PGI Greenland and guiding education
PGI Greenland is a Greenland-registered company based in Ilulissat focusing on providing experiences to travellers who want to discover the authentic settlement life. In Oqaatsut, where they have their second base, the number of international guests visiting at one time is limited, and as much as possible it is the local people cooking meals, offering accommodation and offering dog sledding trips.
PGI Greenland also collaborates with Qajaq Ilulissat, which is an association that promotes the building and use of traditional Greenlandic kayaks, built with the technique of skin-on frame. As a kayaking company, PGI aims to connect their guests with the roots of kayaking, and collaborate with the association to show how the first kayaks were made and are still used today. They also exchange equipment with the club, and lend the appropriate gear and suits to practise longer in water so that the youth can also learn more about the sport without being afraid.
Editor’s note: PGI was acquired Jan 1st 2019 by Albatros Arctic Circle Ilulissat with no intention by the new owners to change PGI’s way of engaging with the local society.