In July 2014 I was part of a Sea Kayaking tour through the south-west fjords of Greenland. The Inuit
arrived at the coastline of Greenland more than 4,500 years ago. My idea was to travel like the Inuit
used to do. There were four of us and we started the trip from Narsaq, which is a typical village in
modern Greenland where people still lead a quite traditional life based on the sea. Fish, seals and
whales are still an essential part of their life. After an introduction from our guide, we left civilization
on the second day of the trip. The kayaks were packed with food, tents and equipment we needed.
After one week we came to a deposit to refill food and fuel. Every day we paddled three to five hours
and in the afternoon there was always enough time for a hike into the higher country away from the
shore. Every day new impressions were to be experienced: Icebergs, seals, rugged mountains,
glaciers, rocky spires, the immense Ice Cap and the pristine artic fauna. During the tour we visited
several old Inuit and Viking settlements, which gave us the chance to to imagine life in one of these
old cultures. Our guide, German, was experienced. He stopped at the best camping spots, knew
good fishing places to catch salmon and cod, and always cooked a delicious dinner for us.
One of the highlights was a one-day hike to a spot where we had a wonderful view of huge glacier
tongues, the fjords and the Ice Cap. During the hike we saw several rock ptarmigans, artic hares and
sea eagles, which flew over us and were looking for food.
The trip was a perfect mixture of kayaking and trekking and gave us the chance to explore the
unique arctic world.