What is Allunaariaqattaarneq?

Greenlandic rope gymnastics is a set of moves performed on low and high ropes to test strength, endurance, flexibility, and coordination.

What is the difference between Low Ropes and High Ropes?

In total, there are 74 ropes moves. 27 of which are on the low ropes. Low ropes involve two longer ropes hung sagging to about waist-chest height. On these ropes, there are different configurations in which you “spin” around the ropes. High ropes are hung much higher and pulled tight. Most high ropes moves involve the upper body or core strength to pull yourself over the ropes, head or feet first.

How did it develop?

Allunaariaqattaarneq was a method in which kayakers of Greenland conditioned and trained for kayaking. Although it is more common to first learn to roll in the United States, many Greenlanders often learn ropes first.

What can I learn from it?

Practicing ropes can be a great benefit to you. You will increase your strength, flexibility, and finesse. These are all things that will track back to help you with rolling and paddling, as well as many of your other pursuits. If you are interested in competing in Greenland, you must not forget that ropes are one of the events, alongside racing, rolling, harpoon throwing, and others. Lastly, it is a lot of fun and you are missing out!


The object of Greenlandic Rope Gymnastics is to begin in the specified starting position and move around the ropes in each direction. This requires timing, strength, flexibility, and control. The moves are generally ordered from easiest to most difficult, although you may find certain moves to be easier or harder than the ones surrounding them.

Safety Risks

You are responsible for your own safety. Ensure that your anchors are appropriate and that your ropes and carabiners are capable of the stress you will place on them performing Greenlandic Ropes moves. Check the rope for wear before use. Put safety first! This sport contains inherent dangers.