My Greenland Sailing Staycation


Staycation (n): a trip in which one uses his or her time off to remain home and, in fact, go nowhere. A play on the American English word “vacation”.

Okay, so I’m using a bit of poetic license with this one since I did not actually stay home for my summer holiday, but I did stay in the country as opposed to the vast majority of friends I know who travel to Denmark for summer holiday, plus another handful or two who venture further to places like Bali or Los Angeles. Plus, it is alliterative with “sailing” and “swordfish”, which made for catchy and unique hashtags.

I’m fresh back from a nearly three-week summer holiday in which I sailed along the west coast of Greenland between Nuuk (64*N) and Disko Bay (69*N) in my own private boat. By the way, when we say sailing here, 8 times out of 10 it is actually with a boat with an engine instead of with a true sailing vessel. I guess I’m not really sure what to call sailing with a motorized boat otherwise? Anyway…

To put it simply, my sailing staycation was one of the greatest experiences I have ever had! Of course I have been sailing before, and I’ve even been sailing along most of the west coast before, but when it is your own boat, and when it is YOU yourself as captain some of the time, it is an experience on a whole other level!

I’m nowhere close to being able to compose a concise post about my holiday, so for now I give a few teaser thumbnail photos and a suggestion to follow the trip in short-story form via my in-trip Instagram posts on @polarphile.


5 thoughts on “My Greenland Sailing Staycation

  1. Hello Sarah,

    At first I was surprised at your post, I thought sailing in Greenland in the literal way of speaking. Fortunately, it was a motorboat. And fortunately, you immediately gave the explanation of “staycation” because there is no direct translation.
    In any event, you are now on the spot faster than with the kayak! Have fun with the boat and enjoy the summer!


    • Sven,
      Thanks for the comment and sorry for the confusion! I now added a bit further clarification, in case others are thinking the same 🙂

      Up here we just say “sailing” no matter what. But I do vaguely recall having the same confusion when I had first arrived, now that I think about it.

      Thanks for the greetings!

      • Yes the cruise must go one 🙂 Have a nice day !

  2. Good to see you back in print again. Looking forward to hearing more about your sail up to Disko Bay. It’s been almost a year since we were there and I’m trying to figure out a way to get back.

    • Robin, thanks! It definitely comes and goes – my ability to sit and focus on a ‘real post’. Otherwise, I’ve become so much better at composing short Instagram tidbits. However you can, get back to Greenland! 😀

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