East Greenland Microcruise: MV Togo

East Greenland

The voyage commences at the remote village of Tasiilaq, on Greenland’s east coast. The plan is to explore the glaciers and fjords in the surrounding area, before sailing south along the rugged coastline. We will cruise inland through Prins Christian Sound, a steep-sided fjord that separates East and West Greenland. With mountains either side that extend 1,200 metres high it is one of Greenland’s most beautiful places to visit. After leaving Prins Christian Sound we will make our way up the west coast exploring the fjords and glaciers around the remote settlement of Narsarsuaq

  • Explore rugged, seldom visited ice-filled fjords and untouched landscapes.
  • Cruise the stunning Prins Christian Sound.
  • Visit Greenlandic settlements and meet the people in a small group.
  • Shore landings by Zodiac landing craft.
  • Encounter wildlife such as Arctic Foxes, Musk Oxen, Reindeer and Whales.
  • Visit secret anchorages inaccessible to larger ships.
  • expert guide
  • Comfortable, intimate ice-strengthened expedition vessel.

Greenland has very few roads and the main way to explore the rugged beauty is from the sea. During the summer months, the coast becomes navigable as the sea ice retreats opening up passages into countless iceberg filled fjords. This micro cruise offers a way to get up close to Greenland’s natural beauty. Travelling on a small expedition vessel minimises the impact on the local culture and the environment more than the larger cruise ships that visit the area.

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Perfect for those looking for a low impact way of cruising to Greenland!

Overview

The voyage commences at the remote village of Tasiilaq, on Greenland’s east coast. The plan is to explore the glaciers and fjords in the surrounding area, before sailing south along the rugged coastline. We will cruise inland through Prins Christian Sound, a steep-sided fjord that separates East and West Greenland. With mountains either side that extend 1,200 metres high it is one of Greenland’s most beautiful places to visit. After leaving Prins Christian Sound we will make our way up the west coast exploring the fjords and glaciers around the remote settlement of Narsarsuaq.
Day 1: Embarkation day in Tasiilaq Your journey begins on arrival at Kulusuk Airport in the Tasiilaq area on the remote east coast of Greenland where you will board expedition vessel MV Togo for an exciting adventure. Tasiilaq is home to a little over 2,000 people and is the most populated settlement on Greenland’s east coast which gives you an idea of how remote the region is. After we leave Tasiilaq we are in the wilderness for the next 8 days. Day 2-7: Exploring the east coast of Greenland The focus of the voyage is on exploring and our itinerary is kept flexible to allow the captain to choose the best places to visit dependent on the weather and sea ice conditions. The essence of every expedition is the shore landings. As we explore the coast we will attempt to make shore landings on a daily basis by Zodiac landing craft so you can spend time enjoying the nature from the shore and also visiting remote settlements. Short hikes in the wilderness are all part of the adventure. At all times you will be accompanied by a professional guide for your safety. After departing Tasiilaq we plan to explore the surrounding fjords which feature breathtaking scenery all around and are home to many active glaciers which we will be able to see as we cruise near to them. Breathtaking scenery, icebergs and glaciers... Our first planned stop is the Sermilik fjord which means ‘place with glaciers’. It is one of the largest fjords in the southeastern coast of Greenland and full of breathtaking scenery, icebergs and glaciers. A highlight of the voyage is a cruise through Prins Christian Sound, a steep-sided fjord that separates East and West Greenland. With mountains either side that extend 1,200 metres (3,900 ft) high, it is one of Greenland’s most beautiful, natural places to visit. Many glaciers reach the fjords, calving off huge icebergs that can be seen floating through the waters. After leaving Prins Christian Sound we will make our way up the west coast exploring the fjords and glaciers around the remote settlement of Narsarsuaq, our final destination. This voyage may involve some longer coastal and overnight passages as we move from place to place which are all apart of the adventure. Throughout the expedition your expert guide will give lectures onboard on the local environment, wildlife and culture. Day 8: Arrival in Narsarsuaq The adventure ends in Narsarsuaq. This small, remote settlement which is home to just 145 people. Before departing from the airport you can see the botanical garden of the Arctic, called the Greenlandic Arboretum, a collection of trees native to the Arctic. You will depart the vessel in the morning having made new friends and some unforgettable memories. Flexible Itinerary The day to day plan is to visit remote anchorages and use the Zodiac landing craft to go ashore and explore. Our itinerary is kept flexible to allow the captain and expedition guide to make the most of the ice and weather conditions which can dictate what is possible. Unlike large cruise ships, this flexible approach helps us to see and experience more. Why A Small Expedition Vessel? We believe a small expedition vessel is the best way to experience Greenland in a closeup and personal way. Travelling with just 12 guests in total and a guide feels more like travelling with a small group of friends than a typical cruise. Landing in remote settlements with a small group of people will give you the chance to encounter local Greenlandic people. There is no waiting to join a Zodiac as there is space for everyone onboard. Find out why we prefer small ships to larger ships here. Nature & Wildlife From raw, untouched landscapes to ice-filled fjords and an abundance of diverse wildlife, Greenland is home to some of the most awe-inspiring nature on the planet. The waters around Greenland are home to 15 whale species during the spring and summer months including Hump Back Whales which are frequently sighted. The Narwhal, with its single unicorn tusk, and the white beluga whale are some of Greenland’s more unusual marine creatures. On the land it is possible to see polar bears (south and east coasts), musk oxen, caribou, arctic foxes, hares, and the rare arctic wolf. A wealth of birdlife can also be seen including puffins, ravens, auks, guillemots, terns, kittiwakes, owls and buntings. Ice One of the main reasons people visit Greenland is to witness the thousands of beautiful icebergs that can be seen floating along the fjords and coast. 80% of Greenland’s landmass is covered by an ice sheet which forms glaciers. As the glaciers retreat, huge pieces of ice calve off into the water and drift out to sea. Greenland’s icebergs, among some of the largest on earth, are a truly breathtaking sight. These floating ice sculptures, some hundreds of feet tall, make the perfect photography subject. A cruise on a small expedition vessel is certain to get you close to the ice for that perfect shot. As the Arctic warms at a faster pace, Greenland’s glaciers are a hotbed for scientific study to understand the warming effects on the ice. Local People and Culture A huge highlight of visiting Greenland is meeting the people that call this land their home. From the capital city of Nuuk to the small, remote settlements that dot the coastline, the Greenlandic people are warm and welcoming. Greenland has a population of under 60,000 inhabitants making it one of the most sparsely populated places on earth.

