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Greenland 2022 – Second Home by the Sea…

I’ve visited Greenland a number of times, but always to ski and climb.  The sea terrified me, but I was about to spend my next trip sat on my backside in a kayak.  What had changed..?

The reason I ended up on my arse is pure chance.  I was working on a P&O cruise ship touring the Norwegian Fjords and we docked at Bergen.  I joined a day trip kayaking on an inlet close by and there met Laila Reigstad.  We got on like a house on fire and stayed in touch, exchanging all kinds of thoughts and ideas about kayaking, but I was a complete novice and needed guidance.  Laila filled me with confidence and offered to train me and so eventually I ended up to my backside in the sea.  Sadly Covid came and put all our ideas on ice, but now we can travel again, Ice is where we’ve been.

Whilst the UK was baking, I headed north to the land of the Nanook to cool down. I met fellow paddlers Christian and Ketil in Copenhagen, before we crossed the seas to Greenland.

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Home by the Sea…

Training is vital to successful expedition work.  I’ve always believed in ‘Serving Your Apprenticeship’ and have recently returned from a week Sea Kayaking in the Norwegian Fjords.

A chance meeting when working on a P&O cruise ship has taken me down a whole new avenue of traveling and expeditions.  I’ve paddled canoes and kayaks on and off for years, but never thought I’d be preparing for a trip to the fjords of Greenland this year.

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