Summer – Fall
The Forbidden Coast of East Greenland takes you on a journey back in time to a golden age of exploration. Most of its waters are still uncharted and almost all its hiking trails remain unmarked. You’ll be one of the few to walk among towering granite mountains, hike along fjords scoured with runaway glaciers, cruise past floating iceberg castles, and explore some of the most scenic hiking trails in the world—all from the comfort of a floating base camp.
No kingdom on Earth is as fiercely protected as the Forbidden Coast. Calving glaciers riddle the waterways with sea ice, and a barely penetrable glacial wall shields most of its coastline. To get deeper into Greenland’s uncharted wilderness, we’ve partnered with renowned skippers, Captains Siggi & Annukka, and their crew aboard Byr, a ketch-rigged, highly seaworthy expedition sailboat with a reinforced steel hull certified
to reach the most remote corners of the Arctic.
With only a few thousand people scattered in small towns and settlements along the entire eastern coastline, you’ll discover the true meaning of solitude in this endless wilderness.
No one beyond local hunters and the most daring mountaineers desperate to claim some of the world’s last first ascents, are exploring these places.
HIKING THE FORGOTTEN COASTLINE
Join a group of 8 adventure seekers with whom you will share a trip of a lifetime. Throughout our days traveling the Sermilik & Ammassalik fjords, we’ll hike the exposed terrain along the coastline. You’ll see glaciers weave their way through valleys like magic carpets, their hides fractured with fearsome crevasses. We’ll hike along glacial fed rivers run with crystal clear waters—you’ll see every detail in the matrix of pebbles in the riverbed.
After a long day’s hike, we’ll return to the comfort of our floating base camp with a warm, locally inspired meal to greet you.
This welcoming space becomes a gathering point, where stories, adventure memories & local legends are shared and new friendships are forged.
The contrast of brilliant pink and purple flowers against the backdrop of rock and the striking scenery of craggy granite cathedrals is perplexing.
Welcome to Byr, a ketch rigged, highly seaworthy expedition charter boat built in the Netherlands in 1993. Sailing a traditional rigging like this gives you the authentic feeling of hauling up sails manually, together with your crew mates. The professional crew led by captains Siggi & Annukka ensures Byr is sailed safely, no matter your experience level.
The boat features a saloon where we can relax after a long day of playing outdoors, sharing our experiences and a fantastic dinner made of local ingredients. It is also a great place for sharing photos, stories or simply curling up in the corner of the soft couch to read a good book from the collection of Arctic & Antarctic expedition books.
Your guides will meet you at Kulusuk airport with transportation to the harbour, where Byr will be safely at anchor awaiting your arrival. Here you’ll get to know your crew and fellow travelers. As we settle into our mothership, we’ll review the boat facilities and have a safety briefing with the guides and crew. We’ll enjoy our first dinner together onboard and discuss the plan ahead.
Over the next 8 days, we’ll sail and hike the rugged wilderness of the Sermilik & Ammassalik fjords. We’ll have no fixed route or set hiking itinerary as this journey is entirely dependent on weather, swell, and sea ice conditions. Each night, we’ll gather in the saloon and plan our course for the next day. Everyday we’ll try to maximize our time spent hiking onshore. We’ll also be traveling with kayaks and SUPs onboard, so you can explore our secluded anchorages. Depending on the day, paddling might be the main activity.
We’ll arrive in Kulusuk the night before your departure. We’ll share a final evening celebrating our victories, new found friendships, and appreciating the fragile beauty and raw power of this wild place.
After breakfast on our last day, we may have time to explore the small settlement town before heading home from the Kulusuk airport.
- Certified guide from Amarok Adventures.
- Expedition sailboat for the group with professional & experienced crew.
- All the domestic transfers.
- Under-deck accommodation in the expedition sailboat in 4 people bunk-bed rooms.
- All meals during the hiking & sailing days & cooking equipment.
- Expedition kayaks, SUP, paddles, lifejackets, drysuits, skirts and safety equipment.
- Agency support 24/7.
- International flights.
- Accommodation in Kulusuk/Tasiilaq if needed.
- Any beverages not mentioned.
- Personal mountain & hiking gear.
- Trip insurance.
- Everything not specified in “Included”.