The emphasis of this voyage will be on searching for some of Greenland’s most fascinating marine species and in particular the Bowhead (Greenland Right) whale, which measures up to 20 metres in length and can be seen in large numbers in and around the UNESCO World Heritage site of Disko Bay.
Disko Bay is an area famed for harbouring the Jakobshavn Glacier - one of the fastest moving glaciers in the world, moving up to 20 metres per day and producing around 10% of Greenland’s icebergs. Other whale species that one is likely to encounter in this area include minke, humpback, beluga and fin whales. With 24 hour sunlight at this time of year, the opportunities for whale and other wildlife encounters are greatly increased. The rich waters of Disko Bay attract an array of different Arctic birdlife, including long-tailed skuas, turnstones, grey phalaropes and a colony of over 10,000 breeding pairs of kittiwakes which can be observed both from on land and whilst cruising in a rigid inflatable boat (RIB).
Onboard a wonderful and newly-refurbished classic sailing vessel, passengers will be able to observe the prolific wildlife and magnificent glacial landscapes, explore Western Greenland’s Inuit culture and benefit from the knowledge of the expert onboard polar guides. Anchoring in remote locations will give passengers a true sense of what this wondrous Arctic region has to offer. Rigid inflatable boats will be used to access otherwise difficult to reach areas, whilst onshore treks will take passengers to the edge of beautiful lakes and welcoming hot springs and the summit of Avangnardlit, which promises breathtaking Arctic views over the Jakobshavn Fjord.
For further information about Aqua-Firma’s Greenland Voyages, please visit www.aqua-firma.com .
Notes to Editors
1. Greenland Sailing Voyages Dates & Prices
Disko Bay Whale Safari: Greenland Sailing Voyage
(7th – 14th June, 2012)
Twin Shared Porthole:
Twin Private Inside:
Twin Private Porthole: £2050
Aqua-Firma can arrange all international flights if clients need. This includes Iceland - Aasiaat where you need to join the voyage in Greenland. Price £585 return inclusive of taxes.
Our other Greenland Sailing Voyages in 2012 will be:
Disko Bay – Umanak: Greenland Sailing
(21st June – 2nd July, 2012)
Twin Shared Porthole: £2590
Twin Private Inside: £2890
Twin Private Porthole: £3150
North Greenland, Ultima Thule
(23rd July – 7th Aug & 22nd August – 6th September, 2012)
Twin Shared Porthole: £3550
Twin Private Inside: £3890
Twin Private Porthole: £4290
2. In March this year, Charlotte Caffrey will also be taking a team of pioneering divers and marine life and wildlife enthusiasts across the Antarctic Polar Circle 9th – 20th March, 2012. In October, on a distinctly warmer vein, she will be leading Aqua-Firma’s annual Whale Shark Research & Conservation experiences in the Seychelles; and then in November a Manta Ray Research experience in Mozambique, side by side with Dr Andrea Marshall who featured on the BBC Natural World documentary, Queen of the Mantas.
3. Aqua-Firma is the only travel company to offset the carbon emissions of its clients' polar voyages, and flights booked through the company in joining its polar journeys. Aqua-Firma does this via a Rainforest4Climate programme set up in partnership with Rainforest Concern.
4. Aqua-Firma the company is fully ATOL bonded (bond no. 6947) and able to arrange flights, accommodation and additional activities before and after a voyage.
For further press information and photography please contact Ralph Pannell at
Aqua-Firma Worldwide Ltd. on 0844 412 0848 / 01428 620012 or email
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Aqua-Firma is a travel company driven by a long developed passion for exploring and conserving the best of our planet's wilderness and wildlife - in particular where land and water meet. The areas surrounding the great oceans, rivers, lakes and icecaps can provide some of the most dramatic encounters with wildlife and the natural world.
Our experiences have been created with the input of marine and environmental scientists, professional sailors and divers, conservationists and leading naturalist guides; people who have a passion to communicate the environments they know best. The result is the opportunity to experience wilderness locations in ways which are invigorating, enlightening and responsible.