In August of 2020 I had hoped to join five other paddlers for a 10 day expedition, setting set off from the tiny Inuit village of Kulusuk. We will revisit the plan in 2021.
Kulusuk is home to only 200 people, local Inuit hunters and their families and is is one of only five settlements on the east coast of Greenland. This region is one of the most isolated in the world and is cut-off to access by sea for over half the year. In the summer months the sea ice breaks up, allowing boats to pass between the steep rocky islands in the region.
Our route will be entirely exploratory, the aim being to experience glaciers, iceberg-filled fjords and truly remote camping. We will be completely self supported, carrying all the equipment and food we need. We will collect water from rivers and streams, and aim to find new campsites each evening.
Our planned route goes north from Kulusuk, following the vast fjord network which lies between the steep mountainous islands. Our goals include the Apuseaq Glacier, an impressive calving glacier which gives birth to many of the icebergs which ebb and flow with the tidal currents and winds.
We will then turn east, passing through narrow fjords bordered by 1000m high mountains, aiming for the ice-choked water of the Sermililk Fjord. Finally we will make our way back south to Kulusuk.