Alpine Peaks of Greenland
Greenland, Polar, 9 days - from £3,095 (land only) - from €3,715 (land only) - from $5,095 (land only)
A cruise with a difference, sailing aboard a 3 mast schooner! We snowshoe and enjoy optional ski mountaineering in remote West Greenland.
- Ski, Sail and Snowshoe on our West Greenland Cruise
- Cruise on a 3 mast schooner through remote fjords of Greenland
- Unrivalled landscapes, views & panoramas snowshoeing in Greenland
- Snowshoe or ski on West Greenland`s glaciers with UIAGM guides
- Abundant Arctic wildlife including Bow Whales and rich birdlife
On our sailing ship the Rembrandt Van Rijn we access small remote fjords, rugged peaks and isolated traditional settlements of the wilderness of West Greenland. Each day we disembark and have the option to snowshoe (no experience needed) or to ski mountaineer (experience required) on the coastal mountains, with great views of a uniquely impressive landscape. The fjords surrounded by 2000m peaks and with the sunshine sparkling off the snow will we soon be in awe of this tremendous landscape and in Greenland's spell. This remote and rarely visited area has a freshness and beauty seldom found elsewhere. Sailing to a new location on most evenings, we are also on the lookout for Greenland (Bow) whales and the abundant birdlife. If we are lucky we may also see the Aurora Borealis from our ships deck. A cruise with a difference, for the more adventurous!
Is this holiday for you?
Each day we will disembark the ship and have excursions of between 3 to 9hrs over untracked areas. In all likelihood the snowshoeing walks will be 3-5 hrs in length, and the ski mountaineering excursions longer. After the excursion we return to the ship. According to circumstances (weather, ice cover, or groups wishes) the program is adjusted.
All snowshoes are provided. Participants of the ski mountaineering must be able to master techniques of alpine skiing in off piste terrain (ascent and descent). Skis and boots are not provided and you will have to bring your own. The max ratio of participants per mountain guide is 8:1. All ski mountaineers will require to submit a detailed questionnaire on their experience and also a doctors health certificate. If you take the ski mountainneering option this holiday is graded 11.
The Rembrandt Van Rijn is a sailing ship, with engines for poor weather. You will not be expected to ‘help out' with the crew on sailing the boat, however you can participate if you wish and it is always appreciated.
You must be in good general health and you should be able to walk several hours per day. Although we spend as much time as possible ashore, you are welcome to remain aboard the ship if you like. You must be able to get up and down the steep gangway from the ship to the water level to board the Zodiacs. Staff will assist you in and out of the boats. Ashore it can be slippery and rocky. Also consider that you are travelling in remote areas without quick access to sophisticated medical facilities.