Saturday, March 30, 2013

Weather forecasting

Knowing what the weather is going to do is vital on this trip. I will be a maximum of 85kms from my start point and I need plenty of forewarning of bad weather so I can get back to Tasiilaq before it hits so I don't miss my flight back to Iceland. I have allowed several days extra at the end of the expedition but bad weather can continue for quite some time.
Weather forecasting company have offered to provide my weather forecasts for which I am very grateful. Theyr have a range of forecasts of differing resolutions available and they provide information to leisure sailors, professional mariners and businesses that need the best in forecasting technology. One of the wonderful features of Theyr's forecasts is the ability to click on any spot within the forecast area and have a meteogram for that location appear. Brilliant!

First is a map of the region I will be paddling in as shown by Google Earth.

Below is a map of the Ammassalik district with Theyr wind forecast barbs and colour legend shown.

Then, if I click on a point pretty much in the centre of the map, on the eastern corner of Ammassalik island, I get a meteogram giving details for that point. A very quick and effective way to get an accurate forecast.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Ammassalik region, East Greenland

East Greenland's coastline stretches for 2,500 km from north to south. There are approximately 3,500 people living on this entire Eastern coastline with the majority in the Ammassalik region.

Most of Greenland's 57,000 people live on the West Coast of Greenland. The culture of the East Greenland Inuit is far closer to the original form of subsistence living than in West Greenland.

Thursday, March 28, 2013


When I last visited Greenland, I put together a video of the trip. It might give you some idea why I am compelled to return....
Sea kayaks in Ammassalik