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Sea kayaking in Disko Bay The author of this article lived in Greenland in his youth. Now, he has returned to see the country again and to enjoy nature from a sea kayak. Here, in his own words, he talks about By Jesper Krage, Edited by greenland today growing up in Greenland and about sailing.

I grew up in Greenland. In the summer of 1971, when I was six years old, I went there with my parents and my little sister. My father was a net mender and he had found employment with a firm that was part of the first big fish bonanza in Greenland. At first, we lived in Rodebay (Oqaatsut), a small settlement north of Ilulissat which in those days had about 100 inhabitants. We lived in a small, 30m2 house with no electricity or running water. The heat came from a stove and we got water by melting ice. My father had a small workshop where he repaired shrimp trawls and he sailed with a small factory ship where he sat on deck and repaired the fishermen’s trawls. We lived in Rodebay all summer. In an autumn storm we sailed with the factory ship to the village of Napasoq south of Maniitsoq. We lived here for 84

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three and a half years before we moved to Ilulissat, where we lived through most of my school years. It was a fantastic time, where I spent just about all my weekends out in nature; in the summer in boats, in the winter on dog sleds. Nature, hunting and fishing were everything to me. When I finished tenth grade, I was told my father had got a job at the North Sea Centre in Hirtshals. I wasn’t ready to move to Denmark, so I got a job with a lumber company, drove my dog sled, sailed and went hunting. After a year, I took a job on a Greenlandic prawn boat. I fished for prawns in West Greenland for two and half years until I decided to move back to Denmark to train as a carpenter. When I finished training I took my girlfriend to Nuuk where I worked as a carpenter for a year. Then it was my girlfriend’s

turn to go to Denmark to train. It was sad saying goodbye to Greenland and I promised myself that I would return some day. Back in a kayak I could never completely let go of Greenland. I would maintain that I thought of Greenland almost every day and I have dreamed of taking a long holiday up there for a long time. I dreamed of buying a motor boat and sailing from Southwest Greenland to Northwest Greenland. Of using an entire summer with plenty of time to explore the coast, to fish and to hunt. Since I have kayaked for several years, the trip turned into a kayak expedition. Since it was not realistic for me to paddle from the south to the north, the plan changed to a five-week kayak adventure in Disko Bay. Disko Bay is a kayaking Mecca. Plenty

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