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Greenland Kayaking

Paddle the largest fjord system in the world among icebergs and wildlife, in a pristine arctic environment.

Did you ever want to paddle among icebergs?

Length:

11 Days / 10 Nights

Location:

East Greenland

For Who:

Expedition travel, some wilderness experience

Tour Price:

USD $6450 *
Expedition style
Custom
Scenic, mountains
Wildlife

* Tours are priced and charged in US dollars; prices in other currencies are provided for reference only and will be calculated based on the exchange rate at the time of payment. There is no additional tax on tours to international destinations. Please see our terms and conditions for full payment and fees information.

greenland kayaking TRIP SUMMARY

Immerse yourself in some of the best of East Greenland’s amazing nature, culture and highlights on this beautiful 11-day kayaking and camping adventure with Spirit of the West Adventures. Explore the amazing vastness and allow your senses to soak up the magic of high mountain peaks, calm waters interrupted by icebergs, the occasional calving glaciers and maybe whales and seals in the ice fjords.

Designed to introduce guests to an arctic environment, this trip combines travel by kayak with ample time for hiking into the higher country back from the shore, offering a well-rounded perspective on this unique environment. This trip will be led by seasoned guide and Spirit of the West Adventures owner Rick Snowdon. Rick is happy to discuss any questions or concern you might have during reading through our itinerary or generally happy help in planning the tour with you.

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greenland kayaking scoresbysund

This trip takes place on the east side of Greenland in the immense fiord system of Scoresbysund. Remote and pristine, this region is ironically easier to access than the more populated West Greenland due to flight connections through Iceland (instead of requiring a flight all the way to Europe only to backtrack half a hemisphere). After meeting at the airport in Reykjavik, Iceland, we’ll fly to Constable Point in East Greenland where we begin the trip. At 71⁰ north, the sun shines almost 24 hours a day, invigorating those of us from more temperate latitudes. Through steep and rocky fiords we’ll wind our way among channels and icebergs to find each night’s campsite, occasionally coming across ancient Inuit encampments. Spirit of the West Adventures will supply group kayaking equipment (mix of double and single kayaks, depending on group size), camping and cooking equipment, guide(s) and guiding service, meals from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 11, including snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, local knowledge and trip planning services. The trip begins and ends in Reykjavik, Iceland.

One of the highlights of this trip is the amount ice (mostly icebergs and some floe ice) we will see here due to the many glaciers in the fiord and pack ice that is typically pushed south from higher in the arctic. While not an impediment to travel, it creates an
ever-changing “landscape” on the sea that is difficult to take one’s eyes off of. The sound of calving glaciers and icebergs is a constant backdrop to our trip.

Wildlife will also make an appearance, with muskox, arctic fox, harp seal and arctic hare are among the more likely visitors. Narwhal enter the fiord in midsummer and may surprise us with their fast swimming and smooth backs. Rarely we would see a minke or fin whale. There is a very small chance of encountering a polar bear, though we would count ourselves quite lucky if we did (they occasionally drift south with the pack ice; we will secure our camp every night regardless).

WEATHER

Greenland is notorious for its high-pressure system and good weather in the summer. The climate is dry and the temperatures generally range from 35 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Showers and strong wind can occur, although rarely.

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TRAVEL TO GREENLAND

Please note that your international flights from and to the tour starting and ending point in Reykjavik, Iceland is NOT included in the Spirit of the West Adventures tour costs. We recommend Iceland Air to book your travel to Iceland. Iceland Air offers multiple flight from many destination in the USA and Canada. Please contact us if you need any further help to plan your travel.

 

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • Return flight Reykjavik (Keflavik int./domestic airport, Iceland) to Constable Point (Greenland)
  • Helicopter and water taxi transportation in Greenland
  • Accommodation from night 1 of the tour through to departure day 11 (incl. 2 nights at a guesthouse in Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland)
  • All kayaking & safety equipment, camping equipment including tents and sleeping pads, stoves and cooking gear, water bladders and tarps
  • Qualified and personable guides
  • All meals, snacks and non-alcoholic drinks from dinner on day 1 to lunch on day 11
  • Park and land use permit fees

 WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?

