Isolated places like Greenland’s Ilulissat Icefjord are genuinely sublime natural wonders. However, the popularity of the UNESCO-protected site is starting to have a negative impact on the environment due to increasing tourism in the pristine area. In an effort to create a harmonious relationship between humans and the natural environment, one company has decided to build the first carbon neutral hotel at the site.
The shipping firm and tourism company, Disko Line A/S, has plans to build 15 luxury cabins just to the south of Ilulissat Icefjord that will be completely operated using alternative energy. Ole Dorph, the Director of Disko Line, acknowledges the Icefjord is a world-class experience for tourists. But every one of them visits the fjord from its northern side, and this concentration of activity is beginning to leave footprints on the scene.
To help preserve the fjord, Disko Line is trying to construct Greenland’s first carbon neutral hotel. It will be situated within the protected area and cost between 15 and 20 million Danish kroner. Solar, wind, and other forms of sustainable energy will be employed to power the hotel complex, allowing eco-friendly guests the opportunity to enjoy the magnificent Icefjord guilt-free.
SIKUnews says the building plans for the hotel have been ready for over a year, but the protected status of the site means several unique technicalities need to be sorted out before construction can begin.