EAST GREENLAND
Sail training voyages on the schooner Amazone

The dates:
25 July – 1 August 2023
15 – 22 August 2023
22 – 29 August 2023
29 August – 5 September 2023

Trainees:
19

Age:
18+ / 12+ with parents

Experience:
Not required


EAST GREENLAND
Sail training voyages on the schooner Amazone

The dates:
25 July – 1 August 2023
15 – 22 August 2023
22 – 29 August 2023
29 August – 5 September 2023


Trainees:
19

Age:
18+ / 12+ with parents

Experience:
Not required


SAIL TRAINING VOYAGES TO EAST GREENLAND
Greenland is the largest island on our planet. It is located almost entirely in the north-eastern part of the Canadian Shield, between the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans.

In the summer 2023 Maritime Practice will undertake 4 sail training voyages in East Greenland on the schooner Amazone.

Unlike the West, with its tourist infrastructure, large cruise ships and crowds of tourists, the eastern part of the island is a completely wilderness with numerous fjords, whales, seals and icebergs.

Greenland's glaciers are considered to be the world's second largest freshwater reservoir after Antarctica. We will try to get as close as possible to them on the schooner Amazone to listen to the ice cracking and watch the giant icebergs drifting in the ocean.
THE SCHOONER AMAZONE
The two-masted schooner is an ice class sailing boat launched by Olivier van Meer Design in the Netherlands. Built in 1963, she was operated as a fishery vessel in the North Sea. In 1993, she was refitted to be a sailing boat used for regular charter voyages.

She is capable of high speeds in the water but is equally comfortable while cruising.

Technical specifications of the boat:
Length – 42 m
Width – 6.8 m
Draught – 3.7 m
Sail size – 420 m2
ACCOMODATION
Trainees are accommodated in 2-bed or 3-bed cabins, men and women separately (except for couples and family / friends). The Family Suite can accommodate up to 3 people (there is 1 double and 1 single bed). Each cabin is equipped with a sink with cold and hot water.

Five showers and toilets are shared, as well as a spacious lounge for meetings and events.

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PROGRAMME
DAY 1: WELCOME ON BOARD
Our voyage starts and finishes in Kulusuk, East Greenland.

At 15:00 you will board the schooner Amazone at the port of Kulusuk, check your cabin and have a welcome tour.

After a welcome speech of the captain, the crew will have a safety briefing. Then we'll meet up for dinner and get to know each other better. Tonight we will set sail. The voyage begins!
DAYS 2–7: EAST GREENLAND, FJORDS AND GLACIERS
From the 2-nd to the 7-th day of the voyage we will explore the most beautiful locations of East Greenland on the schooner Amazone. We will get as close as possible to the centuries-old glaciers and giant icebergs, make landings using our Zodiac boats to visit villages with colourful houses and get to know the life of the locals.

In the beginning of the voyage all the trainees will be divided into watches, each led by an experienced member of the crew. During the watches you will steer, set sails, learn the nautical vocabulary and take notes for the ship's logbook.
DAY 8: ARRIVAL TO KULUSUK
Unfortunately, our voyage to East Greenland has come to an end. After a hearty breakfast, you are kindly requested to disembark by 09:00.

We hope you've had an unforgettable experience on board Amazone!
ITINERARY
Kulusuk — 41 nm — Johan Petersen Fjord
Johan Petersen Fjord — 49 nm — Sermilik Fjord
Sermilik Fjord — 14 nm — Helheim Glacier
Helheim Glacier— 34 nm — Tiilerilaaq
Tiilerilaaq — 26 nm — Kuummiit

Kuummiit— 24 nm — Utorqarmiut

Utorqarmiut —51 nm — Kulusuk


Duration:
8 days, 7 nights
Overall distance:
215 nautical miles

Note: this is a voyage to a remote, inaccessible region. All activities during the voyage depend on ice and weather conditions and are determined by the expedition leader and the captain. The actual itinerary of the voyage may differ from the declared one. Encounters with declared wildlife species cannot be guaranteed.
Kulusuk — 41 nm — Johan Petersen Fjord
Johan Petersen Fjord — 49 nm — Sermilik Fjord
Sermilik Fjord — 14 nm — Helheim Glacier
Helheim Glacier— 34 nm — Tiilerilaaq
Tiilerilaaq — 26 nm — Kuummiit

Kuummiit— 24 nm — Utorqarmiut

Utorqarmiut —51 nm — Kulusuk


Duration:
8 days, 7 nights
Overall distance:
215 nautical miles

Note: this is a voyage to a remote, inaccessible region. All activities during the voyage depend on ice and weather conditions and are determined by the expedition leader and the captain. The actual itinerary of the voyage may differ from the declared one. Encounters with declared wildlife species cannot be guaranteed.
MAIN STOPS
Kulusuk
Kulusuk is a small village in East Greenland, located on the self-titled island.

Only 200 people live in Kulusuk, including the Danes and local population – the Inuit, but there is an international airport, a medical centre, a church and a cemetery there. The name Kulusuk is translated from Greenlandic as "chest of the black guillemot", a polar bird that nests in this region.

Angmagssalik, Tasiilaq settlement
The largest settlement in East Greenland is Angmagssalik, also called Tasiilaq. The town is situated in a picturesque fjord surrounded by high mountains with snowy peaks. There is a chance to see beautiful icebergs, as well as sperm and humpback whales on the way to the settlement.

The houses are usually colourful in all the villages in Greenland. It used to be that the colour of the house indicated the occupation of the person living there. When you entered the port, you could immediately see, where a doctor, a postman or a carpenter lived. Today all the houses are simply painted in the colours chosen by the inhabitants themselves.

The town has a population of 2,000 people. Most of the inhabitants are the Inuit. The traditional occupation for the Inuit is hunting and fishing.

