Experience the majesty of Scoresby Sound and Eastern Greenland! – Only 5 spots left!
September 2 – 9, 2020
Join Road Runner Photography Tours for an amazing adventure of a lifetime. Spend 8 days sailing the pristine Arctic waters of Scoresby Sound. Witness stunning landscapes including fjords, towering cliffs, icebergs, and glaciers. There are few places left in the world that are as remote and untouched as Greenland.
The price for this trip has not be set, as the operators have not yet established their 2020 prices. We believe the price will come in between $8250-9500.
A deposit of $500 is required to reserve your spot. Once the final price is determined (Q2 2019), you will be able to opt in or opt out. If you opt out, this payment will be refunded. If you opt in, you will be asked for another $500 to complete the deposit, and then our cancellation policy will apply. The rest of the installments will be spread out over 2019 and 2020, with full payment being complete by June 30, 2020.
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Maximum # of Participants: 10
There are currently only 5 spots available.
Itinerary – Subject to Change
We will be sailing on the Schooner Opal. The ship, built in Germany in 1951 and converted in 1981 into the twin-masted sailing ship she is today, carries just 12 passengers. Our group will have the entire ship to themselves! She has sailed all over the world and completed several Trans-Atlantic crossings. She has been restored for her current purpose as an expedition ship. The Opal has six double cabins plus crew facilities. She has three bathrooms and two showers. The Opal is an amazing vessel, not only is it a sailboat, but it also has a hybrid drive; equipped both a diesel engine and electric motor. The electric motor is run by 16 batteries that are charged when the diesel engines are running. The result is a pristine silence which is perfect for this part of the world.
This itinerary is subject to change, as we will adapt to the changing conditions.
The night before the trip we will all meet in Reykjavik and head out for a welcome dinner and any last minute Icelandic glove shopping that may be required. The next morning we will depart from the domestic airport and fly to Constable Point, Greenland, where we will meet our crew and transfer in zodiacs to the Opal. Once on board, we will get a briefing about safety and be given a lay of the land, so to speak, as well as our room assignments. As everyone is settling in, the captain will get the Opal underway and we will head out the fjord into Scoresby Sound.
Along this journey, it becomes very clear very fast that we far from civilization! Our sister ship, the Dona Wood, will be heading out at the same time. She will be on a similar course, although we will see her infrequently, as the captains will continually communicate plans in order for each ship to have their own very private excursion in this beautiful place. However, it is nice to know that there is another ship in the region just in case.
For the next 7 days, we will explore islands, fjords, icebergs, glaciers, and more. We will take daily excursions in the zodiacs to get to land for hikes. The
land excursions make for a great opportunity to stretch our legs, explore the wildflowers and geological features unique to the area, and to capture images of the icebergs and Opal from a different perspective. We will also take zodiac trips in and around mammoth icebergs and up close to glacial walls. The opportunity to get so close to giants. From a distance, there is no way to tell just how big they are, but when you pull up to one and realize that it reaches hundreds of feet into the sky, you will be awestruck.
When the winds are favorable we will sail among the icebergs, as well as take the opportunity to capture images with her sails raised.
If the opportunity arises, we will get to see polar bears, musk ox, and arctic foxes, as well as many different sea birds. We will also visit the village of Ittoqqortoormitt, the largest village on the east coast of Greenland. Founded in 1925, the village now has a population of around 450 inhabitants. This will likely be our last stop and our first hit of civilization before we head back across Scoresby Sound on the way to Constable Point, the night before we fly home.
A Few More Details
Double occupancy on ship required. Pack light – space is limited.
No hard sided luggage. We suggest wheeled duffle bags.
- Flight from Reykjavik to Constable Point and back.
- Soft drinks, coffee, tea, water, and meals on the ship.
- Services of the crew, such as guided hikes, etc.
- Airfare to and from Iceland.
- Although not included, we will facilitate planning for:
– Transport from Keflavik to Reykjavik hotels. We recommend FlyBus (www.re.is/flybus).
– Lodging in Iceland before or after the trip to Greenland. However, we will be happy to block a group of rooms for participants.
– Transport from Icelandic hotel to Reykjavik Domestic Airport (www.re.is/flybus) – will require a transfer).
- Visas, if applicable.
- Travel and evacuation insurance (evacuation insurance is required). (Travelinsurance.com)
- Excess baggage charges.
- Laundry charges and items of personal nature.
- Alcoholic beverages (available for extra charge and to be paid upon departure with cash (Euros or Icelandic Krona)).
- Tips for the crew.
- Optional pre- or post-tours in Iceland.
Participant Cancellation Policy and Refund Policy:
If you cancel, we will only refund your payments if we can fill your spot(s). If we are forced to cancel the trip due to more than one person dropping out prior to June 30, 2020, we will issue refunds except for the original deposit amount of $1500, as our deposit in non-refundable. Refund payments will be made after we have received reimbursement from the tour company. We recommend you purchase travel insurance!
RRPT Cancellation of Photo Tour:
RRPT reserves the right to cancel any workshop if our minimum
participant enrollment is not met or other unforeseen event. In the event we cancel a workshop, participants will be given the option to reschedule to a later date or receive a full refund. We are not however liable for any expenses incurred including (but not limited to) costs such as airfare or accommodations. We recommend you purchase travel insurance!
Participant Information, Waiver, and Release – click here.
This tour is dependent on weather. The weather in this area is usually calm during the summer and fall, but Arctic weather can be unpredictable. We are not able to offer any type of consideration if this tour is adversely affected by weather. We encourage all participants to purchase travel insurance for this and other unexpected events.
Foreign Currency Risk:
Our contract with the boat operator involves 3 different currencies and a stipulation that the Icelandic Krona does not drop below 125 to 1 Euro. We have every intention of offering this tour at the quoted price. However if there has been a significant changes in exchange rates at the time of the final payment. We consider anything greater than 10% to be significant; we reserve the right to recalculate the tour price and your final balance amount.
Participants are strongly advised to purchase travel protection insurance. Travelinsurance.com offers different options from various vendors and allows for product comparison.
- Is there power on the ship? Power (220V) will be available only when the ship is underway. During the night and when at anchor power will not be available, so you will need to do all your charging during the day; be sure to bring extra batteries to avoid downtime while batteries are charging.
- Do I need to bring power converters? You should bring 220V to 110V converters. These will be needed on board the ship and if you spend additional time in Iceland.
- Will my phone work? Phone service is available in Reykjavik and at the airport in Constable Point; check with your service provider regarding any additional fees that might apply to use of your phone in Iceland and Greenland. At all other times there will be no phone or Internet. The ship does have a satellite phone in case of emergency.
- How is the weather? Temperatures range from approximately 2° to 12° Celsius (36° to 56° Fahrenheit. The seas are usually clam and the sun can be strong.
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