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A quiet moment in the Arctic

Umanak 2013

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An Arctic voyage to Umanak (Uummannaq) where seal hunting and fishing is still an important source of income for the locals. Embark the Rembrandt van Rijn for this unforgettable Arctic exploration.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Aasiaat
Day 2 : Jakobshavn Isfjord
Day 3 : Bjørnefaelden
Day 4 : Uummannaq
Day 5 : Nugarssuk
Day 6 : Scheideck Glacier
Day 7 : Kangerlugssuak Fjord
Day 8 : Svartenhuk Peninsula
Day 9 : Hareøen
Day 10 : Fortunebay
Day 11 : Aasiaat / Return Home


Rembrandt van Rijn

Places Visited

  • Arctic
  • Greenland
  • Aasiaat
  • Bjornefaelden
  • Fortunebay
  • Hareøen
  • Hunde Ejlands
  • Inukavsait
  • Jakobshavn Glacier
  • Nugarssuk
  • Perdlerfiup Sermia
  • Svartenhuk Halvo
  • Uummannaq


Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level


Trip Snapshots

A quiet moment in the Arctic Watch the sunset in the Arctic Sail through the remote seas of the Arctic Sole Auk Bird A lone reindeer searches for its herd

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.

Day 2 Jakobshavn Isfjord

Today sail north of Grønne Island to the large Jakobshavn Isfjord with its enormous icebergs, where you will spend some hours. It is a good area for Humpback Whales.

Alternatively, should conditions vary, you will try to sail into Ata Sund to Eqip Sermia.

Day 3 Bjørnefaelden

At the western tip of Nussuaq Peninsula land at Bjørnefaelden assumed to be named after a bear trap from the Viking period.

Day 4 Uummannaq

At Uummannaq, here you will approach High Arctic waters. Seal hunting 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 5 Nugarssuk

Nugarssuk has Thule houses, a lovely small lake Eqaluit (where the trout are 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 6 Scheideck Glacier

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 have a zodiac cruise sailing along the glacier front of the Perdlerfiup Sermia.

Day 7 Kangerlugssuak Fjord

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 sail among the icebergs of the Kangerlugssuak to the west.

Day 8 Svartenhuk Peninsula

In the morning make a zodiac cruise at 200 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 sometimes Musk Oxen have been seen. The west side of Akunerit has lakes with water birds like Canadian Goose. Also, Arctic Skua’s breed here.

Day 9 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, in a lush tundra landscape near lakes in valleys surrounded by basalt cliffs. At Qasigissat there are accessible populations of ducks and geese.

Day 10 Fortunebay

In Fortunebay (Greenlandic, Kitdlit = whale bay) and Engkelsmanshavn land near some warm ( 8 degrees C) springs, which create a lush vegetation. Have good opportunity 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 11 Aasiaat / Return Home

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).

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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.

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- 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

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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.
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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