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DESTINATION FEATURE ireenlancl Greenland is extreme in every way you can imagine. For starters, the only method of travel on the massive island (more than three-quarters ice and roughly 20 times the size of Great Britain) is by helicopter, ATV, dog sled or boat; there are no paved roads. Then, of course, there's the magnificent scenery with enormous icebergs in the Arctic Circle region, dogsledding trips, spectacular nature with fjord after fjord completely untouched and multi-colored houses in every town along the cost. Not to mention the ever-changing weather. Put Kulusuk and Tasilaq on your itinerary. Kulusuk is a small Island in a group of Islands on the east coast of Greenland. From the tiny airport, it's an easy walk to Kulusuk, a village of 350 people, many of them still living from traditional hunting. Tasilaq, a town of about 1,900 inhabitants, actually means "looks like a lake," since the fjord in front of the town is very sheltered and often calm like a mirror. must Cos: -Stay the night in Sermilik fjord in a mountain hut. -In Kulusuk, hike to the hills for a dreamy view of thousands of icebergs that grace the Sermilik fjord. -Go sailing in Tasilaq, the capital of East Greenland. -Hike to the lakes north of Tasilaq and from there down to the Kong Oskars fjord. -Visit a local inuit family and learn about their ancient tradi¬ tions. -Stop by the local folk museum in the old wooden church. -Take a helicopter ride for a bird's eye view of the striking landscape. what to brin Keep in mind, the weather can change on a dime in this part of the world. You might experience many different kinds in the same day, so come prepared. Layers are important; windproof and waterproof jackets, hats and gloves and wa¬ ter proofed hiking boots are a necessity. With that said, the unpredictable weather and rough and rugged terrain mean it is best to hire a tour operator like Icelandic Mountain Guides, which specializes in trips to the two countries (www. mountainguides.is). Waterproof hiking boots Layers of warm clothes Mittens/gloves, hats and scarf Windproof and waterproof coat/jacket Outdoor/exercise clothes and sneakers Swimsuit and towel where to stay: ICELAND: Hotel Reykjavik Marina (www.icelandairhotels.com/en/ho-tels/ marina) Hilton Reykjavik Nordica (www.hiltonreykjavik.com) Hotel Reykjavik Natura (www.icelandairhotels.com/en/ho-tels/ natura) FAROE ISLANDS: Hotel Foroyar (www.hotelforoyar.com) GREENLAND: Hotel Angmagssalik 78 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014 S0UTHFL0RIDALUXURYGUIDE.COM


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