This is a unique arctic voyage for experienced ski mountaineers who climb snow covered alpine mountains and ski downhill. Embark on your polar exploration aboard the sailing vessel Rembrandt van Rijn and ski some of the most remote Arctic landscapes. Non-skiers may explore the valleys and lower peaks on snowshoes. From the ship have the opportunity to see wildlife at sea and on shore during your Arctic cruise.
Day 1 : Depart from Nuuk Day 2 : Ski Mountaineering & Snowshoeing Day 3 : Mount Sadlen Day 4 : Sondre Isortoq Day 5 : East of Hamburgerland Day 6 : Evighedsfjord Day 7 : Taaterat Glacier Day 8 : Disembark / Fly to Kangerdlussuak
If you arrive from Copenhagen or Keflavik at the Nuuk airport on the scheduled flights (flight not included in the voyage cost) you will be transferred to the ship, which will depart in the early evening into the interior fjords of Nuuk. Passengers who have arrived on earlier flights will have time to do some independent sightseeing. Nuuk (Godthåb), the capital of Greenland has a population of about 16,000 people. The museum has a collection of Inuit mummies, from the 15th Century, which were found near Uummannaq. The Cultural Centre of Greenland - Katuak has exhibitions of Greenlandic artists, is also worth visiting. There are historical buildings from colonial times and bookstores with books about Greenland. The waters to the west of the town are a good place to see Humpback Whale.
Day 2 Ski Mountaineering & Snowshoeing
Spend the day in the fjord system East of Nuuk for a ski mountaineering excursion whilst the non-skiers can enjoy a walk with snowshoes. A prospect for skiers is the mountain Quingaq at 1616 m a.s.l. Later continue your Arctic exploration as you sail to the glacier reaches down to the sea in Kangersuneq. The head of the fjords may be iced up but you will sail as far into the fjord as possible.
Day 3 Mount Sadlen
Another day in fjords east of Nuuk for more ski mountaineering and snowshoe walking. The ski mountaineers may climb up to Mount Sadlen (1210 m) and the snow walkers will enjoy a walk on the lower slopes. In the evening, on your way north, arrive near the settlement of Atangmik.
Day 4 Sondre Isortoq
In Søndre Isortoq at Ivnnarssuaq, in the Maniitsoq area, find a ski and snowshoe tour there or near the Apussuit glacier. The rugged mountains tower from the sea and the views from this height are great. Later sail to east of Maniitsoq. Sperm Whale frequently surface in spring and summer.
Day 5 East of Hamburgerland
The Maniitsoq area offers rugged scenery and the mountain tops are flanked by glaciers reaching down to sea. North facing slopes become your playground for alpine descent at Kristefjeld (800 m) and at the east side of Hamborgerland. Spend the night in the fjord of Appamiut Kangerluarsuat.
Day 6 Evighedsfjord
The Northern slopes of the mountains surrounding Kangerluarsuat offer the best snow. The snowshoe walkers opt for an easy route whilst the ski mountaineers scale higher peaks and pick a downhill run from there. The ship will pick you up for a scenic evening sail into Evighedsfjord (Eternity Fjord). Visit a Kittiwake colony at Taaterat (Kittiwake) and anchor there. Near the mouth of Evighedsfjord Humpback Whale are often seen.
Day 7 Taaterat Glacier
The skiers climb a 100m peak at the interior of Taaterat Glacier. They may even scale the highest mountain top in this area (1444 m). The snowshoe walkers will in the meantime explore the rugged glacier fronts which come all the way down to sea level. In the evening depart towards Maniitsoq and enjoy the time at sea on the last night of your polar voyage.
Day 8 Disembark / Fly to Kangerdlussuak
Disembark in Maniitsoq. The town is nestled on an island at the mouth of a fjord surrounded by peaks above 2000 m. The port of Maniitsoq is ice free from late spring to early winter. Board the charter plane from Maniitsoq to Kangerdlussuak, and onward scheduled flight to Copenhagen (flights not included in the voyage cost).
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- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy.
- Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.7 times the double occupancy rate.
- Due to the extreme nature of itinerary destinations, travel insurance is mandatory for all cruises aboard the Rembrandt Van Rijn - including medical, accident and repatriation/evacuation insurance.
- Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary.
- All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
- All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
- Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
- On Rembrandt voyages: Transfers and baggage handling between airport and ship in Greenland harbors on the chartered group flights.
- All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
- AECO fees and governmental taxes.
- Comprehensive pre-departure material
Not included: Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights; pre- and post land arrangements; transfers to / from the vessel outside Spitsbergen; passport and visa expenses; Government arrival and departure taxes; meals ashore; baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is mandatory); excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges; and the customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).
Fuel Surcharge: It is agreed that if fuel prices will exceed US Dollar 120 per Barrel Brent 90 days prior to departure Rembrandt Van Rijn reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge of US Dollar 25 per passenger per night.
The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.