Disko Bay Whale Safari
7 nights aboard the S/V Rembrandt van Rijn sailing
roundtrip from Aasiaat, Greenland
May 21 - 28, 2013
- 11, 2013 RVR17
June 11 - 18, 2013 RVR18
Day 1 - We 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. We spend the first part of the night at
anchor in Aasiaat or in one of the bays nearby.
Day 2 – Today we are at the mouth of the Disko Bay, surrounded by rich waters, which attract
both seabirds and whales. We expect to see our fist Greenland Whale. In the evening we spend the night in Fortune
Bay or Engelsmandens Haven, where there are warm springs.
Day 3 - Another day of opportunities to see Greenland Whales, when we sail south of
Godhavn. In the afternoon we sail to the mouth of the Jakobshavn Isfjord with its enormous icebergs, where we will
float for quite some hours.
Day 4 – In the morning we land at Flakkerhuk, on the east side of Disko Island, making our
way through waters dominated by huge icebergs. We intend to land at several points along the coast, like Narujuk
and Modderbugt to 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 we may also pay a visit to Saqqaq, famous because of the remains of dwellings of the Saqqaq Culture, 4000 years
An alternative is to sail into Ata Sund to the glacier front of Eqip Sermia
Day 5 – In the morning in Davis Strait we may glimpse the edge of the Baffin Bay sea-ice,
some tens of miles west of Disko Island. We will try some landings in Nordfjord and Qasigissat, in a lush tundra
landscape near lakes in valleys surrounded by basalt cliffs. At Qasigissat there are accessible populations of of
ducks and geese.
Day 6 – In Diskofjord we sail into the Kuanerssuit Fjord toward some warm springs. Near
Sioraq settlement, where the people keep sledge dogs, we also visit a Thule dwelling site with large turfhuts in a
great setting. In the evening we cruise along Queqertaq Island (1000 m high) with the largest Northern Fulmar
colony in Greenland
Day 7 – Another day of opportunities to see Greenland Whales when we sail 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 8 - We arrive in
Aasiaat. In the morning we fly from Aasiaat to Kangerdlussuak by charterd flight, and onward
by scheduled flight to Copenhagen (flights not included in the
If there is still too
much sea ice around Disko Island (possibly in May and early June), we will remain in Disko Bay and explore to
the southeast of Disko Bay to Grønne Island (cruise at 200m from seabird reserve), Saqqaq site at Qajaa, and to
Cristianshaab = Qasingiannguit.
After mid- June the
Greenland Whales have disappeared from the Disko Bay region and the program will not focus on them anymore. In
2013 we will have maximal displays of Aurora borealis on the autumn voyages.
2013 Disko Bay Whale Safari
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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.
- On Rembrandt voyages: Transfers and baggage handling between airport and ship in
Greenland harbours on the chartered group flights.
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baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is mandatory); excess baggage charges and all items of a
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the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).
It is agreed that if fuel prices will exceed US Dollar 90 per Barrel Brent 90 days prior to
departure Oceanwide Expeditions reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge of US Dollar 25 per
passenger per night, to be paid by the contracting party of Oceanwide Expeditions.