For the cultural self-conscious Greenlander wining the dog-sledge race is the most precious price you can get. There is held qualification races around the cost and a giant national championship where the qualified dog packs are flown or shipped in to the town hosting the championship. The winner is lifted in the air sitting on the dog-sledge. As a sport it is all about training and breading and handling of the dogs.
With the unforgiving natural environment of Greenland it is hosting nothing less but what is the world's toughest cross-county ski race and number 5 on the list of world’s toughest long distance races overall.
It is a 160 kilometres ski race done over three days held near Sisimiut north of the arctic circle, the little extra on top of the skiing itself is that you will sleep in tents out in the freezing arctic wilderness routines in cold environment is an great help as there is lots of does and don’ts under extreme cold. A must is a sleeping back with comfort temp of -30 °C.
The equipment list is long and can be seen at the race homepage.
Package containing transports via. Copenhagen airport is the most common for participants from abroad.
Sea Kayaking in part has its origin in Greenland waters. The Inuit are still excellent kayakers, and actively using kayas in hunting expeditions - at least in the north. Check museums and cultural centres in the places you visit for further insights. Many places have kayak clubs.
Recreational kayaking and kayak competitions is till very much in evidence.
For visiting tourists, kayak rentals are possible in many places.
Equipment: All equipment should be available with a good kayak rental place or bona fide outfitter.
While you can get out and go hiking just about everywhere on Greenland, certain areas are more attractive than others due to proximity to settlements/airports etc.
While in principle hiking can be done wherever there’s a green patch the following areas seem to be most suitable:
- The Kangerlussuaq area
- The Ilulissat area, north as well as south of the Kangerlua
- The long Kangerlussuaq-Sisimiut trek
- Disko Island outside Ilulissat
- The southern fjords with their the Nordic settlements.
In the southern areas there is a system of hikers' lodges, "vandrerhjem" which makes the logistics and packing for hiking easy.
For some of the other areas there are books and simple guides available.
Hiking can be though going in Greenland due to swollen glacial rivers, masses of mosquitos (in the southern birch brush areas), rain and potentially miserable weather. You need to run your "project" independently - rescue service is limited, or to join an organised group tour.
Equipment: Sturdy backpack.
Hiking boots fit for wet conditions and slickrock.
First aid equipment suitable for falling accidents.
Sea kayaking is difficult and dangerous in the immediate vicinity of the Icefjord due to tipping icebergs and flood waves.
Tourist agencies in Ilulissat will organize a kayak trip for you if you ask; there are nice areas south of the Icefjord. On the Ilulissat side, the little community Quatsuut/Rode Bay has a guest house of sorts called H8 (!) run by a German woman, very friendly and helpful, operating out of Ilulissat. They have kayaks for rent or as integrated part of their activities. Rode Bay is in a fairly sheltered fjord, and the ice consist only of bergy bits, not big ice bergs. See photo.
Equipment: Unless you're really serious about it, do not bring any equipment. Kayak outfitters will have what you need.
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