From the Archive: Greenland Sea Kayaking

Sea kayaking Guide    Solan Jenkins    - in red kayak - guiding clients, east coast of Greenland. © www.thomaspickard.com

Sea kayaking Guide Solan Jenkins - in red kayak - guiding clients, east coast of Greenland. © www.thomaspickard.com

Sea kayaking has a long history in Greenland, dating back some 4,000 years. It is believed that the kayak came to Greenland from Russia, via North America. Once in Greenland, the Inuit made the kayak their own, constructing them out of driftwood and seal skins.

Fast forward to today and the long culture of making traditional sea kayaks still exists in Greenland. In remote communities seal skin covered sea kayaks are still used for hunting and travel during the summer months and are a common sight around coastal communities.

For adventurous visitors, sea kayaking provides incredible moments like this - quietly paddling past an iceberg, on a cobalt blue day without a breath of wind.