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Green is good: the best eco focused superyacht adventures

Green is good: the best eco focused superyacht adventures

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Greeland-icebergs

Greenland

For icebergs and whales

Where: Western Greenland is the place, and icebergs are the main attraction. This is where some of the largest icebergs in the world are spewed out by a giant glacier (itself a UNESCO World Heritage Site) into Disko Bay. Hours can be spent cruising between the floating mountains of ice, kayaking alongside them, or you can walk right up to the glacier and watch the natural phenomenon close up. There are Inuit villages to visit on land, as well as heli-hiking in the interior, and polar bears to spot further north, while humpback whales, narwhals and walruses can be seen off shore. And eco elements are begging to be built into the itinerary.

How: EYOS Expeditions arranges individually tailored itineraries on superyachts, bringing a team of guides and experts on board. En route, a research tow can be put in place to collect water samples, which are then sent off to find how much microplastic is present in the water. The onboard guides also encourage guests to take photographs of breaching whales, particularly the unique patterning on the underside of their tales known as flukes; the photos are sent to a central database maintained by researchers. Information is often returned to guests the next day, detailing where and when the whales were last seen. Beach clean-ups are also regularly arranged, while specific interests can be met head on. “We arranged for a client particularly interested in climate change to visit a scientific research base in Greenland,” says Ben Lyons, CEO of EYOS. “Two days later he was helping with leading research on climate change, and then the scientist came on board in the evening for dinner.”

When: May to August, for more clement weather.

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