04 January 2015 | Deception Island
03 January 2015 | Deception Island/Antarctic Peninsula
31 December 2014
31 December 2014 | Drake Passage
30 December 2014 | Ponton Micalvi, Puerto Williams, Chile
29 December 2014 | Moelle ASAFyN, Ushuaia, Argentina
15 August 2014 | Apia, Samoa
03 August 2014 | Niuatoputapu
03 August 2014 | Niuatoputapu
29 July 2014 | Ovalau Island, Vava'U, Tonga
27 July 2014 | Somewhere in the Ha'Apai Islands
25 July 2014 | Tofanga Island, Ha'Apai, Tonga
22 July 2014 | Tonga
21 July 2014 | Nuku'alofa, Tonga
19 July 2014 | Niue, South Pacific
13 July 2014 | South Pacific
09 July 2014 | CNI, Raiatea
06 July 2014
05 July 2014 | Taha'a
03 July 2014 | Raiateia

Summer 2023: Arctic Ocean

22 August 2023 | Bodö
Philipp Cottier
2700 Nm across the Arctic Ocean in 45 days with our catamaran Libellule and a crew of 3-11

Faroe Islands - Iceland - Tasiilaq - Blosseville Coast - Ittoqqortoormiit - Liverpool Land - Jan Mayen - Lofoten


22 August 2023 | Reinebringen, Reine/Lofoten
Philipp Cottier
The sail from Jan Mayen to Reine was everyone's least favored part of this summer. 520Nm in 4 days of cross seas, heavy easterly headwinds, and grey drizzle weather. The hike up Reinebringen with its beautiful vistas over the southerly part of the Lofoten islands, and the nice arrival dinner, partially compensated for it.

Jan Mayen

18 August 2023 | Kvalrossbukta, Jan Mayen
Philipp Cottier
After an easy 2-day sail we arrived in Jan Mayen - mysterious rugged black island with a big white volcano (Beerenberg 2277m) and thousands of puffins and other birds. Libellule was only the 5th sailboat in 2023 to arrive here. After meeting the Stationssjef (Jan Mayen is Norvegian territory and needs a special permit), we anchored in Kvalrossbukta and hiked up Kvalrossen.

Liverpool Land

15 August 2023 | Cape Greg, Liverpool Land coast
Philipp Cottier
We anchored at Hyttebugt just south of Cape Greg. The hike up the Cape was marvellous, in T-Shirts, and we were followed all the way up by a beautiful polar fox.
In the second night, we got chased away by pack ice - one ice flow capsized directly under our hull... - so we decided to leave for Jan Mayen.

In the pack ice

14 August 2023 | Marianer Fjord, Liverpool Land
Philipp Cottier
From Ittoqqortoormiit we sailed up the Liverpool Land fjords through 1/10 and 2/10 pack ice, but from Marianer Fjord northwards the coast was completely blocked. And with announced northerly winds and a lot more 'red' and 'yellow' ice up the coast waiting to drift southwards, we decided to abandon our goal to sail to Ella Ö in the Northeast Greenland National Park.

Ice blocking the way north

14 August 2023
Philipp Cottier

Bergy bits everywhere

13 August 2023
Philipp Cottier


13 August 2023
Philipp Cottier
Nice village with 350 people, far away from everything. We loaded up on diesel, food in the nicely stocked Pilersuisoq supermarket, used the shower and laundry facilities, and went for our usual hike.
Apparently, Ittoqqortoormiit receives up to 50 cruise ships per summer, and it was weird for us to watch two cruiseships unload hundreds of people.

Turner Inlet

12 August 2023 | Turner Inlet
Philipp Cottier
We left Stor Ö on Aug 9th and sailed up the Blosseville Coast for 2.5 days to Roemer Fjord. We did not stop in Kangerlussuaq since we were already 10 days late due to this season's pack ice conditions. Saw orcas, humpback, minke and Rudolphi whales on the way.
When we reached Roemer Fjord, some local hunters were waiting for narwhales to come in, and politely asked us to leave again, otherwise we would scare the narwhales away; so we anchored in Turner Inlet. Beautiful place, seals, beautiful hike, but still loads of pack ice, so after having had to lift the anchor a couple of times to evade some approaching big icefloes, we decided to continue to Ittoqqortoormiit.

Kangertivartikajik Fjord

07 August 2023 | Kangertivartikajik Fjord, Tasiilaq region
Philipp Cottier
Nice quite anchorage after having picked up new crew members in Kulusuk. Next stop in Stor Ö, then up the Blosseville Coast.


06 August 2023 | Tasiilaq
Philipp Cottier
Beautiful hike up Sömandsfjeldet in Tasiilaq area, with view onto Kong Oskar Havn. Loaded up on food in the local supermarket.


05 August 2023 | Qerqikajik bowl, Tasiilaq island
Philipp Cottier
Anchorage in beautiful Qerqikajik bowl, with nice hike, and some fishing

Qingertuaq/Tasiilaq Fjord

04 August 2023 | Qingertuaq/Tasiilaq Fjord
Philipp Cottier
We just got back from 4 marvellous days in the side fjords of Amagssalik Fjord; incredibly beautiful anchorages, completely remote. With nice hikes every day and loads of whale sightings.
Now waiting for the rest of the crew to arrive in Kulusuk/Tasiilaq and then off north.
Still a lot of pack ice in Kangerlussuaq, on the Blosseville Coast and around Ittoqqortormiit though.


31 July 2023 | Kulusuk
Philipp Cottier
Its great to be back in Kulusuk. Howling dogs, floating ice, gorgeous mountains, Greenlandic culture. And a comfortable anchorage.

View onto Amagassalik Fjord

30 July 2023 | Kulusuk
Philipp Cottier

Crossing from Isafjördur to East Greenland

30 July 2023 | Denmark Strait
Philipp Cottier
Lots of humpback whales everywhere

First try-out with our new drone

28 July 2023 | Hrafnsfjördur

Veidileysufjördur/ NW fjords

24 July 2023 | Veidileysufjördur
Stroll on the beach

Arrival in Seydisfjördur/Iceland

16 July 2023 | Coast just outside of Seydisfjördur
Tough 350 Nm crossing from Faroe to iceland, with lots of cross seas, and some dolphins

Start to our 2023 East Greenland cruise: Faroe Islands

09 July 2023 | Torshavn/Faroe
Vessel Name: Libellule
Hailing Port: Switzerland
Crew: The Cottier family on s/v Libellule
Extra: Caribbean - Greenland/Iceland - NW Passage - South Pacific - Antarctic Peninsula - Svalbard- East Greenland
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