Wilderness Paddling in East Greenland

East Greenland is famous for its pristine and unforgiving landscape, with colossal jagged mountains stretching as far as the eyes can see. Gain first-hand experience in how the Inuit traveled from various hunting grounds to another a few generations ago. On this kayaking tour it is not uncommon to encounter curious seals, while listening to icebergs crumbling in the distance. While you paddle through the domain of the giants – the whales, you may feel their deep breaths from afar in this dreamlike corner of the world. During the hikes you will get up close with the forces of nature unlike any other and immerse yourself into a savage wilderness carrying a sweet scent of the fragile flora growing in impossible conditions in valleys and fjords carved by glaciers over thousands of years. The inhabitants of the area are just as vivid as any wild flower, so while you sail by the friendly fishermen you will understand why the Inuit is known as “the smiling folk”.

 

Highlights of the Tour

  • World class kayaking, where the sea calm almost all the time
  • Day hikes in the Arctic wilderness
  • A taste of the Inuit Culture
  • Camping in remote and secluded bays unreachable by foot

 

Dates for 2019: July 30 – August 08. and August 13 – August 22.


Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
Price per person: ISK 481.000
Departures: 30. July - 8. August  and 13. August - 22. August
Duration: 10 days
Accommodation: Tents (7 nights) and guesthouse (2)
Meeting point: The tour starts and ends at Kulusuk airport
Group size: Minimum 6 - Maximum 10
Language: English
Kayaking per day: 4 - 9 hours
Note: The tour is operated in English and the guide will meet the group in Kulusuk Airport. 

 

Included
Guide, food for 10 days (from lunch day 1 to breakfast day 10), boat transfer: Tasiilaq – Kulusuk, tents (7 nights, 2 pers. in each tent) and camping equipment, kayaks and kayaking equipment, transport of kayaks and equipment and 2 nights in a guesthouse in Tasiilaq (shared rooms and bathrooms).

Not included
Flights to/from Kulusuk (can be added on the first and last day of the trip), sleeping bag, travel insurance, any expenses derived from unexpected bad weather or delays in flights or boats, anything not stated on “what’s included”. Total kayaking distance: 130 km.

Please note that we have pre-booked your flights to Kulusuk and back, so please stay in touch if you want to use that service. 

 

Photos by Juien Hericher. https://thewildescape.com

 

Day 1. Flight from Reykjavik Domestic Airport to Kulusuk, Greenland. 
When arriving to Kulusuk we do the final preparations and packing of kayaks and start paddling around noon between beautiful icebergs towards Apusiaajik Island where we will see our first glacier – and then west towards our campsite. We aim to cross Ammassalik Fjord to a beautiful campsite in a small bay on east coast of Ammasalik Island. Accommodation: Tents.  Kayaking: 4 hours, 15 km.

Day 2. Sangmileq Bay. 
After a heart breakfast, we pack the baots and head deeper into the stunning fjords of the East coast. Our destination is at the end of Sammileq bay. Our campsite is situated next to a very powerful river surrounded by impressive high peaks and glaciers. It's very nice to take a short walk up river after dinner. Accommodation: Tents.  Kayaking: 5-6 hours, 16 km.

Day 3. Ikâsartivaq Fjord.
We head towards Ikaasatsivaq Fjord, still among high peaks, glaciers and huge cliff faces. We pass an abandoned village and go between small islands if the ice allows us to do so. This is one of our longer days. We stay overnight next to a glacier halfway along the fjord. Accommodation: Tents. Kayaking: 7-8 hours, 26 km.

Day 4. Ikâsartivaq Fjord – Tiniteqilaaq – Sermilik Fjord.
After half a day paddling in the fjord surrounded by mountains so tall that they make you feel tiny and humble, we stop in the small Inuit settlement of Tiniteqilaaq. After spending some time in the village, visiting the shop and greeting the locals we steer our kayaks into the magical ice filled Sermilik Fjord and navigate our way around icebergs towards north to a bay and a well-earned rest after a long day. Accommodation: Tents. Kayaking: 7-8 hours, 28 km.

