Kangerlussuaq Journals

Kangerlussuaq - Gateway to the Ice Cap

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A July 2008 trip to Kangerlussuaq by MikeInTown

Wild Greenland Photo, Kangerlussuaq, Greenland More Photos
Quote: Kangerlussuaq is not like other Greenlandic towns in that it exists to support its relatively large airport. However, just outside Kangerlussuaq are grand tundra and the world’s largest ice cap outside of Antarctica.

Kangerlussuaq Hotel

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Kangerlussuaq Hotel Photo, Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
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Hotel Kangerlussuaq is located in the same building as the airport. The hotel hallways were the most confusing I've ever seen. There is no elevator. Therefore, to get to our room, 3012, I carried our two 50-lb suitcases in each hand up two flights of stairs, rolled them through long corridors, and then carried them down a different set of stairs. The numbering scheme did not seem consistent. On the floor with the 3000's was a room labeled 1001. I also noticed a sign pointed up a set of stairs to get to the 2000's from the 3000's. I felt like we were walking through a fun house maze. The funny thing about our convoluted journey up and down staircases and through hallways was that the net result was tha...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 21, 2008

Kangerlussuaq Hotel
P.O. Box 49
Greenland
+299 841 098

Restaurant Roklubben

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Restaurant

Restaurant Roklubben Photo, Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
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We had heard from several people that Restaurant Roklubben overlooks the water and was the best restaurant in Kangerlussuaq. Anticipating a great dining experience, we went to the tour office in the airport and made our dinner reservation.The restaurant is approximately a 15-minute ride outside of town; therefore, a motor coach is sent to the hotels to pick up its patrons at 6 o'clock every evening. The restaurant is situated in a remote area next to a lake. The interior of Roklubben reminded me of a down-home country dining place with its plaid table clothes and blue paper place mats.Guests are assigned tables with other guests. My wife and I thought we had been assigned a tab...Read More

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Ice Cap Excursion

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Ice Cap Edge Photo, Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
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Our final excursion in Greenland was the 5-hour Ice Cap and Barbeque Excursion offered by the Albatros tour company. My wife and I were on a bus with a large group of Danish tourists. Fortunately, our driver narrated in English as well as Danish.It was approximately a 20-mile ride on a bumpy, dirt road from Kangerlussuaq to Greenland's massive ice cap. The ice cap covers 80% of Greenland and is as much as 2 miles deep in places. The ride took us through beautiful wilderness with green tundra, rivers, lakes, and glaciers. Our guide pointed out and made stops at a few interesting sites. Some of these places were embarrassments to the U.S. government. Our guide certainly didn't miss an opport...Read More

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Leisure Time in Kangerlussuaq

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Tundra Photo, Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
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Kangerlussuaq is not like the rest of the towns we visited in Greenland. The town exists because during World War II when Denmark was occupied by the Germans, Denmark could no longer protect Greenland. The U.S. agreed to protect the island and built a military air base there. In those days, the base was known by its Danish name, Sondre Stromfjord. The U.S. held onto the base after WWII as a strategic location during the Cold War. In 1992, the U.S. sold the Sondre Stromfjord base to Denmark for the equivalent of $1. It is now known by its Inuit name, Kangerlussuaq. Today, it contains the only runway in Greenland long enough to accommodate large international jets.During our stay in Kangerlu...Read More

Kangerlussuaq Tips

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Ice Cap Excursion Without the Barbeque: We paid extra for the barbeque option of this tour thinking it occurred during the tour. Instead, it occurred when were returned to town. Had we known this, we would not have paid for this meal. We would have gotten lunch at one of the other eateries where there are more choices. Know The Cash-Only Attractions: We walked 45 minutes to the museum only to find out they do not accept credit cards. I did not have any of the local currency (Danish kroner) with me at the time; and thus, could not enter the museum. Know The Plate Of The Day Before Dining At Roklubben: We weren't aware there is no menu at this restaurant - ju...Read More

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MikeInTown

MikeInTown
Leesburg, Virginia