Disko Bay - Umanak« All Rembrandt van Rijn cruise options
|Dates||Deck + Cabin Type|
|Triple Private Porthole||Twin Private Inside||Twin Private Porthole|
|Jul 18 '13
Aug 1 '13
|Charter flights - price to be determined|
|Aug 29 '13
|Charter flights - price to be determined|
- 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.
Day 1 Aasiaat
Arrive in Aasiaat from Kangerdlussuak by chartered plane (flight not included in the voyage cost). Aasiaat is a settlement which was created in the 17th century to support the whaling at the mouth of Disko Bay. Its port is ice free from late spring to early winter. Spend the first part of night at anchor in Aasiaat or in one of the bays nearby as your Arctic sailing cruise begins.
Day 2 Jakobshavn Isfjord
Today sail north of Grønne Island to the large Jakobshavn Isfjord with its enormous icebergs. It is a World Heritage Site. North of Claushavn climb a hill to have a spelendid view across Disko Bay. In the low evening light spend some hours near the ice-bergs from the Isfjord. It is a good area for Humpback Whales.
Day 3 Ata Sund
If ice conditions allow sail into Atta Sund to Eqip Sermia, where you can come quite close to the glacier front, where French explorers ascended the Greenlandic ice-cap.
Day 4 Flakkerhuk & Saqqaq
In the morning land at Flakkerhuk, on the east side of Disko Island, making your way through waters dominated by huge icebergs. Observe a population of birds typical to the High Arctic, with species such as Long-tailed Skua, Turnstone and Grey Phalarope. The birds breed on a beautiful tundra landscape backed by basalt cliffs. Later in the day pay a visit to Saqqaq, famous because of the remains of dwellings of the Saqqaq Culture, 4000 years ago.
Day 5 Nussuaq Penisula
At the western tip of Nussuaq Peninsula land at Bjørnefaelden assumed to be named after a bear trap from the Viking period.
Day 6 Uummannaq
At Uummannaq, approach High Arctic waters. Seal hunting and fishing is still an important source of income for the local people and they also have many dogs which haul their sledges in winter. Visit the nearby Qilakitsoq site, on the north coast of the Nuussuaq Peninsula, where some years ago a family of mummified Thule culture people from the 15th century was found.
Day 7 Nugarssuk
Nugarssuk has Thule houses, a lovely small lake Eqaluit (where the trout is found) and a low hill with great views toward the Greenland icecap. Through a maze of fjords and straits with huge icebergs, and flanked by high mountainsides, work your way north and sail to Akugdleq with its fantastic geological formations creating a desert like image. At Pamiagdlua, opposite Akugdleq, is a similar landscape to where NASA tested its Marsrover's.
Day 8 Fjord Exploration
Land at the head of the fjord, where Wegener began his ascent of the icecap. The glacier Scheideck which 80 years ago ended at the coast has retreated about 10 km inland. In the same area see Marmorilik with the Black Angel Mine for zinc and lead high in the mountains. Later enjoy a zodiac cruise while sailing along the glacier front of the Perdlerfiup Sermia.
Days 9-10 Upernivik Ø & Karrat Island
Circumnavigate Upernivik Ø and sail through the narrow fjords of Inukavsait, surrounded by mountains of over 2000m and glaciers at all sides. At the head of the Kangerlugssuak Fjord land at Nungutagssuak with Thule houses, a beautiful valley near a giant glacier front and in the valley a hanging glacier. Later we sail among the icebergs of the Kangerlugssuak to the Karrat Isfjord, where you will land on the southern tip of Karrat Island dotted with lakes and at Satukujoq, where you can expect to see geese when walking into Nerlerit (geese country). Sailing deeper into Kangidleq is possible, or maybe not possible due to the concentration of ice-bergs.
Day 11 Svartenhuk Peninsula
In the morning make a zodiac cruise at Schades Øer with Arctic Tern colonies and sometimes Sabines Gulls. In the afternoon sail along the south coast of Svartenhuk Peninsula and look into the valleys of Savik and Akunerit, where Musk Oxen are often seen. The west side of Akunerit has lakes with water birds like Canadian Goose. Also Arctic Skua’s breed here.
