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Scoresby Sund Sailing Cruise

Embarking and disembarking at Constable Pynt and return charter flight from Reykjavik

Zodiac approaching the Rembrandt van Rijn

This tour includes: Contsable Pynt (Nerlerit Inaat) • Volquart Boons Coast • Vikingebugt • Danmark Ø • Røde Ø • Røde Fjord • Cape Hofmann Halvø • Ø Fjord • Bjørneøer (Bear Islands) • Sydkap • Jameson Land • Ittoqqortoormiit • Kap Stewart (Jameson Land) • Contsable Pynt;

Route map

Greenland Scoresby Sund Route

Key facts

  • North-East Greenland: Scoresby Sund (Aurora Borealis)
  • Arctic expedition cruise with specialist expedition leaders
  • 2018 departure: 25 August (RVR27)
  • Nights: 11
  • Cabin price from: £3,500* (triple shared porthole)
  • Deposit: 20%
  • Vessel: S/v Rembrandt van Rijn
  • Tour leader: Oceanwide Expeditions
  • * Please note that the prices quoted are for cruise only and do not include flights or hotel accommodation. We will arrange your flights and any accommodation but as fares and rates are subject to change, prices are quoted on request.
  • Greenland Scoresby Sund 2018 detailed itinerary
  • Greenland 2018 Overview, dates & prices

The ship

S/v Rembrandt van Rijn was built as a herring lugger early last century. She was rebuilt as a three-mast passenger sailing schooner in 1994. The vessel underwent a complete rebuilding and refurbishment program and the communication and navigation equipment has been completely renewed according to the latest SOLAS regulations.

S/v Rembrandt van Rijn

The Rembrandt is well suited for expedition cruising among small islands and offers excellent open deck viewing areas, even when under sail. The two inflatable rubber crafts (zodiacs) enable landing and wildlife viewing opportunities in otherwise inaccessible areas. Read more about the Rembrandt van Rijn

Your itinerary

Day 1
We arrive by charter plane from Reykjavik at Constable Pynt, the airfield at the head of Hurry Inlet. The area has a fantastic geology.

Day 2
We sail along the ragged and glaciated Volquart Boons Coast. Here we may organise a zodiac cruise along one of the glacier fronts of this coast, and have our first landing near a glacier, like Måne Glacier or in Vikingebugt.

Day 3
We land on Danmark Ø where there are remains of an Inuit settlement abandoned around 200 years ago. The circular 'tent rings' of stones indicate the summer houses, while the winter houses can be seen closer to a small cape. The sites are well preserved, allowing entrances and even bear-proof meat caches to be identified. There are also grave sites.

Days 4 & 5 (Days 4–6 for RVR27)
We continue our sailing through the beautiful fjords to the west, choked with icebergs and try to land on Røde Ø, where we see incredible beautiful sandstone formations with basalt intrusions and a back ground of myriads of contrasting blue ice-bergs. If the ice conditions allow we will attempt to navigate Røde Fjord famed for its beauty. It is a fantastic alternating landscape with the red sedimentary rocks to the west completing the amazing scenery all around. We may find a good place to land and take a walk in the autumn vegetation with good chances to see Muskoxen and guaranteed amazing views.

Day 6 (Day 7 for RVR27)
We go ashore at Cape Hofmann Halvø, a reliable spot for viewing Musk Oxen. We may also spot Rock Ptarmigan and at sea, the Great Northern Diver. The landscape here is particularly beautiful, especially during autumn when the Dwarf Willow and Dwarf Birch change colour. Arctic Blueberry and Crowberry add their own colourful touch – the berries are tasty too! In the evening we sail through the fjord towards Scoresby Land enjoying the contrast between the warm autumnal colours of the vegetation on shore, backed by huge dark mountains, and the cold blue of the icebergs.

Day 7 (Day 8 for RVR27)
We sail through one of the most spectacular Fjords in the world. Ø Fjord is almost 40 nm long, only a few nm wide and with mountains of up to 2000 meters high on each side. Large icebergs are drifting through as the depth reaches more than 1000 meters. We aim to find shelter in Jyttehavn on the so-called Bjørneøer (Bear Islands) and may make a landing in the later afternoon.

Day 8 (Day 9 for RVR27)
On our way to Sydkap in Scoresby Land in the morning, we encounter huge icebergs, some over 100 m high and more than a kilometre in length. Most of the bergs are grounded as the fjord is “only” about 400 m deep here. We land near Sydkap to view the remains of the Thule culture winter houses. As many as 20 people lived in these tiny houses, hunting Greenland Whale and using their vertebrae to build the houses.

Day 9 (Day 10 for RVR27)
We visit Ittoqqortoormiit, the biggest settlement in the Scoresby Sund with about 400 inhabitants. At the post office you can buy stamps for your postcards, or just wander around to see the sledge dogs and the drying skins of seals, Musk Oxen and Polar Bears.

Day 10 (Day 11 for RVR27)
In the morning we land on the south coast of Jameson Land near Kap Stewart at a lagoon, an area with waders and geese collecting for the autumn migration. The landscape here is gently undulating. Musk Oxen and Collared Lemming survive on the meagre vegetation. Further inside Hurry Inlet we may land near the head of the fjord and take a walk near one of the rivers terminating here. We may opt to do an excursion near Hareelv and climb J. P. Kochs Fjeld. In this area they found the fossils of the link between fish and amphibians in the lower Cretaceous. We spend the night at anchor off Constable Pynt.

Day 11 (Day 12 for RVR27)
We make our final landing at the airfield of Constable Pynt and fly with chartered plane to Reykjavik.

Disclaimer: This itinerary is dependent on sea and ice conditions. The final itinerary will be decided by the ship's captain and your Expedition Leader to maximize opportunities.