Glacier Kayaking expedition in western greenland

DISKO Bay - a unesco world Heritage site




2018 Greenland expedition:

In summer 2018 we are going on a kayaking expedition to Disko bay in the western coast of Greenland. The expedition is led by Howard Jeffs who is a level 5 coach and has many years experience kayaking, coaching and mountaineering.

The expedition is a paddler development program which culminates in an expedition to Western Greenland. Participants will undergo training in kayaking, camp management, expedition organising and leadership prior to the trip. The program is delivered through a number of coastal weekends. In 2017, we trained over 3 long weekends and a week in Scotland.

This expedition is an opportunity to spend three weeks paddling in a pristine ice environment in the polar region with an experienced expedition leader. We will set off from Ilulissat and travel north exploring the bays and glaciers in the route before turning around. We expect to see plenty of wild life, including polar foxes, Greenland falcons and several species of whales. This area calves the largest icebergs in Greenland and we will have midnight sun to admire it all. Although we intend to paddle most days, we will also set aside sometime to hike and explore the interior.

2018 Dates:

  • ONE PLACE AVAILABLE - Greenland expedition group one - 23rd June to 14th July 
  • FULL - Greenland expedition group two - 14th July to 4th of August

2019 Dates:

  • Training dates in April & June
  • Expedition dates in July - Exact dates TBC after our return from Greenland

In order to join the expedition, you will need to have relevant experience or you'll need to undergo training. There is the possibility to join the group that is currently training to develop the necessary skills for the expedition. There are a range of courses and trips to which you can have access.

 Image by Neil Buckland -

Image by Neil Buckland -

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 £2,640. It includes:

  • Coaching & guiding in Greenland
  • Kayak
  • 3 nights in a youth hostel
  • All meals and non-alcoholic drinks during the expedition except for snacks
  • 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 gear, flights, two nights’ accommodation in Copenhagen and some sundries.


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.