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Icebergs and Glaciers: Luxury Greenland Yacht Charter
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 their doors, showcasing the wilds of nature and 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 exploration experiences are there to enjoy on a luxury yacht charter in Greenland?
Up here, heli-skiing is as 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 yacht cruise than heli-skiing and ski touring.
Experience the calving phenomenon
With some thought and planning, PELORUS can ensure your charter is tailored 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 accompanying this phenomenon are extremely eerie.
During your luxury boat charter in Greenland, 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 – they are rich in proteins and have 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 of 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 sled ride takes place approximately 900 metres 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 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.
While exploring Greenland, you can 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, 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 the 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 luxury boat charter in Greenland?
The safest cruising area is the West coast of Greenland, we recommend Ilulissat 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 Ilulissat to take advantage of the airstrip.
Looking to contact a Greenland yacht charter broker?
YACHTZOO prides itself on privacy and trust for our charter clients. Booking a yacht charter in Greenland is no different. With the help of YACHTZOO’s dedicated Greenland yacht charter broker specialists, you can choose between the highest quality superyachts, a choice of itineraries and the best rates available.
If you would like to book a Greenland yacht charter, please get in touch with a YACHTZOO Greenland boat charter broker by filling in the form here. A dedicated yacht charter broker will be in touch with you by phone or by e-mail with the perfect vessels for your vacation.