west greenland sail and Kayak expedition

sail Greenland’s Wild West Coast.

Join SSV for a week of sailing, kayaking and hiking through the ice and Fjords of West Greenland. Using our 16-passenger schooner Elsie, we will journey north from Ilulissat through Disko bay to Disko Island and Uummannaq Fjord. Each day offers opportunities to paddle amongst the ice, trek through remote valleys, visit remote communities or experience the sight of whales under the midnight sun, all from the comfort of our well appointed vessel. This trip is suitable for paddlers, hikers and those seeking an in depth experience of the West coast of Greenland with a small group of likeminded travellers.

discover disko bay: Icebergs, whales and the Midnight Sun

Your expedition begins in Rekayvik where you will be briefed by your expedition leader in preparation for your flight across the Greenland icecap to Ilulissat. There will be time to explore Ilulissat before we board our vessel and set sail for Disko Island in Disko Bay. Disko Island is the largest island along the coast of Greenland and is unique for it’s lush vegetation and volcanic landscape that provides a stark contrast to the surrounding seas glistening with towering icebergs. We will explore stunning black beaches, hidden coves with waterfalls and discover the diverse vegetation as we trek, cruise or paddle the coast of Disko Island.

We will have the opportunity to explore both the eastern and western expanse of Disko Island including areas with Ramsar wetlands designated to be of international significance as breeding sites for the white-fronted goose and the king eider. Whether sailing, paddling, or hiking we will enjoy the spectacular views as we search for the unique wildlife of Greenland.

Uummannaq Fjord: Islands to icecaps

Uummannaq Fjord is renowned for dramatic mountains, unique islands, remote communities and extensive fields of ice. We stop in the township of Uummannaq, a small but thriving community at the foot of a dramatic mountain. We will journey into the depths of the fjord system seeking the best opportunities to paddle and explore amongst the islands and close to Greenlands icecap. Further to the south, we have opportunities to paddle the ice filled bays or trek across the Tundra on the rarely visited Arve-prinsens Ejland and soak in the unique history of Oqaatsut with a visit to the famous H8 whalers tavern.

aboard Elsi: Your Home at Sea

Built in 1986 at the German Blumenthaler shipyard, the schooner Elsi has a storied history as a training expedition vessel. After extensive renovations in 2013, Elsi embarked on medical humanitarian missions to remote corners of the world. In 2022, she began operating in the Polar regions. She is well fitted out for polar travel with heating, satellite communication, and comfortable living quarters. With her rich legacy and modern comforts Elsi offers a cozy and safe haven making her the perfect vessel for your Greenland sailing and kayaking adventure.

Grade

Easy – Moderate

This trip is suitable for active individuals with a thirst for adventure. The kayaking option suits paddlers with some kayak experience.

Dates

2025
16-24 July

Cost

2025

TRIPLE CABIN AU$8500.00  per person

TWIN CABIN AU$9490.00  per person

Kayaking Package – AUD899 per person

IncludES

  • Return transfers from the airport to the group hotel in Reykjavik
  • Hotel accommodation (twin share) in Reykjavik.
  • One way flight from Reykjavik
  • Return transfer from Illulissat airport to vessel.
  • Seven nights ship accommodation. 
  • All meals on board ship.
  • Expedition guide services. 
  • Port taxes and port charges imposed by government authorities.

Excludes

  • Outward flight from Ilulissat at the end of the trip.
  • Single supplements. 
  • Visa, passport and vaccination charges and airport departure taxes. 
  • Hotels and meals not included in the voyage itinerary. 
  • Optional excursions not included in voyage itinerary. 
  • Laundry, personal clothing, medical expenses, personal travel insurance and items of a personal nature such as bar charges and phone/email charges. 
  • Emergency evacuation charges. 
  • Alcohol unless specified. 
  • Optional activities such as kayaking unless the activity supplement has been paid. 
  • Tips on board for crew and service personnel.

Day 1

On arrival in Reykjavik, to will be met at the airport and
transferred to the group hotel for your overnight stay.
This evening you’ll meet your expedition leaders for a
trip briefing.

Day 2

Flight to Ilulissat board the Elsi, and set sail to Disko Island

Day 3

Explore the Southern Coast of Disko Island. Begin the day with a hike or kayak.

Day 4

Today we explore the western expanse of Disko Island. Journey throught the stunning fjords before heading to Uummannaq.

Day 5

Explore Uummannaq, take in the stunning fjord views, and explore the town at the foot of a heart-shaped mountain. Part of the towns charm is the red post box where letters to Santa are received from all over the world.

day 6

Uummannaq Fjord and Appat Island. depending on the wind and ice, we explore this spectacular and remote part of West Greenland.

Day 7

Transit day – most of today will be spent sailing to Arve-prinsens Ejland. Enjoy the open ocean, expansive landscapes and spectacular icebergs and keep an eye out for whales.

Day 8

Today we awake in Arve-prinsens Ejland. This area is great for kayaking among the ice and searching for Greenland’s elusive wildlife. we will enjoy our final meal together tonight and re-live our incredible experiences. Later in the evening we set sail for Ilulissat.

Day 9

The expedition concludes today. You can choose to explore more of Greenland or get a flight to your next destination.


What you’ll see

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