Kayak to the Ice Sheet
- Kandoo Kayaking
- Kandoo Trekking
Your guide will meet you in Ilulisaat and take you to your hotel. You will then have a relaxed start to the trip, with time to explore this quaint settlement and find somewhere for an evening meal. Ilulisaat has a distinct 'end of the world' feeling with its traditional Inuit culture and remote surroundings.
This morning we take a scenic boat ride to Oqaatsut, a village further along the coast where we will begin our kayak. If there is time we will take a short hike up onto the nearby tundra for scenic views out over the bay before returning to the store ready to be kitted out. After an introduction to sea-kayaking techniques, navigation skills and an equipment check, we load up our boats and set off northwards. Our expedition begins with a calm day - you will be weaving in and out of Icebergs and paddling with confidence in no time!
We set up camp in a sheltered bay and enjoy the chance to live like a traditional Inuit community - learn bushcraft skills and go foraging to add to our evening meal.
The adventure continues - we pack up camp, load up our boats and head north to Pakitsoq Bay. Keep your eyes open for whales, seals and eagles as we head deeper into the wilderness...
Learn tidal navigation skills as we kayak from our campsite into the Fjord. From here, we can hike up to stunning views of the ice sheet; we explore the area on foot and by kayak. This isolated part of Greenland is home to a range of flora and fauna including reindeer, arctic fox and white tailed eagles.
We load up our kayaks once again and begin a beautiful journey back down the coast to Oqaatsut. Gliding through Greenland's picturesque scenery, keep your eyes open for whales and other wildlife as we slowly make our way south. We spend tonight in a refuge in Oqaatsut.
Our final day is spent taking the boat across the small bay to Ilulissat. Here, a comfortable hotel room and hot showers await us! Spend the rest of the day being immersed in the serenity of the locals traditional lives.
After breakfast we transfer to the airport for our journey home.
details in this programme are regularly updated but unforeseeable and
unpredictable circumstances may result in inaccuracies. In order to provide the
adventure which is best suited to your demands, the weather and the operational
conditions, changes to the itinerary may be made. For safety reasons, we
reserve the rights to interrupt your participation at any time if your
technical level or fitness is deemed unsuitable or if you are seen as a danger
to yourself or to those around you. Under no circumstances would this give rise
to a refund or compensation.
Although the kayaking and hiking in Greenland is not highly demanding, we have rated this trip as challenging due to the non-stop nature of the expedition.
trip includes full board while kayaking but does not include evening meals in Ilulissat on Days 1 and 7. We are
proud of the varied, fresh and frankly delicious food we provide even when
camping. Meals are based on a selection of local products and you will have the
opportunity to try Greenlandic delicacies such as cod, arctic char and
day will start with a hearty breakfast accompanied by plenty of tea and
coffee. You will prepare your own picnic lunch for the day from a buffet style
array of options - everyday there will definitely be sandwiches, hot drinks and
cakes among other ingredients. Each evening meal will be three courses- we try
to offer fresh fruit and vegetables everyday but this is not always possible in
help in the kitchen is expected and much appreciated, particularly in
the evenings. Cooking is most enjoyable when the whole group work as a team to
prepare dinner, it creates a pleasant atmosphere as we reflect on the days
We will spend 2 nights in hotels, 4 nights camping and 1 night in a local guesthouse accommodation.
In guesthouse accommodation, you will be in dormitories of between 4 and 12 people with shared bathroom facilities.
will need a 70-90L soft duffel or rucksack as your main luggage for this trip. During
the expedition, your luggage will be repacked into a 13L waterproof bag
which we provide; this includes your clothing, toiletries, torch and any other
essential personal items. This is not an enormous amount of space so bringing
clothing that packs down small is strongly recommended. We also recommend
packing all of
your clothes in plastic bags or dry bags within this as an extra precaution so
that they stay dry. Your 13L bag will then be placed in one of the storage
compartments within the kayaks
to give additional waterproofing. Your sleeping bag will be repacked
into a 22L drybag that will be shared with another participant, it is therefore
worthwhile bringing a compression sack so you can make your sleeping bag as
small as possible. This will be strapped onto the top of the boat. You can
store any extra belongings in a safe place in our base camp.
bring a small rucksack 20-30L to use as a day bag. A soft backed rucksack will
allow you to fold it into a small space in your kayak. You can bring this as
hand luggage on the aeroplane. You will carry your lunch, water, spare layers
and any personal medication with you each day in this bag.
In the larger towns, you can withdraw money and pay using most common credit or debit cards. We recommend carrying some cash to avoid disappointment when card facilities are not available. Please budget for drinks, tips, personal expenses and any meals not included in your trip. Expect to pay at least 200DKK (£23/$30) for a meal.
Tipping customs vary all over the world and can be very confusing when travelling to a new country. Tipping in Greenland is always appreciated, however it is not obligatory and should be left to the discretion of each individual. If you are satisfied with your guide’s services we recommend a tip between 250-350 DKK per person (equivalent to £30-40 per person). On the other hand, if you receive bad service or have not been treated well, you would not be expected to tip at all.
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