Oqaatsut expedition

This Oqaatsut expedition is designed to immerse you into Greenlandic daily life. The purpose of this journey is to connect you, the adventure traveller, with your surroundings from our first-hand experience into a world few come across.

Day I

Our adventure begins with an unforgettable hike to Oqaatsut. Step by step you will feel yourself getting closer to witnessing Greenland in all its authentic glory. The hike is 20 kilometres and takes about 6 to 7 hours. On the way, we will discover nature in its most pristine form.

The Oqaatsut experience will open your eyes 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 settlement of Oqaatsut, is maintained by a small community who enjoys being close to the sea. Most residents are fishermen, so the summer sun allows them to spend the day on their fishing boats waiting to see what treasures emerge. Once the winter months arrive these locals must switch their boat for sleds.

During your Oqaatsut expedition. Oqaatsut area offers air and landscapes that are continually rejuvenating themselves. Witness the fruit of the land’s thaw and the beautiful lakes that emerge from it on our way to this picturesque settlement. Once we arrive, we check into our guesthouse and this is a time for you to enjoy yourself and relax. After dinner we can go for an evening wonder and witness local life in the summer.

Day II

The second day of our Oqaatsut expedition involves kayaking. With a little luck, we may even see whales as we kayak between icebergs. Imagine, kayaking through history! Imagine, traveling the same route mail carriers and ancient hunters have done for thousands of years before you arrived. Next, we will have the unique opportunity to swim in the sea of Greenland.
Before returning to Ilulissat, we visit a local home for a typical Greenlandic lunch. 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.

This two-day experience around Oqaatsut is highly recommended. Note that you do not need experience for the hike or the kayak but must be reasonably fit. Our team will brief you on everything you will need to know before-hand. Rest assured, you will be in expert hands.

©photo by: Mads Pihl

Description

Hike to Oqaatsut, spend a night in an ancient Greenlandic village and practice kayak next day

Starting time

9:00 of the Day 1

Departure Point

Operator office (will be detailed in the voucher)

Duration

2 days (1 night). From 9:00 Day 1 till 17:00 Day 2

Return details

Returns to original departure point

 Season

From 1st June to 15th September

AGENDA FOR YOUR ADVENTURE

Oqaatsut is a small traditional settlement of hunters and fishermen (approx. 40 inhabitants) found by whalers in the XVI century, and situated 20 Km North of Ilulissat). The village is accessible by foot, following a trail that allows you to discover the beauty of Greenland’s landscape.

We start driving to the beginning of the Cecilia trail. Day hike to reach Oqaatsut (20km). Enjoy local food for dinner and sleep in this quiet settlement, where only the sound of icebergs calving or dogs hauling break the absolute silence. The overnight is in a traditional old house that has been rebuilt to accommodate travellers.

Next day we start the kayaking tour. We go back to Ilulissat after lunch, by boat.

NOTES

  • Group size: Min 4 – Max 10.
  • Age restrictions: Minimum age: 14 years old.
  • Difficulty: Challenging: good physical shape. Previous experience kayaking isn’t necessary however the hike is a full day (20km) in varied type of terrain and takes 6 to 7 hours).
  • Inclusions: Hiking & kayaking guides, accommodation in Oqaatsut, lunch and dinner Day 1, breakfast and lunch Day 2, kayak technical equipment, kayak tour pictures.
  • Technical equipment provided: kayak, paddles, cockpit cover, Gore-Tex dry suit, life vest, boots, gloves, dry bags and walking poles.
  • 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

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