{Stepping into the Unknown in Greenland}

· Kulusuk ·

April 14, 2017 10 Comments

When we discovered that we were only a 2 hour flight to Greenland from Reykjavik, we jumped at the opportunity to visit such an isolated country. It was not a cheap day tour, but there was something so appealing about visiting this ultimately remote location, we immediately went all in and purchased the tickets.

As the day arrived the question began to set in; what had we signed up for? We were told there would be no transportation available from the airport to the town. Walking all day was going to be the only option (which made sense being that we were in a remote part of the world), but with 3 kiddos in tow, the task at hand seemed like it would be much more complicated. As the town is only a few miles south of the Arctic Circle, the weather can be very unpredictable.  With limited carrying capacity, I was hoping that what we were wearing would be sufficient.  Food was also a concern as there was only a small store in the main part of town that had no assurance of even being open as we crossed through.  To top it off, our youngest woke up with a severe cold!!  Walking all day in unknown weather conditions with 3 kids, limited food and water, potty breaks, all while carrying heavy bags and dealing with a miserable sick child?  It seemed that our brilliant idea had a huge potential to turn into a nightmare. But the show must go on, and we took a blind leap into the unknown.

Ready to board our early morning flight to Greenland.

Iceberg heaven as we were making our arrival.

First glimpse of Kulusuk from the air.

Once we landed on the dirt tarmac, and saw the small 3 room airport, our excitement began to grow. The moment our matching Hunter Boots touched the dirt, and as we felt the warm sun on our faces, our wanderlust kicked in completely; melting away all fears and doubts. This was unlike any other place we had been to before, literally worlds away from our everyday life. The very idea that we would spend a day in a place so out of my control now became a thrilling adventure.

Arrived on a dirt tarmac thrilled to see the sun shining brightly.

The smallest airport we have ever flown through.

Starting our 1.5 hour walk into the town with snacks in hand.

Trying to keep up with the group.

The only hotel in town.

So proud if these little troopers.

The local cemetery with artificial flowers since the bitter weather conditions won’t allow for real ones.

Two bodies waiting all winter to finally be buried.

My little walking partner in our matching boots (found here)

Staying strong requires eating snacks, ha!

Our guide helping our daughter spot the airport far in the distance.

Our first glimpse.

Continuing our trek.

That landscape!

A little tricky descent.

Kulusuk was a colorful charming oasis surrounded by an unimaginable pristine landscape.

Enjoying the view.

Snow pack in the summer!

A reminder of the harsh weather conditions.

Catching up to our tour group in an effort to finally make it to the town.

The snow is taller than me!

Colorful display of home.

Time to explore.

Making our way to the Town Museum.

Getting an idea of what the locals wear in winter.

Learning that they keep their food refrigerated in the winter by placing them inside bags made of seal skins turned inside out.

Seal claws for souvenirs.

After sleeping most of the way, our little one was ready to stretch her legs.

Inside the town’s church.

After the medicine kicked in we had a happy girl.

Staying warm on a summer day.

The main source of transportation in the summer is boating and in the winter it is dog sledding.

What an awesome experience to share with these two.

Making our way to the water’s edge for a local customary performance.

Enjoying the show with an amazing backdrop.

Was it an easy trek? After all my worries, we found it was a surprisingly smooth ride in spite of having a sick one in tow. So glad we were willing to reach beyond our comfort zone and take a risk. The reward of making wonderful memories as a family in this little remote part of the world was well worth it!


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10 Comments

  1. Jodi Nelson

    April 18, 2017

    Bel! So excited for you and your blog. You guys are just so cute and lovely and have wonderful adventures! All the best, Jodi (parents_who_travel) 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Bel

      April 18, 2017

      Oh my dear friend, thank you for your kind words and well wishes! So glad I get to follow your fun adventures as well. Xoxo!

  2. Kana

    April 19, 2017

    Wow it looks like you had an amazing experience in Greenland! The photos are absolutely stunning, it definitely makes me want to visit! xo

    • Bel

      April 19, 2017

      Thank you!! I am glad you liked the photos. It was an amazing experience and definitely a great place to visit. I hope you can make it one day in the near future!

  3. Nikol

    April 19, 2017

    Love this post Bel! Your family is so inspirational! <3 Nikol (beachseakers)

    • Bel

      April 19, 2017

      Thank darling! I appreciate your kind words and I am glad you enjoyed the post. It was definitely an adventure to remember – xoxo!

  4. Evelyn

    April 19, 2017

    Bel, that was an amazin trip I’m glad you made it even your little one was not so fit. There is so much to see in this world, but I’m going to add that on my bucket list. I love your blog 🙂 So so great.
    Lovely greetings, Evelyn (seefraulein_travels)

    • Bel

      April 19, 2017

      Thank you for your sweet and inspirational words. It was most definitely an unforgettable experience and we are so glad we didn’t let our apprehensions hold us back – xoxo!

  5. Alison

    April 19, 2017

    First of all, these pictures are absolutely beautiful, looks like you had the most perfect day (an the outfits look amazing too)! And I am so impressed with your family! Quite a trek for the littles, but they are champs :). Love following your adventures!

    • Bel

      April 19, 2017

      You are so sweet! I appreciate your kind words and your continued support very much. I am glad you enjoyed following our little adventure into the unknown. We were certainly proud of our kiddos for enduring it ☺ thanks hun – xoxo!

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