icebergs seen from the tecla

Isafjordur, Iceland – Nuuk, Greenland

Isafjordur, the capital of the Westfjords lies safely behind a sand spit. Helgi Magri Hrólfsson first settled here in the 9th century after seeing its potential. In later years the town became important to the Danes as a trading post. Through out this time the fishing industry has been the main support for the inhabitants of Isafjordur and the rest of the Westfjords.

   For us it is the gateway to the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, on the edge of the Arctic Circle. But also the lift of point for one of our new adventures. 

Hrafnsfjordur anchorage is part of the voyage through Hornstrandir

A fast area largely abandoned in the 1950 and left to look after its self. There are no roads, making a ship, the only possible way into the reserve. The people who used to live here cultivated small pieces of land to support their cattle with hay during the darker months. And although during summer many birds and eggs where taken from the bird cliffs, fishing was the main in come for the people of the Hornstrandir area. After the abandonment, the flora slowly started to recover its former and original state. The now 260 flowering plants and ferns are a good summer hide out for the arctic foxes who made their own recovery. A hand full of houses abandoned and restored are the last reminder of the little civilization once present.

  Depending on the weather and wind forcast we, shape our course. Our first destination might be Hornbjarg and its towering bird cliffs. It is home to many sea birds during the short and intensive summer. Razorbills, Guillemots, Kittiwakes and Fulmars are the main inhabitants. They are fair game for the Arctic fox and her cups. Always luring and risking their own lives to secure an evening meal. The walks up the cliffs are breath taking. It gives a great view into the Greenland Sund and over the bay and mountains to the East.

Setting off for Greenland we leave civilization behind and set of over the Atlantic towards the south of Greenland. Depending on the Ice prediction at that time will have to stay 100 miles out of the coast until we reach the bottom of Greenland as there is to much drift ice along the coast and the entrances to the fjords are hazardous. 

ice chart

Navigating around the Bergy bits and Growlers is key of a good voyage to Greenland. For the crossing Ice charts will be at hand at all times.

Isafjordur

Isafjordur is easy to reach by plane. There is a flight twice a day. From the airport you can get to the Tecla by bus, which stops at the hotel just 2 minutes walking away form the Tecla. Or you can rent a car and drive. It is possible to rent the car and leave it on the airport on both sides. Take some time and see more of Iceland along the way!

Making our way to Nuuk, there will be several fjords we can attempt to visit. With 22 days to get to Nuuk, this will leave plenty of time for some real exploring as well. 

Nuuk as a city is the largest and fastest growing cities of Greenland. With over 17.000 inhabitants, it is still a small city compared which gives you the opportunity to really see the live of the local people in Greenland.  

Historically Nuuk has had inhabitants long before the Vikings came there, even before the Iniuts settled nearby, Nuuk was already a place where people gathered. 

Nuuk has an international Airfield where you can fly to from Reykjavik. 

Ocean voyage to Greenland!

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27 June - 18 July