TRAK Tour - Greenland Expedition: September 12 - 20, 2022

Take the next step or the first step in developing your expedition skills to empower your next trips. Join TRAK in East Greenland for this spectacular sea kayaking and sailing expedition including hiking and viewing the aurora borealis! The East Greenland – Scoresby Sund cruise crosses the Arctic Circle into the home waters of multiple species of whale. The expedition will spot huge icebergs as it journeys into the largest and deepest fjord system in the world. Along the way the Northern Lights is guiding our way.

We are proud to be partnering with the leader in polar expeditions for this voyage. Oceanwide Expeditions are the pioneers of ship-based expeditions, and get you deep into the heart of this otherworldly environment. One thing that we love about this trip is that participants do not have to be paddlers. Friends, loved ones and partners may participate even if they have no desire to paddle. Everyone is welcome on the combination expedition of sailing, sea kayaking and hiking.

This is a great opportunity for anyone to join us and try a TRAK 2.0 kayak before you buy. It's like an in-depth immersive test-drive! You'll get a chance to learn about the benefits of this modern skin-on-frame kayak and advance your paddling skills at the same time. For current TRAK owners, you have the unique option to bring your own TRAK kayak and avoid the kayak surcharge. Win-win!

  • Country: Greenland
  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate

What we're going to do

The camp is aimed at beginners and intermediate kayakers who will enjoy kayaking in sheltered fjords, bays, and small secluded harbors. It’s a fun activity in a leisurely format, yet the course will focus on education and skills progression.

 

Tour Itinerary

Expedition Plan:

  • Day 1: On the Iceland Road - Your journey begins in the morning, where by request you can transfer via chartered bus (T) from the city hall of Reykjavik (the meeting point) to the ship in Akureyri (the embarkation point). You arrive in the afternoon after a six-hour drive through northern Iceland.

    PLEASE NOTE: This transfer (T) must be booked and paid for in advance. In the early evening, the ship departs from the port of Akureyri, sailing north toward the Denmark Strait.
  • Day 2: Sailing to East Greenland - While sailing north you’re likely to see fulmars, kittiwakes, gannets, and common guillemots. You then cross the Arctic Circle, possibly spotting whales. By evening, the first icebergs flash into sight with your approach to the east Greenland coast, near Brewster.
  • Day 3: Inuit neighborhood of yesteryear - Today you reach Scoresbysund, sailing along the glaciated Volquart Boons Kyst. You may also enjoy a Zodiac cruise past one of the glacier fronts, along with a visit to the basalt columns and ice formations of Vikingebugt. The afternoon goal is to visit Danmark Island, where you find the remains of an Inuit settlement abandoned around 200 years ago. The circular stone tent rings indicate the summer houses, while the winter houses can be seen closer to a small cape. The sites are well preserved, with easy identifiable entrances, bear-proof meat caches, and grave sites. In the evening you continue sailing the berg-crowded fjords to the west.
  • Day 4: Colours of the cape - The goal is a Zodiac cruise near Røde Ø, one of the world’s most cherished iceberg attractions: The austere blue-white of the icebergs sets sharp against the brooding red backdrop of the sediment slopes. The afternoon plan is to sail through the northern parts of Røde Fjord, with the chance to see musk oxen and warm autumnal foliage.
  • Day 5: Enormous bergs, Arctic hares - In the morning you encounter colossal icebergs, some over 100 meters (328 feet) high and more than a kilometer (.62 mile) long. Most of them are grounded, as the fjord is only about 400 meters deep (1,312 feet). You then land near Sydkap, with fine views of Hall Bredning and a good shot of seeing Arctic hares.
  • Day 6: Settlement at Scoresbysund - Today you make a tundra landing on Liverpool Land, in Hurry Inlet. The afternoon stop is Ittoqqortoormiit, the largest settlement in Scoresbysund at about five hundred inhabitants. At the post office you can buy stamps for your postcards, or just stroll around to see the sled dogs and drying skins of seals and musk oxen. In the afternoon you sail south, passing the picturesque landscapes of the Blosseville Coast.
  • Day 7: Remote shores - Turner Sound and Rømer Fjord grant you the opportunity to sail far inland, as they have no glacier front at the head and are not clogged with ice. In this location, you may get the opportunity to spot narwhals.  
  • Day 8: Sea life under the northern lights - A sea day grants you the opportunity to spot whales and seabirds – and at night, the magical northern lights.
  • Day 9: Journey’s end at Akureyri - Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. You disembark in Akureyri, where on request you can transfer by chartered bus (T) (a six-hour drive that you must book in advance) to the Reykjavik city hall, taking home memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

Meet Your Guides

Oceanwide Expeditions + Two (2) TRAK Pilots

Pioneers of ship-based expeditions, inventors of Basecamp Antarctica, and the first company to take travelers to the remote Arctic island of Spitsbergen. With a fleet of ice-strengthened vessels, we get you deep into the heart of this otherworldly environment. It is our goal to take you off the ship and into
the action as often as possible. Our sea routes are short and direct, allowing for maximum shore time, and our activities are designed to accommodate a wide range of experience and fitness levels.

Sign up for an orientation call for more info!  

Reviews

Chelsea Josue

“It was very exciting to be around such a culture of people and find myself on the open waters of the wild pacific coast with such an inviting and welcoming group, in these amazing high-performance kayaks. Never in my wildest dreams would those few basic skills that we learned on the first day, would progress to where we went today.”

Chelsea Josue

Natalie Kelly

“That was really fun. He just broke it down… It’s funny when you have someone take the time to go through things that might be natural. He broke down the surf process into little bitty pieces that made me way more comfortable. I would have never just dove in and done that on my own.”

Natalie Kelly


Where we're going

  • East Greenland
  • Hiking and paddling in East Greenland Scoresby Sund

What you'll learn

This amazing program includes a wildlife and natural history focus, sail expedition with sea kayak day trip excursions, should you choose to participate in the kayaking segment of this trip. Hands-on experience and instruction and the opportunity to discover the best ways to explore this type of cold water environment by kayak. 

  • Beginner and intermediate sea kayak skills progression with TRAK kayaks
  • Route planning and basic sea kayak navigation
  • Expedition leadership and seamanship skills
  • Cold water tactics including self and assisted rescues

What's included in the tour

We'll provide everything you need once the tour starts, until it ends. You may want to bring your favourite PFD and paddle, and if you have a TRAK kayak already, bring it with you and save.

  • Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by TRAK kayak or zodiac
  • Sea Kayak and Risk Management Skills Training with certified instructors / guides and TRAK pilot mentors
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
  • Free use of snow shoes and expedition-related equipment

Not included

  • Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
  • Accommodations before and after trip
  • Medical insurance
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges
  • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided)
September 12 - 20, 2022

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