Slalom between the icebergs...

01.06.2017

 The east cost of Greenland, somewhere in the middle of the icebergs...

Charly's feedback!

 

Means of transport: sea kayak. Number of people: 8.

We set off very early in the morning. The air was bitingly cold but not truly cruel. Wrapped up in our thermal suits, we were toasty warm. Carefully seated in our kayaks in pairs, the Tiniteqilaaq coast grew distant behind us.

 

Our first surprise was the silence...

 

... which was enveloping, almost hypnotic. It was downright impressive, breath taking even. We could hear only the noise of our paddles plunging into the polar waters and the creaking of the ice. And there certainly is a lot of it! A forest of icebergs surrounded us, ranging from tiny to immense.

Lost in the middle of this immaculate field at water level, we felt truly dwarfed, like tiny specks lost in the middle of nowhere. It was a truly memorable experience that left us wide-eyed from the very first day. That night, when we returned to camp to sleep, our heads were crammed full of the sites we had seen.

 

We felt humbled by the power of the elements.

 

The next day we set off for Sermilik Fjord. Our goal was to cross this 120 m long, 10–15 m wide and 1,100 m deep fjord to reach Johan Petersen Fjord. Let's just say it was an unbelievable day. The next day was the same. In our kayaks, we paddled alongside glaciers, discovering fifty different shades of blue and white. Each night we put up our bivouac and wiled away the time listening to the sound of the ice breaking away.

What nature offered us during the ten days of our trip was incredible. We felt humbled by the power of the elements. In particular, on the seventh day we were able to walk a little, and climb the 600 m that separated us from the icecap.

It was incredible!

 

We were only several hundred metres from the second largest ice mass in the world, and we could literally touch the effects of global warming. It was a real wake-up call that stayed with us for several weeks after we returned.

It particularly strikes us when we think back to the Inuits, the hunters and fishermen, who we met and and were able to speak to in Tiniteqilaaq.

 

A great trip and a great adventure. Complete independence to discover astounding landscapes. 

Astuce : pTip: to see other posts on the same region, click on the name of the country underneath the title of the article

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