Virtuoso Life - September/October 2017 - 120
Fair-weather fun: Springtime
in Kulusuk, Greenland.
Natural Habitat Adventures, known for its polar bear safaris and
other nature-focused journeys, offers rarefied access to one untrammeled corner of the globe: eastern Greenland. The company's
high-end base camp of eight tent cabins near the Sermilik Fjord gives
guests creature comforts such as verandas, hot showers, and private
toilets, in an area that's otherwise accessible only on foot, by kayak, or
for short day-trip visits. "It's the coolest and most ambitious endeavor we've taken on," says Natural Habitat's Don Martinson. "On the
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west side, where everyone goes, it's typically drizzly and gray. It's the
opposite on the east side where our camp is - generally warmer and
drier." Travelers on the nine-day trip stay at the base camp (reached
by helicopter) and go on kayak outings, Zodiac expeditions to view the
Greenland ice sheet and resident whales, and visits to the tiny nearby
village of Tinit to meet locals. The trip also includes time in the city of
Kulusuk and the small administrative center of Tasiilaq. Departures:
Multiple dates, July through early September; from $10,995 per person.
Exploring Greenland's less-traveled side.