When the temperature drops to below freezing and the water crystallises into a thick layer of ice, the fjords become a frozen expanse for snow adventures, dog sledding and ice fishing.
The practice of ice fishing in Greenland is an age-old cultural tradition, and one that allowed the ancient Inuit to survive in the harshest of conditions. For thousands of years, it was a way of life. Today, ice fishing is a method still active in Greenland’s thriving fishing industry and many fishermen continue to use the original form of transport, dog sledding, to reach choice ice fishing locations on frozen fjords.
The ice fishing equipment needed is relatively simple: you will need a tooq, which is a manual icebreaker tool, or a more advanced drill to bore a hole through the ice. The fishermen will then drop long lines (which can be up to 1000 metres long when commercially fishing) into the water that are laden with heavy iron hooks and weights. A few hours later, it will hopefully take some effort to pull the lines back up as the catch will be heavy.
Deep sea fishing is a unique and special way to experience fishing in Greenland. Here we fish at different depths, from 50 meters to 700 meters depending on the fish we are trying to catch. Sometimes we put a longline (around 300 to 600 meters depth) with over 500 hooks.
We’ll start our Ice Fishing & Dog Sledding Adventure tour, dog sledding all the way to our catching place. Usually we’ll go to a place where the locals are fishing, so you can also see and learn from the experts.
We’ll laugh, chat and share experiences while fishing and maybe even share a cup of hot tea or coffee with them too.
After ice fishing in the cold winter and our dog sledding adventure, we will take the caught fish make a delicious dinner, the traditional way. If we are lucky and fish cod, we will be able to make a few jewelries from the cod’s head.