Greenland Summer 2019

 

Kayaking expedition to western Greenland

DISKO Bay – a UNESCO world Heritage site

Due to the great interest shown in the 2018 Greenland expeditions, I am delighted to announce that I will be running 2 trips in Summer 2019!

You have a rare opportunity to spend 10 days kayaking and exploring this amazing area, led by myself and ably assisted by either Mike Devlin (July) or Myles Farnbank (August). Both are World Class, highly trained and qualified, Arctic and Antarctic guides so you will be in safe and experienced hands! *

We will be wild camping each evening, totally self-sufficient, with our boats filled to the gunwales with everything we need for this exciting adventure!

This trip is not for the ‘die hard’ expedition sea kayaker (they can organize that themselves!) but for the average, recreational/club paddler who would be about British Canoeing 3 Star sea standard on departure and wishes to experience the Arctic environment with the comfort and security of highly experienced and qualified leaders.

There are only 6 places available on each trip, so register your interest early so as not to be disappointed!

Dates, inclusive of 4 travel days, are:

Wednesday 3rd to Tuesday 16th July

Wednesday 7th August to Tuesday 20th August

Price, exclusive of flights, accommodation** and sundries is £2,850 to include:

2 UK weekends training

10 days coaching & guiding in Greenland

Kayak hire (incl. BA and spraydeck)

All meals (except lunches and personal snacks) and non-alcoholic drinks during the expedition

Communal tent

Emergency satellite communication equipment

Wilderness trained First-aiders and specialist equipment

On-call Doctor

To book your place, you will need to pay a £500 refundable deposit. The balance will be payable by 30th March 2019. (The deposit will be refunded only if both expeditions are full and a replacement can be found).
You will also need to budget for additional expenses including any gear not already owned (4 piece paddle, tent, sleeping mat and bag, personal clothing etc.)***, flights (approx. £1,000 return from LGW to CPH to Ilulissat), UK transfers, 2 nights hotel accommodation in Denmark (approx. £100), 3 nights hostel accommodation in Ilulissat (approx. £120), travel insurance (to include emergency evacuation) , expedition lunches and snacks, and some sundries.

Dates and locations for the UK training weekends are yet to be confirmed but will be in the Spring of 2019. Accommodation and travel for these weekends is not included but will be co-ordinated between the participants and myself. It is desirable to have your own kayak and equipment for the training weekends but, if you are stuck, we will most likely be able to assist (there may be a hire charge).

If desired/required a longer training trip may be organised which will take place in Scotland in 2019 and will be at extra cost and agreed between those wanting/needing to attend and myself.

Skills will need to be assessed for the safety of the whole group aswell as the individual, so, if you want to join the expedition but are NOT of 3* standard then please ask and we can arrange additional training.

The Expedition

We will spend our first night in Greenland in a hostel in Ilulissat before setting off North the next day after packing up our boats. The exact route will be determined by the weather and ice conditions as we progress up along the West Coast. At some point we will make our return trip, hopefully varying the route slightly to explore different bays and glaciers and possibly walking up to the Greenland Ice Cap. As well as having the largest icebergs in Greenland, the area is home to plenty of wildlife on the land and in the sea. Due to the 24hour daylight we will have many hours in which to enjoy it all!

Although the intention is to paddle most days, clearly, we will also want to spend some time exploring the interior to visit old settlements and view the ice cap close up.

As a rule, the climate in summer is very settled and the sea calm, however, the weather and conditions will be monitored daily to maximise our experience of this amazing environment.

On our return to Ilulissat, we will unpack the boats and enjoy a farewell meal and last night in the hostel, before heading off home or onwards (for those who may choose to extend their visit to the island) the next day.

Notes

*             Howard Jeffs holds the Mountaineering Instructors Certificate, is a British Canoeing Level 5 Sea Coach and ISKGA Advanced Guide

Mike Devlin is a British Canoeing Level 5 Coach and has been a Chief Leader for British Exploring

Myles Farnbank is a British Canoeing Level 4 Sea Coach, ISKGA Advanced Guide, Fellow of The Royal Geographical Society and a Master Educator of Leave No Trace

**           Guidance and assistance will be given with choosing and booking both Ilulissat and Copenhagen accommodation and flights, but as I am not ABTA or ATOL registered I am unable to offer an inclusive package

***        Guidance will be given on what kit to bring/buy at the training weekends. Some items may be able to be borrowed or discounts obtained on bulk orders.

Guide Biographies

Howard Jeffs

Howard Jeffs has been involved in the outdoors all his life, wandering the Welsh hills from a very early age. In 1983 he became the youngest person to hold the British Canoe Union Level 5 Coach (Sea) award and in the following year obtained the same accolade holding the Mountaineering Instructors Certificate. He works for Wilderness Scotland during the summer as a lead sea kayak guide, and recently became one of the small number of International Sea Kayak Guides Association ‘Advanced Guides’.

His love for the coast and mountains of Scotland is well known and he has been fortunate to lead groups to many corners of the globe. This will be his sixth visit to the Arctic, having lead trips for Ice Warrior, BSES and worked as a safety guide for the BBC Cold Planet series.

 

Mike Devlin

Mike is a lifelong adventurer, having followed a career in the outdoor industry. 

From the age of 11 he has taken part in, instructed and guided in a wide range of outdoor sports from Mountaineering, Rock Climbing, Down Hill and Cross Country Skiing, Caving and Canoeing. 

Over the years he has spent much time in the mountains and on the rivers and seas of Europe, North America and Canada.  He has worked with Young People using the outdoors as both a learning and development platform, having lead trips to the Himalaya, Africa, Norway, North America, and Svalbard. In 1988 /9 he was involved in the first circumnavigation of East Falkland.

Mike has spent considerable time kayaking in both the Arctic and Antarctic, having paddled and explored areas of Svalbard, East Greenland, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula.

Recently retired as British Canoeing’s UK Director of Coaching, Mike holds the highest level of coaching award, Level 5, awarded by them. He was also a chief Leader for British Exploring, for whom he has led two major youth expeditions to Northern Norway and Svalbard where Mountaineering and Sea kayaking were the major activities.

Mike retains his interest in and involvement in paddling and the mountain environment. He spends as much time as possible either in boats or in the mountains, regularly skiing (downhill and cross country) and mountaineering throughout Scandinavia, Europe and North America, both on and off piste.

 

Myles Farnbank

Myles is an experienced wilderness guide with many years of sea kayaking, canoeing, sailing and mountaineering in some of the worlds wildest places. 

His day job is as Head of Guides & Training for the award winning adventure travel company Wilderness Scotland.

He is a qualified Marine Wildlife Guide and Trainer for the WiSe Marine Wildlife Watching Scheme.

He is an Associate Instructor at Sport Scotland’s National Centre at Glenmore Lodge and runs a range of paddlesport training and assessment courses in Sea Kayak and Open Canoe.

He is an Advanced Guide and Module provider for The International Sea Kayak Guide Association (ISKGA). 

He is passionate about sea kayak & canoe expeditioning and has paddled in many varied locations from Antarctic Peninsula, Greenland, Baffin Island, Norway, Sweden, Sardinia, Croatia, Austria, France, Canada, Madagascar, New Zealand, West and East coast USA as well as extensively in his home waters of Scotland.

In recent years he has been providing consulting services to adventure travel businesses and DMO’s around the world. To date Namibia, Ireland, Armenia, Georgia, Croatia, Macedonia, Norway and Kyrgyzstan. 

 

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