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Kulusuk

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Aerial view of houses in Kulusuk.

Kulusuk is a town on the island of Kulusuk in Greenland.

Understand[edit]

Meaning "the chest of a black guillemot" in Greenlandic, Kulusuk was one of the largest towns in Eastern Greenland due to the bountiful hunting and fishing grounds that surrounded the area. Today the population is around 310.

Get in[edit]

International Terminal at the Kulusuk Airport

Air Iceland has 1 daily flight from Reykjavik, Iceland, as well as offering day tours all-inclusive of airfare from Iceland. Air Greenland has service to Nuuk 2 days a week (usually Wednesday and Saturday). From Kulusuk it is possible to transfer to Tasiilaq, the helicopter flight is only about 10 minutes.

The airport has a small souvenir store and a tax-free shop.

Get around[edit]

There are few vehicles in Kulusuk. Walking is a great way to see the town. Bicycles can be hired at Hotel Kulusuk. Hotel Kulusuk offers free airport transfers. If you're not staying there you may have to walk from the airport to town; about a 40-minute walk.

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Northern Lights[edit]

Kulusuk is a good place to see the Northern Lights. The natives of the area used to believe that the Northern Lights were the result of the souls of the dead playing with a walrus skull. If you travel outside of town (to get away from the light pollution) there are great vantage points to see the Northern Lights. *Note that the Northern Lights are not visible during the midnight sun in Kulusuk, which is present in the summer months in the region.

Apusiajik Glacier[edit]

The glacier is not far from Kulusuk, and it is possible to visit the edge of the glacier by taking a short boat trip or helicopter ride. The boat trip may be suspended because of pack ice or iceberg warnings; weather can also be an issue for the trips.

  • Church. built with the remains of a shipwreck  edit

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Fishing[edit]

Kulusuk was originally inhabited because of its remarkably good fishing grounds and experience guides today can bring tourists to these same spots. Whaling and fishing are still an important trade in Kulusuk, so there are many experienced guides in the town.

Dog Sledding[edit]

Dog Sledding in Kulusuk.

Dog sledding in Kulusuk is still an important means of transport, and is still used by local hunters while seal hunting. There are many opportunities for tourist to catch a ride on a dog sled with some of the locals. There are also tourist offices in the town that can help arrange a trip.

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  • Post Office.  edit

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  • Pilersuisoq Market, (+299) 98 69 46. Open 10-18 daily. Open market where locals sell and trade goods, meats and clothing items.  edit

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  • Hotel Kulusuk, 3915 Kulusuk, +299 98 69 93, [1]. Restaurant and bar on premises. Accepts all major credit cards. All room rates include breakfast. Single: DKK 890, Double: DKK 1.085.  edit
  • Arvid Thastum, B- 647A, 3915 Kulusuk, Greenland, +299 98 69 50, [2]. Private home with space for rent, also offers boat tours and cultural drum performances as well as other tours in Greenlandic, Danish, or English. 250 DKK inc. breakfast.  edit
  • Geo Utuaq, +299 98 69 19, [3]. Private home rental option, also includes the option to add breakfast for an additional DKK170/night DKK250.  edit




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