Greenland sea kayaking tour

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2020: 25 Jul
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Greenland sea kayaking tour

Environment

During our trip, we will be resupplying bottled water with water from natural streams and using water bladders to store our water. This means that we will cut out the use of over 180 plastic bottles.

Greenland is very remote and despite being a huge landmass, it is only inhabited by 56,000 people. It still has basic facilities for treating waste and rubbish. Therefore, we have created our own method to dispose of our rubbish aiming to create a minimum impact on the environment. Among the documentation we will give you, are our rubbish and waste disposal instructions. It will cover everything from plastics and tins to toiletries. You will be asked to carry your own rubbish until such time we can dispose of it properly. Group rubbish, we take it in turns to carry.

Greenland has produced very strong people that have been able not only to live but also thrive in an environment which can be very challenging. Survival has always depended on what the environment has to give which means hunting from small animals to large mammals. Now a days, these traditions continue and are closely monitored with quotas. Tourism can have a very positive impact by demonstrating that wildlife is one of the key reasons for visiting Greenland. In this way, our tour contributes to encouraging the preservation of wildlife.

Community

We collaborate with a French/Greenlandic family in the small village of Oqaatsut. This settlement is the last one for many miles and there are only 24 people living there. In this remoteness, the communities pull together to work on things like fishing, hunting and more mundane but important tasks such as unloading provisions from boats.

In Oqaatsut, the village has come together to create accommodation for tourists that we will be using. We will also eat at the only restaurant for miles around and enjoy a menu of Greenlandic traditional foods. With our stay, the food we will consume and the other facilities we are hiring from this community, we are helping them to make a living in their village, grow their families and benefit from tourism.

In typical Greenlandic tradition, families used to own large packs of dogs which in winter were used to pull sleds on the sea ice. Many of the sleds have now been replaced by modern motorised ones which means the death of a very important way of life and the vanishing of human knowledge of survival in such extreme environments. With the advent of tourism in these remote communities, the inhabitants are creating new businesses by reviving their traditions and keeping their dogs and sleds.

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