Kayaking in Greenland -Tasermiut
Kayaking in Greenland - Tasermiut
South Greenland offers varied nature and awesome 1000 m vertical mountain walls. Rivers run in the lush valleys between the 2000 m high mountains into the fjord. Places like Qinngua Valley and Kloster Valley are ideal places for fly fishing and trekking. The destination of the trip is the spectacular Sermeq Glacier and its 1300 m, practically, vertical ice edge which meets the sea at the end of Tasermiut Fjord. At this place we might see large pieces of the glacier ice tongue breaking off.
The southern Greenland fjord system is perfect for kayaks. Alpine mountains, the ice cap and paddling between icebergs at the edge of Tasermiut fjord makes this trip a first-class experience. There is plenty of opportunity to admire this colourful fauna and animal life, and the guide shows how to move in the wilderness. Along the way we gather and capture some of our own food, gaining insight to which plants that are edible, connecting us closer to the environment. This way the volume and weight can be reduced a lot, and we gain fresh ingredients. The population of arctic char is very high.
You don’t need to be an expert in order to join us, but the trip demands that you are kayaking and that you are fit, since we paddle average 25 - 30 km a day. At this time of year, the water temperature is about 6 degrees and the daily paddle distances might vary. On our unique campsites, we prepare arctic chars and supplies on the campfire and turn it into gourmet outdoor dinners. We will stay in expedition tents.
The trip will be carried out as smoothly as possible on terms of the wilderness. Bring high spirit.
Kayaking in Greenland, Tasermiut- price
Kayaking on your own
Kayak rental 1.400 DKK per week.
Guided kayak expedition in Greenland - Tasermiut
2. August - 14. August 2013. Price 14.250 DKK.
Assistance with flight plans.
At this time of year, the water temperature is about 5 degrees. In the daily paddle distances might vary. You don’t need to be an expert in order to join us, but the trip demands that you are kayaking on intermediate level and that you are fit, since we paddle average 25 - 30km a day.
At the campsite we aim to make our primitive days in the wild as comfortable as possible. 10 nights in expedition tents and 2 night in the youthhostel.
The food in the wilderness is included. We cook together in the open using dried ingredients that we brought with us.
The weather in Greenland can vary a lot. Although the weather is usually lovely in summer it is not unusual for it to change from heat wave to cold and wet weather in just a matter of hours. It is important to bring clothes for any occasion. Bring your own kayak gear, dry/wetsuit, sleeping bag and so on. Please do not bring too much, your personal equipment should fit into a 35-40 litre pack. Instead bring some soap to wash socks and t-shirts from day to day. When signing up we send the information pack with advice for the wilderness and a list of equipment for the trip. We recommend that you read this material thoroughly.
Your other luggage can be stored at Nanortalik while we are gone. If you wish, you can bring a smaller backpack/bag to keep it in. Note that we cannot take responsibility for your luggage.
Flights are not Included! We happily help with booking.
Iceland Air: International Airport to Reykjavik Airport for Greenland flight. International flights Reykjavik / Iceland - Narsassuaq / Greenland - Reykjavik Iceland. Thursday (Copenhagen and Reykjavik) to Tuesday (Copenhagen and Reykjavik). Saturday (Reykjavik) to Thursday (Copenhagen and Reykjavik). Monday (Reykjavik) to Saturday (Reykjavik).
Airgreenland: International Airport to Copenhagen Airport for Greenland flight. International flights Copenhagen - Narsarsuaq - Qaqortoq - Nanortalik - Qaqortoq - Narsarsuaq - Copenhagen.
Travelling in Greenland:
It is always a good idea in Greenland to have a couple of extra days at either end of the trip, to allow for changes due to the weather. These will also allow you to see more of Greenland - Hot springs - The ice cap tour - Hvalsey. In case of storm or or pack ice prevents us from reaching our final destination (force majeure), no compensation will be paid. At strong wind conditions we must wait for better weather.
Greenland has the same entry, passport and visa requirements as for Denmark. EU citizens need a valid identity card or passport for a tourist stay of up to three months. Entry Requirements Greenland has the same entry, passport and visa requirements as for Denmark. EU citizens need a valid identity card or passport for a tourist stay of up to three months
Personal expenses, money and currency:
You must cover meals and other personal expenses on the return trip to Greenland. Do not expect to be able to use credit cards but instead bring cash in Danish currency.
You have to take out insurance that cover kayaking in Greenland. Your insurance must include rescue by helicopter.
- Kayak rental
- Experienced guide
- Personal equipment in the camp
- 10 nights in the wilderness
- 2 night in Nanortalik youthhostel
- All meals in the wilderness and in Nanortalik
- Information pack with advice for the wilderness and a list of equipment for the trip
- VAT, special scheme for travel agencies
- Product liability insurance
- Return trip to Nanortalik.
- Travel insurance
- Cancellation insurance
- Catering in addition to the above
- Personal expenses
- All that was not described under “included”
Day to day:
Plane/helicopter from Copenhagen to Nanortalik. The groups will meet at Copenhagen Airport. In Nanortalik we will get ready for the trip and stay at the hostel.
We will set out at slow pace paddling about 15 km into Tasermiut Fjord to the first campsite. Near Tuapaat we can get salmons and there is a fair chance to see seals and whales on the way. In Tasiusarssuk there is a waterfall with good char fishing, and gold has been found in the area.
We will paddle about 27 km to Kuussuaq River where we will stay overnight, on the way we cross the 1.7 km wide fjord at Niagornaq. Fishing in this river is extraordinary, but many locals go fishing here. Depending on the weather we might stop after 17 km in Tasiusaq.
Day 4. - 5.
We carry the 500 m up in the Tasersuaq and paddle the 10 km to the bottom of Lake. The landscape with creek, valley and mountains is very beautiful. There are many good places to make camp in the area. There will be time for you to explore the lush surroundings and fish in the rivers or just relax and enjoy the breathtaking nature. There are many ruins of the Norsemen period a few kilometers up the valley, which is perfect for a hiking trip. Kayaking back to the Tasermiut Fjord estuary making camp in the fjord at a small pine tree forrest, planted about 50 years ago.
Day 6. - 8.
In the grand mountain world of Qoorormiut Valley we make our camp by the river, where you can fish, walk or just relaxe enjoying the powerfull nature. Next morning we paddle to the famous Kloster Valley, passing unforgettable mountain landscape on the way. In the Alpine mountains of the famous Kloster Valley, we will explore the ruins from the Viking settlers, hike a bit into the valley, and in the river we fish for char. Next morning we paddle about 20 km towards the great glacier, which rises about 1400 m above sea level. We camp about 5 km from the glacier.
Day 9. -11
After forgetting the everyday life back home, a new day presents itself by being in the wilderness on its own terms. Tasrmiut is really a fantastic place on earth, and paddling out of the fjord we make new campsites, and in this way we will see it all. Here close to the Cape Farewell area, paddling the 25-30 kilometer daily distances starts out early in the mornings, where the Arctic wind is useually calm in the fjord.
Arriving in Nanortalik we get a hot shower and a sauna. At the hostel we sit on chairs, enjoying an ice cold Greenlandic beer accomplished with a musk ox meal, and later on a soft bed will be waiting.
Helicopter/plane to Copenhagen.
On request we can arrange a round trip in South Greenland including accomandation. In travelling to Greenland you should take time to see the hot springs, the ice cap and Hvalsey. Historically, we are in the land of Eric the Red, a Viking explorer. In year 1000, around 3000 settlers lived in this area, but 500 years later they had vanished into thin air, and it is still a mystery, how and why they disappeared. The ruins of that time can still be found all over South Greenland.
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