Greenland - Umanak
10 nights aboard the S/V Rembrandt van Rijn -
Aasiaat, Greenland Roundtrip
June 18-28, 2013 - RVR19
July 8-18,2013 - RVR21
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 night at anchor in Aasiaat or in one of the bays
Day 2 - Today we sail north of Grønne Island to the
large Jakobshavn Isfjord with its enormous icebergs, where we spend some hours. It is a good area for
Alternatively we try to sail into Ata Sund to Eqip Sermia
Day 3 – At the western tip of Nussuaq Penisula we
land at Bjørnefaelden assumed to be named after a bear trap from the Viking period.
Day 4 - At Uummannaq,
we 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. We will also 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 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, we work our
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 whereNASA tested its Marsrover's.
Day 6 - We will 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 we will see Marmorilik with the Black Angel Mine for zinc and
lead high in the mountains. Later we will have a zodiac cruise Sailing along the glacier front of the
Day 7 - We circumnavigate Upernivik
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 we 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 west .
Day 8 – In the morning we make a zodiac cruise at
200 at Schades Øer with Arctic Tern colonies
and sometimes Sabines Gulls. In the afternoon we sail along the south coast of Svartenhuk Peninsula and look
into the valleys of Savik and Akunerit, where we sometimes see Musk Oxen. The west side of Akunerit has
lakes with water birds like Canadian Goose. Also Arctic Skua’s breed here.
Day 9 – On Hareøen we could make a landing at the northeast side at
Umivinguaq a lovely little bay with Thule houses. Alternatively we 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 – In Fortunebay (Greenlandic, Kitdlit = whale
bay) and Engkelsmanshavn we land near some warm ( 8 degrees C) springs, which create a lush vegetation. We
have good opportunities to see Humpback Wahles 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 11 - 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 voyage cost).
2013 Greenland - Umanak
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