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The idea of trekking the longest waymarked trail in Greenland must conjure up images of endless ice-fields, marauding polar bears, desperate struggles for survival and big expense. In fact, the Arctic Circle Trail offers a reasonably easy trek, provided it can be approached with careful thought and planning. Neglect the huge ice-cap and polar bears, which can be there if you’d like them, along with feature on the trail. Instead, focus on among the largest ice-free areas of Greenland, between your air-port at Kangerlussuaq as well as the western seaboard at Sisimiut.
The Arctic Circle Trail is genuinely north with the Arctic Circle due to the entire length, which means that in midsummer there is no nightfall, and for the brief summer season ordinary trekkers can savor the wild and desolate tundra by simply following stone-built cairns. Taking into account that there is absolutely nowhere you can obtain provisions on the route, more than 100 miles (160km), hard part shall be ruthless when packing food and all the kit you have to stay alive. Water is clean, fresh, plentiful and freely available. Should you bring your entire food to Greenland and limit your spending, the way could be completed on a budget. Detailed maps and guidebooks can be found.
Some trekkers burden themselves with huge and high packs, which require great effort to handle, which often means carrying a great deal of food to stoke on top of extra calories. Think light and pack light. There are a few basic wooden huts at intervals along the way, offering four walls, a roof covering, and bunks for between four and 24 trekkers. They aren’t staffed, is not pre-booked, and provide no facilities in addition to shelter. If you use a tent, you can pitch it anywhere you like, subject just to the character of the terrain along with the prevailing weather.
Generally, weather arises from two directions – east and west. An easterly breeze, coming off of the ice-cap, is cool and extremely dry. A westerly breeze, coming off of the sea, provides cloud plus a measure of rain. It won’t snow within the short summer months, mid-June to mid-September, but for the remaining portion of the time, varying levels of snow and ice will take care of the path, along with the center of winter it’s going to be dark all the time and temperatures will plummet far, far below freezing for months at a time.
The air-port at Kangerlussuaq enjoys around 300 clear-sky days each year, and so the weather should be good, as well as the trail starts by following an easy tarmac and dirt road. Past the research station at Kellyville, the way is just a narrow path across empty tundra dotted with lakes. If you are planning simply to walk from hut to hut, then the route will need maybe nine days, unless stages are doubled-up. Utilizing a tent offers greater flexibility, plus some trekkers complete the route inside a week. Huts are located at Hundeso, Katiffik, The Canoe Centre, Ikkattook, Eqalugaarniarfik, Innajuattok, Nerumaq and Kangerluarsuk Tulleq. Youth hostels and hotels can be found in the terminal points of Kangerlussuaq and Sisimiut.
You have the option to work with a free kayak to paddle all day long down the large lake of Amitsorsuaq, rather than walk along its shore. There are just a few kayaks, if they all are moored at the ‘wrong’ end with the lake, then walking is the only option. The trail is often low-lying, below 500ft (150m), but climbs on occasions over 1300ft (400m), notably around Ikkattook, Iluliumanersuup Portornga and Qerrortusuk Majoriaa. There’s a couple of river crossings whose difficulty is determined by melt-water and rainfall. These are difficult at the outset of the time of year, but quicker to ford later. The greatest river, Ole’s Lakseelv, features a footbridge if need be.
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