KULUSUK, THE GATEWAY TO THE EAST
Many explorers use Kulusuk airport as a base to launch their activities. They can be as extreme as crossing the Greenland Ice Sheet or as simple as hiking to the closest settlement of the same name. You can begin hiking or sailing in the summer under the Midnight Sun, or cross-country skiing, ski touring, snowmobiling, and dog sledding activities in the winter.
The village life is also of cultural interest. The township of Kulusuk was formerly one of the largest in the East Greenland area due to its plentiful hunting and fishing grounds. In fact, Kulusuk’s one-word name means ‘breast of a black guillemot’ bird, a type of game readily available in the area.
In the past 30 years, the community has decreased in numbers by forty percent, leaving 250 inhabitants in the settlement. This does not mean there is less to experience, but rather that you might need some time and an open mind to explore the many layers of settlement life unfold at its own pace. Here strong drum dancing and bone carving traditions, and attractions like the museum and church offer a good dose of local culture.