In Ittoqqortoormiit, kayaks aren`t used for hunting any more. But, during the last couple of years, quite a few people in the community have developed an interest in using kayaks for recreational means. Thanks to Destination Eastgreenland and Nanu Travel, providing the equipment needed and an instructor willing to teach us, there has been a week-long paddling/safety course each summer, since 2011.
This year, the main focus of the course was to equip the paddlers who already had some experience, and had been participating in previous years, further more. So that we, in the future, would be able to work as kayak guides, and to teach others in the community about kayaking.
Susanne Jars, “our” inspiring kayak instructor (she`s been coming back to teach us every year), close to Kap Tobin.
On the evening of august 4th, the first supply ship was expected to arrive in Ittoqqortoormiit. We were planning to paddle out to great it. It was due to arrive at about 7 pm.
We weren`t the only people out there!
Many motor boats, with both children and adult passengers, were circling around the ship, celebrating the fact that the supermarket would soon be stocked with fresh and exciting food.
After the “Arina Arctica” and its waves had passed by, we paddled back to take a closer look at the ship.
We felt very small in our kayaks, – as if we were passing by a giant.
For the next 2 days, there would be a few more vehicles in town. These trucks drive the containers from shore to the warehouse and around town. The boat in front of the ship is used to transport the containers to shore.
We coudn`t help but admiring the giant for some more time.
The following afternoon, some of us got the chance to guide tourists on a trip to Walrus Bay, supervised by Susanne. It was a great opportunity to put into practice what we had learned so far.
In front of the tourist office, Susanne handed out diplomas to the participants of this years kayak course (some are missing, since they had to be at work). We now are 4 people (3 of them are in the picture) in Ittoqqortoormiit, who have reached EPP4 (European Paddle Pass Level 4). After an intense week, working at daytime and kayaking in the evening, we felt relieved to have passed the test and reached our goal.