants.

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All trips list:

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Amazing adventure with two fantastic explorers. Memories are so important and I will never forget this trip.

 

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- Paolo, USA
"It was a splendid holiday, amazing scenery, wonderful food, good sailing and foxes! I particularly enjoyed an insight into the life of the area. Thank you so much for giving us such a wonderful time."
- Andy & Linda, England
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I had an unforgettable experience. Great food, unbelievable snow and weather, and the best company.

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- Matt, USA...
Welcome to the website for Borea Adventures, Iceland, your number one stop for Arctic adventures in high latitudes. We provide great adventures and expeditions in Iceland, Greenland, East Greenland, Jan Mayen and Svalbard (Spitzbergen), mainly using our spacious yacht, the Aurora. Our philosophy is to make our trips as silent as possible where we minimize the use of motorized power and encourage physical activities, whether sea kayaking, climbing, sailing, walking and hiking, wildlife, ski touring and backcountry skiing for beginners, experts and people of all ages. The North Atlantic is our playground and we offer scheduled trips for individuals and groups as well as customized itineraries and charter for groups. We travel in harmony with the wildlife of the area: Arctic Foxes, Birds, Seals, Whales and Polar Bears. Aurora is a sturdy expedition yacht and was raced four times around the globe as part of the Clipper Round the World yacht race under the ownership of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. She gives us a great opportunity to provide Arctic adventures in areas that are hard to reach otherwise. We call her our floating basecamp. Our name is derived from Greek mythology where Boreas was the god of the north wind. Aurora on the other hand was the Roman rosy-fingered goddess of dawn. Aurora Borealis is a name for the Northern lights which are common in our area. As we humans have proven through the decades, names can be hard to remember. Especially if a bit of alcohol gets passed around the galley too many times! You might spell our name Boreal Adventures, Borial Adventures, Borea Adventrues and Borealis Adventures. Thank you for visiting Borea Adventures.