Greenland Rope Gymnastics

An ancient Artic fitness training system for building strength, flexibility, balance and coordination. These exercises are performed on a double length of 10-15 mm rope spanning 3 to 5 meters. The object is to bring the body completely around the ropes starting from the indicated position.

These are performed by children and adults in Greenland, and a part of the Greenland Championship Games.

Allunaariaqattaarneq, “games performed using harpoon line” (rope gymnastics), are known throughout the arctic. The rope gymnastics performed at the Greenland championship.  The techniques builds strength and flexibility and also teaches independent control of your upper and lower body, all good for improving your kayak roll.

Pictured above is the master of Ropes, Dubside, who travels internationally as well as appearances at Delmarva Paddlers Retreat, Charleston County Festival in April, and other venues.

While it takes time and focus to perform maneuvers on the ropes, everyone can try it and usually accomplish one or two with guidance and cheering from others!

The photo above is a maneuver being performed by Greg Stamer.  View the video in its entirety.

Click here to view the full chart of rope maneuvers!

Rope Gymnastics are part of the Greenland National Qajaqing Championship.  During competition the athletes are allowed 30 minutes to perform as many of the 74 rope maneuvers as possible. Competitors are allowed only one attempt at each maneuver, but they are permitted to perform the most difficult maneuvers first while they are still fresh. Resources for rope gymnastics are listed on the Qajaq USA website (