If you are sailing without a guide, for example in a kayak or another kind of vessel, there are major risks associated with rapidly rising ‘fjord winds’ or storms. In summer, in Greenland’s deep fjords, strong winds can occur that move down the fjord due to thermal differences – even on days that otherwise seem to have quiet weather. If you are surprised by a fjord wind, you should seek shelter on the coast as soon as possible, e.g. in a bay. You should be aware of the physical form of the coast, as strong onshore winds, islets and a coast full of large rocks can be a very dangerous combination.
The same can be said of the sometimes rapid build-up of low pressure that can cause the weather to change to stormy and rainy within a short time.
You should always have an Arctic Survival Suit on or with you, if you are sailing in small open vessels, and always have a GPS device with you that can make emergency calls.