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Bowhead Whale Cruises, Greenland

AT A GLANCE

FOCUS

Whale and wildlife cruise:
birds, whales & dolphins, mammals, scenery, historical sites & photography

WHERE

Aasiatt (Greenland) – Disko Bay – Aasiatt

SAMPLE WILDLIFE

Bowhead and Humpback Whales, seals, Arctic Foxes and a selection of Arctic birds

CLIMATE

Spring Polar

ACCOMMODATION

34 passenger comfortable sailing vessel, all cabins with private facilities.

These short voyages perfectly encompass our spirit of exploration, sailing amongst some of the most spectacular icebergs in the Arctic, looking for the mighty Ice Whale, the Bowhead. Set in the early Arctic spring, join us on a stunning three-masted schooner for this pelagic adventure. Other whale species are possible on these departures plus Reindeer and a myriad of Arctic birds including auks, shorebirds and a chance of Gyr Falcon. We will enjoy Zodiac iceberg cruises, visit seabird colonies and undertake tundra walks in addition to our time afloat. The first voyages in 2012 & 2013 were judged a big success, with up to 15 Bowheads seen plus Humpbacks Whales too. Other highlights included Harp, Ringed & Bearded Seals, Arctic Fox, Arctic Hare and a selection of true northern birds including Snowy Owl, King Eider, Long-tailed Duck, Red-necked Phalarope, Ptarmigan, Snow and Lapland Buntings plus of course breeding seabirds such as auks, skuas and Fulmars.   

Our vessel for these short expedition cruises will be the recently rebuilt S/V Rembrandt van Rijn, a head-turning sailing ship with lots of open deck space, even under full sail. She can also cruise using her engine, up to 9 knots. 56 metres long, she can carry 34 passengers in small twin cabins with private facilities. A large single-sitting restaurant supplies the meals whilst there is also a separate bar/reading area too. We have fond memories of this vessel from her previous years in the Galapagos and her experienced staff and crew are dedicated to ensuring that you have a successful, comfortable, safe and enjoyable trip. 


Day 1: Arrive Aasiaat, board vessel and sail.

Day 2:Sail along Jakobshavn Glacier, iceberg alley, landing at Avangnardlit, optional hill walk for more spectacular views.

Day 3:We sail around the islands of Hunde and Kronprinsens Ejlands, in the mouth of Disko Bay, whose rich waters attract seabirds and whales. We could see Bowheads today, landings and Zodiac cruises are also planned.

Days 4: Another day of searching for Bowheads, today we also plan to explore Disko Island including a visit to it’s warm springs.

Day 5:Today we will spend time on Disko Island, we plan several landings and tundra walks. We expect to see birds such as Long-tailed Skuas and Grey Phalaropes. 

Days 6:In the morning we plan to Zodiac cruise a large Kittiwake colony of over 10,000 pairs. In the afternoon we will make a landing and walk to a beautiful lake.

Day 7:We will sail through Ata Sund to reach the glacier front at Eqip Sermia and then much later on to Aasiaat.

Day 8: Disembark vessel after breakfast.

 

NB: The exact voyage itineraries are subject to ice, weather and local conditions at the time.

Please note: All itineraries are subject to weather, local conditions and final approval by the relevant authorities.

Dates and Prices:
17th - 24th & 24th – 31st May, 31st May – 7th June and 7th –  14th June 2016

Leader: Ship’s expedition team.

Prices per person sharing:                                                                                                                   

£1569              Triple with private facilities and porthole           

£1725              Inside Twin with private facilities                                           

£1925              Twin with private facilities and porthole                                             

Single cabins 1.7 twin share price.

Price includes:  Accommodation and all meals aboard ship (with free tea and coffee), port taxes, Zodiac landings, services of ship’s expedition staff, daily sea watching sessions (at sea), group transfers in Greenland to and from ship.

Price excludes: Flights Copenhagen via Kangerlussuaq to Aasiaat return from £1095, flights UK – Copenhagen return (from c£100), pre and or post cruise hotel nights at Copenhagen airport if required (from £95 per room per night), other drinks, laundry and items of a personal nature onboard, crew gratuities (we suggest E10 per passenger per day aboard ship), passport fees, travel insurance. 

Deposit: 20% 

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      ‘Kelvin and Caspar really complemented each other and made an excellent (and hilarious) onboard team’ 

      Greenland Whales - C.H June 2014

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      “Bowhead Whales seen very well on three days, excellent whale-watching”

      Greenland Whales R&M.B. June 2013

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