Reykjavik – ISAFJOROUR – SCORESBY SUND or  TASSIILAQ – Reykjavik

ARCTIC EXPLORER

BOTH LEG 3 AND LEG 4 WILL BE FLEXIBLE MULTI-STOP EXPLORATION LEGS BETWEEN ICELAND AND GREENLAND. DEPENDING ON ICE FLOW AND WEATHER CONDITIONS LEG 3 // LEG 4 MAY GO TOWARDS EITHER SCORESBY SUND OR TASIILAQ. 

 

MULTI STOP ARCTIC CIRCLE EXPEDITION :
Follow in the footsteps of both historic explorers who navigate sea ice in the North Atlantic and also modern-day scientists in the quest to limit changes to our vulnerable environment.

 

When you arrive for your leg, and due to the weather and ice forecast for the coming ten to twelve days, the final route will be scheduled. 

Depending on the ice flow we will take one of two options: Head northwards into the Arctic Circle and to Scoresby Sund, the longest fjord in the world. There is magnificent scenery extending some 80 miles to where the fjord splits providing some shallow water and the opportunity to get ashore. On your way there you may call at Isafjordur, a small fishing port on the North West coast of Iceland.

Alternatively, your expedition will go westwards towards Tasiilaq, a town set inside a fjord on the East Coast of Greenland that is often quite full of ice. This can provide the exciting experience of working through ice to reach the town which has some basic facilities, but getting alongside the pier is often impossible so your expedition yacht may have to anchor close by.

Icebergs are certain to be sighted and you will be on ice watch throughout the short hours of darkness and throughout the day, often pushing smaller bergs aside to make progress. 

There is often remarkable refraction on this coast which means the mountains of Greenland can be seen at a range of more than 60 miles.  A word of warning – Greenland midges make the Scottish ones look amateurish. Fortunately they don’t like flying very far from the shore!

Leg 3: ARCTIC EXPLORER

Miles: +840nm

Temperature Range: 3c – 11c

Dates: 2 Aug – 14 Aug 2023

Cost: £2,950

Sail to the Artic Circle

OUR JOURNEY

Itinerary

Join the expedition in Reykjavik on 2 August 2023 

Yacht familiarisation and safety brief, Stowage of kit

Onboard route and weather briefing before heading either north or east into the Arctic Circle. 

Return to Reykjavik (13 August) for a deep clean and departure that evening or the following morning.

 

Experience Needed

Open to everyone who has completed Clipper Race Training or,
RYA Day Skipper or above or,
Non certificated recent sailing experience will also be considered on a case-by-case basis.

What’s included

All food and accommodation on board
Wet weather gear (jacket and trousers)
Safety equipment including life jacket
Personal injury insurance for the duration of your leg

What’s not included

Travel to and from the boat for joining and departure
Travel Insurance
Any meals ashore
Visas

For information on what kit you will need and FAQs please
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Price

£2,950

Polar bear Iceland
Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon in, Iceland
Whale dive near Ilulissat among icebergs. Their source is by the Jakobshavn glacier.
Summertime in the Arctic, just south of Tasiilaq
Your sailing expedition to the remote Greenland coast may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience nature up close. Whether your interest is in whale watching, bird watching or aquatic mammals, the waters between Iceland and Greenland are packed with opportunities so keep your camera ready, as you skirr the pristine icey waters. You may also catch a glimpse of a polar bear drawn to the food-rich water’s edge.

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We are curious. We are restless. We are adventurers by nature. An expedition with SKIRR is truly extraordinary.