Alaska - Galapagos
A 56-day adventure from the Arctic, crossing the equator, to the Galapagos islands
Nome - Santa Cruz
Thu. 19 - 09 - '19
Wed. 13 - 11 - '19
56 days days
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This voyage is only available when the Tecla gets through the North West Passage. Sailing from Nome to the Galapagos islands is a voyage of about 6000NM. A voyage that will take you from the cold North Arctic regions at the end of summer, to the warm equatorial island group the Galapagos. A voyage where you will experience it all, from cold to warm, from stormy days to being becalmed. And from sailing in-between islands, to not seeing land for days on end!
Nome is a true adventurers den. Once a town that held over 20.000 people, one of them being Wyatt Earp the Wild West hero, now a town of little over 4000 people. In the 1900’s, Nome was seen as a last place where one could still make their own fortune, without too many laws and bystanders. Until they found gold. Wyatt and Josephine Earp opened their saloon to cater to all the needs, the thirsty, the lucky and the unlucky.
The air of the Wild Wild West can still be felt in Nome. Saloons are open still and the gold rush in the Bering sea is once again today’s news.
If you were to arrive early in Nome, then the wildlife is definitely worth a look. There is a national park north of Nome and for bird watchers there are many arctic birds that are worth the trip, such as the Willow Ptarmigan and Rock Ptarmigan, the red throated Loon, the Arctic Tern, red neck Phalarope, long tailed Jaeger and many more.
Bigger wildlife that can be spotted on land are arctic foxes, musk oxen, elk and even bears.
After Nome, sail will be set for the Bering Sea. A stretch of water that can be wild and stormy, but in September predicted winds stay between a force 4 to 5, making it an exhilaratingsail to Dutch Harbour. Dutch Harbour will be an in between stop, last shopping, last bunkers and off we go for a stretch of nearly 5000NM. Following the currents, the route will be set sailing close to the American coast.
These 5000NM will take you from nearly autumn to permanent summer. You should definitely bring your swimming gear, as well as your foul weather gear!!
What are the best things of sailing over 5000NM? The watches and the rhythm. Together we will become a team that will sail the Tecla. You will be part of the maintenance, you will steer the ship, change the sails and be part of the everyday life on board. Staring out over the water, endless horizon and this amazing ship and crew getting to their goal, the Galapagos.
There will be 56 days to get to the Galapagos, that would mean 110 miles per day, 4,5kn on average. So, if the winds are favorable, there will be plenty of time to spend on the Galapagos.
The Tecla crew is known to take a dip in the ocean, while the ship is sailing! Are you up for an adventure? Bring it on! This voyage will also include a crossing of the equator. And so, you will meet Neptune and his wife…. Are you ready to be welcomed into the realm of the Sea Turtle?
The price of the voyage is included the fees and permits we need to land on the Galapagos. But the authorities will only allow us to land on one island. If we are there early we will try and get further permits, but this is not likely. This does not mean that you will not have an amazing time on the islands. The Tecla will be anchored in the harbor most of the time. From the ship you can take an early morning swim with the turtles every day. If you would like to visit more islands, you can take day trips to the other islands, or spend your time snorkeling around the ship.
The Galapagos are well known for their exotic animals and the great explorers and adventurers that once visited the islands. Like the Beagle expedition under Captain FitzRoy, with Darwin on board.
If you are interested in joining in this adventure, please contact us. But as we know the North West Passage is still not open every year, we cannot finalize your booking until we know the Tecla will get through the North.
If the ice does not melt in the summer of 2019, the Tecla will stay on the East side of America. Sailing from Halifax, she will head for the Panama Channel and go through to the Galapagos. This voyage will also take 56 days, divided into 2 legs (also possible to only sail to the Panama Channel or Panama Channel to Galapagos. If you are equally interested in this alternative voyage, please let us know as well.