Isafjordur - Greenland - Reykjavik
Going to Greenland
Isjafordur - Reykjavik
Fri. 17 - 08 - '18
Mon. 03 - 09 - '18
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This voyage to Greenland starts in Isafjordur, but ends in Reykjavik. For this voyage there will be 18 days, which means that there will be no visit to Hornstrandir, but we will be setting sail over the Denmark Strait to Greenland as soon as the wind alows. The crossing to Greenland will take 2 or 3 days. The prevailing wind in Iceland is North East, and with a North Easterly course a close hauled piece of sailing might get interesting. The main goal for this voyage is Scoresbysund. Situated on the East side of Greenland and going 68 miles inland, this fjord will give shelter and provide us with a beautiful sailing ground. The Scoresbysund is said to be a treelike fjord, with many branches to explore. The surroundings are mostly mountainous, with high cliffs rising out of the water. Ittoqqortoormiit will probably be the only town we will see. Founded in 1925, this town is one of the most remote towns of Iceland, with a population of between the 400 and 500 residents. During our expeditions on shore the land animals we could encounter include muskox, Arctic fox, stoat, mountain hare and lemmings. Birds would be too many to mention, but some of our favourites are the little auk, the puffins, the snowy owl, snow goose, herring gull and many more. Among the mammels we we hope to see the Atlantic walrus, narwhal and sometimes beluga whale.
We do have to be sure that we are cleared from the winter ice in Greenland. This is the reason we have chosen a trip at the end of summer, to make sure we can enter the Fjord.