What to Expect
This is more than just a "holiday" - this is a trip of a lifetime in a "World Class" kayaking venue.
East Greenland is very special..
Its life in the Raw..
An untamed and remote wilderness.
Icelandair run a life line service to the settlement of Kulusuk.
Visitor numbers are low, other than locals, these are mainly mountaineers, hikers and your fellow paddlers.
Taking a flight from Iceland helps maintain and keep viable this vital service for the people of east Greenland.
Guaranteed to stimulate your senses.
Being in almost constant daylight is a pretty unique experience for most people, as is kayaking in sea ice and among huge icebergs, all with the ever present back drop of calving glaciers, Alpine mountains and the Greenland ice cap, which comes down to the sea.
This area has a unique culture and history coupled with an amazing and fragile arctic environment. In the 1930’s when Gino Watkins was exploring this area, many local people were still living in traditional turf houses, isolated and spread out along the coast.
We will explore many of these.
Life for the local Greenlandic people is hard as climate change is effecting the flow of the seasons and the pattern of hunting .
Conditions here tend to be a little more extreme than the south and west coasts as the main ocean drift bringing polar pack ice, travels south down the east coast, often closing down sea access to the settlement of Tasiilaq during the winter.
Depending on summer ice conditions we have the option to start and finish our trip from any of the 5 smaller communities.
This gives us a lot of flexibility to make the most of our precious time. Wherever we go it's always amazing and I never tire of it.
We are wild camping from the start and once underway, aim to paddle everyday. The campsites just get more and more spectacular as the trip goes on. Average distance is about 20 miles a day, so there is plenty of time to explore ancient settlements, hunt camps and take lots of photos. This is a photographers paradise.
While here, the opportunity of climbing a hill should also not be missed and time is factored in for this.
It's not a head down go go go type trip - there is way too much to see. Its a long way to come and takes some effort, so we definitely make the most of our time. These trips are aimed at experienced paddlers, keen to undertake a multi day journey in order to really get the true taste of Greenland. You just wont get this any other way.
There are less than 3000 people living in the area, which is larger than the UK.
Once on trip we are pretty much away from it all.
I've spent over 20 years exploring here and now know the area better than many of the locals, so we will have the opportunity to explore remote, wild places, few folk ever venture into.
The marine life is amazing; in the past we have encountered Humpback, Finn, Minke and Narwhal.
The Arctic Fox is a common sight and on very rare occasions we have seen Polar Bear.
General safety and bear protocol will be covered in detail at the start of the trip..
Although conditions can be very settled, being in the arctic they have the potential to be unpredictable.
I would expect you to have done some of your own extended trips and be able to cope with F 5+ winds. You will require good solid kayak skills at 4 star level. Know how to adjust and pack your kayak for an expedition and be able to paddle and handle your fully loaded boat.
Specific skills and top tips, will be covered in detail during the expedition.
Pre expedition training in the UK can be arranged if required.
If this is your first trip to the Arctic or East Coast Greenland, then joining one of my expeditions is by far the best option for your initial adventure.
It gives you the chance to learn and further develop skills needed to deal with some unique conditions and gives time to acclimatise to the scale of things.
You have access to some excellent equipment and benefit from my considerable experience and local knowledge gained over 20 years of exploring and running expeditions in this area. Bear defense and safety protocol is an added dimension not normally required on your average trip.
For those with the required background experience / interest - ISKGA and BC Guide Modules can be undertaken during the expedition.
Expedition fee for 2023 :- £ 2500 TBC
This includes group boat transfers in Greenland from the airport, use of kayak, paddle, deck, PFD and group safety gear.
Optional :- Tents are available, however I appreciate may folk don't like sharing, if so I strongly recommend you bring your own.