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.