Greenland Scoresby Sound Sailing Expedition

Scoresby Sound - Arctic Exposure

On this Arctic sailing expedition of the Scoresby Sound in Greenland, you will explore one of the most isolated areas in the world that offers incredible photographic opportunities. This tour has been designed for the serious landscape and wildlife enthusiast who is willing to explore the Arctic, travel off the beaten path and sacrifice comfort for the opportunity to get amazing imagery.

On the Greenland Scoresby Sound Sailing Expedition, you have the rare opportunity to photograph icebergs the size of skyscrapers, steep mountains that plunge into the sea, deep fjords, immense glaciers, sled dogs, breaching whales, northern lights and the unique culture of Greenland. We have scheduled this expedition for September to optimize the chance of capturing the fall colours, first snow in the mountains and, of course, the northern lights.

Scoresby Sound is a large fjord system on the eastern coast of Greenland and the Greenland Sea. It is one of the largest and longest fjord systems in the world. With a tree-like shape, the main body of the fjord is approximately 110 km (68 mi)[2] long and branches into a system of fjords covering an area of about 38,000 km2 (14,700 sq mi). With a population of 469, the only permanent settlement in the region, Ittoqqortoormiit, is tucked away on the northern side of the mouth of the Scoresby Sund.

Expedition itinerary details planned by a professional team and native guides with vast experience in leading photography groups.

Highlights

Arctic Wildlife – Whales, seals, walruses and birds

Arctic Landscapes – Photographing massive icebergs the size of skyscrapers, breaching whales and deep fjords

Northern Lights – Possibility of northern lights (weather permitting)

Drone photography – Great opportunities for drone photography

Inuit settlements – Photographing remote Inuit settlements

Transportation – Flight to and from Greenland and boat on location

Professional Photography Guides – All of our guides are professional photographers based in Iceland with years of experience leading photography workshops

Activity Level – Easy

Small groups – Maximum number of participants: 11

Duration – 10 days / 9 nights

Schedule

2020

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September 01 - September 10, 2020

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September 08 - September 17, 2020

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September 08 - September 17, 2020

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2021

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August 31 - September 9, 2021

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September 07 - September 16, 2021

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Payment info
  • Deposit payment of €3,000 EUR upon booking
  • Payment in full is required 150 days prior to the expedition starting date

Total price: €8,300 EUR

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What's included
  • Accomodations on board
  • All meals on board – breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Professional photo guide and schooner expedition team in Greenland
  • Roundtrip flights from Iceland to Greenland
  • Schooner expedition in Greenland
  • Dinner on the first night in Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Image critique and post-processing session
What's not included
  • Flights to Iceland
  • Alcohol, snacks and beverages
  • Accommodation in Iceland before and after the tour
  • Cancellation Insurance and mandatory evacuation insurance
  • Gratuity for your photography guide

Itinerary

DAY 1 – Arrival in Iceland

As always, we will need to be flexible and adjust to the weather conditions to make the most out of the expedition and travel safely.

Arrival in Iceland and check into your hotel of choice in Reykjavik. Once everyone has arrived, the expedition participants and tour leader will gather to enjoy dinner and a meeting to review itinerary details and safety precautions.

DAY 2 – Iceland to Greenland

Departure from Reykjavik on a flight to Nerlerit Inaat Airport, or Constable Point, in Greenland—a small airfield located on Jameson Land. We embark on the schooner, receive an introduction and safety briefing by the crew, and begin sailing towards the village of Ittoqqortoormiit, where we spend the evening with locals in perhaps the most isolated town in the world.

Ittoqqortoormiit was founded in the 1920s by Inuit settlers and the polar explorer Ejnar Mikkelsen. It is the most northerly settlement on the east coast of Greenland. The 450 inhabitants make their living mostly by fishing and hunting seals, narwhals, musk oxen and polar ears. The quaint little houses dot the rocky slopes of South Liverpool Land with magnificent views of Kap Brewster and the Volquart Boons Coast to the south.

