Sea Kayak Greenland

, February 11, 2011

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Type of Trip: Kayaking
Duration: 17 days
Price: from £2660 per person (excluding flights, approx £600
Departure Dates: For 2011: 14th July – 30th July, 28th July- 13th August, 11th August – 27th August.
Ability: A good amount of kayaking experience
Start point: Rejkyavik, Iceland
Finish point: Rejkyavik, Iceland
Operated by: Wilderness Scotland

Itinerary

You’ll be met on your arrival in Reykjavik by Wilderness Journeys who will take you to a hotel for your first night. On Day 2 you’ll be flown to Kulusuk Island before boarding a boat for Tassilaq, Eastern Greenland. At Tassilaq you have a chance to get a taste of life in Eastern Greenland with a visit a local museum and the opportunity to listen to Eskimo tales in a sod house.

The adventure unfolds on Day 3 with a 6-7 hour hike to Ikateq Island, followed by an evening assembling the kayaks and discussing the safety elements of the trip ahead. Over the next ten days (from Day 4 to Day 14) you will explore the incredibly remote Sermiliq Fjord, Ammassalik Fjord and the spectacular Knud Rasmussen Glacier. Stopping at the remote village of Kummiut, you’ll resupply before continuing on your expedition to explore more pristine fjord systems, icebergs and wildlife.

On Day 15 you will make your way to the bottom of the mighty Knud Rasmussen Glacier where a motor boat will take you back to Tassilaq. During the trip you can be expected to kayak 80-100 nautical miles (1,852m per nautical mile). There will be another opportunity to go sightseeing in Tassilaq where you’ll be put up in a small inn. On Day 16 the trip ends with a short boat journey back to Kulusuk in time for a flight back to Rekjavik, Iceland.

Included in the price

  • Expert leadership and support personnel
  • All accommodations
  • All meals on the expedition
  • All sea kayaking gear (as well as safety equipment & camping gear)
  • Sea kayaking cold water survival suits
  • Ground transportation

Clothes to bring

  • 3 pairs of walking/trekking socks
  • A fleece/mid-layer
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Shorts
  • 2 T-shirts
  • Walking boots & gaiters
  • Hat
  • A buff/neck fleece
  • Gloves
  • Indoor clothing for evenings in lodges
  • Windproof Jacket (optional)

Equipment to bring

  • Backpack (approx. 60 litre)
  • Water bottle (Nalgene) and drinking mug
  • 1 litre thermos
  • Sunglasses
  • Map (optional)
  • Compass (optional)
  • Compeed (optional- if prone to blisters!)
  • Head torch (optional)
  • Walking poles (optional)

Getting there responsibly

No ferry operators run trips between the UK and Iceland but most UK airports will have flights to Reykjavik.

Other information

  • International airfares are not included in the price so book early to get cheap flights.
  • Insurance is not included so have your own, including travel insurance.
  • Wilderness Journeys advocate eco-tourism by limiting the number of their expeditions to each destination, ensuring the sustainability of the natural environments visited.
  • More information about Eastern Greenland.