About

Welcome!

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.

Ittoqqortoormiit

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.

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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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Questions, comments? Let me know!

Thanks for reading!

39 thoughts on “About

  1. Dear Ruth and Ingase, thank you for the beautiful site and photos! Merry Xmas and happy New Year! Arne Øland (former teacher and almost neighbor two years ago, when my two sons and I used the house of Elin)

    • Dear Arne,
      “neighbour” 🙂 thanks for your comment, – good to hear from you!
      We hope you´ve had a nice Christmas!
      Juuddimi pidduaritsi og Godt Nytår!
      Greetings, Ingkasi and Ruth

  2. Just wanted to tell you that your blog is amazing and unique in its own way. I look forward to reading more and learning about your culture. Greetings from Iceland and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  3. I love your site! Beautiful photos and excellent story. Thank you for sharing it through your blog. I’m so happy to know someone in East Greenland. Wow, it’s so fun to be in contact with people all over the world through blogging. Keep up the great work!

    • Thanks for reading and reblogging! I am looking forward to learn more about Korea 🙂 on your blog. I`ve known, I think, two people from South-Korea at some point in my life, when staying at a L´Abri Fellowship. But know, living in a isolated place in the Arctic, contact to people from other countries has to happen online! I´m glad that`s possible 🙂

      • Thank you for your reply. It’s great to be in connect with you in Greenland. I’m also happy to be able to know you across the miles. It’s great to be touch. Look forward to keeping in touch.:)

  4. Hey Ruth,
    My name is Idrissia, I´m French (born in Morocco) but I live and work in Greenland too (I´m in West Greenland, Nuuk).
    Nice blog and amazing pictures 🙂 I will follow your adventures with great pleasure. Keep up the good work.
    Greetings from Nuuk

    • Good to hear from you! We have some friends in Nuuk, and I hope we´ll be able to visit there again some time… It´s amazing how people from different countries end up in Greenland 🙂

  5. Hi! I just stumbled here and must say that you have a beautiful space 🙂 the pictures are so stunning and exotic! Looking forward to reading more about your adventures!
    ‘Waves’ from sunny Singapore 🙂

  6. Hi! I love your blog, it’s really informative and the pictures are wonderful! Really hope to read more of your life in Greenland!

  7. Hi Ruth and Ingkasi, thank you for the fascinating blog! I am currently conducting research on subsistence hunting (and whaling in particular) in Greenland and have just returned home from Nuuk where I had the chance to interview some people. However, it would be interesting to hear from someone who lives in a more remote location and is more reliant on hunting. Would it maybe be possible to conduct a Skype interview with you two, or even communicate via email, in the coming weeks? If you’re at all interested in talking to me about the topic, since I’m sure I would learn a lot from you, please email me at: mimi.massala (at) student.uva.nl or contact me via Facebook. Best regards and have a lovely spring, Mimi

  8. Hello vediseir, – thank you so much, that is very encouraging! A few weeks ago, Rosh (darlynnrosh.wordpress.com) nominated me for the Liebster Award as well 🙂 I just haven`t respondet to it yet. I was planning to nominate you, too! I guess I have to answer 22 questions now, istead of 11 🙂

  9. Hello Ruth and Johan! My name is Justine Ammendolia, I am a 23 year old Zoology student from Toronto, Ontario and I fellow outdoors lover! I just wanted to say outstanding blog, your images are amazing! I read that you occasionally take out tourists and I will be visiting Greenland in July. If it is possible to contact you for a travel opportunity and advice that would be fantastic, my email is jammendo@uoguelph.ca . Thank you kindly and I anticipate any correspondence! Best, Justine

    • We cook it in quite big pieces, often together with rice and onion, that way we get a soup out of it as well… this very popular greenlandic meal is called “suaasa”. Different people prefer different parts of a seal 🙂 I would say, too me, the ribbs are the best cut!

  10. Hi Ruth,

    I just came across these photos while researching a cultural history of the polar bear (for the University of Washington Press). Naturally, I’ll be giving plenty of space in this to indigenous practices and beliefs regarding polar bears. And while I have quite a few historical illustrations of the hunt, I lack a contemporary image — especially of a “traditional” hunt, including a dog team. In short, I’d love to include one of your fine photos in the book. In case you wonder about its “orientation: I have a degree in cultural anthropology (from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks); I also live in rural Alaska and am familiar with and embrace local subsistence activities that include hunting. I think it is important for “outsiders” to understand that other people have differing perspectives of this animal and animals in general, and with this book, hope to contribute to their understanding.

    Please get in touch if you’re interested or would like to know more. I’d really appreciate that:

    nedludinmoab@yahoo.com

    Best,
    Michael Engelhard
    (in Nome, Alaska)

  11. Aluu Ruth
    Thanks for sharing your life with us, along with Gary.s blog we can get an insightful perspective of life in Ittoqqortoormiit.
    Having been on my” to go before I die” list for some time now I intend to visit Ittoqqortoormiit in March 2016.

