Daneborg and Clavering Island
Explore beautiful nearby fjords and the vast national park
Information about Daneborg and Clavering Island
Daneborg, on the south coast of Wollaston Foreland peninsula, is the location of the Danish Sirius Patrol that patrols NE Greenland and the vast national park.
Cruise ships check in here coming in from Svalbard then explore nearby fjords, making sure ice coming south along the Greenland Sea does not trap them in! Across Young Fjord is Clavering Island, were Clavering and his crew of the Griper encountered a band of twelve Inuit in August 1823. Later explorers to the region found no evidence of inhabitants in NE Greenland. There are the remains of settlements and it appears, as European explorers turned up, the small population was already dying out or moving on, possibly the combination of cold conditions at the time, and Muskox hunted out in one of the harshest areas to survive, even for the Innuit - NE Greenland. There was also a weather station on the island.
Interesting facts about Daneborg and Clavering Island
Clavering Island and the surrounding area can be a great introduction to Greenland wildlife for those arriving from Svalbard, including species that are scarce or absent in Svalbard. The real highlight is the Musk Ox, but others to look out for include the Stoat (the Ermine in its winter coat), Arctic Hare, the Gyrfalcon (the largest falcon in the World), the Raven with it's atmospheric call and the Wheatear. Snowy owl occur but many may have flown south by the time some ships explore the region late in the season.
The area of North-east Greenland was very popular with Norwegian hunters in the 1920's and 1930's before Denmark strengthened its claim for this part of Norway. Caribou went extinct in the region and Musk-Ox and Wolf were almost wiped out. Caribou are yet to return, via the route across northern Greenland from Canada, but the Musk Ox have recovered in numbers. Wolves are also re-appearing, but do not expect to see them in this vast wilderness, but you might come across their tracks.