It might seem a odd to have an international airport in such a small village, but the reason for the airport was the US Defence Distance Early Warning Line station that operated on the island until the 1990s, and since the station closed, Kulusuk found itself with a long enough runway and big enough airport to serve as a hub for the region.
Air Iceland flies twice a day to Reykjavik, and Air Greenland flies to Nuuk and Nelerit Inaat (for Ittoqqortoormiit in NE Greenland), and a lot of passengers use Kulusuk as a transit airport. Air Greenland also operate a regular helicopter service between Kulusuk and Tasiilaq, the "capital" of East Greenland on Ammassalik island about 20 miles away.
Day trips to the island are organised by Air Iceland (Flugfélag Íslands in Icelandic). You fly out on the earlier flight, and have 4-5 hours to explore while the plane flies over to Reykjavik and back, flying back on the last flight. Flying time is about 2 hours, and planes carry around 50 passengers. Get a window seat if you can, as flying into both airports is spectacular.
The organised day trip includes a walking tour with a local guide. The cost of the trip, as far as I can see, is the same price as a return flight ticket, so you don't save any money from just booking flights. An optional extra is a boat trip through icebergs between the airport and the village, although unusually thick ice for that time of year prevented that tour from running in July.
Greenland and Iceland have some sort of open borders agreement, so passports are not checked at either end (in case you were wondering why Greenland flights leave from Reykjavik's domestic airport rather than the international Keflavik airport).
The airport is small (not surprisingly), and is thought to be one of the smallest international airports in the world. Inside the terminal, there is a small cafe and a souvenir shop where you can buy postcards and stamps (there is also a postbox).
The airport is a couple of kilometres from Kulusuk, and although there is a road, there is no transport unless you have organised it. Day trips to the island expect you to be able to walk a certain distance along rough roads and over rocky ground, which may or may not be covered in snow...in July there was a large patch of snow we walked through, so whatever time of year you visit, come prepared with suitable footwear.
Getting to Kulusuk
When I booked Reykjavík to Kulusuk in February it was about € 600, 2 years ago when I started to look into this it was € 450, the site (islanddirekt.com, german only, and no direct online booking, payment by bank transfer) where I booked is at the moment from € 669 (July 2014), Air Island on a random date in July € 930 (July is presumably high season). But someone claimed they payed £ 300 on a last minute site...
- Budget Travel
- Hiking and Walking
Boat trip from the village to the airport
If you didn't buy a boat trip with the Kulusak package, you can buy it in the souvenir shop for the way back to the airport or Hotel Kulusak, in sunny weather great arrives 300 meter from the hotel, € 25, the credit card reader might not work, but it ispossible to pay with €, $, £ and Danish Kronen or a mix of those (good exchange rate), have exact change!
- Hiking and Walking
Air Iceland Fokker from Reykjavik to Greenland
This is one of the best flights I've ever had - taking the Fokker 50 plane from the domestic airport (REF) of Reykjavik and going on a two hour flight to Kulusuk. This is an amazing tour being offered to tourists through Air Iceland, and for the whole day adventure, I paid only about $450-70? I think (definitely less than $500). It was money well-spent since I enjoyed this trip a lot.
Going to REF (domestic airport) is easy and you could either just walk from your hotel if you have time since the flight to Kulusuk usually leaves at about 9-10 AM, or just take a cab which costs about US$15.
The Fokker 50 plane has wheels at the sides and for some reason I was always at seat number 6 or 7 and I can always see the wheels dropping down into position. I took a video of this and I think I have it on VT now.
But it's not only tourists who fly on this plane...I also saw some Inuits making use of this service.
UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
I made a video of my Kulusuk trip!
Hope you like it!
JUMPING NORMAN IN GREENLAND!
- Family Travel
Boat Trip from Kap Dan to Airport
You can purchase tickets for a boat trip in Kap Dan's souvenir shop. It's a good way to get back to the airport, passing icebergs on the way. It was extremely cold though!!