Hosting just 250 permanent residents, Kulusuk is your first step into a brand new adventure.
Kulusuk has gone by a few names over the years. The island, located off of southeastern Greenland, was once known as Qulusuk, and before that the Danes called it Kap Dan.
The Saqqaq people (a Paleo-Eskimo culture) were the first to arrive from the north. About 3,000 years ago, they were shown the door by the Dorset people (another Paleo-Eskimo culture that existed from about 500 BCE through to 1500 CE).
The Dorset settlers left the area, perhaps because of its remoteness. Whatever the cause, the Thule people (Proto-Inuits), who passed through the area in the 1600s, found the coast deserted.
Kulusuk itself wasn’t truly founded until 1909, a year after a Danish ship ran aground and constructed a church on the location from their ship’s timbers.
Today Kulusuk is remarkable both for its blending of European and Inuit cultures, and its colourful contrasts – brightly painted houses stand out against green hills, dark rocky mountains rise in the distance, and blue white ice bergs sail by.
Greenland cruise passengers can hike up from the shore to the top of the 300 metre tall hill known as Isikajia Mountain, giving yourself a jaw-dropping view of the ice bergs, the settlement, and the stunning fjord system curling its way along the shores.