Day 5. Sermilik Fjord. 
To really grasp the enormity and beauty of the area it’s good to leave the kayaks behind for a day and head up to the mountains for a better view. From our beautifully located campsite we hike uphill to the top of Innertvik (543 m). A wonderful spot to view the whole Sermilik Fjord and to get a good look at the Greenland Icecap. Accommodation: Tents. Hiking: 6-7 hours

Day 6. Sermilik Fjord - Pupik.
We continue South in the Sermilik fjord finding our way through this world of icebergs. We will enjoy the mezmerising ice sculptures, listen to the thunder-like sound of icebergs breaking and turning while looking for curious seals surfacing between the ice. In the afternoon we will arrive to the area of Pupik where we spend the night. Accommodation: Tents.  Kayaking: 7-8 hours, 27 km.

Day 7. Pupik – Southern part of Sermilik Fjord.
Today we embark on our last day of kayaking. We follow the West coast of Ammassalik Island further south. Following closely the coastline we pass a nice sand beach and the last few gigantic icebergs before we head into a quiet bay and our last campsite on Ammassalik Island. Accommodation: Tents. Kayaking: 4-5 hours, 18 km.

Day 8. Hike from Sermilik to Tasiilaq.
After sending our kayaks off in transfer boats we will start our walk crossing the Ammassalik Island towards Tasiilaq. Walking first gradually uphill to a pass where there is a great view of the Sermilik Fjord that we are now seeing for the last time. Then we head downhill and on flat ground into a different and more fertile landscape. We pass a waterfall and some beautiful lakes on our way to Tasiilaq where we arrive in the late afternoon. Accommodation: Guesthouse. Hiking: 7-8 hours, 18 km. 

Day 9. Tasiilaq. 
Today we have a full day to explore Tasiilaq - the largest town on the east coast with a population of about 2,000 and one of the fastest-growing towns in Greenland. You can go for a visit at the local museum, experience the live local life at the harbor, go for a walk in the blooming Flower Valley or buy some souvenirs to bring home. Accommodation: Guesthouse.

Day 10. Kulusuk – Reykjavik. 
Today we will go on a boat tour back to Kulusuk where we started. A unique sailing experience where the local boat driver safely navigates the boat through the ice-filled water. Make sure to look out for whales surfacing between the ice. It is a truly amazing experience seeing and hearing these giants in these surroundings. When we get to Kulusuk, we head to the airport where our flight back to Reykjavik will be waiting for us. NB – Borea Adventures reserves the right to change the itinerary without prior notice should this be necessary due to weather or other reasons that are beyond Borea‘s control.

  The following equipment is provided/included in the price:

Kayak. Paddle, spray deck and PFD. Dry suit. Neoprene shoes.

Clothing:

  • 2* Long sleeve shirt + trousers (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic.
  • T-shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic.
  • Light wool or fleece sweater (2nd layer).
  • Trousers – Strong and light material that dries quickly e.g. soft-shell.
  • Jacket or an Anorak with a good hood – windproof, waterproof and breathable.
  • Puffy jacket (e.g. primaloft or down).
  • Rain trousers – windproof, waterproof and breathable. Please note that full rain gear is mandatory on all our tours.
  • Gloves for paddling. Neoprene is great.
  • Gloves – Wool or synthetic for on land
  • Socks – Wool or synthetic
  • Warm hat – Wool or synthetic.
  • Spare change of clothing for campsites
  • Sturdy Hiking Boots for the  hiking days– preferably waterproof with ankle support.

Other gear:

  • Backpack for the hiking days. 25 – 30 L (1500 – 2000 cu in).  
  • Dry bags for your clothes and gear (All your gear has to be packed in smaller dry bags that can fit in the kayak 5 - 10 L, preferably in different colors). 
  • Sleeping bag – We recommend a 3 season sleeping bag (preferably with comfort down to -5C-10C).
  • Towel – lightweight and packable.
  • Sunglasses & sun protection.
  • Sun hat or cap.
  • Protection against flies (mosquitos); such at head nets, repellants, etc. Very important!
  • 1 L Water container that you can reach easily from your seat in the kayak
  • Personal first aid kit
  • A box/container for your daily lunches
  • Prescription medication and other personal health items. Toiletries; toothbrush, toothpaste, soap etc.

Optional gear:

  • Pen knife
  • Headlamp for reading and getting around the tent (although it does not really get dark)
  • Camera, spare batteries and a memory card or films
  • Aperitif or other heart-warming spirits
  • Power bank / solar phone chargers

 

The following equipment is provided/included in the price: Kayak, Paddle, spray deck, PFD, dry suit and neoprene shoes. Please feel free to bring your own gear that you know to fit you well but let us know if you plan to do so. 

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