East Greenland Sea Kayaking - Ammassalik Fjords
The Ammassalik Fjords of East Greenland are one of the great sea kayaking destinations. Steep mountains rise out of the sea to create an interconnecting system of sheltered channels stretching back from the open ocean to the vast Greenland icecap. Gigantic icebergs from this glacier slowly sail along the larger fjords to the sea. In the smaller fjords, pack ice and small bergs shift and move with the tide, creating a fascinating maze for paddlers to navigate. This will be one of the great expeditions for even the most-travelled adventurer.
Several tiny, picturesque out-port villages within the fjords provide an interesting insight into the local Greenlanders’ primitive way of life. Along the way we'll pitch our tents at ancient Thule campsites - often the only level place to camp. Side hikes to spectacular alpine lookouts are a common evening activity, and we'll make time for some longer half- and full-day hikes, as the group wishes.
The East Greenland trip is suitable for those with some previous sea kayaking and wilderness camping experience. Advanced skills are not required, but even the most- experienced paddlers will be moved by the otherworldly beauty and enjoyable paddling. The isolation, cold water and ice, and 12 days of wilderness camping make the trip unsuitable for the complete novice. If you are looking to develop your existing sea kayak skills, you should consider our Georgian Bay Islands or our Georgian Bay North Channel trips. If you are looking to get into sea kayaking for the first time, our Georgian Bay Sea Kayak Clinic is an excellent place to start!
This trip will be offered next in July 2022. In addition to this route, we also offer two other trips in East Greenland: one is an exploratory expedition and the other is a two week expedition to Scoresbysund, also known as Ittoqqortoormiit. We are also excited to announce a special expedition to explore the northwestern region of Greenland, in and around Qaaannaaq.
"I really enjoyed experiencing Arctic summer conditions with knowledgeable guides. Their boundless energy was inspiring!" Steve, British Columbia, Canada
Recommended Skill Level And Dates
Guides 5:1 ratio
• 12 nights of camping, 2 nights hotel in Kulusuk
• all meals and snacks from Day 2 lunch to Day 14 lunch
• dinners (Days 1 and 14) and breakfast (Days 2 and 15) in Kulusuk
• tandem sea kayaks with rudders, paddles, spray decks, etc. (solo kayaks may be rented for an extra fee, subject to availability)
• PFDs (you may bring your own)
• tents: free-standing expedition dome tents - 2 per tent
• "kitchen": tarp, cooking stoves, utensils, dishes, etc.
• dry bags and containers for food and group equipment
• first aid, safety, kayak rescue, and repair kits
• communications equipment (satellite phone)
• flights between Reykjavik and Kulusuk - Day 1 and Day 15
• transportation of guides, group gear, food, etc. to Kulusuk
Trip Rendezvous Point: Reykjavik, Iceland