Alpine Peaks of Greenland

Ski, Sail and Snowshoe on our West Greenland Cruise




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Holiday Overview


  • 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

Explore International. This is one of our Explore International holidays. Participants on these trips 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 7 hrs 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.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the the airport in Copenhagen. Fly to Kangerlussaq and onto Manitsoq. Board.
  • Sail North through the Sermilinguaq Fjord.
  • Exploring on snowshoes or skis
  • Exploring on snowshoes or skis
  • Exploring on snowshoes or skis
  • Another day of acitvities.
  • Exploring on the north side of Sermersuut.
  • Departure day. We Disembark in Maniitsoq Return to the airport and fly back to Copenhagen.
The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary joining in Copenhagen. For clients making their own flight arrangements, they should meet at Copenhagen Airport from where KE include the Greenland Air flight to Kangerlussauq and the charter flight onto Maniitsoq. Please refer to 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' in the trip dossier for further details.

If choosing land only option, you can fly from the UK with the low cost airline Easy Jet flight from Gatwick, Stansted, Manchester, Bristol and Edinburgh to Copenhagen.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

Final Balance

Full payment for all Polar Cruises is 14 weeks prior to departure. Early booking is recommended as flights to fill early and cabin choice can be more limited nearer to departure.PHD Jacket

Free PHD Yukon Down Jacket worth nearly £300 with every booking!

Everyone booking a cruise with KE will receive a FREE PHD Yukon Down Jacket worth nearly £300. Made with probably the warmest down in the world (grade 900), this quality jacket was designed to keep competitors warm at -35C during the Yukon Arctic Ultra sled dog race. Naturally, it's also perfect for spotting wildlife from the deck of your cruise ship. Jackets will be sent out on receipt of full payment.

Medical Form

Please note that for all our Polar Cruises you are required to complete a confidential medical form. This will be sent to you with your booking confirmation.

Upgrade Price per person and cabins

Our base price for this holiday includes accommodation in a triple cabin with a double bunk and a single with a porthole. It is possible to upgrade to cabins with twin berths with no porthole or a twin with porthole. If you are travelling on your own and book a triple room you will be with the same sex however there will be 3 people in the cabin. If you are travelling on your own and book a twin cabin then we try to match you with someone of the same sex, although this is not always possible. Single cabins are also available. Please contact the office for further details on specific departure roomings and prices. All cabins and have private en-suite bathrooms.

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We have undertaken to guarantee that all of our Land Only prices will not change once you have booked your holiday. Unlike some of our competitors we have decided never to surcharge, whether you are booking for this year or the next.

Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the the airport in Copenhagen. Fly to Kangerlussaq and onto Manitsoq. Board.

    Meet at the airport in Copenhagen and take the Greenland Air flight on to Kangerlussaq and the charter flight on to Maniitsoq. KE Land Only package services begin with the flight from Copenhagen to Kangerlussaq. The town is nestled on an island at the mouth of a fjord surrounded by peaks of over 2000m. Maniitsoq is a community of fishermen and hunters, with those industries forming the back bone of the economy. The port of Maniitsoq is ice free from late spring to early winter and sperm whales are frequently seen surfacing in the waters nearby. After boarding our vessel, the Rembrandt van Rijn, we have time to settle into our cabins before our evening meal.

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  • Sail North through the Sermilinguaq Fjord.

    Heading east of Hamborgerland, we sail through the incredible landscape of the Sermilinguaq fjord. The Maniitsoq area is famous for its rugged scenery and the high mountain tops are flanked by impressive glaciers. Any snowshoe hikers will have a chance to explore the lower slopes and viewpoints before we continue sailing North.

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  • Exploring on snowshoes or skis

    The next few days will be spent exploring Evighedsfjorden (Eternity Fjord) and Kangerdluarssuat fjord. The snowshoe walkers may choose from various hikes in the area, such as exploring the area around the Sermitsiaq glacier. Skiers will have the chance to climb a 1000m peak at the interior of Taaterat Glacier. The view across Eternity Fjord from top of the mountains is magnificent; the glacier here reaches all the way down to sea level. In the following days we will aim to climb another of the high alpine peaks in the region. Snowshoe walkers can opt for an easy route whilst the ski mountaineers scale higher peaks and pick their downhill runs; the northern slopes of the mountains surrounding the Kangerdluarssuat fjord north of Kangaamiut also offer promising ski outings. Following each day of activities, once skiers and snowshoe walkers have returned to ship, we will sail through the beautiful alpine scenery and enjoy our evenings in the relaxed atmosphere on board.

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  • Exploring on snowshoes or skis

    Further exploration of Evighedsfjorden (Eternity Fjord) and Kangerdluarssuat fjord.

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  • Exploring on snowshoes or skis

    Further exploration of Evighedsfjorden (Eternity Fjord) and Kangerdluarssuat fjord.

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  • Another day of acitvities.

    The slopes of the mountains surrounding Kangerluarsuat are attractive for skiers and snowshoe walkers alike and today’s snow conditions will govern the options for the day. After another day of activities we will spend the night North of Hamborgarland.

