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Greenland: Explore its rugged and isolated east coast by schooner

Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger

East Greenland may not be on your bucket list. It’s the most remote part of one of the most remote lands on the planet, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t reason to go.

The Great Canadian Travel Co. is offering a 10-day sailing trip to the isolated fiords of East Greenland on the Heldur, a 50-passenger wooden schooner. Days are spent seeing grand icebergs and glaciers at close range as well as hiking on a small island and in pristine coastal valleys along the way.

The boat stops at Hekla Havn, an old Inuit settlement; Ankervig; Harefjord, to scout for musk ox; and Bjorneoer before reaching the village of Ittoqqortoormiit, population 500. Spend two nights at the village learning how the locals survive by hunting seal, musk ox and polar bear. The trip begins and ends in Reykjavik, Iceland, where participants then take a short flight to a small airfield called Constable Point in East Greenland.

Date: The trip leaves Aug. 17, 24 and 31.

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Price: $4,880 per person, double occupancy. It includes accommodation and meals on board, excursions, flight from Reykjavik to Greenland and a hotel room for one night before and after the trip in Reykjavik. International airfare is extra.

Contact: Great Canadian Travel Co., (800) 661-3830


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