Kayaking Greenland's Arctic Riviera
An Exclusive Paddling Expedition in the Remote Fjords of East Greenland
This epic adventure should be on every serious paddler's A-list! For more than two decades our Expedition Leaders have been among the few to guide commercial kayak expeditions to the Tasiilaq/Sermilik fjord complex on Greenland's wild east coast. Without exception, everyone who has joined us has been awed by this truly pristine wilderness. Greenland's landscape in high summer is glorious: Arctic wildflowers burst into color in verdant meadows. Lowbush blueberries invite picking. Icebergs glitter in the Midnight Sun. Along our journey we visit local Inuit communities and explore old Eskimo ruins. Beneath the protection of high mountains that tower over deep fjords, we enjoy some of the best kayaking conditions in the Arctic!
- Join the select few to paddle Sermilik Fjord – one of the largest in Greenland – on our exclusive voyage!
- Weave your kayak through tidal channels, iceberg alleys and narrow fjords flanked by monolithic peaks
- Enjoy authentic cultural encounters with local Inuit and discover the history of one of the planet's hardiest traditional peoples
Why Choose Natural Habitat for Your Greenland Adventure?
While Greenland is still a very out-of-the-way destination for adventure travelers, several operators who run trips here, most based aboard small cruise ships. Though any experience of Greenland is sure to be exciting, we’re convinced that more intrepid travelers should embrace the raw beauty and allure of this Arctic wilderness under their own power in a very small group. Learn more about what makes our Greenland expedition so distinctive:
- An Exclusive Itinerary — We Go Where No One Else Does
Natural Habitat Expeditions is the world’s only company to offer this unique itinerary into exceptionally remote realm known for its huge icebergs, whales, and views of the Greenland Ice Cap. While other outfitters offer Greenland expeditions, none have the experience and safety expertise to lead groups into the single most impressive portion of Greenland's legendary east coast: the mighty Semilik Fjord complex.
- An Expeditionary Point-to-Point Route
Our itinerary is a classic “A-to-B-style" expedition, a point-to-point journey of discovery that encompasses a variety of Arctic landscapes from the outer fjord system near the Denmark Strait to the intricate maze of inlets near the Ice Cap. Rather than returning to the same base camp each night, our linear route allows us a more diverse and thorough encounter with the region as we anticipate what lies ahead at each turn.
- A Small-Group Wilderness Immersion
We take a maximum of just 12 travelers — and for groups larger than six, we travel with two Expedition Leaders, ensuring a strong commitment to safety and a high level of personalized attention from your guides. To experience Greenland’s dramatic coast in this manner, rather than with a hundred or more other guests all going ashore in motorized Zodiacs, is a markedly different experience. Furthermore, our trip requires no cooking assistance from guests—our high guide-to-guest ratio means our leaders take care of KP duty.
- Round-Trip Helicopter Flight from Kulusuk to Tasiilaq
Here's a Nat Hab exclusive: To expedite our arrival on Ammassalik Island and the start of our hiking and paddling expedition, we fly via helicopter from Kulusuk to East Greenland’s small administrative capital of Tasiilaq. It’s a faster and more reliable mode of transportation than going via boat, and it offers a great chance to spot whales from the air.
- A Taste of Contemporary Greenland Culture
We are the only sea kayaking outfitter that spends a night going and coming in Tasiilaq, the remote capital of far-flung East Greenland. Here, we’ll enjoy an encounter with Tasiilaq's people and culture and learn about their history with a visit to the town’s museum. Most visitors never get to Tasiilaq; our overnight stays afford an opportunity to meet the locals, appreciate their traditions, and gain insight into the challenges and rewards of life in modern Greenland.
- Unmatched Depth of Greenland Guiding Experience
Our company and guides have more East Greenland kayaking experience than any other outfitter in the world. Our CEO, Chief Exploratory Officer Olaf Malver, pioneered commercial paddling trips on Greenland’s east coast, and we’ve been leading expeditions here since 1988, including many historic “firsts.” No one matches our depth of experience when it comes to keeping our travelers safe. These are potentially dangerous waters, with strong currents and laden with ice—highly experienced kayaking guides are essential, and our Greenland Expedition Leaders are the best in the business. We know that a nature adventure is only as good as the guide at the helm, so we’re committed to providing the very best! See Expedition Leader bios with traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
- The Best Expeditionary Equipment
As part of our unwavering commitment to safety and comfort, we use the best and most up-to-date expedition kayaks available on the market, as well as top-of-the-line safety gear, tents and camping equipment. Our gear is meticulously maintained, reducing the chance for unexpected mishaps as we travel. When safety counts, only the best will do—and not every outfitter provides it.
- Our Quality Guarantee Ensures Your Outstanding Greenland Adventure
With Natural Habitat Expeditions, you receive our exclusive guarantee, clearly stating that we will meet the lofty expectations we set in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise.
- Feel Good About the Way You Travel
We all care about the planet, and on this adventure you can travel knowing that the emissions from your trip are 100% carbon-offset — Natural Habitat is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company.
- Natural Habitat is WWF's Travel Partner
Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our worldwide adventures, we have been chosen by World Wildlife Fund -- the world's leading environmental conservation organization -- as its worldwide travel partner, a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
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