Glacier Kayaking & HIKing expedition in western greenland
DISKO Bay - a unesco world Heritage site
Group 1 - 22nd June to 6th of July 2019
Group 2 - 6th to 20th of July 2019
BOOKINGS ARE OPEN for summer 2020
Group 1 - 27th June to 11th of July 2020
Group 2 - 11th to 25th of July 2020
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 interior, whale watch and enjoy the magical light of the midnight sun.
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 expedition will be led by one of the UK top kayak coaches. Roger Chandler works in Anglesey and coaches and expeditions in demanding environments. He runs one to the roof of Scotland, participates in coaching in the Orkney islands and has done several arctic expeditions. You will be in very good hands and will have the opportunity to develop your kayaking skills to a new level.
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 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.
A typical day in Greenland during our expedition is anything but predictable. The weather rules all! But it might go something like this:
Breakfast is at 9am in our communal tent if the temperature has climbed by that hour. If not, we will have a lie in until the day warms up. There is light for 24 hrs, so there is no pressure to start or stop early. Everyone is involved in cooking and camp duties so you will get to help around. If the conditions are good for paddling, we will spend 2 or 4 hours on the water covering between 10 and 20 kms. The going among the bergs is slow, as we need to be cautious, but also because they are spectacular and everyone wants to enjoy the sights and take pictures. When whales appear among the bergs, we spend time enjoying the scene, taking video and photos.
We normally stop for a hot drink and a light lunch. In the evenings we cook together and socialise. Not every day we might move camp. If the camp is good to go exploring from the kayaks or on foot, we might stay there more than one night. If the weather is not right for kayaking, we might go hiking in the tundra, go foraging for mussels or fishing, and those wanting a rest, can spend a day sleeping, reading or chatting in the communal tent.
Training Dates 2019 (2020 dates TBC):
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 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 (the ability to roll a kayak is not required).
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.
Coaching & guiding in Greenland
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.
Join our Kayaking in Greenland group on Facebook to meet others and exchange questions, experiences, photos, etc…: https://www.facebook.com/groups/kayakingingreenland/
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 Greenlandic/French family based in a small village of 24 inhabitants. This family keeps the local 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 work they do.