DAY 3 – Sailing in Scoresby Sund

We sail out early morning and head across the Scoresby Sound fjord system to the towering basalt peaks on the south coast of the fjord. We sail between palaces of icebergs that gently drift under the influence of the currents in the Arctic waters after calving from the parent glaciers originating in the inland ice. We will likely anchor in late evening at Hekla Havn, on Denmark Ø, the site of an old Inuit settlement and the wintering camp of the first scientific expedition to Scoresby Sound over a hundred years ago.

DAY 4 – Føhnfjord and Iceberg City

We sail west through the narrow Føhnfjord with the majestic basalt mountains of Gåseland on the port side and the 2,000-meter high sheer granite cliffs of Milne Land on the starboard side. At the end of the fjord, we will anchor at Red Island and make landfall. In the afternoon and evening, we will take a Zodiac boat to the magnificent Iceberg City where hundreds of huge icebergs get stranded.

DAY 5 – Rødefjord and Harefjord

The tour continues to the north through Rødefjord, which is often filled with both larger icebergs and ice crust from icebergs that are breaking up. It is the calmest and most vegetated part of the fjord, which will be in peak autumn colors. Sailing along the calm fjord, we will likely see Muskoxen roaming the hillsides. At an ideal spot along the fjord, we will take a short hike to photograph the vividly colored vegetation and try our luck with the wildlife. We will arrive in Harefjord in the late afternoon, where we will set anchor. If the sky is clear, we will have very good opportunities to photograph the northern lights.

DAY 6 – Harefjord

Depending on the weather and ice conditions, we will spend another night in the Harefjord scouting for musk oxen, snow hares, grouse, geese and other wildlife that normally graze on the south-facing slopes. We will spend between six to seven hours of easy to moderate hiking with a lunch break at the top of a ridge with a breathtaking view over Harefjord where the glacier tongues descend into the sea. Those who prefer not to hike can stroll along the coast or stay on board and enjoy the view. In the evening, the crew will make a bonfire and prepare a BBQ on the rocky beach.

DAY 7 – Øfjord and Bear Islands

The sailing continues eastwards through the breathtakingØfjord. This is one of the most spectacular parts of the trip. Terrific mountain peaks and granite walls tower 2,000 meters up from the sea just like Patagonia mountains of Fitzroy and Cerro Torre had been moved to the Arctic. Usually, the sea breeze in the Øfjord during midday allows sails to be set. You are more than welcome to assist with the rigging. We end the day by setting anchor at Bear Islands.

DAY 8 – Bear Islands to Constable Point

As we sail into the last night of the expedition, we explore the channel between the Bear Islands and Milne Land with a stunning view of the magnificent archipelago. In this particular area, it is likely that we will see some of the largest and most impressive icebergs of the journey, providing a fantastic opportunity for photographs. When we awake the next morning, we will find ourselves anchored at the at the airstrip in Constable Point, ready to deboard.

DAY 9 – Greenland to Iceland

On the last morning, we will enjoy a good breakfast together, write in the diary on board and exchange contact information with the new friends we’ve made. We will disembark the schooner for the last time and board the aircraft in Constable Point to fly back to Keflavík Iceland.

DAY 10 – Depart Iceland

Departure from Iceland. If you are interested in extending your stay in Iceland, have a look at our day trip and multi tour options, or ask us for recommendations by emailing info@arcticexposure.is

For cancellation and refund policy for our workshops, please visit the Terms & Conditions page.

Donna Wood

Is a two-mast oak ship built-in 1918 as a lighthouse ship. In 1990 it underwent massive restoration and was equipped with rigging and sails.
It’s a roomy ship with comfortable accommodations for 12 people in seven cabins equipped with washbasins and closets. In the hallway are shared shower facilities and toilets.

Schooner Opal

Was built in 1951 and served as a trawler in the Baltic-, North-, and Barents Sea. In 1981 an eight-year restoration was completed and Opal was turned into a two-masted schooner. It underwent restoration again in 2013.
It has comfortable accommodations for 12 people in six double/twin cabins plus crew facilities. In the hallway are shared facilities with two showers and three bathrooms.

Schooner Hildur

Was built in 1974 in Akureyri, Iceland. In 2009 it was converted into a two-masted schooner.
It has comfortable accommodations for eight people in six cabins, three single cabins, two twin/double cabins and one large cabin for 4-5 people. In the hallway are shared shower facilities and toilets.