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 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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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 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.

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:

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.