Kayaking among Icebergs and Whales - GRL83

Photo:  Mads Pihl
Photo:  Mads Pihl
Photo:  Mads Pihl
Photo:  Gréta S. Guðjónsdóttir
"I have travelled a lot and to many fantastic places, but this ... this is unbelievable!"

- Heljä Lumme, Finland -

Tour type: Kayaking tour, incl. two hiking days

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Adult: 397.000

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What's included: Guide, food for 10 days, boat transfers, tents (6 nights) and camping equipment, guesthouse (2) and hut (1) accommodation, kayaks and kayaking equipment.

Departures: July and August

Duration: 10 days

Accommodation: Tents (6 nights), hut (1) and guesthouse (2)

Meeting point: The tour starts and ends at Kulusuk airport

Group size: Minimum 4 - 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.

  • Tour Description

    Highlights of the Tour

    • Spectacular Kayaking in a World of Ice
    • Day hikes in the Arctic Wilderness
    • A Taste of the Inuit Culture

    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”.

    Included: Guide, food for 10 days (from dinner day 1 to breakfast day 10), boat transfer: Tasiilaq – Kulusuk, tents (6 nights, 2 pers. in each tent) and camping equipment, kayaks and kayak equipment, transport of kayaks and equipment, 1 night in a hut in Sermilik Fjord 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 distance: 100 – 110 km

    D1: (Reykjavik) Kulusuk - Nêrernaq D2: Sangmileq Bay. D3: Ikâsartivaq Fjord D4: Tiniteqilaaq and Sermilik Fjord D5: Sermilik Fjord D6: Pupik D7:   D8: Tasiilaq. D9: Tasiilaq. D10: Tasiilaq - Kulusuk (Reykjavik)

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  • Tour Itinerary

    Day 1 Reykjavík – Kulusuk - Ammasalik Fjord
    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: 5-6 hours, 15-20 km.

    Day 2 Sangmileq Bay
    Today we head first north and after a while further west, deeper into the stunning fjords of the east coast. Our destination for today is at the end of Sammileq bay. Our campsite is situated next to a river surrounded by impressive high peaks and glaciers. Accommodation: Tents.
    Kayaking:
     5-6 hours, 15-20 km.

    Day 3 Ikâsartivaq Fjord
    We head towards Ikaasatsivaq Fjord, still among high peaks, glaciers and huge cliff faces. We pass an abandonned 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, 20-25 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, 17-22 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.
    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 a hut in the area of Pupik where we spend the night. Accommodation: Basic Mountain hut.
    Kayaking: 7-8 hours, 20-23 km.

    Day 7 Pupik – Southern part of Sermilik Fjord
    We leave the hut in the morning for this last day of kayaking. We follow the west coast of Ammassalik Island further south. Following closelly 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.
    Kayaking: 6-7 hours, 15-20 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. 

    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 - Icelandic Mountain Guides (IMG) reserves the right to change the itinerary without prior notice should this be necessary due to weather or other reasons that are beyond IMG‘s control.

     

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  • Equipment List

    Kayaking tours in Greenland

    For your own wellbeing and safety we strongly suggest following the advice of our equipment list, this includes having good quality rain-gear, tops and bottoms! Also respect that cotton clothing is not appropriate for any strenuous outdoor activity – this includes jeans and cotton t-shirts. Modern outdoor clothing is by far more comfortable and will greatly improve your experience. It is recommended to follow the equipment list although it is necessary to pack light as everything (equipment + food + tents) needs to fit the kayaks.

    Boots and Clothing:

    • Sturdy Hiking Boots – preferably waterproof with ankle support.
    • 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.
    • Rain trousers – windproof, waterproof and breathable. Please note that full rain gear is mandatory on all our tours.
    • Gloves – Wool or synthetic.
    • Socks – Wool or synthetic.
    • Warm hat – Wool or synthetic.

    Other gear:

    • Backpack for the hiking days. 25 – 40 L (1500 – 2500 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 down to -5C-10C).
    • Towel – lightweight and packable.
    • Sunglasses & sun protection.
    • Water container – thermos flask or water bottle 0,5 – 1L.
    • Change of clothes for wearing in the camp.
    • Personal first aid kit – including blister care.
    • Prescription medication and other personal health items.
    • Toiletries; Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap etc.
    • Earplugs.
    • Good head net is necessary. Repellants is good to take.
    • Puffy jacket (e.g. primaloft or down).
    • Sun/rain hat or cap.

      Optional gear:

    • Gaiters.
    • Pen knife.
    • Headlamp for reading and getting around the tent (if it gets dark).
    • Camera, spare batteries and a memory card or films.
    • Aperitif or other heart-warming spirits.

      The following equipment is provided/included in the price:

    • Kayak.
    • Paddle, spray deck and poggies.
    • Dry suit.
    • Neoprene shoes.

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    Tour Dates Availability
    23.07.2017 One needed to confirm departure Request this date
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