by Kim Kavin
It’s not every yacht that offers charters in Greenland. Heck, in more than a decade of covering the charter industry worldwide, I can’t remember another charter yacht ever going there at all. Though Greenland is the world’s largest island, it’s also the least densely populated, with just 56,000 people within more than 800,000 square miles. That probably has something to do with the climate; average temperatures in Nuuk, Greenland, range from 16 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s colder than Juneau, Alaska, by a good 10 to 20 degrees at various times of the year.
So my attention was piqued when I heard that the 72-foot sailing yacht Plum was chartering in Greenland this past summer through Nicholson Yachts. Then when I saw the video the captain brought back, I was mesmerized. What a spectacular part of the world, a place that most folks never see, a place so completely untouched by humans (unless you count our greenhouse gases melting all the ice). The scenery, quite frankly, is the epitome of grandeur.
And that’s exactly what Plum is aiming to show all of its guests—charters in parts of the world that make everyone think about ecology and environmental stewardship.
“The owner wants to use charters aboard Plum to help people see the world in a different way,” says Karen Kelly at Nicholson Yachts. “It’s a great way to combine charter with environmental efforts.”
Next up for Plum will be a winter season in the San Blas Islands, an archipelago of 378 islands east of the Panama Canal. Only 49 of those islands are inhabited, many by the native Kuna people, who are known for producing colorful mola textile panels. Charter clients generally have a chance to meet the Kuna and purchase molas from small boats.
Talk about an awesome cultural experience wrapped around a crewed yacht charter vacation. I can’t wait to find out where Plum will become available for charter next.