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  • Exploring on the north side of Sermersuut.

    At the north side of Sermersuut (Hamborgerland) we have our last opportunity to don our snowshoes and skis as we head into the glaciated interior of this beautiful and inimitable wilderness. North facing slopes become our playground for alpine descents. Snowshoe walkers will enjoy a coastal walk to a charming viewpoint. We enjoy our last evening out at sea as we depart towards Maniitsoq.

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  • Departure day. We Disembark in Maniitsoq Return to the airport and fly back to Copenhagen.

    We disembark in Maniitsoq. Transferring to the airport we board the charter plane from Maniitsoq back to Kangerdlussuaq, and join our onward scheduled Greenland Air flight to Copenhagen. KE Land Only package services end with the flight to Copenhagen.

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Holiday Information

  • Expert Expedition staff and sailing staff
  • All accommodation as described
  • All meals on board the SV Rembrandt Van Rijn
  • Snowshoeing with expert expedition team
  • Flights from Copenhagen to Maniitsoq
  • Snowshoe hire
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for staff
  • Transfers to/from airport hotel in Copenhagen if applicable
  • Meals other than those onboard the ship
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Cost of Ski Mountaineering (see extensions)
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.
On board the ship a diverse range of international dishes are available. Meals are prepared and catered by professional chefs and all meals are included in the holiday price. Special dietary requirements, including vegetarianism, can be accommodated with advance notice (please advise at the time of booking). Coffee, tea and water are all provided free of charge. All other beverages, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, are not included and can be prurchased in the dining room or the lounge areas.
All meals whilst on board the Rembrandt Van Rijin are included. The meals are of international cuisine and are served buffet style in the restaurant. The meals are prepared by the on board cook.
The group will rendezvous at Copenhagen airport in the early morning of day 1 of the Land Only itinerary. From here we will take the Greenland Air flight to Kangerlussaq and the charter flight onwards to Maniitsoq. On the return we will arrive into Copenhagen airport in the evening of the last day of the Land Only itinerary between 8pm and 10pm. Flight inclusive clients will have a hotel room booked for them at the airport before flying back to the UK the following day. Land Only clients MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights. Emergency contact numbers will be provided with your booking confirmation.
During this trip the group will spend 7 or 8 nights (depending on departure date) on board the SV Rembrandt van Rijn. This is a 3 mast schooner sailing vessel. It was built as a herring lugger early last century. The vessel was rebuilt as a three-mast passenger sailing schooner in the Netherlands, with final refurbishments completed in 2011. The ship is well suited for expedition cruising among small islands (due to its size) and offers good open deck viewing areas also when under sail. Two zodiacs enable landing and wildlife viewing opportunities. The bow of the vessel is enforced and is therefore suitable to sail in Greenlandic waters.

The Rembrandt van Rijn measures 56m in length, 7m in width and has a draft of 2,5 m. The maximum speed on engines is 9 knots. It has an experienced crew of 12 persons on board including 2 tour guides. The ship can accommodate a maximum of 33 passengers in 16 twin cabins in 1 Triple Private cabin with porthole which has a double and single bed, 6 Twin Private Inside cabins (no porthole), 9 Twin Private cabins with porthole. All cabins have ensuite facilities with a shower & toilet. On board there is also a restaurant and a bar/reading room for use to everyone whilst on board.

Our base price is a triple cabin with a double bunk and a single with a porthole. It is possible to upgrade to cabins with twin berths with no porthole or a twin with porthole. If you are travelling on your own and book a triple room you will be sharing with members of the same sex, however there will be 3 people in the cabin (so sharing the double bed). If you are travelling on your own and book a twin cabin then we try to match you with someone of the same sex, although this is not always possible. Single cabins are also available. Please contact the office for further details on specific departure roomings and prices. All cabins and have private en-suite bathrooms.

Within the flight inclusive package we also have 2 nights at an airport hotel in Copenhagen.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

A carefully chosen team will lead your voyage. Their goal is to provide an informed and balanced interpretation of the destination, accomplished through day-to-day briefings, and informal discussions. There will be a guide on board with a background in marine biology. The expedition staff will work conscientiously with you, on deck and in the field, to allow you to experience all that the destination has to offer. Their strong sense of ethics and ecological knowledge make for stimulating and mindful conversation whether onshore or at the dinner table.

The ship has a crew of 12 persons and 2 tour guides. There will always be at least 1 UIAGM guide onboard. The UIAGM guide will discuss with the ship team as to where best to sail to for the best snow conditions for the ski mountaineering and snowshoeing. Depending on the structure of the group the UIAGM guide will take the ski mountaineers out during the day, with the second leader taking out the snowshoeing group.

Prices on board are in Euros or US dollars. it is not practical to set a recommended amount for personal spending on a holiday like this. All meals while on board are included in the trip price. The main additional spend on board will be on drinks and this will vary greatly from person to person. A drink on board cost from €2.50. On board ship, bar bills can be put on a tab and paid at the end of the cruise by credit or debit card or in cash (Euro or Us Dollar). You will also need some money for any meals taken in Copenhagen or Maniitsoq and for tips to your crew and expedition staff. We recommend that you bring a minimum of US$200 in cash for emergency situations.

