Greenland and its operators can accommodate a large range of possible activities in different locations. Guided Sightseeing while Stand Up Paddling around the cities for a few hours is a classic offering. However, the possibility to customise a trip is endless: evening or midnight sun tours in the summer, whale watching or doing yoga while on paddleboards, and even watching the northern lights dancing while sitting on your board can be arranged in Nuuk and Sisimiut.
The most iconic SUP tours in Nuuk are those in the Icefjord organised by Nuuk Water Taxi between May and September. After two hours of sailing from Nuuk, the boat will drop you as close as possible to the glacier depending on the ice conditions on the way. You will hence be able to enjoy a magnificent landscape of calm waters, icebergs, and mountains all around you, safely supervised by a guide on the board and another one from the boat. As you watch the icebergs turning from afar from your board, and as your body is balancing in tune with the sea, you will realise how unforgettable this experience is for the body, mind and soul.
Paddling towards the iconic mountain Sermitsiaq also offers a breathtaking view.
Nuuk Water Taxi also offers a ‘SUP Classic’ Tour in the Colonial Harbour during the summer months (April – September) with a departure on shore from the wooden pontoon.
You may also try Stand Up Paddling on the calm lake Nalungguarfik in Sisimiut, where the famous Nasaasaq mountain and the cultural center Taseralik will grace your view. The founder of Black Ravens in Sisimiut includes in all its beginner classes a briefing about safety procedures – such as towing practice and techniques to help a tired SUPer to get back on this board.
There is possibility to go Stand Up Paddling among the icebergs in Ilulissat with Ilulissat Adventure.
In the future, there are possibilities for SUP experiences all over Greenland.
Safety precautions for SUP
More than anywhere else, safety is crucial to ensure a magnificent SUP experience in Greenland. Because SUP is easy, but if you are not an experienced SUPer choosing a guided tour including suitable equipment like drysuit, boots, life jackets, and radios, along with experienced guides, will ensure a completely safe and breathtaking adventure.
The weather conditions and the water temperature could represent a risk if suitable safety equipment are not properly used. Being attached to the board by the leash is not enough. Should you fall into the water, the board can deflate – therefore, a life jacket is a necessary precaution in case of accidents.
Furthermore, you will be practicing SUP in a water temperature below 7°C. Due to the cold your body will burn an important number of calories. It is therefore imperative to keep your body heat by wearing a drysuit, gloves and proper boots. The latter will additionally prevent water from entering the drysuit and will give extra protection to the latex feet part of the suit.
Also consider the importance of a follow boat with a certified skipper in case of currents, tiredness, or changes in the weather conditions. Your guides must be experienced in exercising watersports in various and sometimes harsh conditions to ensure a safe execution of these outstanding experiences.
Dry safe fun in Arctic waters
Full of your newly gained self-confidence and protected by your drysuit, you will soon start reconsidering your approach to cold water. Falling and even jumping in the water surrounding you can be fun and risk free. Do not miss the chance to take a unique swim in the Arctic waters in the middle of icebergs. Jump from your board and challenge your friends and family knowing that you will remain dry at all times, and will only and very lightly feel the cold through the suit. Being in the water is fully part of the excitement. Challenge yourself, test the equipment and expend the field of possibilities, for this experience to remain as no others.
Greenland is a unique place in the world offering a wide range of activities with water and ice – and you just have to try it.