Icebergs and Glaciers: Luxury Yacht Charters in Greenland

Greenland is the same size as France, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium combined. The 341,700 km2 ice-free areas are bigger than Norway – and ten times the size of Denmark, which can make it a daunting prospect for travel and exploration.

The first thing most people think of when it comes to Greenland is its vast ice cap, polar bears and the Inuit. YACHTZOO and PELORUS have combined forces to offer luxury yacht charters in Greenland and open up its doors, showcasing the wilds of nature, helping guests to understand its truly unique culture, geography, flora and fauna. Fly over the expanse of ice, cruise between icebergs and visit Viking ruins and modern villages, all accompanied by local guides to gain a new appreciation for the way of life on this remote island.

What kind of experiences are there to enjoy on a luxury yacht charter in Greenland?

Up here heliskiing is as remote and exclusive as it comes, and with the fjords and the sea glittering below and the sun shining above, you’ll be hard pressed to find something closer to the spiritual home of the sport. However, there is more to a Greenland Cruise than the heli skiing and ski touring. With some thought and planning, PELORUS can ensure your charter is great for the entire family. Take a tender up to glaciers and witness the calving phenomenon (from a safe distance). During calving, the ice splits along a crevasse, or a large crack, and eventually breaks free from the parent glacier. The process is a dramatic one, and the sounds that accompany this phenomenon are extremely eerie.

Go sea fishing and have the chance to catch redfish and catfish. In June the coast is invaded by capelins every year – a little fish between the size of a sardine and a herring. – rich in proteins and has always been an important food source for Greenlanders. Helicopter to the top of one of the oldest glaciers in the world for an unparalleled BBQ experience under the midnight sun. Join the feeding of a dog-team. You can see, feel, touch and most of all hear the howling of up to 20 hungry dogs. The owner will demonstrate the sled, the harness, and the whip and tell you about life as a sled dog in Greenland. Feel the rush by sled dogs running across the glacier in the mountain landscape. Discover the driver’s command signs and shouting while comfortably seated reclining on the sled and enjoy the creaking of the snow and the dogs. The sledge ride takes place approximately 900 meters above sea level. Those feeling brave and limber can try rock climbing in the Uummannaq Bay and Upernavik area. This classic climbing area has, in recent years, been “rediscovered” by some of the world’s best rock climbers, who have repeatedly used their own boats in this beautiful fjord system between the Nuussuaq Peninsula and the town of Upernavik. We recommend that you take a chance to go whale watching, with a guide, in your tender.

The Uummannaq area offers you a great chance to see fin whales, humpback whales, killer whales and minke. Uummannaq is one of the most glacier-rich areas in the world, including the world’s fastest-moving glacier, which NASA confirmed in March of 2019, has been growing for the third year in a row. Hike across islands to find unexpected hot springs ready for an ‘impromptu’ refreshing dip, there is something surreal about swimming in warm, steaming water whilst spring flowers peek out from the snow all around, knowing you are miles from anyone. For the high octane, take powerful 4WD-vehicles take you through an incredibly beautiful landscape of mountains, plains and semi-desert valleys. Near the Ice Cap you drive to the scenic Russell Glacier and through fantastic moraine landscape. At the end of the road, you can walk to the Greenland Ice Cap and venture onto the ice sheet.

WHEN TO GO: May – September

Where to visit on a trip to Greenland?

The safest cruising is the West coast of Greenland, we recommend Illulissat and Disko Island as particularly great for families looking to rent a yacht in Greenland.

Major yachting ports in Greenland?

The capital at Nuuk is fairly experienced with superyachts but it is best to get your provisioning done well before and ship in your fresh stores as one yacht can empty the supermarkets that the locals depend on! Most charters will start at Illulissat to take advantage of the air strip.