Explore one of the words last true wildernesses!
This 10 day expedition will set off from the tiny Inuit village of Kulusuk, home to around 200 people - local Inuit hunters and their families. The village is one of only five settlements on the east coast of Greenland, this region is one of the most isolated in the world. The area is cut-off to access by sea for over half the year. In the summer months the sea ice breaks up and allows passage between the steep rocky islands in the region.
The expedition will navigate through vast fjords and amongst steep alpine-like mountains and islands. Our route will be entirely exploratory, aiming to experience glaciers, iceberg filled fjords and camp in some of the most stunning locations.
Throughout the duration of the expedition the team will be completely self supported, carring all the equipment and food needed for the entire 10 days. Water will be collected on route from rivers and streams, and the team will seek out new camp spots each evening.
This expedition is a rare opportunity to experience the pristine arctic coastline, experience Inuit
culture and travel through truly remote landscapes.
Our route will take us north from Kulusuk, navigating along the vast fjord network, which weaves between steep mountainous islands. Our goal is to reach the Apuseaq Glacier. A impressive calving glaciers, with many icebergs which ebb and flow with the tidal currents and winds, out towards to the coast.
We will then begin our journey east, passing beneath impressively steep mountains reaching highs of more than 1000m. This area will take your breath away, such dramatic landscapes in all directions. Still heading east we will pas through narrow fjords towards the Sermililk Fjord with is ice choked waters, this will be an incredible vista for our camp.
The route will finally head south again navigating back towards the village of Kulusuk.
Who's this trip for?
Paddlers with experience of at least one multiday expedition.
Skills around BCU 3* standard (roll not a prerequisite).
Paddlers with a fitness level to cover 25km a day.
Experience of wild camping, and happy to live without facilities for a long duration.
If you would like to discuss any of the above requirements, please get in touch. We have training courses running in spring and autumn or 1:1 coaching.
TBC August 2021
Team of 6.
12 day trip, with 10 full days of kayaking
Highly qualified sea kayak guide.
All kayaking equipment.
All expedition meals.
First and last night lodge accommodation.
Baggage transfer to/from Kulusuk airport to the accommodation.
Safety equipment and Satellite phone.
What's not included
International flights to/from Kulusuk
Any extra costs due to unforeseen circumstances (e.g delayed flights, extra logistics, additional accommodation).
The nutrient rich waters of the fjords are home to some incredibly majestic animals. It is likely that we will paddle amongst whales, porpoise and seals. Greenland is home to many species of whales, with good fortune we may get sightings of Humpback, Minke and possibly the enormous fin whale. As well as marine life, we will be traveling through polar bear territory.
Polar bears do pose a risk to every expedition, it is therefore essential we take adequate safety measures to minimise the risk. The team will learn about bear safety protocol and bear watches will be daily routine in camp.
Once we set off from the village of Kulusuk we will be wild camping for the duration of the expedition. The team will carry 3 man tents, shared between 2. This will provide spacious and comfortable living space. The climate is relatively and warm calm this time of year, but temperature will drop at night so warm seeing bags are recommended.
All our meals will be cooked on camp stoves, and will consist of daily expedition meals. These dehydrated packet meals allow us to carry a 10 day supply of food within our kayaks. These meals are light weight and easily packed.
Erin Bastian - A UKCC Level 3 Sea Kayak Coach, 5* Leader, and founder of Evoke Adventure, will be guiding this expedition.
Erin has paddle world wide, her passion for long distance journeys has taken her to the remote west coast of Patagonia. Across the Agean sea, linkinging rugged islands scattered between Greece and Turkey, crossing large expanses of open water. As well as numerous expeditions leading teams in her favourite place arctic Norway.
Cold icy destinations really capture her imagination!