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  • Marquez Nissen posted an update 8 months, 2 weeks ago

    The notion of trekking the longest waymarked trail in Greenland must conjure images of endless ice-fields, marauding polar bears, desperate struggles for survival and big expense. Actually, the Arctic Circle Trail supplies a pretty easy trek, provided it is approached with careful thought and planning. Overlook the huge ice-cap and polar bears, which are there if you want them, such as the feature about the trail. Instead, concentrate on one of many largest ice-free parts of Greenland, between the air-port at Kangerlussuaq as well as the western seaboard at Sisimiut.

    The Arctic Circle Trail is genuinely north from the Arctic Circle because of its entire length, so that in midsummer there’s no nightfall, but for the brief summer time ordinary trekkers can enjoy the wild and desolate tundra by just following stone-built cairns. Considering there’s absolutely nowhere you can obtain provisions on the way, for more than 100 miles (160km), the hard part is usually to be ruthless when packing food as well as the kit you have to stay alive. Water is clean, fresh, plentiful and freely available. In case you bring all of your food to Greenland and limit your spending, the way may be completed on a tight budget. Detailed maps and guidebooks can be purchased.

    Some trekkers burden themselves with huge as well as packs, which require great effort to hold, which in turn means carrying a lot of food to stoke up with 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’re not staffed, cannot be pre-booked, and gives no facilities besides shelter. If you carry a tent, you can pitch it anywhere you prefer, subject simply to the character of the terrain and also the prevailing weather.

    In general, weather originates from two directions – east and west. An easterly breeze, coming from the ice-cap, is cool and extremely dry. A westerly breeze, coming off the sea, provides cloud along with a way of rain. It certainly can’t snow in the short summer months, mid-June to mid-September, as well as the remaining portion of the time, varying quantities of ice and snow will cover the way, along with the center of winter it will be dark all the time and temperatures will plummet far, far below freezing for months at a stretch.

    The airport terminal at Kangerlussuaq enjoys around 300 clear-sky days each year, and so the weather must be good, and the trail starts by following an easy tarmac and dirt road. Beyond the research station at Kellyville, the path is only a narrow path across empty tundra dotted with lakes. If you plan to steer from hut to hut, then the route will require maybe nine days, unless stages are doubled-up. Using a tent offers greater flexibility, and a few trekkers complete the road within a week. Huts are situated at Hundeso, Katiffik, The Canoe Centre, Ikkattook, Eqalugaarniarfik, Innajuattok, Nerumaq and Kangerluarsuk Tulleq. Youth hostels and hotels are located on the terminal points of Kangerlussuaq and Sisimiut.

    You will find the option to use a free kayak to paddle throughout the day down the large lake of Amitsorsuaq, rather than walk along its shore. There are only a small number of kayaks, of course, if all are moored at the ‘wrong’ end of the lake, then walking will be the only option. The trail is usually low-lying, below 500ft (150m), but climbs occasionally over 1300ft (400m), notably around Ikkattook, Iluliumanersuup Portornga and Qerrortusuk Majoriaa. There’s a number of river crossings whose difficulty depends on melt-water and rainfall. They’re difficult at the beginning of the time of year, but better to ford later. The biggest river, Ole’s Lakseelv, carries a footbridge if neccessary.

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