Greenland Expedition Yacht Charter

Our private Greenland expedition yacht charter allows a unique opportunity to explore the wilderness and iceberg filled fjords of Greenland. Greenland is home to some of the most captivating natural beauty and most remote settllements on Earth.

Our fleet of modern explorer yachts take 12 guests in total comfort. Our Greenland yacht expeditions are led by our outstanding guide team with decades of experience exploring the polar regions. Choose from a selection of our modern ice-strengthened explorer yachts featuring ensuite cabins, large lounges, on deck hot tub and Sauna and great food prepared by our onboard chef.

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Greenland Yacht Expeditions

Design your own private expedition to explore Greenland. Choose from the remote east coast, home to Scoresby Sund, or our west coast expeditions. 

Why Choose Secret Atlas Yacht Expeditions?

  • A large choice of modern ice strengthened explorer yachts built for real polar expeditions.
  • A passionate guide team with decades of experience. Every Greenland yacht charter has an expedition leader and an assistant expedition leader.
  • 2 Zodiacs used for exploring and shore landings.
  • Flexible expeditions designed around what you would like to see and experience.
  • Outstanding guest experience with great food and onboard service.
  • 100% positive guest feedback on previous expeditions. Read our expedition journals here.

Types of Greenland Yacht Charter

Exploring

Our Greenland yacht expeditions offer a perfect chance to explorer remote and seldom visited regions only accessible by ship. Our expeditions are led by an expert guide team who will take you exploring with the Zodiacs on a daily basis.

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Photography

Greenland offers amazing opportunities for photography with a good chance of encountering the northern lights in September. We have highly experienced Arctic photo guides available on all our Greenland yacht expeditions. 

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Helisking

Greenland is an excellent destination for helisking. Secret Atlas can support helisking expeditions with small ships that offer a high level of comfort. Our ships are available with or without a ski guide.

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Ski & Sail

Our ships are ideal for those looking for a ski and sail experience with a high level of comfort. Our ships are available with or without a ski guide. Find out more here.

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Greenland Yacht Expedition Itinerary

Scoresby Sund – The longest natural fjord in the world

Explore Scoresby Sund on a private expedition yacht charter. The expedition begins with a private charter flight from Iceland to East Greenland. Our flexible itineraries vary between 8 and 16 days and are tailor made to what you would like to experience.

Our recommended length for a Scoresby Sund expedition is 8 days. This offers enough time to do a deep exploration of the fjord system with lots of time spent exploring by Zodiac and on the shore.

The expedition leader will plan the route with you around your interests.

 

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Plan Your Greenland Expedition Yacht Charter

The Secret Atlas blog has a wide variety of articles to help you plan your Greenland yacht expedition.

Ultimate Guide To Exploring Scoresby Sund How to get to Greenland What to pack on your Greenland yacht charter

Greenland Expedition Yacht Charter FAQ

Plan Your Greenland Yacht Expedition

The charter season in Greenland starts in late April with Ski and sail and helisking. It finishes in late September / early October in Scoresby Sund.

Before April the sea ice restricts the coastline and many places are inaccessible and after September the light hours reduce as the winter approaches.

Each month of the charter season offers something different and depending on when you visit can be a totally different experience.

For skiing expeditions April and May are the perfect months due to the snow cover on the mountains.

From late May onwards expeditions are possible along the west cost until September.

Scoresby Sund is only accessible from late July and we run our expeditions there in August and September. For the best chance in encountering the Northern lights choose an expedition from the middle of September onwards. 

Our Scoresby Sund expeditions depart on a private charter flight from Reykjavik in Iceland.

Our west cost and ski and sail expeditions can depart from any accessible port by request. Expeditions from Nuuk and Illulisat offer the best options for flight connections. 

Greenland has few roads and the only way to experience it is from an expedition ship.

Unlike larger vessels with higher passenger capacities, our Greenland yacht charters are personal and unique in their approach. Travelling with a small group of guests means more time and flexibility exploring.

Our expedition yachts will get you closer to nature and landscapes that you came than larger ships can due to their smaller size, offering you a great deal more intimacy.

Our Greenland yacht charter gives you the opportunity to experience the Arctic first hand on a real adventure without the crowds of people on larger ships. Our goal is to make you part of the adventure.

During Your Greenland Yacht Charter

Greenland is home to polar bears, musk ox and a variety of birds and whales. You can find out more about the wildlife in Greenland in our guide here.

A part of the adventure of an expedition cruise is to spend time exploring the wilderness which means every trip is different.

Greenland has many fantastic places to explore from iceberg filled fjords to seldom visited peaks and glaciers.

Our route is decided on the day of boarding and is chosen by the expedition leader and the captain in line with the prevailing weather and ice conditions. Their aim is to ensure that you see the very best that Greeland has to offer.

On a typical charter, you can expect daily shore landings to visit sites of historical and natural interest and to undertake short wilderness hikes. 

During the summer months Greenland is usually quite mild and temperatures are above freezing.

 

Sustainability

That’s a great question and one we want to answer honestly.

The vessels we work with don’t burn heavy fuels which are particularly detrimental to the environment and run on standard marine diesel. As a part of our commitment to the environment, we climate compensate all of our emissions by planting trees with our sustainability partner in Greenland. The cost of this is covered within the fares our guests pay and we don’t charge an additional fee for this.

Secret Atlas don’t sell flights but we are aware our guests have to fly to our destinations to board our cruises. As a part of our climate commitment, we will match the offset costs for any guests who would like to offset their flights with us. This is offered at the time of booking.

During our cruises, we follow very strict guidelines as set out by AECO (Association Of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators) to ensure minimal impact on the wildlife and places we visit. This includes following strict rules about not disturbing wildlife in its natural habitat. We employ highly experienced expedition leaders to run our expeditions in accordance with the rules and safety code laid out by AECO. The principal rules are:

  1. Leave no lasting signs of your visit
  2. Do not pick flowers
  3. Do not take anything with you
  4. Do not disturb animals and birds
  5. Leave cultural remains alone Cultural remains are protected by law and a zone of 100 meters around the remains is also considered a protected zone. Watch where you are walking and standing. Walk around and not in between obj
  6. Take the polar bear danger seriously
  7. Respect local culture and local people
  8. Be safe

Our expedition leaders are highly trained in safety and following these rules and brief guests at the beginning of each departure. They ensure the safety of the guests throughout the cruise and that the AECO rules are followed.

As a member of AECO we take great efforts to ensure our trips don’t have any negative impact on the wildlife or environment. You can find out more here. 

Expedition Yachts for Charter in Greenland

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MV Vikingfjord

The newest addition to the Secret Atlas fleet, MV Vikingfjord is a modern expedition vessel offering cruise ship comfort with all en-suite cabins, large viewing lounge and an on deck hot tub and sauna.

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MV Nanook

MV Nanook is a small ocean going expedition vessel converted to into an explorer yacht of the highest comfort. She offers cruise ship comfort on a small ship with ensuite cabins and suites. Available for charter on the west coast of Greenland.

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MV Freya in the fast ice, Svalbard

MV Freya

The MV Freya is a classic expedition ship. The sturdy, ice strengthened 1A hull makes her perfect for exploring the Arctic waters.

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