A cruise to Ittoqqortoormiit offers a remarkable travel experience. On the shores of Eastern Greenland, Ittoqqortoormiit (Scoresbysund) is one of the most remote settlements on Earth. It is a snow-covered nesting ground for millions of seabirds, a cluster of brightly colored buildings on hills between the world’s most extensive fjord system and the world’s largest national park. It is home to elusive creatures, such as narwhals and polar bears.
Ittoqqortoormiit stays frozen nine months out of the year and locals survive by hunting and fishing. There is one small restaurant, one hotel, and two markets. Dress in layers. Carry Danish Krone if you intend to make purchases. Bring snacks or embrace the opportunity to try meats only available in Greenland—seal, whale and muskox. Unless a fistfight with an 800-pound polar bear is on your bucket list, don’t wander outside town without a guide. There are plenty of things to do in Ittoqqortoormiit, from cultural experiences to dog sledding to boat tours. At the top of the list is unplugging amid soaring peaks and towering icebergs.