There is a saying, “when you have seen the world, then there is always Greenland.”
Join our private charter expedition to be mesmerised by some of the most beautiful landscapes on Earth. Explore unfenced wildernesses to see the wildlife of the High Arctic, from musk oxen, caribou and the great whales, to seals, vast bird colonies and more. Discover the ghostly ruins of long abandoned Norse settlements founded by Erik the Red, and encounter the unique culture of the last traditional Inuits in their villages, where they still rely on seal hunting and fishing to survive. Soak up the midnight sun, and see some of the world's greatest glaciers and icebergs, as well as towering waterfalls, milky-blue glacial waters, and the surreal beauty of one of the last untouched landscapes left on the planet.
In 2012, Redfern chartered two specialist ice-breaker ships in order to mount a natural history expedition to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula for 18 people. This trip was special; we went where the big cruise ships simply cannot go, exploring beaches that tourists cannot normally access and encountering some of the greatest wildlife spectacles on Earth. Now, for 2015, we have secured two vessels in the north, and we offer you a place on this very special, private charter natural history expedition to explore Greenland, the planet's largest island, in a most intimate manner.
We will explore the rugged west coast of Greenland, from the green fjordlands of the south to the High Arctic, finally reaching the northernmost human settlement on Earth, and also the best wildlife sites and most traditional of Inuit hunting-villages.
From July 13th to July 31st, our two ships will travel between Nuuk and Thule. Fom August 2nd to August 20th, the ships will return from Thule to Nuuk.
Both voyages have a maximum of 12 places available. You can join us for a voyage in one direction, and transfer by plane to/from Thule, or journey both up and down the coast to maximise your chances of encountering local wildlife.
This itinerary takes us from the grassy meadows of southern Greenland, with its Norse ruins and quaintly picturesque fishing and sealing villages, north along the rugged and spectacular, glacier-strewn west coast. Passing increasingly isolated settlements and outposts, we make our way to the sheer wilderness of the High Arctic. Very few people ever travel this path, let alone reach Greenland's remote north.
During this trip, we are almost certain to encounter shaggy muskoxen; elk-like caribou; minke whales; humpback whales; narwhals; ringed seals; harp seals; northern wheatears; redpoll; snow buntings; ravens; Iceland gulls; laucous gulls; terns; skuas; kittiwakes; puffins; fulmars; ptarmigans; littke auks; black guillemot; and white-tailed eagles.
There is also a good chance to see reindeer; arctic foxes; mouse-like lemmings; arctic hares; killer whales; beluga whales; bearded seals; hooded seals; red-necked phalarope; snow geese; Brunnich's guillemot; common eider duck; peregrine falcons; and gyrfalcons. And if we are lucky, we may also see polar bears and walruses.
As we visit the ruins of Norse settlements and traditional Inuit villages, we also explore vast icebergs and glaciers, historic Greenland towns, spectacular fjords and waterfalls, and stunning, far north landscapes illuminated by the midnight sun.
This trip is a rare and unmissable opportunity to explore the Arctic regions in the company of naturalists, photographers and documentarians at rates that cannot be matched by commercial cruise ships.
We look forward to hearing from you!