Glacier Kayaking & HIKing expedition in western greenland

DISKO Bay - a unesco world Heritage site

JUly 2019 (Date to be announced - length:16 days)

BOOKINGS ARE NOW OPEN - PLEASE GET IN TOUCH

 

The trip:

This is our yearly kayaking & hiking trip in one of Greenland’s most unique arctic environments. We go to Disko Bay which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, kayak among incredible icebergs, hike to the ice cap, admire whales and enjoy the magical light of the midnight sun. 

The expedition is led by Howard Jeffs who is a level 5 coach and has many years experience kayaking, coaching and mountaineering. He has done several trips to the arctic and Greenland and knows the environment and its challenges.

The duration will be 16 days which include travel from the UK. To maximise the time, the trip will take place over 3 weekends and 2 weeks, meaning participants only need 2 weeks off work.

The trip is challenging and participants will undergo two 3 day weekends to prepare and train for the expedition. The dates & place are to be confirmed in August 2018. We will focus on training in kayaking, camp management and expedition organising. 

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This expedition is an opportunity to paddle in a pristine ice environment in the arctic. We will set off from Ilulissat and travel north exploring the coastline, fjords and bays on the route before turning around. We expect to see plenty of wild life, including polar foxes, Greenland falcons and several species of whales. In 2018 we had sightings of whales most days during our trip. The Jackobshavn glacier next to Ilulissat calves the largest icebergs in Greenland which makes paddling here a once in a lifetime experience. At midnight, the light turns golden and the seascape with its bergs and puffing whales becomes magical. We will also hike around the coast and take a trip to edge of the ice cap.

We will visit a traditional restaurant serving Inuit Greenlandic food including halibut, Atlantic salmon, seal, caribou and whatever else they may have fresh in. The restaurant is located in a tiny community in our route.

 

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2019 Dates:

  • Training dates in April & June
  • Expedition dates in July - Exact dates TBC in August 2018

In order to join the expedition, you will need to have relevant experience or you'll need to commit to undergo training. There are a range of courses and trips to which we can arrange for you. We camp for many days in a hard environment, so it is important that you have experience and are comfortable wild camping.

 Image by Neil Buckland - www.tinmanphotography.co.uk

Image by Neil Buckland - www.tinmanphotography.co.uk

As this is a coached expedition, there is the opportunity for paddlers to work as 'seconds' to the expedition leader if their experience is relevant. For example a 4 Star or Sea Leader paddler looking to gather experience for their 5 Star award. Additionally, group members take on tasks and jobs to help with the organisation and running of the expedition. Our aim is for participants to learn the ropes and gain the skills to expedition by themselves.

The cost of the package is under development at present. It includes:

  • Coaching & guiding in Greenland
  • Kayak
  • 4 nights in a youth hostel
  • All dinners and breakfasts and tea/coffee during the expedition 
  • Communal tent for socialising, cooking & eating
  • Safety, Communication and First Aid equipment

To book, you will need is a 50% deposit which is non-refundable. 

Additionally, you will need to budget for expenses including kit, flights, two nights’ accommodation in Copenhagen, snacks, all your lunches and some sundries.

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PADDLE 4 CHANGE:

As part of our program we have a rubbish management plan to make as little an impact as possible in this pristine environment. In addition, we will collect rubbish from the ocean and the shores and dispose of it according to our plan.

In order to support local conservancy work of polar bears, we are adopting cubs and making donations. Please follow the link to Polar Bears International to learn about the amazing and important work they do.