The Very Best of East Greenland by Sailboat
Join Muench Workshops in East Greenland! Greenland is the world’s largest island, covered by the second largest (after Antarctica) body of ice in the world. While it contains only one national park, that park is the world’s largest, spanning over 375,000 sq mi of the interior and northeastern coast. The human population, predominantly Inuit, is spread loosely along the coast in small villages. Due to the influence of the mild Greenland Current, wildlife thrives here, at sea and ashore—fish, marine invertebrates, seabirds, and other migratory birds are plentiful; polar bear, reindeer, arctic fox, arctic hare, musk ox, collared lemming, ermine, and arctic wolf can all be spotted. Several species of whales and seals are regular or seasonal visitors.
Greenland’s landscape is rugged and striking. While most of the island is obscured by a massive ice sheet, the ice-free eastern coast is folded into a series of steep fjords and isolated bays. Because of its vastness and relative inaccessibility, the best and most comfortable way to see East Greenland’s shoreline is via expedition ship. To this end, we’ve chartered the Dutch-built ketch-rigged oceangoing sailing yacht, S/V Arktika, for our East Greenland Sailing Expedition workshop. Comfortable and spacious, Artika is built and equipped to easily handle navigation in ice, and her large saloon, galley, and guest cabins will provide a perfect mobile base for our explorations. The hospitality aboard Arktika is renowned—expect plenty of gourmet meals, and a friendly and engaging crew.
On this seven day journey, we’ll travel to the enormous Sermilik icefjord, explore narrow fjords, visit small villages such as Tiniteqilaq, Kummiut, and Sermiligaaq, and cruise the coastline in search of wildlife. By night, we’ll drop anchor in remote bays, and look for the northern lights. You’ll get plenty of instruction on how best to capture an array of subjects, and of course we’ll also make time for some one-on-one instruction and group image reviews.
Ready for an Arctic adventure like no other? Read on!
August 26–September 4, 2020
Itinerary and General Information
Please note: This itinerary is flexible, and may be adjusted based on weather, ice conditions, light, or other factors. Our goal is to get you to the best places with the best light to make great photos. As with any exploration, the final sailing itinerary is decided once we set sail from Kulusuk Harbor, taking into consideration the weather conditions.
August 26, 2020: Arrive in Reykjavik, Iceland (KEF) at any time before 3:00 PM. If you arrive early, there is plenty to do in Iceland’s capital city, and we are happy to assist you with information or planning. At 6:00 PM, we will gather for a group dinner, giving you a chance to meet your fellow travelers and Muench Workshops pro Randy Hanna. After dinner, we'll go through the itinerary for the expedition, and what you can expect on the trip.
August 27, 2020: After breakfast, we will make our way to the Reykjavik City Airport for our flight to Kulusuk, Greenland. On arrival, we will board S/V Arktika and sail out of Torssut Sound toward Ammassalik Fjord, which has massive icebergs. Weather permitting, we’ll continue to the town of Tasiilaq—at about 2,000 inhabitants, the largest community on the east coast of Greenland. We’ll likely go ashore and explore the community, before moving on to our first anchorage.
August 28–September 2, 2020: We will spend the next several days exploring East Greenland aboard Arktika. We will likely travel into the great Sermilik Fjord and cross into Johan Petersen Fjord, an area offering numerous calving glaciers and spectacular photo opportunities. We’ll be navigating around numerous large icebergs, and we are also likely to see whales, seals, many bird species, and (with some luck!) polar bears and Arctic fox. We may take a few hours to hike into a village, such as Tiniteqilaq, where hunting and fishing still comprise much of the town’s livelihood. By evening, we will be on watch for the Northern Lights, which are prominent during this time of the year.
September 3, 2020: We’ll dock this morning in Kulusuk, and say farewell to the Arktika crew. We’ll then fly back to Reykjavik, where we’ll check into our hotel and gather for our last dinner together. The workshop concludes after dinner; you are free to spend your last evening exploring Reykjavik and packing for the trip home.
September 4, 2020: Flights home can be made at any time this day from Reykjavik (KEF).
What To Bring
Please see our What to Bring page now for guidelines on packing. Approximately 90 days before your workshop, you will be sent a PDF with more specific instructions.
Double occupancy lodging (Single in Rvk available, just ask)
All meals, soft drinks, and snacks during the workshop
All ground and water transportation during the workshop
Photographic guiding and instruction from Randy Hanna
Image reviews, critiques, and post-processing instruction
Fun, inspiration, and a great time!
What’s Not Included?
Air travel to and from Reykjavik, Iceland. Further air travel from Reykjavik to Kulusuk, Greenland (aboard a specific Air Iceland Connect flight). Passport and visa fees, if any. Tips for the boat crew. Alcoholic beverages. Items of a personal nature. Medical Evacuation Insurance (required). Travel Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional, but recommended). Anything else not listed as included.
Your deposit of $4,000 will hold your space in this workshop. A second payment of $4,000 is due by January 1, 2020. The balance of $3,995 will be due not later than May 1, 2020. For this workshop, deposits and all payments are non-refundable, which is why you should have Trip Cancelation Insurance. All of our standard terms and conditions apply. Need special payment arrangements for your deposit? No problem, just ask us.
Looking for an Arctic adventure with wildlife, landscape, and a chance at the Northern Lights? Click the "Sign Me Up! button now because this workshop is a small group and will sell out fast!