The customary gratuity to the ship's service personnel is made as a blanket contribution in one envelope at the end of the voyage, which is divided among the crew and staff. You will receive detailed guidelines on board. Tipping is a very personal matter and the amount you wish to give is at your discretion. It is better for the crew and staff, if you can give them cash, either US Dollar or Euro. You may give individually and/or communally as a personal 'thank you' to one or more of the ship's personnel. As a guide, we recommend you allow $10 - $15 per day for tips to your crew and expedition staff.

On the Greenland Air flights (Copenhagen to Kangerlussaq return), each passenger can check in up to 20 kg of baggage and bring an additional 8kg in to the passenger cabin (within standard cabin size regulations). On the Kangerlussaq to Maniitsoq (return) route, each passenger has the option of checking in an additional ski bag weighing up to 15kg. We recognise that for some of our holidays and for some of our travellers, the KE Trek Bag (see below) may not provide the best solution when packing for your trip. A bag with fitted wheels or a holdall with more than one compartment and more than one access zip can, in some circumstances, be more appropriate. We have no problem if you choose to use an alternative bag.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. Please restrict your baggage to one main bag (your KE Trek bag) and a small daypack.

You must bring the following items:

  • Causal shoes / Trainers or similar for onboard

  • Rubber boots (Wellington boots) for Zodiac landings

  • Waterproof ankle height walking boots & gaiters

  • Waterproof jacket with hood

  • Waterproof trousers or salopettes

  • Trekking trousers

  • Windproof soft shell

  • Thermal Baselayer top and bottoms

  • Casual shirt and/or T-shirts

  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper

  • Down Jacket

  • Underwear

  • Socks (Warm, high wool or similar socks worn over a thin pair of silk, polypropylene socks should provide enough warmth and insulation for your feet. Bring several pairs of socks, since you will inevitably get your feet wet)

  • Sunhat

  • Warm hat (plus spare)

  • Balaclava

  • Scarf and/or neck gaiter

  • Ski goggles

  • Sun glasses/glacier glasses with sides (plus spare)

  • Waterproof thermal gloves

  • 2 pairs thin polypropylene gloves

  • Water bottles 1 Litre x1

  • Rucksack 25 litres (see ski mountaineering if participating in this)

  • Selection of dry bags (to keep rucksack contents dry)

  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)

  • Headtorch and spare batteries

  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

  • Washbag and toiletries

  • Antibacterial handwash

  • Seasickness remedy

  • Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, and plasters (band-aids). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.

The following items are optional:

  • Wet wipes

  • Travel clothes

  • Camera (in a dry bag)

  • Binoculars

  • Pen-knife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)

  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)

  • Walking/Trekking poles for snowshoeing (Snowshoes are provided)

Ski Mountaineering Equipment (additional supplement):

  • Rucksack/backpack 35-40 ltr with loops to attach skis

  • Randonees skis or telemark skis

  • Ski mountaineering boots (with bindings and thermo inner boots)

  • Telescope poles

  • Skins (i.e. Colltex) & spares

  • Skin adhesive

  • Harscheisen (Ski Crampons)

  • Crampons

  • Avalanche shovel (limited number available on request)

  • Avalanche probe (limited number available on request)

  • Avalanche transceiver (limited number available on request)

  • ABS rucksack (optional)

  • Light weight down jacket/primaloft jacket with hood

  • Personal power snacks (power gels, energy bars)

Equipment provided for Ski Mountainneering:

  • Harness (sizes S, M, L, XL)

  • Screw gate karabiners (x2)

  • Snap link karabiners (x2)

  • Ice axe

  • Tape slings (x2)

  • Prussic loops

  • 50m rope (9mm) per rope party

  • Thermos flask (1 ltr)


Ski Mountaineer (pre-booking essential)

If you choose the optional Ski Mountaineering please ensure you have enough layers with you to keep you warm. You must ensure that you have all the items in the equipment list given above. Note that we cannot arrange the hire of skis or ski boots.

Participants of the ski mountaineering must be able to master techniques of alpine skiing in off piste terrain (ascent and descent). 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.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

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UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa.

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations. UK residents should obtain a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This entitles you to state provided medical treatment, but is not a substitute for medical travel insurance which is still vital when travelling overseas.

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It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on an active holiday getting some exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime in the 6 to 8 week period leading up to your trip. Running, cycling, indoor rowing machines and swimming are excellent cross training methods for developing endurance. Nordic walking or the cross trainer machine are also excellent ways to imitate the arm action needed for skiing and help to build up arm and shoulder strength.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

Greenland's location within the Arctic circle is the biggest factor on climate. On deck with a sea breeze, the wind chill can bring the temperature down well below freezing. Snow should be expected in April/May. When the sun is out and the weather is calm it can feel warm and well above zero.

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  • Visitor's Guide Iceland and Greenland (World Traveller) Don Philpott

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