Spitsbergen & North East Greenland Voyages
Aqua-Firma's polar team have guided and explored both coasts of Greenland and know the country well. It is the World's largest island, magnificent, dramatic and unspoilt by modern human trappings, with the Greenland ice sheet covering around 85% of the entire land surface.
Home to the largest National Park in the World, the wild and scenic East coast hosts steep coastal fjords, sweeping glaciers and colossal icebergs. Dispersed and open to hunting, its wildlife cannot match that of Spitsbergen, however the musk oxen is an animal you might encounter dotted on the hillsides, as well as Greenland reindeer and Arctic hare. Polar bears can sometimes be spotted too, on the coast or at sea, particularly onboard voyages which link Greenland and Spitsbergen. Seals and whales are a common sight when crossing the Denmnark Strait from Iceland; and during the midsummer months when the sun never sets, thousands of migratory birds can be witnessed, including kittiwake colonies, long tailed skuas, turnstones, grey phalaropes, guillemots, ducks, geese, wildfowl.
West Greenland is more undulating in topography and punctuated by small coastal communities. A highlights is the spectacular Jakobshavn Glacier, the world's fastest moving tide-water glacier, which dissects the coast, producing enormous icebergs which float off to surround the tranquil waters of Disko Bay.
As Aqua-Firma marine scientist and polar guide, Charlotte Caffrey, describes: "Icebergs often litter the horizon, whose size and magnificence rival what you might see at the Antarctic Peninsula".
Greenland offers an insight into indigenous communities and voyages often visit traditional Inuit towns and villages. One example sits at the head of the World's deepest and most spectacular fjord, Scoresby Sund, where the remote community here balances traditional lifestyles in an ever-changing World.
By September, East Greenland voyages offer nightly opportunities to witness the spectacular Northern Lights (Aurora borealis) in an evironment free from light pollution or distraction.
Small Ship Voyages
We explore this remote wilderness by your choice of comfortable small ice strengthened expedition cruise ship or classic tall ship. Vessels which carry small groups of between 20 - 189 guests, in stimulating and intimate atmosphere of like minded people.
Voyages are enriched by interaction through lectures and discussions with expert naturalists, historians and sailors onboard. Every opportunity is made to take zodiac landings to explore on foot the glaciers, icebergs and fjords of this frozen expanse, observe wildlife and visit historic sites.
Each voyage has a different focus, so please Contact Us to discuss the different options and activities. These can that include extended Hiking, historical and cultural sites, coastal cruising aboard rigid inflatable boats (RIBs), Polar Kayaking and those with the inclination and relevant experience, Polar Diving.
Some of our Greenland Voyages may require a stop in Iceland - a country with its own varied and spectacular volcanic scenery. If you can manage even just one full day in Iceland, we can take you to experience some of the country's glaciers, mountains, waterfalls, hot springs and shooting geysers. This can all be seen with only a moderate level of activity; but equally, this can involve a high level of adventure. For details of our relaxing please click HERE to view our Iceland homepage.
Our Commitment to the Climate
Aqua-Firma is committed to the conservation of the places it visits. This is why we have calculated the average CO2 emissions of our Arctic and Antarctic Voyages and will automatically offset each client’s share of emissions via our Rainforest4Climate Fund. Aqua-Firma will also automatically offset the carbon emissions of flights booked through us for polar voyages.