West Greenland, Aurora Celestis -
7 or 14 nights aboard the S/V Rembrandt van
September 19-26, 2013 RVR27a - Aasiaat, Greenland to Nuuk Greenland
September 19 - October 3, 2013 RVR27ab - Aasiaat, Greenland to Narsarssuaq, Greenland
September 26 - October 3, 2013 RVR27b - Nuuk, Greenland to Narsarssuaq,
September 19 - 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 in the mouth of Disko Bay. Its port is ice free from late spring to early winter.
20 - Today we find ourselves just south of the large Jakobshavn Glacier with its
enormous icebergs. The Jakobshavn Isfjord is a World Heritage Site. Just south of it we may climb a hill
and enjoy the view across the bay with icebergs.
September 21 -
The island groups of Hunde Ejland and Kronprinsens Ejland at the mouth of the Disko Bay, are surrounded by rich
waters which attract both seabirds and whales. We intend to call at the small settlement on Hunde Eijland where
old dwellings of Greenland’s Thule culture (dating from the 11th century) and graves
from 18th century Dutch whalers can be seen.
September 22 - We
arrive at Sydbay (Ukivik) on a beautiful sandy beach, where the 18th Century whalers
traded with the Greenlanders during the annual Assivik, an occasion when people from a large area come together.
We land also at nearby Isortoq with remains of houses of the Thule culture. In this area we may see
September 23 -
Kangaamiut at the mouth of Evighedsfjord is a friendly Greenlandic village where people still indulge in
handicraft. Some way into Evighedsfjord ( Eternities Fjord) near the glacier fronts of Sermetsiaq and Taterat
Sermiat we are surrounded by mountains of nearly 2000 m high.
September 24 -
South of Maniitsoq between Alanngua and Fiskefjord, we land in an area which is the base of a large impact
crater, caused by a huge meteorite, which hit the earth about 3 milliard years ago. It is the oldest
impact structure recorded to date on earth. The geologist Adam Garde (Denmark) who discovered this
phenomena will be guide / lecturer on this voyage.
September 25 – We
sail some way into Godthåbsfjord and visit some ruins from Vesterbygd ( western settlement) of the Norsemen and
see majestatic ice-bergs from the Kangersuneq. The Moravians had a mission in the abandoned Umanaq
September 26 - Nuuk
(Godthåb - Neu Herrenhut) the capital of Greenland has a population of about 15,000. An excursion should include
a visit to the museum which has a remarkable collection of Inuit mummies, dating from the 15th Century, which
were found near Uummannaq, further to the north. The Cultural Centre of Nuuk, which each year has an exhibition
of the work of a Greenlandic artist, is also worth visiting. The waters to the west of the town are a good place
to see Humpback Whale and Blue Whale.
Voyage RVR27a ends.
September 27 - We call at Lichtenfels an abandoned
Herrnhuters mission post, with large cemetry from the 18th century, and Fiskenaes (formerly called Brielse
September 28 - We sail
past Flade Isblink and keep a lookout for Humpback Whale and Minke Whale.
September 29 – This
Sunday morning we will try to attend a church service in Arsuk, a dwindling Greenlandic community with
about 140 residents. In Ivittuut we walk along the remains of a Cryolite mine and around a small cemetery
connected with it. In this area we see Musk Oxen, which were introduced into the area in the last
September 30 –
Today we sail to the beautiful glacier fronts of Qaleralik Sermia, where we will have some zodiac excursions and
make some landings near the glacier. Deeper into Bredefjord at Qoornooq, we land in an area with beautiful
remains of houses from the Thule culture.
October 1 – We reach Lichtenau a lovely but nearly
deserted Greenlandic village, where the Herrnhuters had a mission in the 18th
Century, and where still some of their large buildings remain. We will try to get to Uunartoq, where we can
bathe in a large hot spring, surrounded by icebergs. Close to it is Igdlorpait another abandoned Moravian
October 2 - In Eriksfjord we visit the Viking sites
of Gardar (a walk of 3 km from the landing site at Itilleq in the neck of the Peninsula) and Brattahlíð, where
Erik Red lived about a thousand years ago. In the evening we arrive at the port of
October 3 - From Narsarssuaq we fly by
scheduled plane to Kangerdlussuak and Copenhagen (flight not included).
In 2013 we expect maximal displays of Aurora borealis on our autumn
2013 West Greenland, Aurora Celestis -
RVR27a & RVR27b Rates
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Single occupancy is available in all cabin types with a 70% supplement.
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