Glacier Kayaking & HIKing expedition in western greenland

DISKO Bay - a unesco world Heritage site

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Group 1 - ONLY ONE PLACE LEFT: 22nd June to 6th of July 2019

Group 2 - GOOd availability: 6th to 20th of July 2019

BOOKINGS ARE NOW OPEN

 

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 huge icebergs, hike to the ice cap, whale watch and enjoy the magical light of the midnight sun. 

 Photo by Neil Buckland:  www.tinmanphotography.co.uk

Photo by Neil Buckland: www.tinmanphotography.co.uk

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 training to prepare for the expedition. We will focus on training in kayaking, camp management, kit 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 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.

We work with local businesses to make sure our visit benefits the local community. In 2019, we will be working with a local Greenlandic family who has recently established a new business in a small village. Their objective is to keep their community going, educate their children locally and develop a sustainable business.

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Training Dates:

  • 22nd, 23rd & 24th of March.

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 an arctic environment, so it is important that you have experience and are comfortable wild camping as well as kayaking at an equivalent of BC 3 Stars.

 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 Advanced Sea Leader award. Additionally, group members can take on tasks and jobs to help with the organisation and running of the expedition.

PRICE: £3,300

It includes:

  • Coaching & guiding in Greenland

  • Kayak

  • 2 nights in a hostel/Bunk house

  • All dinners and breakfasts and tea/coffee during the expedition

  • Communal tent for socialising, cooking & eating

  • Safety, Communication and First Aid equipment

To book, there is a non-refundable £1,500. Balance is due 6 months prior to departure. Payment plans can also be arranged with participants.

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

Videos and photos of the 2018 expeditions:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/exploraexpeditions/permalink/988073868052961/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/exploraexpeditions/permalink/986284274898587/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/exploraexpeditions/permalink/971002149760133/

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PADDLE 4 CHANGE:

Our Greenland Trip prides itself of working with local people to bring benefits to the local community and businesses. In 2019 we will work with an Inuit family based in a small village of 24 inhabitants. This family keeps the Inuit traditions alive from the food they will share with us to their sled dog teams that they use during winter for travelling, hunting and fishing. We hope that our collaboration helps them and their community to be more successful and it give us and our participants the opportunity to interact with local people and have a deeper experience of the place.

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.