    Inussiarnersumik inuulluaqqusillunga

    Chris

  12. Hey Ruth,

    I hope you don’t mind me getting in touch, I work at Renegade Pictures which is a TV production company based in London.

    We have just been commissioned a sixth series of ‘Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild’ which airs on Channel 5 (UK) and BBC Worldwide (International). We are in the process of looking for people around the world to feature in the new series and I came across your incredible blog. I wanted to know if I could talk to you in a little more detail if it’s something you are potentially interested in.

    The series overview: Adventurer Ben Fogle gets a taste of extreme escapism by spending time in some of the world’s most remote locations. He immerses himself into the lives of those who have turned their backs on the daily grind and who now inhabit these beautiful corners of the planet. Our intrepid guide also wonders whether these extraordinary individuals and their incredible experiences might tempt him to move his own family out of London and away from the comforts of the city.
    It doesn’t matter if they are individuals, couples or families; just extraordinary people who have left a life of comfort and convenience and now live a challenging but incredibly fulfilling existence in far-flung corners of the globe. The series is an inspirational one that will open the eyes of the viewer to a new way of living.

    My contact details are below so please do not hesitate to get in touch. Alternately if you know others who also might be interested I am more than happy for you to pass this message on.

    Email:sophie.oliver@renegadepictures.co.uk
    Skype: sophie-oliver
    Phone: +44 (0)207 449 3293

    Best,

    Sophie

  13. Hej Ruth
    Håber at det går jer godt i det dejlige Grønland
    Hils dem jeg kender og håber at i må få en glædelig Jul og godt nytår
    Jeg kan se at der er flere af dine hunde som er meget røde er det efter Traktor ?
    Hilsen Tommy Jensen

    • Hej Tommy, godt at høre fra dig! Ja, vi kom godt ind i det nye år. Hvordan går det med dig? – Det er kun en af minde røde hunde som er i familie med Traktor. Det er Kaju, som du mødte da han var helt ung, han er født i 2007 🙂 Han blev min yndlingshund, efter at Traktor døde. Han ligner meget sin far, og det bliver nok svært for mig at skille mig af med ham, når han ikke længere kan være med til at trække… Mange hilsen fra Ruth

  14. Hallo Ruth, gerade habe ich euren Blog entdeckt. Gratuliere zu dieser tollen Idee. 2011 hatte ich das Vergnügen in
    Itto zu zelten, von euch für vier Tage auf eine Insel gebracht zu werden und von dir Interessantes zu erfahren. Ich erinnere mich dankbar an diese schöne Zeit bei euch.
    Das ist nun schon wieder 64 Monate her – eine lange Zeit; jetzt bin ich 63. Mal schauen, ob ich es in meinem Leben noch einmal schaffe zu euch zu kommen. Ich habe große Sehnsucht.
    Alles Liebe und Gute für euch beide. Kommt gut ins Jahr 2017! Bleibt gesund und munter.!
    Herzliche Grüße von Hans-Martin

    • Vielen Dank für Deine Nachricht! Ja, ich erinnere mich noch gut an Dich und die Überfahrt nach Kap Steward. Auch, dass Du dort eine Menge Moschuswolle gesammelt hast! Schön wäre es, Dich hier noch einmal wiederzusehen. Ab dem 1.1.2017 sind die Flüge wieder etwas günstiger geworden, von Akureyri in Nordisland ist man in 1-2 Stunden in Constabel Pynt. Wir wünschen auch Dir Alles Gute für`s Neue Jahr!!

  15. Hallo Ruth und Johan,
    ich freue mich sehr über eure Rückmeldung. Danke für den hilfreichen Tipp
    zum Thema Flugverbindung und Preis. Eine Reise zu euch muss ich mir unbedingt noch einmal gönnen. Wir bleiben in Kontakt.
    Ich habe von dir, Ruth, ein Tondokument gespeichert, dass ich vom NDR aufgenommen habe. Im Rahmen der
    Sendung “Hamburger Hafenkonzert” hast du dem Redakteur ein Interview über deine / euere Lebensbedingungen gegeben.
    Wenn ich das Dokument in meinen Dateien wiedergefunden habe, dann schicke ich es dir, falls du es nicht schon hast.
    Ganz herzliche Grüße,
    euer Hans-Martin

    • Hallo Hans-Martin, diesen Kommentar habe ich jetzt erst gelesen. An das Interview kann ich mich noch erinnern, ich habe es aber nie gehört. War es nicht von Besetzungsmitglieder der Dagmar Aaen gemacht? Also, bei Gelegenheit kannst Du es mir gerne zuschicken. Herzliche Grüsse, Ruth

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