Greenland is not your everyday touristic destination. But it’s surprisingly easy to get to the eastern town of Kulusuk, and you’ll be rewarded with some spectacular polar views.
This summer, I was lucky enough to go hiking in Greenland. My visit started in Kulusuk. The village of Kulusuk, located on the eponymous island Kuluskuk, is home to the main airport on the east coast. The village is pretty small – about 250 people live there – but thanks to the daily charters to and from Reykjavik it’s a tourism hub for the east side of Greenland. It’s a pretty modest affair. A few handfuls of houses scattered on the rocky coast, a post office, a supermarket, a souvenir shop, an airport, and a few hotels, that’s all it is. The people are very friendly, and the view over the iceberg strewn bay is spectacular.
There’s no official camp site, but visitors are allowed to pitch their tents near the village, as long as they promise not to mess with the neighboring lake. It’s the drinking water supply of the island, and naturally, they prefer to keep it free from hikers’ sweat and dirty dishes. Fish and flowers are allowed, though.
You can take a pleasant stroll trough the village, admiring the graveyard, tiny harbor and church, but pretty soon you’ll reach the edge of town. But there’s no need to stop walking, the rest of Kulusuk island is also worth a visit. There’s mountains, crystal clear little lakes and streams, and gorgeous views of the fjords and of the open sea. One of my friends even spotted some whales from the beach! Too bad I was asleep in my tent at the time … For the more industrial minded, there’s some old mining equipment begging to be photographed as well.
Most people visiting Kulusuk come here from Reykjavik on a day trip. It’s only a two hour flight, so you can take the morning flight there, look around and take the flight back at the end of the afternoon. But if you’ve got more time and are into some more serious outdoor sports, Kulusuk is the perfect place to start a longer hike on nearby Amassalik island (like I did), or go on a longer kayaking tour of the surrounding fjords. Whatever your choice, you won’t regret your visit!