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Address: Kulusuk, Greenland

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As a previous reviewer said, not having names on the grave markers made it fairly unique. A person's name never dies. What a great way to remember people.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed July 25, 2015
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

Right on the road in the village, very small area. No names on most of the graves. A New cemetery is now further out from the village.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2016

If you slog along the dusty track from Kulusuk town to Kulusuk airport (it's a good 30-45 minute hike) you'll pass this old cemetery on your way just outside the town limits, facing the sea. It's a simple graveyard with white wooden crosses rather than headstones marking the graves. As it's Greenland burying people 6 feet under wasn't always an... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

No names...just white crosses. That's what the cemetery markers look like! And lots of colorful plastic flowers, because...well. It is Greenland, after all. In the tradition of the People, no one is to say the deceased person's name, because in the spirit may become confused and come to the wrong person and destiny/karma will be disturbed. So, when you see... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2015

As a previous reviewer said, not having names on the grave markers made it fairly unique. A person's name never dies. What a great way to remember people.

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Shanghai, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2015

If you walk from the hotel to the village, you'll see this at the roadside. It's mostly white wooden crosses (Christian missionaries converted the population in the late 1800s, wiping out the traditional religious practices of the inuits).

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2015

Everyone who dies in this village over the last several decades is buried in these cemeteries. We even witnessed a funeral procession coming into one of the cemeteries. It is definitely worth a visit.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2014

Whilst it is a sad place, the cemetery is just 5 minutes from the hotel and is interesting to visit, it is well maintained and has flowers and good keeping facilities

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2014

In Greenland, the cemeteries are unique. There are not any names on the graves. They believe the soul carries on so do not mark a place of someone's death with their name. Also, in Greenland it is almost impossible to grow flowers, so the graves are all covered in plastic flowers.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

We travelled to kulusuk through iceland Mountain Guides on an Air Iceland propeller flight from Reykjavik domestic airport. Although this was a pricey day trip, it was a fantastic experience. Unfortunately, the trip is at the mercy of the unpredictable weather in Greenland; flights were cancelled the previous day and we were unable to take a boat trip to the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2014

This is on the way from the hotel to the small town. You can't miss it. Your guide will explain why there aren't any names on the crosses and how this is connected to the Inuit culture.

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