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Ocean Warrior #Resolute Expedition Leg 7: Narsarsuaq to Reykjavik

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Tue 01-10-2024, 13:00Narsarsuaq, Greenland Wed 09-10-2024, 13:00Reykjavik, Iceland Linden 8 NightsOW011024

8 nights aboard Arctic expert Ocean Warrior’s Expedition ship Linden, sailing from Narsarsuaq, a tiny settlement nestled in the splendour of Greenland’s glaciers and fjords, up the coast and across the Denmark Strait to Iceland. This expedition will be led by renowned polar explorer Jim McNeill. Together with the other 81 voyages of the Ocean Warrior Project, the focus will be on gathering critical scientific evidence on the changing health of our planet.

Please note: you can either self-fund your expedition, or aim to fundraise / secure sponsorship to cover your place. Should you wish to fundraise, the Ocean Warrior team will support you in this process. Either way, please complete the application form by following the ‘Next Steps’ button above. The Application Form does not require payment.

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EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS

Spectacular and varied landscapes.

Great wildlife spotting opportunities

Go from the remote peace of Narsarsuaq to the relative bustle of the world’s most northerly capital city, Reykjavik.

Chance to bask in the Aurora Borealis

Form a tight-knit team with the professional sailing crew, scientists, researches and content creators on board ship with you.

Learn the ropes aboard a stunning three-masted schooner.

Sail over 800 nautical miles, conducting citizen science en route.

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Linden

Vessel type / Rig 3-Masted Schooner
Guest Berths 12
Beam 8.8 m
Draft 3.1 m
Overall Length 49.5 m
Year Built 1993
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Voyage Description

Happy crew member on the bowsprit of Linden, sailing on an expedition to Svalbard with Classic Sailing

Be a Part of the #Resolute Expedition

You’ll join Ocean Warrior’s Expedition Ship Linden’ in the small settlement of Narsarsuaq, surrounded by natural splendour. The nearby Narsarsuaq Glacier and Tunulliarkfik Fjord ofter spectacular views, and in early October the colours will be vibrantly autumnal.

Before departure you’ll be fully familiarised with the ship, including undergoing safety training and drills, as well as settling in to life on board and getting to know the rest of the crew. You will also be given full details of the scientific work that will be undertaken on this leg, and how you will contribute towards it.

There are a lot of sea miles to cover during your time on board, and so the itinerary will be necessarily dictated by the weather. The crew of Ocean Warrior’s Expedition Ship Linden will keep you updated with the latest forecasts and voyage plans.

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Science on board

The crew will comprise postdoctoral scientists and citizen scientists as well as professional crew.

Core Science

We are yet to confirm the exact nature of the science but it will include the following:

This decade long mission will demonstrate that using a traditional sailing vessel equipped with state of the art autonomous scientific instrumentation can address key questions in polar ocean and climate research, including:

Air Sea Carbon Dioxide fluxes: What controls the spatial and temporal variability of oceanic CO2 uptake?

Phytoplankton community dynamics: What determines the distribution patterns of plankton? How and why do plankton communities change in response to short- and long-term, natural and anthropogenic perturbations?

Validation of ocean colour satellites: Are phytoplankton biomass and/or community structure changing at global, basin and regional scales?

Changes in ocean chemistry and physical structure: At what rate is climate change impacting ocean structure (e.g., heat content and stratification) and ocean chemistry (e.g., pH, O2), and what functional changes is this bringing about?

Seabird and sea mammal biodiversity. (AI camera / spotters)

Invasive species – environmental DNA

Meteorology

Hydrography

FAIR SCIENCE

In addition, Ocean Warrior will deliver an open access and FAIR data management architecture that establishes a standards-based data pipeline covering collection, storage, quality control, and delivery to users.

Our goal is to equip a traditional sailing vessel with science, marine autonomy, citizen science and outreach to deliver net zero oceanography in a near real time capacity.

