Alpine Peaks of Greenland
Arctic Greenland, Polar, 8 days - from £2,725 (land only) - from €3,675 (land only) - from $4,390 (land only)
Free Yukon PHD Jacket
For an added extra, exclusive to KE, when you book with us you receive a quality Yukon PHD down jacket worth nearly £300!
- Ski, Sail and Snowshoe on our West Greenland Cruise
- Unrivalled landscapes, views & panoramas snowshoeing in Greenland
- Cruise on a 3 mast schooner through remote fjords of 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 the unique landscape. The fjords are surrounded by impressive 2000m peaks and the sunshine sparkles off the snow, we will we soon be in awe of this tremendous land. 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!
Explore International. This is one of our Explore International holidays. Participants on these holidays can book through KE or through one of our international partners. This helps us to gather together sufficient numbers of like-minded adventurers to get your holiday up and running quickly. Led by an English-speaking guide, the cosmopolitan nature of these groups can be an important part of the experience!
Is this holiday for you?
Each day we will disembark the ship and have excursions of between 3 to 7hrs 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. Sometimes we have a morning excursion and afternoon excursion, coming back to the ship at lunchtime.
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.
Please see our online Polar Guide for the differences between our departures, ships and more Polar information.
The day to day itinerary is for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions and in order to take advantage of opportunities to see wildlife. No two voyages are alike and flexibility is paramount on expedition cruises. During the trip the following optional activities will be on offer:
SNOWSHOEING/HIKING Especially on early departures at the beginning of the season, there are still snow covered hills and mountains. There will be a multitude of hiking/snowshoe excursions of varying length and difficulty, the perfect activity for those who don't ski. Snowshoes don't require specific technical skills. Snowshoes will be provided for everybody on board; they fit all boot sizes and can be used in combination with ankle high sturdy mountain boots. Snowshoe hiking is free of charge.
SKI MOUNTAINEERING (KE Grade 11 - Additional Supplement, see extensions) This is a technical and strenuous activity for experienced ski mountaineers who wish to climb higher peaks and viewpoints. Ski mountaineers climb and ski (if necessary in roped parties) in sometimes steep, deep snow-covered, glaciated and potentially dangerous alpine environment. Certified mountain guides are responsible for the safety of the group. Ski Mountaineering experience, good physical condition and health is essential and must be backed up by a health statement. Participants must be able to master techniques of alpine skiing in off piste terrain (ascent and descent). Each participant is asked to submit a personal questionnaire, which should highlight their ski mountaineering experience. The maximum ratio of participants per mountain guide is 8:1, on occasion even less. Special glacier equipment will be provided: ropes and karabiners, harnesses, ice axes and crampons. Participants will bring their personal protective outdoor clothes, ski mountaineering equipment (randonnee or telemark skis and boots). If you want to participate in this activity please enquire for a personal registration form.