Ski and Sail from Nuuk-Maniitsoq aboard Rembrandt van Rijn
In partnership with Oceanwide Expeditions, Icelandic Mountain Guides offers unique Ski Mountaineering tours to the West coast of Greenland. Here you’ll find the region between Nuuk and Maniitsoq is the home of spectacular fjords and the steep snow covered alpine peaks. This place still resembles historical society as the locals residing in this region traditionally survive from fishing and hunting. As we tour the waters around the extensive fjord system, we often find whales and occasionally we get lucky enough to come across some seals. For those of you who get the rare chance to travel to West Greenland, a wonderful world of unique nature impressions await your discovery. Our primary mode of travel will consist of a boat that takes us between locations and eventually turns into a mobile base camp for our ski mountaineering activities that will be led by officially recognized mountain guides.
Tour length: 8 days
Total distance: 80 kilometers (50 miles)
Altitude: 0 up to 1600 m (may vary)
Maximum ascent: 1600 meters (3280 feet)
Price from: 375.000 ISK
24.04 - 1.05.2014
Included services in price
• All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea
• 7-night cruise aboard s/v Rembrandt van Rijn as indicated in the itinerary
• Daily ski trips guided by certified mountain guide
• Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
• Group transfer in Greenland: airport - ship – airport
• All fees, governmental taxes and port charges throughout the program
• Expedition logbook upon completion of the journey
• All shore excursions and activities including zodiac outings
• Comprehensive travel documents (boarding passes, travel information)
• Free rental of snowshoes and basic mountaineering kit (glacier travel)
• Rugged peaks, majestic mountains in a complex fjord system
• Diverse wildlife: Greenland Whales, Humpbacks, Sperm Whales, seals and seabirds
• Skiing mountaineering led by a certified ski mountain guides
Pre- and post-land arrangements; transfers outside Greenland; passport and visa expenses; meals ashore; baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is mandatory); excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges; and the customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).
Please note that flights to/from Greenland are not included but can be added. Estimate minimum 175.000 ISK for flights. Prices may vary depending on route chosen.
Requirements for ski mountaineering
Previous experience is necessary, alpine skiing skills a must. Ski mountaineering is a technical and challenging activity for experienced ski mountaineers who aim at reaching the higher peaks. Under the guidance of a certified mountain and ski guide, participants move into sometimes steep, deep snow-covered, partly glaciated, and potentially dangerous alpine terrain. The ski mountain guide is in charge and responsible for the safety of the group. There is at least one certified mountain guide on board who is responsible for the overall management of the ski program. Experience in ski mountaineering, good physical condition and health are required as a prerequisite for participation in this program. Participants handle safely the basics of alpine skiing technique (ascending and descending off-piste terrain with potentially difficult snow conditions). Climbs are steep in places (35 degrees or more), the ability to make sharp turns in ascent is necessary. When registering, participants are kindly asked to submit a personal tour report with a review of already completed ski mountaineering tours. A questionnaire with space for the trip report is available upon request. The ratio of participants to guide is 6:1. Basic mountaineering equipment for glacier travel will be provided free of charge: ropes, karabiners, harnesses, ice axe and crampons. Each participant brings his/her personal ski equipment (skis with touring bindings, ski boots, crampons adjusted to the size of the ski boot, skins, poles, avalanche transceivers, shovel, probe) and personal functional outdoor clothing. An equipment list is available upon request.
About our partner Oceanwide Expeditions
Oceanwide Expeditions, based in the Netherlands, is specialized in polar expedition cruises with its own fleet of ice strengthened vessel operating in the High Arctic and Antarctica since the nineties. The main focus is set on polar voyages to explore the unique flora and diverse wildlife of the Polar Regions. The basic philosophy of the company is to keep the sea routes as short as needed to ensure as much time as possible for landings and boat excursions. Discoverers and active guests have the opportunity to participate in a broadly diversified activity program.
S/V ‘Rembrandt Van Rijn’ was built as a herring lugger early last century. The vessel was rebuilt as a three-mast passenger sailing schooner in The Netherlands in 1994 and sailed in Spitsbergen (1994 – 1996) and in Galápagos (1998 - 2001). The vessel underwent a complete rebuilding and refurbishment program in 2011. The communication and navigation equipment has been completely revamped according to the latest SOLAS regulations.
The Rembrandt van Rijn measures 56 meters in length (168 ft.), 7 meters in width and has a draft of 2, 5 meters. The maximum engine speed is 9 knots. She has an experienced crew of 10 on board including two tour guides. The ship can accommodate a maximum of 34 passengers in 17 twin cabins (1 Twin Shared cabin with porthole (shared shower and toilet), 6 Twin Private Inside cabins (with shower and toilet, no porthole), 10 Twin Private cabins (with shower and toilet and porthole). A spacious restaurant on board the vessel allows all passengers to have their meals at the same time. The vessel furthermore consists of a separate bar including a reading table. The ship is well suited for expedition cruising among small islands and offers good open deck viewing areas, even when under sail. The two inflatable rubber crafts (zodiacs) enable landing and wildlife viewing opportunities in otherwise inaccessible areas
All promoted itineraries are for general guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions and ad hoc decisions by the Expedition Leader to take advantage of opportunities to see wildlife. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. Landings are always subject to weather, local site availabilities and environmental regulations (AECO). Official sailing plans and landing slots will be scheduled with AECO prior to the start of the season. The final sailing plan will be determined by the Expedition Leader on board. The implementation of the sailing plan is subject to the capability of the vessel and the discretion of the Master.