  • Your international flights from your home to Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Any local transportation and accommodation before meeting on day 1 and drop off at day 11 at the airport in Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Costs associated with passports
  • Gratuities
  • Personal purchases such as souvenirs, toiletries etc., your personal clothing and luggage
  • Arrival and departure taxes and reciprocity fees
  • Charges incurred as a result of excess baggage
  • Rain gear and sleeping bags (both may be rented if you prefer not to travel with them (please reserve in advance).

 

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Itinerary

Are you ready for the beautiful wild?

One of the highlights of this trip is the amount ice (mostly icebergs and some floe ice) we will see here due to the many glaciers in the fiord and pack ice that is typically pushed south from higher in the arctic. While not an impediment to travel, it creates an ever-changing “landscape” on the sea that is difficult to take one’s eyes off of. The sound of calving glaciers and icebergs is a constant backdrop to our trip.

Wildlife will also make an appearance, with muskox, arctic fox, harp seal and arctic hare are among the more likely visitors. Narwhal enter the fiord in midsummer and may surprise us with their fast swimming and smooth backs. Rarely we would see a minke or fin whale. There is a very small chance of encountering a polar bear, though we would count ourselves quite lucky if we did (they occasionally drift south with the pack ice; we will secure our camp every night regardless).

This is the proposed itinerary for our trip, but it is flexible and may be adapted to suit the interests of those who join the trip as well as the weather conditions.

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Day Zero

Depart your home country for Reykjavik. Most flights from North America are overnight, and you will need to be in Reykjavik to check in for your flight to Greenland by mid-morning. To ensure your timely arrival you may wish to err on the side of caution and arrive a day early to explore the city.

Day 1

Arrive in Reykjavik, transfer to Keflavik (Reykjavik domestic airport) and check in with Air Iceland for the 2-3 hour flight to Greenland. On arrival you will transfer from the airport to the village of Ittoqqortoormiit by helicopter for a welcoming meeting and to discuss the upcoming trip. Your guide(s) will be busy readying equipment and food for the journey into the fiord by water taxi. Dinner at the guesthouse and overnight in Ittoqqortoormiit.

Day 2

In the morning we’ll board water taxis driven by local Greenlanders for the boat trip (about 5-7 hours) into the fiord where we’ll begin kayaking. On arrival we’ll sort our gear and set up our first camp.

Day 3

Taking advantage of the spectacular setting we’ll explore on foot up the glacier-carved valley of Hjørnedal, keeping a lookout for our first sightings of muskox.

Day 4 to 8

Winding our way among icebergs and islands, we’ll travel north up Rødefjord at the head of the Scoresbysund Fjord system. With Milne Land to the east and the mainland mountains and icecap to the west we’ll get into the routine of taking down camp, loading boats and paddling for the day’s adventure. Distances will be enough to feel like we accomplished something, but still leave time to ramble about in the evenings taking in the flora and fauna. We will also take at least one more day off of paddling to hike inland, gaining a different vantage point above the sea. Highlights will be watching icebergs calve around us, keeping track of the numerous birds, spotting muskox and keeping an eye out for the elusive narwhal.

Day 9

Having arrived at our last camp on Cape Hoffman Halvø (straddling the smaller Rypefjord and Harefjord), this day we’ll hike again to higher ground for a long view down the path we just paddled. Another exceptional view awaits.

Day 10

Today we pack up our gear for the return trip to Ittoqqortoormiit. This journey will be most of the day by water taxi, so we’ll spend this night again at the guesthouse in town. There will be some time to wander around town and take in the unfamiliar sights and sounds of another country, possibly picking up a souvenir or two along the way.

Day 11

In the morning we’ll return to Reykjavik. Here you may choose to spend some time exploring what Iceland has to offer, or if time is of the essence you can continue back to your home country.

 

Please note

The itinerary is weather and group dependent. As with travel to any destination in the far north, logistics are vulnerable to weather and delays, so please plan your onward travel from Iceland and post-trip obligations accordingly. We require all guests to purchase trip cancellation and interruption insurance to help deal with the unexpected.

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