Decked out in polar bear fur trousers and sporting animal claws on a string round his neck, Marti Suulutsun definitely makes for a formidable sight as I pull up in direction of the distant island of Uummannaq off west Greenland.
It is a pretty heat day – because the Arctic summer season goes – with an air temperature of round 10 levels Celsius and I say to Marti that he have to be feeling a bit of sizzling as I hop off a velocity boat on to a picket jetty.
Fortunately the 33-year-old can converse good English and he laughs in response earlier than taking me on a stroll to fulfill his pack of 11 canine, which he retains simply exterior of the principle city on the rocky isle.
Decked out in polar bear fur trousers and sporting animal claws on a string round his neck, Marti Suulutsun definitely makes for a formidable sight. The 35-year-old lives on the distant island of Uummannaq in Greenland
Uummannaq is the eleventh-largest city in Greenland with round 1,280 residents – and it’s dwelling to the nation’s most northerly ferry terminal
Pictured are homes in Uummannaq overlooking an iceberg-laden bay
‘They’re fairly heat,’ he continues as regards to his trousers, as we stroll alongside the quiet, winding tarmac roads.
He goes on to elucidate that the fur got here from a bear his uncle shot three years in the past and that they ate the creature’s nutritious meat, too.
Looking polar bears is commonplace in Greenland – and the locals use all components of the animal as a method of survival within the brutal chilly.
The Authorities enforces strict quotas on the variety of bears that may be killed to maintain the inhabitants steady.
Looking, Marti explains, is one in all his favorite pastimes and one of many causes he left mainland Denmark for the distant wilds.
Marti has 11 canine, which he retains in an space simply exterior of the principle city
With regards to love, Marti says it isn’t tough to fulfill somebody because the group is so small however he hasn’t appeared a lot. For now, the one household Marti wants is his pack of canine
Courtesy of Uummannaq Fjord Excursions
He muses: ‘I prefer to be within the nature. The most effective time of 12 months for me is winter when it is chilly and I can exit with my canine and see the Northern Lights dancing overhead.’
Marti says he was all the time intrigued about Greenland, along with his curiosity within the island intensified by his adoption by a Greenlandic lady as a youngster after his mom died.
He determined to maneuver from town of Viborg in Denmark to Greenland – the place he had a scattering of household – round ten years in the past and first settled within the coastal city of Ilulissat, which has a inhabitants of round 4,800.
However that wasn’t quiet sufficient.
So he moved to Uummannaq, the place simply 1,280 individuals reside.
He is a skilled electrician and had first gone to the island settlement to hold out some wiring work and immediately felt at dwelling there.
After mountain climbing up a small hill and over some flat, rocky terrain we ultimately get to Marti’s delight and pleasure – his pack of 11 canine.
Together with looking, the native Dane makes cash by tourism and takes guests out on canine sled excursions. He additionally owns two homes within the space and rents one out
The hounds howl wildly as a chilly breeze blows and Marti tries to calm them down by speaking to them and giving them cuddles.
So what’s life in Uummannaq like, with 24hr-daylight in the summertime and perpetual darkness within the winter with temperatures dipping under minus 30 levels Celsius?
Marti has a suppose and responds, whereas sitting down on a sled to offer his canine some extra consideration: ‘I haven’t got a TV however we have now electrical energy and water. We will get Netflix, too, and so they’ve improved the web.
‘I’ve a ship. I’m going to the pub generally however they do not have good beers right here. Greenland persons are so open. All of us assist one another right here.’
On the meals entrance, Marti says he loves Christmas time as a result of he has a candy tooth and sweet and cream truffles are his favorite treats.
In Uummannaq it stays mild in the summertime for 24 hours. In the meantime, within the winter it stays darkish for months at a time and the temperatures can dip under minus 30 levels Celsius
However on a typical day, he likes to eat oatmeal within the morning and dried musk ox, fish and whale for lunch or dinner.
Soup and rice are different staple dishes he enjoys.
With regards to ‘discovering love’ Marti says it isn’t tough to fulfill somebody, because the group is so small, however he hasn’t appeared a lot.
For now, the one household Marti wants is his pack of canine.
Together with looking, the native Dane makes cash by tourism and when winter hits he takes guests out on canine sled excursions.
He additionally owns two homes within the space and rents one out.
On our stroll again to city I discover that Marti says whats up to everybody we move.
I see that for him, this wild place is his island paradise, with icebergs as an alternative of palm bushes; pooches as an alternative of parakeets and cream truffles at Christmas as an alternative of coconuts.
What extra may a person need?
- MailOnline Journey ventured to Uummannaq throughout a voyage with expedition cruise firm Hurtigruten on its 17-day Midnight Solar Exploration itinerary