Ocean Warrior Project Fact Sheet

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Your course takes you up the southeastern coast of Greenland and across the Denmark Strait. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife: minke and humpback whales are relatively common in these waters. You might also see walrus and polar bears before you leave the Greenland coast. As Autumn is now drawing in and the days are getting shorter, be prepared for cold conditions, especially on night watches. The trade off for the shorter days is the chance to see the vivid colours of the Aurora Borealis which, viewed from the deck of a ship quietly slipping through the darkness, is breathtaking.

Your final destination is Reykjavik, the world’s most northerly capital city. It’s well worth taking a day or two after your voyage to explore this vibrant city, perhaps enjoying a dip in one of the numerous hot springs.

WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER

You’ll be passage-making in the North Atlantic in October. Temperatures can hover around freezing or just above, and feel colder in the wind. It can also be rainy, foggy and/or snowy, and with fluctuating wind speeds the sea can get choppy. There’s less chance of sea ice than in winter and early spring, but stray growlers (smaller chunks of ice) may still be encountered, especially closer to Greenland.

All in all, expect a real mix of conditions. This is part of the Ocean Warrior’s Expedition! 

HANDS ON EXPEDITION

The Ocean Warrior voyages are real expeditions, not adventure holidays. These trips will be fascinating, educational and inspiring but something they won’t be is relaxing! You’ll be learning to sail the ship with the professional crew, forming part of a navigational watch, joining in with data collection and citizen science projects and generally being a core member of the team during your time on board.

A NOTE ON VOYAGE DESCRIPTIONS

On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best and safest sailing routes for the forecast. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described above, but when it comes to sailing, you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The description provided is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or prior experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage. As such, the scheduled joining ports, routes, activities and/or destinations may be altered. Due to the complexities of weather systems, this may be at very short notice. 

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Start & End Port

Narsarsuaq, Greenland

Narsarsuaq

Narsarsuaq is a small settlement in the Kujalleq municipality of southern Greenland, set in a ruggedly beautiful landscape. If you can, spend a day or two here before or after your voyage and do some hiking. There are many trails from the town leading through stunning valleys and offering views over the Tunulliarfik Fjord and Narsarsuaq Glacier.

There are a couple of accommodation options in the town, including the Guesthouse Narsarsuaq, a cheap and cheerful option which will likely be full of fellow travellers.

Remember to dress warmly and bring appropriate outdoor gear, as the weather in Greenland can be cold and unpredictable.

 

Getting to Narsarsuaq

Recommendation for flights to remote or cold climate destinations we recommend purchasing flexible flights that offer full refunds. See advice on Flexible flights here.

1. UK and Europe: You will typically need to fly from Denmark to Kangerlussuaq with Air Greenland, and then on to Narsarsuaq. Copenhagen has good air connections to the UK and the rest of Europe. Another option is to get a flight from Keflavik, Iceland via Nuuk.

3. USA: From the USA, you may need to fly to Iceland first, then join an Air Greenland flight to Nuuk, Greenland’s capital. From here you can get a domestic connection to Narsarsuaq.

Please note that flight schedules and routes can change, so it is essential to check with airlines or travel agencies for the most up-to-date information before planning your journey to Nuuk.

Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik

Reykjavik is a vibrant city, and the world’s most northerly capital. We’d highly recommend taking a couple of days to explore at the start or end of your voyage.

A Day Out in Reykjavik:

Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland, offers a delightful array of attractions and activities for visitors to enjoy. Here is a brief guide to experiencing a memorable day out in Reykjavik:

1. Morning Exploration:
Start your day by exploring the charming city center of Reykjavik. Take a leisurely stroll down Laugavegur, the main shopping street, lined with trendy shops, cafes, and restaurants. Don’t miss the iconic Hallgrímskirkja, a striking church with a panoramic view of the city from its tower. Take in the unique architecture and enjoy the peaceful ambiance.