Day 12 Hareøen
On Hareøen make a landing at the northeast side at Umivinguaq a lovely little bay with Thule houses. Alternatively land in Nordfjord or Qasigissat on Disko Island, in a lush tundra landscape near lakes in valleys surrounded by basalt cliffs. At Qasigissat there are accessible populations of ducks and geese.
Day 13 Diskofjord
In Diskofjord sail into the Kuanerssuit Fjord toward some warm springs. Near Sioraq settlement, where the people keep sledge dogs, visit a Thule dwelling site with large turfhuts in a great setting. In the evening cruise along Queqertaq Island (1000 m high) with the largest Northern Fulmar colony in Greenland.
Day 14 Fortunebay
In Fortunebay (Greenlandic, Kitdlit = whale bay) and Engelsmandens Haven land near some warm ( 8 degrees C) springs, which create a lush vegetation. Have good opportunities to see Humpback Wahles when sailing south of Godhavn to Hunde Ejlands, with a small Greenlandic settlement, old dwellings of Greenland’s Thule culture (dating from 11th century) and graves from 18th century European Whalers.
Day 15 Aasiaat
Arrive in Aasiaat. In the morning fly from Aasiaat to Kangerdlussuak by chartered flight, and onward by scheduled flight to Copenhagen (flights not included in the voyage cost).
Itinerary NotesFares include:
- 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.
- 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 materials
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).
Please note: 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.
Deposit & Payment
Initial deposit is 25% cruise cost, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover. Alternatively, you can send a check to our Missoula, Montana, office or register online at: https://www.adventure-life.com/forms/fourways.php
Final payment is due 70 days prior to departure.
Final payment by bank transfer, check or Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or Amex. Credit Card payments subject to a variable credit card fee.
Booking last minute? No problem! Please contact one of our trip planners, and we can get you on your way if booking less than 70 days prior to departure.
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|Days Prior to departure||Fee|
|90 days or more||25% cruise cost|
|89-60 Days||55% cruise cost|
|59-0 Days||100% cruise cost|
Rembrandt van Rijn
- Ship Highlights
- Passengers : 32
S/V ‘Rembrandt Van Rijn’ was built as a herring lugger early last century. The vessel was rebuilt as a three-mast passenger sailing schooner in he Netherlands in 1994 and sailed various regions of the globe since then. The vessel underwent a complete rebuilding and refurbishment program which was completed 2011. The communication and navigation equipment has been completely renewed according to the latest SOLAS regulations.
The ship is well suited for expedition cruising among small islands and offers good open deck viewing areas, also when under sail. The 2 inflatable rubber crafts (zodiacs) enable landing and wildlife viewing opportunities in otherwise inaccessible areas.
Life aboard the Rembrandt van Rijn:
The crew of the ´Rembrandt van Rijn´ consists of 7 experienced crew and 2 tour guides and a cook. The sailors are in charge during sailing and will bring guests ashore. Whilst sailing the assistance of the passengers is appreciated for handling the sails and taking the helm. This includes being on watch during nightly sailing.
Expeditions aboard the Rembrandt van Rijn attract independent-minded travelers from around the world. They are characterized by a strong interest in exploring remote regions. The camaraderie and spirit that develops aboard is an important part of the expedition experience.
The general interior public areas include a spacious restaurant area so that all meals can be taken together as well as separate bar area and reading table area. There is room to relax, read and socialize. Three meals of international cuisine per day are served buffet style in the restaurant and is prepared by the cook. The vessel furthermore consists of a separate bar including a reading table.
The ship can accommodate a maximum of 32 passengers in 16 cabins in the following cabin types: one Triple Private cabin with porthole, shower and toilet, six Twin Private Inside cabins with shower, toilet and no porthole, and nine Twin Private cabins with shower, toilet and porthole.
The electrical supply aboard the ship is 220 volt 50hz. Electrical outlets are standard European with two thick round pins. U.S. passengers may need a 220v/110v converter.
The s/v Rembrandt van Rijn has no ice class. During her refit, the bow of the vessel was enforced and is therefore suitable to sail in the polar waters.
|Triple Private Porthole|
Main deck, upper and lower berths, private bath facilities and porthole.
|Twin Private Inside |
Lower deck, upper and lower berths, inside cabins with private bath facilities.
|Twin Private Porthole|
Lower deck, upper and lower berths or two lower berths, private bath facilities and porthole.