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Kulusuk in East Greenland

The island and the village of Kulusuk are remote places where not even tumbleweed can be bothered to tumble by. Yes, the island and the village share the same name. And yes, tumbleweed does not stand a chance here. On Kulusuk, you are as far off the beaten track as you can get possibly get. Yet, Kulusuk is a wonderful area, which you should consider visiting when in Greenland.

Kulusuk in Eastgreenland
Photo: Mads Pihl - Visit Greenland

The island. The village. The airport.

On the island of Kulusuk, near the village of the same name, lies an airport, which – rather originally – is also named Kulusuk. Between the airport and the village, you will find hotels named … you guessed it: Kulusuk. The airport has a long gravel strip and was founded in 1956 by the Americans who had a base in the vicinity. Despite its remote location – or perhaps due to its remote location – the airport is quite busy. International flights arrive and depart all week throughout summer with tourists flying in from Iceland to ensure that they can tick off Greenland on TripAdvisor.

Old house in Kulusuk in Eastgreenland
Photo: Mads Pihl - Visit Greenland

Hunting, fishing and carving

But now that you have actually come here, consider staying for a little while. The village of Kulusuk is not far from the airport. It is a traditional, Greenlandic village whose survival is dependent on hunting and fishing. No more than 250 people reside in the village, and thanks to the airport, some of them are able to live off the tourists, selling souvenirs – as the villagers are highly skilled tupilaq carvers. Tupilak means 'soul of the ancestor’ and is a carved figure that protects its owner against enemy attack, but is now a popular souvenir.

Hiking in Kulusuk in Eastgreenland
Photo: Mads Pihl - Visit Greenland

Culture

The people of Kulusuk have managed to uphold traditional Eastern Greenlandic culture, and they have also managed to make it an asset to the tourists. Here are local storytellers, kayakers demonstrating manoeuvres, drum dancers and the craftsmen mentioned above, whom you can see make their meticulous carving.

Tupilak in Eastgreenland
Photo: Mads Pihl - Visit Greenland

Scenic nature

In Kulusuk, you do not have a view of the Ice Cap, but it seems like it, as the village is located opposite the Apusiaajik glacier on the neighbouring island. From the skerries out here, you can follow the beautiful and massive icebergs that float down along the coast from the North Pole when spring sets in and the sea ice begins breaking up. Near the aiport, you will find the Isikajia Mountain. With a height of more than 300 metres, the mountain offers an incredible view across the Denmark Strait and the mountain peaks on the mainland. On days with clear air, you will be able to look as far as 100 kilometres.

Glacier in Eastgreenland
Photo: Mads Pihl - Visit Greenland

No need to travel far

If you feel you have seen all there is to see in Kulusuk, do not just jump into a kayak and head south, as you will not reach land again for another 10,000 kilometres. But when you do reach land, it will be the Brazilian coast, and you will likely be overdressed.

Consider instead a 10-minute flight by helicopter or propeller plane to Tasiilaq. Sailing there takes about an hour. In winter, dogsledding, northern lights and the snow are obvious components to ensure you a spectacular experience.

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