Scoresby Sound: orca, Vikings, and kayaks

There are places around the world that are better known than Scoresby Sound. In fact, just about any place you name is more likely to be recognised by a random person than Scoresby Sound, but this body of water is one of the most amazing places that I have ever been.

As the name unambiguously suggests Scoresby Sound is a sound and it’s located in Greenland. The easiest and perhaps the only way for the average person to get there is first by flying to Iceland and then making a boat journey to Greenland. This trip is not for the faint-hearted and although I consider myself something of an adventurer (I must admit that my self-image of a bit of an Indiana Jones figure isn’t that close to the truth, but I am probably more willing to take risks in nature and when travelling than your average person), there were moments where I felt meek and helpful in the face of nature.

There was no way I could do this trip alone—my preferred way to experience nature—so I went as part of an organised tour to Scoresby Sound. With ice bergs and orca floating and swimming around you definitely shouldn’t risk it and most certainly need to go with a professional! But despite the danger—and in the right hands there really isn’t too much—it was the most unforgettable trip of my life.

The sound had been discovered by Vikings sailing westward some thousand years ago and during our week-long trip our guide pointed out former Viking settlements. Of course there wasn’t too much left to see, but what amazed me most was just contemplating what it would have been like some thousand years ago to be travelling in a small longboat, sailing through frozen seas not knowing what one would find or even where one really was. I was humbled at the thought of the collective maritime knowledge of the Vikings.

And even though I was a bit frightened when I saw orca in the water not too far from me that was by far the highlight of the trip. For anyone who fancies a proper adventure and isn’t afraid of the cold, Scoresby Sound is the place to go!

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