Winter sailing is possible in any region that has open water during the winter. This includes South Greenland, the Capital Region and Destination Arctic Circle.
Surprisingly enough, you don’t have to be on a huge icebreaker to get out on the water in winter. Much of Greenland has fjords and seas that never freeze over, opening the possibilities to sail in small and cosy closed boats all year long.
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Why on Earth would anyone want to go sailing in winter? It is exhilarating!, is the short answer. The crisp air catching in your nostrils. Witnessing that low-hanging sun exude a special end-of-the-year light, giving cue to the top half of the world that it is time to slow down. Winter is mysterious and gorgeous at the same time, and it is truly Greenland’s forté.
Not everyone wants to clip on snowshoes or skis to immerse in a winter wonderland. For many, it is more than enough just to look at the cold landscape from a distance, and that is precisely why winter sailing is so perfect.
The joy of sailing in a closed boat in winter is that you never have to get that cold. Inside the cabin, the heat is turned up and warm drinks flow. The captain or his/her guide switch between historical facts about the area and personal stories from last summer or childhood. And they always eagerly point out an Arctic fox or eagle when they spot them.
When you see a picture-worthy scene you simply must capture, take on your warm coat, tie your scarf tight and pop out to the deck for a few minutes. Your seat will be waiting for you.
In South Greenland, Blue Ice Explorer offers boat tours to nearby glaciers and the Norse ruins, part of Greenland’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site. Not to mention, if you travel between Narsarsuaq and any of the other towns in the area, transport by boat is one of Disko Line’s choices.
In the capital, local tour operators like Kang Tourism, Martek APS, Nuuk Water Taxi and Tupilak Travel keep their boats primed to sail to any of the four neighboring fjords, five weekend huts and two abandoned settlements. Whether it is a few hours of freedom or a full-blown cosy getaway you’re looking for, they have you covered.