Flying into Greenland over the Denmark Strait you will arrive at Kulusuk island with an immense feeling of anticipation and excitement. This part of the journey is full of surprises because rather than a bustling metropolis as you might expect, Kulusuk is a small settlement of a few hundred houses which look beautiful when blanketed in the thick snow of winter. And even though the town is just a hundred kilometres south of the Arctic Circle, you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the Aurora borealis. This gateway to East Greenland is a sign of things to come, as just about everything in the country will challenge your preconceptions.
Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone To Step Into An Unexplored Arctic Wilderness
The husky dogs are incredible and majestic creatures.
Traversing the ice between Greenland’s snow-capped mountains on a sled is a magical (yet practical) way to travel that cannot be beaten by snowmobile or skiing.
Dogs huffing and puffing, howling and yelping excitedly. You may be surprised how enthusiastically the pack races off pulling you towards the glimmering horizon - the crisp, clear air seems to magnify the noise of the dogs as they rhythmically pound the ice, making you imagine that you are a real-life ‘musher’.
Expedition Into No-Man’s Land
Every day of travel means you have to endure the chills until the next village, but the rewards are worth it - not just the feeling you are taking part in a pioneering expedition into no-man’s land, but travelling the only way that makes sense in this terrain, with man and beast in perfect harmony. And somehow, the lead dogs at the head of the pack seem to know the trails intimately, with an instinctive sense if there is thin ice underfoot. You are always in safe hands (and paws), but it’s still an exhilarating ride nonetheless.
Their thick fur and unbridled energy makes them a force to be reckoned with even on the coldest of days, with surprising amounts of energy and an attitude that is always raring to go. When the musher gives the command to pull away, their instincts kick in and they speed off - whether you’re ready or not. Huddled together and relaxing at camp, the hardy dogs’ individual characters shine though as they rest, play and eat together, and if the mushers permit, you can even approach them.
But even though the husky dogs are incredible and majestic creatures, they are not the real stars of a Greenlandic dogsledding expedition, as the expert mushers draw upon their years of experience to command the pack and guide you and the sled to safety.