It’s no secret that, Greenland is one of the best places in the world to go kayaking. Greenland, known for its icebergs and beautiful scenery, is a kayaker’s Heaven on Earth. Did you know that the kayak was invented by natives of the subarctic region of the world, most of what is now considered Greenland. Not to mention, the word kayak itself originates from Greenlandic. We’d like to believe that, The best place to go kayaking is in the country that invented it. This is why we’ve decided to dedicate an entire post to kayaking not only in Greenland but more specifically kayaking in Ilulissat.
You might have heard about Ilulissat before, especially if you read our Greenland Travel piece published in March of this year. As the article states “Ilulissat is the third largest city in Greenland making it small enough to experience in a few days while also being large enough to capture and give you insight into Greenlandic culture in it’s entirety.” Amazing right? Well, there’s more to the story. Not only is Ilulissat famous for its icebergs and quaint town, it is also famous for its kayaking!
Read below for some tips meant to help ensure that you have a wonderful time kayaking in Ilulissat!
Explore different types of kayaks
It would be silly to overlook the history of both the kayak and its connection to Greenlandic culture. Kayaks are made a variety of different ways that serve different purposes. Kayaks vary in their materials as well as their usage. History is witnessed simply by studying the progression of the kayak. The shape determines whether the kayak is suitable for inland lakes and rivers or the ocean. The materials vary depending on who built them and when. Older kayaks are made of wood or whale bone, whereas newer models are made from synthetic materials. We invite you to discover the magical world of Ilulissat’s Qajaq Club.
Select a beautiful departure point
There are many options when looking for a departure point. You’ll have the entire coast of Ilulissat to choose from, which is why we recommend killing two birds with one stone. Use your time wisely. Choose a place near and around a landmark in order to witness a bit of culture while also prepping for take off. Our favorite spot is, the Zion Church. The church is well-known throughout Greenland and was once the largest man made structure in the entire country.
Have fun while kayaking in Ilulissat
Chances are most of the people around you will be first time kayakers. Kayaking in Ilulissat in not something most people do regularly, unless you live there of course. You’ll have guides that’ll give you training. Don’t sweat it. Practice, ask questions, practice some more and try to get a feel for being in the kayak. Don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself if you tip over or ask a silly question during training, it’s a part of the fun! Learning is fun. Most people never get to experience life from sea-level. Embrace the moment and suck it all in. Enjoy the shapes, colors, sounds, smells, and perspective this unique experience will give you. This is by far our most important tip, just get out there and have fun!
We hope you find this article helpful and we hope to see you kayaking in Ilulissat. Spending time outdoors while connecting to culture is something we are very passionate about. We want to offer travelers and adventures alike a place to come to for inspiration and insight. This is why we offer articles like this one! Let us know if you have any questions or would like us to cover any particular topic relating to travel. Until next time, Wildthings!