The last frontier -
Kayak expeditions in the north of Greenland, 20 days (4019)
This is a expeditions in its true sense! We
let boats or helicopter take us from Upernavik further north
out in the wilderness into the Melville Bay. During the
expedition we also do some hiking. We might catch some
arctic char, fjord cod and clams.
The days are long when the sun never goes down! So we can
take the time we believe we need. If we find something
during the way we will explore it. Hopefully we will
encounter some whales and seals and we will pass some
enormous bird cliffs.
When this is a true expedition, the
following program is just a plan that easily can be changed
during the expedition. The weather, the ice and the
participants ideas and curiosity have great impact on the
You need to have a flexible attitude to join this adventure
and for sure there will be a lot of changes along the trip.
We will take a helicopter or or boat in northern direction
from Upernavik to a very remote inuit settlement named
Kullorsuaq (The Devils Thumb).
From that remote northern settlement our kayak expedition
starts. Please look at the map here on the right (click to
As the map shows we paddle in northern direction into the
big Melville Bay. In this part of Melville Bay there is very
remote and without any settlements.
The area is known for a rich wildlife in the summertime.
Narwhales and a lot of seals are common guests as well as a
lot of bird species.
On this kayak expedition we will hike to the icecap that
covers over 80% of the Greenlandic continent. On the kayak
expedition we will cross several icefjords on the way and
see uncountable numbers of icebergs in all shapes and sizes.
We paddle in total approximately 150 km on this expedition
with day tours around 10 - 25 km.
We will end the kayak expedition round tour in the same
place as we started and then take the helicopter (or
boat)back to Upernavik.
In Upernavik city there will it be possible to visit the
museum and see many local artefacts from the past and local
Greenlandic kayaks and paddles.
The days are long when the sun never goes
down! So we can take the time we believe we need. If we find
something during the way we will explore it. Hopefully we
will encounter some whales and seals and we will pass some
Here on our Facebook page you will find pictures from an
us on the expedition is our local kayaking guide and
instructor Sören Nikolaj Sörensen. Nikolaj was born in
Odense, Denmark 1977 and have studied biology for many
years. Shortly after finishing his degree he moved to
Ilulissat and started working in its Hospital. Four months
later he was employed as a bio-analytic by the department of
Health in Upernavik. 2020 Nikolaj will have been living here
for fifteen years and has contacts in all the area. Nikolaj is
a trained kayaking instructor and has, since 2008, been
guiding kayaking-tourists and dog-sledge enthusiasts
throughout the Upernavik area,
(Click on picture to enlarge).
NB! Please be aware that this trip
requires you to be at least a moderate kayaker and
experienced to handling sea-kayaks!
Click here to
read about our shorter expeditions in the Upernavik area
Number of participants: Min 6 max 7
NB! All prices are valid now but can be changed.
Already booked tours do not normally ever change (see
30 July: Departure
Departure from Copenhagen 10:45 (prel) via Kangerlussuaq and Ilulissat
to Upernavik at 18:20.
31 July - 1 August
We will go by boat or helicopter to our starting point
for the expedition at Kullorsuaq where we will spend two
nights in a hunters cabin.
12 or 13 August:
Transport by boat or helicopter to
Days spent in the area around Upernavik. Here we have some
days, for a boat tour, hiking, fishing tour, kayaktour or
whatever the group is up for. If helicopter is delayed from
Kullorsuaq, we can still reach the flight to Ilulissat-Copenhagen...
so 3 days is a buffer period.
departure from Upernavik to Copenhagen via Ilulissat and Kangerlussuaq.
We plan to be back at Copenhagen at 08:00 the 18th
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