Disko Bay - Umanak
14 nights aboard the S/V Rembrandt van Rijn sailing roundtrip from
July 18 - August 1, 2013 RVR22
August 1 - 15, 2013 RVR23
August 29 - September 12, 2013 RVR25
Day 1 - We arrive in Aasiaat from Kangerdlussuak by chartered plane
(flight not included in the voyage cost. Aasiaat, is a settlement which was created in the 17th century to support
the whaling at the mouth of Disko Bay. Its port is ice free from late spring to early winter. We spend the
first part of night at anchor in Aasiaat or in one of the bays nearby.
Day 2 - Today we sail north of Grønne Island to the large Jakobshavn Isfjord with its enormous
icebergs. It is a World Heritage Site. North of Claushavn we climb a hill to have a spelendid view across Disko
Bay. In the low evening light we spend some hours near the ice-bergs from the Isfjord. It is a good area for
Day 3 – If ice conditions allow we sail into Atta Sund to Eqip Sermia, where we can come quite
close to the glacier front, where French explorers ascended the Greenlandic ice-cap
Day 4 – In the morning we land at Flakkerhuk, on the east side of Disko Island, making our way
through waters dominated by huge icebergs. We observe a population of birds typical to the High Arctic, with
species such as Long-tailed Skua, Turnstone and Grey Phalarope. The birds breed on a beautiful tundra landscape
backed by basalt cliffs. Later in the day we may also pay a visit to Saqqaq, famous because of the remains of
dwellings of the Saqqaq Culture, 4000 years ago.
Day 5 – At the western tip of Nussuaq Penisula we land at Bjørnefaelden assumed to be named
after a bear trap from the Viking period.
Day 6 - At Uummannaq, we approach High Arctic waters. Seal hunting and fishing is still an
important source of income for the local people and they also have many dogs which haul their sledges in winter. We
will also visit the nearby Qilakitsoq site, on the north coast of the Nuussuaq Peninsula, where some years ago a
family of mummified Thule culture people from the 15th century was found.
Day 7 -. Nugarssuk has Thule houses, a lovely small lake Eqaluit (where the trout is found) and
a low hill with great views toward the Greenland icecap. Through a maze of fjords and straits with huge icebergs,
and flanked by high mountainsides, we work our way north and sail to Akugdleq with its fantastic geological
formations creating a desert like image. At Pamiagdlua, opposite Akugdleq, is a similar landscape to where NASA
tested its Marsrover's.
Day 8 - We will land at the head of the fjord, where Wegener began his ascent of the icecap.
The glacier Scheideck which 80 years ago ended at the coast has retreated about 10 km inland. In the same area we
will see Marmorilik with the Black Angel Mine for zinc and lead high in the mountains. Later we will have a zodiac
cruise Sailing along the glacier front of the Perdlerfiup Sermia .
Day 9 - 10 We circumnavigate Upernivik Ø and sail through the narrow fjords of Inukavsait,
surrounded by mountains of over 2000m and glaciers at all sides. At the head of the Kangerlugssuak Fjord we land at
Nungutagssuak with Thule houses, a beautiful valley near a giant glacier front and in the valley a hanging glacier.
Later we sail among the icebergs of the Kangerlugssuak to the Karrat Isfjord, where we land on the southern tip of
Karrat Island dotted with lakes and at Satukujoq, where we expect to see geese when we walk into Nerlerit (geese
country). Sailing deeper into Kangidleq is maybe not possible due to the concentration of ice-bergs.
Day 11 – In the morning we make a zodiac cruise at 200 at Schades Øer with Arctic Tern colonies
and sometimes Sabines Gulls. In the afternoon we sail along the south coast of Svartenhuk Peninsula and look into
the valleys of Savik and Akunerit, where we sometimes see Musk Oxen. The west side of Akunerit has lakes with water
birds like Canadian Goose. Also Arctic Skua’s breed here.
Day 12 – On Hareøen we could make a landing at the northeast side at
Umivinguaq a lovely little bay with Thule houses. Alternatively we land in Nordfjord or Qasigissat on
Disko Island, in a lush tundra landscape near lakes in valleys surrounded by basalt cliffs.
At Qasigissat there are accessible populations of ducks and geese.
Day 13 – In Diskofjord we sail into the Kuanerssuit Fjord toward some warm springs. Near Sioraq
settlement, where the people keep sledge dogs, we also visit a Thule dwelling site with large turfhuts in a great
setting. In the evening we cruise along Queqertaq Island (1000 m high) with the largest Northern Fulmar colony in
Day 14 – In Fortunebay (Greenlandic, Kitdlit = whale bay) and Engelsmandens Haven we land near
some warm ( 8 degrees C) springs, which create a lush vegetation. We have good opportunities to see Humpback Wahles
when we sail south of Godhavn to Hunde Ejlands, with a small Greenlandic settlement, old dwellings of Greenland’s
Thule culture (dating from 11th century) and graves from 18th century European Whalers.
Day 15 - We arrive in Aasiaat. In the morning we fly from Aasiaat to Kangerdlussuak by charterd
flight, and onward by scheduled flight to Copenhagen (flights not included in the voyage cost).
2013 Disko Bay Umanak Departures
RVR22 & RVR23 Rates
|Twin Private Inside
|Twin Shared Porthole
Single occupancy is available in all cabin types with a 70% supplement.
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Dream, 70 participants on Plancius, 60 participants on Ortelius, 24 participants on Rembrandt, and 14 participants
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