Sailing in Greenland

Sailing in Greenland

There is no better way to explore the magnificent West coast of Greenland than onboard a beautiful 168ft three masted schooner, providing a tranquil and unobtrusive platform for exploration alongside just 34 guests.  During May and June each year our Disko Island Bowhead Whale Safaris offer truly first class opportunities for observing the rare Bowhead Whales, which is also known as the Greenland Right Whale. We often see these wonderful animals in impressive numbers along with humpbacks, seals, Arctic fox, Arctic hare and the abundant breeding birdlife of this remote region.

Onboard you are invited to relax or actively indulge in the Arctic sailing experience, cruising amid an endless panorama of exquisitely carved icebergs with a full 24 hours of sunlight and seemingly endless hours for observation. Enjoy spacious decks or the comfortable saloon; share your memories of the day at the cosy bar; or help the crew hoist the sails - the choice is yours. All cabins on this handsome vessel are ensuite and being stable, bright and spacious, she is much loved by those who sail aboard.

In late Summer and Autumn we explore further north and south with chances to experience other wildlife such as musk oxen, visit colourful Inuit communities and gain an insight into Viking history and Greenlandic culture. In September and October we often experience spectacular Northern Lights displays under sail.

Daily guided programme

Expert natural history guidance is an essential ingredient for sailing in Greenland and guides share their knowledge both on land and through a series of onboard lectures and discussions. You are likely to spend plenty of time on the deck of the ship, from where you are likely to gain the best views and chances of spotting whales. Bowheads have been hunted within the living memories of some, so they and are wary of boat approach. Experience has taught us how to respect their shyness but still experience memorable encounters.

During all Greenland voyages, you will make regular landings by zodiac for hikes and explore glaciers, tundra and historic sites on foot. Safety is key in the Realm of the Polar Bear, so groups necessarily need to stick close to their armed guide whenever on land.

Why sail with Aqua-Firma?

Aqua-Firma experts have guided groups onboard these wonderful voyages, sailing the coasts of Disko Bay and West Greenland. We are passionate sailors, with RYA Yacht master qualifications and worldwide sailing experience with thousands of memorable miles under our tropical and polar belts.

Our expertise and professional advice is based on years of in depth, on-location knowledge of the Arctic having ourselves spent many years exploring first-hand the glorious coasts, fjords and wildlife of Greenland, Spitsbergen, Iceland  and the beautiful Lofoten Islands.

Often acting in the capacity of onboard polar guides, marine scientists or professional photographers, Aqua-Firma understands what makes a memorable voyage. If you want an altogether more active adventure, then we are also professional scuba divers, experienced global kayakers and hikers.

Environment and Conservation

We tend to shout quietly about our environmental commitment and credibility. This is our background and our heritage as conservation professionals, consultant marine and environmental scientists. Even though sailing ships emit less carbon than motor ships, we still offset the carbon emissions of your polar voyage and flights when booked through us.  We continue to build upon our responsible programme and invite you to read further.

Price Promise and Your Financial Protection

Aqua-Firma is a fully ATOL bonded and TOPP protected travel operator. We have the knowledge and experience to arrange flights, hotels, and further extensions and activities for your trip.

Our polar team prides itself on a friendly personal service with 24 hours direct telephone support both before you depart and whilst you are away. Finally we promise not be beaten on price for a like for like voyage.

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