Kayaking

Sea kayaking in Greenland is for experienced paddlers who enjoy moving silently through the water with brilliant white icebergs providing the perfect backdrop.

Kayakers on a coffee break among icebergs in the Disko Bay in Greenland

Kayakers on a coffee break among icebergs in the Disko Bay in Greenland. Photo: Mads Pihl, Visit Greenland

Try a genuine Greenland roll – or keep your balance

Adventurous and active guests can embark on one of the most thrilling forms of kayaking. The settings are unique. Let the kayak fuse with the surface of the water and the sound of silence be absorbed into your body. Enjoy the icebergs, which form a wonderful interplay of colours as the sun rises into the sky.

Hunters in the north use the kayak when harpooning seals in the still waters. The vessel isn’t in a state of imbalance for even a second whilst the prey is being killed. Greenlanders are embedded with the language and resilience of the kayak through thousands of years of use of the silent means of transport. In North Greenland and the Thule district hunting still takes place from a kayak – including hunting for narwhal.

The Greenlandic skerries are ideal waters for trained kayakers. In some towns you can buy detailed maps featuring recommended routes with tent sites also marked.
The local tourist offices will help you with kayak hire for trips of both long and short duration. A number of offices have specialised in kayaking trips lasting several weeks. There’s no better way of getting close to whales and seals – and in the summer months the sun will remain in the sky 24 hours a day.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • The word kayak is a derivative of Qajaq.
  • Kayaking in Greenland is not for novices.
  • The skerries at Aasiaat are ideal for kayaking. Towns in South Greenland also offer sea kayaking with various levels of difficulty.
  • The original kayak frame was bound together by driftwood and covered with plucked, greased sealskin. Today kayaks are made of plastic or fibre glass.