More People Are Searching For Off-The-Grid Travel, Study Finds

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Thinking of escaping the rat race? Then you can’t get much further than this – a remote hotel in Greenland which is 500-miles from anywhere.

The settlement of Ittoqqortoormiit in East Greenland has a buzzing population – of 450 people – as well as the odd polar bear.

It takes three flights and a helicopter ride to travel the 1,486 miles from London, and frequently posts temperatures below -20 degrees Celsius, making it one of the coldest places on earth.

However, the tiny town offers front-row seats to the cosmic display of Aurora Borealis – also known as the Northern Lights.

It’s also the gateway to the National Park of Northeast Greenland National Park, the biggest national park in the world.

For anyone willing to make the journey, Hotels.com are even willing to stump up 99 per cent of the hotel stay for any traveller hardy enough to make the trip in March 2019.

Adam Jay, the newly-appointed president of Hotels.com and epic adventurer himself, said:

Greenland as a destination is really hotting up – even though it’s minus 20 most of the time – as today’s travellers are seeking those rewarding, once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

This stunning peninsula is an epic bucket-list destination where you can go sledding with wolves, kayaking in the Arctic and maybe see the Northern Lights from your room.

It’s truly spectacular and the best bit is – we’re picking up most of the room tab.

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The town neighbours the entry to one of the world’s largest and deepest multi-branched fjord system, Scoresby Sound.

From here, visitors can hop on a local tall-ship and sail past icebergs and glaciers, spotting some seals and whales along the way.

According to data gleaned from searches through Hotels.com, 2018 has seen an 18 per cent increase in searches for off-the-grid travel.

And searches specific to Greenland have increased by over 50 per cent compared to last year.

The Ittoqqortoormiit area in Greenland is one of the most remote towns in the country. Visitors are usually transported by helicopter, via the Ittoqqortoormiit Heliport, from the Nerlerit Inaat Airport, which is 24 miles (38km) away.

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Travelling to the town by boat is possible, but only for a few months every year due to the weather conditions making the crossing treacherous. In the summer, flights depart twice a week from Reykjavik, Iceland, to Nerlerit Inaat. The rest of the year there is only one flight a week.

With an average yearly temperature of -8.6°C, Ittoqqortoormiit is one of the coldest permanently inhabited locations on Earth.

The coupon code for the Ittoqqortoormiit Guesthouse is exclusive to Hotels.com and is available to book now until 31 December 2018 (subject to very limited availability), for stays in the month of March 2019 only. Apply coupon code ‘REMOTE’ at check out.


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Charlie Cocksedge

Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.