Ever had a seal meatball? Paddle with a 7 time Greenland National champion? If Greenland has ever been on your bucket list, then this is your chance to paddle with the best known paddler from Greenland in his back yard of Sisimiut where he trained for all of his record breaking marathons.
There are a few trips available to Greenland these days…some very high-end with a little paddling and a lot of insulation from local culture. Others are more “expedition style”, where you do all your own cooking, fly by the seat of your pants and hope it all turns out.
This one is completely different. Combine the logistics expertise that Uncommon Adventures is known for with the celebrity status of our co-leader and you arrive to community dinners thrown in your honor. Travel like a Greenlander…hand-lining fish for dinner, learning to eat seal, hunting with your camera, paddling in sea ice, camping in sites used as traditional hunt camps for generations. Think cultural immersion, think travel like a Greenlander with a Greenlander….all with a bit of a safety net that comes with our 31 year history in the kayak tripping business.
Route: Approximately 100 mile loop out of Sisimiut (Maligiaq’s home village) with a mix of protected waters, fjords and open crossings.
Pace: We travel between 20-30 kilometers each day with time enough for hiking and exploration. Its important to stay flexible in our itinerary to take best advantage of the conditions that we encounter.
Weather / Conditions: Similar conditions to southcentral Alaska can be expected. Daytime highs may get to be low 60's with evening lows into the low 40's. Not a lot of rain in early July, but can be buggy, so headnets are in order. Remember... summer near the arctic circle means lots and lots of daylight (19 hours+).
Qualifications: Like our Alaska programs, this program is built for those with a higher skill level that is appropriate for the kind of conditions we are likely to encounter. If you haven't been through the BCU or ACA ranks to gain these skills, we will accept a paddling resume and word from those who can vouch for you. Our trips owe a great deal of their success to this participant screening process. BCU 3 star or L-3 ACA +
Dates for 2013: June 26-July 7
Cost: $4900 per person from Nuuk, double, occupancy (where lodging applies)
What's included: Guides, local flights to and from Sisimiut, all backcountry meals, most restaurant meals (4 on your own), local transport, lodging, kayak rental, expedition gear (tents, dry bags, safety gear)
Reservations are held with a deposit of $300 and a completed registration form available below; 50% of the balance of your total trip fee is due 60 days before departure. The final 50% is due 45 days prior to departure. Deposit fully refundable up to 60 days before departure. We are happy to take deposits by credit card over the phone.
Check out our Iceland trip, which can be added as an extension (ask about special rates for Greenland participants)