The gateway to East Greenland is Kulusuk, a small settlement in the vicinity of Ammassalik. The population on the small rocky island is made up of hospitable hunters and fishermen that are used to receiving tourists.
Kulusuk is both an island and a settlement in the East Greenland archipelago. Generally speaking, it’s always busy and full of activity. The dogs have to be fed, sealskins need to be cleaned, and hunting and fishing gear must be readied for the following day provided the weather’s good.
GATEWAY TO THE EAST
Kulusuk is the gateway to East Greenland. The settlement lies on a small rocky island between jagged fells and elongated fjords, whilst white-crested icebergs can be glimpsed in the distance.
Tourists aren’t a rarity in the region. Many day-trippers from Iceland come to the settlement in order to experience the views – both of a traditional settlement, which is primarily based on hunting and fishing, and of the fantastic Apusiaajik glacier. The settlement is also known for its talented craftsmen, and in particular the so-called ‘tupilaks’, which are traditional small figures made from bone or tooth, are of high quality.
The landscape is perfect for hiking, and we recommend a tour to the summit of the Isikajia fell, which tops out at slightly over 300 metres. From here there’s a breathtaking view of the enormous icebergs in the Denmark Strait and towering mountains 100 km away.
DID YOU KNOW?
- The journey from the airport to the settlement takes around 40 minutes on foot and runs through Arctic tundra with splendid Arctic flora and buttercups during the summer.
- Hotel Kulusuk is the only hotel in a settlement in Greenland. It is situated just a few metres from the sea and has a direct view of the Apusiaajik glacier.
- Earlier, the island of Kulusuk was the most densely populated area in Ammassalik. In 1930 some 165 people lived in the Kulusuk settlement, whilst only 112 lived in Tasiilaq.
- Today you can stay in private accommodation in Kulusuk, or pitch a tent wherever you like in the countryside.
Experiences in Kulusuk
A small settlement in the skerries marking the gateway to East Greenland. The Apusiaajiak glacier and the Isikajia fell provide superb views and the local inhabitants are sure to give you a warm welcome.
Transportation to Kulusuk
How to get there?
Serviced by Dash 8.
There are two weekly flights to Kulusuk from Nuuk, on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
To Nuuk, there are connections from Copenhagen via Kangerlussuaq, and direct flights from Iqaliut Canada and Keflavik International in Iceland.
How do I get around?
On foot. It is a 45min. walk from the airport to the settlement of Kulusuk. Local transportation is by boat in the summer, and by dogsled in the winter and spring.