“I had practiced a bit at home by the beach, so I knew how to stand on such a board. Kathrine had not tried it in the same way. I almost fell in once, but Kathrine fell in three times,” Chanett giggles delightedly. “I was actually a little scared that she would come over and push me in because she thought I should jump into the water and experience it, now that I was wearing a dry suit. I did not agree! No-no! I thought it was probably okay to laugh a little at her, but I made sure to paddle a little further away so she could not reach me and push me in, also. Looking back, it might have been fun to fall into the water. What was the worst that could happen? That I got wet, and that was it, but when I was out there, I really didn’t want to fall in!”
“We were out sailing for three hours, and, for two of those, we were on a paddleboard. Then we sailed around to see if we could spot a whale. We did not see one, but then we experienced the beautiful nature and the ice floes and icebergs in the fjord. We were actually dropped off on an ice floe: thankfully, they came back and picked us up, so that’s good,” Chanett laughs.
Peace of Mind
Chanett’s trips to Greenland have not only been about fun experiences but also about relaxing:
“There is this certain inner peace that Greenland provides. I am not through with experiencing that at all. Our everyday lives are just so full of everything. Everything has to go so fast. And the faster, the better, and you do not get to disconnect. In Greenland, things go as they go. You can’t hurry. Nature sets the framework, and then you have to navigate in that. So I’m not done with Greenland at all. In any way! Just think of all the animals you meet! When do you get to experience a reindeer? Or eagles? And humpback whales and, well, you name it!”
A trip to Nuuk does not just have to be about the great experiences in nature. Many other experiences can make your vacation special. “It is your responsibility to make the trip your own,” says Chanett. “For example, we had a Thai massage, and we went to the cinema, and I have had facials. We have also had nails done, for example. There are many ordinary, everyday things to do in Nuuk. If you want to slow down and relax, you can get a facial. I also went to dinner at Inuk Hostel and tried a reindeer burger. It was pretty cool to taste a reindeer burger. It’s not something you get back home. Or just the fact that you have ice from the Greenland Ice Sheet in your freezer, or that my friend ran up to a colleague to get some minced reindeer meat so she could make chili-con-tuttu!” Tuttu is the Greenlandic word for reindeer.