Do you remember the last time you had an offline weekend? If not, I completely encourage you to try it – it’s like chicken soup for the soul.
I didn’t realise I needed a break. It was only after coming back from a completely out-of-range weekend that I realised just how good it was to get away. Two nights in the fjords felt like the longest weekend ever, probably because time stood so still. One didn’t have much to dictate life but the turn of the sun and a grumbling stomach.
Formerly a popular place to ski, I heard that Kangi Ski Center shut down due to the ski lift being built in Nuuk. It’s still a popular place to go hunting for small game, back country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter. We first went there in the summer when my twin brothers came to visit Greenland from Australia. We wished to give them an ‘authentic hut experience’ and in the meantime have fun ourselves. That meant no running water (except the glacier stream just outside), no electricity and simple cooking utilities which included a gas stove. The only connection to the outside world was through an iridium radio, as there was also no phone or internet connection. Simple living, and probably Greenland at its best.
Below are a few shots taken with my mobile phone.
We decided to take a completely offline getaway, which also included no cameras and enjoying the view with our eyes, not through a lens. Of course, I regretted it multiple times when there so took some snaps. Especially when seeing the beauty of the full moon (which literally lit up the entire place by reflecting the snow, even at 4am) and the northern lights….
Our neighbour collecting water from the stream. The water runs from a glacier. Most of the landscape had frozen.
One of the huts.
The outhouse and our host Knud Henrik’s hut when he stays overnight. Taken in the early morning.
A frozen waterfall. REALLY SLIPPERY! =)
Simple living in the huts. Playing board games, washing up with headlamps, sleeping on thin mattresses.
Playing badass and shooting targets.
Knud Henrik’s dog. Beautiful 11-month old husky.
Finally, on the way home – in warm body suits!
We took off on Friday afternoon, 4pm. Light was quickly fading. After a twenty minute boat ride from Nuuk, we reached the shore of Kangerluarsunnguaq. We then hiked in the quickly towards the huts, which was about one hour’s hike away. The best thing about going with Knud Henrik to Kangi Ski Center is that he will take your luggage for you from the shore and drive it into the huts. This time it was by snowmobile, in the summertime it was by a little four-wheel tractor. Makes the hike much easier, and it’s the same deal on the way home!
In Greenland, it’s pretty expensive to use the internet, and perhaps it’s better if you just forget that part altogether. It’s frustrating sometimes to think you might be offline, but you’ll have a much better holiday just accepting that life goes on without the internet, and enjoy the fullness of what Greenland can give you – a chance to get away.
Note: this trip was a private holiday and not sponsored. It is very reasonable and highly recommended 🙂