Adventurers kayak from Greenland to Scotland in epic trip

Two men have been on the adventure of a lifetime after they completed a gruelling 1,200 mile journey in their kayak from Greenland to Scotland.

George Bullard and Olly Hicks paddled for 66 days to reach the Scottish shoreline, their aim was to show that the sea journey could have been made by Inuit’s back in the 17th and 18th centuries in kayaks made from sealskins and wood.

Olly Hicks took inspiration from a story of an Inuit man who came ashore at Belhelvie in the 1700s. The man was found on the shore near Aberdeen, and sadly died from exhaustion a few days later with his seal skin kayak still being held at the University of Aberdeen. There have been many tales of Inuit’s coming ashore in the Orkney Islands for at least 250 years.

Olly and George set out on this remarkable journey from Greenland on July 1st and paddled to Iceland before heading across an area of open ocean known as ‘The Devil’s Dance Floor’, before carrying on to the Faroe Islands before heading to North Rona, a small island off the northern Highland coastline. They finally came ashore this Sunday when they reached Balnakeil Bay near Durness in Sutherland.

Olly had this to say;

“Overall the expedition was like the curates egg – good in parts. It was a really tough trip physically and perhaps more so mentally, but we’re both delighted to have pulled it off against improbable odds – and hopefully reawakened the legend of the Finnmen.”

Before adding;

“We are delighted to have successfully completed this original adventure that’s been over five years in the planning and not only by George and I, who only had to paddle, but to the dozens of people who supported and backed the project in one way and another. It’s testament to the goodwill and magic generated by feats of human endeavour.”

If you wish to have your own kayak adventure make sure you visit us for your school residential trips, we have fantastic kayaking spots around our base in Bude, as well as a whole host of other fantastic outdoor activities such as surfing, rock-climbing, abseiling, archery and much, much more.



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