Decked out in polar bear fur trousers and wearing animal claws on a string around his neck, Marti Suulutsun certainly makes for an impressive sight as I pull up towards the remote island of Uummannaq off west Greenland.

It’s a fairly warm day – as the Arctic summer goes – with an air temperature of around 10 degrees Celsius and I say to Marti that he must be feeling a little hot as I hop off a speed boat on to a wooden jetty.

Luckily the 33-year-old can speak good English and he laughs in response before taking me on a walk to meet his pack of 11 dogs, which he keeps just outside of the main town on the rocky isle.

‘They are quite warm,’ he continues on the subject of his trousers, as we stroll along the quiet, winding tarmac roads.

He goes on to explain that the fur came from a bear his uncle shot three years ago and that they ate the creature’s nutritious meat, too.

Hunting polar bears is commonplace in Greenland – and the locals use all parts of the animal as a means of survival in the brutal cold.

The Government enforces strict quotas on the number of bears that can be killed to keep the population stable.

Hunting, Marti explains, is one of his favourite pastimes and one of the reasons he left mainland Denmark for the remote wilds.

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