He’s an artist, a photographer, a videographer, a poet, a musician, a professional chef…and a bonafide Sea Eagle adventurer. Gudmundur R. Ludviksson, an Icelander living at the southern tip of Greenland, is a Renaissance Man of the highest order.
Gudmundur sent an email and several photos of his Sea Eagle boating adventures to our ongoing Photo Contest and we were intrigued.
Hello, Sea Eagle,
I sail my PaddelSki here in Greenland and it has been fantastic. It’s better than I thought it would be. I have sailed in stormy weather and it surprises me how well it works in strong winds and big waves. And on sunny days the sailing is beautiful.
I sailed my 40-foot yacht in the Mediterranean for many years, but this is a new experience for me and much closer to nature. I can take it everywhere. Fantastic. Worth of every penny and more.
Next week I’m going to sail up a nearby fjord (around 100 km), and spend three days in that trip. There are many beautiful icebergs everywhere in the fjord.
This PaddleSki is the first kayak with a sail here in Greenland. At first, people laughed at my PaddelSki, but now they don’t, and I have heard some of them planning to buy their own, especially the company here who rents kayaks to tourists.
Best to you and many thanks, Gudmundur R. Ludviksson
What’s your story, Gudmundur?
“My education in art is four years in the Icelandic Art Academy,” says Gudmundur. “I also spent three years at the Rotterdam Art Academy in The Netherlands, and one year at the Frankfurt Art Academy in Germany. And I’ve graduated from Hotel and Restaurant school as an a la carte chef.”
When he’s not in his art studio painting; sculpting; photographing; or publishing his online art magazine, TROÐNINGUR (in Icelandic) you may find Gudmundur hard at work in the kitchen of one of Greenland’s finest hotels.
Or you might find him sailing his Sea Eagle PaddleSki among the icebergs in the Tunulliarfik Fjord near Narsarsuaq, Greenland. “The fjord is quite long,” he tells us, “and is filled with icebergs but there’s a beautiful view.”
No newcomer to boating, Gudmndur owned and piloted a 40-foot yacht for many years. “I sailed in Greece and Turkey; to Rhodes, all the Greek islands, Sicily, Malta, Tunisia, Majorca, Spain, and many other places.”
His first kayak
But, he tells us, he’s new to Sea Eagle kayaking. “This is my first kayak and I love it. I can get very close to nature in it. The PaddleSki is fantastic and carries everything I need for camping; my tent, food, camping supplies, and more.”
As you might expect, the northern latitudes have their fair share of foul weather. “I’ve sailed in good weather and in bad and stormy weather, but the PaddleSki surprises me with how well it handles in a strong wind.”
“I looked for a long time for a kayak,” Gudmundur tells us. “I went to Denmark to buy one but I found the Sea Eagle website www.seaeagle.com first. The PaddleSki interested me because it was possible to have a kayak with a sail on it. Now I’m very glad I chose this one.”
5 boats in 1 but the sail sold him
Inflatability gives every Sea Eagle significant portability and storage advantages over boats with hard hulls. But the PaddleSki is unique among boats because it can be set up five different ways: for paddling, motoring, rowing, sailing, or fishing.
Gudmundur says it was the sail that sold him. That and the price. “I chose Sea Eagle because of the good price, the fantastic service, easy online ordering, and good website. I chose the PaddleSki because it has a sail!”
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