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Micro Expedition Vessel: M/V Togo

M/V TogoTogo is a 102ft /31m motor yacht, custom built in 1965 by legendary Dunston Shipyard and last refitted in 2018. Originally built as North Sea trawler she was converted into Lloyd’s safety vessel in 1980s, then into a Yacht with extensive refit 2012 and upgraded to expedition yacht in 2018. Togo has a well-appointed galley and mess room, elegant and comfortable mahogany paneled salon with bar and kitchenette. Her deck areas are spacious with semi-enclosed sides. She is a sturdy vessel with elegant sheer, sails with abundant intimacy from the bygone era of tramp steamers. A small expedition vessel is the best way to experience the Arctic in a closeup and personal way! You will be travelling with a maximum of 12 guests. There are lots of opportunities to talk to your guide and learn more about the area you are visiting. When we visit remote settlements we will be doing it as part of a small group and in a culturally mindful way. There is no waiting to join a Zodiac as there is space for everyone onboard.

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Included
  • Expert Greenlandic Guide
  • Lectures on Greenland
  • Use of Zodiac (Dinghies) for shore landings and photography opportunities
  • Polar Bear protection guides for shore landings
  • Full Board (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Bedding and towels
Excluded
  • Flights and transfers
  • Travel and cancellation insurance
  • Any additional expenses such as museum entry
  • Alcohol and spirits
Deposits Reservations require a deposit of 30% at the time you receive a booking confirmation from Expeditions Online. A payment link will be sent to you and this may be paid by major credit card. Bookings within 90 days of departure require full payment. Final Payments Balances are due 90 days prior to departure. Cancellations All requests for cancellation must be received in writing to Expeditions Online. Cancellations received 90 days or more prior to departure, are refunded less a fee of 30 % of the total price. If cancellation is received between 89 days and 60 days prior to departure, are refunded less a fee of 50 % of the total price. If cancellation occurs less than 59 days up to and including the day of departure: 100 % of the total price. If full payment has not yet been received, the full penalty will still apply and any unpaid balance is due immediately. We strongly recommend that you obtain adequate trip cancellation insurance. Booking Terms Please read carefully the General Booking Conditions for Expeditions Online. This voyage is operated by Secret Atlas expeditions and you additionally travel under their terms and conditions as the operator as well as of the Shipping Company/transport carrier. Details will be forwarded to you at the time of booking.
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