Sail South Greenland | 10 days
We arrive at Narsarsuaq by plane from Reykjavik and board the ship. In Nordre Sermilik (Isafjord) we are surrounded by mountains of over 1,000 metres. We land on Eqaluit qeqertat, an old Thule settlement, and push as far as the icebergs allow us, to the glacier front of Eqalorutsit Kangidlit Sermiat. At Qoornooq, we land in an area with remains of houses from the Thule era. Later we sail to the glacier fronts of Qaleralik Sermia, a good area for white-tailed eagles. Lichtenau is a nearly deserted village, and we try to visit Uunartoq to bathe in a large hot spring surrounded by icebergs. Our landings end with Vagar, Herjolfsnes (Ikigait) – the first landfall site for the Vikings, and Hvalsey’s famous medieval Norse Cathedral.
Ship: Rembrandt Van Rijn
When: Three departures in July 2016
Guide price:£3,830 per person based on twin cabin (private facilities)
Options:Rembrandt Van Rijn runs an 11 day South to East Greenland voyage starting in Narsarsuaq on 23 July 2016 and ending in Kulusuk – perfect for those wanting to round Kap Farval.
Fiona’s travel tipsWHAT TO WEAR: Dress in layers with a wind and waterproof outer layer. Fleeces are great underneath. It can still be cold sailing in the middle of summer so a hat, scarf and gloves are sensible if you feel the cold.
BRING WITH YOU: Insect repellent and antihistamine as mosquitoes are around in summer.
“Ship was very comfortable, lovely food, waiters and cabin stewards did a grand job. Good selection of talks and entertainment. It was a privilege to be welcomed into the Inuit and Newfoundland communities. A unique, once in a lifetime experience that I’ll look back on with great pleasure.”
Christine Lord, Wild Labrador and Greenland, September 2011
“The holiday was fantastic. Favourite aspects were the wonder of the Scoresby Sund fjord under clear blue skies, the northern lights and the icebergs. In Iceland the bus drivers, both male and female, were all very courteous. The B&B was excellent, very clean and friendly staff. I chose you as you offered en route accommodation and return flights – definitely a point in your favour.”
Sandy Lawson, Scoresby Sund, September 2011
“Pre-departure the service was very helpful and friendly. The whole trip was wonderful and friendly and everything went like clockwork. We enjoyed it all.”Pat Gellion and Margaret Moore, Scoresby Sund (Professor Molchanov)
“Thank you for arranging our trip to the Arctic. We found Fiona to be extremely helpful and very knowledgeable about the destination. We had a fantastic time and really enjoyed the Arctic experience. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to friends and would certainly use Arcturus again.”
Gillian and Neville Ham, Spitsbergen and NE Greenland
“I had a splendid holiday, I liked the Polar Star very much. Nansen Fjord was superb, at last we had sunshine. That night there was a good display of the aurora, the first time I had seen it. I had never been to the Westmann Islands and I found the harbour at Heimaey delightful. The arrangements you made for me were very good and I recommend Arcturus to all.”
Elizabeth Lonkhurst, Steam to Ice (Polar Star)