The words and pictures on this “About” page are now “history”. I wrote them years ago, shortly after Ingkasi and I got married.
My life changed dramatically when Ingkasi (Johan Aaqqii), my husband, suddenly and unexpectetly died in February 2020. He passed away on a solo hunting trip, out on the land (at Hurry Inlet) that we both loved so much.
I am still trying to pick up the pieces of – me. Of what remains. Everything has changed.
Ittoqqortoormiit, February 2021
My name is Ruth Aaqqii, and I am the owner of “Outside Ittoqqortoormiit & Arctic Wool East Greenland”, a tiny business located in the small community of Ittoqqortoormiit (on most maps spelled “Illoqqortoormiut”, and earlier called “Scoresbysund”, the big red spot on the map below ) in Northeast Greenland.
I offer guided nature tours and sell arctic wool and knitwear.
On this site, I share my passion for arctic living, spending time outside, hunting, hand spinning arctic wool and other topics related to the Arctic in general and Greenland in particular!
Often, my stories include experiences I share with my husband, Johan Aaqqii (also called Ingkasi), who is a Greenlandic hunter.
We both love to be out in nature and enjoy working together in creating guided tours for individuals seeking unique and authentic arctic experiences.
You can read more about our background underneath the following pictures!
Ingkasi was born and raised in Ittoqqortoormiit, and has been living in this community for most of his life. He is a full-time hunter, following in the fotsteps of his father and grandfather. Earlier in life he worked at the office of the local trading company for many years.
In 2001 he gave up that job in order to pursue his dream of becoming a hunter. Ingkasi hunts by dogsled in winter and by boat in summertime. Throughout the year he spends many days and weeks out on the land, depending on where the animals he hunts can be found. He is the owner of 13 Greenlandic dogs.
I, Ruth, grew up in Germany, and went to school to become an office-worker. Shortly thereafter I moved to Norway, decided to pursue my dream of a life close to nature and later studied Outdoor Education and Circumpolar Studies. During my years in Norway I began to fall in love with the Arctic.
In 2006 I moved to Ittoqqortoormiit and have been living here ever since. I enjoy dog-sledding with my 8 Greenlandic dogs, backcountry skiing, hiking and hand spinning Greenlandic wool on long winter nights. I also work as an organist at the Lutheran State Church in Ittoqqortoormiit.
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Thanks for reading!