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{Leaping into the unknown in Kulusuk Greenland}

· Kulusuk ·

August 9, 2018 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 is very unpredictable. This became very apparent the minute we saw the glacier covered ocean bellow us.

Iceberg heaven as we were making our arrival.

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.

Once we landed on the dirt tarmac, and saw the small 3 room airport, our excitement began to grow.

The moment our matching 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.

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

This was unlike any other place we had been to before, literally worlds away from our everyday life.

The smallest airport we have ever flown through.

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

As we began our walk towards the town the very idea that we would spend a day in a place so out of our control, now became a thrilling adventure.

And it was, it really was a epic family adventure we will not easily forget…

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.

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

Our first glimpse.

That landscape!

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

Enjoying the view.

A reminder of the harsh weather conditions.

The snow is taller than me!

Colorful display of home.

Time to explore.

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.

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 to Kulusuk?

After all my worries, we found it was a surprisingly smooth ride in spite of having a sick one in tow.

However, my suggestions for visiting this unique part of Greenland includes bring enough Danish cash (no banks or ATMs available) as no credit cards can be used.

Additionally pack snacks and a lunch, bring lots of water, wear comfortable walking shoes, dress appropriately for the weather and bring a baby carrier for a child/toddler (no strollers allowed).

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!

To see more of our day in Greenland visit here.



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10 Comments

  1. Reply

    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) 🙂 🙂 🙂

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      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!

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    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

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      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!

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    Nikol

    April 19, 2017

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

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      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!

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    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)

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      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!

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    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!

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      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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