Traditional Hunting & Camping | Kangerlussuaq | West Greenland

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Duration:
5 days
Languages:
English, Danish
Difficulty:
Moderate
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Minimum age:
16 years old

Join a Greenlandic hunter in the wilderness and experience the traditional way of inland camping and hunting. Here you have the opportunity to feel and learn more about the ways of living that has supported different Arctic hunting cultures. At this camp a minimum of changes has been made due to the fact that you as a visitor are a part of the camp. In other words, you experience a hunting camp as it will be carried out when the hunter and his family are here. For millennia the inland hunting grounds have been the scene for the early caribou hunt. In former days the hunt was essential for getting the fur of caribou, which by weight is the warmest fur obtainable. As well as the antlers which was used for hunting tools. Meat was dried for conservation and could thereby by a food source lasting for winter.

Your guide will hunt, mainly for caribou, meat will be dried, skin scraped or tanned and dried for use as sleeping mats or maybe clothing, we collect wood for cooking and simply live the hunting camp life with all its aspects. Therefore there is also no other itinerary than the day and time for start and end of the tour.

As any indigenous people the Greenlanders used any new commodity that would help ease the way of living. So will we off course in this camp. We might also experiment with tanning methods used by the native Americans or others to get the best possible hide out of the caribou skin.  

The camp is situated just South of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Nipisat-Aasivissuit, with its long history of Arctic cultures who had their hunting grounds in this area for millennia.

Included

Experienced guide
Tents and camping gear
Meals
Local transfer
Cooking gear
Plates and cutlery
Sleeping bag
Sleeping pad
satellite phone brought by tour guide

Activities

Hiking
Wildlife Observation

Attractions

Kangerlussuaq

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Traditional Hunting & Camping | Kangerlussuaq | West Greenland - day 1

Arrival

Drive from Kangerlussuaq to the end of the road. Hiking 8 km to camp. There is a canoe at the lake by the camp. One person may join the guide canoe which will be loaded with all the equipment. The others will follow the 2 km along the shoreline to camp.

Day 2
Traditional Hunting & Camping | Kangerlussuaq | West Greenland - day 2

Hunting

Hunting, scaping/tanning skin, drying meat, collecting firewood, cooking on open fire and all other activities related to a traditional hunting camp. It is northern light season and one night might be dedicated for seeing this amazing spectacle.

Day 3
Traditional Hunting & Camping | Kangerlussuaq | West Greenland - day 3

Northern lights

Hunting, scaping/tanning skin, drying meat, collecting firewood, cooking on open fire and all other activities related to a traditional hunting camp. It is northern light season and one night might be dedicated for seeing this amazing spectacle.

Day 4
Traditional Hunting & Camping | Kangerlussuaq | West Greenland - day 4

Hiking

Hunting, scaping/tanning skin, drying meat, collecting firewood, cooking on open fire and all other activities related to a traditional hunting camp. It is northern light season and one night might be dedicated for seeing this amazing spectacle.

Day 5
Traditional Hunting & Camping | Kangerlussuaq | West Greenland - day 5

Time to say farewell

Packing your belongings and meat obtained. Hike to the road for transport to Kangerlussuaq. The canoe will be used to get the load the first 2 km of the way.

What to bring

Outdoor clothing, preferably 3 layers, warm inner layer, insulating middle layer and wind/water proof outer layer
Good hiking boots
Mosquito net
Prescription medicine if needed

Good to know

Your guide will hunt on his Greenlandic hunting license and is off course subjected to the hunting laws of Greenland. For some reason the Greenlandic government is most often very late at determining how the hunting rules are going to be. The hunt has for many years been from August 1st till end of September or end of October. However it is normally not until July the government announce the hunting regulations for the hunt starting August 1st. The caribou population in the area is considered very high and have been so for many years, so the risk of hunt shut down seems quite small. If the hunt for caribou unexpectedly would be banned, then we will turn towards other game where the hunt would still be open. This could be musk ox, snow hare, ptarmigan or geese.

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