2. Cultural Immersion:
Immerse yourself in Icelandic culture by visiting some of Reykjavik’s cultural sites. Head to the Harpa Concert Hall, a visually stunning glass building that hosts various concerts and events. Explore the Reykjavik Art Museum, showcasing contemporary and modern Icelandic art. Additionally, the National Museum of Iceland offers insights into the country’s history and heritage.

3. Delicious Icelandic Cuisine:
Treat yourself to Icelandic cuisine during lunchtime. Explore local restaurants and try traditional dishes like fresh seafood, hearty lamb stew, or the famous Icelandic hot dog.

4. Natural Wonders:
In the afternoon, venture out to explore the unique natural wonders around Reykjavik. Join a guided tour to witness the stunning beauty of the Golden Circle, which includes the awe-inspiring Gullfoss waterfall, the Geysir geothermal area, and Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site where you can walk between tectonic plates.

5. Relaxing in Thermal Pools:
End your day with a relaxing dip in one of Reykjavik’s geothermal pools. The most famous one is the Blue Lagoon, located a short distance from the city, although this can be incredibly busy and a bit commercial. We much prefer the ‘hot river’ of the Reykjadalur Valley which is more secluded if you have the time to walk there. Enjoy the warm mineral-rich waters and rejuvenate your senses amidst a surreal volcanic landscape. Alternatively, you can also visit one of the local thermal pools in the city, such as Laugardalslaug or Vesturbaejarlaug, to experience a slice of Icelandic daily life.

6. Evening Delights:
Reykjavik’s vibrant nightlife offers an array of entertainment options. Head to the downtown area to explore cozy bars, live music venues, and trendy clubs. Enjoy live performances by local bands, sample Icelandic craft beer, or try the unique Icelandic schnapps called “Brennivín.” Experience the friendly and lively atmosphere that Reykjavik is known for.

Remember to dress appropriately for the weather, as Iceland’s climate can be changeable.

Travel and Reykjavik

Recommendation for flights to remote or cold climate destinations we recommend purchasing flexible flights that offer full refunds. See advice on Flexible flights here.

1. UK: There are direct flights available from various airports in the UK, including London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, and Glasgow. Several airlines, such as Icelandair, British Airways, and easyJet, operate direct flights to Reykjavik. The flight duration is typically around 2-3 hours, making it a convenient and accessible destination from the UK.

2. Canada: There are direct flights available from major Canadian cities, such as Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver, to Reykjavik. Air Canada and Icelandair are among the airlines that offer direct flights. The flight duration from Canada to Reykjavik varies depending on the departure city but generally ranges from 5 to 7 hours.

3. USA: Several airlines, including Icelandair, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, and WOW Air, operate direct flights from various US cities such as New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Seattle, and Minneapolis to Reykjavik. The flight duration from the USA to Reykjavik is typically around 5 to 7 hours, depending on the departure city.

4. Europe: Many European cities offer direct flights to Reykjavik, making it easily accessible. Airlines such as Icelandair, SAS, and British Airways operate direct flights from cities like Copenhagen, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and Barcelona. The flight duration from European cities to Reykjavik can vary, typically ranging from 2 to 4 hours.

It’s important to note that flight schedules and availability may change, so it is recommended to check with airlines or travel agencies for the most up-to-date information before planning your journey to or from Reykjavik.

Kit List

What to pack for an Ocean Warrior Expedition ship Linden

What is Included:

  • Three meals per day on board
  • All safety equipment, including lifejackets
  • Your bunk, a towel and warm bedding
  • An Ocean Warrior branded Henri Lloyd offshore sailing jacket, yours to keep (worth £750)

What is Not Included:

  • Travel to and from your voyage, including any accommodation ashore
  • Alcohol. There is a bar on board where drinks and snacks can be purchased. Note that consumption of alcohol is at the strict discretion of the Skipper and is never permitted when watch-keeping.

