What was a normal work day like?
Start at seven or so, breakfast and take down the tents, put everything into the kayak and set off. Then we did a straight two or three hours stint in the kayaks to gain ground or just in case the weather changes before stopping for a break. Then another two hours until lunch and then, depending on the weather and the distance covered, we continued on or we camped.
What was your guide like?
Good, very good, because he was quite reasonable given the situations. He spoke first and then asked us what we wanted to do. And about everything else obviously we said yes, of course. There was never any problem in this regard. That was the way it was, he has the experience.
Did anyone have a different opinion?
No, no … it may seem a little odd that four people meeting for the first time get along from start to finish, but it was just like that. There was no problem at all.
Were you impressed by Aappilattoq, so cut off from the world?
Yes, on the fourteenth day was the only time I saw anyone. The rest of the time, the four of us were alone, which was good for me. Not seeing anyone, just a fisherman with his boat and nobody else.
The food, how did you organize yourselves?
Breakfast was wholemeal toast because we had no bread, of course. Later we picnicked with cans of tuna and ham, tea, soups. Dinner was couscous, spaghetti, rice, lentils … We carried each day’s rations and a little extra
What did you like most about the whole trip?
Well, the vastness. The scale of things was incredible. You are on one side of a fjord and think there’s 300 meters of a wall and it turns out there is 900. It was all like that. All wild, all natural, all prehistoric. I was impressed by the scenery, I expected it to be more desolate, with not as much vegetation.
Did you have the traditional dinner in the hostel?
Yes, yes. I was surprised, because there was seal and whale which I had never tried and it was really worth it, I enjoyed it.
Did you see the northern lights?
For three or four nights on the trip we saw traces, but we didn’t fully seen them until we got to the hostel at Qassiarsuk. There we saw them properly for two nights.
How about kayaking as a means of exploration?
Very good, I went to see this place and to see it this way. In an area of fjords, you can ‘t trek because it’s almost impossible due to the terrain but in a motor boat you go too fast. However, with the kayak it’s just right.