Tasiilaq has a history museum, where you can learn about Inuit life, practise balancing on a kayak and see how life is organised in an Inuit home.
Sermilik fjord and Johan Petersen fjord
Sermilik fjord is well-known by its glaciers which create massive icebergs. Here you can witness the Greenlandic ice sheet. Whales visit this area regularly. Fjords are full of massive icebergs of different shapes. The major creators of icebergs are glaciers Helheimgletscher, Isgletscher, and Midgardgletscher that are located in the northern part of the Sermilik fjord.

We will approach the beautiful glacier Harn as close as possible, listen to the noise of cracking ice and participate in a polar swim. Than we will continue up the Sermilik Fjord as far as the ice conditions allow.

Tiilerilaaq
Old Inuit village Tiilerilaaq is located in the Sermilik fjord. It is one of the most exciting and beautiful locations in Greenland. We can watch the gigantic odd-shaped icebergs floating in front of us and even pass by them on Zodiac boats to take some photographs, depending on the tide and according to the ice conditions.

Tiilerilaaq is a lovely place to have a walk and buy some souvenirs from local hunters and fishermen: they dry river trout and haddock.

Inuit village Kuummiut
We will have time to walk around the village, take pictures and, if we are lucky, meet the Inuit returning from hunting and sorting caught seals.

Then we will go deeper into the fjord, towards the Knud Rasmussen glacier. These areas are often referred to as "Greenland Patagonia": huge gear mountains will soar above our ship. You can have a walk to the glacier along the fjord or go fishing.
Knud Rasmussen glacier
The Greenland Ice sheet is the world's second largest in terms of fresh water reserves. The Knud Ramussen Glacier is famous for the deep blue colour of the ice.

Knud Rasmussen glacier is famous for the intense blue color of the ice, the outer parts of the glacier calve regularly. As safe as possible, we will sail close to the glacier to breath the air full of ozone and enjoy the moment.
Sermiligaaq settlement
"Sermiligaaq" means "beautiful glacier fjord" from the Greenlandic. The population of the village is about 200 inhabitants, who are mostly hunters and fishermen. Fishing plays important role in a local daily life, all catches are sold to the factory in the nearby village Kuummiut. As the name suggests, Sermiligaaq is close to several beautiful glaciers, including Knud Rasmussen and Kârale glacier.
RULES AND TRADITIONS
TERMS OF PARTICIPATION
Both men and women are welcome. You have to be 18 and older to take part independently. Children aged 12 and older can also join us when accompanied by their parents.

Previous experience is not required. We will teach you everything you need to know to sail safely in the first 2 days of your voyage.
SAIL TRAINING VOYAGE
It is designed to be a sail training voyage on board the schooner Amazone.
DUTIES
Trainees are scheduled for navigation and general service duties on board, they are also involved in shipboard and sail works. Shipboard and sail works are needed when maneuvering or whether changes. Our help is crucial for the best crew operations. All hands on deck are very important when abrupt change of weather.

By the way, all activities on board are voluntary. You can choose and rotate within the range of duties there. We want you to feel comfortable on board our ship.
DISCIPLINE
We are one team, one crew. All work on the ship is subject to a schedule. The orders of the captain and instructors are binding. If we support each other, follow the rules and wash our hands before eating, the voyage will be safe and comfortable for everyone.

A dry law is applied on board. According to sea rules, alcohol consumption is allowed at the beginning and the end of our trip (at the port of Longyearbyen) only. You are welcome to visit local bars during landings, but we kindly ask you to be back on board and ready to take up duties.
SAFETY ON BOARD
All participants have to be fully vaccinated with the vaccine approved by European Medicines Agency (EMA). A PCR-test and quarantine are not required. Children under 12 don't have to be vaccinated. We guarantee 100% vaccinated crew and staff. Your health is the most important for us!
MEAL, ACCOMODATION, EQUIPMENT
We provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. There are comfortable 2-bed and 3-bed cabins at the trainees' disposal. Men and women live separately except for couples or friends.

Before setting out on a trip, participants will be informed about equipment requirements.
PRICE
3-bed cabin:
2800 € per person

2-bed cabin:
3500 € per person

Admiral's cabin:
4200 € per person
included in the price
— Ship accommodation
— Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
— Sail training course on board Amazone
— First aid on board
— Visa assistance (an invitation from the ship with itinerary and insurance details included)
not included
— The flight to Kulusuk and back
— Visa fees
BOOKING AND PAYMENT
50 % – within 3 days after booking
50 % – 2 months before the start of the voyage
CANCEL AND REFUND
Cancellation of the voyage more than 2 months before the selected voyage results in reimbursement or rebooking the trip with required extra payment (depending on the price of the new selected trip). If you cancel the booking less than 2 months before the trip, we will charge you the whole amount of the payment you made. In case you have someone willing to replace you on the trip, we will fully reimburse your payment.
USEFUL INFORMATION
FLIGHTS
Our voyages start and finish in Kulusuk (East Greenland). Since there aren't any direct flights to Kulusuk, you have to choose a connecting flight from your home country to East Greenland via Reykjavik (Iceland).
VISA
You'll need a Schengen visa to travel to Iceland and Greenland.
TERMS & CONDITIONS REGARDING COVID-19
To enter Greenland all the trainees have to be fully vaccinated with the vaccine approved by European Medicines Agency (Pfizer / BioNTech / Moderna / AstraZeneca / Johnson & Johnson). A PCR-test and quarantine are not required. Children under 12 don't have to be vaccinated

This site contains all the necessary information on the travel restrictions in effect for travel to Greenland due to COVID-19.

The entry regulations are subject to change, but we are monitoring the situation daily and will inform you of any changes as soon as possible.

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