Whale watching and Sealing

Sealing

From the ports of Ilulissat or Oqaatsut we sail by boat to an area north of Oqaatsut settlement to spot seals. Along the way, there’s a great chance we’ll meet fin, humpback, Greenland and minke whales, the latter colloquially known as the “herring beater”. We sail among huge icebergs in an endless variety of formations and colors.

On our passage through the beautiful landscape we’ll enjoy a hot cup of coffee or tea. If we happen to hunt down a seal, we take it home to the settlement so we can sample seal meat at its best. The skin? Well, we draw lots to see who keeps that. And the lucky one can have the skin tanned at home and hang it on the wall as a treasured memento of the trip.

EXTRA INFORMATION
The presence of whales and seals in its coastal waters is the main reason why Kalaallit Nunaat - Greenland - is inhabited. For generations, our ancestors have caught and eaten of the sea's bounty. The skins are used for clothing, blankets and decoration and the blubber provides fuel to heat houses. Seal hunting is still important, but not to the same extent as before, though the meat remains a central ingredient of Greenlandic dishes and essential provisions.
For our trips we try to coordinate with local fishers and sailors for tips on where the whales are on a given day. The boat trip takes maximum 4 hours. There is a 95% rate of spotting whales on our trip.

HUNTING LICENSE
To actively participate in the hunt for seal, a hunting license is required, which can be purchased from the police. A hunting license is not included in the price.

GOOD ADVICE
Wear warm clothes - even in summertime.

Difficulty: Easy


Minimum number of participants: 7

Maximum number of participants: 12

Price: DKK 1150,-

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