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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 11 December 2018

Could this be the world's most remote hotel? 

Cut-off from the rest of Greenland by ice and surrounded by arctic wilderness, this guesthouse offers off-grid stays

The remote hotel is the only one in tiny Ittoqqotoormiit, Greenland. Courtesy Hotels.com
The remote hotel is the only one in tiny Ittoqqotoormiit, Greenland. Courtesy Hotels.com

Fancy escaping it all? This cosy lodge in East Greenland could be just what you’re looking for.

Nestled in tiny Ittoqqortoormiit, a place where the population count runs to a mere 450 people, the Ittoqqortoormiit Guesthouse is the only lodging in Greenland's most isolated town. Getting here is an adventure in itself, with ship access restricted for nine months of the year thanks to ice blocks that form in the surrounding Arctic Ocean. Instead, travellers need to fly to Iceland’s Reykjavik, then on to Akureyri in the north of the country where flights depart for Greenland's Constable Point just two days per week. From there, it’s another 15-minute ride by helicopter to finally reach the remotest inhabited settlement in the Western Hemisphere.

The Ittoqqortoormiit Guesthouse is in one of the world's most remote locations
The Ittoqqortoormiit Guesthouse is in one of the world's most remote locations. Courtesy Hotels.com

The town’s only wooden lodge has just seven bedrooms and lists a microwave and refrigerator as two of its main amenities. There are no restaurants, theatres or bars in Ittoqqortoormiit and only a solitary grocery store so entertainment comes in the form of cross-country skiing, snow sledding, sea-kayaking and polar- bear watching. Don’t expect to hail a cab, transport is sled and husky-driven only.

The hotel is well placed for seeing the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis
The hotel is well placed for seeing the Aurora Borealis. Courtesy Hotels.com

But what Ittoqqortoormiit lacks in the way of facilities, it more than makes up for when it comes to its neighbours. Nestled between the world’s biggest national park, Greenland National Park, and the towering fjords and glaciers of Scoresby Sund, it shares it's snow-drenched setting with polar bears, reindeer, walruses and the huskies of the Danish Sirius Dog Sled Patrol. Nightfall in this far-flung spot brings aurora borealis-spotting opportunities as long as you’re brave enough to tackle the weather where temperatures often creep towards the minus 20°C mark.

If you’re up for an isolated adventure, booking site Hotels.com is offering free stays at this Arctic hideaway in March. Visit hotels.com and use code REMOTE to pay just 1% of the hotel room rate. Rate excludes flights and other transport costs.

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