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The village with the polar bears in the backyard

800 kilometers. Or the equivalent to drive from Copenhagen and all the way to the Dutch capital, Amsterdam, without encountering a single other city on the road.

So far there is between the greenland town of Greenland at Scoresby Sound and the settlement's nearest neighbor.

The town of Greenland's most isolated town, and with fewer than 500 inhabitants, there is almost a greater opportunity to encounter animals such as seals, walruses and polar bears than people, if you travel to the east city.

Thus, there are also earlier in the year been sounded the alarm from the WWF's isbjørnepatrulje, as the hungry white bears in the period between august to december last year in at least 21 cases have sniffed around in the locals ' backyards in search of food.

It stands in great contrast to the fact that back in 2007 was registered only nine conflicts with polar bears - in the entire Greenland.

the Bears are looking according to the fund can into the city, because they have difficulty finding food because of global warming that causes the ice to melt, and the trend is definitely also something that is causing a stir among the local inhabitants in the remote town.

- My children have been told they are not allowed to move out of the city, and in the evening you may no longer move away from the light from the street lights, says Mette Pike Barselajsen, who has lived in the city all his life, and who, moreover, act as participants director of the city's only hotel, where the Extra Magazine issued lodged in connection with the journey to the polar bears-popular city.

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the City's only hotel, The Guesthouse has seven rooms, two of which are doubles. Photo: Kicki Sea Bengtsen

According to Mette Pike Barselajsen is Ittoqqortoormiit a much higher degree really come on the map with tourists the world over, who flock to - especially in the summer in cruise ships - to get acquainted with the various activities offered in the arctic city such as sea kayaking and hiking or a trip on a snowmobile or dog sled.

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Here is the 23-year-old Martin with his dog sled. Martin has been a hunter since he was just 16 years old. Photo: Kicki Sea Bengtsen

however, It may well pay to get a local guide with you if you have plans to explore the area outside of the city, where virtually all the locals are talking anything near fluent English.

the Wizards have the hunting license and can therefore bring a gun to scare polar bears away, if they come too close.

And it is definitely also a good idea for the locals to bring their gun when they venture out of the city. So saw a local man named Jan Lorentzen in the summer that he literally got in a fight with a polar bear, because he had taken a trip out on the snowmobile without his rifle.

the typing of the greenlandic radio KNR.

The then-56-year-old greenlander had got out of his snowmobile and had turned off the engine, but when he would run again, showed the polar bear up and attack him. He first tried to throw a shovel after the bear, but it did not stop the beast.

- In it, it comes right up to me, I turn off the out after it and hit it in the head. I hit it at least three times in the head, once on the jaw before I when over to my snowmobile, and told Jan to the CNT shortly after the incident, which he escaped from with his life intact, because the engine from the scooter scared the polar bear away.

There is a quota on Greenland, which determines how many polar bears must be shot per year. The quota in 2017 for the first time since 2010-raised so that in total 156 polar bears must be shot in 2018, because the number of bears is higher than first thought.

Ittoqqortoormiit's quota of 35 polar bears out of the total of 156, but the quota was exhausted already in the month of april, and therefore the local population since then has been the need to scare the polar bears away.

In spite of the increasing number of incidents with polar bears, that go toward the city, they are local, however not as such scared.

- It may well be compared with that In copenhagen, is also not afraid of cars when crossing the street, says Ekstra driver on a snowmobile trip in the area outside of the village and continues:

- It is just to look in all directions before you move out.

Kirsten Larsen, who works at the greenland aerodrome Nerlerit Inaat Airport, serving Ittoqqortoormiit, has also a good advice for tourists who encounter a bear:

- Bring a knife, and if there will be a polar bear, you take the knife back and stabs your friend in the thigh and runs, all you can so just the enough with your friend, the joker she.

polar bears are not something that should discourage tourists to take a trip to the fairy-tale settlement at Scoresby Sound, which is the world's largest fjord system and at the same time, the longest fjord in the world, and which features and look, else you can only dream about.

You can see a selection of photos from the adventurous and cold greenland vacation paradise including:

All of the houses in the city have a view out over the water, which, however, is frozen for most of the year. Photo: Kicki Sea Bengtsen

far out at the tip are seen the houses in Ittoqqortoormiit. Photo: Kicki Sea Bengtsen

It is to keep an eye out for polar bears, when one moves out of the city. Photo: Kicki Sea Bengtsen

the View of the city from the helikopterpladsen. Photo: Kicki Sea Bengtsen

One can only come to Greenland with the ship in the few months where the sea is frozen into ice. The rest of the year, you can only get there by helicopter.

How to reach Ittoqqortoormiit

The easiest way to get to Greenland's most isolated town is by travelling to Reykjavik in Iceland and on to the nordislandske town of Akureyri.

from Here you fly to the greenland airport, Constable Point, where you jump on a helicopter and take the 15 minute trip to Ittoqqortoormiit .

Indenrigsflyvningerne in Iceland can be booked through Air France Connect, while helicopter tours can be booked at Air Greenland.

Services are limited, so you need to be in good time with the order.

Source: Hotels.com

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