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Greenland sailing holiday

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Arctic Cruises, Greenland
Price:
From £1690 (8 days) excluding flights
Highlights of this sailing wildlife safari are incredible opportunites to see rare Bowheads and humpback whales whilst surrounded by enormous icebergs. Your spacious and comfortable ship has en suit cabins and expert guides, who reveal Greenland’s secrets through daily landings and walks. Sail along sparkling icebergs and glaciers spilling from the Greenland ice sheet; visit local communities and encounter Arctic wildlife. Our voyages in September hope to observe the Northern lights.
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Dates:
2015: 12 May, 19 May, 26 May, 2 Jun, 9 Jun
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Greenland sailing holiday

Responsible travel: Greenland sailing holiday

Environment

We work hard to protect and conserve the destinations we visit around the world and the fragile Arctic ecosystem is no exception. In protecting the Arctic and instilling a sense of environmental stewardship in our clients, we employ a range of successful methods and initiatives.

We firmly believe that by offsetting the average CO2 emissions for each trip, we can help combat the effects of global climate change in the Arctic. As a result, we are the only travel company to offset the carbon emissions generated by your polar trip at our own expense and we also automatically offset the carbon emissions of flights booked through us for polar voyages. The funds generated from this initiative go directly into Rainforest Concern’s new Rainforest4Climate programme, helping reforest tropical rainforest habitats in South America.

Whilst on these trips, your-on board natural history expert, through guided walks and evening talks, reveals not only the wonders of the Arctic realm and its wildlife but also some of the conservation issues which this fragile habitat and its species face.

Finally, by sailing around Greenland, we harness the power of the wind; not only allowing passengers to enjoy quiet and unobtrusive travel but reducing the use of engine power (and thus diesel usage) also. The deck of a strong and elegant sailing ship is an appropriate and inspiring way to enjoy the serenity and stunning beauty of Greenland's wilderness, by environmentally-aware means.

Community

Some sailing voyages we offer are so remote that there is no indigenous village / community – as is the case in Spitsbergen, outside of the main town Longyearbyen. In Greenland however, the Inuit have a rich and colourful culture. On our Greenland voyages we visit local museums and small shops, but where these do not exist we often radio the head of the village to check if a visit is welcome – which it invariably is. Most recently in Greenland, the head of the village (who spoke 5 languages) invited all 15 of us to tea and cake at his house – then we visited the local school, where our expedition leader was proud to point out 2 of the school books he had written on the shelves! Wonderful win-win scenarios for which language is no barrier.

Where opportunities exist, we encourage guests to purchase souvenirs – other than shells and polar bear related goods. In the Arctic and in particularly in Iceland, we advise strongly against the purchase of whale meat in the local restaurants, which showcases the whaling trade (by the tourist) when the local population do not themselves eat whale meat.

The story of the provider of Greenland sailing holiday

We have a long developed passion for wilderness. We began in 1986 from a passion for exploration that can conserve the best of our planet's wilderness and wildlife. Our in-depth knowledge has grown from a foundation formed by marine and environmental scientists, conservation experts, professional wilderness guides, diving instructors and yacht masters. Our expertise has provided on-location advice on conservation and tourism projects in the Amazon, South East Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Our trips not only provide inspirational experiences they also promote greater environmental awareness and respect through the support of research and conservation teams.

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Greenland sailing holiday

You can trust responsibletravel.com reviews because, unlike many other schemes, reviews can ONLY be written by people who we have verified have been on the holidays. In addition, we don't run these holidays ourselves - our only interest is giving you the best independent advice.


5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed 04 Jun 2013 by Christine Symes5 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The scenery along the coast and fjords of West Greenland was breathtakingly beautiful and constantly changing as we made our slow way north. The weather was bitterly cold but bright and the sun felt warm when we found a sheltered
nook on the deck. The beauty of the area was just magical.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take lots of layers but don't worry too much about buying lots of expensive technical clothing for the trip. Think about what you do have in your wardrobe - an old pair of leggings or yoga gear may be a good alternative to buying
the latest in thermal base layers. Taking a variety of different gloves is worthwhile.

Some travelers held back from going on some of the hikes and zodiac trips. My advice is: don't hold back - these things are too good to miss. Our guides were great at making sure they catered for everyone's abilities and the more
able travelers seemed very happy to help those who needed a bit of support.


3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I would think the most important element was the simple fact of bringing tourists to some less visited parts of Greenland. The potential economic benefits from tourism may help reduce the possibility of future harm from minerals
extraction and from over-fishing/hunting.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was fabulous and deserves 5 stars. The team working, including the expedition leader, did a first class job in making the trip fun, comfortable and interesting.

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12 May 2015
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02 Jun 2015
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