Scoresby Sund by Sailing Ship
Scoresby Sund by Sailing Ship 11 days aboard SV Rembrandt van Rijn
A late summer by sailing ship voyage through the spectacular Scoresby Sund system in eastern Greenland. This is the longest fjord in the world and here you will see amazing land and ice scapes as well as birds and wildlife, all from the unique perspective of a three-masted schooner.
- Sail along Scoresby Sund, the world's longest fjord
- Hope to see musk oxen, lemmings and even polar bears
- Get close to amazing glaciers
- Unique historical sites
- Transfers between airport and ship
- All meals on board ship
- Lecture programme with expert naturalists, etc.
- Guided zodiac and shore excursions
- Does NOT include ANY flight costs
ITINERARY10 Nights 11 Days
- DAY 1 | Constable Pynt
- DAY 2 | Volquart Boons Coast
- DAY 3 | Danmarksø
- Days 4-5 | Rode Fjord
- DAY 6 | Cape Hofmann Halvo
- DAY 7 | Oy Fjord
- DAY 8 | Scoresby Land
- DAY 9 | Ittoqqortoormiit
- Day 10 | Jameson Land
- Day 11 | Constable Pynt
Arrive by charter plane from Reykjavik (cost not included in prices). This area at the head of the Hurry Inlet is a geologist's paradise.
Volquart Boons Coast
Sail along the rugged Volquart Boons coast. Take zodiax excursions and land along one of the glacier fronts, such as Måne Glacier or in Vikingebugt.
Visit the long-abandoned remains of an Inuit settlement and see circular
‘tent rings’ of stones indicating the summer houses, while the winter
houses can be seen closer to a small cape. The sites are well preserved,
allowing entrances and even bear-proof meat caches to be identified.
There are also grave sites.
We continue our sailing through the beautiful fjords to the west, choked with icebergs and try to land on Røde Island, where we see incredible beautiful sandstone formations with basalt intrusions and a back ground of myriads of contrasting blue ice-bergs. If the ice conditions allow we will attempt to navigate Røde Fjord famed for its beauty. It is a fantastic alternating landscape with the red sedimentary rocks to the west completing the amazing scenery all around. We may find a good place to land and take a walk in the autumn vegetation with good chances to see Muskoxen and guaranteed amazing views.
Cape Hofmann Halvo
Go ashore at Cape Hofmann Halvø looking for musk oxen and rock ptarmigan and, out at sea, the great northern diver. Enjoy the autumn colours with dwarf willow and dwarf birch changing colour and taste the local blueberries and crowberries. Sail past icebergs into Scoresby Land.
We sail through one of the most spectacular Fjords in the world. Ø Fjord is almost 40 nm long, only a few nm wide and with mountains of up to 2000 meters high on each side. Large icebergs are drifting through as the depth reaches more than 1000 meters. We aim to find shelter in Jyttehavn on the so-called Bjørneøer (Bear Islands) and may make a landing in the later afternoon.
Sail past massive icebergs, some over 100 metres high and more than a kilometre in length. Land near Sydkap to view the remains of the Thule culture winter houses, built using the vertebrae of Greenland whales.
We visit Ittoqqortoormiit, the biggest settlement in the Scoresby Sund with about 400 inhabitants. At the post office you can buy stamps for your postcards, or just wander around to see the sledge dogs and the drying skins of seals, Musk Oxen and Polar Bears.
In the morning we land on the south coast of Jameson Land near Kap Stewart at a lagoon, an area with waders and geese collecting for the autumn migration. The landscape here is gently undulating. Musk Oxen and Collared Lemming survive on the meagre vegetation. Further inside Hurry Inlet we may land near the head of the fjord and take a walk near one of the rivers terminating here. We may opt to do an excursion near Hareelv and climb J. P. Kochs Fjeld. In this area they found the fossils of the link between fish and amphibians in the lower Cretaceous. We spend the night at anchor off Constable Pynt.
Arrive and disembark. Fly on chartered plane to Reykjavik (cost not included in prices)
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Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
We had a wonderful time, even though we didn't do all the places we were supposed to but we all felt were we went instead couldn't beaten. Saw animals I wanted to see. Bit worried what the food was like as some of the ships cooking leaves something to be desired, but food was very good. We thought all the guides were brilliant and informative, friendly and knowledgeable It was far better than we expected and even my husband thoroughly enjoyed it!
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I thought you might like to know that this was an excellent holiday. Our guide, Brad, was absolutely wonderful, his enthusiasm and knowledge made the holiday even better. All in all the whole trip was excellent and we saw lots of bears, 24 on the first day. Fewer on the second and third days but still plenty, as well as arctic foxes,silver foxes and snowy owls. Even on the last day near the town we saw a bear on rocks by the beach.
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