When was the kayak invented?

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What could be nicer than traveling with the original - the Qajaq (kayak). It was invented by the Inuit and it is still the best of all watercraft to travel Greenland today. You are not as independent with any other boat. Regardless of whether it is shallow water or deep fjords. The kayak is robust, seaworthy and it fits a lot. So it made sense that we opted for two kayaks. Because this is the only way to get to remote places that we could neither on foot nor with another boat and that only with muscle power. With the kayak we are very close: You feel every wave, the wind and the sun - the sea is alive. And yes, it can get cold, sometimes it's dangerous and some days we paddle until exhausted.

The real Greenland kayaks consist of a wooden or bone frame and are covered with seal skin or canvas. The Inuit used it for hunting. On our trip we are traveling with a “Seayak” and a “Kodiak” from Prijon. They are certainly not the fastest kayaks. But robust and safe. We bought both boats used in Greenland. The Kodiak had a hole that we repaired with a welding iron and a stainless steel mesh. The Seayak is over 20 years old. The HTP material is ideal for our purposes. Almost indestructible. Landing on rocky ground is not a problem. A few scratches don't bother the lower part of the ship. Repairable if necessary. This is so important because we have a lot of material and food with us. The boats are heavily loaded and sometimes we have to pull the boats ashore quickly over rocks. It is absolutely crucial that we are safe in our boats. Both are stable in the water, even when the waves are high. The boats always make us feel good. Both are equipped with a foot control system. This is important in cross winds.

Daily stages: With an average speed of 5 km / h you are not particularly fast, but fast enough to experience the country intensively. Headwind and countercurrent water can reduce the forward speed to 0 km / h. Tail wind makes it a lot easier. We drive daily stages between 20 and over 50 kilometers - the best is 30. The secret for energy-saving progress is little wind and checking the tide table. The early bird catches the worm, because the wind freshen up regularly during the day.

What does everything fit in the kayak? Incredibly much. Two trekking backpacks, supplies for approx. 3 weeks, tent, stove and clothes. At Cape Farvel we also had a rifle and a polar bear alarm bridle on board. My Kodiak has a deck pocket on the front for a water bottle, energy bar, GPS, and photo equipment.

Every now and then you have to navigate passages across the open sea along the coast. That is demanding in wind and waves. Therefore, the weather check is extremely important.

We have equipped the footwell with insulating material because the water temperature (3 - 4 degrees) can cool down quite a bit. We're in dry suits. The art lies in choosing the right clothing under the dry suit. Too warm is very bad. Then you overheat quite quickly.