What to Bring

Ocean Warrior branded kit, including Henri Lloyd sailing waterproofs, is available to participants with a 20% discount through Global Warrior Expedition Basecamp. Contact them to discuss what you need. We'd highly recommend talking to Basecamp to make sure you've got everything to keep you safe, warm and dry during your time on board.

  • Waterproofs: you will need good wind and water-proof trousers and a jacket. High-chest sailing salopettes are ideal. You will be provided with an offshore sailing jacket.
  • Warm waterproof boots with good grip (for deck and ashore). Bring a second set, so you'll have something warm and dry if one pair gets wet.
  • A warm hat (ear flaps are a bonus!), mittens or gloves (waterproof if possible) and a warm tubular snood for round your neck (these are better than a long scarf which can get whipped away in the wind and caught in the lines).
  • At least two sets of warm clothes - think in layers: For the torso- a warm baselayer (natural wool is great), a mid layer and a warm wool or fleece jumper. For the legs- thermal underwear (silk or wool are both great), a mid layer of leggings or trousers and then your wind and waterproof outer layer.
  • Several pairs of thick warm socks, plus some slimmer socks so you can double-layer these too.
  • A small waterproof rucksack for taking ashore with you.
  • Sunglasses and spectacles. We highly recommend a cord / neck strap for your glasses.
  • A pair of decent binoculars: having your own pair means you won't miss any wildlife spotting opportunities!
  • Moisturiser with SPF, including lip balm. Your skin can dry out quickly in cold air, and the sun is surprisingly strong, especially when reflecting from the sea, ice and snow.
  • Any medication, including seasickness tablets or pressure-point wristbands (talk to your pharmacist and see our article on seasickness)
  • Your own logbook and / or journal for keeping track of your adventures.
  • Your camera and other electronics, including chargers and good waterproof cases. Sockets on board are European. Make sure any valuable devices are covered by your travel insurance.

N.B. Please don't use a rigid suitcase or a bag with a rigid frame. Soft bags are much easier to fold up and stow. Also don't bring any expensive jewellery or other valuables, unless you have specific insurance to cover it.

Review

The Oceans have been my life since I was a teenager. I love the awesome beauty, the serenity, the frenetic chaos and the overwhelming power. To think that we as humans have taken advantage of and abused our oceans to the point of serious damage is horrifying. Which is why I was honoured when Jim and Sam asked me to be Patron of their critically important project.

Over the next 11 years, Ocean Warrior will train ordinary people from all walks of life and many nations to benchmark, measure and monitor - 'ground-truth' - exactly what is happening for our partner scientific organisations.

What's more, they will do this by the power of the wind, teaching the participants to sail in the process. This by anyone's standards is an extraordinary endeavour and I'm delighted to help them in any way I can.

Ocean Warrior Patron: Tracy Edwards MBE

During my first conversation with Jim, I was impressed by his quiet confidence and solid enthusiasm. Since then I have come to learn the determination, dexterity, skills and knowledge of Jim and the crew behind the project, and am delighted to be associated with them. Global Warrior has all the potential of a truly great British first. Slightly mad and eccentric in conception, thorough and precise in planning and likely to prove ingenious and resolved in execution.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes

The terrain is exceptionally hostile and dangerous; but I am confident that Jim and his team will be successful... in conducting an environmentally vital transect of the Arctic Ocean. For as Ernest Shackleton said: "difficulties are just things to overcome".

Alexandra Shackleton

Learning to travel the hard way is not only the best way, but it's also the most memorable. I greatly admire all of you for having a go: believe me you won't forget the experience.

Michael Palin

We all think that the world has been 'discovered' and there are few areas that mankind has not reached. This is not so, and projects like this serve to explore these extremes and push back the boundaries of our knowledge, as well as the limits of those who take part.

Sir Chris Bonington
Ocean Warrior Project Fact Sheet

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