Camping is the best way to get close to nature but camping in a graveyard is getting a little too close to nature. This adventurous idea was not part of my itinerary for Ilulissat.
I always like to keep an element of unpredictability in my trips and this was a part of it. The fact that I was on a tight budget and staying in hostels or hotels was out of question, made this decision much easier. So with my 15 kg backpack, I headed straight to the camping site from Ilulissat port. I had read about a camping site near the old heliport, which is also the starting point for hiking trails around the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ilulissat Icefjord. The camping site is a good half an hour walk from the port.
Passed a husky farm along the way. Owner posing with a 10 day old sled dog
When I reached the camping site, an Englishwoman was just packing up and she was kind enough to give me a brief overview of the camping situation there. And the situation didn’t look good. There were no kitchen facilities, which apparently had stopped for the last two years. There was a mobile toilet available. Even though it was cleaned daily, it was very smelly. Water was arranged in a big white tank near the toilet. To make matters worse, somebody had scribbled ‘Bacteria’ on the tank. Inspite of all those encouraging signs, I decided to stay and check the place. The Englishwoman said there were couple of campers little further up, where there was a bit of flat ground available. I decided to survey the place. Finding a flat ground seemed a little difficult as the place was filled with rocks. I finally found a suitable spot and it was right opposite to the graveyard. When I turned around and saw the graveyard, I knew for certain that this will be my home for the next four days. The location was too exciting and I had goosebumps just thinking about spending the next four days here.
Hello neighbours 😉
Home Sweet Home
Camping in Ilulissat Graveyard
The view from the other side
I can just come out of the tent and gaze at the massive Ilulissat Icefjord whenever I want
With the water being already branded as ‘Bacteria’, I didn’t even dare to use it to wash my hands. I had pre-booked tours on three days, so I had to walk daily towards the port for these tours. I decided to take advantage of this long walk and complete one essential task of the day. I stopped daily at the Pissifik supermarket on the way and used their washroom to do my daily morning business. I did buy an apple from their store everyday in return for their generosity, which they were unaware of.
Beautiful morning view. I guess everybody slept well.
For food, I used my portable stove to prepare pasta and ready-to-eat Indian rice.
And on the last day I treated myself to the famous musk ox burger. It was yummy!
I know the thought of camping in a graveyard would freak out many people but I am glad that I did this and will always cherish this special memory.