Saturday, June 1, 2013
About 3 years ago I was wandering through the web and came across a website called Seakayakadventures. http://www.seakayakadventures.webeden.co.uk/
It talked about sea kayak trips in East Greenland led by a fellow called Martin Rickard. I had long wanted to go to Greenland and this seemed like a possibly worthwhile way of doing it.
The images and video on Martin's website certainly looked pretty good! I have a reluctance to join commercial trips as there is always the possibility that it becomes so controlled and regimented that the essence of the location is lost. Not so with Martin's trips.
Secondly, it means that people that sign up with Martin get as close to true Greenland nature and culture as possible. It does not feel like a commercial trip at all. More like a group of friends being led by another friend that just happens to know that part of Greenland like the back of his hand.
Anyway, after a bit of to'ing and fro'ing of emails we decided that it was worth the 45 hour travelling time to get there!
Martin's leadership style is relaxed and gentle but still firm and competent. Just the way it should be. The trip with him was unforgettable and inspiring and I would urge any mildly adventurous paddler to seriously consider signing up with his company. You won't regret it.
His prices are extremely reasonable compared to other companies that offer commercial trips in the region and the equipment he supplies is top notch. Good British kayaks, paddles, spraydecks, pfds etc. All good stuff and well maintained.
Sooo, as they say, just do it!