AN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT SOMEWHAT ABOVE THE ORDINARY

How many places in the world are you aware of where the first step, after getting your bags off the baggage carousel and passing the tax free shop in an international airport, is a transfer on foot or with an all-terrain vehicle on a gravel road with a view to ice-filled fiords?
 
That is what we thought!

“The towns on the east coast are much smaller, and the nature and landscape is dominating! But it is exciting!”

  • There is grocery store in the settlement with a regular supply of food and household items in the summer time. During the winter months supplies dwindle as the frozen pack ice blocks any shipping of goods to East Greenland by boat.
  • There is plenty of game in the area. In the 1930s, Kulusuk had a larger population than Tasiilaq. Tasiilaq has since grown substantially and now has a population of 2.000 inhabitants.
  • The airport was built by the US Air Force in 1956 as part of the early warning defense system.

It is not enough that Kulusuk airport is on a mountainous island surrounded by ice-filled waters in the least populated part of the country. The airport town is not a roaring metropolis, but just a small settlement with a population of 250 people, for whom income gained from hunting and fishing is as important as any income from the airport. 

But this is probably why you decided to come here in the first place. You are searching for a Greenlandic adventure experience, wanting to meet the local population in a small community with ample room for differences.

KULUSUK IS A DESTINATION IN AND OF ITSELF

Kulususk is the gateway to East Greenland, and the opportunities for adventures on and around the island cover everything from cultural encounters to extreme expeditions in summer as well as in winter.
 
Hiking trips make the island accessible along gravel roads which connect the airport with the settlement and even continue on up to a nearby hill, the 300 meter tall Isikajia Mountain. From the top of the hill there is a great view of the Denmark Strait, icebergs, the fjord system, Tasiilaq island and much of the area's jagged coastline.
 
Day trips from Iceland have even put Kulusuk on the Map of Reykjavik as places one can spend an afternoon. However, we do feel that Greenland deserves a visit which is longer than just one day. You will surely discover this yourself when you land in Kulusuk.

Kulususk is the gateway to East Greenland, and the opportunities for adventures on and around the island cover everything from cultural encounters to extreme expeditions in summer as well as in winter.

  • Kulusuk is both an airport with connections to Tasiilaq, Nuuk and Reykjavik as well as a settlement with a population of 250 residents on Kulusuk island.
  • The settlement was previously known by the Danish name, Kap Dan.
  • Hotel Kulusuk lies between the airport and the settlement with a view to the fjord.
  • The hotel offers transfers to and from the airport, and it is a fully modern hotel with a restaurant, internet and several offers of tours in the area.

ADVENTURES ON, AND AROUND, KULUSUK ISLAND

In the settlement itself there is a focus on offering cultural events such as meetings with local story tellers and kayakers, guided tours, lectures in the renovated church building, traditional East Greenlandic drum dancing, and visits to the renowned artists in Kulusuk, highly lauded for their Tupilak figurines.
 
Tasiilaq, the largest town on the east coast, is only ten minutes by air from Kulusuk with an Air Greenland helicopter, or an hour by boat, if the weather conditions are optimal. You will discover that the two places together make for a strong destination with many tour possibilities throughout the year.
 
Guided boat tours weaving between icebergs, transfers to a distant mountain valley and flightseeing with Air Zafari in their specially designed aircraft are all part of the summer program, while dog sledding and Northern Lights are among the most important winter excursions.

Guided boat tours weaving between icebergs, transfers to a distant mountain valley and flightseeing with Air Zafari in their specially designed aircraft are all part of the summer program, while dog sledding and Northern Lights are among the most important winter excursions.

 

“Kulusuk feels unspoiled by time. When you walk to the town, you almost feel like you could be at any point in time – even 500 years back in history! That is priceless!”