Oqaatsut Day (Inuit village & Kayaking)

This Oqaatsut day provides a great combination of adventure and cultural immersion as you get to experience the typical Greenlandic daily life. Exploring a traditional local settlement with its colourful wooden houses, and paddling next to giant icebergs with stunning scenery is something quite special.

In a small settlement of less than 40 inhabitants, we will be exposed to the simplicity of life. Beauty does not always come from gold, it can be found in the most unexpected places, including a small red shed in the middle of a snowy field.

The small community of Oqaatsut belongs essentially to fishermen and we are likely to see them in summer, making the most on the midnight sun and long days to try and collect the finest of all fishes, Halibut. Once the winter months arrive these locals must switch their boats for sleds.

We paddle for two hours in this stunning location and learn about Inuit life, ice formation, at a leisure pace. Back on shore we go for a well-deserved swim in Greenlandic waters, testing our dry suit.

Back from our kayaking glory, the reward to our efforts is a lovely lunch in a local family. We are lucky to have excellent Greenlandic guides with us, allowing to engage and interact further with the local community.

After lunch, we still have a little more time to explore the settlement. Afterwards, we board the boat back to Ilulissat. This is where another magical moment may occur as we get to see the perpetual sunlight of the polar summer painting the icebergs.

Description

Sail to Oqaatsut Settlement, kayak among icebergs and engage with Inuit life.

Starting time

9:00

Departure Point

Operator office (will be detailed in the voucher)

Duration

7 hours

Return details

Returns to original departure point

 Season

From 1st of June to 15th September

AGENDA FOR YOUR ADVENTURE

Oqaatsut is a small traditional settlement of hunters and fishermen (40 inhabitants) founded by whalers in the XVI century, situated 20 Km North of Ilulissat).

  • We get to the village by boat, ready to start our adventure.
  • We first change into our kayak technical gears and join the safety briefing before to head into the water.
  • We paddle for two hours, with our lovely guides care and local information.
  • Lunch in a local family before to sail back to Ilulissat.

NOTES

  • Group size: Min 4 – Max 10.
  • Age restrictions: Minimum age: 12 years old (1m50 height)
  • Difficulty: Moderate: good physical shape. No previous kayak experience is required.
  • Inclusions: Kayaking guides, lunch, kayak technical equipment, kayak tour pictures.
  • Technical equipment provided: Kayak tour: Kayak, paddles, cockpit cover, Gore-Tex dry suit, life vest, boots and dry bags
  • Exclusions: Hotel transfers, travel insurance, personal expenses, tips and gratuities.
  • Voucher info: You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this experience.
  • Local operator information: Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your Confirmation Voucher.
  • Cancelation policy: If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

OQAATSUT

A town from an Inuit tale.

Oqaatsut is a village from an Inuit tale turned into reality. In this small traditional settlement, founded by the ancient whalers in the sixteenth century, the authentic lifestyle of Greenland is still alive. And you’re going to live it in the first person. The friendliness and hospitality of its inhabitants, of 40 fishermen and hunters, will make you feel like one of them. Getting here is the greatest reward after touring lakes and incredible landscapes, on a trip you will never forget. You will sleep in one of its traditional, brightly colored houses, like a hotel, on the shores of the lake. You will discover the magic of the silence of the Greenland night, interrupted only by the occasional crunching of the ice, or by some distant howl. You will understand why the night of Oqaatsut is ideal for dreaming … although it is very likely that you have begun to dream much earlier

Zodiac Ride before kayaking in Oqaatsut
kayaking in ilulissat, greenland
My experience Kayaking in Oqaatsut
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