BRAND NEW! Expedition Sailing in South Greenland

Nakuak' in Nuuk fjord zoomed _ watermarked

Greenland Expeditions by Land and Sea officially announces its establishment as a small local company in Greenland offering expedition sailing in South Greenland on board its own expedition ship Nakuak’.

The Summer 2018 season opens on National Day, 21 June, and from there we sail on five-night voyages all summer long from Thursday to Tuesday. The route is fixed with embarkment and disembarkment always in Narsarsuaq. It aligns well with both Air Greenland and Air Iceland Connect’s international flights to Copenhagen, Denmark and Keflavik, Iceland.

Greenland Expeditions by Land and Sea officially announces its establishment as a small local company in Greenland offering expedition sailing in South Greenland on board its own expedition ship Nakuak’.

Private charters will also be considered. Contact for details.

We welcome bookings from travellers and industry professionals alike. We cannot wait to welcome you onboard Nakuak’!

The Owners

Greenland Expeditions by Land and Sea is owned and operated by local residents and couple Johan Arne Fleischer and Sarah Elizabeth Woodall. Arne is a helicopter pilot while Sarah has six years’ experience with tourism administration in Greenland at the national level. Sarah will serve as Expedition Manager onboard alongside an experienced crew, and Arne will join selected voyages as Photography Guide.

We established this company because we love to explore the most unique places along the coast, sometimes just a coordinate on the chart, and we want to share the experience with others. We also put a high value on social sustainability. Our ultimate mission is to welcome travellers on an unforgettable ship-based journey with local presence at every step.

We established this company because we love to explore the most unique places along the coast, sometimes just a coordinate on the chart, and we want to share the experience with others.

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Johan Arne Fleischer, Owner.
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Sarah Elizabeth Woodall, Owner & Expedition Manager.

The Voyage

Tasermiut Fjord Voyage

Map below

In the course of six days and five nights, guests live on board and experience the unique and breathtaking nature of South Greenland including: Tasermiut Fjord and Uunartoq hot springs as well as the cultural heritage of the Viking era, which received the honour of UNESCO World Heritage status last year. All meals and day excursions included.

With a maximum guest limit of 12 passengers plus experienced crew, each expedition has an intimate feel.

Voyage Highlights

UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Viking ruins
Tasermiut forest and Tasersuaq lake
Uunartoq hot springs
QajaQ Brewery

The summer 2018 season is comprised of 14 fixed-route voyages in South Greenland from June through September. Narsarsuaq is both the embarkment and disembarkment port, and the voyages run Thursday-Tuesday from 21 June to 20 September, which coordinates nicely with direct arrival and departure flights on Air Greenland via Copenhagen and Air Iceland Connect via Keflavik.

Click to Explore the Voyage

Day 1 – Narsarsuaq to Qaqortoq, by way of Qooroq Glacier

Day 2 – Qaqortoq to Uunartoq hot springs, by way of Qaqortukulooq/Hvalsey ruins

Day 3 – Uunartoq hot springs to Tasermiut Fjord

Day 4 – Tasermiut Fjord to Narsaq

Day 5 – Narsaq to Narsarsuaq, by way of Itilleq/Igaliku and Qassiarsuk

Day 6 – Narsarsuaq; Disembarkment

Overview Map

The Tasermiut Fjord voyage reaches all the red dots, starting and ending at Narsarsuaq (the arrow)

Map South Greenland 2 with voyage dots

The Ship

Nakuak’

Greenland Expeditions by Land and Sea purchased this ship as H.J. Rink but wanted to restore some of her history. So we paid homage to the old days and gave the ship her original name back, Nakuak’, which means raw, brute strength and is written in the old Greenlandic way.

Nakuak’ is a 67-foot oak vessel built in 1969 specifically for sailing in Greenland. In the course of fifty years she has been used for search and rescue missions, tug assignments and commercial diving projects. And now, expedition sailing with travellers.

Cabins
Sermeq, 4 guests
Sikorsuit, 4 guests
Aputsiaq, 2 guests
Iluliaq, 2 guests

The Maritime Authority approved the ship to sail with 12 overnight passengers, granting a renewed sailing permit valid until 2022 which is posted on the main deck.

Specifics

See basic information, safety equipment, deck plan drawing and other vital information about Nakuak’ here.

Common spaces

Guests enter Nakuak’ through a starboard entry on the main deck that leads directly to the dining mess, with two large tables perfect for family-style dining, and the galley further aft. The one guest head on board with both shower and toilet is also located on the main deck. A centrally-located stairway in the mess leads to the lower deck which is home to all guest cabins.

Cabins

There are a total of four guest cabins onboard Nakuak’ on the lower deck, all with teak finishes and in-cabin sinks, closets and radiator heating. Throughout the year we will be tweaking the cabins on a constant quest for yet more cosiness.

Each guest is provided with nice, large bath towels and blankets, as well as shower caddies to help keep the shared facilities organised and clean. Shampoo and shower gel provided.

Sermeq Cabin, port side, has four single berths and is offered as a shared quadruple cabin for 4 persons. Its name means ‘glacier’. See photos of Sermeq Cabin.

Sikorsuit Cabin, starboard side, has four single berths and is offered as a shared quadruple cabin for 4 persons. Its name means ‘sea ice’. See photos of Sikorsuit Cabin.

Aputsiaq Cabin, port side, has two single berths and is offered as a private double cabin for 2 persons. Its name means ‘snowflake’. See photos of Aputsiaq Cabin.

Iluliaq Cabin, starboard side, has two single berths and is offered as a private double cabin for 2 persons. Its name means ‘iceberg’. See photos of Iluliaq Cabin.

Decks

Outside, guests may spread themselves across the main deck as well as the level 1 and level 2 decks, accessible by permanent ladder, to watch for whales and enjoy the crisp air and landscape. We provide you with blankets and chairs or seat cushions so you can get comfortable and stay out as long as you wish.

Accessibility

Due to the nature of narrow doorways, steep stairways & ladders and steep thresholds, Nakuak’ is unfortunately not handicap accessible. The Greenland Expeditions by Land and Sea experience is best suited for active and mobile guests in good physical condition.