As stated before, our adventure starts in Kulusuk. There are direct flights daily from Reykjavik to Kulusuk, departing from Reykjavik at 13:40 PM and arriving in Kulusuk at the same time, flight takes 2 hrs and time difference is 2 hrs. There are only few cars on the island so be prepared for a 40 minutes walk with your luggage from the airport to the village.
Day 1: Kulusuk – Tasiilaq
The expedition yacht WILD GEESE will be waiting for you in Kulusuk harbour. Passengers should all be on board at 16:00 / 4:00 PM. Then we will set sails and head to the Ammassalik Island, where we cross the Ammassalik Fjord. There we will see our first large icebergs and possibly some whales.
In the afternoon we arrive to our first anchorage where we have dinner and spend our first night in the yacht Wild Geese.
Day 2: Tasiilaq – Johan Petersen Fjord
After breakfast we sail to Tasiilaq which is the largest town on the east coast of Greenland, with around 2.000 inhabitants. We will go ashore and explore the colourful village and even hike through the beautiful Valley of Flowers.
After launch we leave Tasiilaq and sail over to Sermilik Fjord which is one of the big ice fjords on the East Greenland coast. We will see a lot of icebergs of all sizes and shapes.
Our final destination for the day is the Johann Petersen Fjord where we anchor for the next two nights.
Day 3: Johann Petersen Fjord
We spend the day exploring the stunning nature of Johan Petersen Fjord. An option could be to hike up Nerernativaq mountain with a spectacular view over the Johan Petersen fjord. From the top of the mountain we will have a great view over the great Greenlandic ice cap and the three huge glacier tongues that reach out into the sea, Hann, Bruchner and Heim glaciers. During today’s hike you will see many interesting minerals and 2500 - 2000 million year old colourfully striped rocks. On our way down we will pass a couple of small lakes. The brave among us can take a nice ice cold swim.
Day 4: Tiniteqilaaq – Tasiilaartik Fjord
We start early and cross the Sermilik Fjord and sail into the narrow Sound of Ikasartivaq. In the narrow entrance of the sound is the small hunter’s village (population 140) Tiniteqilaaq, meaning “The sound, which runs dry at low tide”. There we go ashore and walk around the settlement which offers a spectacular view to the Sermilik fjord.
It’s a stunning experience to sail through the Ikasartivaq sound with over 1.000 m high mountains on both sites. After passing the Ikasartivaq sound we are in Ammassalik Fjord. Our final destination is Tasiilaartik “The small Lagoon” fjord where we will anchor. If we are up to it we might take a short hike in the afternoon.
Day 5: Sermiligaaq – Knud Rassmussen Glacier
Now we head the Sermiligaaq fjord by sailing through the narrow Ikateq sound.
On our way we make a stopover at Bluie East Two. It’s an abandoned US air force base in a narrow strait, Ikateq
which was and US army base during World War II between 1942-1947.
Thousands of barrels strewn across the landscape are still leaking fuel. To this day, this and other bases like it are yet to be cleaned up. Meanwhile the politicians argue about who should do the job. The Inuit call these barrels, American Flowers. It’s kind of a tragic feeling that catches you while wandering around in this man made garbage pile in the middle of this magnificent and silent nature. -Such a contrast. The surroundings are beautiful, there is a narrow stream that runs from a big lake down to the sea and photogenic high mountains (over 1200 m) on both sides.
Our final destination is the Sermiligaaq fjord where we can see two big glaciers fall into the sea, the Karel glacier and Knud Rassmussen glacier.
Day 6: Kuummiut – Qernertivartivit
Now we start heading back in the direction to Kulusuk. After inhaling the powerful nature in Sermiligaaq we sail back through the Ikateq sound to the village Kuummiut.
After walking around in the village for a while we will head for our final destination, our starting point, Kulusuk. On the way to Kulusuk we sail through almost the whole Ammassilik. If there is time we could stopover at Qernertivartivit, an abandoned settlement with only five houses that nowadays are used by hunters and fisherman as an overnight facility.
Day 7: Kulusuk
Now it’s your duty to rise and shine early enough to catch the plain, departure from Kulusuk to Reykjavik is at 10:50 AM. The captain and his crew will make sure you get a good breakfast before you leave if you don’t oversleep.